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Old, tired, crazy.


Mar
8
comment How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?
It would take me roughly an hour, on typical roads around here. There are people who could do it in half that time, though. And a difference in roads could easily be another 2x factor, one way or the other.
Mar
7
comment Do I need to replace cranks after newly installed pedals torqued out along with some threads in my crank?
There is a slight possibility that your cranks have a different thread. I think Sheldon has an article on that -- some French or Italian "standard" that is close to the usual standard but not quite.
Mar
7
comment What inner tube do I need for this tyre?
Keep in mind that tubes can cover a fairly wide range of tires. The same tube generally fits 27" and 700 (28") tires, and typically a width range will be speced something like 28-37 mm.
Mar
7
comment Do I need to replace cranks after newly installed pedals torqued out along with some threads in my crank?
Is is possible that you got the left and right peddles crossed? (Even with gunk in the threads, the pedals should have screwed in with only mild force.)
Mar
6
comment How to keep my hydration pack tubes and valve from freezing?
Alcohol is a pretty good antifreeze. ;)
Mar
6
comment How to care for a steel frame?
The bottom bracket area is where moisture that somehow gets into the frame settles, plus it's down near the road so that it will pick up tire spray. It's not a bad idea to coat the inside with grease occasionally. (This would be true of an AL bike as well, BTW.)
Mar
5
comment How to care for a steel frame?
Why would you think it takes more care? Just don't leave it out in the rain for weeks at a time and it will be fine. A good steel framed will outlast any other material -- rust is honestly a non-problem.
Mar
4
comment Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?
@Reid - I generally find that my bike feels the most stable at speed when my hands are on the hoods vs the drops. It all depends on the overall bike geometry.
Mar
4
comment Extend drop bars with additional positions
You might consider a simple stem extension to raise the bars an inch or so.
Mar
3
comment How long will a battery last in a Garmin GSC 10?
In general, I've found "cyclometer" batteries to be good for at least two years -- maybe 100-300 hours of riding. My experience with wireless is limited, though (maybe 50 hours total) -- the transmitter may run the battery down more rapidly. (It would be good if several people would report their experiences here, to gather some sort of consensus.)
Mar
3
comment I need help on how to make my bike faster
Why is it slow? At top speed in high gear, how many RPMs are you turning? Do you have enough gear ratio options on the high end to pick a "sweet spot"?
Mar
3
comment What should I do about salt in V-brakes?
They're just bushing-style pivots. Wash them occasionally (a standard cyclist's water bottle is good for this). Maybe give the pivots a very tiny squirt of oil (to prevent corrosion), being careful to keep it away from the pads. Lube the cables (inside) as needed.
Mar
2
comment Are tow-hitch bike racks legal?
You can always buy a license bracket (with light) at a auto parts place and somehow attach it to the bikes or rack. The light can be driven by the trailer light outlet. You'd want to securely fasten it, though, to prevent loss/theft of the plate. (But I've never heard of anyone being hassled for this problem.)
Mar
2
comment 5 Month old bike, pedals and brake issue
Note that IF you bought the bike from a regular bike shop the shop should give you a "complementary" tune-up after several months of riding. It's not unusual for several things to need adjusting by then.
Mar
1
comment How much smaller frame is ok?
Better a bike a hair on the small side vs one that's too big, but either is less than ideal.
Mar
1
comment Cold weather chain lube?
Yeah, the best chain lube is the wax that comes on the chain from the factory.
Mar
1
comment Freewheels frequency in 2012?
Freewheels (in the conventional sense) are used rarely, if ever, on new bikes.
Mar
1
comment Freewheels frequency in 2012?
The term used to describe a freewheel built into the hub is "freehub".
Mar
1
comment BMX stem slipping; how to stop?
Did you check whether there was space in the gap? If the gap is pulled all the way tight you need a shim or different parts.
Feb
28
comment What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?
I've noticed "fresh" asphalt producing that extra drag for months after it was laid -- stuff that was laid in early June was still noticeably "slower" in August.