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Old, tired, crazy.


Feb
10
comment Cold weather chain lube?
A PTFE lube consists of PTFE particles and a "vehicle". The vehicle is unimportant as a lubricant, it's the PTFE that does the job. So shouldn't be a problem, so long as the stuff's fluid when you apply it. But most other lubes will work fine too.
Feb
10
comment Why are there almost no bikes with a single chainring?
@PeteH - I forget what it was called, but "Arena" doesn't ring a bell. Would have been 1972.
Feb
10
comment How can I properly replace the hose on this older Schwinn pump?
Take it to a hardware store (when they're not busy) and see if they have a bolt or fitting that matches. With any luck it's IPS.
Feb
9
comment How can I properly replace the hose on this older Schwinn pump?
You could check with a local outfit that fabs hydraulic and air hoses for industrial purposes.
Feb
9
comment Shorten or replace bicycle chain?
Yes, it's actually a bit late to be replacing the chain -- there may be problems due to hooking on the cogs.
Feb
9
comment Why are there almost no bikes with a single chainring?
My first "adult" bike was a 5-speed Raleigh.
Feb
9
comment How do I adjust my 7-speed Shimano SIS indexed shifter not to miss out one of the cogs?
@SteveH. Well, you don't ignore the numbers on the shifter, necessarily. Once the limit screws are adjusted you adjust the cable so the gears line up.
Feb
8
comment I am going cycle touring. What should I carry in my first aid kit?
@BenediktBauer -- It's up to the individual to pick an appropriate pain med/NSAID, based on their experience/needs. I've never had any problems with aspirin.
Feb
7
comment Can I use WD-40 on my bike?
There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but it's not generally a good lubricant. I use it sometimes to clean derailers, but it's a lousy chain lube.
Feb
6
comment How many people use their mountain bikes for road riding?
@Kibbee - Department stores sell bikes for sex (though kiddie style sex, for those who don't know what sex is). In that context how well a bike rides or how appropriate it is for the rider in not important -- it's how it looks on the showroom floor. (And this is even true to an extent in "legitimate" bike shops, where bikes are set up with the handlebars too low, et al, because that looks "meaner".)
Feb
6
comment How many people use their mountain bikes for road riding?
Oh, Lord!! Don't ever use a mountain bike for road biking. It will lead to the end of the universe as we know it! (IOW, a bike is a bike. What's the issue?)
Feb
6
comment Chain replaced but bottom jockey wheel “jumps”?
Sounds like your cogs are worn out.
Feb
5
comment My chain appears to be squeaking when I ride it forward but not backwards
At 3000 miles the chain is probably due for replacement.
Feb
5
comment Will an 1/8' chain and cogs wear slower than 3/32' chain and cogs for single speed / fixed gear setup?
I doubt that there's much difference in chain or cog life. And a 1/8 chain on 3/32 cogs might actually wear the cogs faster. I think the main advantage of a fully 1/8" driveline would be that the chain would be less apt to jam (but that's a very, very rare event anyway).
Feb
5
comment Would you do a 15mile + commute on an electric bicycle? Which one?
An electric bike will help you get up a hill you might otherwise have trouble with. And the extra weight isn't that much (when you're not on a hill).
Feb
5
comment Would you do a 15mile + commute on an electric bicycle? Which one?
1) Yes, if I had one. 2) Probably I'd commute to where I wanted to go.
Feb
5
comment My chain appears to be squeaking when I ride it forward but not backwards
And does it squeak at any particular point in the pedal rotation?
Feb
5
comment My chain appears to be squeaking when I ride it forward but not backwards
How many miles (about) on the chain and sprockets? Can you get any hint as to where the squeak is coming from?
Feb
5
comment Checking fixie for damage
There's a vague possibility that you stripped the lockring. And more than a vague possibility that you've bent the cog or ring. Also, the wheel may have been knocked out of true.
Feb
4
comment Are deep rims more durable for a heavy rider?
Yep, a spoke count of at least 32, and preferably 36. (40 would probably be overkill.) Generally this will be a 3-cross lacing pattern. Some people like to have radially laced fronts, but, while the jury is out on whether this is technically as strong as a crossed pattern, IMO radial will not provide as much "spring" and will be more apt to lead to broken spokes, sprung wheels, etc.