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Sep
4
comment How to fix/prevent blocked cleat bolts
A good sharp ice pick should do the job.
Sep
4
comment Unknown bike parts
@smoore - It is possible that they assembled parts of the bike (eg, added your choice of crankset) and the chainring bolt was left over from, eg, a poly pack of 5 when your spider only uses 4. Likewise the derailer hanger could be one of two supplied with the frame, varying based on the rear derailer configuration.
Sep
4
comment Unknown bike parts
@Kibbee - The appearance is consistent with a chainring bolt and "nut", screwed together. See this image
Sep
4
comment Unknown bike parts
@smoore - It would be odd for such "spares" to be provided with a new bike. (And especially odd for the the toe clips to be provided, given that often bikes are sold without pedals and few people use toe clips anymore.)
Sep
4
comment What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?
@davidsleeps - Way, way, way back in the mists of history women rode horses side-saddle and rode "women's bikes" in dresses. Hence the slanted top tube. (However, I happen to know a 50-something woman who frequently rides in a skirt, but rides a "men's" bike.)
Sep
4
comment What kind of bike should I get to accomodate me?
Yeh, I'd recommend a hybrid/city bike. Avoid "mountain" bikes with full suspension, and even front suspension is probably ill-advised. Expect to spend $50 or so on a good "floor pump" with a built-in pressure gauge -- well worth the investment.
Sep
4
comment What kind of bike should I get to accomodate me?
It would help to know how tall you are. But I always recommend used bikes (garage sale, etc) to folks just getting started. The only thing you really need to worry about is to make sure you keep the tires inflated to 60-80psi all the time. Low pressure is what kills tires.
Sep
4
comment Can a long stem be used safely with a short head tube?
Another caveat would be that the stem should not be inserted so deeply that the wedge is projecting into the top of the fork.
Sep
3
comment Puncture-proof 20" tires?
There are several good brands of belted tires, though I don't know how many are available in that size. I run Forte Metro K (in a 700c size) and have been pleased with their puncture resistance. (It is often glossed over how much of a pain it is to change rear tires with a geared hub, vs a derailleur setup, so it's good to seek out puncture resistance.)
Sep
3
comment Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?
Several items here.
Sep
3
comment Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?
I'll have to try that some time.
Sep
3
comment Why is 2nd largest rear cog making clicking noise?
Unclear: Is this the front or rear derailer you're talking about.
Sep
3
comment Can I change a 3speed sturmey archer to a derailleur system?
A fair number of those older, "less expensive" bikes use a generic frame that could accommodate either a 3-speed hub or a derailleur setup. If you have such a frame then the changeover would be relatively easy -- new rear wheel, new derailer, new bolt-on derailer hanger, new chain. Without such a frame it could be more difficult.
Sep
3
comment Can I change a 3speed sturmey archer to a derailleur system?
The vast majority of cheap derailleur bikes from yesteryear used a separate derailer hanger, vs something welded to the frame. The bigger issue is how the dropouts are aligned.
Sep
3
comment Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
@naught101 - Haven't seen them in a few years. The inline levers, which avoid several of the negatives of the classical "suicide levers", have likely supplanted them.
Sep
3
comment How high should brake levers be on drop bars?
It is largely personal choice (though most people go with the "personal" choice made by the manufacturer). Basically you want the levers to be in a comfortable position for riding the hoods, and also within (at least distant) reach when on the drops. Depends a lot on handlebar shape and your riding style. Some handlebar/lever combinations are such that there is no good position.
Sep
3
comment What happened to rear levers for drop bar brakes?
Yeah, duplicate. Net-net is that they are sometimes nice, but are unreliable, take away from overall cable pull, put the hands positioned too high when panic braking, and they're ugly. And no "self-respecting" cyclist would have them because they're a sign of a cheap bike. And they cause warts (or so I'm told).
Sep
3
comment Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?
Lots of uses for old inner tubes, from rubber bands to billfolds. Not so much for old tires.
Sep
3
comment What are these diagonal marks on my innertube?
I, on the other hand, read the comments and never bother reading the answers.
Sep
2
comment Help identify my bike frame?
I've never seen any table or such to relate serial to manufacturer. But I did just this AM run across VeloBase, which seems to have a lot of old bike info. You might check there.