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comment Rim brake pad interchangeability?
@Kibbee - See my update. On closer inspection the "threaded" canti pads I saw were very much similar to V-brake pads.
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comment Rim brake pad interchangeability?
@Criggie - The guy who runs our outfit is super cheap and hardly buys anything other than tires and some cables -- everything else is salvaged. And bikes we can't repair are scrapped. I "sneak" some parts on my own money from time to time. (We do have a relationship of sorts with one bike shop in town in that they often give us trade-ins.)
21h
comment What kind of bike is this
The cottered crank probably dates it before 1980. The brakes are very low quality. There's not really enough there to say much more.
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comment How to prevent drafting?
Pull down your shorts. If he doesn't back off, though, you'd better pull them back up and pedal like heck.
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comment How to prevent drafting?
A box of thumbtacks.
2d
comment Electric bike rear wheel spokes breaking
(I've seen spoke problems on geared hubs, due to the large hub size and the resulting sharp angle as the spoke approached the rim, causing failures at the rim. But the OP's description doesn't sound like the same scenario.)
2d
comment Rim brake pad interchangeability?
@Kibbee - How would you differentiate those from the cantis that use caliper pads?
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comment Electric bike rear wheel spokes breaking
Yeah, the description doesn't make sense.
Apr
26
comment Is it fine to use road bikes for daily commute?
Certainly looks like a reasonable commuting bike to me, so long as you can somehow carry whatever gear you need, and so long as the posture suites your style. What would make you think it's not OK for commuting?
Apr
26
comment Why does my brake keep pinging out and almost killing me?
The cable is somehow routed improperly. I can't make out from the image exactly what's wrong, but when the lever is pushed in the cable should run straight down, not angle out like that. I'm guessing it's hanging up on the end of the pivot bolt.
Apr
25
comment Adjusting pedal / crank / other components to account for different leg sizes
You could, of course, add shims under the pedal clip on the "short" shoe. But it would, at the very least, make the shoes lousy for walking.
Apr
25
comment Adjusting pedal / crank / other components to account for different leg sizes
There used to be outfits that specialized in equipment for such situations (including, eg, crank arms with adjustable lengths). But I haven't seen signs of such in 20 years or so, since biking became so mass-marketing oriented.
Apr
25
comment How important is shoe weight?
When you press down with one foot, the pedal on the other side is raising that foot. It balances.
Apr
25
comment Tiredness after long rides
Give yourself some slack. It takes weeks, if not months of training for the body to be up to nearly back-to-back century rides. (And it sounds like you have not studied how to help the body recover -- it takes more than coffee.)
Apr
24
comment How much cheaper is cycling than driving?
It depends on how often your $5000 bicycle is stolen.
Apr
24
comment replacing wheels on a hybrid running on 700c
Handling will change slightly, due to the change in "caster" of the front wheel. Probably not enough to notice, though.
Apr
24
comment What's the strongest way to bond a cable stop to an aluminum frame?
I'm thinking I would strap something on, with a spiral hose clamp. You'd want to study things a bit, though, to minimize the risk of deforming the tubing.
Apr
24
comment Post Rain Ride Wipedown
I think you overstate "regular maintenance" somewhat. Bearings only need to be disassembled and relubed maybe every 10K miles. Oiling the chain is the most critical regular lubrication step.
Apr
24
comment replacing wheels on a hybrid running on 700c
The biggest problem you have with switching to a smaller diameter rim is that if you have rim brakes they will no longer line up properly. But note that 700c tires have been standard for touring for decades, and it's unlikely that touring-suitable tires will cease being available.
Apr
23
comment Why are my pedals not in the correct position
(But I note that this is a BSO that might be sold at Walmart or some such, and the folks who prep bikes at such stores are often incompetent. So getting a bike with the pedals installed wrong would not be incredibly unlikely.)