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Nov
11
comment Removing bike interfaces to reduce likelyhood of theft?
I've found locking my bike to something has worked for me. Choose something that the bike can't be lifted off and lock through the frame and at least one wheel. If a thief decides that he wants to take your bike then he will get it. If he just wants a bike then make yours more tricky to extract.
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
I don't think that there is any difference between bolt on cages and clamp on ones apart from the pack for the clamp on ones contains some extra bits. I have added "bolt on" cages to my bike using jubilee clips (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubilee_Clip) around the frame slipped over the bolt on tangs. I don't know whether that brings the cost down though.
Apr
2
comment Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres?
There was a demonstration on one of the kids science programs on TV in the UK a while ago. A sprinter, a high performance car and a cyclist did a 10m race. The sprinter won, the car was second and the cycle third (by quite a long way). The explanation there was power to weight ratios.
Mar
12
comment Is a 7 speed chainring compatible with an 8, 9 or 10 speed cassette and chain?
Just to update - I have now added the 10 gear cassette and chain. It's been working fine since July with no change to the chainrings (to date).
Mar
4
comment Are tow-hitch bike racks legal?
In the UK, you need to have your number plate visible and also the tail lights and indicators. As you have a tow hitch fitted, presumably you also have a trailor light fitting. I use a tow hitch bike rack, and for short journeys with only one bike I just stick it on. When I have five bikes on it, I add a trailor board with repeat lights and numberplate.
Jan
23
comment Can I add gears on a bmx?
Many years ago, I used to have derailier mechs that fitted on the axle with a lug that engaged the frame to stop it being pulled forward by the chain. Maybe those are still around? That might need a longer axle.
Jan
18
comment Mounting a 7-Speed Cassette on an 8/9 speed hub
No problems at all with the set up - apart from the cost ...
Dec
14
comment What kind of panniers is this tubus rack flange for?
The old Karrimor panniers had a hook on an elastic cord that fitted into an eye at the bottom of the pannier too.
Nov
27
comment Who has right of way at a staggered crossroad
The green car shows the only time when you are allowed to wait in a box junction - when your exit is blocked only by oncoming traffic.
Oct
16
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
As well as what has been already said, if it has corroded in place, drilling through the middle can loosen it due to the heat generated. It's a good start for using a drill extractor. Also, if you have a screwdriver that fits the mangled hole well enough that can work.
Sep
28
comment Mixing 9-speed Tiagra and 9-speed Deore XT
Yes, always put on a new chain when you change the cassette.
Aug
21
comment Could I be pumping up my tyres the wrong way?
I found this morning that the barrel on my track pump had become slightly unscrewed. This meant that I was using more strokes than usual to get to the desired pressure, and I couldn't quite get there.
Aug
16
comment Can a (relative) beginner adjust spacing on a 501 cromo road frame?
I would look for wheels with 130mm hubs - these are still quite readily available.
Jul
25
comment Does a typical floor pump have an integrated one-way valve?
+1 I too press down on the press down on the presta valve to make sure that it is moving freely.
Jul
23
comment Which parameters should I track with bicycle computer so I can analyze changes in my riding?
I've often wanted an air speed sensor as well as the road speed. I'm not sure how feasible it is though.
Jul
17
comment Converting crankset from 28-38-48 to 30-39-53
Would it be easier to change the cassette for one with smaller sprockets on?
Jul
6
comment Why are bicycles considered vehicles and not “walking aid”?
@Unsliced that was one of the examples used. If you are walking then you are a pedestrian. If you are scooting with one foot on the pedel then you are riding.
Jul
6
comment Why are bicycles considered vehicles and not “walking aid”?
I was reading in the CTC Cycle magazine that there is case law that covers when you are riding a bicycle and when you are a pedestrian. In summary if you have at least one foot on a pedal you are riding.
Jul
4
comment Which tube size to prefer if several options apply?
I would get item 19 now I've looked at your link.
Jul
3
comment Is a 7 speed chainring compatible with an 8, 9 or 10 speed cassette and chain?
Thanks. It was more would a 10 speed cassette and chain work with existing chainrings or do I need to change the whole lot together. I still use a downtube shifter set on friction so that will be alright to start with and the derailleur was changed recently for a 10 speed one chosen on availability rather than specifications.