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11-30-23, 09:04 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,271
Posted By dsbrantjr

I had a SoCAL buddy who would whack a new...

I had a SoCAL buddy who would whack a new surfboard against the corner of the house to get the first ding over with.
07-15-23, 10:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,802
Posted By dsbrantjr

Please do not use gasoline for anything except a...

Please do not use gasoline for anything except a motor fuel. It is highly flammable and creates explosive vapors which will travel a long way to an ignition source. It is toxic by vapor inhalation...
05-07-23, 08:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 813
Posted By dsbrantjr

The nice thing about chuck wedges is that they...

The nice thing about chuck wedges is that they push straight and evenly against the crank and BB, a pickle fork is wedge-shaped and more likely to do collateral damage.
04-21-23, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By dsbrantjr

It is a magnetic base for holding a dial...

It is a magnetic base for holding a dial indicator or similar
04-16-23, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 796
Posted By dsbrantjr

+1 If you decide to drill it out, drilling from...

+1 If you decide to drill it out, drilling from the lever side will work with a regular right-hand drill bit. Start with a smallish bit and gradually go bigger; it will likely unscrew by itself as...
04-16-23, 08:10 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,701
Posted By dsbrantjr

I use Continental Easy Tape exclusively. It is...

I use Continental Easy Tape exclusively. It is thinner and slicker than the Velox cloth which makes mounting tires easier. Won't creep like electrical tape or filament-reinforced packing tape. ...
03-07-23, 04:16 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,074
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you decide to buy it, you should consider...

If you decide to buy it, you should consider "stop drilling" the end of that notch so that a crack is less likely to propagate. Stresses will concentrate at that sharp corner, making the radius...
02-15-23, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By dsbrantjr

Non-bike specific trailer suggestion; A black...

Non-bike specific trailer suggestion; A black trailer is going to be unpleasantly hot ("the box" in prison movies) in the Florida sun. If the donor is going to do the graphics you might suggest...
02-10-23, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,003
Posted By dsbrantjr

One reason hat plastic items tend to get brittle...

One reason hat plastic items tend to get brittle with age is called "plasticiser migration. Plastic items contain plasticisers to help keep them from becoming brittle and when they are lost from...
02-10-23, 08:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By dsbrantjr

Since brakes are a life safety item, you should...

Since brakes are a life safety item, you should probably take your bike to a bike shop or co-op/bike kitchen where someone who knows what to look for can get hands on it..
02-05-23, 07:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 642
Posted By dsbrantjr

Yes, get an internal cam skewer, like Campy or...

Yes, get an internal cam skewer, like Campy or Shimano, keep it lubricated and do it up correctly; the lever should leave an impression on the heel of your hand if it is tight enough..
Those...
02-01-23, 03:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,360
Posted By dsbrantjr

As Andrew Stewart points out, getting very...

As Andrew Stewart points out, getting very different braking systems to act identically is going to be a tough job. Just having them both work well is sufficient for safe operation.
01-30-23, 07:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,401
Posted By dsbrantjr

[QUOTE=Positron400;22785645]Heya, i've...

[QUOTE=Positron400;22785645]Heya,

i've ordered a front rack (Basil Portland) and discovered that it's supposed to be mounted at the axle. I have a QR and want to change it to a bolt-on version. I...
01-24-23, 02:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,559
Posted By dsbrantjr

The stem clearly does not fit the bar correctly...

The stem clearly does not fit the bar correctly for whatever reason. Perhaps someone tried to force an oversized bar into the stem, bending the upper part, or forced the opening wider to...
12-13-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 801
Posted By dsbrantjr

What is the condition of your hex drive bit? If...

What is the condition of your hex drive bit? If it is worn down/rounded off it is more likely to strip out a bolt head. If so, grind it back to sharp corners or replace it, they are consumables. ...
12-09-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,379
Posted By dsbrantjr

When a tire is mounted and inflated, the joint is...

When a tire is mounted and inflated, the joint is being pushed together, not pulled apart. Not crazy at all
12-06-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,266
Posted By dsbrantjr

Make certain that you get the real stuff NOT the...

Make certain that you get the real stuff NOT the milky-white substitute.
12-06-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 761
Posted By dsbrantjr

Never Fix A Running Piece!

Never Fix A Running Piece!
11-20-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,177
Posted By dsbrantjr

I find that pedals typically come from the...

I find that pedals typically come from the factory skimpily lubed and too tightly adjusted; I always lube and adjust new pedals before putting them into service. I specifically only buy pedals which...
11-13-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 537
Posted By dsbrantjr

It is possible to install a threaded insert...

It is possible to install a threaded insert called a Helicoil which will restore the threads stronger than new.
10-29-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 551
Posted By dsbrantjr

I ride on the right and notice my tires wear more...

I ride on the right and notice my tires wear more on the left, which I attribute to road crown.
Off topic, my '65 VW Beetle repair manual listed alternate, asymmetrical front end alignment angles...
10-29-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,482
Posted By dsbrantjr

Nope, cones are typically case-hardened steel...

Nope, cones are typically case-hardened steel which is impossible to cut with a tap.
10-29-22, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 551
Posted By dsbrantjr

De-mount, flip, and reinstall periodically to...

De-mount, flip, and reinstall periodically to equalize the wear?
09-29-22, 02:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 815
Posted By dsbrantjr

Get some Kano Kroil, it is your best chance at a...

Get some Kano Kroil, it is your best chance at a penetrant-only solution.
09-20-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By dsbrantjr

There is a handy dust cap removal tool which is...

There is a handy dust cap removal tool which is very helpful in doing the required maintenance. Search on "MKS pedal dust cap spanner". IME most pedals come skimpily greased and adjusted too tight...
09-12-22, 06:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,521
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have 38mm and 47mm tires on 19mm rims with zero...

I have 38mm and 47mm tires on 19mm rims with zero issues.
09-05-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,201
Posted By dsbrantjr

Get one of the good (Park Tool is one) spoke...

Get one of the good (Park Tool is one) spoke wrenches which grips 4 corners/3 sides of the spoke and is the correct size; a good fit is critical to give you the best chance of breaking the spoke...
09-02-22, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 857
Posted By dsbrantjr

Bolts can be cut shorter rather easily. Using a...

Bolts can be cut shorter rather easily. Using a too-short bolt could result in its coming loose and/or stripping the threads; having the bars come off is only funny in the cartoons.
09-02-22, 05:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 290
Posted By dsbrantjr

This. Often when changing only the inner cable,...

This. Often when changing only the inner cable, the groove the old cable has worn in the housing (a cause of much of the new cable "stretch") does not fit the new cable well, which causes excess...
08-30-22, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 458
Posted By dsbrantjr

Friction shifting is the way to go for this kind...

Friction shifting is the way to go for this kind of situation, works with pretty much whatever else you have on the bike. No fiddly indexing adjustments and you can easily trim the front if needed.
08-22-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By dsbrantjr

https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Multi-Pu...

https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Multi-Purpose-SD-Polyurea-Gun-Grease-TY6341.html -15 to 350F (-26 to 177C) A lifetime supply for $6.47
08-21-22, 04:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,329
Posted By dsbrantjr

I keep new ones as spares; I would be too...

I keep new ones as spares; I would be too lazy/forgetful to take the worn link out and replace it when I get home. I also have a little piece of coat hanger wire bent into a double hook tool to hold...
08-21-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,095
Posted By dsbrantjr

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chain-wear.html

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chain-wear.html
08-21-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would not expect great shifting performance but...

I would not expect great shifting performance but certainly useable in a "bail-out" situation. Should be manageable with your downtube shifters, friction shifting overcomes a lot of issues..
08-21-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,329
Posted By dsbrantjr

I consider "single use" to mean "use with one...

I consider "single use" to mean "use with one chain" and toss both when worn. IIRC there was some patent or another which kept folks from advertising reuseable links, calling them single-use...
08-21-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 818
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you need a bead jack to mount your tires, you...

If you need a bead jack to mount your tires, you had better have it with you when you get a flat or you are going to be stuck.
Another way to ease mounting of tires is to use a thinner rim strip...
08-19-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 311
Posted By dsbrantjr

Before taking the shotgun approach of replacing...

Before taking the shotgun approach of replacing things, maybe you should clean and lube the mechanisms and replace the cables and housings. You might find that it works just fine.
08-19-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 606
Posted By dsbrantjr

They'll pry my steel frames from my cold, dead...

They'll pry my steel frames from my cold, dead hands!
08-16-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 741
Posted By dsbrantjr

Bicycles are intended to be pedaled forward. If...

Bicycles are intended to be pedaled forward. If it does that OK I would advise leaving well enough alone. Never Fix A Running Piece.
08-12-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,472
Posted By dsbrantjr

20 year old pads? I would replace them first.

20 year old pads? I would replace them first.
07-30-22, 09:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,831
Posted By dsbrantjr

This is the price we pay for that slick...

This is the price we pay for that slick under-bar-tape cable routing, I'm afraid.
07-27-22, 05:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,273
Posted By dsbrantjr

I don't like it a bit. The idea of having two...

I don't like it a bit. The idea of having two clamp bolts is to increase the area under clamping pressure (and add redundnacy). What you propose seems to me like you are "stealing" clamping...
07-23-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,640
Posted By dsbrantjr

Or help someone else and rack up karmic points.

Or help someone else and rack up karmic points.
07-23-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By dsbrantjr

No part is perfectly concentric, nor is any...

No part is perfectly concentric, nor is any assembly. I would consider 2-3 mm of derailleur movement irrelevant; the amount of non-concentricity of the chainring is certainly less than this. You...
07-19-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have found that it is hard to go wrong with...

I have found that it is hard to go wrong with Kool Stop products.
07-14-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,633
Posted By dsbrantjr

I'd suggest you get used to using your front...

I'd suggest you get used to using your front brake preferentially, so that it is a reflex when the time comes where you need to brake really hard in an emergency.
07-09-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,101
Posted By dsbrantjr

I use Tef-Gel on all dissimilar-metal joints, it...

I use Tef-Gel on all dissimilar-metal joints, it is specifically desgned to hinder electrolytic corrosion in marine conditions: https://www.tefgel.com/contain.php?param=tefgel_infor
07-06-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,055
Posted By dsbrantjr

This is why I see no economy in buying large...

This is why I see no economy in buying large quantities of such things unless you use it at a prodigious rate..
I buy the smallest Rema tubes of vulcanizing fluid, carefully squeeze out all of the...
06-22-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,085
Posted By dsbrantjr

You do not want glue, you want "vulcanizing...

You do not want glue, you want "vulcanizing fluid" which, when correctly used, causes a chemical bond between the tube and the patch. Sulfur something something, one of the organic chemists in the...
06-22-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 782
Posted By dsbrantjr

My go-to for dissimilar metal joints/fasteners...

My go-to for dissimilar metal joints/fasteners where electrolytic corrosion is a concern, is Tef-Gel: https://www.tefgel.com/contain.php?param=tefgel_infor
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