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Old, tired, crazy.


Nov
10
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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.)
Nov
7
comment Winter commuting - how to keep warm?
I've never found a satisfactory face covering (especially one that works with glasses). Balaclavas and the like just don't fit my head right -- I think they're designed for people without chins.
Nov
7
comment Winter commuting - how to keep warm?
@WTHarper -- The neoprene "booties" I have do cover the entire shoe. (They're designed, though, so that you can easily cut a hole in the bottom to accommodate a cleat.) I used them with toe clips (vs "clipless") for several years (until I got winter biking out of my system), and had no trouble with the durability of the sole.
Nov
7
answered Protocol for downhill cyclist overtaking a car?
Nov
7
comment Extra power needed uphill for weight increase
@BenediktBauer -- Oops!! -- Just realized what you were trying to say.