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Old, tired, crazy.


Oct
1
comment Is it safe to Cycle with an Umbrella?
Partly, no doubt, it's a culture thing. Here in Minnesota umbrellas are a rarity -- only used to protect the bride at weddings, etc. If it rains we just get wet (and we're usually wearing a jacket that can shed most of the rain). But some years back I was down in Kentucky and a very light mist was coming down. My brother (who lives there) was shocked that I saw no need to huddle under his umbrella.
Oct
1
comment Why are bicycles considered vehicles and not “walking aid”?
I once occupied a full lane for several blocks, with non-trivial traffic behind me. It was going through a one-lane construction zone and I was riding a loaded touring bike, and it was impractical to pull over and let others by. No one honked.
Sep
30
comment Lowest Gear Out of Whack
Yeah, you need to adjust the limit screws. Since these don't normally go out of adjustment, if the bike was previously working well it may be that either the derailer has been bent, or somehow the wheel is not properly mounted in the dropouts (maybe a washer on the wrong side of a dropout, etc).
Sep
30
comment What is the optimal cadence?
@Kaz -- I agree -- just rank.
Sep
29
answered What is the optimal cadence?
Sep
29
comment Back Gears Clicking
Has the bike been adjusted recently? You may simply need to have it "tuned up". And, especially in the first few hundred miles, the cables stretch a bit, and you need to use the "barrel adjuster" to compensate -- something you should learn how to do.
Sep
29
answered Brake response is spongey post-brake lever upgrade
Sep
29
comment Least worn tyre: front or back?
I think the back punctures occur more often primarily because steering with the front "scrubs" it, so something that attaches to the front tire doesn't stick to it very well, whereas on the back the "something" will stay there for hundreds of revolutions, working its way into the tread. And of course there's more weight on the back tire, so objects are forced through it more rapidly. (And there's always the fact that nature is perverse and wants to puncture the back tire because it's so much harder/messier to change.)
Sep
29
comment Why are bike frames getting so much bigger
And, of course, by changing all the dimensions they make repair parts for older bikes unobtainable (or at least too expensive), forcing you to buy a new bike.
Sep
29
comment Why are bike frames getting so much bigger
Because "bigger is better", to the marketing types at least. Why do humongous pickup trucks continue to sell? Not because every Tom, Dick, and Sam needs to haul stuff all the time, and not because they're fuel efficient.
Sep
28
comment Aluminum seatpost stuck to a steel frame
Have you tried simply taking the seat off and whacking the end of the post with a 3-pound sledge?
Sep
28
comment What to get for my second saddle?
Check your local department stores such as Target. They generally have a few seats at moderate prices -- not the best quality but serviceable, and you get to see what you're buying before you buy it. Otherwise, in the Sac area, there's bound to be a "low budget" bike shop that sells cheaper stuff.
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?