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Old, tired, crazy.


Jan
16
comment Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?
(It would be good if you stated what sort of parts you're looking for -- bolts, hubs, wheels, forks, frames?)
Jan
16
comment Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?
Actually, many shops that do repairs will have a small cache of used parts, depending on what you want. This is often true of shops that mainly sell new bikes -- it's the presence of the repair shop, and how "deep" it is, that determines what, if any, used parts may be available.
Jan
16
comment Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
And, in my experience, with toe straps the strap begins to dig into the top of your foot after several hours, encouraging you to use less efficient foot placement.
Jan
16
comment Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
@robthewolf - The thing is, when you become tired you stop trying to keep your feet properly positioned, and tend to slip into using your instep, with corresponding inefficiencies. I don't think it's the energy required to keep the feet positioned per se, but rather the consequences of failing to do so.
Jan
16
comment Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
For me, clipless pedals help with fatigue more than anything. After several hours the energy/effort required to keep your feet properly positioned on the pedals becomes significant. This causes a corresponding drop in overall performance.
Jan
16
comment Any source for Shimano shoelaces?
Something like the above image is what I eventually purchased. Not a perfect replacement for the Shimano laces, but reasonably close.
Jan
15
comment Can you put a kickstand on the righthand side?
The standard kickstand mounts just behind the bottom bracket. The chainring(s) on the right side would interfere with its deployment.
Jan
15
comment Brake lever seizing up from cold
If it were water the cable would stop operating once the temp got much below 32, and it would be sort of an on/off thing. Gummy lube could have its threshold at any temp, and would have a more gradual worsening as it got colder.
Jan
15
comment Snapping master links
Though on closer inspection they more resemble KMC "Missing Link" links.
Jan
15
comment Snapping master links
It would be worthwhile to mention the brand of these links. I don't believe that Shimano makes any keyhole links, so I presume they're SRAM?
Jan
15
comment Brake lever seizing up from cold
My guess is that there's some gummy old lube in the cable housing.
Jan
15
comment Snapping master links
My guess is either wrong size link or you're being really hard on your chain when you shift.
Jan
14
comment Cycling on snow in extreme freezing conditions: will my bike break?
(Though it's worth noting that cars probably get replaced a little sooner in Minnesota than in points south, and age is more a factor in plastic breaking than is temperature.)
Jan
14
comment Approximately where is the center of mass of a mountain bike?
You could combine your scheme and mine: Hang the bike twice, once from, say, the handlebar stem, and once from the seat tube. In both cases note how the hanging cord, if continued downward, would cross the bike. Where those two lines cross would be the CG.
Jan
14
comment Do stickers or paint compromise a helmet?
@unforgettableid - You shouldn't put words in someone else's mouth. A partial answer is perfectly acceptable.
Jan
13
comment Approximately where is the center of mass of a mountain bike?
@heltonbiker - Though I'd say yours was the cleverer of the two.
Jan
13
comment Approximately where is the center of mass of a mountain bike?
A little below the center of mass of the rider.
Jan
11
comment I am looking at buying a tacx turbo trainer however I am only putting out about 200w on a bike
200 watts sounds about right. I used to cruse at that level before my legs started going. I've seen guys at my club doing 500 steady for 15 minutes, but they're gorillas.
Jan
11
comment Is there a recycling program that accepts unrepairable inner tubes?
Not at all off-topic. There are lots of craft projects that can make use of bicycle inner tubes. Talk to your local Scoutmaster.
Jan
10
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
One first aid item that many people have but don't think of is your water bottle. If it's reasonably pure water (and not energy drink or whatever) it is excellent for first-aid treatment of road rash -- cleans the wound and stops the sting. Add in a small bottle/tube of antiseptic and some gauze pads and tape and you have most of what you need.