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4h
comment Continuing to use damaged cones in rear hub?
In theory that will work. But replacement cones are readily available for most size bearings, so consider replacing them.
8h
comment How to measure the size of a suitable tire for my bike?
But note that the tire width is greater than the rim width.
8h
comment How to measure the size of a suitable tire for my bike?
If there's a tire on the rim, read the numbers off of it.
8h
comment Croozer bike trailer optimalisation for less tire detoriation
What tire pressure are you running? Pressure too low or too high could contribute to tire wear. For those tires I would guess you should be running at least 40psi, maybe 60. And, of course, use good quality tires.
19h
comment How are tire sizes measured?
"Long ago"?? What is a "29er" then?
1d
comment Detailed resources for planning backcountry/primitive tours?
Become a member of Adventure Cycling. I'm not sure how many direct resources they have, but the magazine is good and they have forums that should be pretty active (though I've not been on the forums in a decade).
1d
comment is a 29er a good fit for a 5'9 height?
(And a bike shop that doesn't allow test rides isn't a bike shop, it's a store that sells bikes.)
1d
comment is a 29er a good fit for a 5'9 height?
It should be noted that a "29er" is a plain old 700c rim, the same as road bikes. The larger tires produce a larger wheel overall, but not enormously larger so long as you're not talking 3" tires or some such. (However, at 5'9" it's not an easy choice. Also note that there are different bike ("frame") sizes for a given wheel size. You need to try to settle on a frame size at least.)
1d
comment Biking in the winter more difficult?
An important caveat: At temps below about 15F (-10C), if you breathe hard through your mouth (mouth wide open and "panting") it is possible to actually cause frostbite in your throat (with associated tissue injury). And at temps above that (but still cold) breathing hard through your mouth can still seriously dry out the membranes in the throat and cause problems. When it's cold leave the TdF training for another day.
1d
comment Which usually wears faster - wheel rims or brake blocks?
I've never worn out a rim, but a couple of images of failed rims have been posted here, and in those cases it was obvious that the rim was worn out -- there were essentially holes worn through it. I don't know if this is always the case, but I suspect it is fairly normal.
1d
comment 27 1 3/8 tires on 27 1 1/4 rims
Should not be a problem, so long as all the components are "standard".
2d
comment Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?
It's a bike. Seems decent. But be sure it's what she wants, and not what you want.
2d
comment Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?
(And note that the Secteur Elite Double comes in 7 different sizes. It's not a "one size fits all" sort of thing.)
2d
comment Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?
There is no fundamental difference between a "men's" bike and a "women's" bike, other than women tend to be shorter (on average) and hence need smaller bikes (on average).
2d
comment Vintage 70's Bike info?
@Blam - The cottered cranks place it, I think, prior to about 1980.
2d
comment Should a saddle hurt?
An important point: In the same general area of the anatomy that contacts the seat of a bicycle are muscles that are rarely used except in certain activities (such as cycling). If someone is not at all acclimated to cycling (and doesn't do a lot of other activities such as stair climbing) those muscles will be sore 12-24 hours after a moderate amount of cycling. This is to be expected, and will quickly correct itself with even modestly regular cycling.
Nov
24
comment Should a saddle hurt?
Some discomfort is normal, until your anterior "toughens up" a bit. But if the seat is painful pretty much from the start then probably something needs to be changed. Painful the next day is a bit more "normal", though if it continues the seat may need attention.
Nov
24
answered I am 6ft and riding a firefox kompac. My speed never crosses 18kmph
Nov
24
comment Which usually wears faster - wheel rims or brake blocks?
The chain should be replaced when it's stretched, the cassette and rings when they're worn. If you service each appropriately you will get maybe 2-3 chains per cassette and 2-3 cassettes per large ring. (But if you replace a cassette you should usually replace the chain at the same time.) And you should be able to get several standard brake block sets per rim.
Nov
24
comment Choosing a handlebar width
In addition to what the others say, slightly wider bars tend to be more comfortable on long rides. And narrower bars, of course, slightly reduce your wind resistance.