Project Beastie Bike

tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
I was out biking on a remote trail earlier today, when I heard a loud PING. I looked back to find that my derailleur hanger had broken loose. Faced with pushing the bike almost 7 miles back to the car, I improvised with my pocket knife and a piece of Birch branch I found laying beside the trail. A small rock made for a handy hammer. McGyver I am not, but it worked well enough to allow me to pedal back to the car.

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tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
The bolt that secured the derailleur broke?

Nicely done on the field repair.

Cheers, Jock
Thanks Jock. The bolt seemed to pull right out of the mounting hole. I really should get a new frame, as this one is a hodge-podge of parts that were never meant to be together. I just hate to spend more $$$, as I've been picking up some tools for my workshop recently.
 

Jock Elliott

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Jan 3, 2012
124
Troy, NY
Thanks Jock. The bolt seemed to pull right out of the mounting hole. I really should get a new frame, as this one is a hodge-podge of parts that were never meant to be together. I just hate to spend more $$$, as I've been picking up some tools for my workshop recently.
How about a short threaded bolt through the hole with a really thin nut to hold it . . . or wouldn't there be enough clearance for the chain and sprocket. (I'm just guessing at the geometry.)

Alternatively, a bolt with a relatively flat head inserted through the hole from the sprocket side and the nut and maybe lock washer on the outside of the frame . . .

In any event, I am impressed at what a pain it would have been to push a bike for 7 miles over trails.

Cheers, Jock
 

KillRamsey

Super Moderator
Jun 20, 2012
124
Hood River, OR
Kyle
Is (was) there really a normal reailleur hanger tab, or was it directly bolted to the frame?

I adopted a 2009 Specialized Stumpy recently, looked rough but seemed sound. Rode it to drop my daughter off at school, and BANG the derailluer actually went far enough in towards the wheel in lowest gear to be grabbed by the spokes, which yanked it up, around, and over, and cracked it in half (it was a fancy stock old XTR, with a carbon fiber cage that snapped pretty easily). I found that the derailleur hanger tab was to blame - it was ent slightly inwards, so the derailleur was angled in, and in low gear could juuuust go far enough to get snagged. I gently bent it straight with an adjustable wrench, replaced the $300-ish XTR der. with a $39 Deore, and now it shifts perfectly.

Wif also just ripped the old chain ring off her beloved Pugeot UO-8 from the 70's. 3 of the bolts came off under her torque going uphill, the chain then taco'd the poor thing around to an bolong shape. So I have some $hit to replace.
 

tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
Is (was) there really a normal reailleur hanger tab, or was it directly bolted to the frame?

I adopted a 2009 Specialized Stumpy recently, looked rough but seemed sound. Rode it to drop my daughter off at school, and BANG the derailluer actually went far enough in towards the wheel in lowest gear to be grabbed by the spokes, which yanked it up, around, and over, and cracked it in half (it was a fancy stock old XTR, with a carbon fiber cage that snapped pretty easily). I found that the derailleur hanger tab was to blame - it was ent slightly inwards, so the derailleur was angled in, and in low gear could juuuust go far enough to get snagged. I gently bent it straight with an adjustable wrench, replaced the $300-ish XTR der. with a $39 Deore, and now it shifts perfectly.

Wif also just ripped the old chain ring off her beloved Pugeot UO-8 from the 70's. 3 of the bolts came off under her torque going uphill, the chain then taco'd the poor thing around to an bolong shape. So I have some $hit to replace.
Dang, your bike troubles seem to be even worse. There is a hanger bolted onto my derailleur - it's what you see hooked around the tree branch stub in the photo. The frame I'm using was never meant to have gears or disc brakes - I did a lot of garage engineering to make it work. I've had a lot of fun with this Frankenstein bike, and gotten a lot of great miles from it, but I've also had my share of maintenance issues. If I can find a proper fat bike frame without having to outlay tons of $$$, I'll likely swap over my wheels, brakes, gears, etc.
 

KillRamsey

Super Moderator
Jun 20, 2012
124
Hood River, OR
Kyle
Sounds like you need a good Cragislist score. Some kind of used fatbike that has a frame your size... I imagine plenty of people buy them thinking they'll use them, then don't, then grudgingly admit it and sell.
 

tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
I don’t know how people do true long distance biking. I drove a couple of hours Saturday morning to ride WV's Greenbrier River Trail. I arrived at 0715, and was shocked to see the parking lot was packed. I got the last available spot. I have never seen so many people on a trail other than the Appalachian Trail; I bet I saw 50 different individuals throughout the day. There were two young, fit looking guys on high end bikes that were screaming along. They rocketed past me on the outbound leg, going well past where I turned around, then rocketed past me again on the way back. Youth!

I went down there with a goal in mind of completing a 40 mile out-and-back ride. My comfort zone is really 15-20 miles total for a day, but I wanted to push myself. I didn’t make it. By the time I had hit 15 miles on the outbound leg, I was running out of steam fast, which is unlike me. I decided to push forward, but by the time I hit the Spring Creek Bridge just short of the 19 mile mark, I was done. Problem is, I wasn’t sure if I had enough in the tank to get back to the car almost 19 miles away. I was rationing my water by that point, and had to go a lot slower than I wanted, even though the return leg is mostly a slight downhill incline. I ended up stopping to sip on water and pass out in the grass (kidding) a lot more than I would have liked. Furthermore, my legs and backside got so sore at times that I just got off the bike and walked it for short stretches. At least the new derailleur hanger I installed worked well.

The weather was excellent and the scenery was beautiful, but I won’t try a long distance ride like that again. My 37.4 miles did exceed my previous personal best of 27 miles, but from now on, I’m going to stay within my biking comfort zone. The last 10 miles to the car took a lot longer than expected, and I got home a lot later, too. When I told my wife how far I had ridden, she said "What is it, Mid Life Crisis Day?". Wives.

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tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
Beautiful morning for a bit of low key off-roading in a local State Forest. A bit over 7 miles, including a long stretch of beginner level MTB trail that was perfect for this middle-age cyclist. Only problem was there was a long climb up a steep, rocky mountainside to get to the easy stuff. Go figure.

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