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Old, tired, crazy.


Aug
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comment what should ibe the first thing i upgrade on my bike?
Replace what breaks.
Aug
30
answered What should I do to get an older bike into good condition
Aug
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Aug
30
answered Which foot to put forward when coasting or track-standing?
Aug
30
comment When Installing chainrings which are pinned, how should I orient the chain drop prevention pin?
Yep, the purpose of the pin is to prevent the chain from becoming wedged between the ring and the crank arm.
Aug
30
comment What should I look for when buying a used bicycle?
See this link for more info on how to recognize used bike quality/condition.
Aug
29
comment Experience with surfboard bike rack (or cart)
My first thought is to turn it upside down, strap wheels on one end, then somehow attach the other end to the bike, similar to a "Bob" trailer. Keeping it low would minimize wind problems. (You may want a flashing light and/or 'bent flag on the back, though.)
Aug
29
comment Is it possible to perform tricks with 100% safety during commuting?
@Starx -- Should have been "ho-humm" -- meaning boring.
Aug
29
comment How can you recognize a department store bike?
That bottom shot is a good example of a simple stamped (vs forged or die-cast) dropout, characteristic of inexpensive bikes in past years. You can see it was just die-cut (stamped) from sheet steel, then inserted into slots in the stays and welded. On the front of such a bike the front dropouts are often just the flattened fork tubes with slots cut in their ends. (But, I suppose, this was standard construction for the bikes I had in my youth and I survived. Some of your old "classics" will be built this way.)
Aug
29
comment How can you recognize a department store bike?
See this post for some hints on recognizing a really cheap department store bike. But many of the bikes currently sold in Big Box stores are actually somewhat above bottom-end quality.
Aug
29
comment Is there a good way to clean brake hoods?
What's this "clean" thing??? And brake hoods can actually be WHITE????
Aug
29
comment Is conserving energy something to do on a day-to-day basis, or over the week?
Also, if the intent is to train for longer rides, then every 3rd day or so should BE a loner ride -- take a "short cut" that goes about 50% farther then normal.
Aug
29
comment What kind of tail lights can I attach to the rear of my rack?
That's a great web page! I know when I was hunting for a headlight it was impossible to find decent comparisons -- too bad there's apparently not an companion headlight page.
Aug
29
comment What kind of tail lights can I attach to the rear of my rack?
I've never had a rear rack light that didn't require some sort of adaptation to make it fit.
Aug
28
revised Can I replace the 32 mm tires on a Trek 7.3 with 35 mm tires?
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Aug
28
comment Can I replace the 32 mm tires on a Trek 7.3 with 35 mm tires?
OK, the Trek site shows the tires as 32. Switching from a 32 to a 35 should be safe 98% of the time (though the point of such a minor switch is questionable, unless the current tires are worn out).
Aug
28
comment Can I replace the 32 mm tires on a Trek 7.3 with 35 mm tires?
How wide are the current tires? How wide is the rim?
Aug
28
comment What is the 3 foot law and which states have it?
However, the law in at least some states explicitly says that if there is sufficient lane width the automobile need not cross out of its lane.
Aug
28
revised How can I get started riding without spending a fortune (too much)?
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Aug
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answered What kind of tail lights can I attach to the rear of my rack?