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Old, tired, crazy.


Jan
10
comment Need some experienced eyes on removing cog/rear wheel mechanism
Or a small cold chisel and a few taps with a hammer.
Jan
9
comment Which puncture-resistant tires?
When the "lucky streak" runs 5 years or more one begins to suspect it's not just luck.
Jan
9
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
I had an old incandescent/lead-acid setup which was really good -- 4-5 hours run time with good brightness. Had to replace the batteries (mounted under the seat) about every 3 years, and had the setup for maybe 10-12 years (two different bikes), until several parts just disintegrated from age. Bought a new NiMH setup with a bottle cage battery, but apparently the battery was defective from the start, and it never worked right until I had the battery rebuilt, but by then I'd given up most night riding. It's a crapshoot.
Jan
9
comment Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution
@Vorac - Given that one can't avoid mud on the front derailer, avoiding it on the cable hardly seems worth the effort.
Jan
9
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
This is a difficult problem. Last I looked I could find no good reviews/tests of the various lights -- simple brightness ratings are deceiving -- no clue as to how the light is distributed -- and run time figures are often quoted only for reduced brightness or flashing modes, not full brightness.
Jan
9
answered Should cassette “wiggle”
Jan
8
comment Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution
As to why there is no "optimum solution", that's just the way life is -- everything's a compromise of some sort.
Jan
8
comment Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution
@Kibbee - There are top-pull front derailers. And it used to be common to have pulleys for the front derailer cable, so running across the top, down the seat tube, then back up to a pull-down derailer would not have been out of the question. But, as I suggested, usually the front derailer cable runs down the down tube, to minimize length and turns.
Jan
8
answered Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution
Jan
8
comment V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?
You can get the "Travel Agent" cable adapter, though there are reports that cable breakage with that is a significant problem.
Jan
7
comment New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube
(And understand, as Mike says, that 26 x 1.5 is NOT the same as 26 x 1-1/2.)
Jan
7
comment New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube
What numbers are on the side of the tire?
Jan
7
comment What is a wireless crankset?
Yeah, I've never had a crankset with wires on it. Did get some vines wrapped around them a few times, though.
Jan
7
comment New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube
It's not clear -- how much have you inflated the tube? With it uninflated (laying limp) is should fit inside the tire without "bunching up" -- it's normal for it to expand a bit when inflated, and the tire prevents that. (The image above looks close to "normal" for a tube that's been a bit over-inflated.) But as Mike suggests there are (at least) two different standards for so-called 26" tires.
Jan
7
comment How should I lubricate my Shimano freewheel?
This is a controversial topic. If you squirt any sort of sticky lube into the unit it will only get worse. The "official" solution is to take it apart (which is very tricky) and clean it, then gently relube with the right stuff (which I think would be a thin "white grease"). There are (or used to be) special tools available that claimed to be able to relube an assembled unit -- dunno if they work. (And, in general, a freewheel/freehub should not require service, unless flooded or subjected to severe weather exposure.)
Jan
6
comment Why don't road bikes use v-brakes?
@zenbike - You can install the pulleys that "correct" the difference in mechanical advantage between the two.
Jan
6
comment Why don't road bikes use v-brakes?
@zenbike - The amount of force applied vs "modulation" is purely a matter of mechanical advantage, which can be easily manipulated by adjusting lever arm length, etc. And brake levers can be designed (if the mfgr wants to) to provide more or less "advantage" without drastically changing the lever "style". But Shimano is in the business of selling sex, and "grabbier" brakes are sexier.
Jan
6
comment Why don't road bikes use v-brakes?
@zenbike - V brakes were introduced to do away with the center brake bolt of side-pulls and the need to mount a pull point for a canti brake cable. This was needed mostly for suspension bikes. There's nothing inherently superior in the braking power -- mechanically they're cantis.
Jan
6
comment Why should the front wheel be more heavily loaded when touring?
Speaking from experience: Weight on the front wheel makes the bike more stable. The only caveat is that it be firmly attached -- a vibrating load on the front can be real scary.
Jan
6
answered Preventing rust in bolt heads