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Old, tired, crazy.


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.
Nov
27
comment Patched inner tube helped by pressure against tire?
If the patch has fully cured it's safe to over-inflate the tube a bit, and this will be a better test.
Nov
27
comment Patched inner tube helped by pressure against tire?
It takes an hour or two for the patch cement to fully "set" and attain full strength. Once that time has passed, the patch should be essentially as strong as the rest of the tire and able to withstand pressure outside the tire. If you must "patch and run", however, it's probably best to treat the patch gingerly until installed inside the tire. You should still test-inflate the tube outside the tire, but don't overdo it. (Also note that if you must "patch and run" you should apply talc to the patch area, or roadside dust, or a piece of tissue, to prevent sticking to the inside of the tire.)
Nov
27
answered Does rear-shock placement affect suspension characteristics?
Nov
27
comment Who has right of way at a staggered crossroad
(Had to stop that comment in the middle -- continuing...) Part of the problem at the intersection I mention is that cars approaching each other from opposite directions, both turning left (ie, towards the lane of the other car) don't know whether to pass each other in the middle of the intersection, driver door to driver door, and then turn or instead turn with passenger door facing passenger door. This is due to the moderately wide highway median they are passing through. I suspect your intersection has a similar problem.
Nov
26
comment Who has right of way at a staggered crossroad
There are some intersections near me that aren't quite like that but produce the same "tension" -- signaled divided highway crossings where most people are turning but a few are going straight across. Even cars have trouble here, because there's an assumption of right-of-way when most cars are turning.
Nov
26
comment How to tell if a bike is good before purchasing?
But it needs to be noted that the suitability of the bike to your purposes is the bigger factor by far. The most expensive bike in the shop is a poor choice if it doesn't "fit" or if it doesn't suit your riding style. A "LBS" can assist you here (and the quality of assistance will help you choose a "favorite" shop), plus you can search around this site for other threads on choosing a bike.
Nov
26
comment How to tell if a bike is good before purchasing?
If you're talking about a new bike from a reputable shop, any bike should be "good" -- about the same value per kronen. But "department store" bikes (from a shop that does not specialize in bikes) are likely to be of lower quality (with the prices to match). (Also, "department store" bikes may not be correctly assembled, since final assembly is done by the store personnel.) For used bikes there are several threads here that cover that in detail.
Nov
25
comment Should I get wider tyres/tires for my tour if I'm not going to go off-road?
@JamesBradbury -- Yes. It's a judgment call, of course, but if the tire compresses more than maybe 25-30% of its diameter then it's likely either under-inflated or overloaded. (Note that extremely low-pressure off-road tires may compress more, but we're not discussing those.)
Nov
25
answered How can I ride a bike having severe spinal disease and pain?
Nov
24
comment Is riding shirtless safe?
I'd say you covered the issues. The point about being cooler with a shirt on is important. As for rudeness, it depends on your local norms for behavior (and, to an extent, your physique) -- on a sparsely traveled trail or on the open road I wouldn't find it offensive. On a busy city park trail with kids and old folks and everyone in-between it's a bit more questionable.
Nov
24
comment Is a custom road frame worthwhile?
With regard to drop bars, there's a wide range of options even there. Some are wide, some narrow, some with a lot of drop, some with relatively little. And several other parameters.
Nov
24
comment Why do my tires keep losing air, even after having the tubes replaced?
Last time I had to dig the wire out with a knife.
Nov
23
comment Has Shimano produced Ultegra 600 Hub Set, 32 hole?
Google gives at least a half-dozen hits, so presumably there is/was such a thing.
Nov
22
comment Buy a new cycle or assemble new parts?
For $5000 it should come with a shapely female to hold it for me.