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Old, tired, crazy.


Jan
28
answered Essential maintenance for my bike whilst on a long distance tour
Jan
28
answered My v-brake lever (just one) is stiff. What's wrong?
Jan
27
answered Fixie Vs Urban bike for small-distance commuting
Jan
26
comment Is there such thing as a freewheel that doesn't click?
And I kind of like a noisy hub. It drowns out the clicking in my bones.
Jan
26
comment Why is my chain riding up and skipping teeth on the freewheel?
The smaller cogs do appear to be moderately worn -- I've seen (and ridden) worse, though.
Jan
25
comment Is there such thing as a freewheel that doesn't click?
Some brands click worse than others. I gather Shimano tends to be fairly loud.
Jan
25
comment Life expectancy of a cycle tube and tire?
@Kibbee - Yeah, coaster brakes (especially on kids' bikes) are a special case, since there's such a temptation to see how long of a skid mark you can make.
Jan
25
comment Life expectancy of a cycle tube and tire?
@Freakyuser - When you get punctures so close to each other than the patches overlap, that's a problem, but if they're well-spaced then you could probably have a dozen patches without compromising the tube.
Jan
25
comment How to cope with boredom whilst cycle touring?
Yeah, I have a (somewhat unfortunate) reputation for composing songs on group rides. Unfortunately, once you do just one the group expects more and more.
Jan
25
answered Life expectancy of a cycle tube and tire?
Jan
25
comment How to cope with boredom whilst cycle touring?
To me the boredom is one of the best aspects of cycling. It wipes your mind clean. For the first 15 minutes maybe your mind races with all sorts of day-to-day concerns, and then it just gets to be making it to the next ridge, where's that turn, how long to lunch, and your experiencing living on a more physical, less structured level.
Jan
25
comment handlebar setup/selection to mitigate wrist pain on multiday rides
It should be noted that the above picture is not the "classical" randonneur bar design.
Jan
24
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
@WTHarper - Keep in mind that most "supplements" work purely because of the placebo effect. So manufacturers don't have to make the supplements especially strong -- they don't expect them to actually do anything anyway.
Jan
24
comment handlebar setup/selection to mitigate wrist pain on multiday rides
You have what is generally the best setup -- drop bars with several hand positions. You can try rotating the bar slightly to make it more comfortable to use the drops. You can also consider getting a "randonneur" bar which has a less severe drop distance and a few extra twists here and there.
Jan
24
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
@WTHarper -- True - Taken in excess the electrolytes will make you pee more and become more dehydrated. (Hence, drinking sea water isn't a good idea.) Intake would have to be fairly excessive, though, for this effect to be significant.
Jan
24
answered Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
Jan
24
comment Shimano Hollowtech left crank arm getting loose
I've always figured you could make a shim from an aluminum can for square shafts, but I don't think you can make that work very well for a splined shaft.
Jan
24
comment Do brake hoods come in different sizes?
I've many times seen bikes with Velcroed-on pads around the hoods. Don't know where you get them.
Jan
23
comment Shimano Hollowtech left crank arm getting loose
The main thing is to make sure the bolts are good and tight. But, unfortunately, if a crank arm is run loose it will develop a "flare" and no longer fit tightly on the shaft. This is especially bad on the left side as "precession" will tend to loosen the bolt on that side, if there's any looseness in the crank splines at all. Loctite on the bolt will help but is not a panacea for a flared crank arm. Be sure use a removable type. It will not make it substantially harder to install the bolt, but will make it significantly harder to remove.
Jan
23
comment Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?
@GarethRees - Maybe. I've tried several and they've never gotten over 50, despite advertising to the contrary.