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Aug
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comment When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?
I'd like to add more granularity to the idea of matching bikes to road conditions. Most, or all, of my riding conditions are roads/paths but I "need" several bikes. Sometimes I want to ride for fun/leisure/speed without needing to lock the bike (my fast-bike). Sometimes I am doing errands that call for locking the bike in several different urban areas in a day (my beater). Still other times I am doing errands that call for carrying some load (my DIY hauler). Other times I am riding somewhere to meet up with others and will get a ride home (my next bike, a folder).
Aug
4
comment Why do my handlebars wobble left and right?
I would agree with @Gary.Ray and others who are on to wheels being out of true or loose headset. 1) If the OP can tell use about the model/condition of the bike we can rule out low-trail twitchiness (which I doubt). 2) I would also loosen the front wheel and make sure it is properly in the fork, then tighten it again. 3) To see if you have a headset problem get off the bike, squeeze the brakes and put some weight on the handlebars. Then move the handlebars forward and back and see if you feel/hear any clicks or clunks. And 4) do you have a loaded basket on the handlebars?
Nov
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Sep
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Sep
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comment For road riding, are mountain bikes safer than road bikes?
@Randy - I can't speak for anyone else, but for me an all-out sprint used to mean being out of the saddle and trying to keep the torso horizontal. And with the occasional grunting-pedal-stomp I would drop my head down. I don't have that problem anymore as I would have a heart attack or a muscle spasm immediately. ;-)
Sep
23
comment Which tires should I buy for an old road bike?
Right -- and I didn't make the statement as an endorsement.
Sep
23
answered Which tires should I buy for an old road bike?
Sep
23
comment For road riding, are mountain bikes safer than road bikes?
+1 For @PeterH. Also not to be unkindly how do you know if it was the bike, the wheel, the tire or the rider? I personally have done a hard sprint or two where I -- very momentarily -- looked down at the ground/pedals and had a "control scare". But you are on the right track now that you know about trail. A bike meant for criterium racing will be "twitchy" in this sense. At the other end of the spectrum, something like a Surly LHT can be ridden with no hands easily.
Sep
23
answered How to remove play in cantilever pivot point?
Sep
9
comment Front derailleur won't spring back to lower gears
I've had this problem a few times an I agree with this for the most part. Except instead of a hose I've used small brushes (think tooth brush with very stiff bristles). I've tried both vinyl and brass bristles - what ever is handy.
Oct
6
comment Purpose of partially filled in rear drop out
That sounds like good reasoning, but are you sure about that? It seems that with automation and materials costs it would make sense for a manufacturer to figure out their alignment problem. The frame in question is not great but not junk either.
Oct
5
revised Purpose of partially filled in rear drop out
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Oct
5
asked Purpose of partially filled in rear drop out
Oct
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Oct
3
comment MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks
Thanks Daniel and WTH. Given the problems with MIG I will still experiment with it knowing that I can ruin the frame. @WTHarper (or anyone else) for brazing are the small Mapp Gas + Oxygen canister set-ups workable or do you really need full sized tanks with Acetylene, etc to get something done?
Oct
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Oct
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accepted MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks
Oct
3
comment MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks
Thanks, TIG does sound like the way to go. I asked about MIG because don't have access to welding equipment and the first few places I found that can provide something for me to use all just offer MIG.