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Old, tired, crazy.


Mar
3
comment How long will a battery last in a Garmin GSC 10?
In general, I've found "cyclometer" batteries to be good for at least two years -- maybe 100-300 hours of riding. My experience with wireless is limited, though (maybe 50 hours total) -- the transmitter may run the battery down more rapidly. (It would be good if several people would report their experiences here, to gather some sort of consensus.)
Mar
3
comment I need help on how to make my bike faster
Why is it slow? At top speed in high gear, how many RPMs are you turning? Do you have enough gear ratio options on the high end to pick a "sweet spot"?
Mar
3
comment What should I do about salt in V-brakes?
They're just bushing-style pivots. Wash them occasionally (a standard cyclist's water bottle is good for this). Maybe give the pivots a very tiny squirt of oil (to prevent corrosion), being careful to keep it away from the pads. Lube the cables (inside) as needed.
Mar
2
comment Are tow-hitch bike racks legal?
You can always buy a license bracket (with light) at a auto parts place and somehow attach it to the bikes or rack. The light can be driven by the trailer light outlet. You'd want to securely fasten it, though, to prevent loss/theft of the plate. (But I've never heard of anyone being hassled for this problem.)
Mar
2
comment 5 Month old bike, pedals and brake issue
Note that IF you bought the bike from a regular bike shop the shop should give you a "complementary" tune-up after several months of riding. It's not unusual for several things to need adjusting by then.
Mar
1
comment How much smaller frame is ok?
Better a bike a hair on the small side vs one that's too big, but either is less than ideal.
Mar
1
comment Cold weather chain lube?
Yeah, the best chain lube is the wax that comes on the chain from the factory.
Mar
1
comment Freewheels frequency in 2012?
Freewheels (in the conventional sense) are used rarely, if ever, on new bikes.
Mar
1
comment Freewheels frequency in 2012?
The term used to describe a freewheel built into the hub is "freehub".
Mar
1
comment BMX stem slipping; how to stop?
Did you check whether there was space in the gap? If the gap is pulled all the way tight you need a shim or different parts.
Feb
28
comment What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?
I've noticed "fresh" asphalt producing that extra drag for months after it was laid -- stuff that was laid in early June was still noticeably "slower" in August.
Feb
28
comment Are aluminum or steel chainrings more resistant to bending?
Yeah, in particular I could see a loose crank arm causing the ring to bend. Of course, it would have to be abysmally loose, but people sometimes ride them until they fall off.
Feb
28
comment Are aluminum or steel chainrings more resistant to bending?
Unless you're a real gorilla, I doubt that you can bend a ring without either impacting it or getting the chain crossed. As to which is stronger, a properly tempered steel ring would be stronger, but most steel rings are cheap stampings.
Feb
28
comment What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?
But fresh asphalt pavement can feel like you're riding through sand. The asphalt actually "gives" to enough of a degree that you lose energy there.
Feb
28
comment If I replaced the fork on my cyclocross bike with a track fork, what would be the effect on the bike geometry?
But it should be noted that the fork rake is "tuned" to the head angle. I would guess that there tends to be a significant difference in head angle between the two bike styles, so the way a given fork performs on one bike is no indication of how it will perform on the other.
Feb
28
comment My hydraulic MTB brakes squeal after I cleaned my bike
The disk brakes on my 2001 Honda would squeak badly after a rain. Oxide builds up on the disks and must be rubbed off to eliminate the squeaks.
Feb
27
comment What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?
I agree with you on both counts. A "quartering" wind is almost worse than a headwind. I think the geometry (and law of squares) works out that a side wind increases the apparent headwind, in addition to the problem that a side wind demands additional energy to balance the bike and hold it on course. And a number of cyclists have noted that particularly on cool, slightly foggy mornings the bike just seems to be moving through molasses (even though physicists assure us this is not the case).
Feb
27
comment Can I use a shock pump to inflate a tube?
Yeah, it would be an interesting experiment to try. Probably no worse than some of the cheap compact pumps.
Feb
27
comment Road bike for a 10 day trip in the Pyrenees and French rivera and other questions
(Don't discount steel frames. The best touring bikes are still steel framed.)
Feb
27
comment Road bike for a 10 day trip in the Pyrenees and French rivera and other questions
You may want to invest in cycle shorts and (stiff-soled) cycle shoes, as they improve comfort on a long ride. Probably not a good time to switch to clipless pedals, unless you have at least a month to train with them. You might want to look into "mountain bike" shoes, or some other shoe with a reasonably stiff sole and tread suited to not go sliding off the pedals.