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Feb
27
comment Road bike for a 10 day trip in the Pyrenees and French rivera and other questions
I'm too lazy to do that. You have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen.
Feb
27
comment Road bike for a 10 day trip in the Pyrenees and French rivera and other questions
This overweight 63-year-old with post-polio can still manage 100K a day on reasonably flat ground. 30-ish guys in decent health should have no problem doing 50-60K if the hills aren't terrible. (Ideal would be a light touring bike, but any road bike that can take a sturdy rack should do fine. Don't worry that much about how much the bike weighs - the difference between fancy and "just decent" will be under 5 kilos.)
Feb
27
comment Leak only inside the tire
Just out of curiosity, when it popped, where was the hole?
Feb
27
answered getting in and out of shape
Feb
26
comment New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?
5000 miles is about what you can expect from a cassette -- maybe more, maybe less. (And 2000 miles is about what you should expect from a chain.)
Feb
26
comment Leak only inside the tire
But my guess would be a defect near the stem that is somehow opened up by placing it on the rim.
Feb
26
comment Leak only inside the tire
15 PSI is hardly inflated. Did you try inflating it to a higher pressure while in the tire?
Feb
26
comment How can I charge my phone while cycling?
I think I'd first look for a solar charger, and attach it to a rear rack. Would only consider a dynamo charger if I already had the dynamo.
Feb
26
comment Can I flip my worn chain to extend it's life?
(Keep in mind that when the chain is in use the front sprocket is bearing on the opposite side of the pins than the rear sprocket. The wear is about as symmetrical as can possibly be imagined.)
Feb
26
comment Can I flip my worn chain to extend it's life?
No. As others have said, the main "wear" that a chain experiences is in the plate joints, resulting in "chain stretch" that will be identical either direction. And when you use, eg, a chain stretch gauge you're inherently measuring both sides.
Feb
26
comment Why does my rear derailleur keep breaking?
You sure the derailer's not getting into the spokes? Do you have a spoke guard?
Feb
25
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Feb
25
comment Front Fork Bent After Crash
@Kibbee - Yep, the standard spoked bike wheel is remarkably strong.
Feb
25
comment Front Fork Bent After Crash
I don't see the point in using a lathe. You would want to pad the post when you put it in a vise, though.
Feb
24
answered Ladies Western Flyer
Feb
24
comment Can you put disc brakes on road forks originally intended for calipers?
Even though I'm no great fan of disks, "Tyler's" story is an example of foolishness -- you should never ride your brakes on a long downhill. Not in a car, not on a bike.
Feb
24
comment Front Fork Bent After Crash
I knew a guy who ran into a parked car (in broad daylight!) and similarly bent his fork. The tire didn't quite touch the downtube (a few mm clearance). He rode it like that for months -- dunno what he eventually did.
Feb
24
comment Convert fixed gear to coaster bike
And it's wise to consider whether the frame is built to withstand the forces involved. Generally the arm is fixed to the chainstay, but a violent stop could rip loose a lightly-fastened chainstay. Not as big a problem as putting disks on a front fork not designed for disks, but the same basic concern.
Feb
24
comment Can you put disc brakes on road forks originally intended for calipers?
@trailmax - With difficulty. People have done it (especially in olden days when disk brakes were only available as a DIY project). Either you devise a clamp (there may be some on the market) or you weld tabs to the fork.
Feb
23
comment Thinking of getting a new chainset
I've never had that much trouble with square taper. The only real problem is assuring that they're tight.