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Old, tired, crazy.


Oct
29
comment Can your rims wear down from too much braking?
One thing you can do to help reduce wear is to squeeze and release the brakes several times (vs simply steadily squeezing) when first stopping after riding through grimy conditions. This helps clean off the grime with minimal scoring of the rims.
Oct
28
comment Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?
@RasmusRask - Well, the countersink isn't usually dramatic. And unfortunately I can't find an image on the web that would show the holes.
Oct
28
comment How do I use retro drop down handlebars with no hoods?
The first thing to do is to rotate the bar upward so the top is flatter.
Oct
28
comment How fast does new technology “trickle down” to lower models?
I really question to what extent "quality" is better on higher-priced models. The manufacturers will tend to use the same manufacturing line for all versions of their parts, with the main difference being finish -- maybe they tumble the diecastings before finishing, maybe they color-stain the machined aluminum, maybe they add a colored washer. Of course, there will be a difference between a steel frame and a carbon one, but likely the derailers are the same quality, with only finish differences.
Oct
28
comment How fast does new technology “trickle down” to lower models?
Too fast, in my opinion. Most "new technology" in cycling is more for show than function (and more to produce sales than to provide value). And kids buying department store bikes are attracted to the bling.
Oct
27
comment Why is my front Derailleur not shifting as smooth as it used to?
It should be noted that if the cables have stretched out this much it may be time to consider replacing them.
Oct
27
answered How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?
Oct
26
comment How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?
@StephenTouset (And, in fact, you can't "maximize" traction by shifting your weight. The angle of thrust (relative to the road surface) will be the same for a given speed on a given turn, regardless of whether your body is leaning left or right. There is a slight difference in tire traction depending on whether the tire is upright or tilted, but probably traction is slightly better with the tire more upright.)
Oct
26
comment How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?
@StephenTouset -- Slipperiness matters quite a bit. As I said, he never appeared to be close to losing traction, on dry, smooth pavement, so there was no need to "maximize traction". But riding on a wet, slightly oily, slightly muddy country road and trying to make a relatively tight (and unbanked) turn puts you very near "the edge".
Oct
26
comment How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?
Of course, you want to keep the outside pedal down rounding a curve to avoid having your pedal drag. And this posture makes you naturally put more weight on the outside leg, since the straight leg can support weight without effort. In fact, this would be a reason for a slight lean to the outside, to put more weight on the outside leg and less on the inside one, allowing one to rest and relax more than would be the case with weight balanced between legs.
Oct
26
comment Can I replace my 1/4" wheel bearings with slightly smaller ones?
I don't understand why you say that assembling a worn hub is more difficult. There's nothing that you have to "line up" other than getting the balls bedded in grease in the race, a task that would only get more difficult if the balls wore down too small to see.
Oct
26
comment How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?
@StephenTouset -- I looked at the video and I didn't see any real case where his center of gravity was not aligned with the centerline of the bike. There were cases where his upper body were slightly on the "outside" side, but that was compensating for his (massive) leg sticking out on the "inside" side. (Not sure why he sticks out the leg like that.) And in a few cases he obviously sat more upright to provide clearance from obstacles on the inside of the curve. But a point is that in no case did the surface appear to be at all slippery, where he would risk a fall from loss of traction.
Oct
26
comment How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?
Right! The brief turn in the "wrong" direction is something that occurs unconsciously (and probably the most difficult cycling skill for a novice to learn). (Also, it occurs to me, a possible reason that some folks are "attracted" to cycling hazards as they consciously try to avoid them.) Only when avoiding a very near (and small) road hazard would you actually steer left to turn left.
Oct
26
comment How do I prevent neck and back pain, and recover physically/mentally on a multi-day ride?
I'll add that every (non-race) ride I've ever participated in has had planned stops at least every 50 miles, generally 20-30. Even if you can keep going beyond that, you'll enjoy the ride much more if you stop from time to time and stretch/relax.
Oct
26
comment Would hydraulic disc brakes be easier on my hands than mechanical disc brakes?
Brake lever pressure vs stopping force is a function of mechanical advantage and pad/disk composition. You can get the equivalent mechanical advantage with hydraulics, cables, or even rods and levers. Hydraulics have the advantage that there's a hair less friction in the mechanism, and generally less "slop", which would allow for brakes to be set up with less "pre-travel" before they engage. But this advantage is largely negated with proper maintenance.
Oct
26
comment Is it really going to damage a bike to wash it with a hose?
Actually, bearing grease is a combination of soap and oil, so it's not at all clear that detergents will decrease its efficiency. And a hazard with high-pressure water is simply that any significant amount of water in the bearings will promote rust.
Oct
26
comment How much of a difference will I notice going from a Mountain bike to a road bike?
You'll notice a difference -- the road bike will feel "lighter" to ride, not so much because of actual weight difference, but because of the difference in tires. And your posture will be more suited to high speeds. You will probably want to change your riding style a bit, running higher RPM.
Oct
26
comment Shimano Sora shifter having trouble in the snow
In terms of the spray to use, you need something with some solvent properties, to dissolve (and, to a degree, revitalize) the old lube. Teflon is good as a lube but not a very good solvent.
Oct
25
answered Can I replace my 1/4" wheel bearings with slightly smaller ones?
Oct
25
comment Best bike lock
I wasn't aware that Best made bike locks (though I guess the 11B782 would come close).