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Sep
28
comment Should you use GT85 on your chain?
WD40 is not a particularly good lubricant. GT85 makes a Teflon-containing bike-specific lube which is presumably "OK" if you need a very "dry" lube (though probably better for cables than chains). Hard to say about other GT85 products.
Sep
28
comment Help needed identifying mystery screws on 1940s tandem
Grease zerks are not "from the past". While most automotive bearings are now sealed for "life", lots of heavy equipment, manufacturing equipment, etc, still uses zerks. And the idea of removing the old grease with the new works -- if you'd ever seen it done you'd understand this.
Sep
28
answered Help needed identifying mystery screws on 1940s tandem
Sep
28
comment Aerobars on a hybrid
Ideally a touring bike already has a drop handlebar -- if you're lucky one with a randonneur profile. But some "touring" bikes are shipped with straight bars and will benefit from bar ends or something similar. And with the shallower steering tube angle the touring bike will not be quite as "twitchy" if you try to use aero bars.
Sep
28
comment Least worn tyre: front or back?
In addition to the comments below, laziness is certainly a factor. Quite often the rear wears out before the front is showing any wear at all, and moving the front to the rear (for twice as much work) only slightly improves the tread on the front.
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
(Short dashes signal that the lane nearest the curb is a turn lane.)
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
@dotjoe -- Nobody wants to go through the new roundabouts (especially cyclists).
Sep
27
answered Least worn tyre: front or back?
Sep
27
answered Front derailleur sticking, not shifting. Will soaking in solvent damage parts?
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
@dotjoe -- But there are different variations of dashed lines -- long vs short. And not one driver in ten even understands the distinction between solid and dashed.
Sep
27
answered Aerobars on a hybrid
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
@nickg -- Yeah, but what if it's a driverless car?
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
@Pete -- The US has numerous concepts surrounding solid/dashed. Unfortunately, they vary by state, and no one understands them anyway.
Sep
27
comment Can cars legally drive in the bike lane down the street?
Obviously they can do it, since they do.
Sep
27
comment Is “Greased Lightning” safe to use for bicycle cleaning?
What is this "cleaning" thing?
Sep
26
comment Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?
The 12-25 gives you one more cog in the middle of the range, where you'll spend the most time and hence most want to "optimize".
Sep
26
comment Lock my bicycle on busy or quiet places?
See this post for an analysis of the different types of bike thieves.
Sep
26
comment Saddle for beginner rider!
And, despite the upturned noses of the purists, many relatively experienced riders wear underwear of some sort under their bike shorts (just in case you're uncomfortable "going commando"). Just be sure it's something that won't bunch up.
Sep
26
comment Lock my bicycle on busy or quiet places?
Try that in NYC and someone will steal the dog.
Sep
25
comment Can I run rim brakes on a disc rim?
The rim needs to have a surface that's relatively vertical, wide enough for the brake pad, and sufficiently thick/stiff/wear-resistant to withstand the pressure/abrasion of the brake pads. Generally this will imply a rim designed for for rim brakes.