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Old, tired, crazy.


Mar
4
comment Carbon Wheel Heat Bending
So apparently carbon rims should only be used with disk brakes.
Mar
3
comment Steel rims responsible for slicing tubes?
Also, I have seen something similar on bikes left out in the hot sun for 30-60 minutes. The heat causes the tire to expand unevenly and can lead to it popping off the rim. (Very rare, but it happens.)
Mar
3
comment Steel rims responsible for slicing tubes?
I suspect that you have the wrong size tires. If those are 26" tires, in particular, then you cannot just put any 26" tire on the rim, but must determine which 26" "standard" was used to make the rims.
Mar
2
comment Why won't tires go on my Velocity A23 rims?
Shouldn't use tire levers. Should use a Quik Stik.
Mar
2
comment What is the handlebar size for an old road bike?
(Actually, I checked and HF has a plastic vernier caliper for $3.99.)
Mar
2
comment What is the handlebar size for an old road bike?
Purchase an inexpensive vernier caliper. I'm guessing you can get one at Harbor Freight for $4 or so.
Mar
1
comment Using PTFE spray on rear derailleur springs
Not as desirable as a good chain lube. If the lube is gunking up too fast you might switch to a "dry" lube that is heavy on the wax. But neither is good if you frequently ride in the wet.
Feb
28
comment sealed hubs vs normal hubs
I have an old puller/press set that I probably paid less than $50 for. The "puller" is simply a jig that fits in the axle hole and then you use a drift punch through the opposite side to drive the bearing out. The "press" is basically just a regular axle where the cones have been shaped to fit the axle holes.
Feb
28
comment Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub
Use a hammer and drift punch against the cog teeth.
Feb
28
comment Rear derailleur cable housing length
The cable still looks a hair long, but not unreasonable.
Feb
28
comment Why bother changing a chain?
I figure a chain will last 2000 miles with my bike and style of riding. But if I were to go 3000 miles I'd start having shifting problems, and at 4000 the chain would be skipping. At that point the cassette would have developed bad "hooking" and there would be a risk of the chain tying itself in a knot (possibly destroying the rear derailer in the process).
Feb
28
comment Why are chains sold in fixed lengths rather than by the meter?
Most shops would hate the idea. Parts customers would be driven to mail-order because the loose chain is so inconveniently packaged, plus the measuring takes time and the guy to do it might not be handy as the moment. The time spend measuring the chain and packaging it up would easily double the cost of a parts sale. In the shop the mechanic would cut a longer chain anyway, then take it to the bike and fit it.
Feb
27
comment How to prevent the derailleur cable fibres getting all over the places?
You basically cannot solder stainless cable.
Feb
27
comment Rear derailleur cable housing length
There's no great harm from having it too long -- better that than too short. The biggest hazard it that it will get hung up in racks, etc. That said, I'd advise shortening it by 3-4 inches.
Feb
27
comment Why are chains sold in fixed lengths rather than by the meter?
I am quite confident that bike manufacturers can obtain their chains either in bulk or pre-cut to the exact length needed. No one else (other than bent owners) would benefit from bulk chain. (The links themselves cost virtually nothing -- cutting to order in a one-off situation would be more expensive.)
Feb
26
comment Will electric heaters degrade bicycle tires?
Feel the tire after about a hour. If it's more than "lukewarm" you should probably move the bike farther away. Not only would the heat degrade the rubber, but it's also not good for the lubes in the bike.
Feb
25
comment Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?
Yeah, WD-40 is not a good thing for routine bike maintenance, but I know of nothing better for cleaning up a really grungy derailer.
Feb
25
comment Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?
For starters, turn the bicycle right-side up and lean it against a wall, slide a section of newspaper against the wheel and up behind the derailer (to protect the tire), and hose the thing down thoroughly with (don't shoot me) WD-40. Wipe with a rag and lubricate with whatever light oil you have. If that frees it up then do a proper lube job with real chain lube.
Feb
25
comment Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?
Yeah, the rear derailer is in bad shape. Cleaning and lubing may fix it, or it may be that the spring has slipped off it's tang (not uncommon for that style), or it may be that the spring is broken. The chain is probably shot too, but it would never "stretch" that much.
Feb
23
comment Adding front derailleur vs upgrading the rear one on a (ladies) bicycle
It's hardly ever cost-efficient to upgrade a bike to the extent of adding gears. The only real reason to do so would be if the bike has some sort of emotional significance.