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A handy chart which may help you in identifying the cause of bottom bracket noise.


Aug
14
comment Can I use long reach calipers on my cyclocross bike?
Does the frame (and fork) have mounting holes for caliper brakes?
Jul
8
awarded  Student
Jul
8
comment Is reversing the stem (pointing it backwards) a safe way to reduce reach length?
stems can be angled upward or downward with a simple flip on the steerer. With a downward-sloping stem and/or a steep-angle head tube, I could see that being an issue but could easily be mitigated by flipping the stem upward (which would probably also help with reach).
Jul
7
awarded  Scholar
Jul
7
accepted Is reversing the stem (pointing it backwards) a safe way to reduce reach length?
Jul
7
asked Is reversing the stem (pointing it backwards) a safe way to reduce reach length?
May
24
comment What can women do to get comfortable in the saddle?
I would just like to point out that this is not a gender-specific issue. Saddle selection/comfort is a highly individual issue. While some women may find "women-specific" things helpful, not all will, and vice-versa (that is to say: some men may find women's saddles helpful). The most major problem people face is lack of "familiarity" with the saddle...any saddle. If you're new to cycling, you are likely to experience discomfort no matter what. It takes time to get the muscles/tissues/etc. used to it.
Apr
17
comment SRAM force rear shifts go in the wrong direction when on largest cassette
I've been riding SRAM for a few years now and I positively love double-tap. It does take a little getting used to, but only a little. The difference between the single click and double is pretty large; you'd have to have some serious neuropathy in your hands to not notice it. You generally only make the accidental-upshift-while-climbing mistake once before learning the lesson. Of course, if you have a firmly-established bad habit of trying to shift into non-existent gears despite ample evidence to the contrary, it may take more :-)
Feb
10
comment Best way to train in an area with many hills
If it gets easier, you're doing it wrong :-)
Feb
9
answered Best way to train in an area with many hills
Feb
9
answered Getting a dura ace 7800 derailleur to work with 10 speeds
Feb
3
comment What's the most useful style of chain gauge?
Excellent point, though you can just use the 1" and 13" marks rather than using the hook end of the tape. A ruler with some blank "buffer" on the end is a good idea for similar reasons (i.e. if the end/corner is the first inch mark and that gets damaged/dropped/bent, it can skew the measurement some).
Feb
3
comment What's the most useful style of chain gauge?
Yeah, that's the conclusion I came to a long time ago. I think the specialized tools are great if you run a repair shop or you're a team mech or something and you need to measure chains day in and day out...quick and easy. But most home mechanics won't fall into that category.
Feb
3
answered What's the most useful style of chain gauge?
Jan
31
awarded  Supporter
Jan
31
comment Any thoughts on spoke lights?
ha ha :-) maybe when I was 10!
Jan
30
answered Any thoughts on spoke lights?
Jan
30
comment Ultegra 9-speed brifter upshift problem - beyond WD-40?
I came to the same conclusion a while back (though it was 8-speed). I have more money than time and ultimately decided to just replace the shifters. Keep in mind, too, that you don't necessarily need to replace with Ultegra...as long as it's Shimano 9-speed, you could use Tiagra, 105, or Dura-Ace shifters as replacements.
Jan
30
answered Ultegra 9-speed brifter upshift problem - beyond WD-40?
Jan
30
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