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Old, tired, crazy.


Mar
25
answered Kickstands and mountain bikes
Mar
25
comment Cutting down cartridge bottom bracket left cup
So you're saying that the left-side cup doesn't go in far enough to firmly contact the cartridge, and by cutting off some threads you feel that you can achieve this firm contact? In that case cutting off the threads as you describe may be an effective fix. I guess I'd try using a very fine-toothed hacksaw, trying hard to not chew up the edge of the BB housing too badly in the process. "Chase" the threads afterwards with a small triangle file.
Mar
24
comment Why do I have to keep changing positions?
I suspect that the bar is too low on probably 80% of the adult bikes in the US, which is one big reason why so many bikes are just gathering dust in the garage.
Mar
24
comment Why does the glue in a puncture repair kit dry up so quickly?
Of course, I haven't had a puncture in probably 10 years. Kevlar belted tires are the way to go!
Mar
24
comment Reduce Resale Value to Avoid Theft? (Uglify)
First thing to do is to just get it plenty dirty.
Mar
24
comment Why does the glue in a puncture repair kit dry up so quickly?
In my experience, if you cap the glue tightly it will last a couple of months. And I suppose the manufacturers could address your gripe by only putting 2 patches in the kit -- count your blessings.
Mar
24
answered Calluses on palms/Pressure on hands - what to do?
Mar
24
comment Calluses on palms/Pressure on hands - what to do?
And definitely changing setup changes the pressure on your hands, but it's a delicate balance between the various factors that determine "proper setup", and, contrary to what many will say, there is no "ideal" setup that optimizes everything.
Mar
24
comment Calluses on palms/Pressure on hands - what to do?
The main thing, on drops, is to change your hand position frequently. On the horizontal a few minutes, then on the hoods, then on the drops, maybe some time spent with your hands on the "elbows" coming off the horizontal, etc. This is the main advantage of drops -- multiple hand positions. The aero position is a bonus.
Mar
24
revised Rim tape doesn't quite meet, but covers all spoke holes - OK?
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Mar
24
comment Is my valve faulty?
The simple fix (if it's not a hole in the tube) is to install a valve cap, preferably a metal one with a gasket inside. Probably available at an auto parts place.
Mar
24
comment Is my valve faulty?
The actual core tool is the little forked thing on the upper right. Some metal valve caps come with this tool on them -- probably a little hard to find anymore, but should be still available. They're handy to have on the road to tighten cores (if you have Schraeder valves) and to let you quickly deflate a tube.
Mar
24
answered What should I use to wash cycling clothes?
Mar
23
comment How long should a bike last before the wheels wobble?
Well, I know that rims from the factory aren't that round. There's almost always a flat spot at the joint.
Mar
23
comment How long should a bike last before the wheels wobble?
A loose cone won't cause the brakes to rub (unless you intentionally apply pressure to the side of the wheel). And if you did need them, cone wrenches are cheap. You can rig a workable truing stand with an old bike fork and some wood blocks, or even use the existing bike, upside-down. You won't get perfect results that would please Zen that way, but it'll get you through in a pinch. The important thing is to have a GOOD spoke wrench of the right size, and carefully work the nipples free if they're frozen -- don't round them over!
Mar
23
comment How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?
The weight of the bike really makes very little difference, except on a significant climb. The reason roadies like light bikes is more for bragging rights than actual function.
Mar
23
comment How long should a bike last before the wheels wobble?
Yeah, right. I've never had a bike with spoke tension balanced anywhere near that close, and have never had a rim collapse.
Mar
23
comment Competing against a 10 Speed Bike with 7 Speed bike?
You can't beat physics. You're at your most efficient somewhere between 80 and 90 cadence, and even the best cyclists top out around 110. The human body simply can't pedal any faster (and still put out much energy). A slightly larger front ring or slightly smaller rear cog will give you more "top end". (Too much on the rear and the existing derailer won't handle it, but you can likely go 1-2 teeth.)
Mar
23
comment Competing against a 10 Speed Bike with 7 Speed bike?
Stupid question: When you're racing this guy are in your biggest gear? If so, and you're cadence is over 85/90 then you likely need a larger gear, either with a new bike or by exchanging cogs.
Mar
23
comment Why do I have to keep changing positions?
Consider that your physical condition changes from day to day, and that will affect how much you can contort your body. Rather than attempting to find the "perfect" settings, why not just observe what appears "optimal" over a period of weeks and then pick a "happy medium"?