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May
14
comment Huffy Cranbrook 26“ Ladies' Cruiser crank / pedal / chain ”pop" sound…?
(Kind of a shame. Despite the grief heaped on the name, Huffy bikes used to be a lot better than that.)
May
14
comment Any tips on riding a roll-off, followed by a trench?
@cherouvim - It's just that this is one of the most dangerous situations there is.
May
13
comment 26“ vs 28” wheels for touring
To see what's "usual" for a touring bike, the Kona Sutra is a good heavy touring bike, the Novara Randonnee is a somewhat lighter one. And Fred listed the Surly, which reportedly built like a tank. Note that all 3 have steel frames.
May
13
comment 26“ vs 28” wheels for touring
The vast majority of on-the-road touring bikes in the US roll on 700c (28") wheels. Touring bikes with 26" wheels are sold for shorter people, but are not all that common. A purpose-built touring bike will generally have 700c tires about 35mm wide. There is no significant strength advantage to the smaller wheel. Of course, off-road is a different matter, and depends very much on the specific conditions.
May
13
comment What could be the reason for stem this far away
The longer forward extension produces a more prone (aerodynamic) position and, in theory, more stability. And it better suits a person with a long trunk.
May
13
comment Road bikes rim brake or disc brake
I don't doubt that the manufacturers are selling "new" over function (witness V-brakes).
May
13
comment Road bikes rim brake or disc brake
Electric shifters I can see. They're almost weight-neutral and they allow shifters to be located anywhere. Plus they're less intimidating to newbies. I still see no real advantage (and several disadvantages) to disk brakes on the average bike.
May
13
comment WD40 on Single-Speed Chain
WD-40 is not a terrible substance to use for, eg, cleaning derailers, and it may be used to lube non-rotating parts (eg, a seat clamp), but should not be used for lubing rotating parts. Use an appropriate (wet or dry) chain oil on the chain.
May
13
comment Any tips on riding a roll-off, followed by a trench?
I'm just thinking of a buddy that got a broken back from a similar setup. He was a skilled BMXer, in a race. Been in a wheelchair about 10 years now.
May
12
comment Road bikes rim brake or disc brake
@Ross - Winter riding is a whole 'nother issue. I've read accounts of folks having the tires spin on the rims because they've gotten rock hard and no longer grip the rim.
May
12
comment Road bikes rim brake or disc brake
See this current question: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/21510/… Disks are easily damaged while removing/installing a wheel. If you never have flats I suppose that's not a problem, but some of us do.
May
12
comment Road bikes rim brake or disc brake
Relevant: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/1500/…
May
12
comment Are there front looking mirror options?
I'm giving you a +1 for actually digging up something that vaguely meets the OP's specs.
May
12
comment Swapping chainrings on old ultegra crank
Gad, 2002 is "old"???!!!
May
12
comment Road bikes rim brake or disc brake
@Ross - I've ridden in rain more than I care to remember, and have never found rim brakes to have a problem. You do have to plan ahead a bit and squeegee your brakes clean for half a second before you get full force, but a good cyclist is always thinking ahead.
May
12
comment Are there front looking mirror options?
@vclaw - Yeah, I removed the visor that came attached (riveted -- grrrr) to my helmet because it blocked my forward view.
May
12
comment Pain in my front shoulder muscle - suggestions? (Hybrid cycle)
Though it likely won't tell you anything you don't already know, you should probably see an ortho about this, if it doesn't clear up in another month or three. And if you are taking statins or some other cholesterol-reducing medication, be aware that those can cause such symptoms (and result in long-term damage if allowed to progress). There is also "myoadenylate deaminase deficiency" which can cause, in particular shoulder/neck pain (though generally less localized than yours), and can similarly cause long-term damage. This disorder is easily treated with a simple "food supplement".
May
12
comment Rebuilding a rear wheel
Buy decent quality (eg, DT) spokes. Cheap spokes are a false economy.
May
12
comment Are there front looking mirror options?
It's hard enough to find a passable back-looking mirror.
May
12
comment Rebuilding a rear wheel
A 24-spoke hub is extremely weak -- a good touring bike will have 36-40 on the rear. If you've broken 4 spokes then the others are hopelessly stretched (and probably were poor quality to begin with). The rim may or may not have been seriously damaged, can't tell from here.