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Jul
22
comment Any experience with spokes breaking on new Trek 720 touring bike
I can't imagine putting a 24-spoke wheel on a "touring" bike. But breaking spokes that soon suggests that the wheel was incorrectly built or built with bad spokes (which seems to be happening more and more of late).
Jul
22
comment Repaint over a pink bike
(But if you look around, used bikes are often available quite cheaply, or sometimes for given away for free, out of a neighbor's shed or garage where it's been collecting dust for years.)
Jul
22
comment Repaint over a pink bike
What Blam said -- you need to "rough it up" a bit with sandpaper (I'd use something a hair coarser than 600 grit), then repaint either with a brush or with spray paint. Or you can go to an auto parts place and buy a "primer", instead of sanding. In either case, be sure to wash the bike first, and use up most of a roll of masking tape, masking off the stuff that should not be painted.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
My worst injury ever was from slipping on the ice while walking out to get the mail.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
@Willeke - I wasn't commenting on whether or not to wear a helmet, but rather the benefits of cycling.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
LAW did an analysis maybe 25 years ago, and they found that the health benefits of cycling (in terms of increased longevity) offset the risks from bike accidents by about a factor of two when you don't wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet, in turn, reduces the accident risks by about a factor of two. So, if you wear a helmet you can figure that the benefits are about 4 times the accident risk you worry about.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
It is actually fairly easy to damage your knees, if you are susceptible and you use the wrong technique. Mostly, having the seat too low and pedaling at too low a cadence can cause injury. With proper technique it should not occur.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
Yes, due to polio I have difficulty walking a half mile, but can, with relative ease, cycle 20-40 miles.
Jul
22
comment How to climb a hill as a beginner
It should be noted that you should not work your legs to exhaustion every day, but should provide a day or two between difficult rides to allow your muscles to recover and build up more strength/endurance.
Jul
21
comment Where do you leave your bike on cafe stops and water breaks?
See bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/19048/…
Jul
21
comment Where do you leave your bike on cafe stops and water breaks?
See bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/12428/…
Jul
21
comment Where do you leave your bike on cafe stops and water breaks?
See bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/937/…
Jul
21
comment Where do you leave your bike on cafe stops and water breaks?
This depends on where you are. In many parts of the world you can safely leave your bike unlocked. In other parts of the world it will be stolen as soon as you turn around. Some places a lightweight cable lock is more than sufficient to discourage potential thieves, while in other places a heavy chain is not sufficient.
Jul
21
comment Hoods for 1993 Camapaganolo Chorus levers
If the existing hoods have not totally disintegrated, there is a product known as liquid tape that works fairly well to repair rubber parts of this sort. (You would of course want to keep the gunk out of the mechanism, and it needs at least 24 hours to fully set.)
Jul
21
comment How to climb a hill as a beginner
A 5% hill is not trivial, and if it averages 5% there are probably spots where it gets up to 8% or so. (It would help to know more about your bike -- does it have low enough gears to allow you to "spin" up the hill at a decent cadence, or do you have to "grind" slowly? Are you using your lowest gear for the worst part?)
Jul
21
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Jul
21
comment What is the difference between a horizontal top tube and a sloped one?
Of course the omit the "minor detail" that you need a longer seatpost, and since this seatpost is longer and must be stiffer (due to its length) it's heavier.
Jul
21
reviewed Approve What model/year is this bike?
Jul
20
comment How to deal with motorist's road rage (after prevention has failed)
And you can probably make something that looks like a camera for even less.
Jul
20
comment What model/year is this bike?
Probably late 90s.