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Feb
10
comment Converting a short cage rear derailleur to a long cage derailleur
Actually, you can order the long cage parts only. You don't necessarily need to cannibalize a long cage derailleur. And you would need to adjust chain length, of course. And if the derailleur so are the same model, as I specified, it would be constructed the same.
Feb
6
comment Presta valve on new tube won't inflate
Not all of them appear as obvious as the one in the photo. Check the threaded section below the valve tip. If there are 2 flat sections on this threaded area (you can just see them by the top red arrow above) then it unscrews. If the threads go all the way around with no flats, then it does not.
Feb
6
comment Theft deterrents (in addition to locking up a bike)
It is the only real theft deterrent. It does involve organizing your cycling life so that it is possible. And it IS possible. I should know. I do it.
Feb
4
comment Bike feels like it's slipping/shifting gear when pedalling while standing up on max gear
There are a number of options here. I would look at your bottom bracket bearings, and the teeth on the bike's gears.
Dec
27
comment Is there a preferred frame size calculator?
This is the wrong question to ask. The question you really want an answer to is "How do I get the correct fit for my bike?" And that is the question being answered below.
Dec
27
comment Is there a preferred frame size calculator?
Although I did not downvote because this is an answer for the question asked, I would guess that the general feeling is that fit calculators are not accurate without a skilled fitter to interpret the data for the specific brand you are looking at. I would never recommend a fit calculator as a primary means of finding the correct size. Once you know enough to use one, you can usually bypass them anyhow. :)
Dec
7
comment What's the best way to fix carbon to titanium?
To give any detailed answer requires a lot more detail about what you are using the piece for. Is it cosmetic or a structural part? What kind of strength will it require?
Nov
22
comment Does a brand-new bike bought online need a service before riding it?
One note to what the mechanic told you: there is, as he said, a factory lubricant on your chain, and there is no need to reapply lube before that wears off. However, it will likely wear off well before the service period he recommended.
Nov
14
comment Can a rear derailleur be used for either a 9 speed cassette or 10 speed cassette?
Sorry, no, they aren't. Different cable pull ratios and cog spacing a.
Oct
27
comment Can a rear derailleur be used for either a 9 speed cassette or 10 speed cassette?
Of course, the RD-5500 is road kit, so we're not worried about that. :)
Oct
22
comment How to use drop handlebars properly?
@KenHiatt Drops are less stable than the hoods. That's not to say that they are unstable, just relatively less stable compared to the hoods or tops.
Oct
15
comment Replace rim because of 4 broken spokes?
Yes, this is in line with normal practice. Also, the brake wear you describe is another good reason to replace the wheel for safety.
Oct
15
comment How to get enough leverage to remove pedals when their cranks are not attached to a bike?
If you could do that, you could also put it back on the bike. :)
Aug
30
comment How to build a wheel
My experience is that there are too many variables in producing the pitch for it to be accurate. Moving your finger 5mm up or down on the spoke or varying the force of the pluck drastically alters the pitch of the note produced. Gates Belt Drive has a similar app to measure their belt tension, but the shop tool is a physical measurement because the variation caused too many issues. The app you have might be good enough to replace a single spoke in an emergency, but I wouldn't use it to build a wheel.
Aug
29
comment How to build a wheel
I agree, and I have removed the link to the app for spoke tension measurement. There is no accurate method of measurement for spoke tension other than a deflection measurement chart and tool, in my opinion. I do appreciate that you've repaired the broken links.
Jul
31
comment Equipment for a multi-day bike trip
Same answer, just without bullets, etc...
Jun
29
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
@michael, again, no one here said that factory lube lasts forever. What we said was that cleaning too thoroughly and too often, in the initial factory lube period, will remove the factory lube, and increase your necessary maintenance.
Jun
29
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
@Michael, feel free. I've seen thousands of chains, and never had one which needed lube in the first 3 months.
Jun
28
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
@Michael: There are many lubes which can withstand pressurized spray, and the spray from the front tire is not exactly pressurized. In any case, I'm not trying to convince you I'm right. I've been cycling and working as a mechanic for 25 years, primarily in Seattle, but also all over the world. I know that my information is accurate. You can choose to believe what you like, of course.
Jun
28
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
@Michael: I don't see anything in the answer or the comments which indicates a "magic" factory lube. What is said is that you can't replace the factory lube effectively once it is degreased as thoroughly as described by the OP. The reason this is true is that the factory lubes the chain with a fairly heavy, sticky lube before assembly. Once assembled, you can't get a lube which is as effective in to the interior of the chain. The factory lube does not last the life of the chain, but usually lasts 2 - 4 months, which is far longer than the lube applied at home. :)