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Jun
21
comment rebuild shimano wheel
Probably cheaper/better to just order a new wheel. Save the old for spare parts.
Jun
21
comment Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?
It would at least likely match the algorithm used within Expresso exercise bikes when stating the speed of the "pacer".
Jun
20
comment Where do stolen bikes go?
A little bit of everything, I suspect. I have heard of people finding their bikes (and other stolen goods) on Craig's list.
Jun
20
comment Differences between symetrical and asymetrical brake pads for cantilever / v-brakes
I think the theory is that the "long tail" pads require less "toe in" to prevent grabbing and squeal.
Jun
20
comment Guidance for buying large double saddle panniers
Your heal clearance problem is due to having a short wheelbase bike. There probably are purpose-made racks for mountain bikes that overcome this problem. There are many good brands of panniers such as Ortleib. I have a pair of relatively inexpensive TransIt bags that are beginning to fall apart after only 15 years. Before that I had Cannondale bags, but Cannondale has largely left the bag biz.
Jun
20
comment How to clean a combination bike lock?
First flush it with plain water with just a drop of detergent to help it "wet". Play with it until it moves freely, then flush some more. Next, immerse/drain several times in rubbing alcohol (or, better, pure alcohol from a paint store) to absorb the water. Give it a couple of hours to dry, then some light shots of WD-40 or (better), Tri-Flow. Or toss it and get a new lock.
Jun
19
comment smallest cog of cassette rubbing on seatstay
Basically, all bets are off on this thing. First, as Ken suggests, double-check that everything is assembled correctly. Then look for any "easy" fix that will move the cassette inward a couple of mm. Failing that you need to consider whether you want to go to the trouble and expense of trying additional spacers, given that it may not work out.
Jun
19
comment smallest cog of cassette rubbing on seatstay
I wonder if there might be some way to shift the cassette left on the shaft, without changing the axle relative to the hub proper? From the photo it looks like there may be about 5mm of space available there (though one needs to be wary of getting the derailer into the spokes).
Jun
19
comment smallest cog of cassette rubbing on seatstay
I suspect you're simply asking the frame to do something it isn't designed to do. But you might be able to fix it by inserting a spacer on the axle. May need a slightly longer axle, though, and you'd need to re-dish the wheel.
Jun
18
comment How do you make the handlebar stem straight?
Keep futzing with it until you go crazy and it looks straight, even thought it's tilted at 45 degrees.
Jun
18
comment How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?
You want stuff that durable and trouble-free. I don't keep up with the various component brands/families, but there's no need to spend more than about $1500 for the complete bicycle.
Jun
18
comment What tools are required to replace a spoke?
Yeah, it can be hard to find specific spokes. I had to clean out 3 bike shops to find enough heavy-gauge spokes for a mountain bike wheel I was rebuilding for Christmas Anonymous.
Jun
18
comment Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?
@LCTexas Except that places like Snell know who butters their bread.
Jun
18
comment What tools are required to replace a spoke?
@PeteH - Yeah, the problem is that the rear, drive-side spokes (on rim brake bikes) are subjected to the most stress, and hence tend to be the first to fail.
Jun
18
answered What tools are required to replace a spoke?
Jun
18
comment Choosing a foldable 20" bike: Schwinn S2280 vs. Citizen Bike Miami
Beware that most folders seriously sacrifice rideability to achieve foldability. Be sure that your dad rides whatever bike is selected, and compares it to a "real" bike, to appreciate what he's losing.
Jun
17
comment Ouch, I'm really sore. Should I take a break for a while? How long?
Also note that it's at least theoretically possible to experience "compartment syndrome", a medical emergency where the leg muscles swell so much that circulation is cut off. Mostly this occurs due to trauma or infection, but it can occur with very intense exercise. Quite unlikely when cycling, unless you overexercise to the point of extreme foolishness, but worth being aware of. Suffice it to say that if you get any sort of serious leg pain you should seek medical attention.
Jun
17
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Jun
16
comment Ouch, I'm really sore. Should I take a break for a while? How long?
@BillyONeal - There is a metabolic disorder known as myodenylate deaminase deficiency that affects a few percent of the population. This produces muscle aches that won't go away, particularly in the shoulders, after sustained vigorous exercise. The "cure" is a "supplement" known as D-ribose, taken in amounts of 2-5 grams 2-4 times a day. Fairly cheap and safe. Also, if you are having muscle pains, don't let a doctor talk you into taking statins.
Jun
16
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