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Old, tired, crazy.


Mar
31
comment Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes
It looks like it's awfully close. If you can't pull the noodle out like that you probably should permanently loosen the cable ever so slightly (1/8" will probably do it).
Mar
30
comment Front rack is not straight with fork, is this normal? And how can I fix it?
So it's this unit? Mounted the same way as in the picture?
Mar
30
comment Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes
Based on your pictures it looks like you should be able to slip the end of the noodle out, when the brakes are squeezed tight together. Hard to tell for sure without being there, though.
Mar
29
comment Exposed cord on bike tire - replace?
Should have been tossed about 2000 miles ago.
Mar
29
comment Over-tightening a BB
Any harm that could be done has already been done (or not been done). There's no point in loosening (and in fact you could cause damage by doing it unnecessarily).
Mar
28
comment Does riding a cyclo cross bike carry a large aerodynamic penalty when compared to a road bike?
That's about 22mph, meaning that you are in the range where fairly small aerodynamic differences can begin to be significant. It's hard to say how much of a penalty you're paying, though, relative to the other riders -- certainly not 2-to-1, but (thumb suck warning!) maybe 5% or so more effort than the best bike would burn.
Mar
28
comment How long should spokes last?
Replacing spokes is not quite as trivial as you make it out to be.
Mar
28
comment Is the plastic piece between the seven gear sprocket and the spokes hard to replace, and how?
That is generally known as the "spoke protector" or "spoke guard". You need the appropriate tools to remove the cassette/freewheel. Or a bike shop can probably do it in ten minutes or less. (I do recommend having the spoke protector, even though it's often said to be "unnecessary", since if you do happen to need it due to, say, hitting something with your derailer, it can prevent a nasty fall and easily $100 worth of damage.)
Mar
28
comment Bumpy ride. Is it the casing or the inner tube?
possible duplicate of What could cause an inflated tire to be "untrue" on a true rim
Mar
27
comment How to remove a stuck seatpost?
Looks like steel to me.
Mar
27
comment How to fix a sluggish bike?
If it's making scraping noises then at the very least the brakes need adjustment.
Mar
27
comment bike grease got on my wall. best way to get it off?
First, dab up any loose grease with an absorbant towel/rag. (DO NOT rub it in!) Then try dish detergent (diluted) on a rag. Be careful to not soak the area. Rinse well. If that fails, try one or two of the "degreaser" cleaners -- 409, ZEP, etc.
Mar
27
comment bike grease got on my wall. best way to get it off?
Acetone will dissolve the paint.
Mar
27
comment unknown make model and year
It also looks exactly like my old Nishiki. It's a very generic design.
Mar
27
comment unknown make model and year
It's a bike, probably from the 80s. The lugs look pretty much standard to me.
Mar
27
comment Why do my disc brakes squeal when wet?
@brendan - It only takes a very thin haze of corrosion to create the problem.
Mar
27
comment A gap in the hole when inserting JIS square BB to a Truvativ Crank
@azer89 - The head of the bolt should tighten against the crank arm, not touching the end of the crank shaft.
Mar
27
comment Force open a U-lock
An angle grinder is the best choice for speed and lowest chance of collateral damage. If you can't find one to borrow you can rent one. Or buy a cheap corded one at Harbor Freight for $15. (But if you can borrow or rent a cordless model it's much more convenient than the corded unit you'd get from HF.)
Mar
26
comment Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments
See this answer: bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/8683/1584
Mar
26
comment Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments
I've been riding bikes in a rural/suburban environment for 40 years. I've gone on about 15 week-long bike rides with typically 100-150 other cyclists through much of the US Midwest -- small towns and medium-sized cities. In that time I've never had a bike stolen, and only 3 bikes in our group were stolen. (One was left unlocked, outside a bar. The other two were unlocked at the campsite.) All I've ever used is a lightweight cable with a padlock -- that's enough to discourage "opportunistic" thieves.