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Jan
30
comment Bottom Bracket - Drive Side is Stuck, what to do please?
If the frame is aluminum try soaking the cup with ammonia. While penetrating oils work well on steel, they aren't as effective breaking down the aluminum oxide that forms. You may also find it easier to lay the bike on the floor. I have seen the cup stuck so bad it required a pipe wrench to get enough leverage.
Jan
22
comment Can I run Aluminum Backed organic brake pads with Elixir Avid 5 Hydraulic system?
I am not sure if the Elixir is of the type of caliper that contains a magnet to position the pads? If it is, my guess is aluminum pads are not compatible.
Jan
20
comment Shimano integrated shifter/brake: Cantilever compatible with V-Brake?
Clarification: Find a non integrated shifter ( shifter and brake lever are separate components) and use the cantilever brake lever that came with the bike, Use the integrated shifter and upgrade the brakes to "V" brakes.
Jan
2
comment Cannondale CAAD12 headset proprietary or replaceable?
The factory spec sheet states caad12 headset. Photos of the headtube show what appears to be a standard integrated headset.
Dec
31
comment Does the BB axle (spindle) lengths 1:1 compare for square taper and octalink?
There can be a difference between cranks even of the same type of interface. Place a straight edge across the inside of the smallest gear and measure to the edge of the hole. Do this to both cranks, the difference in length, be it shorter or longer is your new spindle length requirement..
Nov
7
comment My bike brakes are lethal, help!
I clean the rims when installing new pads or if I suspect road (oil, asphalt sealer, paint etc. ) contamination. I have seen old pads leave streaks of rubber residue on the rims ,especially on old steel rims. In these cases it does make a difference.
Nov
3
comment What is the weight difference between frame sizes?
Weight Weenies in an independent site that has a data base of the actual weight members have submitted and compares this to the manufacturers published weights for frames, components and complete bikes.
Oct
22
comment cable housing with braided metal hard to cut?
For those without the right tool, a Dremel with a cutting wheel works very well.
Oct
16
comment proper tube size for bicycle tire
If I couldn't find a wide 700c I would use the narrowest 29er tube available. Most likely a 29x1.75( approx. 44mm).
Oct
16
comment What brand/year/make is this road bike?
Can you post a picture of the headbadge ( the emblem above the front brakes)?
Oct
16
comment Fix a wobbly Shimano freehub?
With cassette removed can you tell if the freehub is loose on the wheel or is the axle loose where it goes through the freehub?
Oct
12
comment Hybrid bike stolen, trying to weigh factors for how to replace
I would add, if you have a LBS in your area that you are comfortable with ask what they might charge to give the bike a quick once over. I agree with all the comments used is by far the best value.
Oct
4
comment Why did my last trip give me a bum blister?
Were you riding the same bike as you usually ride with the same setup?
Oct
1
comment Can I replace the crank on a Raleigh m20 with one from a Schwinn Ranger?
After removing the cranks, measure the bottom bracket shaft lengths. If there is a difference of more than 4-5mm you may need to swap them also.
Sep
29
comment Fracture in folding frame - safe to ride?
A check of Dahons web site states they have a 5 year frame warranty. Do you qualify?
Sep
28
comment Gears on a singlespeed frame
"Problem Solvers" is company that has made a business of supplying parts to match mismatched components. They do have clamp on cable stops.
Sep
26
comment Using 9 speed Deore front shifter with 10 speed Ultegra front Deraileur
Bear in mind that the front derailleur does have a maximum tooth capacity. The mountain lines tend max at about 46 teeth per spec. I have had decent results exceeding the spec by a few teeth. As long as your crank doesn't exceed 50 teeth you should be alright.
Sep
18
comment Will these suspensions fit my bike
This fork is classified as a "city" fork by Suntour, my guess is it is not designed for off road use.The 700c fork will be longer and this may effect handling. You may also not have sufficient tire side clearance for mountain bike tires. The 255mm is an uncut steerer. Unless you currently have an XXL frame the steerer will have to be cut or additional headset spacers needed.
Sep
15
comment Brand new bike with a stuck chain link
I would avoid riding it in the position that causes the skip/jump/click.
Sep
15
comment How do I prevent the Hydraulic Disc Brakes on my bike from rubbing?
Can you tell us the brand and model of bike along with the type of brakes?