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Sep
10
comment What to look out for in a second hand bike buy
Maybe some useful information here but that deals more with road bikes. Also more info here.
Sep
9
comment Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?
@armb Is there a case where the manufacturer of the hub doesn't line up the logo and spoke holes properly to make this possible. If you lace the wheel radially, and align the label to the center of the spoke hole, you pretty much end up making this impossible.
Sep
9
comment Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?
What is the purpose of this? Does it allow you to more easily find the valve stem? Some alternate solutions might be brightly coloured valve caps, or adding your own decal/tape/paint to the hub to identify which part faces the valve hole after everything is assembled.
Sep
8
comment Bike repair costs
Sometimes it's also easier to just replace a front wheel than to spend the time truing a badly bent wheel. Especially if you are paying someone else for their time to true it. Also, if you have place that deals in used parts, that might be a good place to find a wheel.
Sep
7
comment top tube angle on steel and carbon road bikes
Yeah, it's just a hunch, but the minimum top tube length on the old steel bike would occur around the top of the decal. You could also just have a sloping top tube, without changing the seat tube, leaving it looking somewhat like old-style women's bike, although with a slightly less angled top tube.
Sep
7
comment top tube angle on steel and carbon road bikes
Just a hunch here, but a sloped top tube allows less material to be used. Since the seat tube is angled, the shortest distance between the headtube and the seat tube is found by placing the top tube at an downward angle. This also allows for a shorter seat tube, using even less material. I'm guessing this is less strong, but that carbon bikes are able to withstand the forces, because of the larger tubes used, whereas steel tubes cannot handle this, and hence, have to be built the "old" way.
Sep
7
comment top tube angle on steel and carbon road bikes
Not just carbon, my aluminum bike (and many others I've seen) also features a downward sloping top tube.
Sep
5
comment Does the value of an old bicycle depreciate if old tires replace with new ones?
You might also want to look for some "New Old Stock". That would be the same tires as the original bike had, but that had never been used. Although they may still have some degradation as rubber will deteriorate just by being exposed to air, if you were able to find tires that had been left in the box, away from the sun, for the last 35 years, they would probably be in pretty good condition.
Sep
5
comment Puncture-proof 20" tires?
I haven't had experience working with geared hubs, but if they make it that hard to service in the field, I think that they probably aren't the best choice for someone who doesn't want to learn any bike maintenance skills. If you have to call a friend or take it to the shop every time you need a flat fixed, you'd probably get quite frustrated with the whole cycling experience real quick. I guess the nice thing about a folding bike is that you can always hop on the bus or hail a cab for the few times you do get a flat.
Sep
4
comment What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?
I don't think that most women would shy away from buying a unisex/ments bike if it did fit them right, as you get a much larger selection of bikes in unisex/mens bikes. However, I do agree that the manufacturers are doing themselves a disservice calling them "women's specific bikes" as that means that almost no man will buy one, ever. They're also not just proportionally smaller. They are generally made to fit a rider who has longer legs, and a shorter torso and arms relative to their total height (which is much more common among women) and not just be a smaller version of the men's bike.
Sep
4
comment Unknown bike parts
@Benzo Is it a bolt, or a spacer that the bolt would thread into?
Sep
4
comment What kind of bike should i get to accomodate me?
If you are just getting back into biking, we can assume you don't have any equipment at all. So I really understand not wanting to spend $700 on just the bike. Because all the other stuff you're going to want will probably cost you quite a bit too. Here's a good list of stuff you may want to consider buying, although a lot of it isn't necessary (cycling specific clothes), Although I recommend a good pump, lock, extra tubes, multi-tool, lights, helmet, water bottle, and chain oil. Things can add up pretty fast.
Sep
4
comment Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?
@Vorac You can get actual non-toxic fire starter for under $10 (which will light multiple fires). Probably best to invest in this if you actually are doing a long distance off-the-beaten-path hike. Although your trick would work in a pinch.
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
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
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.