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Old, tired, crazy.


Jul
15
comment Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?
Yeah, I'd especially like to have solid gold spokes.
Jul
15
comment Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?
+1, though it would have been better if you asked the question on a Friday afternoon.
Jul
15
comment Loose pedals on Norco MTB
The pedal shaft should be very rigidly attached to the crank arm, and the crank arm should be very rigidly attached to the crank shaft. If there's any "play" it should only be in either the pedal bearings or the crankshaft bearings. (If there is play where the crank arm attaches to the crank shaft then that's an "emergency" and needs to be remedied ASAP.)
Jul
15
comment chain getting stuck between chainrings
I ran into a guy who had this problem fairly often. The bike was an old one and had a new rear cluster and narrower chain to match, so the chain would get stuck between the front rings. Easiest way to get it out, as I showed him, was to slightly loosen the top-most chainring bolt. Probably the correct fix would be to install narrower spacers.
Jul
15
comment Converting a Bicycle without gears into a Geared one?
Probably not. You might be able to install a multi-speed hub, but they're fairly expensive.
Jul
14
comment Theft deterrents (in addition to locking up a bike)
Not really a theft deterrent, but I have a gummed label (covered with clear tape) with my name, phone, and emergency contact info glued to the top tube. If the bike is just "borrowed" and abandoned there's some chance I'd get it back, plus if I'm ever in an accident the label is visible enough that emergency personnel would likely see it.
Jul
14
comment Do these pads look contaminated?
Yeah, if the new pads don't help much you can just keep the old pair as a spare.
Jul
14
comment Do these pads look contaminated?
Replace them and see if that fixes your problems.
Jul
14
comment Is it appropriate to build bikepaths in local roads instead of Minor or Major Arteries?
I'd say this is entirely a matter of preference and politics.
Jul
14
comment Chain brushes derailleur
BTW, I think my experience with "clipless" pedals was about typical -- two falls in the first two days due to them, then none in the next ten years.
Jul
13
comment How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
I vaguely recall seeing, in a cycling magazine maybe 30 years ago, a setup that consisted of a second set of brakes that could be set to exert a constant drag, for training purposes. Would, of course, wear out your brake parts quite rapidly.
Jul
13
comment What U-lock has a reasonable weight to safety ratio?
This depends entirely on where you live/work and what the risks are. Around here I only use a lock (aircraft cable and padlock) because it gives me peace of mind -- I see unlocked bikes all the time, and thefts are rare. Other places you need a 50-pound anchor chain to be even halfway safe.
Jul
13
comment How to reuse a rim after the brake edge has been damaged
I would just lightly sand the immediate area of the scratches so that no jagged edges project outward. You'll get a little roughness and pad wear at first, until the spots wear down from braking action, but it shouldn't be too bad.
Jul
13
comment How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
See if you can't find some road, if only a quarter mile, that has a challenging slope, then go up, down, up, down, up, down, up ...
Jul
13
comment Are there any suitable alternatives to alcohol/brake cleaner for cleaning brake rotors?
You live in a dry county, eh? You just need to get to know the local moonshiner. (Plain water should work, sort of. A little detergent could be added if you're careful to rinse thoroughly.)
Jul
13
comment Chain brushes derailleur
Many front derailer selectors have some form of "fine adjustment". On my "brifters" you shift down to the target gear then do a half-click to adjust up. This is really only necessary if you're "cross chaining", though.
Jul
13
comment Replace wheel with equal or better model
Generally you should pick a wheelset very much similar to what you have (same rim width, same spoke count, same style rear hub) unless you know you want to change. The use you describe is not too demanding, so you shouldn't need anything especially "heavy duty".
Jul
13
comment Shimano cleats, Exustar shoes: Which bolts to use?
You mean, "screw a nut on. (Though sawing off such a short bolt would be a challenge.)
Jul
13
comment Shimano cleats, Exustar shoes: Which bolts to use?
You could take everything to a hardware store and find a suitable fit. Even if they don't have the exactly correct pan head screws you can find something close enough to figure out what would fit.
Jul
12
comment Suitability of Giant Aero RS2 for occaisonal on-road mountain trips
So long as the bike can securely mount your racks, the only concern for "occasional" on-road mountain riding would be the gear ratio, but that depends a lot on what you mean by "mountain" and what your physical strength/stamina is. You do need to have good, reliable brakes, but that's mainly a matter of having the right pads and not foolishly "riding" your brakes for long periods of time.