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Dec
24
revised How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?
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Dec
24
answered Why are steel bikes more expensive than aluminum?
Dec
24
answered How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?
Dec
24
answered how to repair large holes in inner tubes
Dec
22
revised installing brand new cartridge brakes, something seems fishy
Corrected spelling
Dec
22
comment installing brand new cartridge brakes, something seems fishy
While walking the bike forward, gently squeeze the brake lever and observe which way the wheel "wants" to push the brake pad.
Dec
21
answered How often should I change brake cables and housing?
Dec
21
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
21
comment Which brake posts do I need?
In repairing bikes for charity I found that there are several different common sizes, though not an enormous assortment (at least on less-expensive bikes). But you probably will need to get a used part from somewhere.
Dec
20
answered modernizing shifters
Dec
19
answered Tire slips off the rim when inflated to 8bar
Dec
19
comment Any experience about radially-laced hub flanges actually breaking?
Certainly there are now a lot of radially-laced front wheels in use, and there is not a flood of reports on their failure. And I've only read (from several "credible" sources) stories of this happening (the perforated separation) -- never experienced it personally or seen an hub damaged in this way. While I'm no big fan of radial lacing, I guess I'd say that this reason for avoiding the technique is not particularly high on the list.
Dec
19
comment Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?
Yeah, if it's the only way to get home you do it. But the dollar bill is a better choice.
Dec
19
comment Is a recreational bike sufficient for a 10-hour bike trip?
Yeah, it is a long trip. Definitely not a one-day trip for a novice (unless you're into self-abuse), but a fairly easy 2-day trip.
Dec
19
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
Rotating mass and acceleration: This question shows that the rotating mass slows acceleration AT MOST 2x the same non-rotating mass would slow acceleration. So a change of rims that shaves 1 pound from the bike will be like shaving 2 pounds of non-rotating weight -- measurable in a lab, but not going to make any major difference.
Dec
19
comment Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?
I've used a tire patch for a large puncture, but would not trust it for a bruise or slit.
Dec
19
comment Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?
If you make your own boot, it should be cut from the sidewall of the old tire, and the tire should be one with relatively thin sidewalls. For the dollar bill, it should be folded once or twice.
Dec
19
answered Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?
Dec
17
answered How far off a chain line can I go?