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Jan
21
comment Muscles sore and ridicously stiff after riding
The symptoms you're describing could be several things, but a "metabolic disorder" (McArdles or MADD) would be high on the list. You should see a doc (oddly a neurologist is best for these conditions), especially if you notice a rust-like sediment in your urine. (If it's MADD there's a inexpensive supplement that will pretty much "cure" you. McArdles, however, requires a certain amount of management to prevent permanent muscle injury. Both conditions have significant chance of kidney injury if untreated.)
Jan
21
comment At what temperature do you say its too cold to ride a bike?
I've certainly ridden many miles when the temp was above 85F, and once (when I was much younger) did 95 miles on a day when the temps peaked out at 100F. It's the humidity that kills you, not the temperature.
Jan
21
comment At what temperature do you say its too cold to ride a bike?
There used to be an organization known as Icebike, but the last time I looked their web site was unmaintained. But people cycle well below 0F. I've read accounts of cyclists having trouble because the tires froze solid and spun on the rims.
Jan
20
comment Can an aluminium frame rust from the inside if water has been in it for some time?
What will rust, more than anything else, is the bottom bracket cartridge, if it's plain steel and not stainless steel. If you had a lot of water in the frame I'd lay odds the cartridge is looking pretty bad. Aluminum will corrode, but the rate of such corrosion is low so long as you're dealing with plain rainwater and not,eg, some sort of smog/rain combo.
Jan
20
comment do you think fixie can beat gear/non-fixie bikes?should i buy new bike?
@SSangeet - Your time's only going to be better (or as good) on a fixie if it happens to have the ideal gear ratio for the course, given your level of fitness.
Jan
20
comment Correct cable end for Shimano BL-M421 brake lever
@Mσᶎ - There are many setups that do not allow cable ends to twist while in use. I've never seen any indication that the cables need to dynamically twist.
Jan
20
comment Hypothetical 1x10 simplification to 1x3 or 1x5
I fail to see the point.
Jan
20
comment Using cheap bike computer as a cadence indicator, possible?
Do note that you may need to extend the wire somehow, since many units are designed to mount the pickup on the front fork. Also note that a wireless unit would likely not work, as most need to have the pickup closer to the head.
Jan
20
comment do you think fixie can beat gear/non-fixie bikes?should i buy new bike?
Based on pictures on the web, the Hero Hawk appears to be a reasonably well-outfitted standard road bike, with caliper brakes and derailleur gearing. If it fits you and the quality is reasonably decent it should give you reasonable service. Whether you can beat another bike depends more on you than on the bike. Only buy a fixie if you live on flat ground or you're a bit of a nut.
Jan
19
comment How to equip a bike to avoid parts being stolen
@Mσᶎ - The only for-sure solution is to build a box around the thing and pour in concrete.
Jan
19
comment what does a 22 gear bike look like?
Saying "speeds" is not right either, since it's not at all unusual to have two different combinations that produce the same gear ratio, or so close at to be inconsequential.
Jan
19
comment How to equip a bike to avoid parts being stolen
The main things that can be stolen off a bike are the wheels (especially the front), the seat, and, sometimes, the pedals. These parts can be removed, locked somehow (eg, a cable lock through the seat rails), or secured with tamper-resistant fasteners.
Jan
19
comment List of tools to take apart a bike to minimise space for storage
Mainly a pedal wrench, a set of metric hex wrenches (often available in a Swiss-Army-Knife-style single unit), and whatever wrenches (if any) that are needed to remove your wheels. For disk brake bikes you should have spacers to insert in the calipers to keep them apart. And some cheap or older bikes may need an regular adjustable wrench or fixed size open-end wrench to deal with the seat and/or handlebar. A screwdriver is generally not needed.
Jan
19
comment List of tools to take apart a bike to minimise space for storage
Pedal wrenches are cheap, and finding an adjustable that suitable thin would be difficult.
Jan
19
comment How useful/valuable is internal cabling?
There is a difference in some external cable arrangements, especially on older bikes, where the cable housing is only present in short segments, with exposed cable in-between. These setups are actually superior in terms of cable friction, but potentially a little worse in terms of maintenance, when the bike is exposed to the weather a lot. You hardly ever see this scheme on new bikes, though.
Jan
19
comment How useful/valuable is internal cabling?
Water and gunk only gets into the cables at the ends. Internal cable ends are exposed just as much as external cable ends, so there's no difference on that score. The internal cables are a hair less likely to be damaged in rough use, but you don't sound like you're planning to ride rough. And they are harder to replace when they need replacing.
Jan
18
comment [MTB ]How much can my bike endure?
FWIW, prior to indexed shifting you could not practically shift while under load -- even on level ground you had to ease off pedaling. Indexed shifting changed that, but you still need to use some care when shifting under load -- the main danger is a jammed/broken chain, but you also cause the drive components to wear faster.
Jan
18
comment Correct cable end for Shimano BL-M421 brake lever
That doesn't look right to me, and I've worked on dozens of brake levers. The cable end should not be twisting.
Jan
17
comment How do I find the right size of bottom bracket?
When I last bought a cart, Phil Woods made several offsets for my size (plus the cups were adjustable within about 2mm).
Jan
17
comment How do I find the right size of bottom bracket?
If the new set is symmetrical, how will it replace an asymmetrical one?