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Oct
8
comment Rec for bike backpack with side zipper into main compartment
Consider buying a bag you otherwise like and having a tailor shop (or, possibly, an upholstery shop) add the zipper.
Oct
8
comment Feedback on Bern Helmets for winter
I cycled through Minnesota winters for several years using a helmet liner in a standard helmet. I didn't cycle every day, but did cycle down to about 0F (-18C) on numerous occasions. Finally quit the winter stuff when I lost the liner (it fell out of my helmet while walking down the hall at work). The liner was a piece of thin "fleece" cloth formed into kind of a skullcap (briefer than the one in Kibbee's link) with two ear flaps that had loops on them for the helmet straps to pass through. (Got it from Performance Bike but they stopped carrying them and I never could find another one.)
Oct
8
comment Right campagolo gears slipping
Generally, just spraying the insides (squeeze the brake to gain access) with a good spray lube will do the job, without the need to disassemble everything. But they can get to a point where this doesn't work and removal and cleaning is required. Note that disassembly of the shifter itself is not always recommended, since there are lots of little parts that don't want to go back together.
Oct
8
answered Reference Request: Best practices for urban commuting
Oct
6
comment What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?
A big pile of coal, iron ore, bauxite, petroleum. A smattering of copper and zinc. And some natural gas and a bunch of electricity. And of course the components for paint. (Or did you want to start a little higher off the ground?)
Oct
6
comment Right campagolo gears slipping
Do you mean "levers"? This symptom is generally due to gunked up lube in the levers, and they can be cleaned through one of several techniques. Can also be due to sticky cables.
Oct
5
answered Purpose of partially filled in rear drop out
Oct
5
answered Singlespeed Hub - Rear Axle Swap
Oct
5
comment Why do i have a cramp?
When you exercise more, and especially when you exercise to where the muscles are pretty exhausted, as they recover and rebuild they store more glycogen. The extra stored glycogen makes it possible to exercise even longer the next time. (The trick is to not overdo and damage the muscles due to metabolic exhaustion.)
Oct
5
comment how do you make a chain longer with a simple chain breaker?
Pretty much all Shimano chains now use the special tapered pins for reassembly. And I've become a devotee of SRAM master links. But it doesn't hurt to learn how to do a chain repair "the old-fashioned way", in case you're ever stuck on the road with no other option.
Oct
3
comment Least worn tyre: front or back?
@swl10-speed - My first back tire puncture with my current bike occurred on its test ride.
Oct
3
revised MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks
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Oct
3
revised MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks
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Oct
2
answered MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks
Oct
2
comment Why do i have a cramp?
See this thread.
Oct
2
comment Six speed chain on an eight speed bike
I lay them out side-by-side, line up one end, and then work along the length of the two, so I'm sure I get the same number of links. A stretched chain can be well over one link longer than a new one of the same "length".
Oct
2
comment Six speed chain on an eight speed bike
It's not quite that simple, especially if you go back historically. From vague memory 6 and some 7 & 8 speed clusters used 5-speed chains. Then narrower chains were invented for 9-speed and retrofitted to 7 and 8. Or something along those lines. Especially if you're dealing with an older (pre-indexing) bike there's no telling what width chain should be used -- you need to measure sprocket pitch and chose the chain appropriately (if you don't have a used chain to measure).
Oct
2
comment Six speed chain on an eight speed bike
Chains widths are confusing, since there have historically been several different configuration for the same given number of sprockets. I see even Sheldon Brown doesn't attempt to address the topic in any detail.
Oct
2
comment Is a leather saddle appropriate for all-weather riding?
Regardless of the type of saddle (except for the solid vinyl ones) purchase a shower cap to put over the saddle when it's parked and rain is expected.
Oct
1
answered Do flat fenders work fine?