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Jul
23
comment Shimano Bottom Bracket LHS cup - splines all worn off. Removal tips?
While I agree the spindle is only 12 mm the opening in the cup is closer to 22mm and the splines on the cup are about 32mm.
Jul
21
comment What can I replace a Shimano SL-M760 shift lever with?
Be sure to order a shifter compatible with your brake levers. I-spec shifters mount to the brake lever. Non I spec clamp to the bars. There are also shifters that are part of the brake lever.
Jul
20
comment What model/year is this bike?
Try using Bikepedia. By selecting the brand and model you can find out what years that model was produced. The components brand and level are listed along with the colors available that year. It can take a bit of comparison between years but has proven pretty accurate.
Jul
20
comment Trying to replace a wheel
+1 for the tandem wheel suggestion
Jul
19
comment Correct position of brake quick release on Ultegra 6800
Just because it hasn't opened under hard braking yet, doesn't infer that it never will. Is there a reason you prefer to ride with it half way?
Jul
16
comment Older mountain bike
Do you mean your bike has an axle held on with nuts?
Jul
12
comment Bike suggestions for a heavy rider
Since I have no scientific evidence to back this up I will leave as a comment. I would look for a used name brand mountain bike, Trek 3700,4300, etc or Specialized Hardrock or similar. My logic is that they are designed for a 180-200 pound rider that will abuse the bike to the limits. You will be on flat smooth surfaces. You rolling along is nothing compared to jumping the boulders and logs the bike was designed to do. As stated fit is important, you don't want to be injured or uncomfortable. The mountain gearing will be easier on your body as you become acclimated to riding again.
Jul
8
comment skipping on new chain/ cassette
Did you get a brand matched chain and cassette? Sram/ Sram or Shimano/Shimano or is it mixed? Are you using a quick link ?
Jun
27
comment Short Pull Brake Levers
There may be a small set screw on the lever frame. It is near the cable entry point. By screwing in the screw you shorten the amount of throw the lever has. It brings the "start "or "at rest" point closer to the hand grip.
Jun
22
comment Chain length and cassette tooth count relationship
With the chain on the small ring gear and the smallest cog the horizontal length of chain doesn't rub the chain on the upper jockey wheel you chain isn't to long. Normally you would not want a set up with the chain very close to the jockey wheel but it may be necessary if you are at or near the tooth capacity of the derailleur.
Jun
21
comment What thread is the rear wheel axle nut?
Not being sure of your location I would suggest another bike shop. If you went to a large shop with many new bikes they may have not wanted to take the time for a small profit item.. If there is another shop that sells older used bikes you may have better luck. With a bike that old it may not even be the original wheel and axle.
Jun
21
comment I can remove crank arms without a crank puller, is this a problem? I'm worried the crankarms might be loose
With crank bottomed out is the end of the shaft even with the seating surface for the bolt? This is the determining factor for a shimming the shaft or grinding the back of the crank. decision.
Jun
12
comment Adjusting brake rub on a mini-v brake (Giant Propel)
Make sure you retighten the bolt in the red circle as it is the mounting bolt that attaches it to the fork.
Jun
8
comment For 'classic' cantilever brakes, are cartridge brake shoes better than non-cartridge ones?
As an observation by LBS carries one type of cartridges and four different complete shoe assemblies. It may be a case of supply and demand where most riders prefer shiny new parts.
Jun
3
comment Why aren't hub/drum/roller brakes suitable for touring?
Drum brake are prone to brake fade, whether they be on a truck ,auto or bicycle. Brake drums work by closing the small gap between the shoe and the drum surface. As heat builds the drum expands which requires more shoe movement to close the gap, This cycle continues until potentially what ever mechanism is used to move the shoe reaches the travel limit. In our litigious society this is design flaw. IMHO this is why drums aren't used. It is the same reason bikes sold in the U.S. with coaster brakes also have a hand brake because if the chain comes off the brakes won't work.
May
29
comment Can I swap a 29er fork inplace of a 27.5 if I maintain close to the same axle to crown length?
I plan on using the original 27.5 wheel so the axle to ground height will remain the same.
May
27
comment 120 mm fork with a frame designed for 100 mm fork?
You must also verify that the steerer tube diameter size is compatible with your frame. The standard sizes range from straight 1 1/8" top and bottom, tapered 1 1/4'' bottom and 1 1/8" at the top, and 1 1/2" bottom. If the replacement steerer is smaller than your headtube there are adapters that will allow it to fit. However you can't fit a 1 1/2" steerer in a 1 1/4" headtube.
May
14
comment Forearm pain during and after cycling
Are you wearing or have you tried padded gloves?
May
1
comment Bicycle saddles
Some seatpost designs have two bolts. One bolthead is accessed under the saddle the other through the hole, as the head is on the top. This two bolt design in theory allows for a finer saddle angle adjustment.
May
1
comment Is my six-year old touring bike worth repairing?
Can you let us know what you are currently riding and it's potential replacement. Then we can give some cost benefit analysis.