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Jul
20
comment Bike feels like it is getting stuck when I start pedaling or increase pressure as I go up hills
Yeah, the rear wheel is likely twisting in the frame. This can happen especially on bikes with "old-fashioned" nutted axles, if the nut on one side comes loose.
Jul
20
comment Biking against traffic on a one-way streets in Europe
I would guess that Google is simply wrong. In the US it has been known to lead drivers into cornfields.
Jul
20
comment Trying to replace a wheel
For durable rims, you'd generally want 36-spoke rims (the original ones were apparently 32-spoke) and you want the spokes to be laced "3 cross". The spokes should be "double-butted" for best durability. (Contrary to popular belief, simply using thicker spokes does not make for a more durable wheel.) (I recommend Peter White for custom-built wheels. He knows what he's doing.)
Jul
20
comment Trying to replace a wheel
The Cannondale Adventure 5 (2010 model) appears to be a cassette wheel with 8 speeds. I believe this would tell then the wheel spacing. They would also like to roughly match the existing rim (not tire) width, so that your brakes are not seriously affected -- this you would have to measure.
Jul
20
comment Trying to replace a wheel
They need to know the basic parameters of the wheel if they are going to replace it. While you could even replace with a 26" wheel, the changes you'd need to make to the bike would be substantial. So it's reasonable for them to seek the best match reasonably possible to the existing wheel.
Jul
20
comment My tube lose air once inside Tyre and mounted on wheel?
Do note that when you inflate a tube outside of the tire it contains 5 psi max. But inside the tire you inflate anywhere from 30 to 100 psi. It's easy to have a leak that is insignificant at 5 psi.
Jul
19
comment Chain rubbing on rear derailleur cage after replacing crankset
You can still use all three rings, so long as you don't try to use small/small or large/large. These combos are generally "nonsense" anyway. (Way back in the stone age it was common for this to be a restriction. Now it mainly appears hoity-toity bikes ... and ones that have been modified.)
Jul
19
comment Chain rubbing on rear derailleur cage after replacing crankset
It suggests that the rear derailer needs to be adjusted.
Jul
18
comment Best outdoor bike storage?
If you use a tarp, arrange it so that air can circulate under it, to keep condensation from building up.
Jul
18
comment Max sizing for wheels and tires?
Measure the width of your rims on the inside, from the inside of one flange to the inside of the other. This is the "official" width of the rim. Very roughly speaking you want a tire about twice as wide as this width. (For some reason, bike rims often are marketed without clearly specifying the inner rim width, even though this is a critical dimension.)
Jul
18
comment Why did my tire fail?
I had a tire blow out when I carelessly adjusted the brakes after swapping wheels. The brake block was barely rubbing the sidewall of the tire when braking, and it wore a hole though the sidewall, about 1/2" from the edge of the rim. But this hole was not that large -- not even noticed until I went looking for the cause of the tube failure.
Jul
18
comment Chain length. how long or how many links
Long enough but not too long. (Seriously, it depends on whether this is a single-speed bike or derailleur style, if derailleur how many speeds and what their spread is, and how big the cogs are. You buy a chain that is "long enough" -- which most are, for standard bikes -- and then cut to length when you install it.)
Jul
18
comment What is causing an intermittent side to side wobble of the rear cogs?
My guess is that some of the ratchet pawls in the freehub are sticking and so the force on the cassette is not evenly transferred to the hub. This might also imply problems with the hub bearings.
Jul
18
comment How to repair a broken steel frame, at the rear drop out /chainstay location
Take it to a guy who repairs steel frames and have it brazed or welded.
Jul
18
comment What is energy output in Strava application?
"Calories" specifies the amount of food "burned". "Energy" is what is produced and delivered to the crank/wheels. The human body is a very inefficient motor.
Jul
18
comment How to Reattach Cable End for Road Drop Bar Brake Lever
Note that, if the appropriate pieces are aligned properly, there is usually a slot in the side of the brake lever housing running from where the cable enters the housing to the point where it attaches to the lever proper. When the lever is fully pressed, usually there is a hole in the side of the lever that accepts the barrel on the end of the cable. You get enough slack in the cable, get everything lined up, and then slide the cable into place.
Jul
18
comment How to Reattach Cable End for Road Drop Bar Brake Lever
If it came out because you pulled too hard then you have a problem. But they tend to come out when you're monkeying with them. You need to loosen the cable clamp on the brake to give yourself some more slack (though often you can just slip a cable housing out of its roost on the frame), then thread the cable back into the lever. Precisely how you thread it in, though, depends on what kind of lever you have.
Jul
18
comment Apollo XC26 mountain bike, convert it to a coaster brake fixie?
I'm thinking that your typical coaster brake hub will be quite a bit narrower than what the rear dropouts are set for.
Jul
17
comment Grinding on a new “Old Fashoined” bike
(I'm remembering that a slight "swish-swish" sound from the hub while coasting was "normal" for some designs.)
Jul
17
comment Grinding on a new “Old Fashoined” bike
The mechanism in a coaster brake hub includes a clutch for forward motion and a brake for stopping. When the pedals are not moved the hub should engage neither. It sounds like either the brake or clutch is being slightly engaged. From my youth (a long time ago) I remember that some hubs were "just like that", but the problem could also be that you are unconsciously back-pedaling slightly, or there could be an actual malfunction.