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Old, tired, crazy.


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comment Bike Floor Pump for Raleigh Talus 3.0
One important detail is the pressure that the pump can deliver. A pump will have a peak pressure, and that should be 20-30% higher than the highest tire pressure you will need, or you will have difficulty getting the tires filled. But getting a high pressure pump for low pressure tires means they will be slower (though easier) to fill.
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comment Bike Floor Pump for Raleigh Talus 3.0
Most modern floor pumps have either double-headed or "agnostic" chucks, so they will fit either car-style Schrader or the thinner Presta valves. Planet Bike, Crank Brothers and Topeak are some good brands, but there are others.
23h
comment Bike Floor Pump for Raleigh Talus 3.0
I would disagree on several grounds. Wood handle is certainly unnecessary, and modern chucks are far superior to the kluge you suggest.
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comment Panier rear rack with no eyelets
If you buy good quality clamps they should be able to handle whatever weight you throw at them. But you should go a little easy since the mounting will not be as stiff as with eyelets and so the rack will bound around a bit more. Another option is adapters that fit around the axle and are secured with the axle nut or QR.
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comment Which gears combinations shouldn't be used?
Actually, you have it backwards. It's preferred to use large front/small rear or vice-versa, in order to keep the chainline straighter. But this isn't a hard and fast rule. The only real rule is don't use combos that don't work, which is mainly a problem on bikes where the rear derailer doesn't have enough tooth capacity to handle the full range of small/small to large/large, and hence some combos are too tight or loose to use. (This is only the case for some fairly old bikes or a bike that has been modified somehow.)
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comment Are the country roads quieter on weekdays or weekends?
@romkyns - If indeed there is always room for two vehicles to pass each other. Not necessarily true for many country roads. And, in fact, it's common for the driver to simply drive down the center of the road, effectively taking the entire road.
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comment Where can I find a Shimano cs50 stopper fixing bolt?
A well-equipped hardware store (probably not Home Depot) should have a selection of stainless steel metric bolts. Or a bike shop can probably help you. (The bolt likely does not have to be a round-head -- a "socket-head cap screws" would probably work as well -- but you may find a "socket-head button screws" if you look around.) See store.curiousinventor.com/media/images/guides/metal_working/…
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comment Slipping shift cable barrel adjusters
Well, from the photo the bumps and notches should be sufficient to hold the adjuster, if there is sufficient cable tension. Sure seems like the adjustment is off.
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comment Are the country roads quieter on weekdays or weekends?
One important point, especially in parts of Britain and the northeast US, is that less-traveled roads will tend to be narrower and crookeder, and are more likely to lack rideable shoulders. In terms of safety you may be better off on a larger, more heavily-traveled road.
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comment riding with medical disabilities
@alex - Nah, 'bents are for sissies. (:)) Actually, an idea worth considering if the back problems become a long-term issue for riding, but not something to jump into right away.
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comment Slipping shift cable barrel adjusters
Have you tried simply backing out the limit adjustment screw slightly?
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comment riding with medical disabilities
Something you might want to consider is asking around (especially at a few bike shops) whether there's a group of older/less fit cyclists who take rides regularly. You don't want to get in with a bunch of hot shots, but you may find a more laid-back group, to make your rides more interesting and varied. (Our church has such a group that rides once a week in the summer.)
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comment riding with medical disabilities
I disagree that 7 is too much. Depends on the terrain and route, of course, but if reasonably flat and the OP is otherwise in good health 7 miles should be fine. Just listen to the body and give it the time it needs (at least 2 days) to recover before the next ride of that distance.
Apr
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comment How much does rider weight increase tire pressure?
@mac - The tire would go infinitely flat.
Apr
20
comment riding with medical disabilities
Initially you should have a bike with a fairly upright posture, though it doesn't have to be a "granny bike". Other than that, and good overall bike fit, you just want to take it easy -- in stages. For starters don't ride (other than maybe around the block) every day, but do a "real" ride every 2-3 days, to give yourself time to recover. Also, if you haven't done so already, get a "real" therapist (not the kid at the local gym) to give you a few stretches/exercises for your back, to help maintain "balance" in the muscles.
Apr
20
comment How much does rider weight increase tire pressure?
@mac - It's an infinitely large tire.
Apr
20
comment When riding with a single pannier, does it matter which side it's on?
I slightly prefer the right side because it protects my rear derailer from damage.
Apr
20
comment Are the country roads quieter on weekdays or weekends?
I would say the same as what Chris H said for the US. Traffic on a given road can change by a factor of 10 within 15 minutes, when schools let out, a distant factory shift changes, it's simply lunch time, etc.
Apr
20
comment How much does tire pressure affect the weight of the wheels
@RossMillikan - I was being facetious. A value within a factor of 10 is good enough here.
Apr
20
comment Getting back on the bike after bad fall, how do I get over my fear?
Critical question: Were you mountain biking because you enjoyed it or because your BF wanted you to?