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Old, tired, crazy.


Dec
4
comment Where is the Tricross Sora front derailleur barrel adjuster
I'd look for an adjuster on the shifter or on the derailer.
Dec
4
answered What are good ways to dry shoes?
Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
I've got a pump that switches quite well, but it's a good quality "Joe Blow" unit. The OP's pump appears to have a chuck with two holes in it, one for Presta and one for Schraeder, so it doesn't really need to switch.
Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
@kibbee - I like the stem high, so I don't need to bend over as far. But I don't have aero rims.
Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
Yep, I think you've got it. Who supplied those wheels with too-short stems?? (I've had the problem that it's hard to find shorter stems for my regular box rims anymore -- surprised that this situation would ever occur.)
Dec
3
comment voltage of lighting system
I can't imagine that a lighting system designed for 6V would do well on 12V. You're lucky it's lasted as long as it has. Excess voltage is not the way to overcome connector corrosion -- silicone grease is the solution there.
Dec
3
answered How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
Dec
1
comment Front Derailleur Not Working
Just out of curiosity, is the "Pro-Set alignment tool" perhaps still installed in the derailer?
Dec
1
comment How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?
In theory you're supposed to have about two inches of clearance. But if you don't mind singing soprano then have at it!
Dec
1
comment How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?
Can you stand over it flat-footed?
Nov
30
comment Why are hub shells such different diameters?
Well, interestingly enough, the Dura-Ace and Campy hubs appear to be large flange (comparing flange diameter to axle diameter). The Tiagra is small flange. Part of the apparent difference is probably just illusion, but there clearly is some "real" difference as well. Phil Wood hubs are by definition built like tank, so that's kind of out of the spectrum. (But when you compare prices you see part of it -- the Dura-Ace is about 5 times the price of the Tiagra.)
Nov
30
answered Why are hub shells such different diameters?
Nov
29
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Nov
29
comment The lightest 26" mountain bike tire with minimum width of 2.3
A little curious as to why one would care that much. Especially for off-road, the weigh of the tire would be way down on my list of criteria.
Nov
29
comment How many fingers on the brake lever?
Whatever it takes. There's no one answer to suit all riders and conditions. And note that the orientation of the levers vs the bar (and the type of bar) will have a big effect on this.
Nov
28
comment What needs to be considered when building a winter bike?
Has anyone mentioned avoiding "brifters", since they tend to get sticky in cold weather, especially as they age?
Nov
28
comment STI shifter sometimes doesn't catch in cooler weather
I wouldn't say that WD40 is "more viscous" than the original grease. The main problem is that WD40 isn't a lubricant, and once you've washed out the old grease you leave the components "dry" and unlubricated.
Nov
28
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
A creaking bar is always a possibility, though that sound is usually easy to locate. The bar is most apt to creak if it's got a reenforcing sleeve over the center part.
Nov
28
comment Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?
@cmannett85 -- The temperature doesn't matter. A bicycle can handle any temperature an automobile can, and lower.
Nov
28
comment Frozen suspension in the winter
Your fork doesn't "freeze" -- nothing turns to ice. Rather, the oil gets so viscous that the shock gets exceedingly stiff. In addition, the seals may stick until "exercised" a bit.