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6h
comment Schwalbe Marathon Plus recurring puncture - options?
Yeah, it sounds like there's still something embedded in the tire. Either that or the hole is large enough that the tube is simply ballooning through. (The hole does look pretty large in the pictures.) If it's just the hole enlarged you can boot it with either a commercial boot or a piece cut from the sidewall of an old tire. If there's something still embedded at this point then you'll probably destroy the tire trying to get it out, so just get a new tire.
7h
comment How do I remove old hockey tape from drop bars
(And hockey tape really is the best thing for handlebars. Though it seems like the last stuff I bought was poorer quality than previous -- like everything else, I guess.)
7h
comment How do I remove old hockey tape from drop bars
Never had any trouble. Of course, I leave the stuff on until it's ready to fall off anyway, and it's usually over a layer of regular handlebar tape.
19h
comment How do I make my frame water tight?
You do of course have to remove the headset, bottom bracket, and any other mechanisms in the bike. (And I'm highly skeptical whether that stuff is really effective.)
19h
comment Can I cut down a quick release skewer?
You can cut the skewer, like any bolt. You should find two standard steel nuts that fit the threads, thread them on, lock them against each other, then use them to guide you saw cut. Once the cutting is done, unthread the nuts (helps clear the threads) and then dress the end with a fine file. (Will never be as nice as a stock skewer, however.)
19h
comment Food for 400+km ride? (in single session)
You need a variety of stuff, not just Cliff bars. With a balance of carbs that register across the glycolic index scale, a little bit of fat, a bit more protein (but not a whole lot), and some fiber (but again, not too much).
1d
comment Repair or Upgrade Centrepull Brakes?
If the front works fine but not the rear, and the levers and brakes themselves are essentially identical, then there is something wrong that can be fixed. In addition to the pads, I'd suspect that perhaps you have a corroded cable. And make sure that the brake levers do not/cannot be pulled all the way to the handlebar -- if they touch the handlebar under maximum force then the cables are not properly adjusted.
2d
comment How tight should the spokes be on a bontegra wheel set stock for a madone 5.2?
Stupid question: Was the wheel wobbling, or was the bicycle "shimmying"? Bicycle shimmy (which is indeed quite frightening on a downhill) is usually due to a combo of frame flex and the way weight is distributed. Poorly secured loads on the bike are another possible factor.
2d
comment full fenders on a track bike
You just need clearance. Keep in mind that common plastic fenders will tend to twist to one side or the other by, perhaps, 5mm, so you need that much "extra" clearance between fender and the side of the tire.
Jan
22
comment Disc brakes better for rainy days?
It's "defensive" in the US. If nothing else, "defensive driving" is a very well-established (and establishment-blessed) idiom.
Jan
21
comment Quality of bike for some attributes
A standard road bike should not have suspension.
Jan
20
comment New bike hubs way over-tightened?
I've never had this problem nor have I heard of anyone (other than you) complaining of it.
Jan
20
comment Wear and tear and warranty
@cherouvim - Untrue. If the chain is changed when worn to 0.1 or whatever it is then a decent quality cassette should outlive 2-3 chains.
Jan
20
comment Wear and tear and warranty
(And WD-40 should not be used for cleaning your kitchen tile.)
Jan
20
comment Wear and tear and warranty
(Though as someone reminded me below, if you failed to keep the chain properly lubed it could wear out prematurely -- and take the cassette with it. With your use you should have been lubing the chain roughly weekly.)
Jan
20
comment Wear and tear and warranty
Clearly, a chain should be lubed with chain lube. That's a separate issue (though, come to think of it, failure to properly lube could be the cause of the OP's premature wear).
Jan
20
comment Wear and tear and warranty
Nothing wrong with WD-40 as a cleaner.
Jan
20
comment Wear and tear and warranty
It would be fairly easy to rack up 2000 miles (and a worn-out chain) in a year or two. The need to replace the cassette, however, is questionable.
Jan
20
comment Wear and tear and warranty
(The shop should have a "stretch gauge" for the chain, and a wear gauge for the cassette -- if they're not using those (and the chain and cassette are not visibly worn) then go somewhere else. You can buy an inexpensive chain stretch gauge and check the chain yourself from time to time.)
Jan
20
comment Wear and tear and warranty
I figure a chain is good for around 2000 miles. A cassette for about 5000. Break pads depend very much on how you ride -- can last 1000 or 10,000. And it probably is possible to abuse the shifters in a way that will cause premature chain and cassette wear, though you'd really have to work at it. Your commuting would be about 1000, so you could have racked up close to 2000 total. (And some folks will insist that you must replace the cassette when you replace the chain, though it's not necessary if the chain is replaced in a timely fashion.)