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May
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comment What bike do I have?
Well, maybe if enough folks click this question you'll have enough rep. Otherwise, you can put the picture on Flicker or some such and link to it.
May
28
comment Long Quill Stem?
Different sized quill stems were rare enough back when quills were the standard -- probably scarce as hen's teeth these days. But I did roughly the same replacement you're contemplating back when I bought my Randonnee ca 1995, and I have no regrets.
May
28
answered Converting my bike to use quick release wheels
May
28
comment What is a good replacement for a cable end cap?
A piece of heat-shrink tubing would corral a mildly haywire cable end.
May
28
comment What is a good replacement for a cable end cap?
FWIW, several years ago I bought a bag of about 20 caps, for a very nominal sum. Good to have on hand.
May
28
comment Convert Recumbent to Handcycle?
I think you need to clarify that first line. I'm hoping by "bikes" you mean specifically a 2-wheeled cycle, vs the generic (which includes trikes).
May
28
comment Loud free hub suddenly become quiet
The main danger is that the freehub will suddenly become an "even freer hub" and will freely allow motion in both directions. Ie, you'll be left spinning your wheels. If this happens you could probably recover temporarily by bouncing the wheel on the ground a few times, but it would be apt to fail again in awkward places.
May
27
comment Life metrics for v-brake pads (time to replace, time to change)
They will naturally wear flat from use, and that's not a problem. Rather, it's the thickness -- if there are no wear indicators (bike shop people can show you if there are, and I think they're there on most newer pad designs) then you want to replace when, at its thinnest point, you have maybe 1/4" of pad to wear before the metal holder begins to rub the rim. Important: The pad will almost always wear faster (much faster) in the rear (the "leading edge") of the pad, due to the forces on it during braking. You need to check both ends of the pad (and the middle) when checking pad wear.
May
27
comment How many ball bearings inside shimano MF-HG20 freewheel top and bottom?
(Though in a pinch you can run a bearing short 2-3 balls, though wear will be increased.)
May
27
comment How many ball bearings inside shimano MF-HG20 freewheel top and bottom?
Take a ball to a bike shop and they will be able to tell you the size. Generally, with new balls, the race will be full with about 1/2 ball space left. With used (worn) balls the rule is a full race minus 1 ball. Never jam a race completely full -- there should be 1/2 ball space minimum.
May
27
comment Why do deraillers require a freewheel?
@WTHarper - Though that latter is a good argument for a spoke guard, even though they are considered very un-cool.
May
27
comment Life metrics for v-brake pads (time to replace, time to change)
Note that there are usually different types of pad material available -- some "hard" and requiring more force to use, others "soft" and "grabby". The harder pads generally will wear maybe 30-50% longer (though they will probably cause more rim wear). A good shop will usually have 2-3 different types to choose from, in the popular sizes.
May
27
comment Life metrics for v-brake pads (time to replace, time to change)
In answer to your original question, you should replace your brake pads when they're getting close to worn out. This is basically a matter of how much pad material is left -- you need to replace them before the metal holder is in any danger of scraping the rims -- could be months, could be years, depending on your use. (Also, on very lightly used bikes, you need to replace the pads when they get dry and hard -- every 5-10 years or so.)
May
27
comment How to check the gear before renting a bike?
@QuestionOverflow - But slippage is often due to a worn chain/sprocket. Place the chain on the large front sprocket and pull out on a link near the front side. The chain should not pull away more than about 2/3rds of the height of a sprocket tooth.
May
27
comment How to check the gear before renting a bike?
@QuestionOverflow - Place the chain on the smallest front sprocket and middle rear sprocket. Look at the derailer and chain. The derailer should not be curled up all the way (though close) and the chain should not be slack.
May
27
comment When should you replace tires after getting a flat?
There's no need to replace a tire because of a simple puncture that did not damage a significant amount of cord in the tire.
May
26
comment Do tires with worn sidewalls need to be replaced?
@GeoɹgǝJɐɹoƨ - Yeah, the old gumwall tires "dry rot" quickly, and are quite sensitive to running underinflated as well.
May
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answered How to check the gear before renting a bike?
May
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answered Do tires with worn sidewalls need to be replaced?
May
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comment Suspension forks on child/youth bicycle for road ringing good?
It depends on how important it is to the kid. If the kid isn't impressed by it, no.