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Mar
13
comment Is my cassette or chain worn out?
+1, those numbers sound good
Mar
13
comment Can shimano di2 be programmed to be automatically readjust shifting for different hub/wheel types?
@Kibbee the latest Dura Ace group talks wirelessly between the shifter and the derailleur (Bluetooth presumably). So there's no reason why a wireless connection with the pc (or with a phone) could not also be possible. If anyone has any documentation on this group, btw, I'd love to see a link - I got very limited info from someone on a team.
Mar
13
comment Is my cassette or chain worn out?
Yeah, +1. I tend to avoid the use of a chain tool because I think the cycling industry is far too keen for us to buy dedicated tools where standard tools will suffice. Because the pitch of a chain is a half-inch, it is useful for the ruler to be imperial, and if you can get one long enough (13" or longer iirc) you can just read off the scale.
Mar
13
comment Can shimano di2 be programmed to be automatically readjust shifting for different hub/wheel types?
To an extent, any answer here would be a case of "watch this space", as the software/firmware is becoming more and more functional with time. I just mention this because it means that any answer given now might not be valid next year, for example.
Mar
11
comment 9-speed system to 11-speed drivetrain upgrade?
Worth also pointing out that there is a school of thought that says these differences are sufficiently tiny that it is all a marketing ploy by the bike companies, to get you to replace your kit. At this point, you pay your money and take your choice...seriously, it boils down to how much a person feels like spending money
Mar
11
comment 9-speed system to 11-speed drivetrain upgrade?
From Shimano 9- to Shimano 11-, Shimano recommend you need a new everything. You might get away with the brakes, but certainly as regards drivetrain you should be prepared to change the lot. Also your freewheel hub, most likely, since this has also changed for 11-speed systems. The thinking is simple - an 11-speed chain is that much narrower than a 9-speed chain, therefore all components that the chain touches (incl rear derailleur) are affected.
Mar
10
reviewed Approve Where should I install the kickstand?
Mar
10
comment How to calculate rigid fork replacement for suspension one?
I have seen this calculation done with a hacksaw
Mar
10
comment Upgrading Brakes
Fairly sure this has been asked before, although I couldn't find anything from a quick search. @Carel is right, if you want to upgrade your existing brakes you will probably have more joy staying with rim brakes
Mar
9
comment How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
Actually, for completeness, it's probably worth saying that brake calipers typically carry some kind of stamp to indicate the maximum tyre size they support. But again, I'm not sure how "standard" this is
Mar
9
comment How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
absolutely @mikes, I fully agree. Also, a great reference is Sheldon - even if you ignore every piece of information on that page, you just need to look at the size of those tables to realise just how many "standards" there are
Mar
9
answered How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
Mar
8
comment Which dual-platform clipless pedals allow for the least amount of movement between the pedal and sneaker
"grippiness" is kind of a subjective thing, I think. I'm not sure that, as it stands, your question is a particularly good fit for this site.
Mar
8
comment When I put my bike on the repair stand and turn the pedal, is the rear wheel supposed to spin freely
Take the wheel out of the bike. Does it rotate freely on its axle?
Mar
8
comment How do I fix U brakes?
(The reason I suggested the cable was shot originally is because the looseness you describe, it can happen when the brake cable starts to stretch. When a brake cable has stretched, that's a good sign to replace it.)
Mar
8
comment How do I fix U brakes?
If it's barely used, possibly not shot then. Yes, you can (and should) tighten the cable. The looseness is what is making you have to push the lever all the way to the bars. The best thing is to have a play so you can see for yourself - you should see a hex nut on the brakes which is trapping the brake cable. Loosen that, pull a little cable through and see what happens..
Mar
8
comment How do I fix U brakes?
It's all really done based on cable tension. It sounds like the cable you have in there is shot, and needs replacing. It is probably also worth looking on YouTube for a short vid on how to adjust the brakes, once you've got the cable. Note also that in many jurisdictions, it would be illegal to take a bike out onto the road, if it only had one brake.
Mar
8
comment long distance touring: is high tensile steel silly?
By the fact that you've posed the question in the first place, you're obviously aware that your strategy carries a certain risk. Whatever bike you buy, I would try and ride it as much as possible locally, before your "big" trip, in the hope that any problems will surface in a safe envirnoment
Mar
7
comment How to replace a wheel Spoke
Just as a passing comment, with some more ... specialized ... spokes, you can sometimes have trouble getting hold of single spokes. I had a spoke snap a couple of years ago and most shops were only really interested in selling me a box of 100! I'd recommend that anyone buying custom wheels factor this into the equation.
Mar
7
comment What to look for when buying cyclo-cross or road bike under 600eu/650usd?
As well as touring bikes, the Op might also consider bikes described as Audax bikes. I think if he did go for a pure cyclocross bike, he might want to look at changing tyres, for example, if his use was going to be entirely on-road.