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Apr
10
comment Looking for the right bike
Again, even if he's looking for a brand-new bike, it's dumb to go out and buy a bike when you don't have enough saddle time to know, at least generally, what will suit you. Better to ride a used/borrowed bike for a few months to get a feel for things.
Apr
10
answered greasing closed bearings on the outside
Apr
10
comment Looking for the right bike
50 miles is "long"?
Apr
10
answered Sun protective clothing interfering with bike mirror
Apr
10
comment How can I determine whether rust has made my bike unsafe?
The bike is fine. A classical steel bike frame has to get REALLY rusty before there's any danger of frame failure. Even then, catastrophic failure is rare -- you'll almost always notice some rather severe flex in a joint or such before it goes. The creaking you hear is probably the bars in the clamp or some such.
Apr
9
comment What does the label on a tire mean?
Also note that if your bike came with tires of that width, you can generally go about 3mm wider or narrower (vs the "40" or "38" number) without problems (though if you go too much wider the tires may rub).
Apr
9
comment What does the label on a tire mean?
Note that a "700" tire is a standard European "road" tire. If you go into a bike store and ask for a "seven hundred, thirtyeight" the sales clerk (if not a total dunce) will know exactly what you mean. If you ask for a "forty, six twentytwo" they might have to check the labels.
Apr
9
comment What does the label on a tire mean?
One needs to beware that there are two different, incompatible inch sizing schemes. A width expressed in fractions (1 1/2") is not the same width OR DIAMETER as one expressed in decimal (1.5"). Sheldon Brown had some info on this.
Apr
9
comment Looking for the right bike
Borrow a bike, or buy a cheap used one at the Goodwill or Salvation Army or a yard sale. Ride it. That's really the only way to learn what works for you.
Apr
8
comment Rear internal hub won't shift gears
Yeah, likely the cable needs to be adjusted. On those bikes there's actually a mark in the pin or whatever that goes in the end of the axle. (I don't recall the exact arrangement.) You put the shifter in second gear and then tighten/loosen the cable until the mark on the pin lines up with a corresponding mark on the barrel surrounding the pin. (Again, this is vague recollection, but it will make sense when you look.)
Apr
8
comment How hard is a category 2 climb?
You probably do need to find someplace locally where you can do a substantial climb for a quarter/half mile or so, a couple of times a week. Riding a stationary is good but nowhere like the real thing.
Apr
8
comment How hard is a category 2 climb?
Note that "average" grade often isn't as important as the steepest grade. You can get an average of 5.5% with a combo of 1% and 15%.
Apr
8
comment Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
You might try querying the League of American Bicyclists (in the US) or whatever bicycle safety organization you know of in Europe. If any info at all has been collected, it's most likely in Europe. But keep in mind that bike safety is highly context-dependent -- what's safe in Holland is not what's safe in the US, for a number of reasons. And even in the US it would vary considerably based on where you're riding -- sidewalk, street, highway, trail. Also it will depend to a significant degree on your own skills (and balance, etc).
Apr
8
comment I live in a place where it frequently floods. How can I keep my chain from rusting?
@JamesBradbury - That's because I have such a pretty face.
Apr
8
comment dishing on alfine hub
When you install the hub between the dropouts, there is a nut or bushing on the axle that fits against the inside of the dropout. That is the point you measure from, not from the end of the axle.
Apr
8
comment Sizing guide for road bikes vs mountain bikes
@Kibbee - Like I said, it's the "traditional" scheme for "traditional" frames.
Apr
7
comment Tires for 28' city bike (622x19C) to reduce rolling resistance?
Thicker isn't faster. Nor is it necessarily slower. At a given tire pressure, width doesn't affect rolling resistance very much. But narrower tires can be run at higher pressure, and higher pressure does reduce rolling resistance.
Apr
7
answered Tires for 28' city bike (622x19C) to reduce rolling resistance?
Apr
6
comment dishing on alfine hub
That's the way you dish standard wheels. Note that most often the spokes on one side need to be a few mm longer than on the other side, to allow the proper dishing. And you should measure from the shoulder of the nut that bears against the inside of the dropout. There is an inexpensive "dishing tool" available to check this, or you can make one with a few pieces of wood and some bolts.
Apr
5
comment Is there such a thing as a cyclist philosophy?
Google "Velocio". And go beyond the rather weak Wikipedia article.