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Old, tired, crazy.


Oct
2
comment Loose Hub on front wheel
In addition to Sheldon, Park Tool has a site that has some excellent maintenance instructions.
Oct
2
comment How do you make an end-capped gear cable?
I am doubtful that you need a factory anchor on both ends. I can't imagine a shift cable being designed that way, especially on such an old bike. I would guess that there's some way to lock a cable into the "ferrule" without a factory end.
Oct
2
comment My disc brake rotors have started to corrode. What can I do?
How do you get the rust off of automobile disks?
Oct
2
comment Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?
Yeah, +1 on the trailer bike.
Oct
2
comment Reversing Drop Bars
It's done occasionally, as can be seen from the pictures (and I've seen a dozen or so examples "in the flesh" over the decades). Whether it's a good idea or not is for you to judge -- there's no Bicycle Court that decides for you.
Oct
1
comment Need help identifying bottom bracket
I've seen BB cartridges before, and the pictures look nothing like those. And I've never seen a BB cartridge that looked like it was designed to be disassembled.
Oct
1
comment The best way to deal with/prevent punctures on tubular tyres
I think they fix them. Carry a spare and a tube of glue.
Oct
1
comment handlebar under-tape (extra layer)?
I would guess that double wrapping doesn't last very long before is disassembles itself.
Oct
1
comment Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?
A problem with smaller wheels is spoke angle. The large hub causes the spoke to approach the rim at a slant, and the smaller the rim the greater the slant. Unless the rim has angled holes (few do), the spoke nipple will stand straight and the spoke will bend at the nipple. This produces a poor quality wheel that will tend to break spokes quite often.
Oct
1
comment Need help identifying bottom bracket
I don't think it came apart -- I think it was made in pieces like that. The individual bearing cartridges are replaceable.
Oct
1
comment Need help identifying bottom bracket
Take the failed bearing cartridge to an electric motor bearing dealer near you and see if they can't fix you up. There should be such a place in any town of 20K people or so.
Sep
30
comment Does it matter where you buy the bike?
If you're buying a cheap bike from a department store it likely does not matter much. The bikes are assembled by an itinerant "bike mechanic" and the stores offer no after-purchase service. Buying a slightly more expensive bike from a bike shop, the care that different bike shops put into assembly/tuning and the after-purchase service they offer can differ significantly.
Sep
30
comment Is it realistic to fuel a long ride with NO sugar?
I think you put too much faith in (overly simplified) math. While you touch on several of the significant points, the whole picture is much more complicated than that.
Sep
30
comment If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?
I've never personally experienced it, but have encountered a couple of riders on rides who had their cables snap at the shifter. Apparently some newer shifters flex the cable ends pretty badly.
Sep
30
comment If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?
Generally you'd just tie the derailer into position over an appropriate cog. (Breaking the chain sounds pretty extreme, and is apt to take you from frying pan to fire.)
Sep
29
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
@BPugh - Balls are cheap to replace, and any decent bike shop sells them. You just need to replace all at once, if the bearing has any sort of miles on it.
Sep
29
comment Is it realistic to fuel a long ride with NO sugar?
Pure glucose makes it into the blood within just a few minutes of eating. Other sugars take longer, but will probably have "kicked in" within 15 minutes or so. Complex carbs take on the order of an hour.
Sep
29
comment Is it realistic to fuel a long ride with NO sugar?
You don't indicate how hard you plan to ride, but a person in reasonable shape could easily ride 6 hours at a touring pace without eating anything at all. That said, it's probably a good idea to east something, and any sort of carbohydrate will probably do -- whatever tastes good and sits well on your stomach. You don't need protein, especially since it often comes with fat (which is a bad idea, usually).
Sep
29
comment Is it realistic to fuel a long ride with NO sugar?
@StephenTouset - There is a chemical distinction between sugars and more complex carbohydrates. Grains have relatively little sugar in them.
Sep
28
comment My Gears Are not Shifting Well
From your pictures, the drive train is quite dirty and lacks oil. (You should never see rust on a chain.) Clean and oil it (there's a good thread on how to do this somewhere) and you should be in much better shape.