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Old, tired, crazy.


Aug
12
comment Reduce Resale Value to Avoid Theft? (Uglify)
Those are interesting, and might be fairly effective, if they stick well.
Aug
12
comment How do I prevent my pants from getting caught into the bike gears
That would be a "gaitor", a well-known variation on the leg strap, though also used by cross-country skiers, et al. And very much similar to Scrooge McDuck's "spats" (AKA "ankle blankets").
Aug
10
comment Does my flat tire need to be replaced?
It only needs to be replaced when the rubber wears down to where cord is threatening to show through or you're getting a lot of flats.
Aug
9
comment What causes a wheel to suddenly go out of true?
Sometimes, before a spoke breaks entirely it will "yield" a bit. Try truing up the wheel and see if anything gives. Could also be a failed rim (at the spoke hole) or a failed hub (which would likewise become apparent if you try to true the wheel). (Also, sometimes the spoke will break at the nipple and not appear to be broken.)
Aug
8
comment Is standing up and peddling on multi-gear bicycles a bad idea
The crank "gives" because the shifters are misadjusted or the sprockets and/or chain are worn.
Aug
8
comment The back brake on my bike is not functional, is it illegal for me to cycle?
US rules differ by state. It's been years since I read any of them, but, eg, rear coaster brakes are generally legal, without the addition of front brakes.
Aug
8
comment What are the disadvantages of wearing an aero helmet?
You look like a dork. (But of course, you're already in rainbow-colored spandex, so no biggie.)
Aug
7
comment Flying with your bike
Not really practical if shipping the bike overseas, but in the US you can ship a bike by rail cheaper and safer than by air. It does need to be boxed, but if you ask nice often the rail agent will give you a used box.
Aug
7
comment Replacing the front derailleur: unlink the chain?
Yes, you can unscrew the cage.
Aug
6
comment Is China dumping cheap spokes on America market?
I certainly believe that there may be some junk Chinese spokes on the market. The question is, how did they get into this bike?
Aug
6
comment Is China dumping cheap spokes on America market?
Ask him why Raleigh doesn't buy better quality spokes.
Aug
5
comment How to change a Gary Fisher Kaitai Dual Sport to be faster on the road?
The first thing to change would be tires -- go with tires that are thinner, higher pressure, and with smoother tread.
Aug
5
comment Heavier Thicker Chains and Gears for Winter due to Salt?
That's easy to say until you're stuck in the middle of nowhere and the chain jumps off the front sprocket while you're fixing a flat.
Aug
5
comment How to convert 17“ bike to 18” without changing frame
Yep, raise the seat and use a new stem that moves the handlebar upward and forward. There's a limit to how much you can do these things without killing handling, but an inch equivalent is probably doable.
Aug
5
comment Heavier Thicker Chains and Gears for Winter due to Salt?
But it makes fixing a flat a PITA.
Aug
3
comment What type of bike has the most similar feel to a stationary bike?
BTW, given how crappy even the best stationary bike is, I'm having trouble understanding why you'd want to duplicate the "feel" of one.
Aug
3
comment A general explanation of rim, tire and tube specifications
It should be noted that that nomenclature is just the rim nomenclature, and it oddly doesn't (per the above description) define the rim width. A tire will come with an entirely different string of incomprehensible numbers.
Aug
3
comment Does a rear derailleur guard provide effective protection?
I've seen them and thought it a good idea, though I've never tried one.
Aug
3
comment What do I need to research to switch to an internally geared hub?
@SavanniD'Gerinel -- For the roughly $800 it would take to make the switch you could buy a fairly decent used bike, if you shop around.
Aug
3
comment How can you remove logos from a bike frame?
Goo Gone is another solvent useful for removing stickers. Available at most hardware stores.