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Old, tired, crazy.


Apr
19
comment Can oil/grease damage tires?
Another thing to watch is when cleaning/oiling your chain. I always take a section of newspaper and shove it up behind the derailer, so it drapes over the tire, before cleaning or oiling.
Apr
19
comment How to deal with lock that keeps jamming?
One alternative "degunker" is "lock de-icer" spray. This is generally an alcohol-like product with modest solvent properties, and it leaves no significant residue behind.
Apr
19
comment How to deal with lock that keeps jamming?
@moshbear - The problem with TriFlow as a "degunker" is that it's "vehicle" is not a very good solvent. And there's also a slight danger that, if you use enough to fully "degunk" a badly gunked lock you could leave an excess of Teflon behind. But TriFlow is probably better than a lot of alternatives.
Apr
19
comment Can oil/grease damage tires?
Yes, oil/grease can damage tires. It depends somewhat on the type of rubber -- the old "gumwall" tires are quite susceptible to damage from petroleum products, while tires made with car tire rubber are pretty immune. But it's best to avoid getting any petroleum product (especially lighter oils and solvents) on any sort of rubber.
Apr
19
comment Should I grease pins when re-installing them on cottered cranks?
Yes, first get them clean and burr-free (and also make sure the flat is burr-free), then a light coating of oil or grease.
Apr
18
comment Is it possible to transport many (up to 12) bikes using some sort of auto-trailer?
I especially like the one on the 12th row down, on the left.
Apr
18
comment Training fasted: just about weight loss?
(The thing is, the body responds to "challenges" by increasing it's ability to handle similar future challenges. Glycogen is accumulated by the body because "experience" has shown it necessary. The trick is to give the body that "experience" without giving it counter-productive experiences at the same time.)
Apr
18
comment Training fasted: just about weight loss?
@CareyGregory - I don't think anyone can cite clear evidence for any of this stuff. It is known that athletic training (football camp, et al) causes an increase in stored glycogen in the muscles, but I've never head of any controlled studies that attempted to isolate the factors involved.
Apr
17
comment Replacing thick wheels with thinner ones
@Orion - It may be a folding bike, but it has BMX wheels and tires on it. Your best solution is to buy the thinnest tires you can find (probably 1.5) and get ones with minimal tread -- a heavy lugged tread increases rolling resistance more than anything. And run a "reasonable" pressure, above 50psi certainly. (Be sure any tires you buy have the "406" dimension, as that is the rim diameter.)
Apr
17
comment How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?
At least in this part of the country, there is almost always somewhere in rural settings where one (male or female) can discreetly urinate. And any cop that tried to pick up someone for doing so would be laughed off the force. "Public urination" is mainly a problem in cities, where certain areas (alleys, parking garages, et al) become toilets, literally and figuratively, due to vagrants, drunks, and druggies. The "public urination" laws are mainly to control them.
Apr
17
comment How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?
@CareyGregory - See the very first comment.
Apr
17
comment Does exercising solely through cycling cause injuries?
@amcnabb - The simplest knee-strengthening exercise that is applicable to cyclists is to lay flat on your back, keep your knee straight and your toe pointed up, and raise your leg for a count of 5 or so. Then slowly lower and do the other leg. Repeat 10-20 times. This is actually quite effective. (But if you are experiencing significant knee pain you should get a exercise plan from a therapist.)
Apr
17
comment How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?
Actually, my answer works for both genders. (I do recall seeing a lady camping with some sort of tent urinal that involved a shaped cup and absorbent pads, but I've never been able to find it on the web. Not much help for on the road, though.)
Apr
16
comment What kind of paint should I use on my plastic mudguards?
Got to a paint store or auto parts place and find a primer intended for plastic. Also be aware that paint takes several days to several weeks to achieve full hardness and adhesion.
Apr
16
comment Why does chain slip when I move my pedals?
@Carnotaurus - You didn't show it very well.
Apr
16
comment How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?
Two words: Foley catheter.
Apr
16
comment Why are higher-end freewheels so much louder when coasting?
I understand it's something of a "tradition" with Shimano.
Apr
16
comment How can I increase the highest gear ratio?
It may be more practical (and cheaper) to replace your rear gear cluster. A good bike shop will be able to give you guidance -- there are a lot of variables.
Apr
15
comment Why does chain slip when I move my pedals?
Yep, pedal in the right direction -- just about any derailleur bike will do what yours is doing if back-pedaled.
Apr
14
comment Can i stop my frame scratching my seatpost?
I don't think I've ever seen a seatpost that wasn't scratched.