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1d
comment Does the chain direction make a difference?
Directional are only some high-end chains for example XTR. This can be determined by inspecting the chain. If it is blank on one side, but has company logos and chain number on the other, it is probably directional and the side with the writings need to be facing outword i.e. towards you while installing it.
2d
comment Use a lock nut on a presta valve?
Yea, and putting the nut on makes fitting the tube and then tire easier. Without the nut one needs to be careful not to move rotate the tube while fitting, this removing the valve from the valve hole.
2d
comment Why would anyone use DOT fluid and vacuum-based brakes?
epicbleedsolutions.com/blog/dot-brake-fluid-vs-mineral-oil
Aug
1
comment Do 8 Speed Shimano Gears Actually Work Properly?
Me too. My Acera setup works no worse than the 10 speed Deore. However, putting an year or two on the system results in 1)grime buildup 2) lack of oil 3) not perfectly tuned gears (because I'm incompetent) 4) worn cogs, chainrings etc. Therefore, I would reason, the difference new vs used is somewhat significant.
Jul
30
comment Is there a way to hop up onto a parallel curb?
With platforms, one pushes on the pedal backwards, using the friction of the pins to lift the rear wheel.
Jul
30
comment Why did the hydraulic disc brake stop working when riding down a steep mountain?
+1 for considering air resistance at 4km/h. :D
Jul
30
comment How to jump curbs?
Yep, cardboard boxes of increasing sizes increased my confidence enough to try medium-height curbs at traffic. Feels great!
Jul
29
comment What are the downsides of a twisted wheel?
@clabacchio, because tempering with the adjustment screws at the caliper/arms/how-is-this-called changes the left to right alignment, I use the barrel adjuster at the lever. Btw this answer is by no way a tutorial on truing a wheel - all I have intended is to show that it is easy to grasp and easy to do.
Jul
29
comment What are the downsides of a twisted wheel?
I concur that the spoke wrench, that my answer presents, is of poor quality. My reasons for recommending it were 1)dirt cheep 2) multiple sizes 3) cheep bike 4) have used one for tens of repairs and never rounded a nipple - the wheels failed due to other reasons, such as the rim wearing out or the hub cups being worn away.
Jul
28
comment Chain Splitter vs. Chain Tool vs. Chain Breaker
Also the tools (pliers) to install/remove 10-speed quick links could be referred as chain tools, i guess. Btw, I have only ever seen the second tool referred as 'chain whip' or just 'whip'.
Jul
11
comment What are some good films about cycling?
IMO this question is too broad. For example, here is a 71 page forum thread with the same idea and many links: click.
Jul
4
comment MTB with Road crank
@mattnz, please please please make this an answer. Now it is buried in the comments and not readily visible (plus is the correct answer to the correct question, the other answers target the wrong question). More: click
Jul
1
comment Planting a foot when cornering: when and how?
Also this.
Jun
28
comment Problem during installation of Rockshox Reverb Stealth product
@alex, yes, from the manual: "Hold the hose barb by hand, then turn the remote assembly counter-clockwise to unthread the hose barb from the hose."
Jun
26
comment What are the most important accessories for a new biker to get?
In the city I don't carry a helmet. In the mountains I don't carry a lock. And I carry panniers only on road trips. So the only common accessory between all rides is ... a bike :D
Jun
23
comment Replacing a shifter
@DWGKNZ, here are a few references: one, two.
Jun
23
comment Replacing a shifter
@DWGKNZ, I have heard that the pull ratio for FD for SRAM is 1.1mm/shift and for Shimano is 1.2mm/shift. That is, they are close enough to work, but not identical. Do you think this is true?
Jun
21
comment Bike type xc ht or cx?
It might be worth mentioning that a Shadow+ rear derailleur is a huge improvement over non shadow-plus variantm with a revaltively small increase in price.
Jun
20
comment Bike type xc ht or cx?
"pgrades and tweaks" - e.g. helmet and knee pads.
Jun
20
comment Bike type xc ht or cx?
I watched this recently, and found it interesting.