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Old, tired, crazy.


Apr
13
comment How do I determine what kind of replacement shifters I need?
Yes, unfortunately it gets more complex all the time, with different shifters and chains and sprockets required based on how many sprockets are in the rear cluster, among other things.
Apr
12
comment Relatively new tube exploded by itself without any external force
Better than a patch is a purpose-made "boot". Or one can cobble a boot several ways -- a folded dollar bill is a popular choice (and actually quite good).
Apr
11
comment Can anyone identify this freewheel type?
I'd suggest taking it to a bike shop to see if they have a matching tool.
Apr
11
comment Relatively new tube exploded by itself without any external force
It doesn't take a very large hole in the tire for this to occur -- pretty much anything larger than a simple nail hole is going to be a problem and should be "booted".
Apr
11
comment Does this bike count as antique?
I'm guessing that a true "antique" bike (over 50 years old) with no particular pedigree is worth at most a few hundred dollars. But keep in mind that, beginning about 1970, probably a million bikes a year were purchased, used 3 times, and put away in a garage.
Apr
11
comment Can Lezyne Stainless-12 chain tool handle be used as tire lever?
Believe me, the Quick Stick is better than a regular tire lever. As to using that flangy thing on the Lezyne tool, I'd much rather use a plain screwdriver, or even a nail clipper.
Apr
11
comment Can Lezyne Stainless-12 chain tool handle be used as tire lever?
Answer a question for us: Why do you not want to carry a proper tire lever of some sort?
Apr
11
comment Can Lezyne Stainless-12 chain tool handle be used as tire lever?
In my opinion, the Quick Stick is far better than standard tire levers.
Apr
11
comment Can Lezyne Stainless-12 chain tool handle be used as tire lever?
What you need is a Quick Stick.
Apr
11
comment Can Lezyne Stainless-12 chain tool handle be used as tire lever?
Here is the best picture I've found: chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/lezyne-stainless-12-multi-tool/…
Apr
11
comment Can Lezyne Stainless-12 chain tool handle be used as tire lever?
If you're talking about that flap on the chain tool, that's there to hold the chain tool from turning as the main tool handle is turned to thread in the screw. It is the wrong shape to use a tire lever, and it's positioned improperly. If desperate I might try using it for that, but there would be considerable risk of damaging the tube or rim, plus it would be painfully slow (if it worked at all).
Apr
11
comment how do I tell the difference between bike brands
Do you mean the difference in quality, or the different brand names?
Apr
11
comment Can an untrue wheel cause up down jerks?
It's unclear what you're saying. If you've removed the tire and you observe that the rim is "out of round", that's your problem. But more often a sensation of the wheel "bouncing" on each revolution is due to a defective or improperly mounted tire.
Apr
11
comment Children's bike problem with back wheel
Yes, your question could be interpreted (at least) two ways: 1) Sometimes the bike gets stuck over uneven pavement and the rear wheel spins because the training wheels hold it off the ground. (Solution: Raise the training wheels slightly.) 2) Sometimes the rear hub malfunctions such that, while your daughter is pedaling forward, the sprocket that connects the chain to the rear wheel just spins, with no motion of the wheel. (Solution: Have the bike serviced at a bike shop.)
Apr
11
comment Can Lezyne Stainless-12 chain tool handle be used as tire lever?
In a word, no. You should carry a separate set of tire levers or a Quick Stick if you expect to fix tires on the road.
Apr
10
comment Help me setup my bike to my weird size?
With your situation you'd normally want to avoid getting a frame that is "large enough" for your height, but one a bit smaller. But that's water over the bridge (or is it under the dam?). You can raise the handlebar a bit and also get a stem with a shorter forward extension (though this affects stability to a degree). Maybe look at a different handlebar (though I don't have one to suggest). And, of course, you can move the seat forward a smidge (but not too far!). None of this is optimal, but you gotta compromise somewhere if you don't get a custom bike.
Apr
10
comment Can't shift and I don't know how to fix it
You need to either take it to a shop or spend some time studying bike maintenance. This is not a question that can be answered in a few lines. Park Tool has some excellent online tutorials.
Apr
10
comment What causes frames to break at the (rear) dropouts?
I weigh around 105Kg and I've never had an axle break. The rear hub uses a freewheel.
Apr
10
comment How to “shop” for bikes via mail order
I would not recommend ordering a "serious" bike -- one that you plan to spend hours on -- by mail/internet. You really need to ride the bike before you buy it.
Apr
9
comment Does this bike count as antique?
(It's not what most folks would consider an "antique". Needs to be 10-20 years older to begin to rate that designation.)