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Old 12-11-20, 11:41 AM
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Old 12-24-20, 06:57 PM
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I often repaint bikes. I take off whatever chain stay protector is there if it is chewed up. Most are made of some kind of tape. On the Fuji I just finished I was trying to think of something I could use instead of buying one. looking around the shop I saw some heavy duty duct tape on the wall. This isn't the light weight grey stuff. it is much thicker and sturdier. The Problem was how to cut it to size and shape . this tape sticks aggressively and if you stick it to itself while handling you are finished. What I needed was something I could stick a length of tape to, cut it to a tapered shape so it would fit the tapered chain stay , then be able to peal it off once it was cut. What I found that works is parchment paper, which you can find in the grocery store . it is used in baking. The duct tape sticke to it so it can be cut then easily peals off without loosing its stickiness. It worked great and should be very durable.
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Old 12-27-20, 07:25 PM
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If you are having trouble removing the plastic covers that hide the crank spindle bolts try squirting some wd40 into the slot then use the edge of a park mini cone wrench as a screw driver to twist the cap off. I don't know how many of those old brittle plastic caps I have ruined before I thought of this. Also, it you have the kind of spindle that takes a bolt instead of a nut there is a type(I think it is shimano ) that takes an Allen key and has a rubber gasket on it . looks great and you don't need to find a plastic cap.
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Old 01-03-21, 08:58 PM
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Back in the mid-1980s I made a tool for removing slotted crankarm covers. The tool was made from a T-shape piece that came with rear racks to stop the rack from sliding down the seatstays. It bolted to the front of the rack and t o the rear brake bolt. That tool still resides in my bicycling tool box and still gets used a fair bit.

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Old 01-26-21, 12:21 AM
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Here's a few:

Motor casing to hold tools. Larger one is from a garbage disposal. Not everyone likes this as it magnetizes the tools a bit.



Sprayer head on alcohol bottle for utility cleaning. Threads & sizes are pretty standard.



Master link tool from old wire stripper. Posted previously.



Vest wrapped with piece of latex tube. Makes it small and not slippery so it doesn't come out of jersey pocket.




Cassette tool handle from PVC pipe. Heat fitting with heat gun to soften and press over tool.




Glue brush stored in can.

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Old 01-26-21, 10:50 AM
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I use the alcohol sprayer for hood and grip removal and install.
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Old 02-03-21, 09:15 PM
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Saved this! Thank you!
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Old 02-03-21, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Le Mechanic View Post
Presta valve tips, tricks, and hacks video if you're new to this style valve:
Saving this video, thank you!
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Old 04-22-21, 12:14 PM
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Not my hint/trick, as I read about this in a post about tyres. But I thought I'd re-share it here.

For tyres that are difficult to mount, let them sit, unboxed, out in the sun for a bit. I did this for my most recent tyre and the heat from the sun combined with the darkness of the tyre allowed it to be mounted much easier than straight out of the box.
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Old 04-26-21, 11:34 AM
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3 M 90 spray adhesive lives in my shop and has many uses. When I want to mount cheap bar tape( without adhesive) I take a small bit of aluminum foil and put it inside a large mouth jar cap forming a dish,. then I spray a bit of contact cement in the dish and use a q tip as a brush to spread a ribbon of glue on the handle bars. At the levers I cut a small piece of bar tape and paint the back side along with the bottom of the lever clamp . this holds the bar tape while I wrap the bars.

Another use for the tinfoil cup is for touch up paint. I have lots of partial cans of Rustoleum spray paint in different colors. To touch up a paint job take what ever colors you want to mix together to achieve a match and spray a dollop in the cup then take a paint brush and mix them together till you get a good match.

For touch ups you need a sharply pointed brush, preferably sable . I will take a small one and carefully trim the bristles till they form a point. This makes it easy to touch up small chips without getting any on the original paint. Even a close match works pretty well if it is confined to the chip or scratch. Solid colors are much easier to touch up than pearls or metallic paints. With dark colored frames it is sometimes better to use black as a touch up paint. On dark blue for example it practically disappears.
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Old 12-19-21, 08:35 AM
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I made a short video of a front derailleur hack I've been doing for the last few years. I came up with this idea to mimic the structural stability of Shimano Di2 and 11 speed group front derailleurs that have a support screw and backing plate installed. Older front derailleurs, primarily those with braze on type mounts and carbon fiber frames. The improved shift performance from the small to big ring is pretty dramatic.

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Old 02-09-22, 05:11 AM
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My trick to replace metal components with carbon fiber tubes.




And replace cable end crimps with rivets, so it's way earlier to pull with bare hand.



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Old 02-12-22, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Le Mechanic View Post
I made a short video of a front derailleur hack I've been doing for the last few years. I came up with this idea to mimic the structural stability of Shimano Di2 and 11 speed group front derailleurs that have a support screw and backing plate installed. Older front derailleurs, primarily those with braze on type mounts and carbon fiber frames. The improved shift performance from the small to big ring is pretty dramatic.

https://youtu.be/uSkwjZ8vWUY
Great thread, I have done something similar on two bikes with the bottom bit of these hammer handle wedges, had to file some as they are not pecise to get a good fit, seemed to help:
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Old 02-12-22, 09:41 AM
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My trick to replace metal components with carbon fiber tubes.




And replace cable end crimps with rivets, so it's way earlier to pull with bare hand.



any particular source for Carbon Fiber tubes?
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Old 02-12-22, 03:23 PM
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My guess was they were tent poles, or from tent pole replacement/repair kits
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Old 02-14-22, 12:10 AM
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any particular source for Carbon Fiber tubes?
They are quite accessible from online traders.

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Old 03-06-22, 08:16 PM
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. Eventually you will find the spot and the brakes won't rub. So much easier than readjusting the brakes.
Holy crap...this was my problem yesterday 😂 Thank you!
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Old 03-14-22, 10:55 AM
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Wrap the spring in the hitch connector with a layer of bar tape or electrical tape. Remove it completely first.

It starts rattling and the tape fixes the issue.

I thought my bike was making noise until I found that little gremlin.

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Old 05-04-22, 10:10 AM
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I just posted this in a regular thread but I think it counts as a hint or trick.

This is my trick for getting even tight tires onto a rim, usually without tools. The trick is to not do the last bit opposite the valve but at 90 degrees to it, and have the opposite side as far into the middle groove as possible to give you just a little more length to get over the rim, and that goes for taking off or putting on. The valve prevents the tire's bead from going into the center groove.

On the left is the correct way, with the blue tire all the way in the groove and slightly stretched with the stem at 90 degrees on the left. On the right the tire is in the bead and can't stretch over the rim with the stem in the way. Green is outer rim, red is the bead channel and the black is the inner groove. Not all rims are like this though with the center groove but it may still make it easier.
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Old 07-22-22, 11:58 AM
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I had a leaky presta valve core, so I removed the core, put some grease on the threads, reinserted the core and then wrapped the core/valve stem junction with a single layer of Duck Tape. It's working great, no more slow leak!
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Old 07-24-22, 06:18 AM
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I carry a claw hammer on me while ridding. Just incase anything kicks off.
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Old 07-24-22, 09:23 AM
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I had a leaky presta valve core, so I removed the core, put some grease on the threads, reinserted the core and then wrapped the core/valve stem junction with a single layer of Duck Tape. It's working great, no more slow leak!
Try using plumber's teflon tape. It should work better even. But that begs the question, why not just replace the core. They don't cost much at all. I bought a box of 10 for $10, including the tool.
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Old 07-26-22, 07:38 AM
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why not just replace the core. They don't cost much at all. I bought a box of 10 for $10, including the tool.
Or salvage them from old tubes.
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