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05-10-22, 04:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 179
Posted By dsbrantjr

Those crank arms have a square taper interface...

Those crank arms have a square taper interface and will require an aptly-named "crank puller" to pull them off of the taper. Something like this is suitable: ...
05-05-22, 04:10 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,672
Posted By dsbrantjr

The key is to use a good vulcanizing fluid, which...

The key is to use a good vulcanizing fluid, which causes a chemical reaction that fuses the rubber pieces together, NOT ordinary rubber cement.
04-28-22, 06:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 287
Posted By dsbrantjr

Considering how much time you are going to be...

Considering how much time you are going to be pushing the bike backwards, how much time and work (and risk of degraded braking) is it worth to spend silencing it?
04-28-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 945
Posted By dsbrantjr

It might break when you are standing up pedaling...

It might break when you are standing up pedaling hard, putting some sensitive parts of your body onto the top tube, hard. Or you could crash. Or nothing. Wanna bet which? Feeling lucky?
04-26-22, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 149
Posted By dsbrantjr

Set the shifter for the smallest rear cog (most...

Set the shifter for the smallest rear cog (most cable payed out) and make certain that the chain is also on the smallest cog, before securing the cable.
04-25-22, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 101
Posted By dsbrantjr

Check at an auto parts store, they often have...

Check at an auto parts store, they often have flat and gloss black, perhaps they will have satin as well. You could also get a spray can of satin black and just spray a little into a container then...
04-25-22, 04:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By dsbrantjr

Both brakes will probably not feel the same...

Both brakes will probably not feel the same regardless, due to the much longer cable run to the rear.
04-23-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By dsbrantjr

Too-long bolts can be cut down to length.

Too-long bolts can be cut down to length.
04-21-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 797
Posted By dsbrantjr

Agree 100%, I just take a few hex/ball...

Agree 100%, I just take a few hex/ball L-wrenches, a small cross+straight screwdriver, a Mini Chain Brute and a few other items. Smaller and lighter than a multi-tool.

Quick test: mount a seat...
04-16-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,090
Posted By dsbrantjr

Cyanoacrylic (Krazy-type) adhesive will also keep...

Cyanoacrylic (Krazy-type) adhesive will also keep the strands together. The UV-cure kind hardens instantly.
04-16-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By dsbrantjr

Cables do not last forever, are inexpensive to...

Cables do not last forever, are inexpensive to change, and make an often remarkable improvement when replaced. I replace the outers at the same time.
Also, make certain that your barrel adjusters...
04-11-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 231
Posted By dsbrantjr

You should check for cable fraying regularly and...

You should check for cable fraying regularly and whenever an unexpected shift indexing adjustment or other change is needed. Once the cvables have bedded in initially they should not require much...
04-11-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 231
Posted By dsbrantjr

I believe the OP means that the head of the cble...

I believe the OP means that the head of the cble has broken off inside of the shifter. They can be gotten out but not without considerble pain IME.
04-06-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 584
Posted By dsbrantjr

Never Fix A Running Piece.

Never Fix A Running Piece.
03-30-22, 07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By dsbrantjr

Three things which may help mitigate peeling: ...

Three things which may help mitigate peeling: Thorough cleaning/degreasing of the surface (and don't get finger oils on the adhesive), rounding corners to as large a radius possible to minimize...
03-21-22, 03:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 843
Posted By dsbrantjr

Check your tire clearances all around before...

Check your tire clearances all around before installing larger tires. Check all around, on 2 of my bikes the front derailleur mechanism (check all gears) is the tight spot for the rear tire; also...
03-20-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By dsbrantjr

More likely, "too alkaline"

More likely, "too alkaline"
03-17-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 718
Posted By dsbrantjr

The metric diameter/inch thread pitch combination...

The metric diameter/inch thread pitch combination arose because the non-English makers were using lathes made in England which are only geared to cut inch thread pitches but which can cut arbitrary...
03-16-22, 03:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By dsbrantjr

A nice clear photo of the end of thepotential...

A nice clear photo of the end of thepotential crack (out of focus above) might help, as would an eyeball look with ~10X magnification.

I would kind of expect a crack to follow the weld bead.
03-16-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 856
Posted By dsbrantjr

There's always the old Sheldon Brown fixed-cup...

There's always the old Sheldon Brown fixed-cup tool method: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/bbcups.html
or a supposedly improved version: ...
03-16-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 856
Posted By dsbrantjr

Heating the cup will make it tighter in its bore,...

Heating the cup will make it tighter in its bore, you want to cool the cup and/or heat the bottom bracket shell to loosen the fit.
How about a hot air gun vs a torch? Or maybe cold spray on the cup?
03-16-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 876
Posted By dsbrantjr

Earn style points for greasing all threaded...

Earn style points for greasing all threaded fasteners, they will drive easier and remove easier. Properly-torqued fasteners tend to stay put better but you should check periodically, rack hardware...
03-14-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 239
Posted By dsbrantjr

Consider making a small offering: ...

Consider making a small offering: https://www.harborfreight.com/17-in-mini-magnetic-sweeper-62704.html
A strong flashlight shined at a grazing angle along the floor will help highlight lost...
03-14-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 257
Posted By dsbrantjr

Much of the strength of a tire comes from the...

Much of the strength of a tire comes from the fabric plies and not the rubber. I do not let minor sidewall checking or tread cracking worry me. However, if you can pick pieces off with your...
03-13-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 539
Posted By dsbrantjr

The tradeoff for hand pumps is pressure vs...

The tradeoff for hand pumps is pressure vs volume; a high-volume pump may not be able to achieve sufficient pressure.
03-13-22, 05:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 428
Posted By dsbrantjr

Many industrial bearings have (sometimes literal)...

Many industrial bearings have (sometimes literal) brushes which short across shaft bearings so that current doesn't flow through them, as arcing from bearings to races can damage both.
03-06-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 572
Posted By dsbrantjr

I always consider "use one time" to mean "toss it...

I always consider "use one time" to mean "toss it when you toss the chain". I open/close mine for maintenance without any concern.
03-04-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 521
Posted By dsbrantjr

Rivendell uses sturdy and "sensible" stuff on...

Rivendell uses sturdy and "sensible" stuff on their bikes, you might find some good ideas here: https://www.rivbike.com/collections/derailers
02-23-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 354
Posted By dsbrantjr

Or even a loop of twine, anything that keeps the...

Or even a loop of twine, anything that keeps the cable out of the tire.
02-18-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,139
Posted By dsbrantjr

That is exactly what I did, it took longer to get...

That is exactly what I did, it took longer to get out the angle grinder to cut off the handle than to actually cut it. You can also insert another key (or stick) through the triangular handle for...
02-17-22, 04:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By dsbrantjr

I use SRAM and KMC, with the quick links.

I use SRAM and KMC, with the quick links.
02-17-22, 04:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By dsbrantjr

Please do not use gasoline (camp stove fuel) as...

Please do not use gasoline (camp stove fuel) as anything but a fuel. It is highly flammable, creates explosive vapors which will travel a long way to an ignition source, is toxic by inhalation and...
02-04-22, 05:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 508
Posted By dsbrantjr

When cable ends are molded on commercially, the...

When cable ends are molded on commercially, the end of the cabler is unlaid and formed into a "floret" which locks into the molten metal. Just trying to cast an end on an unprepared cable will...
02-03-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 573
Posted By dsbrantjr

Worn chains and new cassettes do not always run...

Worn chains and new cassettes do not always run well together so I install a new one chain and keep the old one together with the cassette as a set.
01-31-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 484
Posted By dsbrantjr

I like the Gevenalle brake/shifters for their...

I like the Gevenalle brake/shifters for their simplicity and ruggedness, and they offer an economical repair service if you do manage to break them. Remember they were developed for 'cross racing.
01-31-22, 01:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 435
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have worked in both military and space and the...

I have worked in both military and space and the use of crimped terminations was common and is getting more so. Even with trained assemblers using thermal strippers and anti-wicking tweezers and all...
01-29-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By dsbrantjr

I torque steerers and other controls "race tight"...

I torque steerers and other controls "race tight" so that they cannot be moved with normal forces but can move under firm pressure, so that they will be less likely to be broken or to impale the...
01-28-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 266
Posted By dsbrantjr

These should not be confused with other "CLR"...

These should not be confused with other "CLR" products, which are intended to remove Calcium, Lime and Rust from kitchen and bathroom fixtures..
01-26-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By dsbrantjr

Take plenty of photos during disassembly, and...

Take plenty of photos during disassembly, and preferably disassemble over a tarp or similar so that any escaping bearing balls can be corralled.
01-23-22, 11:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 853
Posted By dsbrantjr

I use die-drawn stainless inners and lined...

I use die-drawn stainless inners and lined housings without lube, so no stiffening in cold weather; at least not my cables.
01-19-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By dsbrantjr

I always attach my controls "race tight", which...

I always attach my controls "race tight", which is secure enough to stay put under normal use, but able to be moved with firm force so that in a crash you are less likely to be impaled and the part...
01-18-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By dsbrantjr

Now that you have gott4en that one loose, don't...

Now that you have gott4en that one loose, don't forget to apply grease or anti-seize to the threads of the new one. I use Tef-Gel for such things.
01-14-22, 04:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 297
Posted By dsbrantjr

Brakes and tires are the two parts of my bikes...

Brakes and tires are the two parts of my bikes (and autos) that I never fix with any less than the best parts. I consider anything else false economy.
01-07-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,036
Posted By dsbrantjr

+100, you will not regret buying the best.

+100, you will not regret buying the best.
01-07-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,468
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have it also and it is my primary stand

I have it also and it is my primary stand
01-03-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 321
Posted By dsbrantjr

Be aware that the width is nominal, not all...

Be aware that the width is nominal, not all "28mm" tires will be the same width, especially winter tires. Folks at a local shop may be able to help.
01-02-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,039
Posted By dsbrantjr

The Travel Agents are also a low-friction way to...

The Travel Agents are also a low-friction way to make the 90 turn into the brake. They don't look a bit goofy to me.
12-30-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By dsbrantjr

So do reflector brackets, or even a loop of...

So do reflector brackets, or even a loop of string. Rear brake too.
12-28-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By dsbrantjr

It is also helpful to twist the cable in the...

It is also helpful to twist the cable in the direction which tightens the lay while inserting it into the housing. I use die-drawn stainless inner and lined outer cables. I see little/no advantage...
12-26-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 984
Posted By dsbrantjr

Was the temperature cooler when the failure...

Was the temperature cooler when the failure occurred? Was it warmer when it started working again?
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