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Old, tired, crazy.


Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
@kibbee - I like the stem high, so I don't need to bend over as far. But I don't have aero rims.
Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
Yep, I think you've got it. Who supplied those wheels with too-short stems?? (I've had the problem that it's hard to find shorter stems for my regular box rims anymore -- surprised that this situation would ever occur.)
Dec
3
comment voltage of lighting system
I can't imagine that a lighting system designed for 6V would do well on 12V. You're lucky it's lasted as long as it has. Excess voltage is not the way to overcome connector corrosion -- silicone grease is the solution there.
Dec
3
answered How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
Dec
1
comment Front Derailleur Not Working
Just out of curiosity, is the "Pro-Set alignment tool" perhaps still installed in the derailer?
Dec
1
comment How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?
In theory you're supposed to have about two inches of clearance. But if you don't mind singing soprano then have at it!
Dec
1
comment How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?
Can you stand over it flat-footed?
Nov
30
comment Why are hub shells such different diameters?
Well, interestingly enough, the Dura-Ace and Campy hubs appear to be large flange (comparing flange diameter to axle diameter). The Tiagra is small flange. Part of the apparent difference is probably just illusion, but there clearly is some "real" difference as well. Phil Wood hubs are by definition built like tank, so that's kind of out of the spectrum. (But when you compare prices you see part of it -- the Dura-Ace is about 5 times the price of the Tiagra.)
Nov
30
answered Why are hub shells such different diameters?
Nov
29
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Nov
29
comment The lightest 26" mountain bike tire with minimum width of 2.3
A little curious as to why one would care that much. Especially for off-road, the weigh of the tire would be way down on my list of criteria.
Nov
29
comment How many fingers on the brake lever?
Whatever it takes. There's no one answer to suit all riders and conditions. And note that the orientation of the levers vs the bar (and the type of bar) will have a big effect on this.
Nov
28
comment What needs to be considered when building a winter bike?
Has anyone mentioned avoiding "brifters", since they tend to get sticky in cold weather, especially as they age?
Nov
28
comment STI shifter sometimes doesn't catch in cooler weather
I wouldn't say that WD40 is "more viscous" than the original grease. The main problem is that WD40 isn't a lubricant, and once you've washed out the old grease you leave the components "dry" and unlubricated.
Nov
28
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
A creaking bar is always a possibility, though that sound is usually easy to locate. The bar is most apt to creak if it's got a reenforcing sleeve over the center part.
Nov
28
comment Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?
@cmannett85 -- The temperature doesn't matter. A bicycle can handle any temperature an automobile can, and lower.
Nov
28
comment Frozen suspension in the winter
Your fork doesn't "freeze" -- nothing turns to ice. Rather, the oil gets so viscous that the shock gets exceedingly stiff. In addition, the seals may stick until "exercised" a bit.
Nov
28
comment Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?
Yeah, and unheated is not a problem. The question is whether hanging such that the shocks are in stress like that for months would cause trouble -- damage the seals or some such.
Nov
27
comment My bike key is broken off inside the lock
And as Benzo said in a deleted answer, you can more slowly cut through the cable with ordinary wire cutters, a few strands at a time. This might take 15 minutes or so, though, and will leave you with bleeding knuckles.
Nov
27
comment My bike key is broken off inside the lock
Yeah, if you're not trying to save the lock, bolt cutters are the best choice -- will cut through that cable in about 30 seconds. You can buy a pair cheaply at places like Harbor Freight in the US, or maybe rent a pair at a tool rental shop. And don't be too worried about using them "in public", since tests have shown that people just ignore bike thieves 90% of the time. (But do make sure you have your ID on you.) But if you want to save the lock you need to pick it or get a locksmith to do so. Not rocket science, for a standard pin tumbler lock. A locksmith can then cut you a new key.