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Nov
16
answered How bad is this damaged lug
Nov
16
comment “wound” on the tire side
Yeah, if cord is showing the tire should probably be replaced. But you can take it to a bike shop and ask the mechanic -- some lightweight tires have the cord virtually on the surface and a little fraying wouldn't indicate serious damage.
Nov
16
comment How do I re-attach a crank that has fallen off?
You probably need a new crank arm, and, unless your LBS has a "broken" set, they come in pairs -- left and right. This is a "crankset". Generally the crankset will come with sprockets. The crank axle is separate (but it's dumb to replace the crankset and not the axle, unless you're certain it's not damaged). However, you can try reattaching the existing arm -- go ahead and hammer (though not too vigorously) and see if you can get it to seat. If that seems to work, though, you'll need to re-tighten the bolt almost daily.
Nov
15
answered How do I re-attach a crank that has fallen off?
Nov
15
revised Comparing gear ratios on different bike types
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Nov
15
comment I know there are better rain-forecast sources than “hourly forecast” websites. What's the best such source?
All a TAF or any other forecast 5-8 hours out will be able to tell you is probabilities. Looking at radar I can estimate pretty well that, say, a band of rain will come through in 20 minutes, last 10, and then there will be dry weather for the next 30. This is the sort of info that's useful if you want to know it it's a good time to leave work, eg. For longer periods -- more than an hour or two out -- you just have to play the probabilities, though.
Nov
14
comment How accurate are indoor trainer power meters?
Also keep in mind that on the trainer you have no natural cooling like you on a bike. This can significantly limit your power output.
Nov
14
comment Which MTB Inner Tubes
Are you using a belted tire? The Mountain King apparently comes in belted (ProTection) and unbelted versions.
Nov
14
comment How accurate are indoor trainer power meters?
The watt meters on exercise equipment are not generally terribly accurate, and a variation of 30% or so from "reality" isn't at all out of the question. In addition, I've always suspected that you can't generally get as much power out of a stationary bike as you can on a real bike, probably due to the way you shift your weight around on the bike.
Nov
13
revised Comparing gear ratios on different bike types
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Nov
13
answered Comparing gear ratios on different bike types
Nov
13
comment Vegetable oil to oil a bike?
Or just use any of the several excellent "chain scrubbers" that are available.
Nov
12
comment What can I do to keep my knees warm?
I've tried knee warmers, but on my knees they won't stay up. YMMV.
Nov
12
comment What can I do to keep my knees warm?
Note that sore knees suggests that your seat is adjusted too low.
Nov
12
comment What can I do to keep my knees warm?
(I can, in particular, recommend Col d'Lizard's Powerstretch tights).
Nov
12
comment What can I do to keep my knees warm?
I'd suggest that you just wear cycling tights. You'll sweat less and stay warmer.
Nov
12
comment Am I better off buying a new bike, or upgrading my old bike?
Yep, definitely now (until maybe mid-January) is a good time to shop for bikes -- you can often get 30-50% off. But of course the selection will diminish the longer you wait.
Nov
11
comment Am I better off buying a new bike, or upgrading my old bike?
You might want to see if you can find a good used bike a little more to your liking, if you don't want to drop the bucks on a new one. As to your old bike, there's nothing wrong with cantilever brakes (and changing those out would require new brake levers). But if you really have steel wheels that's not ideal, and changing the gearing could get complicated.
Nov
11
answered Why are hand-built wheels considered to be better than machine-built wheels?
Nov
11
comment Crank is slipping freely occassionally when pedaling; occasional “clonk” sound
By "slipping freely" I assume you mean that the entire crank assembly "slips" -- offers little resistance for an instant? The two crank arms aren't moving relative to each other, right? Is this a single gear bike, a derailer bike, or a bike with an internal gear rear hub?