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Old, tired, crazy.


Oct
12
comment Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides
Delorme used to make books of maps per state that usually distinguished unpaved roads. Don't know if they're still in business, though, after they had to go digital.
Oct
12
comment How do I prevent neck and back pain, and recover physically/mentally on a multi-day ride?
Yep, take breaks -- get off the bike, walk around, lay down on the ground if the thought sounds good at the time. Drink plenty of water or other non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages. Get snacks at least every two hours (carry some "energy bars" or whatever on the bike). And don't be ashamed to "sag" if you really have to.
Oct
12
comment How do I prevent neck and back pain, and recover physically/mentally on a multi-day ride?
Take a deep breath. Blow it out. Ride.
Oct
12
comment Which bicycle do you recommend for a short daily city commute that can last for a solid 8-10 years?
@Sachin -- Like I said, it's overpriced (and ugly). Nishiki isn't a premium brand but is generally decent quality. (I notice you've picked a lot of different style bikes. Probably you're better off buying a serviceable $25 bike at a garage sale and riding it a bit to learn what style you'd really like.)
Oct
12
answered Is it safe to ride on an unevenly bulging tyre?
Oct
12
comment I unscrewed the lockring, and *both* BB cups rotated - what's going on?
(I'd flip it over and drizzle penetrating oil into the slot and around the cups and let it sit a couple of days.)
Oct
12
comment I unscrewed the lockring, and *both* BB cups rotated - what's going on?
Possibly there's some sort of shell/spacer inside that the two cups are bumping up against -- probably not supposed to, but the bearings wore down that far.
Oct
11
revised How would the “pros” bike this commute?
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Oct
11
comment Creaking bottom bracket
Presumably you've tightened the crank bolts. Probably you need to remove the cartridge, clean away any dirt or corrosion on the cups and cartridge ends, then reinstall it with Loctite on the cups.
Oct
11
comment How would the “pros” bike this commute?
A "bird bath" is a sponge bath -- basically take off your shirt, splash water under your arms (or, better, use a washcloth to wash), then dry off and change.
Oct
11
comment How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?
Yeah, the sticker is something I'd recommend for everyone. Get a "computer" gummed label, print or write your name/address/phone and emergency contacts on it, stick on the frame (somewhere obvious, like the top of the top tube) and cover with clear tape.
Oct
11
answered How would the “pros” bike this commute?
Oct
11
comment How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?
In addition to the Medic Alert, write the word DIABETIC on a sticker, paste it to your bike's top tube, and cover with clear tape. You can put other info such as an emergency number on the same sticker.
Oct
11
comment How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?
Basically, when the glucose monitor is working right (which is only maybe 65% of the time with the slightly old technology she has) my wife is able to safely run her glucose levels lower -- less need to pop snacks "just to be safe". The problem you'd run into with the older technologies, though, is that the sensitivity of the monitor is affected by movement -- more movement increases the signal to the sensor and makes it seem like glucose is going up when it isn't. The newer units are supposedly better. Talk to your diabetes educator.
Oct
11
revised How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?
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Oct
11
answered How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?
Oct
11
comment Good backpack for carrying groceries
I am curious why you don't want a rack. There are some suspension frames that can't handle one certainly, and carbon frames are a problem, but if neither of those issues are involved then a rack and panniers is your best solution.
Oct
11
answered How can I fit 6 bikes on a hitch rack?
Oct
10
comment Deep cleaning - crank, derailleurs, hubs
First thing to do is hose it off well, while avoiding directing the pressure of the hose directly at bearing openings. Second thing to do is to clean & lube the chain (and maybe give the cables a shot of spray lube). Third thing to do is ride the bike. (Though your hubs, crank and headset may be due for re-packing anyway, based on mileage.)
Oct
10
comment Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?
(And it would make more sense to put the springs in the shoes.)