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Dec
18
comment Which way do I orient my bike tire's tread direction? and why?
The simple answer is to follow the instructions. If it there are separate front and rear arrows then follow them, if there's just one direction do that, and if there is none then it doesn't matter. The arrows should be pointing in the direction the tires rotate in, so when you have them mounted and you move the bike forwards, the arrows should appear to go with the tire. Different tire patterns require different setups, but they should all be documented sufficiently on the side wall.
Dec
9
answered Bottom bracket square taper (cartridge) extraction, too tight in one side
Dec
9
comment Bottom bracket square taper (cartridge) extraction, too tight in one side
I think there are 2 similar but slightly different sizes for those cups on some brackets. I have a tool that has one size on one side and another on the other. It used to be quite quite common but I can't find any reference to it now.
Dec
3
comment Prescription eye glasses and shoulder checks
@ChrisW I don't know, I'm not actually a mirror user myself, I suspect not as much as turning though.
Dec
1
comment Prescription eye glasses and shoulder checks
An alternative to glasses might be to use a mirror, this question had quite a good set of pros and cons about them, bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/5927/…
Nov
22
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Nov
22
awarded  Civic Duty
Nov
12
comment Are faceplates for different shimano brifters compatible?
It might be worth adding brakes and shifter tags, and perhaps tweaking the title to say brifters (brakes and shifters) because you are't getting too many views yet. That could be simply timing or it could be because people don't recognise the term. I think the actual interface is fairly common these days.
Nov
11
comment Are faceplates for different shimano brifters compatible?
For anyone wondering what a brifter is, it's a combination between brake and shifter. I mention this since I had to look it up.
Nov
11
comment What affordable rear brake can I get with nut/bolt rather than Allen Key?
What's the reason for not having one that uses allen key bolts?
Nov
10
comment Chain slipping on newish bike
@heltonbiker a stiff link as you say is a definite possibility too.
Nov
10
comment U-lock stuck on a bike
Sometimes there are youtube videos on how to unlock the cheap locks with things like toilet rolls too.
Nov
10
comment Chain slipping on newish bike
If there is a stiff link you can normally free them by flexing the chain and using a spray lube. In the worst case you can use a chain tool to nudge the pin about to separate the plates too. Assuming the plates aren't physically damaged and you've cleaned off the rust with a wire brush that should be all you need to do.
Nov
10
answered Chain slipping on newish bike
Nov
8
comment Shaky Freewheel
@zenbike, do you mean not repairable at all, or not repairable in 3 minutes?
Nov
3
comment What is this bike tool?
Ironically I've found all my multi-tool ones worked better than the one I have lying about in my workshop! I did have one break after years of use though.
Oct
20
comment Choosing lights for my bike
There is also storage to be considered, if you're leaving your bike parked in a public place you'll probably need to take them off and carry them about.
Oct
9
comment How can I tell which size chain my bike uses?
There shouldn't be any reason for them to mind. Different users have different levels of maintenance ability/time to do it. Mine gets surprised when I ask him to do a bit of maintenance for me.
Oct
5
comment Is there such a thing as frame failure?
As I say, there were some clear indications that the frame was damaged. The geometry changed, i.e. I could tell that the wheels were closer together afterwards. If I had closely inspected the frame I suspect I would have seen flaked paint and an indication of the damage too. On the day it finally did give up the ghost it felt funny, groaning and generally not feeling right too. I didn't come to any harm when it snapped in this instance although it was unrideable afterwards. Basically you have to ignore a lot of signs to actually let that happen.
Oct
4
answered Is there such a thing as frame failure?