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Mar
16
comment New to bicycles; Bad setup, bad bike, or too heavy?
If the chain is skipping on a new bike you should take it back to the shop and have them fix it.
Mar
15
comment Foot Tingling with Clipless Pedals
This problem can be in part due to one habitually forcing the foot forward, due to having previously used toe clips, or due to shoes that are too large or some such.
Mar
14
comment When is a wheel considered true?
No wheel is ever truly "true". They just may have more/less runout than circumstances require. A wheel on a beater bike can be considered "true" so long as it's not rubbing. A wheel on a racing bike is not true if there is any measurable runout.
Mar
14
comment Is my cassette or chain worn out?
@PeteH - To use a ruler you need three hands, and you get the ruler all greasy besides. A chain stretch gauge is cheap and easy to use and there's no good reason to not have one.
Mar
14
comment Is my cassette or chain worn out?
Don't guess about the chain. Buy an inexpensive chain stretch gauge and check the chain. And a good bike shop will have a special gauge for checking sprockets for wear. (And in order to "eyeball" whether a sprocket is worn we'd need to see the sprocket without a chain on it.)
Mar
12
comment How to evaluate used bicycle price?
Yeah, I would judge the bike to be from the 80s. Appears to be in good condition, though. Probably very lightly used. But not worth more than $100, maybe half that.
Mar
12
comment How to adjust cable length on integrated brake/shift levers, when there is no barrel adjuster?
It seems to me to be inexcusable for a derailleur bike to lack adjusters on the shift cables.
Mar
11
comment Persistent front wheel squealing: Replace the fork? Switch to disk?
(And keep in mind that the biggest complaint about disk brakes is squealing.)
Mar
11
comment Persistent front wheel squealing: Replace the fork? Switch to disk?
You need to adjust the "toe-in" of the brakes -- the angle of the pad relative to the surface of the rim. A good mechanic can do this by eye, but the use of a "third hand" and some shims makes it easier for the less experienced. (Fronts will squeal worse than rears due to the flex of the fork.)
Mar
11
comment Pedals won't turn while riding
You've got to explain that a little better. By "not work" do you mean that the pedals won't move, or that they move and don't turn the wheel? Or what?
Mar
9
comment long distance touring: is high tensile steel silly?
@Trengot - Yeah, clearly a defective GPS.
Mar
8
comment long distance touring: is high tensile steel silly?
Keep in mind that if you have, say, a bike with an uncommon style of rear derailer, you can be stranded if the derailer dissassembles itself in the middle of Timbuktu. Pretty much any part can lead to problems. So it's best to concentrate on getting a bike with a reasonably common set of parts -- nothing exotic.
Mar
8
comment Water inside bike frame
Even in an aluminum frame, water in the frame can destroy the bottom bracket cartridge. But note that the odor may be from chemicals used to treat the frame and from the lubricants, perhaps combined with water -- there's nothing in the frame that would "rot" and cause a smell when wet.
Mar
8
comment Where should I install the kickstand?
Wherever you can. Some frames are designed for kickstands behind the bottom bracket, some tolerate them, some will totally reject them. Similarly, some frames are well set up, in terms of the position and spacing (and strength!) of the rear stays, for a kickstand there, others aren't.
Mar
6
comment Slotted cleats for SPD shoes
There are double-sided pedals that have "mountain" SPD clips on one side and a toe clip platform on the other. Mostly just used on exercise bikes, though, since the strap will tend to drag at spots using SPDs.
Mar
6
comment How to replace a wheel Spoke
Certainly a spoke can be replaced. Probably best to have it done at a bike shop (which you'd have to visit anyway to get the replacement spoke), but you can do it yourself if you wish. (The front is a fair bit easier than the back.) I'd guess it would cost $10-$20 to have the spoke replaced vs $50-$100 for a no-name replacement wheel.
Mar
5
comment replacing tires and tubes
Look on the side of the tire for something like "700x35c" or "26/1.25" -- this is the tire size. Brand doesn't matter (other than for quality).
Mar
5
comment Inner tube popped on back side of the valve - why?
You should always inflate the tube slightly first -- not all the way, but to the point that it's still pretty limp. This helps prevent twisting.
Mar
5
comment a carbon rim cost only $169 is real carbon?
First ask yourself WHY do you want to upgrade to carbon.
Mar
5
comment Shifting 1>2 does nothing, shifting 2>3 puts me into 2nd. What's wrong?
(It is normal for cables to "stretch" as they age, and this particular adjustment -- for both front and rear -- needs to be made after about 3 months, then every 6-12 months thereafter.)