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Old, tired, crazy.


Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
My guess is that some men are offended by a woman cycling, especially if she's not doing it in a "ladylike" manner.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
(But you might ask a cyclist friend to sort of "check" you and how you're handling that stretch of road. It sounds like you're doing it right, but another pair of eyes might see something you could do differently.)
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
About 30 years ago I came to the realization that one can be irritated by idiot drivers or amused by them. Granted, when the driver is effectively threatening you, it's harder to be amused, but to the extent you can it makes life a lot less stressful.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
Yeah, bullying, plain and simple. Not much you can do about it, though, unless you can somehow document it and take the info to the police.
Aug
14
comment How to measure chainring / cog wear?
@headeronly - I have doubts whether that could work, given the natural irregularities in the average tire, uneven mounting, out-of-round rims, etc. It might work to dismount the tire and gauge it's thickness, but that's a lot of work when you can get the same info by partially deflating the tire and seeing how soft it is in the middle.
Aug
14
comment How to measure chainring / cog wear?
Generally you're going to need 2-3 changes of the rear cluster before the rings need changing, and then likely only one or two rings need changing.
Aug
12
comment What is this brown goop on my new bike frame?
What material is the frame made from? (My guess is that the stuff is brazing/welding flux, from assembling the dropout to the frame. It likely oozed out of the vent hole.)
Aug
12
comment 90 mile round trip work commute
Go for it!! I used to commute and take a "short cut" of about 30 miles in the AM, then 12 miles home. And I'm "crippled" with polio. (But don't do this every day to start out -- give yourself at least 2 days to recover, until you get used to it.)
Aug
11
comment Hub rebuild - cone dust cap conflict, hub integrated vs pressed on cone?
I'm guessing that the bearings failed first and caused the axle failure.
Aug
11
comment Hub rebuild - cone dust cap conflict, hub integrated vs pressed on cone?
(See this thread: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/16584/…)
Aug
11
comment Hub rebuild - cone dust cap conflict, hub integrated vs pressed on cone?
This sounds somewhat similar to the problem I had last year, where the front hub started making swish-swish sounds. Replaced bearings, cone, and axle, and it began doing it again within an hour's ride. The original axle showed signs of stress (distorted threads), apparently due to the cone and lock nut being tightened against each other by the motion of the wheel and a dragging bearing. Finally had to get a new wheel. (IOW, keep an eye on the hub after you put it back together.)
Aug
11
comment Hub rebuild - cone dust cap conflict, hub integrated vs pressed on cone?
Note that you should be able to reuse the old cones, unless they were damaged when the axle broke. (And also note that there is some danger that the hub was bent or the races were scored when the axle broke.)
Aug
11
comment Hub rebuild - cone dust cap conflict, hub integrated vs pressed on cone?
If the cone is the correct diameter to mate with the hub's dust cover then you can probably get away with removing the cone's cover. There is a danger, however, that the cone is simply the wrong one to use with that hub, due to a different bearing circle diameter.
Aug
10
comment Loose pedal bent under pressure
Stupid question: Is is possible that the crank arm is bent, due, perhaps, to dropping the bike on the pedal? Or perhaps due to climbing a steep hill with a fixie when the pedals or cranks were not up to that much force?
Aug
10
comment Loose pedal bent under pressure
I definitely WOULD NOT reinstall that pedal. Not unless the threads were proven to be perfect on very close inspection.
Aug
10
comment Can I use a 6mm threaded bolt instead of a bleed valve for hydraulic brakes?
If I found a bolt that seemed to fit pretty well I'd consider getting an O ring that fit snugly in the hole, insert that, then the bolt. Depending on the geometry of the hole that might or might not work.
Aug
10
comment Can I use a 6mm threaded bolt instead of a bleed valve for hydraulic brakes?
@moshbear - Except that the threads of a standard bolt are not tapered, like the threads of a pipe are. And you risk getting fragments of the tape in the fluid, where they could easily cause a braking failure.
Aug
9
answered Why front hub axle sticks/freezes when riding extreme downhill
Aug
9
comment How to remove completely stuck saddle post from frame
(I upvoted you, in anticipation of seeing your "answer" edited into the question.)
Aug
9
comment Loose pedal bent under pressure
It seems a bit odd that you can't get the pedal OFF. Are you sure you're turning it in the right direction? The left pedal threads backwards, remember.