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Old, tired, crazy.


Sep
29
comment Why are bike frames getting so much bigger
And, of course, by changing all the dimensions they make repair parts for older bikes unobtainable (or at least too expensive), forcing you to buy a new bike.
Sep
29
comment Why are bike frames getting so much bigger
Because "bigger is better", to the marketing types at least. Why do humongous pickup trucks continue to sell? Not because every Tom, Dick, and Sam needs to haul stuff all the time, and not because they're fuel efficient.
Sep
28
comment Aluminum seatpost stuck to a steel frame
Have you tried simply taking the seat off and whacking the end of the post with a 3-pound sledge?
Sep
28
comment What to get for my second saddle?
Check your local department stores such as Target. They generally have a few seats at moderate prices -- not the best quality but serviceable, and you get to see what you're buying before you buy it. Otherwise, in the Sac area, there's bound to be a "low budget" bike shop that sells cheaper stuff.
Sep
28
comment Should you use GT85 on your chain?
WD40 is not a particularly good lubricant. GT85 makes a Teflon-containing bike-specific lube which is presumably "OK" if you need a very "dry" lube (though probably better for cables than chains). Hard to say about other GT85 products.
Sep
28
comment Help needed identifying mystery screws on 1940s tandem
Grease zerks are not "from the past". While most automotive bearings are now sealed for "life", lots of heavy equipment, manufacturing equipment, etc, still uses zerks. And the idea of removing the old grease with the new works -- if you'd ever seen it done you'd understand this.
Sep
28
answered Help needed identifying mystery screws on 1940s tandem
Sep
28
comment Aerobars on a hybrid
Ideally a touring bike already has a drop handlebar -- if you're lucky one with a randonneur profile. But some "touring" bikes are shipped with straight bars and will benefit from bar ends or something similar. And with the shallower steering tube angle the touring bike will not be quite as "twitchy" if you try to use aero bars.
Sep
28
comment Least worn tyre: front or back?
In addition to the comments below, laziness is certainly a factor. Quite often the rear wears out before the front is showing any wear at all, and moving the front to the rear (for twice as much work) only slightly improves the tread on the front.
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
(Short dashes signal that the lane nearest the curb is a turn lane.)
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
@dotjoe -- Nobody wants to go through the new roundabouts (especially cyclists).
Sep
27
answered Least worn tyre: front or back?
Sep
27
answered Front derailleur sticking, not shifting. Will soaking in solvent damage parts?
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
@dotjoe -- But there are different variations of dashed lines -- long vs short. And not one driver in ten even understands the distinction between solid and dashed.
Sep
27
answered Aerobars on a hybrid
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
@nickg -- Yeah, but what if it's a driverless car?
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
@Pete -- The US has numerous concepts surrounding solid/dashed. Unfortunately, they vary by state, and no one understands them anyway.
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
Obviously they can do it, since they do.
Sep
27
comment Is “Greased Lightning” safe to use for bicycle cleaning?
What is this "cleaning" thing?
Sep
26
comment Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?
The 12-25 gives you one more cog in the middle of the range, where you'll spend the most time and hence most want to "optimize".