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Nov
2
comment What could have caused this flat?
(What did you find on closer inspection of the first tube?)
Nov
2
comment What could have caused this flat?
Perhaps someone used a utility knife to open the carton containing the tube.
Nov
1
answered Caliper position effect on braking or suspension?
Oct
31
comment Repeat Punctures
Yeah, I rarely remove the tire completely, but if I do I somehow mark the valve position.
Oct
31
comment Benefits of latex tubes… Are they worth it?
About 15 years ago I was on a tour with a couple and the guy decided to change out their tubes for latex, because a buddy had told him they were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Two days later he was swapping the old tubes back in -- the latex ones wouldn't stay inflated for 8 hours.
Oct
31
comment What is this serrated wrench tool for?
That's probably mainly intended as a locknut/cone wrench. Not capable of tightening something well, but can hold a flat nut well while you tighten against it. I'm thinking that variations of this were sold for servicing old bottom brackets, though I don't recall if they were the old cottered BBs or the one-piece units.
Oct
31
comment Repeat Punctures
When removing the tube it's a good idea to try to keep it oriented relative to the tire, and then find the leak in the tube, lay the tube atop the tire, and find the corresponding spot in the tire, so you can check it carefully. If you lose track of orientation just check one orientation, flip the tube over, and check the other.
Oct
31
comment Repeat Punctures
I've had a piece of construction staple get stuck in my tire twice. Both times the staple only barely protruded through to the tube, and the staple broke/wore off such that it was not readily visible from the outside. A cursory check inside wouldn't find it -- it was only when you pressed in the area of the staple that you could feel it sticking through.
Oct
30
comment Why is the front brake always on the left?
Actually, it depends on which side of the ditch you're standing on.
Oct
30
comment What's special about bicycle socks?
Of course, one could simply buy a larger shoe, and use thicker socks. And I've rarely seen cycling socks made with CoolMax, which is the best for removing moisture.
Oct
30
comment Which pannier racks give the best heel clearance?
@Kibbee - I can't remember the exact circumstances (it would be 20 years ago), but I have, rarely, encountered toe clearance problems, with "low rider" rack and panniers.
Oct
30
answered Why does cable routing utilize alternation of sections of shielded and unshielded cable?
Oct
29
comment Which pannier racks give the best heel clearance?
@Kibbee - And best handling of all is front & rear bags.
Oct
29
comment Which pannier racks give the best heel clearance?
@Kibbee - Of course then you need to worry about toe clearance. (Seriously!)
Oct
29
comment Why no threaded headset cups?
@OllyHodgson - Yep, probably cheaper in China, since it's one less manufacturing step on the frame. Plus of course, the carbon thing.
Oct
29
comment Which pannier racks give the best heel clearance?
Has more to do with the bags than the rack, but look for a rack that has at least two positions for the bags.
Oct
28
comment Hitch for a cart for braking
I think I'd just salvage a brake lever from somewhere and arrange it so the sliding-forward trailer tongue would press against the lever.
Oct
28
comment Benefits and drawbacks of Dropper posts?
IIRC, the old posts used a large hairpin spring (maybe 8" long) attached to the seat tube and to the post just below the seat, with the bend pointing toward the rear of the bike. A quick-release seat adjuster clamp would hold the seat in the desired position.
Oct
28
comment Benefits and drawbacks of Dropper posts?
Well, way back they were marketed to serious racers, those who would drop the post for a downhill, then raise it for the rest of the ride. But there were few racers that serious, and I'm not sure how advantageous it was for those who tried it. I'm a bit surprised to hear that it is now the "in" thing.
Oct
28
comment Benefits and drawbacks of Dropper posts?
Those have been around for 30 years, at least.