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Old, tired, crazy.


Apr
2
comment Question about chain re-attaching
The best way to do it, these days, is to use a "repair link" that doesn't require a tool to fasten. There are several good ones on the market, SRAM's Powerlink probably being the best.
Apr
2
comment Ride with someone who is less trained
Sorry, Barbie and Ken are incompatible and should split up. Skipper is the more athletic type, and I suspect that Ken is really attracted to her more anyway, he's just afraid to break up with Barbie because of her terrible temper.
Apr
1
comment Jammed rear brakes
See this thread for a catalog of brake styles. Identify yours from there and tell us what it is (or take some pictures and post them).
Apr
1
comment Are aerodynamic rims worth additional weight?
Side wind is also an issue.
Mar
31
comment Rattling of a Shimano Nexave roller brake
'Fraid not. It's a rare beast, and not many folks have experience with it.
Mar
30
comment Fixing Carbon Fiber
If it's just a few exposed fibers, I'd coat the "wound" with a little epoxy and call it good.
Mar
30
comment Overhauled hubs: still some noise
First just take the wheel off, loosen a locknut, and back off a cone about 1/4 turn. Then tighten the locknut and try the wheel again.
Mar
30
comment Minor hamstring pull, can I keep going at easy pace?
Most folks who have really studied it (vs folks who just repeat a mantra) say (and back up with real research) that stretching before exercise does little good (and maybe some harm). It's far more important to warm up slowly, BEFORE you stretch joints to their maximum extension or stress muscles to their max.
Mar
30
comment Overhauled hubs: still some noise
Make sure the noise you hear isn't due to the brakes rubbing, or maybe spokes rubbing.
Mar
29
comment Painful Feet: Might be related to pedal-foot positioning
I suspect your shoes have a lot to do with it. Probably with stiffer shoes you'd mount the cleat farther forward than with slightly more flexible shoes.
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.