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May
14
comment Cord showing near bead
Something is rubbing against the tire. I had this happen with my front tire last summer when I replaced the wheel and readjusted the brakes (due to the change in rim width) and didn't get it right -- it looked OK on casual examination, but when the brakes were full on they were rubbing.
May
14
comment Bike not changing correctly between two gears
@gaoithe - And precisely how does adjusting the indexing screw "allow for chain wear"??
May
14
comment Direct Pull (V-Brake) vs. Center Pull Cantilevers (pros and cons)
@Aron - You must have missed the place in physics class where levers were explained. Arguments about perpendicular force, et al, are pure bull -- work = force x distance. Period.
May
14
comment Forearm pain during and after cycling
(Do note that persistent sharp or "electric" pain from within the muscles that lasts more than a few days is suggestive of muscle, tendon, or nerve injury, vs simple "muscle soreness", and it merits more concern. If the pain is relatively diffuse, however, then you probably are suffering from simple "overuse".)
May
14
comment Forearm pain during and after cycling
Very likely this is nothing more than underused muscles being stressed more than they're used to. The other possibilities that come to mind are carpal tunnel syndrome (though the symptoms don't quite fit) or an inherited "metabolic disorder" such as MADD. Obviously, adjusting your riding position to take strain off the forearms will likely help.
May
14
comment How to prevent spiders from making webs on my bike?
As to sprays, there is some slight chance that some sort of oil or soap solution would deter spiders, but it would also make a mess of the bike. Pesticides would be ineffective and dangerous.
May
14
comment How to prevent spiders from making webs on my bike?
Note that it's not the bike, it's where you're storing it. I've stored bikes in many different conditions and rarely had problems with spiders on them.
May
14
comment How can I stop my toes from going numb on long rides?
"Ankling" is sometimes called "toeing", and involves tilting the foot up and down (pivoting at the ankle) as you pedal. In theory you tilt your toes down as you press down, and tilt them up as you pull the foot up, so that the motion of the foot augments the pedal stroke. There are some folks that swear by this technique, and some that say that it's a bunch of hooey. (I have weak ankles from polio, so I've never been able to do it very well, and hence I have no experience to offer one way or the other.)
May
13
comment How can I stop my toes from going numb on long rides?
My guess is that you are pointing your toes down and pushing your feet into the shoes as you ride. The plate on the bottom of the shoe should be far enough back that you are riding on the ball of the foot and can comfortably ride with your foot fairly level. Also check the height of your seat -- too high or too low will contribute to improper foot orientation.
May
13
comment Difference between grease
There probably is a general machinery grease that is a better choice than automotive "disk brake" (high temperature) wheel bearing grease. But it would be hard to tell you which one.
May
13
comment Training involved to ride 175 miles in a day
Don't try to do it every day. Once you get above 80-100 you should take a day or three off between rides (though you should maybe do a 20-mile jaunt on "off" days, to keep limber).
May
13
comment Difference between grease
@Kibbee - Ideally one would use an "anti-seize compound" on seatposts and the like, but, except for exotic materials, the choice is not particularly critical -- just something that won't tend to run.
May
13
comment Difference between grease
For the amount of grease you use on a bike there's no point is being stingy. Bike grease is selected for bike service -- more water-resistant, less apt to "run", not compromised by the auto requirement to endure high bearing temperatures.
May
13
comment Is it possible to upgrade Shwinn Willy to use an internal gear hub?
No. You might do it just for the heck of it, I suppose, but you'd spend more than the bike is worth. (You can only reuse the rear wheel if the spoke count matches, and you'd have to learn how to build wheels. And you'd need to add a rear brake.)
May
13
comment Different tension on one spoke
Go to a bike shop and have them sell you the matching spoke wrench. It's a good investment.
May
13
comment Just bought 30 huffys cranbrooks for a bike rental business. WHAT PROBLEMS SHOULD I BE PREPARING FOR
The Cranbrook line appears to use old-fashioned coaster brakes. These don't really have pads in the usual sense.
May
13
answered Just bought 30 huffys cranbrooks for a bike rental business. WHAT PROBLEMS SHOULD I BE PREPARING FOR
May
12
comment Direct Pull (V-Brake) vs. Center Pull Cantilevers (pros and cons)
Utter bull. More force is lost in the V brake "noodle" than in the canti pivots, and leverage is leverage -- the manufacturer can adjust it however they please.
May
12
comment What is the max weight a standard bycycle would take?
The only real limit for a robustly built bike (not a fancy track bike, eg) is the tires and any suspension. You should look for a bike without suspension, or one where the suspension can be "locked out", plus the tires should be about 1.5" (35mm) wide (or wider).
May
12
comment to install disc brake
Probably cheaper to just buy a new bike.