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Apr
30
comment How do I tighten up my headset?
You tighten the locknut (using a standard wrench) down against the knurled nut. No need for the slip-joint pliers. (And if you feel you MUST use something, use a strap wrench.)
Apr
29
comment How do I tighten up my headset?
(What the heck is a "mole grip"? Slip-joint pliers?)
Apr
29
comment How do I tighten up my headset?
Loosen the upper nut a turn or so, tighten the knurled nut, tighten the upper nut (while holding the knurled one).
Apr
28
comment How do I remove the freewheel side of a flip flop hub?
Yeah, I think most just come off with some sort of freewheel/cassette removal tool. About 10 different varieties, though.
Apr
28
comment Rear Derailleur Curled Up
It sounds like you just got both derailers on the smallest cogs. This causes the rear cage to fold up, trying to keep the chain taut.
Apr
27
answered What does “claiming the lane” mean?
Apr
27
comment What are some ways to keep biking when you have a car?
Put holes in the tires, so you have to pump up the tires (with a hand pump) before you can go anywhere in the car.
Apr
26
comment What factors determine stem length ?
@Aki - Keep in mind that a "standard" frame, from a mass manufacturer, has a relatively fixed ratio between seat tube length and top tube length (for a given frame style). This suits the "average" rider of "average" proportions, but obviously doesn't suit everyone. If the frame were just sized based on your leg length, the top tube would be too long for you, requiring a very short stem length. Within reason (only requires raising the seat and stem) one can go with smaller frame and thus enable using a longer stem. (Do be sure the stem is also raised if you go this way.)
Apr
26
comment What can I do to help me sustain frequent long-ish rides?
15 miles is no great distance. You do need to eat something, with a few carbs, before you start (and give it a few minutes to digest), but nothing special. Be sure to drink enough fluid, though, before and during the ride. Cut back on your riding a bit, until you recover. (There is a vague possibility that you have a metabolic disorder such as myoadenylate deaminase deficiency, but I wouldn't worry about it until you've been several months without improvement.)
Apr
26
answered What factors determine stem length ?
Apr
26
comment Brakepads are burning tyres out
Yeah, that looks like damage from a misaligned brake.
Apr
25
comment Brakepads are burning tyres out
In the (newly installed) picture above I don't see any obvious tire damage.
Apr
25
comment Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?
It's amazing how much "give" asphalt has, even weeks after it's put down.
Apr
25
comment Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?
Because the difference is insignificant. On a multi you have to replace the chain roughly every 2000 miles and the rear cassette every 5000 miles. On the single, while you should replace on about the same schedule (maybe even earlier for the rear sprocket), you can likely stretch it out to double those intervals (though with some increased friction) since shifting will not become a problem, and "chain suck" not a serious one. It's just not enough difference to bother with, especially considering that the parts for the single may actually cost more.
Apr
25
comment Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?
People clean their bikes???
Apr
24
comment Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?
In general, the chain and cogs on a single-speed are thicker and wear more slowly. Plus you can wear single-speed cogs down much further before they begin to skip. (This is a poor reason to make the choice between single-speed and multi-speed, however)
Apr
24
answered Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?
Apr
24
comment Worth it carrying spare spokes?
I have spare spokes tied with twist ties to the inside frame of my pannier. They weigh next to nothing, and I always have them with me (since I hardly ever travel without at least one pannier).
Apr
24
comment Can anyone identify this frame?
Pretty generic, but there are odd-looking lugs on the BB shell, and on both sides of the rear dropouts that someone might recognize.
Apr
24
comment How to avoid riding on a gravel on the road sides? + Riding through traffic lights
Yep, every country's different (and every state in the US). Plus there are local customs one needs to be aware of. You should be able to inquire about riding on sidewalks ("pavement" to the Brits). As others have said, "claim your lane" is a good general approach, though obviously it can draw the ire of motorists who are not used to assertive cyclists.