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Sep
12
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
For the seat buy a common shower cap -- the type that ladies use to keep their hair dry in the shower.
Sep
12
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
You need fenders, and decent reflectors and a headlight and blinking taillight. The fenders need not be metal (plastic is probably better) but should cover at least 1/3 of the circumference of the front wheel and about half the circumference of the rear.
Sep
12
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
Yes, but you drink water to make up for what you lose in sweat. And it's quite possible to become seriously hyponatremic in one day of activity in hot weather, before meals have a chance to replenish the salt.
Sep
12
comment Leaking Slime inner tube valve after opened for first time since install
Virtually all Schrader tubes allow you to remove the inner "core". You can get a "valve core" tool (some valve caps have the tool built in) at any auto parts place. Remove the valve core, clean, and reinstall. (Probably you should do this while the valve is at the 3/9 o'clock position to minimize Slime leakage while the valve is out.) Or it may simply be that the core is loose.
Sep
12
comment What chain is this?
Note that, to install the new chain, you must first "cut" it to length, for which purpose you need a "chain tool". Thankfully, though, most chains (other than Shimano) now come with some sort of "quick link" for joining, so you don't need to be real proficient at using the tool. You should make sure that (after splitting) the new matches the old in number of links, not total length (since the old chain will have stretched by at least one link, maybe 2-3).
Sep
12
comment How to wash a hydration pack (not resevoir)?
Well, in the pannier's defense, it had led a hard life up to that point -- easily 10K miles in all sorts of weather, including snow.
Sep
12
comment What kind of bike should I get to accomodate me?
Yes, it's good to point out that right now (in most parts of the country) is an ideal time to shop for a new bike, as many will be marked down 30-50%, even at "fancy" bike shops.
Sep
12
comment Smartphone mounted on handlebar: Will vibrations during cycling damage it?
The point is that the G force on a phone can greatly exceed the G force present at the handlebar under the wrong conditions. "Rattling", where the phone is banging against a non-resilient surface, would be the worse -- essentially like dropping the phone repeatedly. There's also a slight danger of resonance, where the phone vibrates violently.
Sep
12
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
If sweating doesn't cause salt loss, why do my clothes get coated with salt when I sweat a lot??
Sep
12
comment What chain is this?
A 21 speed bike would have 7 rear sprockets, so you need a "7 speed" chain.
Sep
12
comment How to wash a hydration pack (not resevoir)?
I put my pannier (without frame) through the washer once. What came out was sort of a Dali interpretation of a pannier.
Sep
11
comment How to wash a hydration pack (not resevoir)?
What are the care instructions included with it (and perhaps sewn into a label)?
Sep
11
comment SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment
Have you checked the wear on the chain?
Sep
11
comment Roadmaster Chromium Edition rear wheel falls off
The "dropout" is the slot in which the axle fits.
Sep
10
comment What to look for in a Messenger Bag
I'd look for money, or at least a candy bar.
Sep
10
comment SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment
Also note that throwing off the high ring is sometimes symptomatic of "chain suck" from a worn ring or cluster.
Sep
10
comment SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment
Note that the entire derailer can be twisted on the downtube. I find that generally it works best if the "tail" is twisted very slightly inward, but being perfectly parallel with the bike is the "canonical" orientation. (It's "normal" for the two plates to not be perfectly straight but to have little bends and twists in them, but I've never studied the pattern up close to know if your description fits.) It kinda sounds like your high limit simply needs adjusting, though.
Sep
10
comment Roadmaster Chromium Edition rear wheel falls off
There should be ribbed washers on the inside the dropouts, with the ribs facing outward to grip the surface of the dropout (in addition to the nuts which should have a ribbed surface facing the dropout). If these are missing or seem "wimpy" see if a bike shop can supply something better.
Sep
10
comment What's a good, reliable mountain bike drivetrain (1x10?)
My understanding is that there are some "knock-offs" of the Rohloff that are pretty good, and much cheaper.
Sep
10
comment What's a good, reliable mountain bike drivetrain (1x10?)
Not an off-road biker, but I wonder if a internal gear hub isn't worth considering, especially on a single speed conversion where the dropouts may not be suited for a derailer.