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Old, tired, crazy.


6h
comment Biking gloves with finger protection
I think the trick is to stay off the roof with your bike.
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comment Seatpost Overextension
Definitely, if the post does not extend down roughly 3 inches into the frame then you're at risk of damaging the frame. And this risk is greater on an Al bike than a steel one.
14h
comment Calf Muscle cramps
(Other than giving you loose bowels when taken in high doses, L-carnitine is fairly harmless.)
14h
comment Calf Muscle cramps
Muscle cramps of the nature you describe can be due to a number of causes: Simple overuse, shortages of potassium, magnesium, etc, several "minor" metabolic disorders (MADD, carnitine deficiency of several flavors), simple dehydration or hypoglycemia, etc. You either need to find a good sports medicine doc/therapist or be your own.
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comment Front tyre size - is 1.9" a good option?
Nothing wrong with that, if it fits the rim OK.
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comment How do I stop punctures for good?
First, get Kevlar-belted tires. Second, keep your tires properly inflated, to prevent "snake bite".
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comment How do I reply to a question?
You scroll down to the box that says "Your Answer" and type. If what you type might be more of a comment than answer, mention that you don't have enough points to use "add a comment" yet.
Oct
18
comment how many bike I can carry in my sedan?
I've seen racks for class III hitches that claim to be able to handle up to 6 bikes. But, from a realistic standpoint, the "lever arm" with that many bikes is really more torque than you should put on an auto hitch -- I think 4 is closer to the practical limit, for adult bikes.
Oct
17
comment Need to know the wrench size for 10.9 screw
Yeah, you use the one that fits. Just be sure you're using metric wrenches, and the one you choose fits snugly.
Oct
17
comment Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw
@EsotericScreenName - If the mechanic actually said that and meant that, he was stupid.
Oct
16
comment rear panniers attachment catching in spokes
The trick with panniers is to have a large enough hook at the bottom. Depending on the design the hook is either on a strap out the bottom of the pannier, or the hook mounts on the bike and there is a loop on the strap. The hook must be large enough to fully reach around whatever it's grabbing. Sometimes you need to replace the stock hook with something else.
Oct
16
comment Gears randomly switching
What you have is "creep". On any sort of rough surface the vibration prevents it, but smooth surfaces it occurs. Plus you pedal more consistently on smooth. Hard to say the precise cause, but my guess is it's a combo of frame flex and your shifter cable setup.
Oct
16
comment Gears randomly switching
@GrimmTheOpiner - What?? Derailers can last much longer than that, if maintained reasonably well.
Oct
15
comment Pros and Cons of 29 "wheels
1) It's something different to sell. 2) But it's not actually different because these are 700c components relabeled, so less inventory, less manufacturing setup, etc.
Oct
15
comment Can cyclists legally ride on the sidewalk?
This doesn't actually answer the question.
Oct
15
comment How do I replace road brakes?
In other words, remove the old and install the new. Assuming that both units use the same size brake post, there's nothing in the swap that isn't normal maintenance operations, other than the actual physical swap.
Oct
15
comment Credibility of my Bike fit
(But of course the above should not be interpreted as medical advice. ;) )
Oct
15
comment Credibility of my Bike fit
MADD symptoms are based on the total energy expenditure in the muscle over a period of a few hours -- brief intense periods (sprints) are not as problematic. The only symptomatic relief comes from D-ribose, which is available as a "supplement" and which is also present (at relatively low levels) in "organ meats" and in lentils. The symptoms are exacerbated by statin drugs. If you have the condition the symptoms generally vanish (except perhaps for local areas of damaged muscle) within two hours of taking a several gram dose of D-ribose.
Oct
15
comment Non Removable Presta Extension
Just by long-stem tubes. Heck, it's harder to find the short stems that work best in my regular rims than to find the long ones.
Oct
15
comment Do good tires lessen the chances of your innertube bursting?
Over-inflation must be quite extreme to cause "inner tube bursting", and when it occurs the tire will fail in a quite obvious fashion -- either split open or pop off the rim.