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Jan
4
comment Disc brake freezes up
@madisondan - That boot came with the BB7 brake caliper, most other calipers I have seen do not appear to be designed to directly take a boot. If you have BB7 caliper you can get order a replacement boot. If your have a different brand of caliper (a picture would help) I am less certain of your options. I have seen TRP calipers with boots as an OEM component from a big brand, but I have no idea how well they seal nor their general availability. The BB7 caliper itself has a ridge that the boot fits over onto making the system effectively water tight.
Jan
4
revised Where should pedals be located?
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Jan
2
comment Preparing road bike for a long trip
If pannier racks cannot be fit, you can always try a frame bag.
Jan
2
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Jan
2
answered Disc brake freezes up
Jan
2
comment Experience with GPS trackers - thieves' reactions?
@Frisbee - they weighed about 20 lbs in 1980...
Jan
2
comment Experience with GPS trackers - thieves' reactions?
@Frisbee - I don't think it is 1980 anymore!
Dec
31
comment How to use drop handlebars properly?
+1 Great answer, wanted to add that some bars have a gradual hook/drop that allows one extra hand position, after what you call the drops (also referred to as the hook, followed by the drops as the last possible hand position). Your figure uses an "ergo" shaped road bar that combines the hook and drop into one hand position.
Dec
29
comment Should I change my chain? It broke once, but its condition seems rather good
@VictorNitu I disagree completely with this answer and would not recommend it as the accepted answer. If the chain has not stretched, and any damaged links have been removed/replaced using the proper technique (e.g., master link or replacement pins and correct final chain length) there is no need to replace the chain. I have correctly repaired broken chains and rode them without further problems. To be 100% safe, yes replace, but if you understand, and can work with chains, replacement is not an absolute.
Dec
21
comment SPD-SL pedals uneven wear
@DanielRHicks - the wear rare is crazy. I have gotten far more than 10,000 km out of the exact same pedals entirely on muddy gravel tracks. My pedals are often covered in debris. While I have some wear, nothing to this extent. I wonder if there are some incredibly abrasive materials in the OP's environment.
Dec
17
comment Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?
@SuspendedUser - Roman candles? Trying to start a forest fire?
Dec
17
comment Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?
When riding in the back country I typically carry bear spray in an easily accessible spot (useless if in your pack). I have known people who have collided with both the deer and a bear.
Dec
16
comment Is a damaged BB7 inner caliper pin dangerous?
The caliper walls and that channel ridge at the top transmit the braking force, not the pin. The damaged pin can affect how the pad sits, which could be a problem.
Dec
16
accepted Is a damaged BB7 inner caliper pin dangerous?
Dec
16
comment Is a damaged BB7 inner caliper pin dangerous?
I was able to independently verify this answer with a certified mechanic, who said essentially the same thing, that as long as you can get the pad to sit flush on the static "piston" it should be fine. Braking force is transmitted to the pad via that channel at the top of the caliper and the caliper walls NOT the pin. I will also try and order the kit, just to be safe.
Dec
16
comment Road bike disc wheel interchangability
135mm coming into "general use" is exactly my point. There are still edge cases out there (I presented two) so I don't think it is fair to claim there has been a complete shift to 135mm. The OP explicitly asks about interchangeability, the OP would be left scratching their head if they came across some of the older "road disc" wheels at 130mm spacing or the specialized SCS wheels (if they had a thru axle setup).
Dec
15
comment Road bike disc wheel interchangability
Many are standardizing, but there is not one standard. For example my 2006 cx bike has discs and is a QR setup, but and has a rear hub spacing of 130mm, while many modern QR disc road bikes have standardized at 135 mm. Also I believe Specialized has there own SCS format, which will makes their road disc wheels incompatible with other frames (however some specialized frames can be adapted to non-SCS compliant wheels). Most of these incompatibilities are due to different approaches taken for handling chain lines, chain stay lengths and Q-factors.
Dec
15
comment Where should pedals be located?
Now that I see your actual set up, there appears to still be range of adjustment you can apply to see if you can get into your fit window before buying a new bike. Conversely you can start with a test bike that fits well and used one of the many internet fit spreadsheet to figure out how to reconfigure your current bike to get into the same position.
Dec
15
revised Where should pedals be located?
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Dec
15
comment Where should pedals be located?
@Hellreaver - I see now that are not trolling so I apologize. Your question is essentially about fit (see my answer). In the lead up I wasn't sure if there was baiting and switching going on for lolz.