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Old, tired, crazy.


Jul
20
comment Reducing Bulk on a touring trip
@jon - You can no doubt find the space in your bags to carry an additional 10 pounds of lead (if you should want to for some strange reason), but can you find the space to carry 10 pounds of Styrofoam? There's a practical limit to how much volume (cubic inches) you can somehow strap onto a bike. You usually reach that limit well before the bike gets too heavy to ride.
Jul
20
comment The Value of a Chair on a Touring Trip
(And there's also the question of whether you'll even be able to find the thing in your bags when you want it.)
Jul
20
comment The Value of a Chair on a Touring Trip
@jon - I mean cubic inches (or cubic cm, if you prefer). One of the biggest challenges of self-contained touring is getting everything to physically fit on the bike.
Jul
19
comment The Value of a Chair on a Touring Trip
You fail to say whether this is a self-contained trip or your baggage will be hauled for you. When running self-contained the bulk is probably even more of a factor than the weight.
Jul
19
comment Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels
One assumes that you would have said by now if this is a disk brake wheel vs rim brakes.
Jul
19
comment Can I use cartridge bearings on my wheel hub?
@armb - Seriously, you've never replaced the balls in a race with a new set and seen how they fit noticeably tighter?? If you've got 11 balls in a race that's 22 surfaces that can wear, plus the race itself. Multiply a tiny bit of wear by 22 times and it can easily add up to that half a ball. And the race itself does wear as well. The beauty of ball bearings is that they wear very evenly, so they can take quite a bit of wear without looking (or acting) worn.
Jul
19
comment Creaking sounds from the saddle tube?
And, given that it's an aluminum frame, check carefully around the clamp and the adjacent welds for any cracks in the frame.
Jul
19
comment How dirty should the chain and the cogs be before I should consider cleaning them?
It depends on how anal you are. If crud is flaking off it's too dirty. It it looks dry (visible dry dust sticking to it) it at least needs oiling, and it's probably a good time to clean as well.
Jul
19
comment How dirty should the chain and the cogs be before I should consider cleaning them?
When the chain is dry, or when it's visibly crusted. Simply being a dark color is not a problem. (However, it's wise to clean/lube your chain on something vaguely resembling a regular schedule, with extra treatments in wet or exceptionally dusty weather.)
Jul
18
comment Cheap, effective degreaser recommendations?
Yeah, a good auto parts store will have several different types of "parts cleaners" to choose from. Pretty much any of them should work, so long as you keep them off of rubber, plastic, and carbon composite. And, when you're done with the cleaner, put it into a jug and take it to a recycling center (though before you do, note that you can reuse it several times).
Jul
18
comment Can a guy wear a woman's helmet safely?
@vclaw - Yep, different brands, or different lines within a brand, will likely have different fits. You just have to try on several and find what you like.
Jul
18
comment Can a guy wear a woman's helmet safely?
Good quality helmets are offered in multiple sizes, or, at the very least, have ample facilities to adjust the fit. The smaller sizes are apt to be sold as "women's" helmets, but, aside from the floral decals, they're the same as men's helmets.
Jul
18
comment Presta vs schrader valves
@jimirings - It was closed, 7 hours ago.
Jul
18
comment Is there an optimal postion for SPD cleats?
It should be noted that two different pedals may not position the cleat at the same location relative to the pedal axle. In my experience there's perhaps a 2cm difference between the fore/aft positions of the most "extreme" pedals. So an adjustment that works for one pedal may not be suited for another.
Jul
18
comment Are there any cleats (for SPD-SL) that convert the pedal to a regular flat platform for regular shoes?
There are a handful of devices available that amount to a flat plat you can attach a cleat to the bottom of and clip into your pedal, and some people have made their own. I know these were mentioned once or twice in other threads.
Jul
18
comment Can I use cartridge bearings on my wheel hub?
@armb - Re ball wear, my experience is different from yours. (Of course, "very quickly" may be a thousand miles or two.)
Jul
18
comment Can I use cartridge bearings on my wheel hub?
@headeronly - I don't really know. I eventually replaced the wheels with another set I built myself (though they were also cartridge bearings). Those gave me no trouble.
Jul
18
comment What is the hand gesture for “I'm sorry”?
I think it must be the middle finger, pointed upward and with your palm facing you. At least this is what I see some drivers doing when they should be apologizing to me.
Jul
18
comment Creaking sounds from the saddle tube?
Remove the post, grease lightly (perhaps use an "anti-seize compound") and reinstall. Torque the fixing bolt to spec.
Jul
18
comment Can I use cartridge bearings on my wheel hub?
@headeronly - My experience was with no-name cartridge hubs on a Nishiki bike ca 1985. One of the cartridges apparently seized and turned in its seat, wrecking the hub. This after maybe 500 miles.