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Old, tired, crazy.


Dec
11
comment What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes?
Here's what I really look for in clipless pedals and shoes. But for some reason here is what I usually get.
Dec
10
comment What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?
You could always give them a Bronson kick.
Dec
10
comment Social network for bike users
Have you looked at Adventure Cycling? They have some forums on their site, and a lot of other information, links, and contacts.
Dec
10
comment How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?
Note that derailer capacity is primarily expressed in "teeth" -- the difference between largest and smallest rear cog plus largest and smallest front cog. You can exceed this capacity if you shift carefully and avoid "illogical" cog combos, but it's a bother.
Dec
10
comment How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?
There are several gear inch calculators online, such as this one on Sheldon's web site.
Dec
10
answered The back brake on my bike is not functional, is it illegal for me to cycle in the United Kingdom?
Dec
9
comment What kind of panniers is this tubus rack flange for?
Many panniers have a hook at the bottom that needs to "grab" some sort of eyelet. My TransIts have this -- a hook that is tightened by a web strap that runs in a V from one top corner, down through the hook, and to the other top corner, with a adjustable buckle to tighten the strap. My old (and greatly missed) Cannondale bags had a spring running down with a loop on the bottom, and you needed to fasten a hook to the bottom of the rack frame to match.
Dec
9
comment Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?
@Mac - The only important factors re (caliper) brake performance are flex in the mechanism and leverage. The cheap side-pull brakes of years gone by would flex badly, but better quality units didn't, and cantilevers even less. V-brakes are effectively cantilevers, and the only difference in performance is the relative leverage of the brake levers, which can be made stiff or soft at (manufacturer's) will.
Dec
9
comment A famous cycling Race, Place or Climb beginning with the letter “D”
Are you maybe thinking of a French pass such as Col d'Izoard?
Dec
9
comment How to handle an attempted bike theft
Press charges. It will go on her juvie record and be a club that can be used against her later, should she do something similar again. That is, unless you fear reprisals.
Dec
9
comment V-brakes during winter?
Yeah, I no longer do winter biking, but I did for several years (in southern MN) with cantis, with no difficulties attributable to the brakes. V-brakes are functionally similar to cantis.
Dec
8
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
Easier still to call the assistance number.
Dec
8
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
@NeilFein - There's a sinister tone to your comment. (Or was it intended to be a left-handed compliment?)
Dec
8
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Dec
8
answered Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?
Dec
7
comment Does anyone make a split seat clamp?
Yeah, that first unit isn't really designed as a clamp, just a mounting bracket. Given the setup, you need A LOT of force to be effective. That second unit MIGHT work, but it looks like you might have to order a thousand of them.
Dec
7
comment Minimal effort chain cleaning
The superstar tool is apparently designed for fixies. The Park tool (and several others of similar design) is designed for derailleur bikes and would be difficult to use on a fixie. Definitely the Park-style tool is better -- it bathes the chain in cleaning fluid while scrubbing on all sides.
Dec
6
comment Stop SPD shoes from grinding
Either find some cleat covers or buy new shoes.
Dec
6
comment Minimal effort chain cleaning
You need a chain washer and (assuming you're riding in rain/slush much of the time) a relatively "wet" lube. If the weather is cruddy I'd use the cleaner about once a week, two weeks when the weather is dry. See WTHarper's comment on how to oil the chain.
Dec
6
comment Picking spare inner tube size
I've been known to carry 4 spares, and need 3 of them, but that was before belted tires. But if you use the bike to commute it's not a bad idea to keep a spare tube and a patch kit at work, as well as the set at home.