Ask the Mechanic

Stuck in gear and need expert advice? Ask Andy the Mechanic!
(a.k.a. Andy Wallen)

(Please, no old bike & antique questions)

E-mail your question to, with the subject “ask the mechanic,” and tell us where you live.

Or, mail your question directly to Ask the Mechanic, c/o Wheelcraft Bicycles, 2187 National Road, Wheeling, WV, USA 26003. Andy will e-mail your answer to you and may post it afterward at
(do not submit a question if you don’t want your Q&A posted in a future column).

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