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cip1000

Member since Dec 2013 • Last active Feb 2020
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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    If you have a grinder and are a bit bored, you can cut open the old freewheel, liberate all the balls and achieve a deeper understanding of freewheel construction.

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    There are sealed freewheels (WI, token, profile) and unsealed ones (dicta, shimano, halo, acs, etc.) The unsealed ones will all die if used in crappy weather (~1-2 years commuting) crap gets inside and the ball bearings start to wear faster, it becomes loose or the pawls stop catching or similar. Adding oil can extend their lives a bit. The WI ones are great but a bit of a false economy as you can buy 10 dicta type freewheels for one WI one, and the WI casing is quite expensive compared to the cost of a new WI freewheel (and the last time I did that I found they now only sell the new casing with a new bearing).

    Get one that works with the standard 4 sprog removal tool.

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    For gears , a derallieur (that bolts on to your hanger), cassette ((shimano) that has right number of gears for your hub), gear cable, gear outer, gear lever. You might want to get a bigger front chainring - it will be 110 or 130 bcd (probably). You could also add a front derallieur, chainrings, etc.

    For gearing up generally this might be what you're looking for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwn_UfG2­spc

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    They are quite nicely made freewheels, and adding oil like in the video makes them last longer, but the fact they're not sealed and you're using it in crummy conditions means that it is inevitably going to die.

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    You might want some "proper" track nuts (with captive washer).

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    I vote for this. A nipple has unwound itself so the spoke tension goes to zero under load in one wheel position and +ive tension in another, making the noise. That's the theory, anyway. Look for a spoke under less tension that its chums.

  • in Travel & Trips
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    I found it hard to research interesting bike stuff in advance due to language and lack of foreign customers.
    Knowing a tame local person would really help.

  • in Travel & Trips
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    I'd also suggest visiting the west bank in addition to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to get a better understanding of the area. Walking from Bethlehem back through the checkpoint was straightforward.

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