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Old 09-27-2010, 10:39 AM   #17176
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This bike is 15 years old and in very good condition since....well it's probably done less than 50 miles it's entire life and 20 of them were yesterday

I'll try the beer can shim and maybe even a bigger bolt but if not I may try another post.
grease the bolt threads and such so it turns easier. normally you grease the post too.

i had one bike where you couldn't get a good clamp with the bolt as it came, on this bike it was because the notch cut in the seat tube that the clamp went around wasn't wide enough... I got in there with a dremel cutoff disc and widened it, and didn't have that problem any more. when you tighten down on your bolt, inspect the clamp and see if anything is touching... if so, open it up.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:51 PM   #17177
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:55 PM   #17178
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grease the bolt threads and such so it turns easier. normally you grease the post too.

i had one bike where you couldn't get a good clamp with the bolt as it came, on this bike it was because the notch cut in the seat tube that the clamp went around wasn't wide enough... I got in there with a dremel cutoff disc and widened it, and didn't have that problem any more. when you tighten down on your bolt, inspect the clamp and see if anything is touching... if so, open it up.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:32 PM   #17179
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my Quantec,a german brand,Cyclocross
Sweet ride! I like orange bikes. Just something about 'em.
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:05 PM   #17180
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Thanks for the lesson. Maybe you should read the rest of the discussion that was taking place. He is replacing his shifter/brake levers setup and has the opportunity to buy v-brake compatible levers.
Last I heard, he was keeping em.

I miss something?

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Old 09-27-2010, 05:41 PM   #17181
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Don't forget to mention that leaky rear shock.
it was rebuilt by a fox dealer, and it hasn't been used hardly since.

if you pumped it up to 220 (within its rated specs, and the suggested value for my weight), it would leak like 10%/week when it was new, and 10%/day after a few years. I was told they should be rebuilt annually.
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:43 PM   #17182
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Last I heard, he was keeping em.

I miss something?

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last I saw, jeffy was saying he'd change the brakes later. I wouldn't, as he'd new brake levers too. me, I'd just do new cables (including the crossover cable if its even a little funky) and good fresh brake pads, lube the shafts, and ride it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:13 PM   #17183
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Had no ideal someone made a shaft drive bike..Things you find on CL.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/1976686387.html
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:46 PM   #17184
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Got another question. I'm finding most tubes to be 1.95-2.2 or 2.5-2.7. If I get a 2.3 (although some say they're more like 2.1's), can I run 1.95-2.2's? I'm looking to get thick tubes. Maybe Slime (Thorn resistant) which a friend recommended.

And, yes, I'm keeping the stock brakes and brifters and freshening them up with new pads.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:03 PM   #17185
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Had no ideal someone made a shaft drive bike..Things you find on CL.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/1976686387.html
there have been attempts since the first bicycles in the 19th century to do a shaft drive bike with bevel gears. I remember seeing pre-war fat tire cruisers with this wretched stamped bevel gear crank and a rusty drive shaft that was threaded through the tanker soft steel chain stay.
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:18 AM   #17186
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wow, your are old.

Thanks for the information. Didn't know.

Joc


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there have been attempts since the first bicycles in the 19th century to do a shaft drive bike with bevel gears. I remember seeing pre-war fat tire cruisers with this wretched stamped bevel gear crank and a rusty drive shaft that was threaded through the tanker soft steel chain stay.
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:56 AM   #17187
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I don't have time to write much as I'm wrapping up installing a new garage door opener, but I'll leave it at

one starts to form some opinions about what is what somewhere in the midst of a gravel century.

Great riding with you again, Askel. I can't quite think coherently about Almanzo 2011, but the idea is wafting about in my attic.



You guys are insane, but you rock! It was a blast waiting for you with cowbells at the finish.

I haven't had a chance to get the few pics I took off the camera but will try tonight.

Cheers you crazies!

Ps @ Askel: don't tell him I told you but ... Bimble is hooked
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:01 AM   #17188
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Had no ideal someone made a shaft drive bike..Things you find on CL.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/1976686387.html
I've seen an 1890's-1900's shaftdrive bicycle at The Old Spokes home in Burlington, VT. I didn't know anybody was doing a modern version. That looks like a really nice bike, for the money.

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Got another question. I'm finding most tubes to be 1.95-2.2 or 2.5-2.7. If I get a 2.3 (although some say they're more like 2.1's), can I run 1.95-2.2's? I'm looking to get thick tubes. Maybe Slime (Thorn resistant) which a friend recommended.
Run the 1.95-2.2 size in a 2.3. More than likely, the tire casing isn't an actual 2.3", but, the tread hangs over. When you run a grossly undersized tube, the tube's rubber gets thinner as it expands to the tire's size. Grossly oversized tubes in tires cause bunching and wrinkle the tube. So long as you're close on sizing, you'll be good.

Don't run Slime in your tubes. When you do get a flat, you'll have the crap all over the place when you go to change the tube, on the roadside. Also, if you try to repair that tube, it's likely that stuff will keep oozing out of the tube as you're trying to patch it. Keep it simple with a basic tube.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:19 AM   #17189
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Don't run Slime in your tubes. When you do get a flat, you'll have the crap all over the place when you go to change the tube, on the roadside. Also, if you try to repair that tube, it's likely that stuff will keep oozing out of the tube as you're trying to patch it. Keep it simple with a basic tube.
Living in the land of thorns (southwestern desert) I can talk to this one. If you have thorns, you will need slime or some other sealant. HOWEVER! If you run slime in a standard weight tube, you will indeed have the mess described. The sealant does not plug holes in a normal thickness bicycle tube, it just keeps oozing and collecting in the tire. You will have to run a THORNPROOF tube WITH sealant to actually get the tire to survive w/o lots of flats and fixing of them.

I know that this approach freaks out the weight weenies, but it does work. I would typically go a full year riding 2-3 times a week - but when it finally did die, I would have to spend a 1/2 hour pulling thorns out of the tire so I could put in my spare (lightweight) tube and get home.

If you want to go lightweight, and yet still survive in thorn country - you'll have to go tubeless. This is basically replacing the tube with a rim strip and a latex based sealant - but it is an "enthusiast" kinda thing. It takes patience to learn how to set it up, and you need to be riding your bike regularly so the sealant doesn't set up in the tire.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:01 AM   #17190
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If you want to go lightweight, and yet still survive in thorn country - you'll have to go tubeless. This is basically replacing the tube with a rim strip and a latex based sealant - but it is an "enthusiast" kinda thing. It takes patience to learn how to set it up, and you need to be riding your bike regularly so the sealant doesn't set up in the tire.
Also, some rim and tire combos will be very difficult to seal when inflating, as a tubeless. Do some research on tubeless combos, before jumping in with both feet.
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