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Old, tired, crazy.


Mar
29
comment Painful Feet: Might be related to pedal-foot positioning
Yes, but "right over" gives you maybe a cm of play, +/-.
Mar
28
comment Packaging a bike for flying with a bike bag
@Kibbee - Only if you really believe that the airlines will use care when handling your bike.
Mar
28
comment Packaging a bike for flying with a bike bag
On conventional bikes, at a minimum, the rear derailer should be unbolted and taped to the chain stay. (I learned this the hard way, but luckily on the flight home.) I can't guess what you should do with a disk brake bike. And if you remove the wheels, place some sort of solid spacer between the dropouts -- a wood block or a piece of all-thread or whatever.
Mar
27
comment What's the correct position to assemble eliptic (Biopace, Rotor, etc) chainrings?
I had Biopace rings on my old bike, and experimented with installing them contrary to the Biopace scheme (though I can't remember what that was). Felt strange, and no obvious benefit.
Mar
27
comment What's the correct position to assemble eliptic (Biopace, Rotor, etc) chainrings?
This debate is one of the reasons that folks largely gave up on such rings -- the "theoretical" orientation never quite matched what "just seems to work".
Mar
27
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
The only time I ever fall is when I realize, too late, that I forgot to unclip.
Mar
26
comment Derailleur Hanger replacement for GTS R5 road bike frame
It should be noted that you're not looking for a dropout, you're looking for a derailer hanger.
Mar
26
comment How to setup triple front derailleur with a double crankset
Mainly it's a question of how far apart the cogs are on the double vs the triple. If the spacing is similar, it should be a simple matter of picking one ring to be the "middle", then adjusting the limit for the other ring. You may or may not then be able to adjust the other limit to keep the chain from jumping off. If not, you need to kluge some way to stop the motion (maybe a longer limit screw). Probably best to make the outer ring the "middle" and the inner one still the inner.
Mar
25
comment Conversion question
It would help to know the tooth count of your two front cogs, and the general nature of the derailers you've tried.
Mar
24
comment Can I replace chainrings without replacing the rest of the drive train?
The tooth difference is the same, so the rear derailer should be good, if you adjust the chain length. You'll probably want to move your front derailer down, and that may require a new cable.
Mar
24
comment Conversion question
You gotta have a derailer with enough "tooth capacity", and the right length chain.
Mar
23
comment How safe are helmet- or glasses-mounted mirrors?
Frankly, I've been using helmet-mounted mirrors for about 30 years, and have never had cause to be concerned about this issue. (I tried bar-mounted mirrors and found them deficient in several ways.)
Mar
23
comment Recovering confidence after a fall
First get the bike checked out. A subtle twist to the handlebar, or a slightly out-of-whack wheel may be throwing you off. And it's possible that the fork has been bent back.
Mar
21
comment What to do with old tires?
It's true of just about any tire, under most riding conditions. Maybe if your ride on ice or some such it would be different.
Mar
21
comment What to do with old tires?
Seems kind of pointless. A good tire remains good until it's damaged or the rubber wears thin enough that it risks puncture.
Mar
20
comment What is the proper technique for crossing railroad tracks?
It's not at all uncommon in many parts of the US for a "grade crossing" to be elevated a foot or two above the road on either side, with a relatively steep approach (which is usually poorly paved). Some such crossings are better crossed on foot. Around here the crossings are generally "sorta" on grade, but truly smooth crossings are rare on secondary roads.
Mar
20
comment How can I repair a swollen tire allowing visibility on the inner tube (picture provided)?
@Shawn - But if repeated attempts at deflating the tire, pushing in the stem, and reseating the tire do not result in a proper fit then likely the bead has been damaged and the tire needs to be replaced.
Mar
20
comment What is the correct way to put a helmet on?
As a general rule, helmets are designed so that if you can see while on the drops, you don't have the helmet fit right.
Mar
20
comment Protecting beater bicycle from scratches and rust
I'd just have a bit of touch-up primer from an auto parts place. You can buy it in a bottle with a brush in the cap. Primer will bond with bare metal better than anything else. For rusty metal there's even a "rust converting" primer that is quite good.
Mar
20
comment What natural features and governmental conditions contribute to a bicycle friendly town/city?
Civic attitude, I suspect.