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Nov
12
comment Full helmet (BMX) for Commuting, what is the current 2014 opinion?
The face plant you experienced is relatively rare in road cycling -- more common off-road. As to claiming personal injury against the motorist, that's something you should discuss with a solicitor. In the US the circumstances would be sufficiently ambiguous that you probably would not prevail, but I think they take cyclists a bit more seriously on your side of the pond.
Nov
12
comment Will slightly loose bearings result in damage?
And it should be noted that one "standard" for how many balls should be in a bearing is "a full race minus one". This isn't exactly correct (depends on the amount of wear), but it's a rule of thumb that is not dangerous to follow.
Nov
12
comment Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?
Note that routing this way keeps the cables more "inboard" and less likely to get hung up on something.
Nov
12
comment Why does my chain slip off the chainring when cruising or back pedalling?
It could be either the freehub or binding in the rear derailer. Sometimes simply cleaning the chain and rear derailer will clear this up.
Nov
12
comment Anyone using studded bike tires on a commuter in milder climates?
(I've dealt With Peter White Cycles several times and have found them to be quite reliable.)
Nov
12
comment Anyone using studded bike tires on a commuter in milder climates?
As Batman says, studs are for ice, not snow. For snow you need an aggressive tread. And though I've never done much riding in snow, I also question the wisdom of having fenders on a dedicated snow bike. (I've done plenty of DRIVING in snow, and have seen wheel wells fill up with snow.)
Nov
12
comment Anyone using studded bike tires on a commuter in milder climates?
Of course, IceBike is still advertising a ride in 2006, so it's not that up to date. Still, it does have some good info in its reference pages.
Nov
11
comment Why so much hate for presta valve caps?
Forget those stupid rules -- they're half tongue-in-cheek anyway.
Nov
11
comment Why so much hate for presta valve caps?
What good is changing the tube if you can't inflate it?
Nov
11
comment Why so much hate for presta valve caps?
Why? You need the nut there anyway, to keep the stem from disappearing when you press the chuck on (especially roadside, with a frame pump). The cap is just a little more effort.
Nov
11
comment Mixing various spoke widths in a single wheel
The wheel will not stay quite as true nor last quite as long as a "proper" one, but the difference is probably not worth worrying about (even though purists will have a conniption).
Nov
10
comment Why so much hate for presta valve caps?
I have seen Presta valves where the end of the inner piece got bent over -- wouldn't have happened with a cap. And the cap helps prevent the lock nut from working loose. I see no reason to NOT use the caps, and I think the look neater than without. At the very least the caps can do no harm.
Nov
10
comment Replacing 14“ x 1.95” With 14“ x 2.125”?
@Blam - You sure have a bug up your rear. It was appropriate to caution the OP that tire sizing is confusing.
Nov
9
comment Puddle of oil when left up side down
@andy256 -- Trust me, I've repaired many a tire on the side of the road. It's easy to get the wheel in and out when upside down if you know what you're doing -- much harder when it's laying on its side. (And those "rules" you reference above are a bunch of hooey.)
Nov
9
comment Replacing 14“ x 1.95” With 14“ x 2.125”?
You do need to be careful about the wonderful tire sizing system. Your "14 inch" wheel, if you're measuring the actual rim diameter, is probably an 18 inch wheel. And, eg, a 2.125 inch tire is not the same as a 2-1/8 inch tire. To be sure, look for an ISO designation on the tire, such as 355-50.
Nov
9
comment Puddle of oil when left up side down
@Carel - Sorry, but I disagree. When you have to fix a tire on the road turning the bike upside down is the best way to handle it. Unfortunately, most newer bikes have cables arcing up off the handlebar, so this is not possible on newer bikes, making on-the-road repairs much more difficult. And, of course, hydraulic brakes also make it a problem.
Nov
9
comment Will slightly loose bearings result in damage?
A little loose will not cause damage, though it may cause handling to be less than perfect. Generally with hubs, though, you want them just a hair tight (after skewers are tightened, if you use skewers). This is known as "pre-load", and it compensates slightly for the fact that placing weight on the wheel spreads the cones apart.
Nov
9
comment Install hub dynamo on new cyclocross
You should be able to find the pre-built wheel somewhere, if you're not real particular about the specific dynamo and the rim used. Though disk is probably a little harder to find. Building a wheel is certainly doable, but use a good book for a reference, and take your time.
Nov
9
comment How to build a Camping trailer, and riding across country with it
Do you want a trailer that opens into a tent, or simply a trailer that will let you haul your camping gear? A few folks have built built the former, but it's more of a gimmick than practical. But there are many different styles of practical bike trailers that can be used for camping gear.
Nov
8
comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of press fit bottom brackets compared with threaded?
1) It's cool. 2) It's cheaper to manufacture. 3) It's harder to maintain so you'll buy a new bike sooner.