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Old, tired, crazy.


5h
comment What are the advantages of 4 arm cranks for road bikes?
Advantages? It's something to sell.
17h
comment Is it good practice to wave following cars through when safe?
In general you should do the courteous thing without being dangerous or confusing. But you should not take the responsibility of "waving on" a car when the driver does not have a clear view ahead. What you consider safe may not be what he considers safe.
21h
comment Are parallel v-brakes fixed distance? [Avid Arch Rival 50]
What you describe is "normal" for caliper brakes and some cantis.
1d
comment Pedal bearings (friction and spinning)
Note that new pedals may not spin freely due to friction between the inboard rubber dust seal and the spindle. This small amount of friction is of no consequence and will disappear with quickly with use anyway.
1d
comment Turn signal lights for bikes
Virtually all authorities (including the police) recommend right hand out for a right turn, even though some state laws still say left hand up. (Most state laws have been modified to include the right arm extended signal.) Motorists don't understand hand signals any more and are more apt to be confused than informed by the left hand up signal.
1d
comment Got two bikes, one of them is more exhausting to ride, what can it be?
I don't quite understand -- if the "whole assembly was loose" why didn't you notice the loose wheel when you checked it?
2d
comment How to select the fenders for my bike
Unfortunately, they don't make is easy or clear. I don't know if this is the manufacturers' fault or the vendors'.
2d
comment Replace hub from old cassette to new fixed
You either need new spokes or you need to cut and rethread the existing ones (which is maybe $50-100 of tools).
Sep
12
comment Problem with changing to high gear on the front derailleur on my new Bianchi Spillo Rubino Altus Rigid
If you didn't indicate this was a new bike I would suspect it's not equipped for indexed shifting. Sounds like the derailer is misadjusted or the shifter is bad.
Sep
12
comment Are there any permanent solutions for holes smaller than 1cm on outer tyre?
While it can be booted, I would plan on replacing the tire in the near future.
Sep
12
comment Are there any permanent solutions for holes smaller than 1cm on outer tyre?
Yeah, the best paper patch to use is a Dollar bill (folded several times), since it's made of exceptionally tough and stretch-resistant paper. (Currency from other countries probably works pretty well too.) But there are other "boots" that are perhaps a bit better. The Park item is probably one of the best, but you can cut your own boot out of the sidewall of a lightweight road tire.
Sep
11
comment Hub grease, white grease, red grease or buy grease?
You want a grease that won't run out of the bearings when hot and which is reasonably weather-resistant. I've generally used purpose-made grease, but a good quality auto wheel bearing grease should be sufficient. I'd be a hair leery of your "red grease" as it may have been designed for cutting rather than lube.
Sep
10
comment Hookless rim benefits
I suspect that they're easier to make in carbon. If you're a manufacturer and you want to introduce something to make your life easier, sell it as a "feature". Works especially well in the bike market where everyone wants the latest and greatest.
Sep
10
comment How did cyclists get over curbs before BMX era?
Certainly I remember kids hopping curbs when I was a kid in the 50s, though I rarely did it.
Sep
10
comment Got two bikes, one of them is more exhausting to ride, what can it be?
Assuming that both bikes are adequately maintained, the only things that will make any difference are geometry, posture, gearing, tire pressure/tread, and (to a very minor degree) aerodynamics and weight.
Sep
9
comment Got two bikes, one of them is more exhausting to ride, what can it be?
I'm guessing that there is a difference in geometry.
Sep
9
comment Changing hubs on wheel
If you want to try rebuilding the wheel, have at it. It's an "interesting" job. You need a truing stand, a good spoke wrench, and a book with a good section on wheel building. Some folks also recommend a spoke tension meter, but that's not required. If you're going to pay someone else to rebuild, though, it's probably just a cheap to buy a new wheel.
Sep
9
comment Cross bike brakes
Another difference between disk and rim brakes is that disk brakes are a PITA if you take your wheel off.
Sep
9
comment How much should the front wheel flex
That's a 20-spoke radial wheel. Will flex a lot more than a 32-spoke 3-cross wheel.
Sep
8
comment Minimal gear for dry winter riding in the city
There is a bag made for, I think, (American) football helmets and the like that should suffice for a bike helmet. Or you can probably find a suitable-sized mesh "ditty" bag. The bag could be clipped to whatever other bag with a carabiner or some such.