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Old, tired, crazy.


Apr
8
comment I live in a place where it frequently floods. How can I keep my chain from rusting?
@JamesBradbury - That's because I have such a pretty face.
Apr
8
comment dishing on alfine hub
When you install the hub between the dropouts, there is a nut or bushing on the axle that fits against the inside of the dropout. That is the point you measure from, not from the end of the axle.
Apr
8
comment Sizing guide for road bikes vs mountain bikes
@Kibbee - Like I said, it's the "traditional" scheme for "traditional" frames.
Apr
7
comment Tires for 28' city bike (622x19C) to reduce rolling resistance?
Thicker isn't faster. Nor is it necessarily slower. At a given tire pressure, width doesn't affect rolling resistance very much. But narrower tires can be run at higher pressure, and higher pressure does reduce rolling resistance.
Apr
6
comment dishing on alfine hub
That's the way you dish standard wheels. Note that most often the spokes on one side need to be a few mm longer than on the other side, to allow the proper dishing. And you should measure from the shoulder of the nut that bears against the inside of the dropout. There is an inexpensive "dishing tool" available to check this, or you can make one with a few pieces of wood and some bolts.
Apr
5
comment Is there such a thing as a cyclist philosophy?
Google "Velocio". And go beyond the rather weak Wikipedia article.
Apr
5
comment Rear tire has started rubbing frame at one spot
He said he got it from Goodwill about a year ago. No telling how old the bike is.
Apr
5
comment Rear tire has started rubbing frame at one spot
Yeah, if you check the spokes to see if they're tight almost certainly one has broken. Your description of the event is exactly what you feel when a spoke snaps. A bike shop should be able to fix you up for only a modest fee.
Apr
3
comment Ride with someone who is less trained
@armb - Do you know how old Barbie is? She's 2 years older than Ken, while Skipper is 3 years younger. (Though at 49, Skipper's no spring chicken either -- not exactly a "child".)
Apr
3
comment Simplest and best way to keep water bottles clean and hygienic?
Also explain how this doesn't damage the plasic.
Apr
3
comment What alters the efficiency of (cantilever) brakes?
You can also experiment with shortening the straddle cable. You can jury-rig a shorter one with some cable and clamps from a hardware store, then buy an adjustable cable if that seems to help.
Apr
3
comment What alters the efficiency of (cantilever) brakes?
If they appear to be interchangeable, you might try swapping the front and rear pads, to eliminate the pads as the difference.
Apr
2
comment What alters the efficiency of (cantilever) brakes?
Do note that a part of the "mechanical advantage" equation is the "straddle cable" that connects the two sides of the canti. The longer it is, the less force is applied to the brake pads.
Apr
2
comment Waterproof spray or waterproof pannier cover?
Yeah, the "waterproof" spray just makes the fabric "water resistant" -- so that light rain will "roll off". And most panniers should already be made from a synthetic fabric that has this feature "built in". Re the covers, I have some bags with pull-out covers that work pretty well -- not enough to take them swimming, but they worked pretty well on my "rain ride" about 3 years back. (Certainly others may not work as well.)
Apr
2
comment Question about chain re-attaching
@BenediktBauer - That's really only true of newer Shimano chains -- their response to SRAM's Powerlinks. (And it's generally called a "pin", not a bolt.)
Apr
2
comment Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres?
It depends on the cyclist and the conditions. An average cyclist, on a relatively flat surface, can accelerate away from a stop fairly quickly. But if the cyclist taken time to saddle up and take off (maybe has trouble clipping in, maybe isn't so strong and it's slightly uphill) then it can go much slower. (I personally dislike the pressure of cars behind me when I'm starting -- prefer to be off to the side where I can take my time.)
Apr
2
comment Question about chain re-attaching
Of course, that's not the "right" way to free a frozen link. You're supposed to use the other anvil and work the tool from the opposite direction a half turn or so.
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).