Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley If you go on friendly group rides, this has probably either happened to you - or you were the one making it happen. Let me set the scene: You’re all humming along down the road enjoying the day and company and getting nicely warmed up when someone hollers “FLAT!” Nobody wants to run into the poor flatee who might slow suddenly and no … [Read more...] about Are You the Group’s Flat Fixer?
Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley Last week we were helping my friend and teammate Mike Andalora with tips on how to know when his shift cable needs replacing and how often he should do it. In response, “Russ,” “Stephen” and “Joe,” posted comments discussing Shimano shift cables that break inside STI shift levers. Joe mentioned that he’s never had problems with his … [Read more...] about Shift Cable Breaks – Are Wires the Solution?
Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley Before we get to the shift cable question, I want to share one more comment about e-bike battery safety, which we were discussing last week. If you have a battery bike and you missed the article, you should read it and the comments because there are a lot of good tips. The comment I’m sharing is from Bevan Quinn whose dad Neil Quinn … [Read more...] about When is it Time to Replace a Shift Cable?
Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley Several clever tips for finishing cables came in which I like so much I want to share them, and then I’ll pass along a couple of technical questions I hope you can help with. Cable Tips 1. Chris Burkhardt pointed out that he “uses Yokozuna reusable cable ends. They have a tiny collet that holds them on. They stay put in all … [Read more...] about Three More Cable Finishing Tips & Two Questions
Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley Last week we covered the importance of finishing the ends of bicycle cables to prevent fraying, possible injury (the cables can stab you), as well as to give them a tidy professional appearance. We also highlighted two ingenious new tools for finishing cables, Park Tool’s $29.95 EP-1 End Cap Crimping … [Read more...] about 10 Ways of Finishing Bicycle Cables