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Old, tired, crazy.


Jul
16
comment Can a rear derailleur be used for either a 9 speed cassette or 10 speed cassette?
Not entirely true. It's more important that the pitch of the shifter be the same. There have been 7/8 speed clusters with several different pitches over the years.
Jul
16
comment How can I clean sand off my bike chain?
Best thing for cleaning sand off a chain would be a hose. Failing that, a water bottle.
Jul
16
comment Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill
I hate tailwinds on hills because your cooling disappears.
Jul
16
comment How to properly adjust rim brakes for a touring bike?
Basically, you make sure that the pads are hitting the rim square and centered, and that the pads are an appropriate distance from the rim when not activated. Also check for "balance" -- that the left and right pads are spaced the same and contact the rim at about the same time when activated. The precise spacing depends on your levers (how much movement they provide), your preferences, and how true the rim is. (Nothing really special about touring bikes here.)
Jul
16
comment Can I damage my brakes by testing them vigorously?
Frankly, if you let a brake cable get frayed to the point that it broke, you're not paying enough attention to regular maintenance.
Jul
15
comment Can I damage my brakes by testing them vigorously?
Testing by riding and stopping suddenly of course adds wear, just like "normal" braking. So long as you don't overdo to the point of overheating the brakes, and so long as you don't get into the habit of "testing" your brakes every 30 minutes, should add negligibly to the overall wear. Testing by just squeezing while the bike is stopped adds only miniscule wear to cables and pivots, but also proves very little.
Jul
15
comment How long do brake pads last in storage?
I would guess that brake pads, still in their package and not exposed to sunlight, petroleum fumes, et al, should be good for 10 years at least. Varies a little with the composition of the pad. Tossed into a spare parts bin with old oily clusters, etc, they would be a bit more suspect.
Jul
15
comment Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill
Keep in mind that they're still often going up that hill at 20mph -- far faster than mortal humans would do in the same circumstances. Wind resistance is still a major factor.
Jul
15
comment Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
I'm grasping at physics. You're grasping at air.
Jul
15
answered How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
Jul
15
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
But there are some excellent musicians who can't even read music.
Jul
15
comment What do I do when I don't trust my LBS to repair a problem they caused?
They owe you a new axle. Then fix it yourself.
Jul
15
comment Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
Actually, we don't know what the OP's route is like. (And if weight is such an issue then disk brakes would be a negative.)
Jul
14
comment Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
Actually, weight has very little effect on the speed you can reach on the flat. Rolling resistance and air resistance are the limiting factors there.
Jul
14
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
But one musician might be good at rapid-fire trilling, a second good at sight-reading, a third good at improvising. There are all types of excellence. And there are a lot of musicians who get enjoyment from the activity even though they could not be called "excellent" at all.
Jul
14
comment Clip-on to temporarily convert Look pedal to stand-on style?
I've seen such adapters for SPDs, but not for Look.
Jul
14
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
I've never done stunts, and the only one I've ever considered was jumping up and grabbing the grille of the truck that was running a red light and barreling down on me. (It stopped within about a foot of me, thankfully.)
Jul
14
comment Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
+1 on the touring bike. Ideal for a longer commute in many cases. The only problem is that the selection is not great.
Jul
14
comment Front derailleur doesn't change from grear 1 to gear 2
And, of course, the limit screws may need adjusting.
Jul
13
comment Front derailleur doesn't change from grear 1 to gear 2
Not exactly under 500 words, but see this Sheldon Brown article. In essence, if the derailer is not too badly out of adjustment, you adjust the "barrel adjuster" -- something on the shift cable that you screw in or out to effectively lengthen or shorten the shift cable.