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Old, tired, crazy.


Oct
20
comment Did I buy the wrong mountain bike?
I'm reminded of the advice I used to give people when they bought a new computer, back when a computer was two months' salary: After you buy it, don't read any computer ads for at least 6 months -- otherwise you'll be constantly worried that you made the wrong decision.
Oct
19
comment Adjusting saddle angle on a road bike (drop bars)
@CareyGregory -- Odd because for several years Terry, a women's bike company, sold the best men's seats.
Oct
19
answered Chain slipping off a non geared bike
Oct
19
comment What effect does head tube angle have on a bicycle?
It should be noted that "steeper" means closer to 90 degrees -- vertical. And generally head tube angle is adjusted in concert with fork "rake" -- the degree to which the fork curves forward. There is a complex relationship between the two that determines stability vs responsiveness.
Oct
19
comment How do I take apart the axle and freehub on this bike
Note that one common complaint about cartridge bearings is that they have slightly more drag than loose bearings when not operating under load. In a wheel hub the axle will not seem to spin quite as freely. This all equalizes, though, once you apply weight to the bearing.
Oct
19
comment What is the practical advantage of disk brakes over rim brakes?
I gave up skirts years ago.
Oct
18
answered Which states or countries have stop-sign-as-yield laws for bicyclists (Idaho stop law)?
Oct
18
comment Optimal full-suspension design for mountain bikes?
The "balance" is only going to be achieved under a specific, narrow set of operating conditions.
Oct
17
comment How do I take apart the axle and freehub on this bike
Describe "drag". The axle should be stiff enough that it doesn't spin if you twist it rapidly with your fingers, but it should not require any real effort to turn.
Oct
17
comment How do I take apart the axle and freehub on this bike
Generally, sealed cartridges would be a force-fit to the hub and would require a specialized puller to remove. The axles should come out without much effort, though, if they are similar to the cartridge units I've worked with.
Oct
17
comment How do I take apart the axle and freehub on this bike
1) Note that a little "sluggishness" when you twist an axle by hand is normal and good -- it indicates that the bearings are appropriately "preloaded". 2) There is a modest possibility that your axles contain cartridge bearings vs loose balls (though usually the diameter of the hub is a little larger if this is the case). If this is the case there's no conventional cone.
Oct
17
answered Rear wheel stuck (not moving)
Oct
16
answered Effective breathing for efficient cycling
Oct
16
comment Good backpack for carrying groceries
Yep, I don't know why it didn't occur to me to suggest a trailer. Some styles can be fitted to just about any bike, and when removed there's very little additional weight (if any) from the hitch.
Oct
16
comment How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?
That sounds like a very good regimen. One obviously could tweak the numbers here and there, but it's basically a matter of finding what works for you. The fact that your glucose rises so much after a ride suggests that your liver is converting glycogen to sugar (as it should), but it may be (just a guess) that snacking a little more late in the ride would "turn down" the liver's response a bit and help prevent the rise.
Oct
16
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
Another option is a left-handed drill. Drill straight through the bolt with it (the drill set to reverse) and often, after you've gone a half-inch or so, the bolt will begin to unthread. Failing that, use a larger drill bit to drill the head off, then hope you can somehow grasp the body of the bolt once things are disassembled.
Oct
16
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
@cherouvim -- In the US many hardware stores carry the individual extractors for $3 to $10, depending on size. Take the replacement bolt with you and you can pick the extractor that matches it well, vs having to buy a whole set.
Oct
16
comment Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?
Zen, he noticed the spokes were loose after two weeks and had them retensioned, then checked regularly after that. That is a reasonable schedule -- they shouldn't have gotten that loose in two weeks, anyway.
Oct
16
answered Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?
Oct
15
comment Removing bottom bracket from 79 peugeot frame
If you can get a fingernail into a thread (which it appears you can with this BB) then you can tell which way it's threaded. If your fingernail "unscrews" as you rotate your hand counterclockwise (anticlockwise for you Brits) then it's a right hand thread. Basically your fingernail should "unscrew" the same direction you'd unscrew the lockring and cup.