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comment Food to keep in pannier long-term until it's needed?
@Mσᶎ - If "down under karget" means the stores called "Target" in Australia, they have no connection to the US Target brand. The main thing Target carried in the US was a "fruit and yogurt" bar which was very good -- not nearly as sickly sweet as normal fruit bars, not sticky on your hands (important!), and stable in high temperatures. There were also some fruit & rice crispy "bites" that had similar attributes. Plus Nabisco made some nice "fruit crisp" bars that are supposedly still made but no one seems to carry them anymore.
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comment OnGuard U-Lock key mechanism partially activated
@Mσᶎ - The TriFlow I've always used is Teflon and a propellant. The propellant evaporates, leaving only the Teflon.
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comment OnGuard U-Lock key mechanism partially activated
@Mσᶎ - TriFlow isn't an oil, and is compatible with graphite.
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comment Food to keep in pannier long-term until it's needed?
There used to be a lot of good things (fruit bars, etc) available from Target, but they've dropped them all over the past 3-4 years.
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comment Selecting spoke lengths
There is maybe 8 mm of adjustability on your standard spoke.
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comment Jockey pulley (upper jockey wheel) suddenly not engaging with the chain when in the three largest (easiest) cogs on the big ring only
The spring that moves the derailer in/out has nothing to do with it. There is also a spring that forces the derailer forward on the pivot, and sometimes a third. You just have to look for a spring that's popped off its hook.
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comment Selecting spoke lengths
You realize that those lengths are only estimates, and actual length can vary by 2-3mm based on rim and hub characteristics?
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comment OnGuard U-Lock key mechanism partially activated
If this is a standard tumbler lock it's not unusual for individual tumbler pins to slide down into the keyway. Generally one can overcome this problem by simply wiggling the key as you insert it. Sometimes a shot of TriFlow Teflon lube helps (though don't use WD40 or other such lubes).
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comment Tube adhering to tire
It used to be that new tubes were pre-dusted with talc, but of course they've stopped doing that.
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comment Jockey pulley (upper jockey wheel) suddenly not engaging with the chain when in the three largest (easiest) cogs on the big ring only
Most likely the wheel axle is not seated all the way into the dropouts. Another possibility is that you knocked loose one of the springs on the derailer, though in that case you'd probably have problems in other gears.
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comment Tube adhering to tire
Of course, if the tube has ever been patched, the patch area is far more likely to stick to the inside of the tire.
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comment When to replace a tire?
There is no need to replace the tire just because it's a bit worn in the middle. The question is whether so much of the rubber has worn away that the thickness of the tire has been seriously reduced, making it less puncture-resistant. This is kind of a judgment call -- you feel the thickness of the tire in the middle (with the tire off the rim) and judge whether more than about half the rubber is worn away. (And, of course, if any cord is showing through then it's time to replace for sure.)
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comment What are the benefits of removable presta valve cores?
I've never had need to remove the core, and don't know if any of the tires I have use removable cores. I have dealt indirectly with "slime" in tubes, though, and consider it the devil's spawn. It's as often a cause for tire failure as it is a puncture preventative. If the purpose for removable cores is to allow sliming tubes, it's a needless purpose.
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comment What does 'orbital' mean when speaking wheels?
If you want to do some different tricks, it used to be (50 years ago) that people would put, say, 24-inch rims on a 26-inch wheel, using spokes of varying length to produce a wheel that was off-center. I don't know that you could jump the thing very well, but you could, eg, get the bike to move by rocking back and forth. (You could probably also get sea-sick.)
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comment Can I replace my 650c wheels with a more standard size?
650c has a 571 mm Bead Seat Diameter. There are some old 26" wheel sizes that match that, but no modern tires are particularly close. In the US your best bet would probably be a Schwinn dealer as they once sold some odd sizes that would match BSD.
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comment Can I replace my 650c wheels with a more standard size?
@Batman - Uh, Opie already has 650c wheels, and that is (reportedly) the problem.
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comment Can I replace my 650c wheels with a more standard size?
Take your pick: sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
Aug
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comment Old freewheel removal
I don't know -- it's been awhile since I've been into a rear axle, but that sure looks like a freehub to me.
Aug
29
comment Another mysterious frame identification
The one thing you notice is that the lugs are "sculpted". This is generally the mark of a better quality lightweight frame, though I suppose it's possible that a builder might use this as a way to fake better quality.
Aug
29
comment What is the usual value of a Fit bike pro bmx second hand?
Well, the Fit brand bikes start around $350 new, apparently, but you can buy a brand new identically-looking BSO for about $75.