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Re: The bicycle thread

#426 Post by aasoverteakettle » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:48 am

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Re: The bicycle thread

#427 Post by MaxwellG » Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:04 am

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dwnhlldav wrote:Now you lot are speaking my language. This is the first time in 20 years that I have not been employed at least part time in a bicycle shop. I've held all the roles from shop grunt to general manager. My most recent full time stint was managing the service department of one of the largest Trek dealers in the country. Have been helping out part time the last couple years outside my full time non-industry job, but had to have hip surgery this year so took a break from it.

At present I have 8 complete bikes, one usable frame, and two broken frames that will someday be wall art.

Complete bikes:
- NS Bikes Eccentric 27.5 hardtail mountain bike with a 150mm fork.
- Trek Sawyer 29er steel singlespeed.
- Trek Superfly carbon 29er built up rigid with drop bars as a gravel bike.
- Trek Madone 6.Something road bike. I probably ride this bike the least.
- Electra Cruiser.
- Eighthinch city bomber (think the hipster singles speed that a lifelong mountain biker would build).
- Homebuilt chopper.
- Beater Trek Antelope with tall bars and a cushy seat for my dad to ride when he visits us.

The frame is an old steel Bianchi 700c frame with canti studs to be built up as a retro single speed cross bike. I have all the parts just haven't gotten around to building it.

I've primarily been a mountain biker who spent time on the road because of convenience. I started mountain biking in the early 90s, when Girvin flex stems were the cutting edge in suspension technology. Got my driver's license in 1996 and have been chasing brown pow around the country ever since. Started working in a shop in '97 and have worked in 6 shops in 3 states since then. My exploits in my teens and 20s, racing downhill and generally going balls to the wall at all times, caught up with me and I've spent my 30s fixing myself (5 surgeries in 7 years). Most of my riding at present is tooling around the neighborhood with my kids, commuting to work on occasion, and dawn patrols around town. Prior to my latest sideline from injury, I was starting to get my kids out on trails and my son did his second mountain bike race this summer. My daughter likes trail riding but has no interest in racing.

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Re: The bicycle thread

#428 Post by lurker » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:07 pm

parts arrived today. i believe they "upgraded" the a050 shifters to SL-tx50s, and the rd-ty21 to a rd-tz500. that's fine, i'll keep them, though the a050s were the whole reason why i used them instead of another vendor.

i also believe that the problem is not with the USPS or their carrier, but in bikeworld's mailroom. i say this because they can apparently re-use the same tracking #, avoiding additional shipping costs, which suggests to me that they generate the tracking # onsite. they seem like nice people, i hope they can get their problems straightened out.

i'm rather busy moving to my new old house, so i'll get to installing them "soon"
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#429 Post by lurker » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:12 pm

oh, and now i need a hanger for the deraillleur. :( it says shimano and yes it's cheap, but i'm not impressed by the quality.
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#430 Post by YankeeTarheel » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:09 pm

Ouch! But hangers should be easily available locally.

As you know, there are Shimanos....and there are Shimanos! I AM impressed with the Sram line.
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#431 Post by lurker » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:27 pm

too bad suntour is gone. shimano is looking like lowest common denominator. this is the price i pay for being frugal, aka cheap.
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#432 Post by YankeeTarheel » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:16 pm

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too bad suntour is gone. shimano is looking like lowest common denominator. this is the price i pay for being frugal, aka cheap.
Yeah, used to be the derailleur names were Simplex, Huret, Suntour, Shimano, and, of course, Campagnolo. I don't remember any others from circa 1970, but that's me and my "Old Timer's Syndrome".
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#433 Post by lurker » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:17 pm

i read up on suntour a while back. very innovative, shimano copied them, undercut their prices,(lower R&D costs) drove them out of business. i'm sure it's more complex than that. something about the triumph of cutthroat capitalism.
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Re: The bicycle thread

#434 Post by lurker » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:13 pm

y'all, please tell me about side-pull brakes. both of my peugeots came to me with centerpulls, which have lovely symmetry and a certain euro-cachet, but require 3 hands to adjust. is there any performance-related difference?
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#435 Post by YankeeTarheel » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:30 pm

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y'all, please tell me about side-pill brakes. both of my peugeots came to me with centerpulls, which have lovely symmetry and a certain euro-cachet, but require 3 hands to adjust. is there any performance-related difference?
Side pulls come in basically 2 flavors: Cheap (where they brake unevenly and can jam) and ungodly expensive, where they are light, jewel-like and work GREAT.

Adjust center-pulls just requires a little knowledge--MAFACs are both trickier and a bit easier than Weinmans.
First, you want to true the wheel--makes adjustment much easier.

Second, you need to adjust the cables to the right length. The short cable on the calipers should be about an inch or so above the unit when not pulled. You can use a padded clamp to hold the calipers against the wheels, while you adjust the cable from the brake handle. When release, the pads should be close but not quite touching the wheel.

Third, the pads (assuming they are new), should be perpendicular to the axle, but should touch the rim as far away from the tire as possible and still making full contact. Be sure the pads make contact at the same time--the frame of the caliper can be angled about the mounting bolt to do this.

Finally, the pads should set to toe-in from the leading edge. You have to GENTLY bend the arm holding the pad to do this. A crescent wrench is perfect, being able to apply even pressure without marring the arm.

Here's a great video on it:
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Re: The bicycle thread

#436 Post by lurker » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:18 pm

:roflmao: so that's why bikes have toeclips! the strap can stand in as a brake adjusting tool.
newton-meters. :oops: damn frogs and their silly metric system :surrender:
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Re: The bicycle thread

#437 Post by YankeeTarheel » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:52 pm

lurker wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:18 pm
:roflmao: so that's why bikes have toeclips! the strap can stand in as a brake adjusting tool.
You didn't know that? I thought EVERY old-timer like us knew that like they knew where the pedals are! :lol:
newton-meters. :oops: damn frogs and their silly metric system :surrender:
I like fig newtons but I do try to meter out how I eat them.
I think every torque wrench I have is marked in both Foot-/Inch-pounds or Newton-meters.

I've been dealing with Metric so long the only time I get confused is subtleties of measuring height and Celsius temp. How many centimeters is 5'10", What is 28 C in F?
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