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Sep
3
comment Puncture-proof 20" tires?
If you ride a bike and don't know how to change a tire, you're going to have a bad time. While there are puncture resistant tires, no tire is puncture proof, and you will probably get a puncture when you are least prepared.
Sep
3
comment How high should brake levers be on drop bars?
I agree, you should position your hands such that they are comfortable on the hoods. This means your wrist should be straight, and not bent when your hands are on the hoods. Any significant bend of your wrists will create extra pressure on your bones/muscles/ligaments/nerves.
Sep
3
comment Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?
Probably best not to do this in enclosed areas, as I'm sure there's something toxic in the smoke.
Sep
2
awarded  Famous Question
Sep
2
comment How to thread gear cables through outers and end caps?
If you don't have cable cutters, check your vice-grips (most people have these). Often there will be a cable cutter on the inner most part of the jaw. I find they do a great job of making a clean cut, as they generate a lot of force. A clean cut is required to reduce fraying.
Sep
1
comment How do I remove a quill stem?
Well, if you took out the 7 inch long screw, and you can't move the stem, then it's possible that it's rusted and fused to the fork.
Aug
31
comment What is the purpose of this braze-on?
Yeah, they used to have disc brakes in earlier models, so it almost makes me think that it might have been there for that reason, and then when they switched to cantilevers, they removed the disc tabs, but forgot to remove the cable guide. Also, it could be for a hub dynamo. Are they usually wired on the non drive side? Do front wheels even have a "drive side" when they don't have disk brakes?
Aug
31
revised What is the purpose of this braze-on?
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Aug
31
asked What is the purpose of this braze-on?
Aug
31
comment How to decode tread patterns?
I agree with most people just using whatever came on the bike originally. However, once you own a bike long enough that the tires wear out, it's pretty likely that you're not just a casual cyclist, and will probably choose a tire on some actual merits, like puncture resistance or weight. Although I guess many people don't look at actual tread pattern. Although I'm a road cyclist so most people I bike with have little-to-no tread on their tires.
Aug
30
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
30
comment When should I not use my front brake?
Yeah, I've only gone over the bars once as an adult, and it's because I veered into a ditch. When I hit the bottom of the ditch, I had nowhere to go but over the bars. Luckily no harm was done to me or my bike. Hitting an obstacle which stops you while going downhill is probably the most common way of going over the bars.
Aug
29
comment I need help identifying my derailleur
Yeah, once you've determined the brand (Shimano or SRAM), the number of gears, and the cage length, you can find a model that's compatible. You don't have to replace it with the same one, just something compatible. Which one you choose will really depend on your budget and the quality of the derailleur you want.
Aug
29
awarded  Yearling
Aug
29
comment What types of BB-axle to crankarms interfaces are there?
There are actually 3 different sizes of square taper interfaces. Although with the two common sizes (J.I.S. and ISO) you can usually get away with using them interchangeably.
Aug
28
comment What is the difference between cheap and less cheap road bikes?
I'm not sure if you're considering buying a bike from Amazon, but I discourage it. Unless you have ridden the same model and you know exactly what you are getting. How a bike fits you and feels cannot be determined by reading a description on the internet. If at all possible, buy from your local bike shop, where you can take a test drive. Buying from a bike shop also has other advantages. They usually off free tune-ups for a year, two, or sometimes for life. Also, look at other aspects. For instance, the cheaper one allows you to attach a rear rack, while the more expensive one does not.
Aug
26
comment What is the minimum tire width for a 18 mm disc rim?
The manufacturer has a contact form on their website. I didn't see any specifications on the website for tire widths, but perhaps they would reply if you asked the directly.
Aug
23
comment Where can I find a replacement part for a seatpost collar?
I don't know if you can buy individual rubber pieces, but you could probably replace the entire seat post clamp for under $10. Possibly under $5 if you have a popular size. Check your local bike store, they should be able to help you find one that fits your bike, as there are many different sizes.
Aug
18
comment wheel does not turn when pedaling on mongoose motivator
From a quick Google, the Mongoose Motivator appears to be a BMX bike. If the back gears are spinning but the wheel isn't moving, then there's probably a problem with the freewheel. Perhaps the pawls are stuck.
Aug
14
awarded  Enlightened