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Old, tired, crazy.


Oct
31
comment Does anyone know what kind of bike this is?
It's only worth anything as a lawn ornament or for some welder to make a "sculpture" from.
Oct
31
comment Does anyone know what kind of bike this is?
Pretty much a standard bike, probably from about 1945 to 1960 or so. A headlight in the "tank" was popular in the 50s -- don't recall a particular brand that liked that style, though.
Oct
30
comment How much can a 700x23 inner tube stretch?
That's not a major difference for a tube, but it would be better to have the correct size. The undersized tube is apt to produce a lump in the tire near the stem, and eventually might fail near the stem, but otherwise should not cause tire failure. And I doubt that the tire exploded due to over-inflation -- more likely the tire was not evenly mounted on the rim, and slipped off. And 85 psi should be fine for someone weighing 187 pounds, though decent quality tires should be able to handle more, even if it's above the sidewall rating.
Oct
29
comment dual pivot side pull brake shoe touches wheel rim. How do I fix it?
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to reliably center sidepull brakes.
Oct
29
comment Giant Revolt 2 vs Giant Anyroad 2 drag/roll resistance
But it's not clear that the difference being measured is not wind resistance or weight difference.
Oct
29
comment Giant Revolt 2 vs Giant Anyroad 2 drag/roll resistance
Assuming that the bearings and brakes aren't dragging, any difference in rolling resistance would have to be due to the tires -- pressure, width, tread, and/or material. But with disk brakes there's a definite chance that brake drag is also a factor. Unless a bearing is overtightened or is actually defective, bearings could not be a factor.
Oct
29
comment Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash
Do understand that ordinary leather cycling gloves will not be destroyed every time you fall on them. Yes, after maybe 3-4 hands-out spills on asphalt with a pair you will see spots wearing through and want to replace them, but they'd probably still be good for that much more abuse before the padding wears through. (And note that your helmet probably should be replaced too, if it's figuring in at all.)
Oct
29
comment Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash
Ordinary cycling gloves should help a lot. But if you're injuring yourself that regularly perhaps you should rethink your cycling style.
Oct
29
comment why do left shifters switch chainrings and right shifters cogs?
Yeah, I've read that in the UK they use the opposite convention. For brifters and twist shifters you might be able to get UK shifters and accomplish the swap, if the cable routing doesn't mess things up. Bar end shifters shouldn't care (nor would friction shifters).
Oct
28
comment Can´t remove BMX stem top cap bolt (won´t loosen)
Did you try to whack it with a hammer?
Oct
27
comment Is it possible to have a cover over your chain,cassette,derailleur and cogs to avoid regular cleaning?
@Ian - In the case I experienced, on my son's bike, it was an IGH and we actually needed to change out a spoke, in part because the large-diameter IGH puts more stress on spokes and breaks them. The problem was that the chain got off the front sprocket while we were working on it, and you have to remove the crank arm to remove the front part of the enclosure. Finally monkeyed the chain back on, but it was a struggle.
Oct
27
comment Is it possible to have a cover over your chain,cassette,derailleur and cogs to avoid regular cleaning?
But fixing a flat on a bike with a fully-enclosed chain is a major PITA.
Oct
27
comment Is it possible to have a cover over your chain,cassette,derailleur and cogs to avoid regular cleaning?
It's impractical on the average derailleur-style bike. Even if you could make one fit (and not interfere with the rear mech, it's not good to have a cover over the chain if the chain pops off for whatever reason.
Oct
26
comment What causes the rear hanger to snap off?
Yeah, the derailleur disassembled itself. Most likely something jammed, and my first guess would be that the derailleur was misadjusted and got caught in the spokes. (If so you will probably see some scratches/dents on a couple of spokes.) The spoke guard you have is supposed to prevent this, but it appears to be a hair undersized. Otherwise, sometimes a chain sort of gets in a knot, especially when shifting to a smaller front.
Oct
26
comment How often should I lube with Pedros Ice Wax?
Never use the stuff, just a medium (neither wet nor dry) chain oil.
Oct
25
comment Can you reverse the sprockets on a cassette to lengthen its lifespan?
@Trengot - Easily solved with a good sharp file.
Oct
25
comment Techniques to increase average cadence for endurance-riding?
@Michael - Don't increase all at once. Try to go 5 RPM faster than "normal" (maybe 10 RPM if you've been doing below 50) until you get to a "new normal", then increase again. It can take weeks or months to get your cadence up to a "proper" level. And 90 RPM is only "optimum" for most cyclists -- some may be better off at 80-85, others at 100.
Oct
25
comment Recovery after long ride
Well, 36 miles isn't long for a lot of folks. Mainly you need to condition your body to the longer rides. It's to be expected that you noticed some discomfort during/after the ride if it was 3 times your norm. As to seat position and other bike fit issues, one can't easily judge that from just a sore back.
Oct
24
comment Chain skipping with new chain and freewheel
@FredtheMagicWonderDog - It would take at least 500 miles with a worn chain to seriously damage the freewheel.
Oct
24
comment Chain skipping with new chain and freewheel
I would suspect: 1) Wrong length chain, 2) wrong width chain, 3) wrong derailer/shifter (not stepping to match the freewheel pitch), 4) the chain "climbing" on the chainrings (not necessarily in that order). It's also vaguely possible you simply have the derailer improperly adjusted.