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Jan
17
comment Is there a way to remove the dent/bend?
Unfortunately, the downtube is about the worst in this regard, because it's difficult to fish anything effective in there. The frame block approach is worth a shot, I suppose. The fact that the tube is "ovalized" a bit should not really be a problem if you squish it from the right direction. Or just let it be. I've seen folks riding bikes where the downtube was rusted completely in two.
Jan
17
comment Linseed oil application to the inside of a steel frame
Certainly it's a good idea to do something, especially in the bottom-bracket area. One needs to be a little careful with linseed oil, though, due to the spontaneous combustion hazard of discarded rags, etc, with linseed oil on them.
Jan
17
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Jan
16
comment Problem with inside of shoe clipping crank arm
Regardless of the "reason", the only fix (short of tossing shoes, pedals, or cranks) is to adjust the plates. Don't simply angle them so that your heels can't twist inward, but move the plates (via the slotted holes) horizontally all the way to the inside edges.
Jan
15
comment Best bike with foot brake
And I also see several complete bikes with 3-speeds, such as jbikes.com/…
Jan
15
comment Best bike with foot brake
OK, if you Google "multi speed coaster brake hub" you will get several hits. They appear to be mostly 3-speed units, though I see reference to a Shimano 7-speed unit.
Jan
15
comment Best bike with foot brake
Generally, for a "foot brake", you're limited to single-speed "coaster brake" bikes (though there may be an oddball solution out there somewhere). You could probably kluge something up on a tricycle, using two hubs on a single axle, but it would be (more) difficult on a 2-wheeler.
Jan
15
comment Why aren't Tour de France riders going any faster?
There are these buttons on either side of your keyboard. They're labeled "Shift". Try using them occasionally.
Jan
14
comment How long does it take to be ready for a multi day ride as a newbie?
(But note that I'm not recommending this approach, just saying that if you're young and healthy you can survive a lot.)
Jan
14
comment How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?
It should be noted that several wheel builders claim that this sort of problem can be due to using the DT spokes that are designed to simplify automated wheel building. This is because those spokes have a sweeping bend at the hub end, and this "sweep" tends to stretch out over time.
Jan
14
comment How long does it take to be ready for a multi day ride as a newbie?
About 30 years ago I went on a week-long "loaded" tour with about 200 other cyclists. I was in fairly decent shape for it and no trouble, but there were a number of folks who had honestly never ridden more than about 25 miles in a day, and most of our days were about 80 miles (one over 100). There were probably a handful who dropped out but I didn't hear of them, and vast majority made it just fine. There were definitely some sore butts after the first couple of days, however.
Jan
13
comment How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?
One can abuse a wheel sufficiently to cause significant out-of-true, even if the wheel is perfectly built to begin with. But if this happens a lot it suggests that the wheel is too lightly build for the conditions it's being subjected to.
Jan
12
comment Uphills and downhills vs a flat
In terms of total energy expenditure the flat course is more "efficient". However, the human body is not always most efficient when running at a fixed pace, but benefits (if only in terms of less boredom) from a little variation. As to the wind, my experience is that the only time you ever have a tailwind is when climbing a steep hill on a warm day.
Jan
12
comment How important is centring dual-pivot brakes?
All styles of brakes are fussy in this regard, even seemingly "balanced" ones like center-pull cantilevers. If one pad contacts slightly ahead of the other it makes little difference (other than a miniscule amount of unbalanced wear) since the other pad is then pulled in before any real force is applied. You mainly want to assure that the pads don't drag while riding.
Jan
10
comment Which winter road cycling shoes are rated for sub-15° F weather?
@mattsolar - The toe warmers are little paper packets -- quite thin. Generally you place them in the toes of your shoes, so your toes will be on top of them (with socks in between) when you put your feet in the shoes. They do consume a little space, so not comfortable if your shoes are already a hair tight up there, but rarely a problem otherwise.
Jan
10
comment How to prevent shifting issues due to derailleur or cables freezing in cold weather
The only cold weather shifting problem I've ever had is from the lube in the shifter gelling up when it gets cold, causing it to not "ratchet". This appears to be a particular problem with Shimano brifters. (However, one does assume that your derailers are clean and well-lubed -- not gunked up.)
Jan
10
comment Removing key from kryptonite lock
Probably the bar is not all the way shoved into the lock, but a decent lock shouldn't do this. (However, from what I can tell, no one has produced a decent bike lock in about 15 years.)
Jan
10
answered Which winter road cycling shoes are rated for sub-15° F weather?
Jan
10
comment SRAM Rival brake caliper screws/bolts are rusty, how to replace?
You can make a solution of oxalic acid (from a paint store) and soak the bolt in that, to remove rust.
Jan
8
comment Is it possible to service Specialized Brain suspension systems at home?
If you decide to do it yourself, be sure to post the video on YouTube. I'm sure "DIY Brain Surgery" will get plenty of hits!