31,895 reputation
13083
bio website
location Minnesota, USA
age
visits member for 3 years, 2 months
seen 3 hours ago

Old, tired, crazy.


Sep
11
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
Yeah, the seat should be adjusted to get proper leg extension, not to compensate for top tube length. Stand-over height as a criterion only works to the extent that your legs and torso are "typical" in proportion.
Sep
11
comment Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution
If it's the entire crank axle that's loose then it's safe to ride, within reason. If it's a loose crank arm -- one arm moves relative to the other -- then you should avoid riding it if at all possible. But the latter can be temporarily fixed with just the right size (8mm) allen wrench.
Sep
11
comment Choosing the right wheel size in my cycle computer
Best to roll several revolutions, if you can manage it. (Move the wife's car out of the garage temporarily.)
Sep
11
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
Yeah, I was just talking about what I see on the floor. With most bikes sold you would not be able to raise the bar up to reasonable height even if the bike fit, especially now that it requires a threadless extension.
Sep
10
comment Choosing the right wheel size in my cycle computer
Note that, as a rough approximation, the 622 number is the diameter of the rim, and the diameter of the tire is the rim diameter plus twice the tire width. Multiply times pi (3.142) to get circumference (which is what many cyclometers use as the "raw" number).
Sep
10
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
I would agree that the typical bike on the showroom floor has the bars too low. I think this is because the low bar looks "meaner" on the showroom floor.
Sep
10
comment Choosing the right wheel size in my cycle computer
Is that what's printed on the TIRE, or the RIM? You want to find the numbers printed on the TIRE. Then you need to understand that the numbers may be expressed several ways -- too many to enumerate here, but Sheldon Brown has a fairly good article on the issue. But 622 is the same as 700c, so if you really have a 15mm wide tire (more likely that's the rim size) you'd go with the narrowest 700 value available. Most likely that's the rim size, though, and you have a 700x23, x25, or x27.
Sep
10
comment What are the main differences between road saddles and mountain saddles?
Yeah, likely manufacturers substitute heavier materials in the "offroad" models, saving them money but still allowing them to sell them for the same (high) price (because they're labeled "offroad").
Sep
10
comment What are the main differences between road saddles and mountain saddles?
Maybe it's just different endorsements.
Sep
10
comment Do helmets go out of style and get discontinued by manufacturers?
Yeah, when I find socks I like I always get several pair. Good socks, in particular, are hard to find, and it seems like the styles change remarkably rapidly for such a mundane item.
Sep
10
answered Do helmets go out of style and get discontinued by manufacturers?
Sep
9
comment Crate of beer as cargo
If the problem is the bottles clanking into each other, don't put the crate in flat but somehow tilt it at a 30 degree angle or so, so that gravity holds the bottles against each other. Then wedge your towels into the high end of the crate to keep the bottles from bouncing.
Sep
9
comment Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution
Were you gonna volunteer to help the OP put his hub back together?
Sep
9
revised Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution
added 98 characters in body
Sep
9
comment Storing an inner tube
Flour is probably a bad choice as it will attract mold. And f kept reasonably cool (and out of the sun) a tube in storage should last 5 years at least. If they went bad in a year, bike shops wouldn't stock them.
Sep
9
answered Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution
Sep
9
comment Buying a bicycle
Here is another thread on buying a used bike.
Sep
9
comment Buying a bicycle
Here is a thread on test-riding a bike, and here is one on checking out a used bike.
Sep
9
comment Buying a bicycle
I can't see paying $200 for a cheap bike when you can pick up a better one for $50 at a yard sale or off of Craig's List or whatever. And any bike you buy, new or used, you should ride first, to see how it fits you and just how it "feels".
Sep
8
comment What are the main differences between road saddles and mountain saddles?
Your companions will laugh at you.