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Jul
16
answered Redmond bikers: Can you ride all year long?
Jul
16
comment Redmond bikers: Can you ride all year long?
+1 "...but Matthew does have a good point about warranty and service by an LBS. And the Seattle area is home to quite a few reputable bike shops." Great shops, in fact. And, if as I suspect you're going to work for Microsoft, they will pitch in on your purchase if you buy in the US. Used to be a $300 bonus, might have changed in the last 2 years.
Jul
16
comment What's the loss of effective output, with a worn chain?
+1 Good answer. From a practical standpoint the only loss of efficiency before the chain is at the point of skipping, is financial.
Jul
16
answered What's the loss of effective output, with a worn chain?
Jul
15
comment Rim tape doesn't quite meet, but covers all spoke holes - OK?
Ahh. Typically, the rolls are sized to overlap just enough. You shouldn't need to cut it. Unless it was off a shop roll, bulk style? Otherwise it should overlap by about 3 inches, which is intentional.
Jul
15
answered Rim tape doesn't quite meet, but covers all spoke holes - OK?
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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Jul
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.