Kickstands

We have a new article on kickstands — choices, issues, installation. Sheldon didn’t write abotu them, because he didn’t use them. But John has them on a  couple bicycles, and they can be convenient.

A side stand mounted near the rear hub

A side stand mounted near the rear hub (Photo by Andrew Dressel, Gnu Free Documentation License, cropped.)

 

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Another way to look at sprocket sequences

Plotting sprocket pairs and ratios as a two-dimensional graph makes it possible clearly to see which pairs have nearly the same ratio — and to identify good sequences.

We have a graph and an article to describe it.

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Addition to bolt-circle coverage

One of our bolt cicle templatesCampagnolo has come up with another new chainring bolt pattern (why?) and we have added it to our coverage. It’s the most complete you’ll find anywhere. Print out the template that corresponds to the kind of bolt pattern of your chainring, lay the chainring down on it and you get an instant readout of the bolt-circle diameter, brand and model of the original manufacturer’s version of this chainring. We cover classic brands as well as the newest and most confusing models with irregular bolt-circle patterns. Our coal here as with all of our cribsheets is to help you match parts, and to show cross-brand compatibility when it is not obvious and not promoted by the manufacturers. Thanks to Jacob Allen for the drawings in AutoCad!

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Shimano Cassette Bodies

Now for the first time, we have created a page that shows and describes the different types of cassette bodies all the way from early Uniglide up through the latest 11- and 12-speed systems. There is far more compatibility than you might expect, and some incompatibility that you might not. See how you might be able to make a 7-speed hub into 10-speed, or vice versa…

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Saddle Repair

We have expanded our coverage of repair of leather saddles — several new photos and paragraphs of text. Also, in case you would rather not repair your saddle yourself, we have updated information on where to send it.

The saddle in the image below was assembled from an Idéale Model 92 top and Model 80 undercarriage. Good as new!

Repaired saddle

 

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SRAM Pentasport

We continue with our postings from the lost pages of the Sutherland’s Handbook for Bicycle Mechanics, 6th Edition — this time, the rebuilding instructions, parts list and troubleshooting chart for the Sachs/SRAM Pentasport 5-speed hub.

SRAM Pentasport

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Time Travel

It is no wonder that cyclists choose to ride in the comfort, safety and privacy of our own homes. Yes, stationary bicycles are popular. But, if you are going nowhere, how about doing it at a relaxing pace?

ShelBroCo has answers! Read about them here!

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And Another IG Hub

We continue with our postings from the lost pages of the Sutherland’s Handbook for Bicycle Mechanics, 6th Edition — this time, the rebuilding instructions, parts list and troubleshooting chart for the Sachs Super 7/SRAM Spectro 7 hub.

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It’s been 14 years now

Sheldon Brown died on February 4, 2008. It’s hard to believe 14 years have past since then. This is a picture of Sheldon at a younger age.

That isn’t a mouse under his front tire. Selfie pioneer — he tripped the shutter of his camera with an air bulb.

Sheldon younger

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SRAM DualDrive clickbox, cable and shifter

The SRAM DualDrive hub was the mainstay hub for hybrid gearing for 15 years, from 2000 through 2015. Very many are still in use. Read here about how to install, adjust and adapt its unusual shifting parts.

SRAM DualDrive clickbos

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