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Old, tired, crazy.


Apr
24
comment Worth it carrying spare spokes?
I have spare spokes tied with twist ties to the inside frame of my pannier. They weigh next to nothing, and I always have them with me (since I hardly ever travel without at least one pannier).
Apr
24
comment Can anyone identify this frame?
Pretty generic, but there are odd-looking lugs on the BB shell, and on both sides of the rear dropouts that someone might recognize.
Apr
24
comment How to avoid riding on a gravel on the road sides? + Riding through traffic lights
Yep, every country's different (and every state in the US). Plus there are local customs one needs to be aware of. You should be able to inquire about riding on sidewalks ("pavement" to the Brits). As others have said, "claim your lane" is a good general approach, though obviously it can draw the ire of motorists who are not used to assertive cyclists.
Apr
24
comment Are there pedals that are both flat and cleated on each side?
Yeah, there are several like this, usually marketed to the mountain bike crowd. They work well with some shoes but others will not easily snap into the cleats.
Apr
24
comment How do I align my front brake disk with the caliper?
Are there washers on the axle? Did you get one washer on the wrong side of the dropout?
Apr
24
comment Worth it carrying spare spokes?
@CareyGregory - I've never actually used one, but FiberFix is a thin cord of some sort of strong, non-stretch fiber that you thread through the open hole left by the broken spoke and then tie to a hook that replaces the spoke end in the nipple. It will not bear as much load as a metal spoke (and there are cases where using it is difficult or impossible), but if you can get it installed supposedly it will help hold the wheel true.
Apr
23
comment Worth it carrying spare spokes?
Actually, you loosen the adjacent spokes, since they will be on the other side and pulling the "wrong" direction.
Apr
23
comment Worth it carrying spare spokes?
It is definitely worthwhile to carry a few spare spokes, especially if you do any real distance riding. I've replaced spokes on the road at least twice (oops, three times) that I can remember. You especially want to carry spares if your spokes are at all "odd" in length or diameter or profile.
Apr
23
comment Seatpost maintenance : removing rust
I'd start with some scouring powder and water. That should remove most of it. There's no need to get it perfectly clean, since you'll just grease it and stick it back in the seat tube where no one can see it.
Apr
23
comment Brakepads are burning tyres out
Ultimately, the pad makes essentially no difference in the amount of heating of the rim -- given an amount of momentum, a certain amount of heat will need to be "burned off", regardless of the pad composition, and about 90% of the heat will go into the rims. Unless you're doing long (multi-mile) steep downhill runs while riding the brakes, the problem is the pads touching the tires.
Apr
22
comment What could cause a screeching noise when going downhill without brakes?
@Jefromi - Good point. If the sound goes away when you very lightly press the brakes then it's most likely the brakes. If it only goes away with a firmer press of the brakes (but no speed loss) then it's likely the hub.
Apr
22
comment What could cause a screeching noise when going downhill without brakes?
I know I always screech when I go above about 40 mph. (Actually, the wind isn't that unlikely a candidate. Could be a "flute" note from an open bar end, eg. But such a sound would sound more like that flute and not so much fingernail on blackboard.)
Apr
21
comment walkable clipless pedal shoe to replace normal shoe?
With the Shimano shoes I have I stay off of polished wood floors and the like, but have never had any indication that they damage flooring in general, and I've never seen any marks left on, eg, vinyl tile. I kinda have to try to get the plate to "clack". Note that if you hear the plate clack on every step that means the plate is being worn on every step. It should be recessed enough to prevent that, on "walkable" shoes.
Apr
21
comment Is it better to get an entry-level carbon bike or a similarly priced aluminum bike?
What's wrong with a plain old steel frame?
Apr
20
comment walkable clipless pedal shoe to replace normal shoe?
I'd rather walk on ice (and I do) with my Shimanos than with most regular shoes.
Apr
20
comment Food during cross country ride
Go to a place that sells hunting supplies. They will have easy-to-prepare packaged meals of dried food. The prices tend to be a little high, though. Dried fruit is relatively cheap, and a good choice. Groceries now carry things like tuna in single-serving foil packs. And there are lots of other "convenience" foods, suitable for your needs, lurking in groceries.
Apr
20
comment What should I be looking for when buying reflective lights for night riding?
Whatever works. For the wheels I still prefer the purpose-made reflectors that bolt between the spokes. For the rear of the bike there's no good reason to not have a blinking LED taillight.
Apr
20
comment walkable clipless pedal shoe to replace normal shoe?
I have two pairs of relatively "walkable" shoes, one Shimano and one Specialized. They use the "mountain" (small) SPD plates. I wear the Shimanos mostly, and I do walk modest distances in them with no difficulty. Have worn them at work on occasion, also with no difficulty. Not what I'd call ideal for full-time walking, though.
Apr
19
comment Are these chainrings the reason my chain skips/hops?
Yes, to me the large ring looks to be worn out. Of course, if your large front chainring is worn out, your rear cassette/cluster is probably even worse, if it hasn't been replaced in awhile. (The small ring looks to be fairly good.)
Apr
19
comment Can oil/grease damage tires?
Another thing to watch is when cleaning/oiling your chain. I always take a section of newspaper and shove it up behind the derailer, so it drapes over the tire, before cleaning or oiling.