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Old, tired, crazy.


Oct
16
comment Good backpack for carrying groceries
Yep, I don't know why it didn't occur to me to suggest a trailer. Some styles can be fitted to just about any bike, and when removed there's very little additional weight (if any) from the hitch.
Oct
16
comment How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?
That sounds like a very good regimen. One obviously could tweak the numbers here and there, but it's basically a matter of finding what works for you. The fact that your glucose rises so much after a ride suggests that your liver is converting glycogen to sugar (as it should), but it may be (just a guess) that snacking a little more late in the ride would "turn down" the liver's response a bit and help prevent the rise.
Oct
16
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
Another option is a left-handed drill. Drill straight through the bolt with it (the drill set to reverse) and often, after you've gone a half-inch or so, the bolt will begin to unthread. Failing that, use a larger drill bit to drill the head off, then hope you can somehow grasp the body of the bolt once things are disassembled.
Oct
16
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
@cherouvim -- In the US many hardware stores carry the individual extractors for $3 to $10, depending on size. Take the replacement bolt with you and you can pick the extractor that matches it well, vs having to buy a whole set.
Oct
16
comment Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?
Zen, he noticed the spokes were loose after two weeks and had them retensioned, then checked regularly after that. That is a reasonable schedule -- they shouldn't have gotten that loose in two weeks, anyway.
Oct
16
answered Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?
Oct
15
comment Removing bottom bracket from 79 peugeot frame
If you can get a fingernail into a thread (which it appears you can with this BB) then you can tell which way it's threaded. If your fingernail "unscrews" as you rotate your hand counterclockwise (anticlockwise for you Brits) then it's a right hand thread. Basically your fingernail should "unscrew" the same direction you'd unscrew the lockring and cup.
Oct
15
comment When to change winter tires for bicycles
@Kibbee -- Yep, if I were into serious winter biking I'd have a second bike specifically for winter, with fatter tires, studs, and fender clearances that could handle snow. (Thankfully they don't use much salt here most winters.)
Oct
15
comment When to change winter tires for bicycles
Temperature has very little to do with it. You can have icy spots at 15C, or bare road at -30C.
Oct
15
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
Shouldn't need to drill a hole if the extractor fits the hex socket well.
Oct
15
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
Yep, screw/bolt extractor. Either that or drill it completely out. You might be able to hammer in a Torx, but there may or may not be a size of Torx that will work. (Note that you need a bolt extractor with good threads near the tip -- some are long and slender and won't get in deep enough to grab.)
Oct
15
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Oct
15
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Oct
14
comment What's the shelf life of tublar tires?
Dunno specifically about tubulars, but the things that kill tires are UV, ozone, and heat. A tire stored inside and away from heat/ozone (ozone can come from an air purifier or a laser printer) will last much longer than a tire mounted on a bike.
Oct
14
comment Chain skipping on some gears
Maybe you need a less expensive bike (or a more honest bike shop). My Shimano rear cassette was only about $30.
Oct
14
comment Chain skipping on some gears
Actually, usually only the rear cluster/cassette needs to be replaced, and that's not all that expensive.
Oct
14
comment Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides
Years ago I had in mind creating a sort of wiki for bike maps -- vetted by local bikers. Never got very far with the idea, though.
Oct
13
comment How do I prevent neck and back pain, and recover physically/mentally on a multi-day ride?
Yep, the first half hour may seem like agony, but after that you'll wonder why you were worried.
Oct
12
comment Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides
Delorme used to make books of maps per state that usually distinguished unpaved roads. Don't know if they're still in business, though, after they had to go digital.
Oct
12
comment How do I prevent neck and back pain, and recover physically/mentally on a multi-day ride?
Yep, take breaks -- get off the bike, walk around, lay down on the ground if the thought sounds good at the time. Drink plenty of water or other non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages. Get snacks at least every two hours (carry some "energy bars" or whatever on the bike). And don't be ashamed to "sag" if you really have to.