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Old, tired, crazy.


Jan
14
comment Do stickers or paint compromise a helmet?
@unforgettableid - You shouldn't put words in someone else's mouth. A partial answer is perfectly acceptable.
Jan
13
comment Approximately where is the center of mass of a mountain bike?
@heltonbiker - Though I'd say yours was the cleverer of the two.
Jan
13
comment Approximately where is the center of mass of a mountain bike?
A little below the center of mass of the rider.
Jan
11
comment I am looking at buying a tacx turbo trainer however I am only putting out about 200w on a bike
200 watts sounds about right. I used to cruse at that level before my legs started going. I've seen guys at my club doing 500 steady for 15 minutes, but they're gorillas.
Jan
11
comment Is there a recycling program that accepts unrepairable inner tubes?
Not at all off-topic. There are lots of craft projects that can make use of bicycle inner tubes. Talk to your local Scoutmaster.
Jan
10
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
One first aid item that many people have but don't think of is your water bottle. If it's reasonably pure water (and not energy drink or whatever) it is excellent for first-aid treatment of road rash -- cleans the wound and stops the sting. Add in a small bottle/tube of antiseptic and some gauze pads and tape and you have most of what you need.
Jan
10
comment Do stickers or paint compromise a helmet?
@unforgettableid - That should have been a separate answer.
Jan
10
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
A popular headlight lamp at one time was the miniature low-voltage "sealed beam" spotlight made for deck lighting -- about the right size and 12V. Quartz bulbs improved on things slightly, but no major improvement in current drain until LEDs and HIDs came along.
Jan
10
comment Need some experienced eyes on removing cog/rear wheel mechanism
Or a small cold chisel and a few taps with a hammer.
Jan
9
comment Which puncture-resistant tires?
When the "lucky streak" runs 5 years or more one begins to suspect it's not just luck.
Jan
9
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
I had an old incandescent/lead-acid setup which was really good -- 4-5 hours run time with good brightness. Had to replace the batteries (mounted under the seat) about every 3 years, and had the setup for maybe 10-12 years (two different bikes), until several parts just disintegrated from age. Bought a new NiMH setup with a bottle cage battery, but apparently the battery was defective from the start, and it never worked right until I had the battery rebuilt, but by then I'd given up most night riding. It's a crapshoot.
Jan
9
comment Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution
@Vorac - Given that one can't avoid mud on the front derailer, avoiding it on the cable hardly seems worth the effort.
Jan
9
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
This is a difficult problem. Last I looked I could find no good reviews/tests of the various lights -- simple brightness ratings are deceiving -- no clue as to how the light is distributed -- and run time figures are often quoted only for reduced brightness or flashing modes, not full brightness.
Jan
8
comment Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution
As to why there is no "optimum solution", that's just the way life is -- everything's a compromise of some sort.
Jan
8
comment Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution
@Kibbee - There are top-pull front derailers. And it used to be common to have pulleys for the front derailer cable, so running across the top, down the seat tube, then back up to a pull-down derailer would not have been out of the question. But, as I suggested, usually the front derailer cable runs down the down tube, to minimize length and turns.
Jan
8
comment V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?
You can get the "Travel Agent" cable adapter, though there are reports that cable breakage with that is a significant problem.
Jan
7
comment New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube
(And understand, as Mike says, that 26 x 1.5 is NOT the same as 26 x 1-1/2.)
Jan
7
comment New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube
What numbers are on the side of the tire?
Jan
7
comment What is a wireless crankset?
Yeah, I've never had a crankset with wires on it. Did get some vines wrapped around them a few times, though.
Jan
7
comment New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube
It's not clear -- how much have you inflated the tube? With it uninflated (laying limp) is should fit inside the tire without "bunching up" -- it's normal for it to expand a bit when inflated, and the tire prevents that. (The image above looks close to "normal" for a tube that's been a bit over-inflated.) But as Mike suggests there are (at least) two different standards for so-called 26" tires.