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comment What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)
Yes, "used" is the primary answer to your question.
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comment How to judge comfort when buying a new saddle
The seat needs to be wide enough, but not too wide. Too wide and the friction on your thighs is a problem. And of course, good bike shorts help a lot.
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comment Securing a bike on a car rack against theft
A problem with using the "tow loops" is that they're on the extreme ends of the car, so any cable will have to snake along the hood or trunk, rattling and potentially obscuring vision.
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comment Securing a bike on a car rack against theft
Simplest is to run a security cable of some sort down and into the passenger compartment or trunk. Of course, a cable thin enough to fit without bending the door or trunk lid may not be secure enough for your circumstances.
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comment Safe to shorten a dual-pivot caliper mounting nut?
As to the safety of doing this, I'd not cut away more than 1/3 of the thickness, and take care to not overheat the nut while grinding. It will get hot, of course, but don't grind for more than about 30 seconds at a time, with a minute or two cooling period in-between.
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comment Replacing rubber connection in a bicycle trailer coupling
I think this is actually a fairly good suggestion. Most tires wear out long before the rubber begins to dry out and crack. Not sure of the best way to cut a tire with steel belts, but I'm thinking the sidewalls would not be steel, and should cut relatively easily.
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comment Does price have a huge impact on the quality of road bikes?
Yeah, I should have mentioned the option of buying used. Or sometimes a friend or relative has a bike sitting in their garage that they'll let you have for free, or very cheap.
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comment Replacing rubber connection in a bicycle trailer coupling
Yeah, a safety rope/chain/cable is a good idea. (I'd use a cable.)
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comment Replacing rubber connection in a bicycle trailer coupling
Take the part out and take it to an auto parts place, or maybe a place that sells parts for tractors. See if they have something similar.
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comment Does price have a huge impact on the quality of road bikes?
Beyond a certain point you're paying for grams of weight reduction. And the lighter, more-expensive bikes are less durable. But I would guess that the breakpoint (where you begin paying for weight reduction, not quality) is around 1000 euros, maybe a hair more.
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comment Safe to shorten a dual-pivot caliper mounting nut?
Well, not with "no problem", if you don't know what you're doing. And you really need a vice (other than cycling, that is).
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comment How should I configure my tail-lights?
Wars have been fought over this topic.
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comment My rear bike wheel is wobbling back and forth when I ride
There is also the odd chance that the tire is simply mounted lop-sided on the rim.
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comment Help identifying this frame?
I can right away notice a bunch of differences -- more different than similar, I'd say.
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comment Help identifying this frame?
Ah! What appeared to be a second water bottle boss was simply the shadow of the first boss on the wall.
Jul
25
comment Help identifying this frame?
Can't clearly all the cable lugs, but they appear to be the simple style designed for sheathed cables -- usually associated with cheaper bikes, and after maybe 1980. One odd thing is that clamp on the seat tube. It sort of looks like a downtube shifter mount, but normally there would be some sort of "stop" on the downtube (other than the bottle boss) to keep the clamp from slipping, and I cannot see such a thing (but the pictures are poor quality).
Jul
25
comment Help identifying this frame?
OK, if we just have a random frame with no components, one can observe that it's lugged, so not likely to have been produced in the past 5-10 years when welding became the norm. And there are no lugs for downtube shifters, meaning it was either set up for stem shifters (prior to roughly 1985) or some sort of handlebar shifter (roughly after 1995). The water bottle bosses on the downtube are placed high, suggesting an older bike, before oversized water bottles became the vogue.
Jul
25
comment Help identifying this frame?
Unfortunately, with a track bike there are fewer age-identifying features.
Jul
25
comment Will slightly loose bearings result in damage?
It should be noted that a bearing seizing up tight like this usually results from the locknut on the right-hand cone not being tightened enough, resulting in the cone being screwed tighter and tighter. If the opposite cone is not tight enough the cone gets looser and looser, though the effect doesn't "snowball" as it does on the right.
Jul
25
comment 2 questions: What bike is this? Also is this front wheel too big?
Age-identifying features: Lugged frame, cotterless crank, stem shifters. The brakes are a distinctive style that could be easily identified by someone into that sort of stuff. The rear derailer appears quite short -- almost certainly only a 5-speed rear (though of course this can be checked).