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Old, tired, crazy.


Nov
5
comment How feasible is it to transfer modern (2010) components to a 90s frame (road bike)
Keep in mind that the seat tube may be a different diameter, meaning the front derailer won't fit without shimming.
Nov
5
comment How feasible is it to transfer modern (2010) components to a 90s frame (road bike)
I think the switch from 27" to 700C happened about 1990.
Nov
4
comment What difference does bike size make?
Yeah, the important factors are the length of your legs, the length of your torso, and the length of your arms. The bike needs to fit all of these.
Nov
4
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
@hillsons -- A BB generally doesn't make noise until it's worn beyond recovery, and then it's a grinding sound.
Nov
4
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
@Kipper -- Not the chain ring bolts first (though one might get around to those eventually) but the crank arm bolts.
Nov
4
comment Nexus hub keeps getting misaligned
It may be that the axle is slipping.
Nov
3
comment How do I figure out which size chain my fixed gear bike has
1/8 inch -- See Sheldon Brown
Nov
3
comment Touching the front wheel with my foot when turning
This is a problem with many (perhaps most) bikes. Basically, you have to learn to have your foot in the right position.
Nov
2
comment Benefits of toe grips/toe straps
@jackJoe -- You can get special toeclips for boots. Dunno how effective they are, though.
Nov
2
comment Geometry between 50mm stem and a 65mm stem and riding experience
Yeah, 90 meters might be a bit too much. ;)
Nov
2
comment Geometry between 50mm stem and a 65mm stem and riding experience
That's a little over half an inch. Not enough to make a major difference unless your bike is badly miss-sized to begin with, though it probably is just enough to feel.
Nov
1
answered Benefits of toe grips/toe straps
Nov
1
comment What are the disadvantages of “puncture proof” (or puncture resistant) tires?
@JamesBradbury - The "Quick Stick" is a nylon rod maybe 7" long and 1/2" diameter, with a sort of crochet hook cut into one end. It takes a little practice, but except on exceptionally narrow/tight tires you can hook the stick under the tire and have it dismounted in about 30 seconds. Since the rod is fairly large diameter with a rounded end the danger of puncturing the tube is virtually nil.
Nov
1
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
Oiling the BB is not going to fix anything, and generally you do not want to put oil into a BB. (Use a good quality bearing grease.) You need to get the right wrenches to tighten the pedal, the crank arm, and the BB cups.
Nov
1
comment Is a 100mm travel hardtail ok for light downhill and a few jumps?
Back about a hundred years ago, a group of negro soldiers in the US traveled, I think, about 1000 miles across the American West (often no roads to speak of) on wood-framed bikes. This was to demonstrate the ability of bikes to replace horses in military operations. The major innovation on their bikes was steel rims in place of the older style wood ones. Any bike you have will be 10 times better than what they rode over some fairly rugged terrain.
Nov
1
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
Well, then, it sounds like something was defective from the factory. Probably if one could look at it first-hand it would be fairly obvious, but I can't see it from here (especially since you replaced the parts). (I hope the crank arm was replaced with the BB cartridge -- the hole in it no doubt got worn.)
Nov
1
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
It sounds like the crank arm was probably shot, with the hole in it not tightly fitting the BB shaft. (Or else it was the wrong type of arm for the shaft.) This would cause the bolt to keep loosening and there would be wear where the arm rubbed against the bolt. Or else somewhere along the way a bolt was cross-threaded and damaged the threads in the BB.
Nov
1
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
Some cyclists have been known to work little pieces of leather into the "crosses" between spokes, to prevent them from making noise.
Nov
1
comment Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?
Of course, that was not a failure of the BB proper, but rather a failure of the crank-BB connection that resulted in damage to both. This is caused by allowing the crank fixing bolt to work loose, or perhaps never having it tight enough in the first place. There are generally noticeable warning signs (including noise) that the bolt is loose before damage occurs, if you know to look for them.
Oct
31
comment Advice for increasing endurance
Do whatever it is that seems to demonstrate your lack of endurance, only do it a little longer and more aggressively each time (with appropriate rest intervals between).