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May
31
comment 3 Speed Front Derailleur can't reach small gear
I was thinking this too, or maybe twisting the derailleur a little to knock the chain earlier? The top picture looks like it is slightly twisted out compared to the outer sprocket, but can't tell for sure.
May
31
comment MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?
I want to answer, but the "Height" requirement is an issue as in "WHY" are opposed to the "Height" of the BMX? The bars? Wheelbase? Wheel size? Top tube? (The top tube of my MTB is dropped, lower than my BMX) Without knowing this, trying to find you a bike is just guessing what you might want and shooting in the dark (Some suggested 26 vs 29, but it THAT going to be an issue? 700s? And what kind of "Stunts" are you doing? Flatland? Street? Dirt? Park? Watch the "Stunts" section in "Quicksilver", they had BMX riders like Martin Aparijo doing flatland on 10-speeds. Maybe Chinese acrobats?
May
27
comment Why does my Rear bike tire slow down when Pedaling?
I found an easier way to do this (before abandoning all "packed bearings" for sealed) Tighten the cone/lock nut on the sprocket side down onto itself, leaving the left side pretty loose (enough to get wrenches into the right side), then tighten down the axel nut (find one if you have a quick release, but OP doesn't). This will lock everything down on the right side (cone, lock nut, axel nut). Now tighten down the left cone and adjust it until the wheel spins freely but not loose. Now hold the cone with a flat wrench and tighten the locknut. Replace the axel nut with quick release if using one
Apr
26
comment Is rotating seat post 180 degrees to get a tri position a good idea?
good point, we did not use seats with aluminum rails, they were all steel/cro-mo, but they bent like crazy, sometimes poking up through the plastic. Eventually companies like Primo started making seats with stronger rails, and now they drop them so low they are little more than seat-tube covers...
Apr
25
answered Is rotating seat post 180 degrees to get a tri position a good idea?
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Mar
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Feb
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answered Gears jumping/slipping from the rear cogset on a new bike
Sep
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Apr
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Mar
13
answered Removing old fashioned saddle from seatpost
Mar
13
comment Why aren't most suspension bikes extremely long travel?
Yes, @Snixtor I can't ride unless it's hardtail (I can, but I prefer their control in quick cuts over suspension, like ice skates on ice vs long skis in snow) and even with front shocks I like them harder. I went in and asked how to get them even tighter and the shop owner was already surprised how hard they were, maybe I ride front heavy, but they feel squishy to me...
Mar
13
comment How tight should my front quick release lever be?
I have seen people pop the bolt straight out of the nut so "as tight as you can" might be a little much. You definitely want it snug but you don't want to damage the parts either. "#6 Wind the nut in half a turn." is about right. And, as with @Batman, I like to keep it close to the forks rather than back. But I guess as long as you know why you are doing it and know what works with your riding style either is fine.
Mar
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Aug
14
answered Why did my tire just blow up?
Aug
14
answered My stem keeps moving side to side even thought I tighten it
Aug
14
comment cheap bike tools or “can I just use generic hardware store tools instead?”
although the majority of my tools are from random hardware stores (I have axle pegs that require an extension and a 19mm socket, but those and the ratchet are all from wherever), there are a few things that you just can't compromise on. Flat wrenches (cone wrenches) are one of these. If you buy the $5 set, you can use them 3 or 4 times before they blow out, the metal they use is just to soft. I have had my Parks Tool wrenches for years and used too many times to count. Same with chain tools. You CAN bust off a freewheel with a closed crescent wrench if you are in a pinch though.
Aug
14
comment Why are roadies concerned about weight?
Weight does have a lot to do with easier travel, as @tisek explains, but I have always wondered why riders who are riding to "stay in shape" or "in training" worry about weight, which is where I thought this question was going to go. I figure, it is better to ride a heaver bike to train then switch to your ultra-light bike for a race. If you are commuting and using it for transportation, yeah, less weight less effort, less sweat when you get to the office ;-)
Jul
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