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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.
Jul
20
comment How is bicycle fit affected by switching from a riser bar to a flat bar?
I'd also add that flat bars tend to be narrower than riser bars. In general when I've changed handlebars I've gone the opposite way because of my broad shoulders. As far as changing parts goes I'd recommend you just do one a at a time and figure out what's wrong then change that individual part. In general that should be possible and the simplest way to avoid spending money you don't need to.
Jul
11
accepted How do you prevent your lights switching on in your bag?
Jul
7
comment How do you prevent your lights switching on in your bag?
You're half right, I'm not bothering to fit them to my bike so often, but there is the general problem that I can't leave them on my bike anywhere except at home.
Jul
7
comment How do you prevent your lights switching on in your bag?
There is some logic to that but as Ian pointed out that still doesn't solve the major problem. I'm sat here in the office at work right now and I don't want to leave my lights on the bike in town to be stolen or turned on and drained!
Jul
7
comment How do you prevent your lights switching on in your bag?
Both my rear lights are cateye's, although older models. I agree that their switch positioning is better but one of them has gone flat (once) too. I wonder if I should write to the the manufacturer to suggest the feature since it doesn't sound like I'm alone and it's a feature I'd pay for.
Jul
7
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Jul
7
comment How do you prevent your lights switching on in your bag?
That is one solution. It's not terribly convenient but I guess I could resort to that.
Jul
7
asked How do you prevent your lights switching on in your bag?
Jul
6
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Jul
6
revised Crash-proof Laptop bags for MacBook Pro for Bicycle?
answered more of the question
Jul
6
answered Crash-proof Laptop bags for MacBook Pro for Bicycle?
Jun
10
comment Are chain-drive gears 'ridiculously' efficient even when dry of oil?
Indeed, the primary purpose is surely to prevent the chain seizing which does then have an effect on efficiency.
Jun
3
accepted What's the difference between galvanised brake cables versus stainless steel?
Jun
2
asked What's the difference between galvanised brake cables versus stainless steel?
May
24
answered Protecting quick-release seats and wheels from theft