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Old, tired, crazy.


Nov
11
comment I know there are better rain-forecast sources than “hourly forecast” websites. What's the best such source?
Yeah, if you're interested in the next couple of hours you should look at the radar (use the "loop" version) and see which way the weather is moving. Any "prediction" off the web will be a general one for hundreds of square miles, and won't be specific to your location.
Nov
11
comment Clipless Pedal - Flat Attachment
(Do remember that the left side pedal unscrews "backwards" -- clockwise.)
Nov
11
comment Clipless Pedal - Flat Attachment
There are a few platform attachments available, but I can't find any good links at present. Apparently Crank Brothers makes one for their pedals, and I recall seeing at least one style available for SPD. I thought the links were in a post here somewhere, but can't find it.
Nov
11
revised What are the disadvantages of “puncture proof” (or puncture resistant) tires?
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Nov
10
awarded  repair
Nov
10
comment Where can I go to change the vertical drop out for a horizontal drop out?
I've always figured that a fixie required an eccentric bike builder.
Nov
9
comment Where can I go to change the vertical drop out for a horizontal drop out?
Yep, you'd have to find a skilled frame builder.
Nov
9
answered Are shifters compatible with different derailleurs?
Nov
9
comment New touring bike components
I am a little curious as to why you don't just buy a ready-made touring bike. Generally the components will be well-matched to each other and the frame.
Nov
9
comment Theft deterrents (in addition to locking up a bike)
I thought this video on BBC was interesting. Shows that few people report bike theft, but also shows that some lightweight locks can be easily defeated.
Nov
8
comment Why are BMX saddles so low?
Or a very large bunny.
Nov
8
revised Extra power needed uphill for weight increase
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Nov
8
comment Is it difficult to do a post-break-in wheel tune-up?
Take it somewhere where it will be done right. The store where you bought the bike should provide a free first checkup which would hopefully include a quick once-over on the wheels.
Nov
8
comment What to do after an accident with a child?
A bicycle, in most states, is a vehicle, and subject to most vehicle laws. It's reasonable to expect, until proven otherwise, that this would include laws about accident reporting.
Nov
8
comment Spray new bike with teflon to repel dirt and moisture?
I suspect a coat of car wax would be more effective.
Nov
8
comment Why are BMX saddles so low?
Though having a low seat does make the "BMX-like" bike a good "starter" bike. They were making kids' bikes with low "banana" seats long before anyone ever heard of BMX.
Nov
7
comment What to do after an accident with a child?
Certainly if there is any significant injury (eg, beyond skinned knee severity) the police should be called. But I think you did the right things under the circumstances. I don't think "squealing" on the kids for no lights and helmet would be the right thing to do in this case -- maybe if there were serious repeat offenders. And I don't concern myself about minor damage to my bike in such incidents -- a bike is made to be used and will get a little scuffed from this and that. It's a tool, not a museum piece.
Nov
7
comment Do I need to get a replacement bike for this broken chainring?
Yep, the bike is OK -- nothing broken -- the funny-looking spots are "ramps" to help the chain shift. Inexpensive bikes like that look a little rough/crude, but they still work pretty well.
Nov
7
comment Do I need to get a replacement bike for this broken chainring?
The chainring doesn't need lube. Nor does the chain, if it still has it's factory lube. Wipe the chain clean with a rag after riding it in "sloppy" conditions, and get a bottle of chain oil to put on it after maybe 200 miles or 3 months (and then a bit more often). (Apply oil while back-pedaling chain, then work in a couple of minutes and wipe off the excess.) In 400-500 miles you should clean the chain with a chain washer or some such.
Nov
7
comment Winter commuting - how to keep warm?
(I'm pretty sure there are a couple of other threads here about winter biking, though I'm not going looking for them.)