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Old, tired, crazy.


Aug
24
comment Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?
That question was answered in the first comment.
Aug
24
comment Sounds like there is stickiness on my tire, but there isn't!
@heltonbiker -- I've gotten similar noises from spokes.
Aug
23
answered Are Hövding helmets safer than regular helmets?
Aug
23
answered Is it possible to perform tricks with 100% safety during commuting?
Aug
23
comment Riding Repair Kit
@freiheit -- I think it inappropriate to modify another's post to and change the meaning he expressed when the question was something of a "survey" -- he could, eg, be violently opposed to CO2 inflators for some reason. Either make your addition as a comment or as a separate post.
Aug
23
comment Sounds like there is stickiness on my tire, but there isn't!
Yeah, certainly spoke noise can be devilishly difficult to suss out.
Aug
23
comment Sounds like there is stickiness on my tire, but there isn't!
Yes, could be the brake pad brushing the rim, a loose/broken spoke, a bearing problem ... Or could be a defective tire, with a separation between tread and cord. With the wheel raised off the ground, spin the tire slowly while you view it at a tangential angle, watching for any "bubbles" in the tread.
Aug
23
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
Another thing to try is to wrap the brake arms with something like rubber (not plastic) electrical tape.
Aug
23
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
I suspect that a part of your problem is your constant sanding and cleaning. Have you tried simply leaving them alone and tolerating the squeal for awhile, to see if it gets better?
Aug
23
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
9 months of riding 8km/day is not nearly enough to wear out standard rims, unless one is doing some really gonzo riding. (Though with all the sanding he's done I suppose they could be getting a little worn.)
Aug
22
comment Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?
Maybe the thief was the owner of the other bicycle, who had lost his key/combination. (Or, possibly, the thief locked both bikes to the rack so that he could come back later and steal them.)
Aug
22
answered Do skilled cyclists really “use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time”?
Aug
22
comment The paint on my bicycle is damaged
A week is nowhere near long enough for many paints to fully harden.
Aug
22
comment The paint on my bicycle is damaged
Soft paint and a hard clamp. Paint often takes weeks to fully harden, and sometimes paint (or, more significantly, varnish) will not fully harden at all, because the humidity was too high when it was applied.
Aug
22
comment Do skilled cyclists really “use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time”?
I don't normally like to contradict Sheldon, but I recall, maybe 15 years back, seeing a video where a "skilled" (stunt) cyclist intentionally locked the front wheel. He went head-over it the blink of an eye, and I seriously doubt that the rider was not "braced against the deceleration".
Aug
22
comment What makes one road tire have a less “bouncy” ride than another?
Well, at the same pressure the narrower 25 would be slightly softer. And presumably even the same width would be slightly softer in a non-puncture-resistant tire.
Aug
21
comment Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?
And if the thief had the time and tools to remove the rack, he could just as easily have had a Sawzall to cut through the rack.
Aug
21
comment Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?
I doubt that you can prove liability in court, though the store's insurance company might be willing to provide some sort of settlement. (One wonders what you were doing "for hours" at a supermarket. The store will argue that the rack was for customers.)
Aug
21
comment What makes one road tire have a less “bouncy” ride than another?
Just out of curiosity, what do you mean by "less bouncy"? Were you previously experiencing some "bob" when pedaling that is now less noticeable, eg, or is it simply that the new tire seems harder.
Aug
21
comment Why do we rarely see recumbents and almost never see velomobiles?
Wellllll, given how much regular cyclists look down their noses at 'bent riders, do they even have noses long enough to deal with "velomobile" riders??