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Dec
29
comment Derailleur guard on road bikes?
@Batman the comment about other types of gear systems really deserves expanding into a proper answer.
Sep
10
comment Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution
Pictures of the bike, especially the bottom bracket may help us figure out the more likely possibilities.
Jun
10
comment Fitting a rear derailleur
Pictures would probably help.
May
15
comment Which derailleur should I use with a Shimano 7 speed freewheel 14-34T megarange?
I think the one other variable typical on those 7 speed bikes is whether they have a mech hanger. If they don't I believe you can get a variation on the Tourney that was the correct mount.
Mar
29
comment How do I put grips on mountain bike handlebars?
To remove you just use hairspray again.
Mar
28
comment Can any bike crankset be exchanged for another?
The other dimension to take into account is the length of the crank arm. They tend to be 165-175mm (commonly 170mm).
Mar
25
comment Kickstands and mountain bikes
I completely agree, I used to ride with one on my not terribly light weight mtb and I gave up with them not because I hated them so, but simply because they proved to be unreliable and had a tendency to get in the way on rough trails. The convenience outside shops was outweighed by the problems with them working loose on the trails.
Mar
23
comment How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?
You are correct, if you're not already in your fastest gear when you're struggling, the gears aren't the problem. Have you considered asking your friends if you can swap bikes for a little bit to see the difference so that you can figure out how much difference the bike makes versus the difference in rider?
Mar
23
comment How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?
Good point, I've updated my answer to try to address that.
Mar
17
comment Converting a MTB to a Road Bike
You might want to explain what you want to achieve with it in more detail. Are you going for speed or for practicality? When I set up an MTB for road use I primarily just change the tires and ensure it has good mud guards for practicality.
Mar
2
comment Learning to bunny hop on a MTB
You don't need to turn them to a specific angle, just tilt them a bit so that you can get the hooking motion that kicks back and helps pick up your back wheel. If you lean on your front end and try hooking the back so that you're lifting the back end you're well on the way.
Feb
27
comment If not Kona Asphalt Commuter then what?
When I say plenty I mean that a lot of the manufacturers do them, but each manufacturer has probably 1 or 2 bikes in their range that match your precise specifications. Take this one from a quick search on halfords website, halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/…. It also has 26" wheels You just need to know what terminology to look for. Here's one from Giant with large wheels, wiggle.co.uk/giant-seek-1-2011
Feb
2
comment Can a fixed gear sprocket be changed without tools?
@will, in general the UK isn't a back water when it comes to tools. For a standard cassette lock ring tool you can spend anywhere from £4 to nearly £20 depending on the quality and the mark-up at the shop. I'm not sure exactly which tool you need for a fixed gear sprocket though otherwise I'd try to answer your question more directly. This search might help though, chainreactioncycles.com/SearchResults.aspx?Search=lockring. They are usually a good option for the uk, especially on a budget.
Feb
1
comment How do you switch grip shifters from shifting as if they were on the opposite derailleur?
@Stopher87 in that case did you flip the handlebars over?
Jan
4
comment Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel
I think you've pretty much diagnosed it yourself. Try adjusting the cones. It might mean that the hub needs a service, but you may as well see if you can simply fix it by adjusting the cones first since it's quite simple.
Dec
20
comment How do you spot the left side pedal on egg beater pedals?
Mine have the groove too, just as they say. I double checked my instructions though and I definitely can't find any reference to it in them. I guess they got lost in translation ;) (Actually they are in English but it's a big sheet with multiple languages so I guess that might not be so far from the truth). Anyway that answers the question thanks.
Dec
20
comment How do you spot the left side pedal on egg beater pedals?
@DanielRHicks That's a nice idea. I'm too used to seeing an L and an R so I didn't have any neat tricks for determining which is which. Well until all the answers came into this question!
Dec
20
comment How do you spot the left side pedal on egg beater pedals?
+1 I may mark this one as the answer if there isn't a specific way to spot the egg beaters orientation any other way. I'll leave it open for a bit to see if there are any owners of that model about who can say.
Dec
20
comment How do you spot the left side pedal on egg beater pedals?
+1 That's a useful idea.
Dec
18
comment Which way do I orient my bike tire's tread direction? and why?
I've found that with some directional mountain bike tires, fitting the rear tire backwards means that your back wheel slides out from under you when you turn sharply. I normally discover this when riding out from the drive and onto the road.