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Old, tired, crazy.


Jul
16
comment How to properly adjust rim brakes for a touring bike?
(Personally, I just live with a little squeal. There are worse things that can happen.)
Jul
16
comment How to properly adjust rim brakes for a touring bike?
Yep, "nosing in" very slightly (so the front edges of the pads are closer to the rims) helps eliminate brake squeal. Of course, over time the front edges wear more and even more "nosing in" is required, so overall wear is increased ever so slightly. Good stiff cantis or V brakes require very little nosing, but some of the old style side pulls tended to need a fair amount.
Jul
16
comment Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
This is true. A forward crouch does seem to make it easier to ride a bit harder and "encourage" you to do so. Of course, it's a balancing act to not overdo and make riding too unpleasant, especially if you're starting out a little out of shape. (In particular, the amount of forward crouch one can manage comfortably tends to be limited by the amount of avoirdupois ballasting the rider.)
Jul
16
comment Solutions for pedals screwed in the wrong sides?
I think you could force English pedals into French cranks, but not the other way around. And if this was done it might not be totally fatal, since the difference is enough that the threads wouldn't be totally mangled.
Jul
16
comment What is guttering the peloton
I dunno -- think that's hard alee worth it.
Jul
16
comment SPD cleats damaging mountain bike shoes
To verify: You are using shoes intended for SPD cleats, right? And when you installed the cleats you properly re-inserted the shoe sole insert (if there was one)? And the cleats are tight and aligned the same on both shoes? Could you have cross-threaded the bolts, or bent the mounting plate?
Jul
16
comment Can a rear derailleur be used for either a 9 speed cassette or 10 speed cassette?
Not entirely true. It's more important that the pitch of the shifter be the same. There have been 7/8 speed clusters with several different pitches over the years.
Jul
16
comment How can I clean sand off my bike chain?
Best thing for cleaning sand off a chain would be a hose. Failing that, a water bottle.
Jul
16
comment Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill
I hate tailwinds on hills because your cooling disappears.
Jul
16
comment How to properly adjust rim brakes for a touring bike?
Basically, you make sure that the pads are hitting the rim square and centered, and that the pads are an appropriate distance from the rim when not activated. Also check for "balance" -- that the left and right pads are spaced the same and contact the rim at about the same time when activated. The precise spacing depends on your levers (how much movement they provide), your preferences, and how true the rim is. (Nothing really special about touring bikes here.)
Jul
16
comment Can I damage my brakes by testing them vigorously?
Frankly, if you let a brake cable get frayed to the point that it broke, you're not paying enough attention to regular maintenance.
Jul
15
comment Can I damage my brakes by testing them vigorously?
Testing by riding and stopping suddenly of course adds wear, just like "normal" braking. So long as you don't overdo to the point of overheating the brakes, and so long as you don't get into the habit of "testing" your brakes every 30 minutes, should add negligibly to the overall wear. Testing by just squeezing while the bike is stopped adds only miniscule wear to cables and pivots, but also proves very little.
Jul
15
comment How long do brake pads last in storage?
I would guess that brake pads, still in their package and not exposed to sunlight, petroleum fumes, et al, should be good for 10 years at least. Varies a little with the composition of the pad. Tossed into a spare parts bin with old oily clusters, etc, they would be a bit more suspect.
Jul
15
comment Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill
Keep in mind that they're still often going up that hill at 20mph -- far faster than mortal humans would do in the same circumstances. Wind resistance is still a major factor.
Jul
15
comment Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
I'm grasping at physics. You're grasping at air.
Jul
15
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
But there are some excellent musicians who can't even read music.
Jul
15
comment What do I do when I don't trust my LBS to repair a problem they caused?
They owe you a new axle. Then fix it yourself.
Jul
15
comment Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
Actually, we don't know what the OP's route is like. (And if weight is such an issue then disk brakes would be a negative.)
Jul
14
comment Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
Actually, weight has very little effect on the speed you can reach on the flat. Rolling resistance and air resistance are the limiting factors there.
Jul
14
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
But one musician might be good at rapid-fire trilling, a second good at sight-reading, a third good at improvising. There are all types of excellence. And there are a lot of musicians who get enjoyment from the activity even though they could not be called "excellent" at all.