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Feb
15
comment Straight-pull spokes - worth it?
I ride both mtb and road. Spokes have always broken at either the elbow (90%) or the nipple (10%). Yeah, I know it sounds weird but the nipple as snapped on me twice in my 35 years of riding. I use regular spokes on the mtb and butted on the road. I also stay away from the top end parts because they are made for racing and have the lifespan of a fruit fly. I've always gone 1-2 steps down from the top and get far longer use than my buddies with a weight cost of a latte. Just something to think about.
Feb
15
answered What's the cone wrench size?
Feb
15
comment What tools do I need to disassemble and re-assemble an 80's road bicycle
The list given is great. Can't really add anything else to it off top of my head. If you go into a bike shop they will be able to order you in a complete home shop kit which will get you started cheaper than buying each single item. Then you pick up the one-offs which are specific for your bike like cassette tool.
Feb
11
comment Shimano 105 early- to mid-1990s SLR groupset on eBay worth it for 70s SuperCycle rebuild?
Bike looks like a mid 80's...$480 for a mid-90's 105 Groupo seems way high. I bought a 105 groupo in '96 which had brake lever shifters and it cost me $600 installed. Hope that helps.
Feb
4
comment Why does my gear slip when going uphill / standing?
My money is on the worn cluster. However I did have a "road" bike 30 years ago that had shifters on the neck stem. If I was standing on an uphill my knee would tap the changer and cause a world of hurt for me. Stupid place for shifters...
Jan
31
comment Pain on the sides of my feet
Excellent points. The width of the shoe might be widest at a different part of the last than where you need it for your foot so the shoe might be a "wide" shoe but the way it fits you it might be a narrow fit.
Jan
31
comment Pain on the sides of my feet
Cleat alignment can also vary from person to person. I'd suggest you wear some sneakers on flats and see what you're naturally inclined to do for angle then try and mimic that with your cleated shoes. Just be careful as if your alignment is out too much then it will translate back to your knee/hip joints and cause even more trouble. Baby steps! Oh, and I'd suggest you get your foot sized at a running shoe store not a bike shop. I've found LBSs know heaps about parts but little about proper sizing. Plus a second opinion is always better than one.
Jan
29
answered Pain on the sides of my feet
Jan
27
answered How does a bike absorb all the energy in landing from a big drop?
Jan
27
answered Can a worn drive-train be upgraded incrementally or should it be all at once?
Jan
27
comment How does a bike absorb all the energy in landing from a big drop?
All are excellent points but one was missed. The bicycles geometry plays a big role too and is why we still ride the style of bikes we do today. The double triangle of bicycles was designed to absorb vibrations/impact from the road and be transferred away from the rider. When you work it out, the impact force is re-directed around the triangles and focuses the forces on the main tube welds more as compression than flex. The shocks/knees/elbows/tires and extreme laid back geometry of big hit bikes allow for much more force before you reach catastrophic failure.
Jan
23
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Jan
20
answered What headset/radio products exist for bike-to-bike communication?
Jan
19
comment Is a tri frame suitable for track racing?
Bottom bracket won't be that far different. Tri bikes will sometimes use smaller wheels and that will lower the overall bike. However if wheel size is the same you shouldn,'t see a huge difference. Crank length will enter into it more if he likes to sit at the top.
Jan
19
answered Do stickers or paint compromise a helmet?
Jan
19
answered Cyclometer interference from car detection loops?
Jan
19
answered Why don't frame manufacturers ream/face their frames?
Jan
18
awarded  Teacher
Jan
18
answered Help a new biker with bad fitness to become a bike commuter
Jan
18
answered Is a tri frame suitable for track racing?