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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?
Oct
4
answered How can I stop my mudguards from rattling?
Sep
28
answered Front wheel “shudder” or “pulse” when braking
Sep
23
comment Front suspension or full suspension mountain bike
It's kind of subjective but I kinda think the effect of the rear suspension is more than double. Being able to lay down power all the time because the rear wheel is constantly in contact with the ground is awesome. Fundamentally I agree with your answer though.
Sep
19
comment How do you wrap a bicycle frame with used inner tubes?
@ʍǝɥʇɐɯ that might explain some bikes I've seen around town that have a plastic mesh around their frames. Definitely less desirable (to my eyes) and possibly protecting the frames a bit too.
Sep
18
comment How do you wrap a bicycle frame with used inner tubes?
What's the purpose of wrapping the bike with inner tubes?
Sep
16
answered Bike sharing services and systems
Sep
16
answered How do I clean chain grease off my clothes?
Sep
15
answered How do I know if my cone/cap/bearings need to be adjusted?
Sep
7
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Sep
1
comment Bailing out with SPD pedals on a mountain bike
I've generally found that when I hit something hard I end up getting unclipped automatically by my momentum. I basically agree with this answer but I do wonder if @xpda has experienced that? It's not something that can be tested easily.