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Apr
15
revised Can I replace a 1/2 inch bolt with a 14mm one to secure my axle?
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Apr
14
answered Can I replace a 1/2 inch bolt with a 14mm one to secure my axle?
Apr
14
comment Can i stop my frame scratching my seatpost?
I don't think I've ever seen a seatpost that wasn't scratched.
Apr
14
comment Can I replace a 1/2 inch bolt with a 14mm one to secure my axle?
And commonly front axles are 9mm and rear 10mm, except in beefed-up versions for BMX bikes.
Apr
14
comment Can I replace a 1/2 inch bolt with a 14mm one to secure my axle?
If this is a standard axle, the bearing cups thread onto the axle, and would have to be changed with the axle. And if you change the cups the hub would almost certainly need to be replaced.
Apr
14
comment tyre size for a 28" bike, at the moment: 35C, is 32C too narrow?
If the rims are sized for 35 then you should be able to go +/- 3mm or so with no problem. The main danger with going larger is that the tires will rub the frame. Going smaller it's not a problem until the tire gets too narrow for the rims, and you've probably got a ways to go there.
Apr
12
answered Is it OK to use coffee or other drinks to clean road rash?
Apr
12
comment Is it OK to use coffee or other drinks to clean road rash?
@WTHarper - If they're peeing on you they're probably healtier (or at least more sober) than you are.
Apr
12
comment How can I determine whether rust has made my bike unsafe?
I've found that, for some reason, creaking ALWAYS comes from the last place you look for it.
Apr
12
answered Does exercising solely through cycling cause injuries?
Apr
12
comment greasing closed bearings on the outside
I would take exception to sealed bearings being "cheap". Phil Wood made his name selling hubs containing industrial-grade sealed bearings, and they have a reputation for greatly outlasting conventional bearings, especially in dirty conditions. The main negative is that they are heavier, plus, when they do wear out they need to be "pulled" and replaced, vs simply serviced.
Apr
11
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
@YesIuseMUMPS - Yes, and you can remember "mnemonic" by remembering that it's derived from the name "Mnemosyne", the goddess of memory. And how could one possibly forget Mnemosyne?
Apr
11
comment Repurpose old android phone (without cell phone plan) as cycle computer with GPS tracking?
Certainly you can do it. But note that the map functions on phones generally rely on being able to dynamically download new maps, something you will not be able to do. I have no idea what the relative accuracy is.
Apr
11
answered Smartphone mounted on handlebar: Will vibrations during cycling damage it?
Apr
10
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
@YesIuseMUMPS - It's a mnemonic to me -- I can remember how precession works and figure it out. Any other "rule" is harder to remember.
Apr
10
comment Looking for the right bike
The thing is, you need to put in a few hours on a bike to know what it's all about. That's more than you'll get just "testing", in most cases.
Apr
10
comment Complete beginner's question: inner tube too big?
@BernardSoubry - Not necessarily snug, but no significant slack. Different tubes respond differently to being inflated -- some immediately get "longer" while others will at first "shrink" as they "fatten up" a bit.
Apr
10
answered Complete beginner's question: inner tube too big?
Apr
10
comment greasing closed bearings on the outside
(Though on earlier cartridges the gasket was fairly flexible neoprene. Newer ones no doubt use a stiffer plastic.)
Apr
10
comment greasing closed bearings on the outside
@mattnz - I agree, which is one of several reasons for the skepticism.