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Feb
3
comment Is This Bike Worth 7K
Yeah, you really have to think about something like this as a business investment. Coffee is very high markup. You can make a cup of coffee for about 20 cents, and then sell it for $2. So you'd only have to sell about 4000 cups of coffee to make your money back. That's 40 cups a day (which isn't even a lot of coffee to sell) over 100 days. I'm not sure what the franchise is like, or how much their cost on coffee actually works out to, but it seems like a relatively cheap way to start a business.
Feb
2
comment Can you tell me what the name of this bike is?
@DanielRHicks Yeah, I couldn't find a model that matched exactly. The basic design is a Sting-Ray, and looking for that would be the best bet for getting something similar in the current market. I looked at a lot of pictures on Google last night, mostly because these are such nice bikes to look at, and I didn't see anything that matched the bike in the question, especially in relation to where the chainstays/curved tubes meet so close to the headset tube. The drive train, seat, rear fender and handlebars are pretty much identical to the pictures I've seen.
Feb
1
comment Is it possible to add speeds to single-speed bike?
27 speeds is a lot of speeds. Most bikes with 27 speeds don't really have 27 different speeds, as there are a lot of combinations which are basically the same as other combinations. Even pro racers only have 22 speeds, again with some overlap. 7 or 8 speeds provides plenty of range.
Feb
1
comment What type of shoes should I get with regular pedals
Single sided SPD pedals are great if you use your bike for things other than riding for the sake of riding like taking a trip to the store. Many SPD shoes are completely unusable with street shoes, and it's nice to not have to use cycling shoes all the time.
Jan
31
comment How can I avoid mud from splashing onto my back without a rear wheel fender?
They have mud guards that attach to the seat post. Don't know if that would qualify as a "fender" but they are a lot easier to put on and remove, and you don't have to worry about wheel/frame clearance.
Jan
29
comment How to thank motorists?
Any gesture you do might be considered sarcastic by the wrong person, so be safe. Also, the comment about the license plate was a joke.
Jan
29
comment How to align a chain on a single speed
As far a I know, the only way to change the alignment on most bikes is by switching out the bottom bracket for a different spindle length.
Jan
29
comment How to thank motorists?
A simple smile and wave should be fine, although local customs vary around the world, so depending on where you live, you might have to switch it up. Based on the rarity at which motorists are nice, I would copy down their license plate, use it to track down their address, and send them a thank you card.
Jan
26
comment What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?
I would think that you'd actually have to measure it, as bearing could be made in any size, unless someone can point to information on definitive information from the manufacturer, It would be best to measure it. Take the one you have into a bearing supply store and they should be able to measure it with a micrometer, and find you a replacement.
Jan
26
comment How do I remove old hockey tape from drop bars
The original reason for using hockey tape was that this is on a bike I ride a lot in the rain, and I find that regular bar tape has a habit of coming off quite quickly when subjected to rain. I think it would be much easier to remove if it was over regular tape. I think I'll just stick to regular bar tape from now on.
Jan
26
comment How do I remove old hockey tape from drop bars
I ended up using a knife to cut through the tape. it took many passes to get through all the layers. By the time I got to the second side of the bars, I found the best way was to cut a single line along the entire length. Then use the knife to get under and start peeling the tape. On I had enough to hold onto, I was able to peel it off as one big piece, like skinning a rabbit.
Jan
25
comment Garmin edge 510
Did you check the battery on the speed/cadence sensor? Can you be more specific about what solutions you have tried?
Jan
23
comment How do I make my frame water tight?
You might have to use something like WD40 to get the tape residue off after you're done. I don't think that the WD40 or the tape adhesive would damage the paint job.
Jan
23
comment How do I make my frame water tight?
Couldn't you just use duct tape, or would the vaporust dissolve it?
Jan
23
comment How to board a ski chairlift that is not intended for bicycles?
It might be possible to rig up something with ropes and caribiners so that you wouldn't have to carry the bike in your arms. Something similar to this could be made quite easily. You could even latch it onto the lift and dangle it below you allowing you to put the bar down. The only thing would be ensuring to give your self enough time to get the bike back up when it's time to get off the lift.
Jan
22
comment How to board a ski chairlift that is not intended for bicycles?
I agree with Batman. I don't see why the ski hill would let people who are carrying bikes get on the lift if the lift wasn't designed to accommodate them. It would be a huge liability. If you drop the bike from the lift you could hurt someone. And I don't see how you could put the safety bar down while still having a good hold on the bike. The ski patrol rescue sleds that I've seen had a harness to allow properly securing the sled to the lift.
Jan
20
comment Converting my old mountain bike to a cyclocross
Switching the wheel size would probably be a lot of trouble even if it fit in the frame since this bike uses rim brakes (cantilever from the google image results), and you would most likely have trouble getting the brakes to line up properly, especially without replacing them.
Jan
12
comment Uphills and downhills vs a flat
The problem as I see it is that assuming equal uphills and downhills, you will have less time to recover than you will spend out of the saddle. I guess it depends how steep the hills are among other things, but if the hills are quite steep, you will spend much more time ascending the hill then riding the gravity on the way back down. If it was a question of tailwind and headwind vs no wind, I could see some logic to it, but for hills, I just can't see it evening out. Also, on very steep hills, once you burn out your muscles, no amount of recovery can help in the time span of a ride.
Jan
10
comment Removing key from kryptonite lock
Take it back to the shop. Might be a defect in manufacturing. If it's acting up this soon, it's better to get it replaced now than worry about the lock sticking when it's connecting your bike to a rack.
Jan
9
comment How can we calculate the efficiency of the Siva Cycle Atom generator?
If they had the math to back it up, they would have just said that it is x% efficient and that it adds a resistance of for y watts over a conventional hub. They're own wording doesn't make sense. I don't think most riders could tell the different between 0.3% grade and 0% grade, but most could probably tell if their tires were 20 psi under where they should be.