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Old, tired, crazy.


Sep
26
comment Are folding bikes less efficient than full sized bikes?
Some folders are terrible, some quite good. Bike Friday bikes have been used for coast-to-coast rides across the US. Citizen bikes, OTOH, have been used to ride around the block.
Sep
25
comment protecting your man part while cycling
That's a slightly more extreme version of seats that have been around for decades. Terry probably produced the first.
Sep
24
comment In which orientation should a front wheel be installed?
@BrianKnoblauch - But what about the people who want a perfectly balanced bike and so put the two levers on opposite sides to balance out?
Sep
24
comment BB Lockring won't completely tighten
The threads are stripped, either on the cone, the lockring, or both.
Sep
24
comment Front wheel bent
In fact, the "damage" may have occurred without anything hitting the bike, when a spoke, out of the blue, just "decided" to break.
Sep
24
comment Front wheel bent
I've straightened up worse, just by adjusting the spokes, and had a fairly good outcome. Or you can sometimes buy a complete new wheel for pretty cheap.
Sep
24
comment Why is it important to keep equal number of turns when building a wheel?
@Vorac - Note that the spokes may not all have been threaded for the exact same distance. This is especially true if the spokes come from two different batches.
Sep
23
comment Why is it important to keep equal number of turns when building a wheel?
You start out with the assumption that the rim is round and the spokes are all the same length, and you strive to get all the spokes to near the same tension based on those assumptions. But at some point in the truing process you must deal with reality and start adjusting the spokes individually (or in small sets).
Sep
23
comment Can I replace a QR spike with a normal solid axle?
@Kibbee - Well, on the rear of a fixie you shouldn't even use a regular nutted axle without a chain tug.
Sep
23
comment Can I replace a QR spike with a normal solid axle?
Decent quality QRs, properly set, will not come loose under anything even vaguely resembling "normal" circumstances.
Sep
23
comment Difference between road & mountain drivetrain
Of course the length of the arm is not the only determiner. The old Suntour triple pulley derailer had an arm no longer than a standard road one but a much larger tooth range. I kinda wish someone would bring that unit back -- better ground clearance among other things so you'd think the off-road guys would love it.
Sep
21
comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
Cross-chaining small to small is almost worse on modern indexed drive trains since on both the front and rear the chain is being brought close to the adjacent cog. On a 10-speed rear the clearance is so tight that the chain can easily hook the ramps of the adjacent cog and try to "climb". It's not going to change gears, of course, but it can climb enough to chatter or slip a tooth. This is exacerbated because the chain is at its loosest. One could "tune" the setup to minimize this issue, but it would be at the expense of smooth operation in more reasonable situations.
Sep
20
comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
You're cross-chaining -- don't do that.
Sep
20
comment Buying mudguard and pannier together vs separately
I vaguely recall once seeing a picture of a combo fender and pannier assembly, but it's certainly not common. I'm thinking the kit was designed for a full suspension bike where there was no good mounting for either, save by cantilevering off the seat post.
Sep
19
comment Is it safe to go over roots at high speed on a cross-country bicyle?
Safe is relative. You could hook a root, go head-over, and end up riding a wheelchair.
Sep
19
comment Hill riding: What gears are usually the most comfortable?
From a purely technical point, it's not the size of a particular cog, it's about "gear inches", which figures together the gear ratio and the wheel size. A smaller gear inch value is easier to ride but slower at a given cadence.
Sep
19
comment New wheelset, spokes losing tension
My guess is the spokes are loosening up due to precession unscrewing the nipples.
Sep
18
comment I just replaced my cassette, do I need replace the 2 month old chain?
If the old chain has less than 1000 miles or so on it, leave it.
Sep
18
comment What is the hazard turn signal?
I'm getting the impression that your question was not serious.
Sep
18
comment What is the hazard turn signal?
Cute. Which is it?