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comment Is it possible to change the lengths of bike cranks?
Yes. You can change the crank arms to be longer or shorter (though too much longer and you get ground clearance problems). You can even have two different lengths. But need a bike with a 3-piece crank unit, not the 1-piece seen on inexpensive bikes, and parts for some fancier bikes may be expensive or hard to find in the desired lengths. A decent bike shop should have the technical know-how to do the swap, but you probably should try to find a physical therapist or what ever to advise you.
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comment chainring bolt campagnolo stuck to crank
A little late now, but first clean the crud out of the recess in the bolt head, then use a tight-fitting wrench inserted all the way in. (Throw away hex wrenches with worn tips.) If it's recalcitrant, soak with penetrating oil for several hours before trying again. And use a manual impact driver (the type you hit with a hammer) if it's still stiff. But if the bolt is already completely rounded out then this is no longer possible.
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comment best tires for Cannondale Bad Boy 4
You appear to have true "slick" tires, which are not ideal for your use, but are acceptable. For city riding it's nice to have a modest amount of tread, to better deal with spots where sand/dirt/oil has accumulated on the road. However, a big part of dealing with such spots is learning how to keep an eye out for them and either avoid them or pass through them without "cornering" to any degree.
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comment best tires for Cannondale Bad Boy 4
It is sometimes useful to have a modest amount of tread, to deal with surfaces that have a loose coating of grit or muck. This is especially helpful at intersections.
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comment Just getting into biking
27" tires are generally available, unless you want something exotic. And 700C tubes fit 27" tires just fine.
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comment BSO identification for amateurs
The weakest part of recent BSOs is probably the shifters. Almost universally, twist shifters are used, and poor quality twist shifters have a very high failure rate.
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comment Just getting into biking
The Traveler of that era was a decent bike (and well-suited for a beginner), but it's apt to need significant maintenance unless it's been kept up, and it's pretty antiquated technology. (Unless it's in perfect condition with new tires it's it's not worth $120, but maybe half that.) Unless it's been well-maintained figure on dropping another $50-100 having a bike shop tune it up.
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comment Are there any bus companies that take bikes and go between Washington DC and Philadelphia?
I'm pretty sure most inter-city trains still take bikes.
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answered BSO identification for amateurs
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comment Best way to sell cheap/damaged bike
Another thing to consider is a bike co-op or some other agency that fixes up bikes for the indigent. They may fix it up or may scrap it for parts, but they will put it to best use. Of course, you'd get nothing for it but maybe a small tax write-off.
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comment Best way to sell cheap/damaged bike
Craigslist or a local equivalent. Sometimes the ad board at a supermarket will get good response.
Jul
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comment How much speed can I buy
Beyond about $1000, more money generally buys you less durability and less ease of maintenance.
Jul
31
comment Replacing the handlebar grips with ergonomic ones?
You have four choices: Buy longer handlebar, buy shorter grips, live with them the way they are, cut them shorter.
Jul
30
comment Cycling's effect On The Bladder?
Actually, what most people call "body odor" is caused by fatty acids in the sweat. These fatty acids are produced only by special sweat glands in the underarms and groin area, and as they oxidize in air they become more "fragrant" -- has nothing to do with bacteria.
Jul
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answered Cyclocross tyre patching problems, bulging inwards
Jul
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comment Cycling's effect On The Bladder?
The above is basically about it. The vast majority of cyclists suffer no problem other than some external irritation and maybe a little general soreness until they get "conditioned". I have chronic kidney stone problems, and cycling actually seems to help a little.
Jul
30
answered Bottom bracket creaking
Jul
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comment Disappointing cartridge bb performance
Since we can't guess what you mean by "a little bit of binding", it's hard to offer an opinion.
Jul
30
comment Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski
Strictly comparing the possibility of serious injury, I would regard downhill biking as more dangerous than downhill skiing, maybe by a factor of 2-4. That's just my thumb suck, though.