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ride mostly single track with a little road biking mixed in.


Apr
4
comment Trouble Removing bottom bracket. Is it my Tool?
Corrosion can be a problem with steel retainers in an aluminum frame. I've also seen them loc-tited in place. The key is lots of controlled torque. Think breaker bar or extension pipes before a hammer.
Apr
3
comment Spongier brake pads = longer rim life?
I would speculate that the softer pads might likely retain more road grit and wear the rims faster.
Mar
31
comment Rear disc brake question
Have you brought the wheel to your local bike shop to see if it can be trued (straightened)? It will be cheaper than a disc brake.
Mar
22
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
Are you sure your 1" headtube will accept a 1 1/8" headset and fork?
Mar
17
comment Bought new chain. Do I have to remove links?
Count links. If the old chain is worn it will be longer than a new chain with the same number of links
Mar
9
comment How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
Another consideration, unlike rim diameter there is no universal convention dealing with tire width. One brand of tire 32mm wide may fit and another brand may not.
Feb
16
comment Weight saving between Sora and 105
I am adding as a comment since links change, try Weight Weenies.com web site. There is almost everything to do with component weight and not much else.
Feb
11
comment Is it safe to use painted unmachine rims with rim brakes?
Are you sure they are painted and not anodized or ceramic?
Feb
5
comment Is 11- 34 rear cassette necessary?
Make sure your current rear derailleur has enough tooth capacity to handle the largest gear on the cassette.
Jan
25
comment Can I cut down a quick release skewer?
Are you sure that the "nut" on the skewer is not bottoming out? Make sure you have at least 2-3 threads on the inside edge.
Jan
13
comment Which freewheel remover tool to use on vintage Columbia bike?
You also have to be confident with your bearing service skills. Most require axle removal to get the tool to fit in the freewheel.
Jan
3
comment Crank type for an old peugot
Rather than quote Sheldon Brown word for word I suggest you check out his articles pertaining to French bike upgrade, refit issues. The article may help you clarify exactly what issues your having.
Jan
3
comment Shimano 105 rear shifting issues
Is this on a new bike or a (used) new to you bike
Dec
30
comment Cable Stop For Internal Cable Routing
As @ Kibbee stated I also believe they a brand specific. They appear slightly different from mine. In reality there are not that many carbon frame builders in the world. My guess is that there are not many variations.
Dec
30
comment Cable Stop For Internal Cable Routing
It is possible they still use the same ones on the current model. I would bring the frame and a ruler into a dealer selling the brand and do a side by side comparison.
Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
My only addition to @PeteH answer is find a shoe that fits before choosing a brand or type. Some brands are much better suited to certain foot shapes than others. Also sizes may not be the same between brands.
Oct
21
comment Loose axis of Shimano Deore FC-M591-S Hollowtech II
How many miles/years are on the Bottom bracket (bearings)?
Oct
1
comment Need help identifying bottom bracket
While they can disassembled the shell shaft and bearings will typically come out and are sold as an assembly.
Jul
10
comment What can I use for a DIY cable end?
I agree and more likely he has one at home. Make it an answer so we can vote it up.
Jun
25
comment Upgrading cassette - what do I need to be aware of?
Adding to @Kibbee thoughts I would stay away from the very low end no name chains you see on the internet that sell for $6-$7. Just get a decent brand name chain in a price range that suits you.