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Jul
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comment In which orientation should a front wheel be installed?
Pretty sure bike tires don't care which way your gate swings. But they do have different directional tread patterns. Also, if that term applied here, wouldn't it mean that the tire had different orientations depending on situation or position?
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answered Cycling clothing care products
Jul
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comment How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?
@Neil Fein: Isn't that what status point protected questions are supposed to be for? @ChrisW: Move to chat or Meta for further comments on mobile layout, just to keep the modgods happy :).
Jul
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comment How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?
@Chris: Voting for questions and comments works, but the open/close vote doesn't show on mobile. I'm at work now, and it does on the notebook, so it must be a mobile thing.
Jul
12
comment What caused diagonal cuts in the sidewalls of my tire?
The kind of damage caused by riding on depressurized tires, at your body weight, would mean you were running between 20-30 psi on a 90psi tire. The psi printed on the tire is a max pressure. Running 10-20% less is acceptable especially for a light guy like you. Changing your behavior to prevent a problem is good. In this case, avoid gumwall tires, buy recent stock, and consider a new set every 2 years normal. I'll post some good tire options for you when I get back to the shop.
Jul
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comment What caused diagonal cuts in the sidewalls of my tire?
Actually, as a bike shop manager, that is exactly my job. What exactly, do you do?
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comment Sun protection while touring
Although a helmet would be difficult, and riding without isn't a good idea.
Jul
12
comment How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?
Doesn't show for me. XP requirement? Or cause I'm on mobile layout?
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comment How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?
@Chris: how? @Stephen: if he comments, but give him the benefit of the doubt. Tough job, and he does try to do it well. Feel free to upvote my comments to him though.
Jul
12
comment Best value for money on aero wheels
@Lantus: I agree with all of that. It's part of why I said it may make sense depending on conditions of the ride. One question: when you are climbing, you are accelerating, being slowed by gravity, and accelerating again with each pedal stroke. In my understanding, that is why a lighter rim area of the wheel produces disproportionate effects, at least in terms of how the bike feels and handles?
Jul
12
comment How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?
@ChrisW: I didn't edit because now it looks like we closed a legit question. Can it be unclosed?
Jul
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comment What caused diagonal cuts in the sidewalls of my tire?
Any gumwall tire is sensitive to underinflation. An tire will have problems with it. But the pattern of damage, while just as much a problem, doesn't look like this.
Jul
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comment How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?
@neilFein: too quick on the trigger there. Could have been edited to something like "How long should it take to build a wheel?" which would allow non localized info to get you local pricing.
Jul
12
comment How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?
@Cameron Bain: 2-3 hours of shop time. In Park City, I'd expect 100-150 US dollars. 150 would be on the high side.
Jul
12
comment In which orientation should a front wheel be installed?
+1 for symmetrical axles
Jul
12
comment In which orientation should a front wheel be installed?
Great answer. Only add-on: since it does matter what side the rear q/r is on, because of derailleur and cogs, usually they are both placed on the side opposite the drivetrain. Also disc brakes can require a different placement on some rare bikes.
Jul
11
comment What caused diagonal cuts in the sidewalls of my tire?
I guess so. Can you tell me why you are so certain you're right? Or is it that you're certain that I must be wrong? 15 years as a mechanic and a service manager, then an LBS manager say I know what I'm talking about. Still is what I do for a living, btw. "t-shirts older than me" doesn't provide much on your experience.
Jul
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comment What caused diagonal cuts in the sidewalls of my tire?
Or unless it sat on a LBS wall for a few years before purchase...