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Jun
8
comment Headest: replace bearings or entire headset
Even a $25 "junk" headset has been engineered. Ignoring that and going with what "sounds right" is bad advice. Most races are designed for specific sized balls. Using different sizes will change the contact points but that's a bad thing. Moving from caged to loose bearings is also silly. High-end cartridge bearings still use a cage to keep individual balls separate. Yes more balls = less load on each but somebody with a calculator decided how many balls to use based on expected load. Having the balls spaced in a cage allows room for extra lubricant while maintaining uniform load distribution.
Jun
8
comment Headest: replace bearings or entire headset
@sessyargc.jp thank you for providing non-condescending advice.
Jun
8
comment Headest: replace bearings or entire headset
@FredtheMagicWonderDog This isn't my first rodeo. The most expensive part of a heaset swap is buying the tools so you don't have to pay a bike shop to do it.
Jun
8
comment Headest: replace bearings or entire headset
@Blam I'm not looking for a value judgement, but an engineering one. I don't understand what the age of the headset has to do with anything.
Jul
4
comment Roof Rack vs. Trunk Rack for Sedan
just to add to Benedikt: a rear rack will have nylon straps holding it to the car (most likely). If you are prone to leave the rack on the car, these straps will deteriorate fairly quickly. Where a metal roof rack will survive the elements much better.
Jun
20
comment rebuild shimano wheel
ok cool. I was hoping that a rebuild (rim, spokes, nipples, labor) would cost less than a new wheel, which I can find online for ~$120.
Jun
11
comment What could be the reason for chain skipping
As you slowly pedal, does the chain try to jump up to the next sprocket, or is it jumping off to the outside of the bike?
Jun
11
comment Twisted front tyre
A picture would be real helpful.
Jun
11
comment How to find a durable lock mount?
Fabric Horse makes a belt specifically for this, with a strap built in. Still pretty hipster-ish fabrichorse.com/lock-holsters.html
Apr
30
comment How do I tighten up my headset?
Eventually as you tighten the locknut, the friction between the locknut and the adjustable race will cause the adjustable race to tighten down against the upper head race. You want to avoid this. The goal is to tighten the locknut and the adjustable race against each other. To do so, you'll need to hold both pieces.
Apr
22
comment How to repair shifter housing
#2: two part epoxy GLUE. Works similar to your putty,but it's liquid and will fill in the crack better w/out a big mess. My fav is bit.ly/15BMkQg Any time you use glue RTFM cause you only get one shot
Apr
22
comment How to repair shifter housing
Be careful. You probably don't want to use a putty. It will be "glopy" and bulky and won't hold very well. You have two options that will make a cleaner bond. 1. try some acrylic joiner. you put the pieces back together and then "drip" the acrylic joiner around the crack and it wicks into place. This might not work (depending on the type of plastic of the cover.) However, if it doesn't work you can just wipe it away and move on to #2.
Apr
18
comment How can I tell what frame model/year this bicycle is?
can you clarify: is the picture of the bike you are talking about or a picture of what you have guessed the bike to be?
Apr
18
comment What Shimano jockey wheels are compatible with my old Shimano 105 9-Speed Derailleur?
Shimano is good about putting model numbers on their stuff. What exact model number is your rear derailleur? It'll probably be a RD-5xxx.
Jan
28
comment Solutions for a slightly loose crown race
you should accept the answer to your own question =P