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Old, tired, crazy.


Aug
22
comment Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?
I say "claim your lane" (while observing the caveat @Mσᶎ mentions). It's for both their safety and yours. When they get alongside you and suddenly see an oncoming car, they'll swerve into you to avoid it.
Aug
21
comment Do rubber bike pedals or rubber pedal covers exist?
For that matter, a plain old sock would probably work quite well, installed just before needed.
Aug
21
comment What's the best way to quickly align front quick release wheel?
Yep, for a normal bike, if the axle is all the way into the dropouts, the wheel should be aligned. If it's not then the brakes need adjustment or, possibly, the fork is bent. (In your case it may be simply that the brake pivots and cable need lubrication.)
Aug
19
comment 29" freewheel ruined (slipping)
I wonder if it's a chain length problem.
Aug
19
comment Tire popping out of rim when inflating tube
It's possible that the rims are worn out to the point that the rim is spreading under pressure (especially likely with older non-box rims). It's also possible that the rim is simply too wide for the tire.
Aug
19
comment How to lubricate cables?
Spray lube is the way I (and several good bike mechanics I know) go, but there are better lubes than WD40. You generally want something with Teflon.
Aug
18
comment Why won't tires go on my Velocity A23 rims?
Two minor points: 1) It always takes at least twice as long in the hot sun. 2) Get a Quik Stik.
Aug
18
comment Cramps/pain in feet and toes after turbo trainer rides and cyclocross races
My guess is that the effective cleat position is wrong for your feet, probably too far forward, assuming your feet ride all the way back in the shoes.
Aug
17
comment Cramps/pain in feet and toes after turbo trainer rides and cyclocross races
Have you previously done that much riding in that short of a time-span?
Aug
15
comment What's this noise? Is it from my crank?
Well, I've heard of using goose grease in a pinch, but never mongoose grease. (Thoroughly clean and oil the chain, and see if that helps.)
Aug
15
comment What's this noise? Is it from my crank?
It's a little hard to tell from your description, but it sounds like something to do with the chain -- slipping a tooth, a "frozen" link flattening out or some such. But with the 3-piece crank it could be a crank arm loose on the shaft (which is a more serious problem). To check for that, grab the crank arm and try to move it in and out. Any motion at all relative to the shaft is not good.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
Yeah, smile and wave is probably a good approach. Show them they haven't gotten under your skin, even if you have to grit your teeth doing it. If you seem irritated that just encourages them.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
I think it would be wise to avoid any sort of confrontation which could provoke the idiot to further reaction.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
My guess is that some men are offended by a woman cycling, especially if she's not doing it in a "ladylike" manner.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
(But you might ask a cyclist friend to sort of "check" you and how you're handling that stretch of road. It sounds like you're doing it right, but another pair of eyes might see something you could do differently.)
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
About 30 years ago I came to the realization that one can be irritated by idiot drivers or amused by them. Granted, when the driver is effectively threatening you, it's harder to be amused, but to the extent you can it makes life a lot less stressful.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
Yeah, bullying, plain and simple. Not much you can do about it, though, unless you can somehow document it and take the info to the police.
Aug
14
comment How to measure chainring / cog wear?
@headeronly - I have doubts whether that could work, given the natural irregularities in the average tire, uneven mounting, out-of-round rims, etc. It might work to dismount the tire and gauge it's thickness, but that's a lot of work when you can get the same info by partially deflating the tire and seeing how soft it is in the middle.
Aug
14
comment How to measure chainring / cog wear?
Generally you're going to need 2-3 changes of the rear cluster before the rings need changing, and then likely only one or two rings need changing.
Aug
12
comment What is this brown goop on my new bike frame?
What material is the frame made from? (My guess is that the stuff is brazing/welding flux, from assembling the dropout to the frame. It likely oozed out of the vent hole.)