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Old, tired, crazy.


Jun
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comment Reduce Resale Value to Avoid Theft? (Uglify)
Looking at pictures of the F3 I think you might as well forget about it. The thing just looks like an "urban assault vehicle", with the funky "knife" instead of a fork, and the disk brakes, and the basic frame geometry. Very hard to disguise.
May
31
comment How to train for a long tour?
(With regard to that specific tour, it sounds like some challenging terrain, and not the place to "cut your teeth" on high-mileage touring.)
May
31
comment How to train for a long tour?
There have been a number of similar questions recently -- I'm guessing that several "duplicates" will be identified by others. But basically you need to do a few 100 mile days, as close to back-to-back as you can. Then, after a week on the tour, you'll be (after a rest day) "conditioned" for the rest of the ride.
May
31
answered 51cm top tube too small for someone who normally cycles frame with 55cm top tube?
May
31
answered What purpose do the rubber 'hairs' have on new tyres?
May
31
answered Best practice for patching snakebite pinch flats on skinny tubes
May
31
comment Sources of vibration at high speed in and around rear wheel
It should be noted that if you have a rack or other attachment, it could be contributing to the vibration by resonating. I've experienced high-speed vibrations on a loaded bike when the panniers were not tightly fastened.
May
31
revised What electric bikes are for sale in the US, and how good are they?
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May
31
revised What electric bikes are for sale in the US, and how good are they?
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May
31
comment Sources of vibration at high speed in and around rear wheel
Keep in mind that at that speed the wheel is doing (per my calcs) 373 rpm, or 6.2 rev per second. Very minor irregularities in the wheel will become quite noticeable, especially since the natural resonance of a bike is in the order of maybe 6-10Hz.
May
30
comment What electric bikes are for sale in the US, and how good are they?
I'll add that the Schwinn seemed to be reasonably well-built, with decent components, though certainly not lightly built.
May
30
revised Should I be wearing sunblock?
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May
30
answered Should I be wearing sunblock?
May
30
comment What electric bikes are for sale in the US, and how good are they?
Last year I was on a week-long tour where one lady had a Schwinn electric-assisted bike. (Battery in the rear rack, front hub motor, rear 5-speed hub, IIRC.) She indicated that the bike performed well (though note that this was not an exceedingly challenging tour, and the lady was reasonably strong without the motor). (I'm sure most/all of the components were Chinese.)
May
30
comment How do I prevent STI shifter cables from blocking access to my Randoneering Bag or Handlebar bag?
This is a common problem. The (I think -- would have to check) brake cables arc out from the brifters and pass right through the area where one would want to mount a handlebar bag. Don't know of any solution other than to get some different brifters or do without the bag.
May
30
answered Bottom bracket is ticking
May
30
comment Bottom bracket is ticking
Call the bomb squad!!
May
29
comment Babies on Bakfietsen: How young is too young?
In the US we don't have utility bikes like that, but folks carry small babies in bike trailers all the time.
May
29
comment How bad is cross chaining?
(Though note that if you do it a lot that's a sign that you're not taking the best advantage of your gearing options. Or perhaps your front derailer is simply too "fussy" and you avoid mucking with it, suggesting that you need to get your bike tuned up.)
May
29
comment How bad is cross chaining?
It used to be worse, before derailers were designed to handle larger tooth ranges, et al. But that's been 20-30 years.