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Jul
24
comment 26er Rims for a 26x1.95 tire?
All 26" rims designed for tires with a decimal width designation (vs a fraction such as 1-7/8) are the same diameter. Within reason they will accept wider or narrower tires that also have a decimal width designation. (Ie, the "ISO" number on such a tire should be "XX/599", where XX is the tire width in millimeters.)
Jul
24
comment Converting from 7-speed to 10-speed rear wheel
Yes, you need to clarify. Are you talking about changing the sprocket cluster ("cassette") on the wheel? If so, what change precisely are you proposing?
Jul
23
comment How do I know what is wrong with my brakes?
@GordonCopestake - If the levers are bottoming out it likely would take at least two turns on the barrels to fix, and it may be time to tighten the cable where it's clamped by the brake.
Jul
23
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
If you study it a bit you can learn how to pack your clothes such that they don't get exceptionally wrinkled in a pannier.
Jul
23
comment How to fix precession in pedal axle?
It should be noted that some pedals are quite loose on the spindles when they come from the factory. If the pedals are the all-plastic ones then this is probably "normal".
Jul
23
comment how do I fix my chain in this situation?
If you mean that when you pedal the bike, the chain moves, but no force is transmitted to the wheel, then most likely the "freehub" has failed. This would be something that a bike shop would need to fix. But note that there's a slight chance that your chain has simply fallen off the rear sprockets.
Jul
23
comment Always cycling in highest gear, why?
The gear is not your "cadence". "Cadence" is how rapidly (how many revolutions per minute) you turn the pedals. But cadence is related to gearing: for a given speed, the higher your cadence the lower (easier) the gear you'd use.
Jul
23
comment Front brake cable loose from barrel adjuster
The problem is that the cable is loose. If it were tight it would draw the ferrule into the barrel adjuster with little difficulty. Did the cable come loose somewhere else on the bike?
Jul
22
comment How to fix precession in pedal axle?
What is loose relative to what? Pedals loose on pedal shafts, pedal shafts loose in crank arms, crank arms loose on crank axle, bottom bracket cartridge loose in BB housing?
Jul
22
comment Any experience with spokes breaking on new Trek 720 touring bike
I can't imagine putting a 24-spoke wheel on a "touring" bike. But breaking spokes that soon suggests that the wheel was incorrectly built or built with bad spokes (which seems to be happening more and more of late).
Jul
22
comment Repaint over a pink bike
(But if you look around, used bikes are often available quite cheaply, or sometimes for given away for free, out of a neighbor's shed or garage where it's been collecting dust for years.)
Jul
22
comment Repaint over a pink bike
What Blam said -- you need to "rough it up" a bit with sandpaper (I'd use something a hair coarser than 600 grit), then repaint either with a brush or with spray paint. Or you can go to an auto parts place and buy a "primer", instead of sanding. In either case, be sure to wash the bike first, and use up most of a roll of masking tape, masking off the stuff that should not be painted.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
My worst injury ever was from slipping on the ice while walking out to get the mail.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
@Willeke - I wasn't commenting on whether or not to wear a helmet, but rather the benefits of cycling.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
LAW did an analysis maybe 25 years ago, and they found that the health benefits of cycling (in terms of increased longevity) offset the risks from bike accidents by about a factor of two when you don't wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet, in turn, reduces the accident risks by about a factor of two. So, if you wear a helmet you can figure that the benefits are about 4 times the accident risk you worry about.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
It is actually fairly easy to damage your knees, if you are susceptible and you use the wrong technique. Mostly, having the seat too low and pedaling at too low a cadence can cause injury. With proper technique it should not occur.
Jul
22
comment Long term benefits and risks of bicycling
Yes, due to polio I have difficulty walking a half mile, but can, with relative ease, cycle 20-40 miles.
Jul
22
comment How to climb a hill as a beginner
It should be noted that you should not work your legs to exhaustion every day, but should provide a day or two between difficult rides to allow your muscles to recover and build up more strength/endurance.
Jul
21
comment Where do you leave your bike on cafe stops and water breaks?
See bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/19048/…
Jul
21
comment Where do you leave your bike on cafe stops and water breaks?
See bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/12428/…