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Old, tired, crazy.


Sep
22
answered Can I copy my u-lock key?
Sep
22
comment The pros and cons of crank self-extractors
It sounds to me like you're talking about a BB removal tool, when the discussion is about crank removal.
Sep
21
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Sep
21
comment What type of shoes should a commuter/road biker use?
@heltonbiker -- Yeah, I was just meaning to say that it's a personal thing, and also dependent on the specific shoe and how much walking/standing you do during the day. So try out the shoes for more than 30 seconds before buying.
Sep
20
comment What type of shoes should a commuter/road biker use?
@Lindsay - Do be aware that while the above style shoes are not amazingly uncomfortable for walking, and are fine for, say, biking to the mall and walking around for an hour, they are not ideal for wearing all day at work or wherever. So at least try out a pair (walk around the shop for 5 minutes or so) before committing. When I used to bike in (gotta get back to that!) I kept a pair of old running shoes at work to switch into.
Sep
20
comment What features of a mountain bike's geometry gives it different characteristics?
You forgot to mention steering tube angle. Generally a steeper steering tube will make the bike more responsive, while a shallower angle will make the bike more stable. My understanding is that off-road bikes generally favor "more responsive" (not that I've studied them).
Sep
20
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Sep
20
answered How deep does a quill stem need to be inserted?
Sep
19
comment What's special about bicycle socks?
Definitely cotton socks suck (though I still wear cotton shirts while cycling). I wear only CoolMax socks now, but not too many bike socks are CoolMax, and most bike socks are too thin for my taste.
Sep
19
comment What's special about bicycle socks?
Yeah, I doubt that a cyclist can lose much energy from compressing his socks. Better to pick socks that are comfortable for you and not worry about energy loss.
Sep
19
comment What's special about bicycle socks?
I wear only CoolMax socks. They pad well, don't mat, handle the sweat, stay warm in the rain, and wear like iron. I look for styles that are low cut. For me, most bike-specific socks are too thin and sweaty.
Sep
19
answered What type of shoes should a commuter/road biker use?
Sep
18
comment New rocky mountain soul 29 making creaks by the bb
I count seven prior threads on creaking BBs. Better to review those than to wait for answers here.
Sep
17
comment What's special about bicycle socks?
Some sock materials don't get as sweaty and don't get (quite as) clammy in the rain. But from what I've seen, cycling socks aren't usually made from these materials (at least not the best of them) and the main selling point is being a billboard for some brand of bike components.
Sep
17
comment Storing bike outdoors
Check out: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/1120/…, bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/6181/…, bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/2644/…
Sep
17
answered Do I need to replace hydraulic fluid in my brakes?
Sep
16
comment Will a Miyata 912 be able to take wider tires/bicycle racks/fenders and still handle well?
(It looks remarkably similar to my old Nishiki touring bike.)
Sep
16
comment Will a Miyata 912 be able to take wider tires/bicycle racks/fenders and still handle well?
The bike in the picture looks a bit tight for regular fenders, though there are splash guards that would work (and, interestingly, there are fender lugs on the front fork). It obviously can take a rack of sorts. You can go a size larger on tires, but much more and you'd probably need new brakes.
Sep
16
comment Crate of beer as cargo
Drink the beer, return the empties, then ride.
Sep
15
answered Crate of beer as cargo