Upgrading to 8-speed/9-speed spacing

Posted: 2000-11-17 By: Bike Friday staff member Garner Britt Symptoms I would like to change my 7-speed twist-shift Two’sDay into an 8-speed Shimano XT RapidFire. Can I order parts through Bike Friday or should I just order a regular Shimano 9-speed cluster and 9-speed shifter and use 8 of the 9 gears? Do I need […]

Rear derailleur shift difficulty

Posted: 2001-02-09 By: Bike Friday staff member Garner Britt Symptoms I often have trouble shifting the rear derailleur with my twist shifters on my New World Tourist. Some time ago on the Yak list, someone suggested replacing the cassette with a Shimano. Is this a viable solution? Causes Depending on the age of the components, […]

Chronic chain derailment

Posted: 2001-02-13 By: Bike Friday staff member Garner Britt Symptoms On my New World Tourist with Sachs Centera, my chain sometimes jumps off the front ring and gets stuck between the chainring and its protector. Obviously the distance between the two is too large, but my mechanic doesn’t think that we can whack the protector […]

Double to triple chainring conversion

Posted: 2001-03-08 By: Bike Friday staff member Garner Britt Symptoms I have a 1999 Pocket Rocket Pro with double Ultegra chainrings. How can I upgrade it to a triple? Causes Upgrading would not be difficult but would require quite a few parts. Solutions You would need: a left triple STI shifter, a triple front derailleur, […]

Spinning out with 62-tooth chainrings

Posted: 2011-04-13 By: Bike Friday staff member Garner Britt Symptoms I have the AirFriday with front 62- and 52-tooth chainrings. With a tailwind or downhills, I spin out. Do you have a chainring greater than 62-tooth available? I am already using a rear 11-tooth cog. Causes At the moment, 62-tooth is as big as we […]

Chain Stretch: The Bête Noire of Constant Riders

Posted: 2011-04-13 Symptoms Chain falls off when riding, chain engages poorly. Think of the chain on your bicycle like a belt: it holds the drive-train together as it propels your bicycle, but one cannot simply tighten the chain when it stretches. Causes The constant pull on the chain over thousands of miles causes the links […]

Rust on stainless steel cables

Posted: 2001-07-16 By: Bike Friday staff member Gavin Donahue Symptoms Do you have recommendations on how to keep the cables under the bottom bracket dry? A couple of mine are rusty now which is surprising since I thought they were stainless cables. Causes The cables are stainless, but depending on the nickel content, “stainless steel” […]

Teflon cable trouble

Posted: 2001-03-06 By: Bike Friday staff member Garner Britt Symptoms Tefon-covered cables were installed for all brake and shifting cables on our New World Tourists, which we got three years ago. This past week my front brake started misbehaving – continuing to grip my rim for the first second or two, then releasing. I brought […]

Re-routing cables

Posted: 2001-01-30 By: Bike Friday staff member Garner Britt Symptoms Can you tell me the correct cable routing for the Pocket Rocket? Mine has drop bars, Campagnolo Veloce throughout. It’s the big loops of cable at the front of the bike I’m worried about. How (ideally) should they crossover each other, which side of the […]

Lowering the gearing on a Bike Friday

Posted: 2000-12-26 By: Bike Friday staff member Garner Britt Symptoms My wife and I own are planning a multi-month tour of Europe, plenty of mountains. We would like to lower our gearing. We currently have the Sachs 3-speed hub with 44 x 11-30. Our convential touring bikes, Co-Motion customs, give us granny gears with 17.88 […]