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I'm a self-teaching geek. teaching because that process is far from over. I don't know a ton, but what I know, I'll share, and I won't answer a question if I'm not confident I'm correct.


Oct
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
2
comment How do I bring an old bike up to speed?
@sistyfootersdude: You are welcome to disagree. There are obvious benefits to restoring an older bike, most of which are educational. If the point is to have a decent, well functioning bike for the least cost available, though, replacing the bike is still the way to go. Not least because you rarely see all the problems up front on a rebuild, and thus have no real idea of what the final cost will be until it is done. If he wants to update the gears and rakes alone, as he suggested, that will cost more then th finished bike will be worth, unless it is solely for educational purposes.
Oct
1
reviewed Approve reliability tag wiki excerpt
Oct
1
reviewed Reject Reusing SRAM 10 Speed PowerLock?
Oct
1
reviewed Approve reliability tag wiki
Sep
14
reviewed Approve Alternative options for Trek FX 7.1 brakes
Sep
12
reviewed Approve Smartphone mounted on handlebar: Will vibrations during cycling damage it?
Sep
4
comment How do on-road mountain bike speeds translate to road bike speeds?
@Kevin, yeah, I use it a lot. I kind of disagree that gearing is not a limiting factor, though. Even if you are not in your top gear all the time, the gearing is radically different throughout the range. I am including wheel size and tire dimension in the drivetrain and gearing. Obviously, fitness and rolling resistance, and bike weight and many other things play a part, but gearing is the largest mechanical differential between mountain and road bikes.
Sep
3
reviewed Approve How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
Sep
2
awarded  Necromancer
Aug
25
reviewed Approve Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers
Aug
25
reviewed Approve Is a 51cm frame road bike the correct size for someone almost 6ft?
Aug
23
reviewed Edit Is there a way to check for non-visible damage on a carbon frame?
Aug
23
revised Is there a way to check for non-visible damage on a carbon frame?
Changed question title to be more generic/relevant, fixed a couple grammar issues, and added carbon tag.
Aug
22
comment How do I reassemble the rear gearing after fitting new tyres?
Photos, please.
Aug
17
comment Can the Tensioner Spring go Bad on a Rear Derailleur?
It is a symptom of worn teeth on the drivetrain, bad chainline on the bike, or bent or broken teeth, or links in the chain. But given where you are describing an issue, and what you are describing, I would say that the pulleys are likely causing this particular issue. You should replace them. But you should also replace the rest of the cassette, and the chainrings.
Aug
16
comment Can the Tensioner Spring go Bad on a Rear Derailleur?
It sounds like your drive train was very heavily worn, and you need to consider replacing all the toothed components. Particularly the derailleur pulleys, as that is where you seem to have an immediate issue.
Aug
16
reviewed Approve How to ride to work without sweating?
Aug
16
reviewed Approve How to ride to work without sweating?
Aug
9
reviewed Approve Tips to Alleviate Hand Soreness