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Apr
25
comment What makes a cassette mountain bike vs. road bike?
Road cassettes do not generate greater force. It's the other way around. Given the same 100 pounds of tension coming from the chain, a 34T cog will generate more torque than a 23T. Simply put, it's a bigger lever around the hub. That means more force on the splines. The effort that you feel at the pedal is not what determines what the hub is "feeling" from the cogs. And if the cog is equal, then it doesn't matter. A 13T is a 13T no matter what cassette it is in.
Apr
20
comment If chain/ BB/ casette are dead can chainrings and derailleurs still be OK?
11,000 km quite likely means that the chain and casette have been in service for about twice the expected distance. Derailleurs and chain rings can survive a number of cassette and chain changes.
Apr
19
comment Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?
In my area (Vancouver, Canada), I see lots of road bicycles with road-UNsuitable gearing. Even the odd "Mega Range". Drop handle bars, sleek frame, thin tires .. and 30T cog??? it's completely stupid. One category of BSO's around here are the "cruiser" bikes. These are complete pieces of crap.
Apr
19
comment Difference between road & mountain drivetrain
> you can esaily fit an MTB deraileur to a road frame. Speaking of which, I see lots of road bikes around town with big cassettes, even the odd "Mega Range" here and there! (It's completely stupid, but it's probably market driven in some way).
Apr
14
comment Where can I find a bulb for my vintage 70's generator light?
Being a tinkering geek, I'd do an LED conversion, using some simple current limiting circuit that will drive the LED the same way whether the generator puts out 3V or 6V.
Apr
14
comment Smooth tires on wet road?
Scuffing a tire is enough. A smooth tire will get scuffed after a little bit of riding. Ergo, no tread pattern is necessary. QED.
Apr
14
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Apr
14
revised What is the minimum repair kit/parts I should bring on a 150 mile bikepacking trip?
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Apr
14
answered What is the minimum repair kit/parts I should bring on a 150 mile bikepacking trip?
Apr
13
revised What are my options for correcting a bent aluminum fork?
More analysis.
Apr
13
answered What are my options for correcting a bent aluminum fork?
Apr
13
comment I have a hybrid bike which the frame is too big, is there any modifications I can make to make it more comfortable?
In the future, never buy a bicycle without being fitted on it, and taking it for a ride. Would you buy a pair of jeans without trying them on and then try to return or exchange six months later? Also, try not to buy bicycles from some general store that also sells automotive supplies. Though, to be fair, there are decent looking items in the Halfords online catalogue. However, can they assemble them properly and provide fit and service? They let you walk out with a bicycle that doesn't fit you.
Apr
13
comment Diagnose grinding sound from single rear cog
You don't mention how (or whether) this problem is affected in any way by front shifting (while keeping the rear on the second cog). Is it better or worse on the large chain ring?
Apr
13
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Apr
13
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Apr
13
answered Diagnose grinding sound from single rear cog
Apr
13
comment Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?
@Kibbee They don't know that drop bar height can be adjusted, and that the drop bars provide comfort and efficiency. I don't have a bike with drop bars but I have drop bar envy! It's true though that the narrower profile of drop bars makes it harder to steer around obstacles at slow speed. But there are wider drop bars.
Apr
13
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