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Sep
28
comment Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts
Wow, I usually just install my brake cables by hand. It's really easy with most systems, especially side pulls, where you can arbitrarily tension the cables without using any force before tightening the nut.
Sep
28
comment Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts
Is it possible to use the metal irons with anodized rims without damaging the coating? I bought some cheap ones, and they're ribbed on the face, and a bit sharp on the edge of the face, and when they slip, they dig in to the rim a bit.
Sep
18
comment Left pedal coming loose
@DanielRHicks: that sounds like it could be exactly what's happened (considering the crack). I couldn't figure it out at first, and had to look it up, and found this excellent explanation of the precession process. Seems like maybe the broken bearing also might give the plastic part of the pedal some flex, reducing the flex in the pedal axle, and hence reducing the precession effect as well. If you want to post that as an answer (there are some good quotes in the linked article), I'll accept it.
Sep
3
comment Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
The look is irrelevant to me, but I definitely agree about their usefulness. The position you describe is the one I'm describing in comments above.
Sep
3
comment Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
Do you have any evidence that they still exist (by which I assume you mean are still manufactured)? I've done a bit of searching and can't find any that aren't vintage.
Sep
3
comment Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
1. nonsense. they provide two extra positions with brake access on the bars (including on the top of the curve, which interrupt levers [6] don't allow). 2. This isn't enough to worry about. Easily adjusted out. 3. see grip mentioned in (1) 4. agreed. 5. dual pull levers could easily be adapted to the new designs.
Sep
3
comment Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
some more opinion here: mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpeeds_1/Feature_Bicycles/… . These are also called 'dual position' levers, or rear levers. Agree with user5830, the 'suicide lever' moniker is a load of crap. I have these levers, and they're plenty safe, as long as they're adjusted properly.
Sep
3
comment How high should brake levers be on drop bars?
@robthewolf: fair call, I modified the question.
Sep
3
comment What happened to rear levers for drop bar brakes?
Heh, robthewolf that's certainly not the case with mine, they're quite smooth and very controllable. @Arne, sure, but there are still tonnes of plain brakes available without built-in shifters.
Sep
3
comment Help identify my bike frame?
Probably a good idea to upload a picture with some actual identifiable details, in good light. If there are any identifying details, include those. If not, at least include pictures of the head tube, and the rear hangers, and anything else that looks unusual.
Sep
3
comment Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
@QuinnCulver: Sudden braking is only certainly unnecessary on a track. But anywhere on a road, you're eventually going to have idiot drivers, animals, or kids kicking balls out in front of you. Then sudden braking is necessary, and what do you do? I mean, in Syndey, there are car drivers who actively try to maim cyclists. Yes, riding on roads without using brakes is good, but riding without brakes is just stupid.
Sep
3
comment Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
My single speed makes no more noise than a fixie. The free-wheeling is absolutely silent.
Sep
3
comment Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
#1 is almost entirely applicable to single-speed with free-wheeling hubs too. Those things take almost no maintenance.
Sep
3
comment Do cyclocross/interrupter/touring brake levers reduce brake performance?
This seems like a bit of a non-sense answer. The metals used for things like brake levers don't "sponge". I seriously doubt there is enough flex in those tektro levers to be a problem regardless of manufacturing technique (if the manufacturing is that bad, they'll bend or break). The problem is more likely to be with bad design (incorrect mechanical advantage or pads too hard, as mentioned by Daniel R Hicks in the comments), or incorrect set-up. Even the crappest department store brakes are usually pretty performant when set-up correctly (excluding those pressed-steel kid's bike calipers).
Sep
3
comment Is it worth it to reverse the wrap direction of handlebar tape at the brake levers?
Except for the figure-8 recommendation: the figure-8 "makes a very bulky area and is not needed or recommended with the commonly available thick tape". Also, I have brakes with upper-bar levers, so there is an axle sicking out on the inside of the brake. I think this will prevent a figure-8 because the tape would have to reverse direction on the inside of the brake, where the lever is. I might get away with it if I put a thicker washer on the inside of the upper-bar lever.
Nov
8
comment Protocol for downhill cyclist overtaking a car?
Personally, at least when I'm riding in the city, I try to imagine that everyone one in a car is actively trying to kill me. Not true, of course, but it forces you not to get complacent :)
Oct
10
comment Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?
I wonder if it'd be possible to make something similar out of spring steel, to actually take advantage of the spring effect? Also, my pants already get caught on my straight cranks. These cranks look terrifying.
Oct
10
comment Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?
Considering that the kickstarter project is still up, despite all the corrective comments on the page, it seems safe to say that the project founder is a crank! [ ... sorry, someone had to say it :) ]
Aug
1
comment Am I too heavy for my road bike tires?
What pressure were you inflating them to? Also, are 27x1.25 the same as 32x700c?
Aug
1
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
+1 cause everyone else is assuming that this bike is half decent to start with :)