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Old, tired, crazy.


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.
Nov
22
comment Is it safe to ride with bent fork?
Now that I can see the picture, it looks like the fork itself is not terribly bent, but the clearance to the downtube is so tight that you could have the tire hit the tube and grab when you hit a bump. You need to determine how serious this risk is.
Nov
22
comment Buy a new cycle or assemble new parts?
Of course, clearly the "season" will be different in India, and probably things won't be as deeply discounted. In northern climates people lose interest in cycling as the weather cools, and hence (here in the Frozen North) there aren't a lot of customers from about late August to early March. Bike shops lower their inventory to "cost", to clear it out. And models that are to be discontinued are sold below cost.
Nov
22
answered Is it safe to ride with bent fork?
Nov
21
comment Can I buy handlebar tape in bulk
I generally put it over the regular wrap, once it begins to slide around or deteriorate. And add a fresh layer every year or two, as the old stuff gets grimy.
Nov
21
comment Can I buy handlebar tape in bulk
I'm sure the assembly lines order it in pre-cut pieces, to precisely fit the bike.
Nov
21
comment Can I buy handlebar tape in bulk
@Mac - There is the point that on some bars, particularly drop bars with external cables, even a small roll is hard enough to maneuver, and a big roll would be impossible.
Nov
21
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Nov
20
comment Can I buy handlebar tape in bulk
Hockey tape comes in long rolls -- enough to do 10-20 handlebars.
Nov
20
comment Why do my tires keep losing air, even after having the tubes replaced?
I can't ever recall encountering a bad valve, either on a bike or a car. Occasionally you'll run into one with a very slow leak, but usually just operating it a few times will seat it properly. You can easily destroy a Presta valve, though, by wrenching it down too tight. (But definitely getting good quality belted tires will reduce punctures to virtually nil in most circumstances.)
Nov
20
comment Were these bearings defective?
But in this case the bearings aren't pitted -- they "peeled" apart in layers, like Russian nested dolls. This probably results from improper heat treating of the bearings, resulting in fairly distinct layers with different properties.
Nov
19
comment Why do my tires keep losing air, even after having the tubes replaced?
I've never needed to use water/soap to find a leak. Just inflate the tube to near twice normal diameter and listen/feel for leaks. Your face is particularly sensitive to the feel of the escaping air.
Nov
18
answered Why do my tires keep losing air, even after having the tubes replaced?
Nov
18
comment How to break reinforced Shimano pin?
I've never done one (prefer SRAM links instead) but I've watched a bike mechanic do it a few times. IIRC he just took a pair of pliers and snapped them off -- it took all of about 3 seconds.
Nov
18
comment How can I use a small Shimano BB on any frame?
Shimano likes to make the "fixed" cup part of the cartridge. For this reason, unless that cup will thread into your BB, you probably can't use the cartridge.
Nov
18
comment Anyone make a 31 or 31.1 mm seatpost?
Just for grins I went through Sheldon's page and picked out the different sizes -- 39 altogether (though certainly a few are "oddball" sizes only used on one or two bikes): 21.15, 22, 22.2, 23.4, 23.8, 24, 25, 25.4, 25.8, 26, 26.2, 26.4, 26.5, 26.6, 26.7, 26.8, 27, 27.2, 27.4, 27.7, 28, 28.6, 29.2, 29.4, 29.6, 29.8, 30, 30.2, 30.4, 30.6, 30.8, 30.9, 31, 31.2, 31.4, 31.5, 31.6, 31.8, 32. Of course, you can "cheat" a little between sizes, and more with the proper shims, but still it's more than is reasonable to expect anyone to carry.
Nov
18
comment Anyone make a 31 or 31.1 mm seatpost?
Don't have an answer for you, but I can kinda sympathize. There are so many different seatpost sizes and few places have a complete selection. Dunno why this has never been standardized to any degree.
Nov
17
comment Time trial improvement from new bike
The R3 has several advantages over the Rockhopper: No shocks, aero position, narrower tires, and lower weight. Their significance is probably in that order. Gaining 3 mph or so would be reasonable to expect.