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Aug
26
comment Difference between wet and dry chain lube
It needs to be emphasized that there are "intermediate" lubes that fall in the middle between "wet" and "dry". Read the descriptions at the bike shop and pick what sounds best for you.
Aug
25
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Aug
25
answered How do I re-insert a chain pin that has been pushed completely out?
Aug
24
comment Is it best to put oil on the inner or outer of the chain?
You should apply enough oil that it doesn't matter. Then wipe off the excess. (There's no practical way to be precise -- you don't put a drop of oil on each link, you drizzle the oil on while turning the crank.)
Aug
24
comment Bike rear wheel assembly
Yes, you must sort the longs and the shorts.
Aug
23
comment What are the downsides of a twisted wheel?
@rumtscho - Yes, it's no great shame to use the services of a bike shop. Even if you know how to do it, they probably can do it better and faster.
Aug
22
comment Risks/problems of a short chain
Yep, when sizing the new chain from the old you must count links rather than just matching length. I hang them side-by-side on a piece of wire and sort of match up the links.
Aug
22
revised Which public transport networks allow you to transport a bike?
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Aug
22
comment Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?
The narrower the road (provided it's still nominally 2-lane), the more it's necessary to "claim your lane" in some circumstances.
Aug
22
comment Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?
One minor point: When doing this be cognizant of the traffic behind you and make every effort to give drivers a chance to pass, when it's safe to do so, even if it's inconvenient (but not unsafe) for you. That's just common courtesy.
Aug
22
comment Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?
I say "claim your lane" (while observing the caveat @Mσᶎ mentions). It's for both their safety and yours. When they get alongside you and suddenly see an oncoming car, they'll swerve into you to avoid it.
Aug
21
comment Do rubber bike pedals or rubber pedal covers exist?
For that matter, a plain old sock would probably work quite well, installed just before needed.
Aug
21
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Aug
21
comment What's the best way to quickly align front quick release wheel?
Yep, for a normal bike, if the axle is all the way into the dropouts, the wheel should be aligned. If it's not then the brakes need adjustment or, possibly, the fork is bent. (In your case it may be simply that the brake pivots and cable need lubrication.)
Aug
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
19
comment 29" freewheel ruined (slipping)
I wonder if it's a chain length problem.
Aug
19
comment Tire popping out of rim when inflating tube
It's possible that the rims are worn out to the point that the rim is spreading under pressure (especially likely with older non-box rims). It's also possible that the rim is simply too wide for the tire.
Aug
19
comment How to lubricate cables?
Spray lube is the way I (and several good bike mechanics I know) go, but there are better lubes than WD40. You generally want something with Teflon.
Aug
18
comment Why won't tires go on my Velocity A23 rims?
Two minor points: 1) It always takes at least twice as long in the hot sun. 2) Get a Quik Stik.
Aug
18
answered Use a lock nut on a presta valve?