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Jul
15
comment What are the possible upgrades for a 40-year-old Bottecchia 10 Speed?
A seven speed freewheel is common enough. But you will have to change the freewheel, chain, chainrings (most likely), and at least the rear derailleur, if you want it to shift cleanly. Quite possibly the front derailleur as well, since it will be a wider spacing than a seven speed requires, and will allow the chain to overshift in both directions. It will be difficult to keep the chain on the rings up front if you don't change the derailleurs.
Jul
15
comment How to cope with being rattled by the wake of a fast car?
Then did you read the post? Because you responded with a correction that I had already included in my answer.
Jul
15
comment How to cope with being rattled by the wake of a fast car?
Which is what I said in the 2nd paragraph. But the OP is describing the average car passing by. Would you have posted that in response to anyone else with the same answer?
Jul
15
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15
answered How to cope with being rattled by the wake of a fast car?
Jul
15
answered What are the possible upgrades for a 40-year-old Bottecchia 10 Speed?
Jul
15
comment Direct Pull (V-Brake) vs. Center Pull Cantilevers (pros and cons)
Agreed. One thing: While V-brakes are more powerful, they have very little modulation, so it takes a more skilled rider to control a stop well. But canti's aren't as powerful, and may not stop you in time at all. Most consider V-brakes to be the better choice.
Jul
15
comment Direct Pull (V-Brake) vs. Center Pull Cantilevers (pros and cons)
Mud clearance, for either canti's or V-brakes, is a function of brake boss placement and for design. Both are pretty equal in this category.
Jul
14
comment Bottom bracket making noise, should it be fixed now or can I wait until regular maintenance?
@Daniel: Great answer, very thorough. There's less chance of permanent damage with newer BB designs, and I'd say your mileage recommendations are about 30% higher than I would recommend, but aside from those minor things, perfect. +1
Jul
14
comment Bottom bracket making noise, should it be fixed now or can I wait until regular maintenance?
@ChrisW: No, D.Hicks is saing if you have that problem, and continue to ride the bike, damage can be done so quickly that the only way to fix it will be to replace the crank. The cranks will need to be removed, checked for abnormal wear inside the BB spindle hole, and on the spindle itself. The replaced on the bike at proper torque. BTW, this is common for them to work lose over the first few months of riding, and is a primary reason why most shops recommend a service fairly soon after the purchase of a new bike. 30-90 days, depending on use, is a common recommendation.
Jul
14
comment Bottom bracket making noise, should it be fixed now or can I wait until regular maintenance?
@Neil Fein: Is there a better way to handle this situation?
Jul
14
answered Is a 16 grams CO2 cartridge enough to inflate a 29" mountainbike
Jul
13
comment Are Merino cycling boxers/cycling pants worth the cost?
While you are correct about the washing causing wear, if you use correct detergents, and handwash as most manufacturers recommend, it will not cause additional wear. And there are huge health/bacterial issues with riding in a pair of shorts twice without washing. Highly not recommended.
Jul
13
comment How long does it take to replace bottom bracket bearings?
No, @wdypx22, we made it possible, but you are posting the frivolous and spammy questions. You don't have to like it. But it wasn't 2 people that voted to open the question. It was 5, at least. And all I asked for was to try to edit a question to make it work in the system. Not to get this BS started by people who know better.
Jul
13
comment How long does it take to replace bottom bracket bearings?
wdypdx22, yesterday, "I agree with Neil Fein. This could go on and on. If this question is allowed one could then proceed to ask "...how long should it take..." or "...how much will it cost..." for every single bicycle repair or upgrade. If one intends to pay for a repair, it's easy enough to call around to a few local bike shops for price/time comparisons. – wdypdx22 yesterday"
Jul
13
comment Repairing a twisted front rim in emergency?
Moz: Agreed. And everyone has a different idea of how much they are willing to pay to ride that 10k's instead of walk it. Ruining a wheel wouldn't work for me. Emergency to me means life threatening. Even if that's just "If I don't get home on time my mom's gonna kill me." But my mom would've whipped me good for ruining a wheel and costing her $100 to fix it over a walk. ;-)
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13
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Jul
13
comment What are optimal fabrics for cycling clothing?
One caveat. If you try good merino wool clothing, you will find it more comfortable in most cases. But it usually far less durable.
Jul
13
comment What are optimal fabrics for cycling clothing?
I like merino, but cost is only one downside. A bigger factor for me is the care and durability of wool clothing, vs. good lycra. No cycling clothing of quality is exactly low on the high maintenance list, but wool tops most quality Lycra manufacturers by quite a bit, in my opinion. At least partially because if you forget, or screw up once with Lycra, it's usually not the end of the road for that garment, but it often is for wool. Definitely most comfortable, but not the easiest by a long stretch.
Jul
13
comment How long does it take to replace bottom bracket bearings?
And that on most current bikes, the correct tools include a torque wrench... Agreed, all around. +1