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Old, tired, crazy.


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!
Jan
8
comment Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet
I would look at floor liners for vehicles, as they tend to have upturned edges that will prevent runoff. The problem is finding one (or maybe two) that is large enough. But the flooring dept at your local building center should have all sorts of carpet protectors.
Jan
7
comment New bike hubs way over-tightened?
But the loose BB sounds even more like someone was dorking with it.
Jan
7
comment New bike hubs way over-tightened?
Well, the Chinese factory is going to "calibrate" quality, since returns are expensive (and can actually cause the factory to lose their contract). But you're right that with the real cheapies they can count on the in-store doofus and the purchaser not being bright enough to notice the problem, most of the time.
Jan
7
comment New bike hubs way over-tightened?
The components most likely to be misassembled are the ones installed in the store -- the pedals, possibly some reflectors, the handlebar, etc. One wouldn't expect the factory to seriously misassemble a hub (though I'm sure it can happen), and the doofus in the store should never touch those.
Jan
7
comment What do I do if my bike won't pump with a air pump at all?
Possible if it's a "used" bike.
Jan
6
comment New bike hubs way over-tightened?
It seems plausible that the "kid" decided to work on the bike himself, and is responsible for what you're finding, or perhaps the seller himself did. The seller it may have been feigning ineptness to avoid discussing this.
Jan
6
comment Is it necessary to buy a special tool to open the chain lock
You can use needlenose pliers, or the trick described by Fred.
Jan
6
comment Is it ethical to use an abandoned bicycle in my parking garage?
The question, of course, is whether it's truly abandoned. If it is then there's no ethical issue with using it, but there's no real way to know (especially for us in a different culture). Suggestion: Air up one of the tires and see how long it takes to go flat. If you fill the tire to, say, 50 psi and it's still above 40 psi a week later then (if the tires are completely flat now) likely the bike's been sitting there for a year or so. If the tire flattens faster it may only be a month or two, and the owner could be out of town or some such.
Jan
5
comment 2mm clearance between the chainstay and the rear tire
So long as the tire doesn't rub it's fine.
Jan
5
revised What do I do if my bike won't pump with a air pump at all?
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Jan
5
comment What do I do if my bike won't pump with a air pump at all?
@W1ll1amvl - Oops! Will fix that!
Jan
4
comment Do I need to use thread locker or spoke prep when building wheels if spokes come pre-treated?
I've used spoke prep the last couple of times I built wheels, and it seemed to make things go a hair smoother. However, the spokes I used were not "pre-treated".
Jan
4
answered What do I do if my bike won't pump with a air pump at all?
Jan
4
comment Make rim braking efficient
I assume that Celsius, so it's not terribly cold, but cold enough that you may need a softer pad. If Fahrenheit then you definitely need a softer pad. I'm not familiar with the various brands, but there may be something designed for colder temps. Otherwise, check out the pads as your local brake shop to see what feels a bit softer than your current ones when you press your fingernail into it. (You don't want terribly soft since that will be "grabby".)
Jan
4
comment What year and model is this Schwinn Girls Banana seat bike?
It's a pretty generic bike, and nothing much to "date" it. You'd have go find a Schwinn fan site somewhere that catalogs them to identify it.
Jan
4
comment Make rim braking efficient
Likely your pads are getting harder. And they were perhaps too hard to begin with.
Jan
4
comment Any idea what this franken bike is?
It's a lugged frame, almost certainly steel, placing it prior to about 1990 or so. The crank is cottered, placing it prior to about 1980. The cables are mostly fully sheathed vs running between bosses, placing it after 1970 or so. The component quality appears to be relatively low end.
Jan
3
comment Brake cable shaking at the end of the brake caliper
The fittings you see are used for adjusting brake cable tension. After the "rough" length of the cable has been set by sliding the cable in and out of the clamp at the other end, the left-most knob is "unscrewed" to do fine adjustment. Then the thin nut (a "lock nut") is tightened back against the brake lever housing to hold the adjustment.