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46m
comment Disappointing cartridge bb performance
Since we can't guess what you mean by "a little bit of binding", it's hard to offer an opinion.
48m
comment Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski
Strictly comparing the possibility of serious injury, I would regard downhill biking as more dangerous than downhill skiing, maybe by a factor of 2-4. That's just my thumb suck, though.
52m
comment MInor (I think) dent in top of Orbea Alma top tube - frame ok or no?
From here it doesn't look fatal. And it's perfectly positioned for you to keep an eye on it, and notice if there were any sign of cracks or additional bending.
4h
comment Need to replace tire on Dahon folding bike
You have only a few parameters -- the basic tire size (apparently 20x1.75), the tire tread (relatively smooth for on-road, lugged for off-road), and whether the tire is "belted" or not to resist punctures.
4h
comment Not sure which limit screw is H vs L
Look at the mechanism that the screws interact with. There is a rocking arm arranged so one end moves toward it's corresponding screw when on the large sprocket and the other end moves toward the other screw when on the small sprocket.
6h
comment Old chain still shifting perfectly, should I change it out?
@Batman -- I figure 2000-3000 miles is about what I get.
7h
comment Another mysterious frame identification
My guess is that it's a bike frame.
7h
comment Old chain still shifting perfectly, should I change it out?
Replace it. If you wait you will cause too much wear on the cogs.
15h
comment What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)
There is an opportunity here for entrepreneurs and/or social activists to set up some sort of "bicycle exchange" to locate and reuse these bikes
15h
comment What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)
@Frisbee - You made a statement and I (very politely) contradicted you. What's your problem??
16h
comment What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)
@Frisbee - You said he was not going to find a used bike that cheap.
16h
comment What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)
@Frisbee - I was just explaining the "mechanism" behind finding a cheap used bike.
1d
comment What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)
Yes, "used" is the primary answer to your question.
1d
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.
2d
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.
2d
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.
2d
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.
2d
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.
2d
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.
2d
comment Replacing rubber connection in a bicycle trailer coupling
Yeah, a safety rope/chain/cable is a good idea. (I'd use a cable.)