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Apr
11
comment Repurpose old android phone (without cell phone plan) as cycle computer with GPS tracking?
Certainly you can do it. But note that the map functions on phones generally rely on being able to dynamically download new maps, something you will not be able to do. I have no idea what the relative accuracy is.
Apr
11
answered Smartphone mounted on handlebar: Will vibrations during cycling damage it?
Apr
10
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
@YesIuseMUMPS - It's a mnemonic to me -- I can remember how precession works and figure it out. Any other "rule" is harder to remember.
Apr
10
comment Looking for the right bike
The thing is, you need to put in a few hours on a bike to know what it's all about. That's more than you'll get just "testing", in most cases.
Apr
10
comment Complete beginner's question: inner tube too big?
@BernardSoubry - Not necessarily snug, but no significant slack. Different tubes respond differently to being inflated -- some immediately get "longer" while others will at first "shrink" as they "fatten up" a bit.
Apr
10
answered Complete beginner's question: inner tube too big?
Apr
10
comment greasing closed bearings on the outside
(Though on earlier cartridges the gasket was fairly flexible neoprene. Newer ones no doubt use a stiffer plastic.)
Apr
10
comment greasing closed bearings on the outside
@mattnz - I agree, which is one of several reasons for the skepticism.
Apr
10
comment Looking for the right bike
Again, even if he's looking for a brand-new bike, it's dumb to go out and buy a bike when you don't have enough saddle time to know, at least generally, what will suit you. Better to ride a used/borrowed bike for a few months to get a feel for things.
Apr
10
answered greasing closed bearings on the outside
Apr
10
comment Looking for the right bike
50 miles is "long"?
Apr
10
answered Sun protective clothing interfering with bike mirror
Apr
10
comment How can I determine whether rust has made my bike unsafe?
The bike is fine. A classical steel bike frame has to get REALLY rusty before there's any danger of frame failure. Even then, catastrophic failure is rare -- you'll almost always notice some rather severe flex in a joint or such before it goes. The creaking you hear is probably the bars in the clamp or some such.
Apr
9
comment What does the label on a tire mean?
Also note that if your bike came with tires of that width, you can generally go about 3mm wider or narrower (vs the "40" or "38" number) without problems (though if you go too much wider the tires may rub).
Apr
9
comment What does the label on a tire mean?
Note that a "700" tire is a standard European "road" tire. If you go into a bike store and ask for a "seven hundred, thirtyeight" the sales clerk (if not a total dunce) will know exactly what you mean. If you ask for a "forty, six twentytwo" they might have to check the labels.
Apr
9
comment What does the label on a tire mean?
One needs to beware that there are two different, incompatible inch sizing schemes. A width expressed in fractions (1 1/2") is not the same width OR DIAMETER as one expressed in decimal (1.5"). Sheldon Brown had some info on this.
Apr
9
comment Looking for the right bike
Borrow a bike, or buy a cheap used one at the Goodwill or Salvation Army or a yard sale. Ride it. That's really the only way to learn what works for you.
Apr
8
comment Rear internal hub won't shift gears
Yeah, likely the cable needs to be adjusted. On those bikes there's actually a mark in the pin or whatever that goes in the end of the axle. (I don't recall the exact arrangement.) You put the shifter in second gear and then tighten/loosen the cable until the mark on the pin lines up with a corresponding mark on the barrel surrounding the pin. (Again, this is vague recollection, but it will make sense when you look.)
Apr
8
comment How hard is a category 2 climb?
You probably do need to find someplace locally where you can do a substantial climb for a quarter/half mile or so, a couple of times a week. Riding a stationary is good but nowhere like the real thing.
Apr
8
comment How hard is a category 2 climb?
Note that "average" grade often isn't as important as the steepest grade. You can get an average of 5.5% with a combo of 1% and 15%.