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Aug
28
revised How to Patch a Bike Tube?
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Aug
28
comment Why is my Hope XC freehub locking when the quick release is tightened?
Then I would guess that something has disassembled itself. Retainer clip popped out or some such. Could be a cartridge bearing gone bad.
Aug
28
comment How fast can my bike go?
Top speed has little to do with the number of gears but much more to do with gear ratio ("gear inches") -- the larger the max "gear inches" the faster you can go. Also, the width and pressure of the tires is a significant factor, as is the aerodynamics of the bike.
Aug
28
comment What is the difference between cheap and less cheap road bikes?
The "medium range" bike will (usually) be lighter, with more expensive components (which may or may not operate a little better). And you'll get features like "brifters" which you won't see on the cheaper bikes. The really expensive bike will have bragging rights. Consider a good used bike.
Aug
28
answered How to Patch a Bike Tube?
Aug
28
answered How many times to patch a tube before dumping?
Aug
27
comment Shoaling etiquette
This isn't really my specialty, but I'd observe that often the problem is assuming that all other bikers are like you, in terms of strength, skill, and sense of urgency. Eg, my legs are weak enough that starting is difficult, so I attempt to both provide room for myself to wobble a bit and for others to comfortably move around me. But too often in a crowd, even when I'm stopped well back, others will stop right next to me or whatever. So I think #1 is to try to be aware of/tolerant of the skills and limitations of others.
Aug
27
comment Why is my Hope XC freehub locking when the quick release is tightened?
My guess is that something is assembled incorrectly -- a spacer in the wrong place, eg.
Aug
27
comment How can I reduce back pain on a shared bike with poor shock absorbers
In terms of exercises, simple sit-ups and "back extensions" are good. Unfortunately, it's hard to do the back extensions effectively without some gym equipment (though you can get some ideas here).
Aug
27
comment What is the minimum tire width for a 18 mm disc rim?
I have no trouble running 35mm road tires on a 13mm rim. In fact, that's the way the bike came from the factory.
Aug
27
answered How can I reduce back pain on a shared bike with poor shock absorbers
Aug
27
comment Good beginner workouts on stationary bike
@CareyGregory - It's a thumb suck, and no doubt could be improved. But I've noticed that I've slowed down quite a bit (though I never was a 100 rpm sort of guy) and others my age have as well.
Aug
26
comment Soft “Thunk” in the crank
Is this only when you are pedaling with some force, vs just idling the crank around? Do you sense anything in your feet when this happens? There are two likely scenario: A loose crank arm, which will cause damage very quickly (if it already hasn't occurred), or a loose BB cartridge, which is annoying but mostly harmless. You can also get a similar sensation if the chainring is loose on the spider. Take it to the shop where you bought it and get it checked out.
Aug
26
comment MTB Conversion For Lighter Commuting
I don't see a point in changing out your gears, other than to maybe put a smaller (fewer teeth) rear cassette on if you don't have a decent (25-30 mph) top speed.
Aug
26
comment MTB Conversion For Lighter Commuting
I don't see the point in replacing the brakes, except perhaps to save the cost of disk hubs if you swap out the wheels (but I doubt that that would be a net savings).
Aug
26
comment MTB Conversion For Lighter Commuting
A 28 pound bike is maybe a little heavy, but not that much for a commuter. And there is virtually no difference in performance (slight acceleration difference) whether the weight is in the wheels vs the frame.
Aug
26
comment MTB Conversion For Lighter Commuting
Good quality 700C rims can easily carry the load. However, as stated by Arne, they may not fit, depending on how fat a tire the frame is designed for.
Aug
26
revised Do wider tires wear better?
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Aug
26
comment How do I determine my wheel size
(But the difference between 27" and 700C is so small that tubes for one will fit the other, and manufacturers generally just produce one line of tubes with both nomenclatures.) (A 27" tire will appear to fit a 700C rim but will not stay on reliably.)
Aug
26
comment How do I determine my wheel size
Re your update: The "C" is/was a classification, and there at least used to be "A" and "B" (and, I think, "D") classifications as well, though I don't recall what they meant. Also, you are unlikely to find any 26" or 27" tires to fit a 700C rim -- the 26" tire is (usually) smaller (depends on width), while 27" is larger (doesn't depend on width). However, 28" and 29" tires will (one hopes) always be 700C -> 622 ISO. So mainly check the ISO designation, as that is the one set of numbers that is at all "real".