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Nov
10
comment Replacing 14“ x 1.95” With 14“ x 2.125”?
@Blam - You sure have a bug up your rear. It was appropriate to caution the OP that tire sizing is confusing.
Nov
9
comment Puddle of oil when left up side down
@andy256 -- Trust me, I've repaired many a tire on the side of the road. It's easy to get the wheel in and out when upside down if you know what you're doing -- much harder when it's laying on its side. (And those "rules" you reference above are a bunch of hooey.)
Nov
9
comment Replacing 14“ x 1.95” With 14“ x 2.125”?
You do need to be careful about the wonderful tire sizing system. Your "14 inch" wheel, if you're measuring the actual rim diameter, is probably an 18 inch wheel. And, eg, a 2.125 inch tire is not the same as a 2-1/8 inch tire. To be sure, look for an ISO designation on the tire, such as 355-50.
Nov
9
comment Puddle of oil when left up side down
@Carel - Sorry, but I disagree. When you have to fix a tire on the road turning the bike upside down is the best way to handle it. Unfortunately, most newer bikes have cables arcing up off the handlebar, so this is not possible on newer bikes, making on-the-road repairs much more difficult. And, of course, hydraulic brakes also make it a problem.
Nov
9
comment Will slightly loose bearings result in damage?
A little loose will not cause damage, though it may cause handling to be less than perfect. Generally with hubs, though, you want them just a hair tight (after skewers are tightened, if you use skewers). This is known as "pre-load", and it compensates slightly for the fact that placing weight on the wheel spreads the cones apart.
Nov
9
comment Install hub dynamo on new cyclocross
You should be able to find the pre-built wheel somewhere, if you're not real particular about the specific dynamo and the rim used. Though disk is probably a little harder to find. Building a wheel is certainly doable, but use a good book for a reference, and take your time.
Nov
9
comment How to build a Camping trailer, and riding across country with it
Do you want a trailer that opens into a tent, or simply a trailer that will let you haul your camping gear? A few folks have built built the former, but it's more of a gimmick than practical. But there are many different styles of practical bike trailers that can be used for camping gear.
Nov
8
comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of press fit bottom brackets compared with threaded?
1) It's cool. 2) It's cheaper to manufacture. 3) It's harder to maintain so you'll buy a new bike sooner.
Nov
8
comment Bicycling 36 km per day in city traffic is feasible?
The distance itself is no big deal. I used to do more than that in the morning, on the way to work (and even then I was not in the best of shape). The traffic is hard to evaluate. But ease into it: Starting out do it about every 3rd day, then after 2-4 weeks every other day, then you can go to every day 2-4 weeks after that.
Nov
7
comment What's the logic behind this chain length estimation method?
Yeah, a very skilled bike mechanic I know always uses the big/big plus two links approach. I always use the "same number of links as the old one" approach.
Nov
7
comment What's the logic behind this chain length estimation method?
Needs to be at least as long as #4, unless you're intentionally "shorting" it for some odd reason. (A few riders of the old school never use the big-big combination, and sometimes the derailer simply lacks enough tooth capacity.) You also don't want it to hang loose when on small-small (with the same old-school caveat). If you've got room to work with you'd probably want to "optimize" for the situation you use most often.
Nov
7
comment Why some companies stop supplying frames to pro teams?
The teams want too much money.
Nov
6
comment Will slightly slimmer seatpost make a difference?
Anyone who's read ZAMM knows that you must use beer cans!
Nov
6
comment Will slightly slimmer seatpost make a difference?
You can fudge about that much, though the results are not always the best. Sometimes people use shims, but that's not the best solution since it makes adjusting seat height difficult. (YOY are there so many different seat post diameters, so close together?)
Nov
6
revised Chain link jams after reassembling the rivet
added 95 characters in body
Nov
6
comment Tire upgrade from 22“ to 26”
Basically, a "22-inch" wheel is unheard of, so either the seller is talking about 22-inch diameter rims with 26" tires as Emyr states, or 2.2 inch wide tires as Batman states. The standard tire sizes are 20, 24, 26, 27, and 700c (28).
Nov
5
comment Should I replace both wheels/rims if I convert the front to a dynamo hub?
There is no need to replace both wheels, unless you really want them to look the same.
Nov
5
comment Alternatives to ordinary fenders
Yeah, the downtube guards are mostly to stop light rain spray, as when you go out shortly after the rain has stopped. Would do little good if you're actually riding in the rain. Even full-on fenders will not keep your feet dry then.
Nov
5
answered Chain link jams after reassembling the rivet
Nov
5
comment Alternatives to ordinary fenders
In the past there have been a variety of splash guards, such as, eg, a piece of plastic about 4" wide and 12" long that mounts on the down tube. I don't know if such is available today, though.