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comment How much does bike price correspond with maintenance needs?
What is Mm? mega-meter? So 20 Mm is 20,000 Km?
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comment 29" freewheel ruined (slipping)
This question is ineffective without added information: age and history of the bike (how many miles on the chain?), and close-up pictures of the drive train.
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comment How to lubricate cables?
WD-40 contains lubricant. According to the MSDS it contains "petroleum base oil". Not a lot of it, but it's there. You can see it. Spray the stuff on a surface, let it evaporate and there is a film of oil. This oil is not suitable for every purpose; it works in those situations that call for a light machine oil. There is also no mention of any useful additives (anti-rust, anti-wear). So it's not a great lubricant and its claims of being general-purpose are greatly overstated; but it's a lie to deny that it's a lubricant.
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comment How to lubricate cables?
This is something generic put into a container which is labeled as being created specifically for non-coated cables. The idea that you need a myriad of separate lubes for every conceivable purpose is just clever marketing.
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comment Can I increase my highest gear ratio?
I have 48-11 on a bike with 24" wheels. I can still mash up some hills in that gear and into some headwind. It is not that high. (It seemed high initially, but from regular use, the thighs beefed up.) I can easily see that 48-12 would be perceived as not high enough on 26" or 27" wheels.
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comment Can I increase my highest gear ratio?
12 over 11 is a 9.1% increase; it's not a lot, but it's significant. The 18.2% difference between 13 and 11 is huge; half of huge is still something.
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comment Chain “vibrates” on higher gears
I had a grinding sound caused by the chain (when on the smallest sprocket) rubbing against the special nut which takes the bolt that secures the derailleur hanger (lugnut-mounted style) into the dropout. The nut is thin, round disc, with a thicker tongue part on one side which mates into the dropout. But with the wide freewheel I was using, which provides a small cog (11 tooth), the chain was coming into contact with the disc, causing rumbling. The fix was to file it down the disc a little bit, focusing on the edge that was catching the chain.
Aug
17
comment Does this chainring need to be replaced?
Note how you're not filing anything on the opposite edge of the tooth, which has a decently shaped profile for meshing with the chain rollers. Maybe you could save yourself a ton of labor simply by reversing the worn ring left to right.
Aug
15
comment How to measure chainring / cog wear?
You probably got downvoted for not answering the question at all, which is very clearly about measuring the tooth wear of sprockets, not about measuring chains, or other methods of scheduling drive component replacement. Also, "wait for it to skip" is the sort of approach you may be able to specifically avoid by inspecting and measuring. Your first chain slip may occur in a situation when it is inconvenient to tend bike maintenance, like in the middle of a trek.
Aug
13
comment Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?
I have a comment in addition to my answer and it is this: 11-32 is a ridiculous gear spread. Not all derailleurs will handle this range very well. The large sprocket means that your chain has to be quite slack if you want to engage that sprocket and your largest chain ring, and the derailleur has to pick up all that slack to be able to also engage the smallest ring and smallest sprocket without pulley clash. You do not need this. If you're on a hill where you feel you have to engage the 34 together with your smallest chain ring in the front, you might as well get off the bike and walk it.
Aug
13
comment Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?
The fact that the skipping occurs less on the chainring is also a consequence of there being less leverage on the large chainring resulting in less chain tension. The jockey wheel will also droop more when the chain is on the smaller rings, resulting in less chain wrap. My POS bike has the original rings on it which are probably 10 years old, and show considerable wear: there is no skip/skip in the system after proper derailleur tweaks.
Aug
6
comment Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?
The chain could be too short for the amount of tension in the upper pivot. A tight chain will pull harder against the guide pulley, pulling it farther away from the sprocket, hiding misalignment issues. A looser chain is "tucked in" better by the guide pulley.
Aug
6
comment Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?
@whatsisname Do you have some links? What configurations are they available in?
Jun
13
comment Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?
The obvious answer is: don't use your racing bike in this terrain; use your mountain bike.
Jun
13
comment What are the advantages of angling your saddle down?
Now measure a two degree tilt on something that is curved, LOL!
Dec
12
comment Suspension setting for slippy and steep uphill
@cherouvim How about if I'm sitting on a bike in one place, not moving anywhere. Am I getting more friction between ground and wheel, because the bike has suspension?
Dec
11
comment Suspension setting for slippy and steep uphill
@cherouvim Suspension helps traction by ensuring compliance of the unsprung mass (wheel and anything that moves with it) with the surface. That doesn't seem to be very relevant when you're climbing a steep hill. The frequency of movement is so low that the entire mass can easily comply to the surface. Generalities like "suspension affects traction" are only useful when we can recognize when they are relevant.
Dec
11
comment Can I put a road bike tyre on a mountain bike?
I recommend discovering the true reason why the bike is difficult to ride. For starters, try inflating the tires you have now to 60-65 psi.
Dec
11
comment Assembly of New Bike
This is not an effective question; why don't you wait until the thing arrives and then ask about some specific problem you run into (if any)?
Dec
11
comment Do merino wool base layers need to be skin tight?
Give wool a hot wash and pop it in the dryer: it will be skin tight if it wasn't before. :)