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Aug
27
comment Rear wheel constant bump
When you feel a "bump" that usually means that there is a bump in the tire. Spin the wheel and watch one spot from the side, in a location where you can "sight" against a bit of the frame so your eyes have a reference point. Look for a bulge in the tire.
Aug
27
comment Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts
Yes, fenders will reduce the amount of water hitting your feet by about a factor of 4.
Aug
27
comment When should I replace the brake cable?
It's in no imminent danger of failure, but the damaged spot will wear faster. Bears watching but no need to replace immediately.
Aug
26
comment schwinn men's trailway 28inch/700c
Why do you need a wheel, and which to you need, front or rear? Other than the screwy spoke pattern (which you need not match), a 700c front wheel is a 700c front wheel, with the only size issue being the rim width (which need not be exactly "right"). For the rear you also have to have the axle length appropriate to the number of speeds.
Aug
26
comment Clipless Pedals Brand Identification
Note that the platform/clipless combo you have there can create problems with some shoes when the lugs of the shoes catch on the platform. (Also note that you're missing a part on the left pedal in the picture.)
Aug
26
comment What should I look for in a new front wheel for my heavy body?
(One very good source for wheels is Peter White. He worked with me when I needed to replace my front wheel, and I was very satisfied with both the quality and reasonable price of his work.)
Aug
26
comment What should I look for in a new front wheel for my heavy body?
What "broke"?? The width of the rim has very little to do with its strength. Most important is the number, type, and lacing of the spokes. (Looking at the picture of your bike, it appears to have a screwy lacing pattern that makes one wonder if it's more for "cool" than for strength.)
Aug
26
comment Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts
I have, in the (somewhat distant) past, used neoprene shoe covers (with a rise about 6-7" from the base of the foot to the top) over canvas shoes. Mostly this was in cold weather where the intent was to keep the feet warm, so I don't recall a lot of details about how dry things stayed, but my vague recollection is that they worked to at least a degree. Note that the covers need to rise above the tops of your socks to be effective.
Aug
26
comment Clipless Pedals Brand Identification
It seems to me that whether they use a spring or rubber block they should still release the same way. I suspect that most problems with releasing on SPDs are due to not having the shoe cleats aligned properly or simply not having them screwed on tight enough.
Aug
25
comment Lower tire pressure on wider rims?
To answer your basic question, rim width is only weakly associated with the "optimal" tire pressure.
Aug
25
comment Lower tire pressure on wider rims?
Of course, Opie is probably measuring the outside width of the rims, when the "standard" measurement is of the inside width. The difference would be on the order of 5 mm.
Aug
25
comment How do I calculate calories burnt using my bicycle's weight?
The simplest approach is to add the "extra" weight on the bike to your claimed body weight.
Aug
25
comment How to route shifter cables along frame to a Rohloff external gear mech?
Study cable arrangements on similar frames.
Aug
25
comment Pedal-powered head/tail lights
Frankly, dynamo-powered lights are more trouble than they're worth anymore. There are good rechargeable LED lights that are more reliable and less of a hassle to deal with.
Aug
24
comment When riding with a single pannier, does it matter which side it's on?
When there's a rack on the bike, any taillight should be mounted on the rear of the rack, or some other surface that's that far to the rear. Under the seat is not sufficient.
Aug
24
comment What is the middleground between permatube and normal tubes?
@MikeBaranczak - A Kevlar bead also makes the tire very difficult to mount. The half ounce or so weight savings is not worth it.
Aug
24
comment What is the middleground between permatube and normal tubes?
Kevlar bead is not the same as a Kevlar belt. Kevlar bead is for a "folding" tire, which you really only want if you carry a spare tire in your fanny pack.
Aug
24
comment What is the middleground between permatube and normal tubes?
I prefer the Forte Kevlar-belted tires, though the Schwalbe tires ("Gatorskin" brand, I believe) are quite popular. I feel the Forte tires are lighter and more flexible since they use the Kevlar fabric belt instead of a thick plastic one.
Aug
24
answered Minimum tire pressure for 20 mph (32 kph) turn
Aug
24
comment Pedal-powered head/tail lights
"Pedal-powered" (dynamo-powered) lights get kind of technical -- one would need to buy a system based on specific criteria for the bicycle and rider. Probably not the sort of thing to get as a gift unless you're familiar with the technical issues.