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Old, tired, crazy.


Nov
26
comment How to tell if a bike is good before purchasing?
But it needs to be noted that the suitability of the bike to your purposes is the bigger factor by far. The most expensive bike in the shop is a poor choice if it doesn't "fit" or if it doesn't suit your riding style. A "LBS" can assist you here (and the quality of assistance will help you choose a "favorite" shop), plus you can search around this site for other threads on choosing a bike.
Nov
26
comment How to tell if a bike is good before purchasing?
If you're talking about a new bike from a reputable shop, any bike should be "good" -- about the same value per kronen. But "department store" bikes (from a shop that does not specialize in bikes) are likely to be of lower quality (with the prices to match). (Also, "department store" bikes may not be correctly assembled, since final assembly is done by the store personnel.) For used bikes there are several threads here that cover that in detail.
Nov
25
comment Should I get wider tyres/tires for my tour if I'm not going to go off-road?
@JamesBradbury -- Yes. It's a judgment call, of course, but if the tire compresses more than maybe 25-30% of its diameter then it's likely either under-inflated or overloaded. (Note that extremely low-pressure off-road tires may compress more, but we're not discussing those.)
Nov
24
comment Is riding shirtless safe?
I'd say you covered the issues. The point about being cooler with a shirt on is important. As for rudeness, it depends on your local norms for behavior (and, to an extent, your physique) -- on a sparsely traveled trail or on the open road I wouldn't find it offensive. On a busy city park trail with kids and old folks and everyone in-between it's a bit more questionable.
Nov
24
comment Is a custom road frame worthwhile?
With regard to drop bars, there's a wide range of options even there. Some are wide, some narrow, some with a lot of drop, some with relatively little. And several other parameters.
Nov
24
comment Why do my tires keep losing air, even after having the tubes replaced?
Last time I had to dig the wire out with a knife.
Nov
23
comment Has Shimano produced Ultegra 600 Hub Set, 32 hole?
Google gives at least a half-dozen hits, so presumably there is/was such a thing.
Nov
22
comment Buy a new cycle or assemble new parts?
For $5000 it should come with a shapely female to hold it for me.
Nov
22
comment Is it safe to ride with bent fork?
Now that I can see the picture, it looks like the fork itself is not terribly bent, but the clearance to the downtube is so tight that you could have the tire hit the tube and grab when you hit a bump. You need to determine how serious this risk is.
Nov
22
comment Buy a new cycle or assemble new parts?
Of course, clearly the "season" will be different in India, and probably things won't be as deeply discounted. In northern climates people lose interest in cycling as the weather cools, and hence (here in the Frozen North) there aren't a lot of customers from about late August to early March. Bike shops lower their inventory to "cost", to clear it out. And models that are to be discontinued are sold below cost.
Nov
21
comment Can I buy handlebar tape in bulk
I generally put it over the regular wrap, once it begins to slide around or deteriorate. And add a fresh layer every year or two, as the old stuff gets grimy.
Nov
21
comment Can I buy handlebar tape in bulk
I'm sure the assembly lines order it in pre-cut pieces, to precisely fit the bike.
Nov
21
comment Can I buy handlebar tape in bulk
@Mac - There is the point that on some bars, particularly drop bars with external cables, even a small roll is hard enough to maneuver, and a big roll would be impossible.
Nov
20
comment Can I buy handlebar tape in bulk
Hockey tape comes in long rolls -- enough to do 10-20 handlebars.
Nov
20
comment Why do my tires keep losing air, even after having the tubes replaced?
I can't ever recall encountering a bad valve, either on a bike or a car. Occasionally you'll run into one with a very slow leak, but usually just operating it a few times will seat it properly. You can easily destroy a Presta valve, though, by wrenching it down too tight. (But definitely getting good quality belted tires will reduce punctures to virtually nil in most circumstances.)
Nov
20
comment Were these bearings defective?
But in this case the bearings aren't pitted -- they "peeled" apart in layers, like Russian nested dolls. This probably results from improper heat treating of the bearings, resulting in fairly distinct layers with different properties.
Nov
19
comment Why do my tires keep losing air, even after having the tubes replaced?
I've never needed to use water/soap to find a leak. Just inflate the tube to near twice normal diameter and listen/feel for leaks. Your face is particularly sensitive to the feel of the escaping air.
Nov
18
comment How to break reinforced Shimano pin?
I've never done one (prefer SRAM links instead) but I've watched a bike mechanic do it a few times. IIRC he just took a pair of pliers and snapped them off -- it took all of about 3 seconds.
Nov
18
comment How can I use a small Shimano BB on any frame?
Shimano likes to make the "fixed" cup part of the cartridge. For this reason, unless that cup will thread into your BB, you probably can't use the cartridge.
Nov
18
comment Anyone make a 31 or 31.1 mm seatpost?
Just for grins I went through Sheldon's page and picked out the different sizes -- 39 altogether (though certainly a few are "oddball" sizes only used on one or two bikes): 21.15, 22, 22.2, 23.4, 23.8, 24, 25, 25.4, 25.8, 26, 26.2, 26.4, 26.5, 26.6, 26.7, 26.8, 27, 27.2, 27.4, 27.7, 28, 28.6, 29.2, 29.4, 29.6, 29.8, 30, 30.2, 30.4, 30.6, 30.8, 30.9, 31, 31.2, 31.4, 31.5, 31.6, 31.8, 32. Of course, you can "cheat" a little between sizes, and more with the proper shims, but still it's more than is reasonable to expect anyone to carry.