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comment Inexplicably Blowing Tires
If you don't give us more info this question should be closed.
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comment Spoke puncturing my tube, can I cut it?
(Note that, if you choose to "rescue" the spoke somehow, you should make sure there is thread range left on the spoke, and that the nipple is not already tightened up against the top of the threads, preventing the spoke from being properly tensioned.)
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comment Spoke puncturing my tube, can I cut it?
It is common for wheel manufacturers to use spokes that are a hair long (so they can, eg, use the same size spoke on both sides of a rear wheel) and then, after the wheel has been assembled, grind down the end of the spoke. You could perhaps accomplish the same thing with a Dremel-style rotary tool.
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comment Why are spoke nipples called nipples?
"Nipple" is the term for a short piece of pipe, and the term is also used in mechanical work for other similar objects. Nothing unique to bikes.
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comment Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes
It looks like it's awfully close. If you can't pull the noodle out like that you probably should permanently loosen the cable ever so slightly (1/8" will probably do it).
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comment Front rack is not straight with fork, is this normal? And how can I fix it?
So it's this unit? Mounted the same way as in the picture?
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comment Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes
Based on your pictures it looks like you should be able to slip the end of the noodle out, when the brakes are squeezed tight together. Hard to tell for sure without being there, though.
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comment What bike did I just buy?
You bought one of these: houston.semesh.com/ads/images/28/… The "suicide levers" and a few other details suggest that it's not a "fancy" bike.
Mar
29
comment Exposed cord on bike tire - replace?
Should have been tossed about 2000 miles ago.
Mar
29
comment Over-tightening a BB
Any harm that could be done has already been done (or not been done). There's no point in loosening (and in fact you could cause damage by doing it unnecessarily).
Mar
28
comment Does riding a cyclo cross bike carry a large aerodynamic penalty when compared to a road bike?
That's about 22mph, meaning that you are in the range where fairly small aerodynamic differences can begin to be significant. It's hard to say how much of a penalty you're paying, though, relative to the other riders -- certainly not 2-to-1, but (thumb suck warning!) maybe 5% or so more effort than the best bike would burn.
Mar
28
answered How long should spokes last?
Mar
28
comment How long should spokes last?
Replacing spokes is not quite as trivial as you make it out to be.
Mar
28
comment Is the plastic piece between the seven gear sprocket and the spokes hard to replace, and how?
That is generally known as the "spoke protector" or "spoke guard". You need the appropriate tools to remove the cassette/freewheel. Or a bike shop can probably do it in ten minutes or less. (I do recommend having the spoke protector, even though it's often said to be "unnecessary", since if you do happen to need it due to, say, hitting something with your derailer, it can prevent a nasty fall and easily $100 worth of damage.)
Mar
28
comment Bumpy ride. Is it the casing or the inner tube?
possible duplicate of What could cause an inflated tire to be "untrue" on a true rim
Mar
27
comment How to remove a stuck seatpost?
Looks like steel to me.
Mar
27
comment How to fix a sluggish bike?
If it's making scraping noises then at the very least the brakes need adjustment.
Mar
27
comment bike grease got on my wall. best way to get it off?
First, dab up any loose grease with an absorbant towel/rag. (DO NOT rub it in!) Then try dish detergent (diluted) on a rag. Be careful to not soak the area. Rinse well. If that fails, try one or two of the "degreaser" cleaners -- 409, ZEP, etc.
Mar
27
comment bike grease got on my wall. best way to get it off?
Acetone will dissolve the paint.
Mar
27
comment unknown make model and year
It also looks exactly like my old Nishiki. It's a very generic design.