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Old, tired, crazy.


Nov
30
comment Are single-sided forks a gimmick?
But with the single-legged fork the fork AND axle must be able to resist bending under (pretty extreme) load, producing even more of a problem than with the 2-legged fork and uneven compression.
Nov
30
comment Is there a way to convert the Park PCS-12 to PCS-10?
You can always make your own base, of course. And there are cheaper floor stands available than the PCS-10.
Nov
30
comment What is the correct frame size for me?
A very basic/crude rule is that, on an old-fashioned frame where the top bar is horizontal, you should be able to stand flat-footed over the bike with about two inches of air between the top bar and the stuff above the top bar. (On the more typical "modern" frame with a slant bar you have to imagine where the horizontal bar would be.) But this only gets you in the right ballpark.
Nov
28
comment Croozer bike trailer optimalisation for less tire detoriation
I don't recall this issue being raised here before, and there have been several serious trailer bikers around from time to time. So I'm thinking there's a problem with this specific trailer.
Nov
28
comment Croozer bike trailer optimalisation for less tire detoriation
@tvandenbrande - Yeah, swapping the tires (or at least flipping them around) will equalize the wear a bit -- would give you maybe 60% more tread life. Of course it means dismounting the tires, a definite PITA.
Nov
27
comment Continuing to use damaged cones in rear hub?
In theory that will work. But replacement cones are readily available for most size bearings, so consider replacing them.
Nov
27
comment How to measure the size of a suitable tire for my bike?
But note that the tire width is greater than the rim width.
Nov
27
comment How to measure the size of a suitable tire for my bike?
If there's a tire on the rim, read the numbers off of it.
Nov
27
comment Croozer bike trailer optimalisation for less tire detoriation
What tire pressure are you running? Pressure too low or too high could contribute to tire wear. For those tires I would guess you should be running at least 40psi, maybe 60. And, of course, use good quality tires.
Nov
27
comment How are tire sizes measured?
"Long ago"?? What is a "29er" then?
Nov
26
comment Detailed resources for planning backcountry/primitive tours?
Become a member of Adventure Cycling. I'm not sure how many direct resources they have, but the magazine is good and they have forums that should be pretty active (though I've not been on the forums in a decade).
Nov
26
comment is a 29er a good fit for a 5'9 height?
(And a bike shop that doesn't allow test rides isn't a bike shop, it's a store that sells bikes.)
Nov
26
comment is a 29er a good fit for a 5'9 height?
It should be noted that a "29er" is a plain old 700c rim, the same as road bikes. The larger tires produce a larger wheel overall, but not enormously larger so long as you're not talking 3" tires or some such. (However, at 5'9" it's not an easy choice. Also note that there are different bike ("frame") sizes for a given wheel size. You need to try to settle on a frame size at least.)
Nov
26
comment Biking in the winter more difficult?
An important caveat: At temps below about 15F (-10C), if you breathe hard through your mouth (mouth wide open and "panting") it is possible to actually cause frostbite in your throat (with associated tissue injury). And at temps above that (but still cold) breathing hard through your mouth can still seriously dry out the membranes in the throat and cause problems. When it's cold leave the TdF training for another day.
Nov
26
comment Which usually wears faster - wheel rims or brake blocks?
I've never worn out a rim, but a couple of images of failed rims have been posted here, and in those cases it was obvious that the rim was worn out -- there were essentially holes worn through it. I don't know if this is always the case, but I suspect it is fairly normal.
Nov
26
comment 27 1 3/8 tires on 27 1 1/4 rims
Should not be a problem, so long as all the components are "standard".
Nov
25
comment Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?
It's a bike. Seems decent. But be sure it's what she wants, and not what you want.
Nov
25
comment Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?
(And note that the Secteur Elite Double comes in 7 different sizes. It's not a "one size fits all" sort of thing.)
Nov
25
comment Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?
There is no fundamental difference between a "men's" bike and a "women's" bike, other than women tend to be shorter (on average) and hence need smaller bikes (on average).
Nov
25
comment Vintage 70's Bike info?
@Blam - The cottered cranks place it, I think, prior to about 1980.