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Old, tired, crazy.


May
10
comment DIY colouring components
Generally the colored parts are aluminum, and the color is applied in the anodizing process. I suspect that attempting this at home (in addition to involving some modestly caustic materials) would risk fouling the threads of the components. You might try "gun black" on some steel components, and there are various metal dyes.
May
10
comment Squeaky rear wheel when rotating
Then look for something (eg, string or a bit of vine) caught between the dust cover on this end and the hub.
May
10
comment Disabling back-pedal brake
@NeilFein - I'm just saying that I can't recall the brakes in an old-style Bendix hub ever wearing out, or even in a New Departure, and they were subjected to enormous abuse when I was a kid. And they didn't need adjustment at all -- nothing to adjust.
May
9
comment Squeaky rear wheel when rotating
That's something rubbing against the tire.
May
9
comment Disabling back-pedal brake
@NeilFein - I can't recall coaster brakes ever needing adjustment.
May
9
comment Why is the front brake lever on the right if you 'drive' on the left and vice-versa?
@armb - I mean the rear cable would have to somehow transition from the left side to the right side. I suppose this could be accomplished along the downtube, but then the cable would conflict with the front cable coming down on the right, and the cable would rub against the downtube.
May
9
comment In which orientation should a front wheel be installed?
I've never seen a hub where the cones were directional -- this is not a feature of standard hubs. But I suppose perhaps your hub is unusual in this regard.
May
9
comment Why is the front brake lever on the right if you 'drive' on the left and vice-versa?
@armb -- Particularly with the old downtube shifters there was strong motivation to have the front on the left and the rear on the right. Otherwise the rear cable would have had to pass under the BB and added additional friction points. (Plus the rear shifter was first, the front came later.) There is, as you suggest, less motivation with newer systems employing housed cables, but tradition (from the old downtube shifters) would put the rear on the right.
May
8
comment Is this an abnormal rate of spoke breakage?
I have seen some recent mid-priced bikes where the spokes were very poor quality, leading to premature failures. Normally one would expect Specialized to monitor the quality of their components, but when you buy a bike from a Chinese factory this is hard to do unless you keep someone on-site 24/7.
May
8
comment Is a Racing-Bike making creaking noises a sign of equipment damage?
Today I had the cyclometer pickup clicking against the wheel. Didn't look like it was touching, but when I moved it back the noise stopped.
May
8
comment Is this an abnormal rate of spoke breakage?
That's abnormal for a 1-year-old bike with only 2000 miles on it. Spokes do wear out, but generally it's on the order of maybe 10,000 miles.
May
7
comment How to get back on the road again?
Frankly, I'd call a cab.
May
6
comment Rear brake rubs against the tire
The new tire is probably slightly fatter than your old one. Or maybe you just didn't notice the problem with the old one because it had black sidewalls. Generally the brake pads can be rotated up/down slightly due to a curved washer. A very slight downward rotation should be all that's necessary. In a pinch you can shave off the top corners of the pads.
May
6
comment Bike type suggestion for packed limestone trails
They have "packed limestone" in Wisconsin and the trails are easily smooth enough for road bikes. It really depends on the specific trail
May
5
comment Rim width / tire section tolerance?
2mm won't cause the end of the world.
May
4
comment Is cycling better than walking to lose weight?
However, with some activities it's easier to maintain a given level of effort than others, and some activities involve more of the body's muscles than others.
May
4
comment Is cycling better than walking to lose weight?
I would say that cycling would burn more energy, since you could generally run a much higher metabolic rate. This is, however, predicated on the assumption that you would have some facilities to "freshen up" upon arriving at work, so you could cycle at full speed. The situation would be improved much further if you developed some "short cuts" that allowed you to spend the same amount of time cycling as you would have walking.
May
4
comment Is a Racing-Bike making creaking noises a sign of equipment damage?
And I forgot to mention pedals themselves. It's not at all uncommon for them to creak or "tick". This is likely due to contamination, but there's not much you can do about it given that most modern pedals are essentially sealed.
May
3
comment Determining front & rear derailleur compatibility
The May 2013 IEEE Spectrum contains an article about a DIY electronic shifter conversion, using a servo motor and an Arduino computer. An interesting aspect of this is that the computer can be programmed to shift at any "pitch", even potentially handling sprockets of uneven thickness. Thus compatibility problems are greatly reduced. (Unfortunately the article does not seem to be online.)
May
3
comment Chain guard for a belt-drive bike?
Get a velcro strap. When you take it off, velcro it around the handlebar (or to a pannier strap, etc). I lose all sorts of stuff, but have 20-year-old leg straps.