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Dec
6
comment Can I put a road bike tyre on a mountain bike?
There are road bikes made with 26" wheels. Terry makes a bike with 650C tires/wheels -- 26x1", and the same ISO diameter as the Schwinn S-7 26x1-3/4".
Dec
5
comment Advice needed re Carbon Fiber vs Shocks
(And you probably shouldn't spell out what "BS" means.)
Dec
5
comment Advice needed re Carbon Fiber vs Shocks
And try to find your ENTER key more often.
Dec
5
comment How can I evaluate a used road bike i intend to buy?
A bike that's been stored for many years may have cracked tires, but that's not a big deal if the bike itself is in good shape. Stay away from a bike that looks like it's stayed out in the rain a lot.
Dec
5
comment How can I evaluate a used road bike i intend to buy?
As Arne suggests, it makes a bit of difference whether you're looking for simple transportation or a fancy racer. The main thing is to learn how to tell a Wally World bike from a real one, and how to spot a bike that's been abused (from hot shot riding, extreme use, or simply being left in the rain too much). But there are many good bikes that have sat in a garage for 20 years and only been ridden 10 miles, so it's not hard to find a good bargain.
Dec
5
comment How can I evaluate a used road bike i intend to buy?
Check out this answer.
Dec
5
comment Can I put a road bike tyre on a mountain bike?
The problem with mountain bikes is that most are "26-inch" wheels, and for 26-inch wheels the actual rim diameter varies with the nominal width, so a tire that's labeled as narrower may not fit. If instead you had a 700C (standard road) wheel then the diameter is fixed and you could use pretty much any tire that's not crazy different.
Dec
5
comment Can I put a road bike tyre on a mountain bike?
You can certainly change the tires, but there are some (rather silly) complexities so it's best to go to a good bike shop for help rather than attempt to pick out your own replacement tires.
Dec
4
comment Is cornering in snow any different?
But it's important to distinguish between cornering on smooth pavement (with snow) vs on a dirt bike trail. On a well-used trail one can often take advantage of natural "banking" of the turn by hugging the outside of the turn more.
Dec
3
comment How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?
Again I want to point out that there are several different ways these things come apart. The Park Tool site has several different procedures, based on the specific type.
Dec
3
comment How bad is handling with only front aero wheel?
The problem is that even a slight sideways twist of the front wheel catches the wind from forward motion. Best case it merely slows you down, worst case it knocks you off-balance.
Dec
3
comment Are there Dynamo powered, rear flashing lights?
Traditionally, blinking taillights have not been provided with gensets because the load of a blinking incandescent lamp would cause the headlight to flicker (worse than it did already). But certainly there have been blinking taillights for battery sets that could be adapted to a genset, and with LEDs the fluctuating load is no longer an issue. (This might actually be a good challenge for some teenager electronics hobbyist -- relatively cheap and straight-forward to do, with readily available parts, other than the housing.)
Dec
3
comment How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?
Make sure you're doing it right. Check the Park Tool website for instructions, to be sure.
Dec
2
comment Why do consumer battery powered LED lights fail mid ride
Yeah, when I used to ride at night I always carried a backup clamp-on handlebar light. The battery can die unexpectedly, the lamp can burn out (though not as much now with LEDs), or a connection can go bad. In one case the bracket holding the light simply broke off -- on the first day of a 4-day ride.
Dec
2
comment How bad is handling with only front aero wheel?
Ever look at an Olympic-grade track bike? In most cases they use an aero front and solid disk back. Why do you suppose they don't (always) use a solid disk front as well?
Dec
2
comment Is cornering in snow any different?
It should be noted that studded tires will perform worse than normal tires on dry pavement, and in some other circumstances. There is no panacea.
Dec
1
comment How do I adjust my 7-speed Shimano SIS indexed shifter not to miss out one of the cogs?
You cannot reduce the amount of cable per click (at least not without a bulky converter gizmo). If the cable per click does not match the derailer then likely one of them has been replaced with an incompatible model.
Nov
30
comment Recommendations for low-maintenance “town” bike
(But unsealed BBs are quite susceptible to having the lube washed out by rain -- moreso than most other bearings. If the bike is left in the weather you may want to get the BB repacked fairly often.)
Nov
30
comment Recommendations for low-maintenance “town” bike
Yeah, a good bottom bracket, properly installed, should easily last 10 years and 50k miles in this kind of duty. Even a mediocre one half that.
Nov
30
comment What is a good bike for college?
@Isaac - Keep in mind that with the proper tools the thief can be gone in 30 seconds. He can "case" the situation for days and plan his moves before striking.