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Aug
22
comment Can someone help me identify this bicycle?
I see probably more images without front shocks than with.
Aug
22
comment How do I determine my wheel size
It would be very unusual if there were not markings on the sides of the tires. They often don't seem to make sense, but if you relay them here we can decipher them. Also, of course, see Sheldon Brown.
Aug
22
comment Do wider tires wear better?
I get over 5000 on my 700x35s, running mostly Forte road tires. I generally don't run until the cord is showing, but until the tire "feels thin" in the middle.
Aug
22
comment How do I reassemble the rear gearing after fitting new tyres?
Which side is this on, the right side where the sprockets are, or the left side? Also, do the slots that the axle fit into run horizontally, vertically, or diagonally?
Aug
22
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
@plh - "PackTowl" is one brand, sold largely to campers. There are others that are sold to swimmers. Made either of "microfiber" or synthetic chamois, most can be used dry or they can be wet, wrung out, and used damp. Even when wet, if you wring them enough, they will dry you off pretty well, without another towel.
Aug
22
comment Can someone help me identify this bicycle?
Impossible to tell for sure, but it appears to be a 6 or 7 speed rear cassette. V brakes date the bike to after 1997. I don't see any images online that appear to have original equipment shocks, though many have the "pretend" bellows below the headset. Also don't seen any images online of that sort of pseudo Mixte frame unless I drop the "F" from the designation. This appears to be about the closest: epinions.com/pr-Bikes-Cannondale_Adventure_400_Mixte?sb=1
Aug
21
comment How can I properly replace the hose on this older Schwinn pump?
FWIW, after my Topeak chuck failed this summer I bought this replacement assembly -- just needed the chuck, but the chuck alone was out of stock and the price difference wasn't that much. It might work for other pumps, perhaps with some surgery to the hose.
Aug
21
comment Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers
Well, folks rarely put 50-80 pounds of gear in a backpack (and then ride a bike with it). The main point is that stopping distance is not dramatically increased. It FEELS like you're driving a truck, but stopping distance is still fairly normal.
Aug
21
comment Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers
@gerrit - But the papers you slid in alongside the laptop are pretty light, and will often tend to work themselves up as you ride on a rough road. Or the box of macaroni in the top of that bag of groceries may decide to make a break for it.
Aug
21
comment Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers
But it's stupid to have an open pannier anyway, since stuff can jump out of it on a bump. ALWAYS securely fasten whatever closures the pannier has.
Aug
21
comment How to center a quick release rear wheel regularly
Yeah, and cutting through the tire is probably a bigger PITA than cutting through the rim.
Aug
21
answered Best practices for commuting with rack & panniers
Aug
21
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
@plh - A sport towel is reusable, and hence "free" if you reuse it enough.
Aug
20
comment How often should I check rear derailleur adjustments?
With a good quality derailer, in good condition, you should never have a problem once the limit screws are set. But any time you're having shifting problems you should check it. And, of course, any time some force has been applied to the rear end (eg, bad fall) you should give it a cursory check. Or just blob some construction adhesive onto the shield so it doesn't rattle.
Aug
20
answered Front pannier and child-seat balance
Aug
20
answered Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?
Aug
20
comment Selecting a front derailleur: parameters
Max capacity is the max difference between rings. 44/48 would imply anything in that range is OK. Pull type is up pull or down pull. Dunno about stay angle.
Aug
20
answered Knee Pain and Injury
Aug
19
answered Yet another stuck BB. Help me save my frame!
Aug
19
comment Why does my non-drive side crank arm come loose?
@AleksandarDimitrov - How does retightening differ from removing and reinstalling?? The point is they must be kept tight, to prevent further damage. Riding with the arm loose WILL damage the shaft and the threads.