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Old, tired, crazy.


Sep
6
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
But "That was gnarly, Dude!" would be saying that "that" was extra-good in some circles.
Sep
6
comment What tricks do you use to avoid damaging cables when adjusting the gears?
@Javier -- What do you mean by "glue"?
Sep
5
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
My first "real" bike was a hair too large, and I wish it had been smaller.
Sep
4
comment Saddle bag for food container
Yeah, I'd prefer the rear rack (either post mount or frame mount) to the front bag, since the front bag is hard to mount securely and will bounce around. And I've commuted for decades with a single pannier and never found it to be a problem, though the rack-top "trunk" bag is a reasonable option as well.
Sep
4
comment Is it legal to pass a car on the right when that car is turning?
Whether it's legal or not, it's stupid. I do pass cars on the right at intersections, but only after establishing with reasonable certainty that they are not going to turn right (and keeping in mind that "Minnesota" is an old Indian word for "turn signals optional").
Sep
4
answered Is it possible to repair a dent on an aluminium frame?
Sep
3
comment Experience with surfboard bike rack (or cart)
And actually, rather than a BOB style trailer (which attaches low and requires a pivot arm of some sort to clear the wheel), maybe better would be to have a conventional rack on the back of the bike, then have one end of the board attach to the top rear of the rack like a "5th wheel trailer" on a pickup truck. Basically, you strap an overgrown skateboard to one end of the board, hook the other end of the board to the top rear of the rack somehow, and go.
Sep
3
comment Experience with surfboard bike rack (or cart)
I see no reason why the surfboard couldn't be the structural element. You could also have, eg, a piece of relatively lightweight pipe (eg, 3/4" EMT electrical conduit) connecting the two ends, just so you didn't have to rely on straps so much to hold things together, but the pipe would not carry any real weight.
Sep
3
comment Correct riding position on a road bike
(And it's generally better to have a bike a bit too small rather than a bit too large, so long as your back isn't being forced into a hump, and you can raise the seat high enough.)
Sep
3
comment Correct riding position on a road bike
There ain't nothin' "natural" about riding a road bike. It's a question of how much stress your body can stand, and how comfortable you want to be vs being "competitive". A shorter "reach" is generally more comfortable but less "competitive". You can adjust the "reach" within a few cm by changing stems, though doing so also changes stability.
Sep
3
comment What can cause vibration and noise from the chain?
My money is on misadjusted derailers.
Sep
3
comment What can cause vibration and noise from the chain?
@JackM. But he replaced the chain 50KM before replacing the cogs. Not nearly enough time for the chain to "take a set".
Sep
3
comment Do Shimano Nexus hubs lose efficiency as they get older?
If the hub is becoming less efficient it will get hot. If energy is being lost it must go somewhere, and that somewhere is heat.
Sep
2
comment Putting wider wheels on a hybrid bike
Generally you can install wider tires, up to a point. The main limiting factor is whether the brake arms will rub the sides of the wider tires, and this is mostly an issue with "V-brakes" (which are the most common style these days). Replacing the entire wheel (or just the rim) is generally unnecessary unless you go to a much wider tire.
Sep
2
answered What can cause vibration and noise from the chain?
Sep
2
answered What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes?
Sep
2
revised What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes?
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Sep
2
comment How do I install a bike seat clamp properly?
(It should be noted that seat posts and seat tubes come in several different diameters. Though most clamps are made from fairly flexible metal they will only adapt through a small range of sizes, so there's no guarantee that a randomly chosen clamp will work on a particular bike.)
Sep
1
comment Which foot to put forward when coasting or track-standing?
@anatolyg -- Also consider the possibility that your "style" of accelerating may be dictated by your choice of foot positions, and if you change positions you might find a way to accelerate more on that first 1/4 revolution.
Sep
1
comment Which foot to put forward when coasting or track-standing?
@anatolyg -- It's going to depend on whether you're starting or already moving, and, if moving, what gear you're in relative to your speed.