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Aug
11
comment Hub rebuild - cone dust cap conflict, hub integrated vs pressed on cone?
If the cone is the correct diameter to mate with the hub's dust cover then you can probably get away with removing the cone's cover. There is a danger, however, that the cone is simply the wrong one to use with that hub, due to a different bearing circle diameter.
Aug
10
comment Loose pedal bent under pressure
Stupid question: Is is possible that the crank arm is bent, due, perhaps, to dropping the bike on the pedal? Or perhaps due to climbing a steep hill with a fixie when the pedals or cranks were not up to that much force?
Aug
10
comment Loose pedal bent under pressure
I definitely WOULD NOT reinstall that pedal. Not unless the threads were proven to be perfect on very close inspection.
Aug
10
comment Can I use a 6mm threaded bolt instead of a bleed valve for hydraulic brakes?
If I found a bolt that seemed to fit pretty well I'd consider getting an O ring that fit snugly in the hole, insert that, then the bolt. Depending on the geometry of the hole that might or might not work.
Aug
10
comment Can I use a 6mm threaded bolt instead of a bleed valve for hydraulic brakes?
@moshbear - Except that the threads of a standard bolt are not tapered, like the threads of a pipe are. And you risk getting fragments of the tape in the fluid, where they could easily cause a braking failure.
Aug
9
comment How to remove completely stuck saddle post from frame
(I upvoted you, in anticipation of seeing your "answer" edited into the question.)
Aug
9
comment Loose pedal bent under pressure
It seems a bit odd that you can't get the pedal OFF. Are you sure you're turning it in the right direction? The left pedal threads backwards, remember.
Aug
8
comment How to remove completely stuck saddle post from frame
You can edit your question to insert the "answer".
Aug
8
comment Can I use a 6mm threaded bolt instead of a bleed valve for hydraulic brakes?
I would guess that you need either a bolt with a tapered end or a gasket of some sort, in order to achieve the proper seal.
Aug
8
comment How to remove completely stuck saddle post from frame
If using heat after penetrating oil, beware of starting a fire. Wouldn't be a big fire, but could take you by surprise and set something else on fire.
Aug
8
comment How to remove completely stuck saddle post from frame
(It would be of interest to know the type of metal used for the seatpost and the frame.) (And I'd probably strap the frame to something solid and use the pipe wrench, after letting some penetrating oil soak in for a few hours.)
Aug
8
comment How to remove completely stuck saddle post from frame
Dynamite is probably the best option. (And you're right that seatposts come in a stupid array of sizes, and it probably is possible to hammer in one size too large in some cases.)
Aug
8
comment Brand New bike, chain slips into spokes on first gear
One does need to point out that many discount stores employ an itinerant bicycle assembler person of at least moderate mechanical skill. This person appears several times a year to assemble bikes, and may be scheduled back at your store or another one nearby in the near future. If that cannot be arranged, then Walmart should either foot the bill for a bike shop adjustment or refund your money in full.
Aug
8
comment Brand New bike, chain slips into spokes on first gear
Take it back to Walmart and demand that they assemble and adjust it correctly.
Aug
7
comment Truing an 'out of round' wheel
Loosen the other spokes.
Aug
7
comment diference between 170mm 172mm 175mm crank arm length on road bike
"Optimal" crank arm length is determined by the individual's physiology, the height of the BB above the ground, and desired ground/turning clearance. Obviously, a longer arm gives more leverage, and a shorter arm is better for people with short legs, but there's no "formula".
Aug
7
comment Most effective upgrades on Road bike
I would recommend against the folding tires because they're a PITA to mount (especially the first time) and the latex tubes because they tend to leak down fast. Replace the brake pads only if you don't like the action of the stock ones.
Aug
7
comment Will an innertube for 700x35c-44c be ok for a bike that says it needs size 700x45c?
It would be nice to have the next size larger, but it will work OK.
Aug
7
comment Shimano Tiagra Rear Derailleur - Barrel Adjuster Won't Screw In
It sounds like the threads might be fouled. Probably best take to a bike shop.
Aug
6
comment Traveling road bikes that disassemble
Yep, several bikes are sold with S&S couplers, or you can get a frame shop to install them on an existing bike (if the bike is the right configuration). Probably must be a steel frame, with round tubes, and not too far removed from the standard "diamond" configuration.