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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
awarded  Critic
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.
Aug
2
comment How to center a quick release rear wheel regularly
I definitely recommend getting the non quick release axles. It saves so much time and effort.
Aug
2
revised How to center a quick release rear wheel regularly
Changed hub to axles because I believe that's what you meant.
Aug
2
suggested suggested edit on How to center a quick release rear wheel regularly
Jul
30
comment How to get a very tight tire back on the rim?
Is it particularly cold where you are? I had a lot of problems with a tire last winter until I took the wheel indoors where the problem went away completely.
Jul
25
comment How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?
@zenbike, I apologise, the responses just seemed terribly down beat with all the warnings, valid as they are. I guess I just got lucky.
Jul
25
comment How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?
I actually used a chisel and hacksaw but essentially it worked fine. I don't think the cross threading happened until after the crank was bust. That was more a side effect of trying to get the pedal out of a crank with slightly stripped threads.
Jul
25
accepted How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?
Jul
25
comment How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?
Fair point, I forgot one of them did give a correct answer. I was just distracted by all the negativity.
Jul
25
comment if I replace chainset and chain should I replace back cassette as well?
to tell the truth I don't think you'll have much difficulty spotting a problem. A lot of the time when you fit a new chain and not a new rear cassette you'll get chain slip so it'll be really obvious very quickly that the old cassette isn't working with the chain. I'm not even sure that a cassette has to be completely worn out for that to happen, I think it's more a case that the two parts simply haven't mated properly (and never will).
Jul
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Jul
24
comment How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?
@M. Werner, if you move your comment out into an answer I can mark it as an answer. While zenbike et all's concerns are valid when I did chisel the pedal out it was in perfect condition. All I had to do was pull out the aluminium shavings from the perfect threads.
Jul
23
comment How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?
The pedals threads are a much stronger material I think. My cranks at the moment feel like butter by comparison ;) I'm hoping the pedal is still okay.
Jul
23
comment How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?
I didn't cross thread the pedal before, that was trying to remove it. Essentially assume too much torque or weight through the pedal stripped the threads. I think this situation was started by the bike having been supplied with the pedals massively over tightened.
Jul
23
asked How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?
Jul
22
comment How long should spokes last?
@Rusty getting a hand built wheel is definitely worth the money. They don't even have to be that expensive, but the difference is really noticeable. Every new bike I've had I've trashed the wheels quickly and then bought hand built ones that then last a long time. The story might be different for really expensive bikes, but certainly on anything midrange and down they seem to be useless.