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Old, tired, crazy.


May
31
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
prestacycle.com/nitrogen_system.php
May
31
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
I've read that some bike shops sell this "service". It might be worthwhile with really thin racing tubes that leak down in hours, but not really worth it otherwise.
May
31
comment Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?
Several years ago I recall seeing a (very temporary) repair accomplished by wrapping the tire (with tube in it) with medical adhesive tape. (This was on a group tour and we were out on a bike trail where the service van couldn't come, so the goal was simply to make it to the next road crossing.) I wish I'd thought to get a picture of it.
May
31
comment How do I prevent STI shifter cables from blocking access to my Randoneering Bag or Handlebar bag?
It should be mentioned that many regard a bar bag to be a poor choice, from the standpoint of bike stability.
May
31
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
@User6159 - When I Googled all I came up with was swirling water.
May
30
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
Sometimes it works to ride a couple of casual laps around the parking lot after arriving. And try to do your dismounting and taking stuff off the bike, etc, in the shade.
May
30
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
BTW, what the heck does "eddy" mean??
May
30
comment Which clothes to use in wet weather for long distances?
How cold is it? That's the main determiner between different strategies. If it's warm you just get wet.
May
30
comment How to replace a tube with only one quick stick?
A Quik Stick is not a conventional tire lever. It's rounded, made of a relatively "slippery" plastic, and designed to slide smoothly along the rim. You can sometimes do this with a conventional lever but not nearly as easily, and you risk damaging tire and tube.
May
30
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
That's up to you. Basically, a shop that won't give a test ride is unlikely to be there if there's something wrong with the bike later on.
May
29
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
I would tell the shop owner there are other brands besides Trek.
May
29
comment How can I run a dynamo wire from my front hub to my dynamo light?
If you can't get the wire through the fork, that's not a problem. Fasten the wire to the fork and stem with cable ties and leave enough slack where it "jumps" around the headset to allow full motion of the bars.
May
29
comment What bike do I have?
I'd place it somewhere in the 80s or maybe early 90s. Not a high-priced bike, though not a real cheapie either. Maybe a brand sold at discount stores. The frame is nicely lugged. Can you make out a brand stamp on the derailers or the levers?
May
29
comment What is the reason for starting before the traffic light turns green?
@jimirings - It depends on the intersection. My preference is to hang back, but sometimes that isn't practical. And if you are "claiming a lane", you need to get an early start so as to not anger the cars waiting behind you, given that you accelerate much more slowly than they do.
May
29
comment Do Kevlar Belts really offer puncture protection?
Definitely yes. Punctures are reduced at least 10x, probably 30-50x, in my experience (vs equivalent touring weight unbelted tires).
May
28
comment What rear derailleur do I need?
If it's not indexed shift you basically just need a derailer with enough tooth capacity. IIRC, 7 speed of that era used a slightly narrower chain than 5/6, but not enough to upset the derailer.
May
28
comment What bike do I have?
Well, maybe if enough folks click this question you'll have enough rep. Otherwise, you can put the picture on Flicker or some such and link to it.
May
28
comment Long Quill Stem?
Different sized quill stems were rare enough back when quills were the standard -- probably scarce as hen's teeth these days. But I did roughly the same replacement you're contemplating back when I bought my Randonnee ca 1995, and I have no regrets.
May
28
comment What is a good replacement for a cable end cap?
A piece of heat-shrink tubing would corral a mildly haywire cable end.
May
28
comment What is a good replacement for a cable end cap?
FWIW, several years ago I bought a bag of about 20 caps, for a very nominal sum. Good to have on hand.