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Feb
4
comment Can somebody identify my bike for me?
Looks like a halfway-decent bike that just needs a little maintenance. Lift the rear end, spin the wheel forward. It should spin freely. If it doesn't, then something is dragging - most likely the brakes. Repeat with the front wheel. If you need help adjusting the brakes so they don't drag, come back here and post a question.
Jan
6
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Jan
5
comment Last grand tour won on aluminum?
@PeteH - That page is ambiguous - it talks about the '99 Vuelta, but it says "2000" at the top. And here's a picture of Ullrich in '99, that's definitely not the same bike: photos.grahamwatson.com/Print-Gallery/JanJan/i-Qb8DZbn
Jan
4
comment Replacing crankset on early-'70s Motobecane 10-speed
A good answer, but you're wrong about one thing: there are still plenty of companies making cartridge-type square-taper BBs.
Jan
4
answered How good are '80s Raleigh rod brakes?
Jan
4
comment Last grand tour won on aluminum?
I couldn't find any other sources, but I spent a few minutes with Google, and couldn't find any counter-examples post-1998.
Jan
4
answered Last grand tour won on aluminum?
Dec
19
answered What can I do to stop my front dérailleur rubbing against the crank arm?
Dec
18
answered suggestions of affordable clothes for beginner rides?
Dec
18
comment Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?
Depends on where you are. The only general answer I can give you: learn about the animals in your area, and how to deal with them. And stay alert at all times.
Nov
28
comment Can I fit a 32-630 tire on a 20-622 rim?
No, you can't. But innertubes are a different story, since they can stretch quite a lot, unlike tires.
Nov
28
answered How to stop the corrosion?
Nov
12
comment How to cut a brake/derailleur cable?
Keep in mind that stainless steel is tough as hell. Cheap cable cutters (of the sort you buy in a hardware store) won't handle it very well - they're usually intended for copper, which is much softer. Get a tool that's actually designed for bike cables.
Oct
11
revised Cycling Jerseys
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Oct
7
comment Repair cut in sidewall of tubeless tyre
What we need is experimental evidence. Does anybody have an old tubeless tire you'd be willing to sacrifice? Cut a 10 mm slit in the sidewall, put a tube patch on the inside, inflate and see what happens.
Oct
7
comment Repair cut in sidewall of tubeless tyre
Putting the patch on the outside would be obviously nuts, but putting it on the inside would only be slightly better. I don't think the patch would be strong enough to keep this tear from getting pulled apart. It might work on a very small hole.
Oct
6
comment Repair cut in sidewall of tubeless tyre
I've never tried it, but using a tube patch for this will probably not work. A patch is designed to provide an airtight seal, not to contain the pressure - that's the tire's job.
Oct
5
comment Crank axle cracked on 1972 Centurion, looking for guidance on how to replace
When you're buying through Amazon or Ebay, it can be hard to tell who you're dealing with. Ebay is good for used stuff, if you know exactly what you're looking for. Your best bet here is probably a local bike shop - if you have any questions, you'll be able to talk to a real live human. The one brand I'll recommend is Park Tools - their stuff costs more, but it's totally worth it, and it lasts a lifetime.
Oct
4
comment Brand new single speed bike has a skip in the free wheel motion or make a click noise once every rotation of the tire
Something's sticking inside the freewheel. Ride it for a couple miles, and see if it works itself out. If not, I'd send it back and get a new one.
Oct
4
comment What is an “unreasonably short leave-pass”?
"Leave pass" is a military term. It basically means permission to take time off.