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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    perpetual traveler

    Learned new stuff, now how to apply it

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    When I was in Minneapolis not long ago I took a basic bike maintenance class and now am comfortable adjusting brakes and derailleurs as well as doing a variety of other things. Learned a lot! I bought a stand and basically rebuilt my spouse's bike, including putting on a new crank, new freewheel, new chain, new rear derailleur, new cables for brakes and derailleurs, new housing, new front brakes, new rear brake pads, and new shifters. I set the limits on the derailleurs and dialed in the cable tension.

    Now we are on the road. My spouse bought a used moutain bike yesterday. It needs adjustments to the front derailleur beyond cable tension. No stand where I am. The bike rack holds the wheels so that won't work. Any tips on how to get that rear wheel up so I can pedal and see the derailleurs operate? I suppose I could put it upside down but I am afraid it will just confuse me.
    Trek Madone 4.7 WSD
    Cannondale Quick4
    1969 Schwinn Collegiate, original owner
    Terry Classic

    Richard Feynman: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Oslo, Norway
    Wheel the bike under a tree or porch roof, toss a rope over a branch/rafter/what-have-you and tie it through the saddle* so that the rear wheel is suspended off the ground Poor man's bike rack.

    * don't just put the loop under the saddle, the bike will swing around a bit when you start pedalling and can fall off.

    Or you may be lucky and find a fence or improvise something with a horisontal bar at the right height to hoist the rear of the saddle onto, and space underneath for the rest. Less swinging about.
    Last edited by lph; 08-17-2012 at 06:24 AM.
    Winter riding is much less about badassery and much more about bundle-uppery. - malkin

    1995 Kona Cinder Cone commuterFrankenbike/Selle Italia SLR Lady Gel Flow
    2008 white Nakamura Summit Custom mtb/Terry Falcon X
    2000 Schwinn Fastback Comp road bike/Specialized Jett

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Somewhere, I have a great picture of myself wrenching while on a century ride. My bike is hanging by the saddle nose from the hanging sign of a state park. Proof that you can make anything into a workstand!



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