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Old, tired, crazy.


Jun
3
comment What tips do you have for making temporary “get me home” repairs?
Cut a short piece of plastic pipe. Wrap tape around that.
Jun
3
comment Is it possible to use road-style brifters with an internal gear hub?
Basically, you need to somehow arrange for the cable distance traveled between gears to match. It could be miraculously matched already, or you might have to use an interposer, which you might have to make yourself. Success would not be assured. And keep in mind that you can practically only use one brifter, so your number of gears would be limited to ten max.
Jun
3
revised Replacing 'cone nuts' on a damaged coaster brake
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Jun
3
comment Replacing 'cone nuts' on a damaged coaster brake
Here is an "adjustable" version of the spanner. The more common style was fixed -- designed for a specific diameter.
Jun
3
comment Replacing 'cone nuts' on a damaged coaster brake
I can recall as a child that my father had several wrenches for working on this sort of nut (though probably in larger sizes). Yeah, replace them with thin regular nuts (assuming you can find some with the correct thread). (Worst case you can get the right tap and rethread nuts that are a hair smaller.)
Jun
3
answered Replacing 'cone nuts' on a damaged coaster brake
Jun
3
comment How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth?
I said Of course, with a chainring you have the question of what is "the diameter" -- how do you measure it? When calculated from the above formula you should get the diameter of the chain circle -- basically the circle that the chain pins describe -- not the innermost or outermost diameter. I did make the slight faux pas in that I should have said "N-gon" rather than circle, but the main point is that the calculation must be through the pin centers, not the tooth tips. If don't see how this should even require explanation.
Jun
2
comment 51cm top tube too small for someone who normally cycles frame with 55cm top tube?
I've seen neither the rider nor the frame, and the rider has not ridden the frame, so I couldn't say, especially given that frame member measurements are far less meaningful/useful than they used to be.
Jun
2
answered How do I know if it's worth restoring my bike?
Jun
1
answered What to Look for In a Fixer Upper
Jun
1
answered I assambled rear wheel hub, but now rear wheel is not turning freely
Jun
1
comment What features should I look for in a cool helmet?
My secret is found in a grocery. Wear a self-adhesive "minipad" in the forehead area. Very absorbent, easy on the skin, and can be easily replaced if it gets too soaked with sweat.
Jun
1
comment Should I be wearing sunblock?
For the back of the neck you can wear a cloth extension to the back of you're helmet. Dunno what it's officially called, but it's like the back of an old Foreign Legion hat. (There are some headscarves that have this feature, but I'd find a headscarf too hot in most cases.)
Jun
1
comment What is safer…coaster brakes, regular brakes, or fixed gear braking?
If hand brakes jerk like that they're either very poor quality or seriously misadjusted.
Jun
1
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
1
comment How to replace broken chainring that is missing a tooth
If the crank arm is removed (which is highly advised) then one must be sure to properly torque the bolt on reinstallation. Otherwise the arm is apt to come loose and be damaged.
Jun
1
comment How to replace broken chainring that is missing a tooth
In general you've got 4 variables -- the number of teeth, the number of bolts, the bolt circle diameter, and the thickness of the ring (related to the chain width which relates in turn to the rear cluster geometry). The thickness is probably the most confusing but also most forgiving.
Jun
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
1
comment How can I find inexpensive salvage repair (frame) parts?
Scan Ebay and Craig's List.
Jun
1
comment Reduce Resale Value to Avoid Theft? (Uglify)
Without the funny fork you have ghost of a chance. But the disk brakes are still a red flag waving.