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May
26
comment How to minimize wear on pants
+1 for commuting in street clothes.
Sep
23
comment What is the simplest way to lower the gearing on my touring bike?
I ended up with Option 2. We couldn't get the IRD derailleur to work -- shop says something is wrong with it, and I never followed up with warranty replacement. The stock Sora FD worked not great, but OK. I've actually replaced the bike and now have flat bars with a Rohloff rear hub, which is a far nicer arrangement. Bottom line, low gearing plus drop bars is a major money, time, and frustration sink, AFAICT.
Mar
19
comment Sources of vibration at high speed in and around rear wheel
It turned out that it was #5 -- the bearings in the hub were worn out. The rim was also worn, so replacing the wheel solved the problem.
Mar
5
comment Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?
OK, sounds like the answer is "yes, since it depends more on frame geometry than handlebars".
Mar
3
comment Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?
Even being in the hoods feels iffy at speed, so I don't think it's just how far apart my hands are.
Feb
10
comment How can I properly replace the hose on this older Schwinn pump?
@Benedikt, I believe that's the core of my question. :) How can I check if the thread is the right size? Is there a name or spec for the threads that I have? How could I figure it out with normal household measuring tools?
Aug
27
comment What are the steepest, highest, most miserable road ascents in the world?
@JohnP, the question is pretty specific on those dimensions. I asked about road ascents, grade, and height, not mountain biking or the other dangers you list.
Aug
24
comment What is considered the maximum safe downhill speed on a road bike?
@user: given the context, you can be highly confident it's miles per hour.
Jul
16
comment Can I damage my brakes by testing them vigorously?
@Daniel: Oh. I didn't realize that.
Jul
15
comment Can I damage my brakes by testing them vigorously?
Sometimes I can take them all the way to the bars, sometimes not. It’s very hard to do so. They are cantilever brakes (non-V-brakes). The wheel is true within a couple of mm, and the pads ride just a hair away from rubbing with very modest toe-in. I don’t think they’re set up wrong.
Jul
7
comment Should I listen to music when I bike?
A different framing of the previous comment: The behavior of others affects my own safety. It's difficult to find a situation where one really can "decide for yourself" and one's choices don't affect others. Therefore, it's reasonable to ask others to behave more safely; i.e., yes, it really is OK for me to have an opinion about your behavior while on the bike.
Jul
5
comment How can I tell the difference between a J.I.S. and ISO square taper bottom bracket?
@Kibbee, yeah, I saw that Ritchey was in the JIS list. I'd love some way to verify that independently. Regarding the interchangeability, it sounds like the length spec gets confusing, so I'd like to avoid that.
Jul
4
comment What is the hand gesture for “I'm sorry”?
Don't yell. It's unlikely you'll be understood, and you risk just seeming angry.
Jul
4
comment How do I test ride a bike that I'm looking at buying?
+1 for longer ride. Good bike shops will let you take a bike you're serious out for quite a while. I believe I rode mine for 20 miles before buying it.
Jul
4
comment How to buy machine-built wheels for a touring bike?
FWIW, I ended up with machine-built wheels from Harris Cyclery, and I paid the extra $20 or $40 to have them hand-adjusted before shipping. Under $300 total for a wheelset.
Jul
4
comment What is the simplest way to lower the gearing on my touring bike?
Believe me, dropping several pounds of fat is on the agenda too! And I'll see about becoming 25 again. :)
Jul
4
comment Are there devices to moderate speed on mountain descents without braking?
I believe base metabolism is more like 100 watts, but I haven't looked it up.
Jul
4
comment Are there devices to moderate speed on mountain descents without braking?
@Ehryk, tinkering is fine.
Jul
4
comment Are there devices to moderate speed on mountain descents without braking?
@Jack, brakes aren’t “just fine”. It’s tedious to keep braking on a 1-2,000 foot descent. They do work, but it would be a much more pleasant ride if my terminal velocity were more reasonable. I’m not in it for the adrenaline; others may be.
Jun
18
comment Are there devices to moderate speed on mountain descents without braking?
done (bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/9938); thanks for suggesting it!