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Dec
6
comment Picking spare inner tube size
Presumably the "47/52" means 47-52mm tire width, depending on who's measuring. This would be 1.85-2.05 inches. This does kind of put you on the edge, but tubes are quite tolerant of size differences, and the 1.90-2.125 tube should be fine.
Dec
6
comment Why are both Schrader and Presta valves still used on tubes?
Schraders are used because they are well-suited to auto tires, motorcycle tires, et al. (Though, interestingly, not that well suited to drag racer tires.) For the bikes where Schrader valved comfortably fit it make sense to use them, since gas station hoses can be used to fill them. But for narrower tires Schraders simply aren't a good fit.
Dec
5
answered Do I need a new chain after 1300 miles?
Dec
5
comment Is a headlight required to emit light to the sides?
It seems to me you knew the answer before you posted -- your headlight likely does not meet the letter of the law. But as several folks have stated here, police have bigger fish to fry. As to liability in an accident, it boils down to who has the better-paid lawyer.
Dec
4
comment Where is the Tricross Sora front derailleur barrel adjuster
I'd look for an adjuster on the shifter or on the derailer.
Dec
4
answered What are good ways to dry shoes?
Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
I've got a pump that switches quite well, but it's a good quality "Joe Blow" unit. The OP's pump appears to have a chuck with two holes in it, one for Presta and one for Schraeder, so it doesn't really need to switch.
Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
@kibbee - I like the stem high, so I don't need to bend over as far. But I don't have aero rims.
Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
Yep, I think you've got it. Who supplied those wheels with too-short stems?? (I've had the problem that it's hard to find shorter stems for my regular box rims anymore -- surprised that this situation would ever occur.)
Dec
3
comment voltage of lighting system
I can't imagine that a lighting system designed for 6V would do well on 12V. You're lucky it's lasted as long as it has. Excess voltage is not the way to overcome connector corrosion -- silicone grease is the solution there.
Dec
3
answered How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
Dec
1
comment Front Derailleur Not Working
Just out of curiosity, is the "Pro-Set alignment tool" perhaps still installed in the derailer?
Dec
1
comment How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?
In theory you're supposed to have about two inches of clearance. But if you don't mind singing soprano then have at it!
Dec
1
comment How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?
Can you stand over it flat-footed?
Nov
30
comment Why are hub shells such different diameters?
Well, interestingly enough, the Dura-Ace and Campy hubs appear to be large flange (comparing flange diameter to axle diameter). The Tiagra is small flange. Part of the apparent difference is probably just illusion, but there clearly is some "real" difference as well. Phil Wood hubs are by definition built like tank, so that's kind of out of the spectrum. (But when you compare prices you see part of it -- the Dura-Ace is about 5 times the price of the Tiagra.)
Nov
30
answered Why are hub shells such different diameters?
Nov
29
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Nov
29
comment The lightest 26" mountain bike tire with minimum width of 2.3
A little curious as to why one would care that much. Especially for off-road, the weigh of the tire would be way down on my list of criteria.
Nov
29
comment How many fingers on the brake lever?
Whatever it takes. There's no one answer to suit all riders and conditions. And note that the orientation of the levers vs the bar (and the type of bar) will have a big effect on this.
Nov
28
comment What needs to be considered when building a winter bike?
Has anyone mentioned avoiding "brifters", since they tend to get sticky in cold weather, especially as they age?