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Old, tired, crazy.


Feb
27
comment How to prevent the derailleur cable fibres getting all over the places?
You basically cannot solder stainless cable.
Feb
27
comment Rear derailleur cable housing length
There's no great harm from having it too long -- better that than too short. The biggest hazard it that it will get hung up in racks, etc. That said, I'd advise shortening it by 3-4 inches.
Feb
27
comment Why are chains sold in fixed lengths rather than by the meter?
I am quite confident that bike manufacturers can obtain their chains either in bulk or pre-cut to the exact length needed. No one else (other than bent owners) would benefit from bulk chain. (The links themselves cost virtually nothing -- cutting to order in a one-off situation would be more expensive.)
Feb
26
comment Will electric heaters degrade bicycle tires?
Feel the tire after about a hour. If it's more than "lukewarm" you should probably move the bike farther away. Not only would the heat degrade the rubber, but it's also not good for the lubes in the bike.
Feb
25
comment Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?
Yeah, WD-40 is not a good thing for routine bike maintenance, but I know of nothing better for cleaning up a really grungy derailer.
Feb
25
comment Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?
For starters, turn the bicycle right-side up and lean it against a wall, slide a section of newspaper against the wheel and up behind the derailer (to protect the tire), and hose the thing down thoroughly with (don't shoot me) WD-40. Wipe with a rag and lubricate with whatever light oil you have. If that frees it up then do a proper lube job with real chain lube.
Feb
25
comment Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?
Yeah, the rear derailer is in bad shape. Cleaning and lubing may fix it, or it may be that the spring has slipped off it's tang (not uncommon for that style), or it may be that the spring is broken. The chain is probably shot too, but it would never "stretch" that much.
Feb
23
comment Adding front derailleur vs upgrading the rear one on a (ladies) bicycle
It's hardly ever cost-efficient to upgrade a bike to the extent of adding gears. The only real reason to do so would be if the bike has some sort of emotional significance.
Feb
23
comment 9x4 spoke pattern
Offhand, I see no advantage for the user. May be easier/cheaper to manufacture.
Feb
23
comment What does this rod inside the my american classic seat post do?
I guess I'd try inserting it into the frame, then tightening to "snug" but such that the post can still move up and down.
Feb
23
comment Air Pressure on wheels
In general, on reasonably solid surfaces, you achieve the lowest rolling resistance with tires inflated to the maximum pressure listed on their sidewalls. Lower pressure may be required off-road to provide "flotation" and traction on unstable surfaces (in addition to providing a more comfortable ride).
Feb
22
comment I don't know what it is
I would guess that it's a bicycle. But that's only a guess.
Feb
22
comment What does this rod inside the my american classic seat post do?
I would assume that the intent is that you pull the assembly snug, to slightly expand the bottom of the post, so it snugly fits into the seat tube. This eliminates wobble and allows the post to be safely used with a slightly higher extension. Should probably not be tightened so much as to prevent seatpost adjustment via the top clamp..
Feb
22
comment What is the proper etiquette for overtaking a horse?
Downvoted because the most important step -- an audible warning -- was not listed. One should announce their presence from well back -- as soon as in visual/shouting range.
Feb
21
comment What is the purpose of this small block on the handlebar?
All I can figure is that it may have mated with some part of a standardized bike rack.
Feb
21
comment What is the purpose of this small block on the handlebar?
It would help to know the age and style of the bike, and maybe have a picture of the whole bike.
Feb
20
comment Help for wind noise
I really only have the problem when I have the helmet straps over my ears. I adjusted the straps so the straps straddle the ears rather than covering them
Feb
20
comment 3 flats in 650 miles (1030 km) on hybrid bike. Tire pressure wrong?
Also, of course, very carefully feel the inside of the tire all around. Often a piece of wire or some such embeds itself in the tire and keeps re-puncturing the tube if not removed.
Feb
20
comment 3 flats in 650 miles (1030 km) on hybrid bike. Tire pressure wrong?
It doesn't take a very large hole for a tube to balloon through. A hole that, say, a common round toothpick can pass through without forcing is large enough to cause trouble.
Feb
19
comment 3 flats in 650 miles (1030 km) on hybrid bike. Tire pressure wrong?
Based on your pictures: There is a visible abrasion on the side of the tire and some cord is showing, plus the hole in the tire may be fairly large. A tube needs to be supported by the tire, and if there is a visible hole in the tire then the tube may bulge through the hole and produce a sort of mini blow-out. Inspect the inside of the tire for holes.