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Jan
13
comment Are presta valve cores universal?
Yeah, this is exactly the same as my experience. I mostly swap the cores and have never had an incompatibility issue
Jan
11
comment Trek 26" mtb disc, how to change up crank set /gear size?
@renesis that's very public-spirited of you, thanks. roadrunner, I suspect your questions will get more attention if you can use small letters as well as capitals.
Jan
11
reviewed Approve Trek 26" mtb disc, how to change up crank set /gear size?
Jan
11
reviewed Reject At what slope will the best bikes keep a constant speed?
Jan
11
comment How to approach driver after near-miss?
As you say yourself, different people will give you totally opposite reactions, so I don't think you can adopt a "one size fits all" approach. Is there maybe another SE community where this question would sit better? After all, the car/bike/collision things are mere details, you're actually asking about how to deal with human nature. I'm just kinda thinking out loud here, you almost want a Psychology.SE
Jan
10
comment Innertube fat on one side, skinny on the other
The Help Center has a good article on the thinking behind the way in which duplicates should be handled.
Jan
10
comment Pedals won't turn normally following strange noises
There's various things you can do to try to diagnose the problem, for example taking the chain off the ring, then seeing whether the cranks turn freely. But it sounds like you don't know a lot about bikes....would you not be better just taking it to a repair shop?
Jan
9
revised which power meters will work with a sram cx1 group set and a bb90 bottom bracket?
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Jan
9
comment Replacing mechanical disc brake with hydraulic
What is the question?
Jan
9
reviewed Approve Replacing mechanical disc brake with hydraulic
Jan
8
comment What to wear under tights with fabric padding?
Maybe some kind of lycra/spandex short underneath? Depending on how effective you feel this fabric pad is, you could get unpadded lycra running shorts, or padded cycling shorts? Also these "shorts" come in various lengths - over the years I've seen thigh-length, knee-length, even ankle-length.
Jan
6
comment Chain is reluctant to shift into hardest gear on rear cassette
have you tried adjusting the limit screw? It'd not uncommon if you do something like changing a wheel, that distances can change slightly. Also frames can flex under load, which might explain why you don't see anything when the bike is in a stand
Jan
5
comment Last grand tour won on aluminum?
@MikeBaranczak yeah, my interpretation of the page is that he rode that alu bike (or variations on it) up until 2000, and in 2000 he won the World TT and the Olympics, but not any grands tours. But I agree, it's not explicit.
Jan
5
comment how much a good bike can cost?
The trouble is, you're asking an unanswerable question. For example, if someone says "€1000 will get you a decent bike", someone else will come along and say "I got a really good bike for €750", and so on. I'd recommend going to a reputable bike shop, looking at teir range and making a note of prices. Finger in the air, I'd say maybe a third of the way through the range is where you'll start finding the well-made bikes. But really, there are so many variables.
Jan
4
comment Last grand tour won on aluminum?
Jan Ullrich (Team Telecom) won the 1999 Vuelta on a Pinarello which I believe was aluminium. See www.pinarello.com/en/hall-of-fame/2000-jan-ullrich
Jan
4
comment Last grand tour won on aluminum?
There's plenty of evidence supporting the first paragraph, I googled "bike history tour de france" and got several interesting articles, in particular this one. Also, some of us poor souls are old enough to just remember this stuff. Interesting if you look at TdF 1997, won by Ullrich on an alu Pinarello. Ullrich also won the Vuelta in 1999, I wonder what bike he was riding?
Jan
4
comment rear shifter lever gets stuck when shifting gears
Try disconnecting the cable at the rear derailleur, then with no tension in the cable, try shifting. If the problem persists, it is the shifter itself (or the cable, but you say you've inspected this). However, if the shifter starts working again when you disconnect, I'd hazard a guess at the derailleur or a bent hanger. Bent hangers can usually be unbent. If it is the derailleur, replace it. If it is the shifter, try seeing if you can find someone who'll be prepared to look at it. Or, just replace it.
Jan
4
comment Last grand tour won on aluminum?
I can't give you a definite answer, but I might be able to help you along the way. I know that the last non-carbon winner of the Tour de France was Pantani, in 1998, on an alu frame. I know he also won the Giro that year. What I'm not sure about, is whether the Giro or Vuelta were won, post-1998, on aluminium. If this is the case, there's only really a couple of years window, as carbon was pretty much ubiquitous by the early 2000s
Jan
3
comment Is bicycle Helmet really effective?
There is no conclusive evidence either way as to the effectiveness of cycle helmets. There are various schools of thought, but it simply boils down to if you believe it offers protection, you'll wear one. I'm voting to close, as I think you'll only really get opinion-based (or anecdotal) answers to this question.
Jan
3
comment Tyre loosing air pressure despite having no puncture
if a tyre is losing air, you either have a puncture or a faulty valve. There is no "third way".