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comment broke the head light, dynamo powered, need a new light
You need to match the voltage and wattage of the old headlight. Used to be folks used 12V landscape spotlights for this duty. (And it would help to know what brand of lighting system you have, and what actually broke.)
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comment Direct Pull (V-Brake) vs. Center Pull Cantilevers (pros and cons)
Note that the difference in cable pull between a center pull and cantis is minimal, whereas there is about 2x that pull for V-brakes.
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comment Are carbon hubs a good idea?
Define "perform". In theory one could use a composite to have more resistance to "tear-out" of the flange than regular alloys, but I haven't heard of a case of tear-out in 10-20 years.
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comment Are carbon hubs a good idea?
(In what way do you feel they could "perform better"??)
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comment How long is it safe to store new tires before they degrade in quality?
And observations that apply to automobile tires are not generally applicable to bike tires.
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comment Stuck Bottom Bracket
Just to make your feel all warm and fuzzy inside, not all crank-side cups are reverse threaded.
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comment Are carbon hubs a good idea?
They are an excellent choice for separating you from your money.
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comment Food to keep in pannier long-term until it's needed?
I tried beef jerky and sausage sticks a few times. Far too much salt and fat -- almost makes you heave.
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comment Vista Sport Vintage Bicycle
I would have to believe that a dozen or so companies have slapped the "Vista" label on their bikes over the years.
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comment How to identify galvanised and stainless cables?
Why not just test with a magnet?
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comment Please help me identify this bike
The pictures are of a bike that is distinctive enough that one might be able to identify it. It would help to have a closer shot of what appears to be an unusual geometry for the rear suspension.
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comment How to identify galvanised and stainless cables?
Stainless steel is not strongly attracted by a magnet.
Sep
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comment Food to keep in pannier long-term until it's needed?
@Mσᶎ - If "down under karget" means the stores called "Target" in Australia, they have no connection to the US Target brand. The main thing Target carried in the US was a "fruit and yogurt" bar which was very good -- not nearly as sickly sweet as normal fruit bars, not sticky on your hands (important!), and stable in high temperatures. There were also some fruit & rice crispy "bites" that had similar attributes. Plus Nabisco made some nice "fruit crisp" bars that are supposedly still made but no one seems to carry them anymore.
Sep
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comment OnGuard U-Lock key mechanism partially activated
@Mσᶎ - The TriFlow I've always used is Teflon and a propellant. The propellant evaporates, leaving only the Teflon.
Sep
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comment OnGuard U-Lock key mechanism partially activated
@Mσᶎ - TriFlow isn't an oil, and is compatible with graphite.
Sep
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comment Food to keep in pannier long-term until it's needed?
There used to be a lot of good things (fruit bars, etc) available from Target, but they've dropped them all over the past 3-4 years.
Aug
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comment Selecting spoke lengths
There is maybe 8 mm of adjustability on your standard spoke.
Aug
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comment Jockey pulley (upper jockey wheel) suddenly not engaging with the chain when in the three largest (easiest) cogs on the big ring only
The spring that moves the derailer in/out has nothing to do with it. There is also a spring that forces the derailer forward on the pivot, and sometimes a third. You just have to look for a spring that's popped off its hook.
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comment Selecting spoke lengths
You realize that those lengths are only estimates, and actual length can vary by 2-3mm based on rim and hub characteristics?