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Oct
5
comment Why do i have a cramp?
When you exercise more, and especially when you exercise to where the muscles are pretty exhausted, as they recover and rebuild they store more glycogen. The extra stored glycogen makes it possible to exercise even longer the next time. (The trick is to not overdo and damage the muscles due to metabolic exhaustion.)
Oct
5
comment how do you make a chain longer with a simple chain breaker?
Pretty much all Shimano chains now use the special tapered pins for reassembly. And I've become a devotee of SRAM master links. But it doesn't hurt to learn how to do a chain repair "the old-fashioned way", in case you're ever stuck on the road with no other option.
Oct
3
comment Least worn tyre: front or back?
@swl10-speed - My first back tire puncture with my current bike occurred on its test ride.
Oct
3
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Oct
3
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Oct
2
answered MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks
Oct
2
comment Why do i have a cramp?
See this thread.
Oct
2
comment Six speed chain on an eight speed bike
I lay them out side-by-side, line up one end, and then work along the length of the two, so I'm sure I get the same number of links. A stretched chain can be well over one link longer than a new one of the same "length".
Oct
2
comment Six speed chain on an eight speed bike
It's not quite that simple, especially if you go back historically. From vague memory 6 and some 7 & 8 speed clusters used 5-speed chains. Then narrower chains were invented for 9-speed and retrofitted to 7 and 8. Or something along those lines. Especially if you're dealing with an older (pre-indexing) bike there's no telling what width chain should be used -- you need to measure sprocket pitch and chose the chain appropriately (if you don't have a used chain to measure).
Oct
2
comment Six speed chain on an eight speed bike
Chains widths are confusing, since there have historically been several different configuration for the same given number of sprockets. I see even Sheldon Brown doesn't attempt to address the topic in any detail.
Oct
2
comment Is a leather saddle appropriate for all-weather riding?
Regardless of the type of saddle (except for the solid vinyl ones) purchase a shower cap to put over the saddle when it's parked and rain is expected.
Oct
1
answered Do flat fenders work fine?
Oct
1
comment Is it safe to Cycle with an Umbrella?
Partly, no doubt, it's a culture thing. Here in Minnesota umbrellas are a rarity -- only used to protect the bride at weddings, etc. If it rains we just get wet (and we're usually wearing a jacket that can shed most of the rain). But some years back I was down in Kentucky and a very light mist was coming down. My brother (who lives there) was shocked that I saw no need to huddle under his umbrella.
Oct
1
comment Why are bicycles considered vehicles and not “walking aid”?
I once occupied a full lane for several blocks, with non-trivial traffic behind me. It was going through a one-lane construction zone and I was riding a loaded touring bike, and it was impractical to pull over and let others by. No one honked.
Sep
30
comment Lowest Gear Out of Whack
Yeah, you need to adjust the limit screws. Since these don't normally go out of adjustment, if the bike was previously working well it may be that either the derailer has been bent, or somehow the wheel is not properly mounted in the dropouts (maybe a washer on the wrong side of a dropout, etc).
Sep
30
comment What is the optimal cadence?
@Kaz -- I agree -- just rank.
Sep
29
answered What is the optimal cadence?
Sep
29
comment Back Gears Clicking
Has the bike been adjusted recently? You may simply need to have it "tuned up". And, especially in the first few hundred miles, the cables stretch a bit, and you need to use the "barrel adjuster" to compensate -- something you should learn how to do.
Sep
29
answered Brake response is spongey post-brake lever upgrade
Sep
29
comment Least worn tyre: front or back?
I think the back punctures occur more often primarily because steering with the front "scrubs" it, so something that attaches to the front tire doesn't stick to it very well, whereas on the back the "something" will stay there for hundreds of revolutions, working its way into the tread. And of course there's more weight on the back tire, so objects are forced through it more rapidly. (And there's always the fact that nature is perverse and wants to puncture the back tire because it's so much harder/messier to change.)