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Old, tired, crazy.


Dec
19
comment Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?
If you make your own boot, it should be cut from the sidewall of the old tire, and the tire should be one with relatively thin sidewalls. For the dollar bill, it should be folded once or twice.
Dec
17
comment What's the cheapest way to get into training with power?
Find some long hills of constant slope. Given your weight and power and the slope of the hill you can calculate a target speed, or vice-versa.
Dec
16
comment Are bicycle helmets repairable or disposable?
@MladenJablanović -- There are a few manufacturers who will replace a helmet for free after it's been visibly damaged in a crash.
Dec
15
comment Self-made studded tyre with glue?
The "old fashioned" way to make studded tires was to drive "sheet metal screws" through from the inside, then cover the screw heads with heavy tire liner.
Dec
14
comment Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?
Yeah, I'd rate brifters as not quite a "major impovement" -- maybe a "captain".
Dec
14
comment Clicking handlebar
Well, the timing will obviously depend on the usage of the bike and particulars of its construction. And this creaking is largely limited to bars with a reenforcing sleeve at the center (which is usually but not always obvious).
Dec
12
comment Map during touring?
BarMap of the Gods is another similar map holder. It unfolds to display a (more or less) full page, and folds up to display a roughly 1/4 page map.
Dec
12
comment What's this? Photo of bicycle with pedals by the rear wheel
@dumbledad - Some tandems are set up with the cranks about 90 degrees out of sync. I believe there are several "theories" for why this is a good idea -- easier starting, more constant power, less wobble, etc. What you generally don't want is the cranks about 180 degrees apart.
Dec
11
comment What's this? Photo of bicycle with pedals by the rear wheel
@cmannett85 - Yep, looking at the photo yet again I see that you are right. The far-side chain angles down to a rear derailer, so that it's (barely) distinct from the "single-speed" chain on the near side. What's odd is the lack of clear provisions for a seat. There are bars on either side of the wheel but clearly insufficient to support a seat. But perhaps some additional hardware attaches.
Dec
11
comment What's this? Photo of bicycle with pedals by the rear wheel
Those don't appear to be pedals but rather foot pads for someone to stand on while "hitching" a ride. Similar to the foot pegs you sometimes see on kids' BMX bikes.
Dec
11
comment What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes?
Here's what I really look for in clipless pedals and shoes. But for some reason here is what I usually get.
Dec
10
comment What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?
You could always give them a Bronson kick.
Dec
10
comment Social network for bike users
Have you looked at Adventure Cycling? They have some forums on their site, and a lot of other information, links, and contacts.
Dec
10
comment How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?
Note that derailer capacity is primarily expressed in "teeth" -- the difference between largest and smallest rear cog plus largest and smallest front cog. You can exceed this capacity if you shift carefully and avoid "illogical" cog combos, but it's a bother.
Dec
10
comment How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?
There are several gear inch calculators online, such as this one on Sheldon's web site.
Dec
9
comment What kind of panniers is this tubus rack flange for?
Many panniers have a hook at the bottom that needs to "grab" some sort of eyelet. My TransIts have this -- a hook that is tightened by a web strap that runs in a V from one top corner, down through the hook, and to the other top corner, with a adjustable buckle to tighten the strap. My old (and greatly missed) Cannondale bags had a spring running down with a loop on the bottom, and you needed to fasten a hook to the bottom of the rack frame to match.
Dec
9
comment Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?
@Mac - The only important factors re (caliper) brake performance are flex in the mechanism and leverage. The cheap side-pull brakes of years gone by would flex badly, but better quality units didn't, and cantilevers even less. V-brakes are effectively cantilevers, and the only difference in performance is the relative leverage of the brake levers, which can be made stiff or soft at (manufacturer's) will.
Dec
9
comment A famous cycling Race, Place or Climb beginning with the letter “D”
Are you maybe thinking of a French pass such as Col d'Izoard?
Dec
9
comment How to handle an attempted bike theft
Press charges. It will go on her juvie record and be a club that can be used against her later, should she do something similar again. That is, unless you fear reprisals.
Dec
9
comment V-brakes during winter?
Yeah, I no longer do winter biking, but I did for several years (in southern MN) with cantis, with no difficulties attributable to the brakes. V-brakes are functionally similar to cantis.