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comment Accurately replicating the resistance felt whilst riding via a resistance fan diy turbo trainer
Note that it is often believed that restricting the airflow of a fan or blower will increase the load on the fan (ie, cause more resistance), but much the opposite is the case. Restricting airflow, by reducing the amount of air that's accelerated, reduces resistance.
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comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
I think you may be mistaken about this being a freewheel hub. A freewheel hub has the ratchet mechanism inside the sprocket cluster, so it comes off when you remove the sprockets. I gather than Joytech uses an "odd" freehub arrangement, but I don't see references to a freewheel (and it would be fairly unusual to have a freewheel on a modern bike).
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comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
Freewheel hubs were used for decades, on all kinds of bikes, and bent axles were not a serious problem with them.
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comment Why are my Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals incredibly stiff to clip out of?
Yeah, there's a limit to how far you can rotate inward, and it may not be enough to unclip. But some people (like myself) have difficulty rotating outward. Slightly canting the cleat on the shoe may help, one way or the other.
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comment Accurately replicating the resistance felt whilst riding via a resistance fan diy turbo trainer
The resistance of the fan is due to the acceleration of the mass of air moving through it in a unit time. (And, to @AlexSimmons, it's very hard to realistically model the inertial load -- one needs a large flywheel for that.)
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comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
I would bet that the right-side cone is screwing itself on tight because the lock nut was not tightened against the cone well enough. When this happens the bearings lock and exceptional force is placed on the axle, possibly enough to break it if you continue riding after you feel the wheel lock. By now the hub races may be damaged.
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comment phantom leak that fixed itself?
I would guess that the valve was leaking. Generally a "slow leak" won't come and go like that.
2d
comment Best way to hang a bicycle from a ceiling pipe
All you need is two large S hooks for the wheels. (Bend them yourself or maybe find "butcher hanging hooks" somewhere.) If you get fancy you could use pipe hangers and some large storage hooks.
Aug
27
comment How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?
@billytex1 - The above link appears to refer to external catheters, which have been used (by males) for decades in "active" circumstances. I can recall the Sears catalog showing them (apparently targeted to folks like carpenters) back in the 60s.
Aug
27
comment Bike wheel Assembly
Why are you assembling a new wheel? What components have been replaced?
Aug
26
comment Bike wheel Assembly
How many spokes on the wheel, total? Are you doing the same "cross" count as the wheel had originally?
Aug
26
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
The energy you put into pedaling downhill is largely lost to air resistance, so there's no real point in doing so unless you're racing. But, that said, maintaining an easy, slow cadence downhill, where you're not actually exerting much energy, may help keep your legs warm and ready to go at the bottom.
Aug
26
comment Will loose handlebars result in slower riding?
I would imagine that if you know your handlebar is loose you will not place as much force on it and hence will not cycle as fast.
Aug
26
comment Difference between wet and dry chain lube
It needs to be emphasized that there are "intermediate" lubes that fall in the middle between "wet" and "dry". Read the descriptions at the bike shop and pick what sounds best for you.
Aug
24
comment Is it best to put oil on the inner or outer of the chain?
You should apply enough oil that it doesn't matter. Then wipe off the excess. (There's no practical way to be precise -- you don't put a drop of oil on each link, you drizzle the oil on while turning the crank.)
Aug
24
comment Bike rear wheel assembly
Yes, you must sort the longs and the shorts.
Aug
23
comment What are the downsides of a twisted wheel?
@rumtscho - Yes, it's no great shame to use the services of a bike shop. Even if you know how to do it, they probably can do it better and faster.
Aug
22
comment Risks/problems of a short chain
Yep, when sizing the new chain from the old you must count links rather than just matching length. I hang them side-by-side on a piece of wire and sort of match up the links.
Aug
22
comment Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?
The narrower the road (provided it's still nominally 2-lane), the more it's necessary to "claim your lane" in some circumstances.
Aug
22
comment Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?
One minor point: When doing this be cognizant of the traffic behind you and make every effort to give drivers a chance to pass, when it's safe to do so, even if it's inconvenient (but not unsafe) for you. That's just common courtesy.