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Old, tired, crazy.


Apr
20
comment What should I be looking for when buying reflective lights for night riding?
Whatever works. For the wheels I still prefer the purpose-made reflectors that bolt between the spokes. For the rear of the bike there's no good reason to not have a blinking LED taillight.
Apr
20
comment walkable clipless pedal shoe to replace normal shoe?
I have two pairs of relatively "walkable" shoes, one Shimano and one Specialized. They use the "mountain" (small) SPD plates. I wear the Shimanos mostly, and I do walk modest distances in them with no difficulty. Have worn them at work on occasion, also with no difficulty. Not what I'd call ideal for full-time walking, though.
Apr
19
comment Are these chainrings the reason my chain skips/hops?
Yes, to me the large ring looks to be worn out. Of course, if your large front chainring is worn out, your rear cassette/cluster is probably even worse, if it hasn't been replaced in awhile. (The small ring looks to be fairly good.)
Apr
19
comment Can oil/grease damage tires?
Another thing to watch is when cleaning/oiling your chain. I always take a section of newspaper and shove it up behind the derailer, so it drapes over the tire, before cleaning or oiling.
Apr
19
comment How to deal with lock that keeps jamming?
One alternative "degunker" is "lock de-icer" spray. This is generally an alcohol-like product with modest solvent properties, and it leaves no significant residue behind.
Apr
19
comment How to deal with lock that keeps jamming?
@moshbear - The problem with TriFlow as a "degunker" is that it's "vehicle" is not a very good solvent. And there's also a slight danger that, if you use enough to fully "degunk" a badly gunked lock you could leave an excess of Teflon behind. But TriFlow is probably better than a lot of alternatives.
Apr
19
comment Can oil/grease damage tires?
Yes, oil/grease can damage tires. It depends somewhat on the type of rubber -- the old "gumwall" tires are quite susceptible to damage from petroleum products, while tires made with car tire rubber are pretty immune. But it's best to avoid getting any petroleum product (especially lighter oils and solvents) on any sort of rubber.
Apr
19
comment Should I grease pins when re-installing them on cottered cranks?
Yes, first get them clean and burr-free (and also make sure the flat is burr-free), then a light coating of oil or grease.
Apr
19
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Apr
18
answered Is it possible to transport many (up to 12) bikes using some sort of auto-trailer?
Apr
18
comment Is it possible to transport many (up to 12) bikes using some sort of auto-trailer?
I especially like the one on the 12th row down, on the left.
Apr
18
comment Training fasted: just about weight loss?
(The thing is, the body responds to "challenges" by increasing it's ability to handle similar future challenges. Glycogen is accumulated by the body because "experience" has shown it necessary. The trick is to give the body that "experience" without giving it counter-productive experiences at the same time.)
Apr
18
comment Training fasted: just about weight loss?
@CareyGregory - I don't think anyone can cite clear evidence for any of this stuff. It is known that athletic training (football camp, et al) causes an increase in stored glycogen in the muscles, but I've never head of any controlled studies that attempted to isolate the factors involved.
Apr
17
answered Training fasted: just about weight loss?
Apr
17
comment Replacing thick wheels with thinner ones
@Orion - It may be a folding bike, but it has BMX wheels and tires on it. Your best solution is to buy the thinnest tires you can find (probably 1.5) and get ones with minimal tread -- a heavy lugged tread increases rolling resistance more than anything. And run a "reasonable" pressure, above 50psi certainly. (Be sure any tires you buy have the "406" dimension, as that is the rim diameter.)
Apr
17
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Apr
17
comment How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?
At least in this part of the country, there is almost always somewhere in rural settings where one (male or female) can discreetly urinate. And any cop that tried to pick up someone for doing so would be laughed off the force. "Public urination" is mainly a problem in cities, where certain areas (alleys, parking garages, et al) become toilets, literally and figuratively, due to vagrants, drunks, and druggies. The "public urination" laws are mainly to control them.
Apr
17
comment How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?
@CareyGregory - See the very first comment.
Apr
17
answered Replacing thick wheels with thinner ones
Apr
17
comment Does exercising solely through cycling cause injuries?
@amcnabb - The simplest knee-strengthening exercise that is applicable to cyclists is to lay flat on your back, keep your knee straight and your toe pointed up, and raise your leg for a count of 5 or so. Then slowly lower and do the other leg. Repeat 10-20 times. This is actually quite effective. (But if you are experiencing significant knee pain you should get a exercise plan from a therapist.)