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Nov
7
comment Is it ok to use an inner tube that is slightly too large for the tire?
You're only slightly over the speced size but to be extra cautious you might dust the tube with cornstarch to keep it from sticky-binding to the tire, and after installed pump it up about 3/4 the way up, then deflate it, then pump it up to full desired pressure - you want to work out any kinks and folds from the tube.
Nov
7
comment Can I use Cube Analog 29" as touring bike?
The most important thing I'd replace on that bike before a tour is the tires. Schwalbe Smart Sams (the less expensive version) is NOT VERY PUNCTURE RESISTANT. I'd get Schwalbe Marathon Mondial, or any tire with good puncture resistance. You don't want to be patching tubes every day on a tour.
Oct
24
comment upgrade my road bike, compatible parts to upgrade in phases?
You might look on ebay for a complete group set, new or lightly used.
Oct
22
comment cable housing with braided metal hard to cut?
Thanks. That may well have been the case. Like I said, it's just a vague memory and I don't remember the details, hence my asking here.
Oct
22
asked cable housing with braided metal hard to cut?
Oct
18
comment To Cold Set or Not To Cold Set?
youtube.com/watch?v=QwxEPRk3LFg - nice technique to spread the dropouts. I haven't tried it but it looks easier than Sheldon Brown's method. Only works with steel frames.
Oct
12
comment High-end components
not sure what you're looking for but maybe check out rivbike.com and velo-orange.com.
Sep
18
comment Angled in drop bars like Salsa Woodchippers with slightly less angle in?
Excellent! I didn't know they had 3 varieties of those angled bars. That cowchipper might be just what I want.
Sep
18
asked Angled in drop bars like Salsa Woodchippers with slightly less angle in?
Sep
15
asked What size innertube for 35mm tires? (or: get innertubes on the big side or small side?)
Sep
6
comment Do Bike stores allow you to ship a bike to them to assemble?
You might try to find a bike mechanic that can come to you. If you're buying a bikesdirect type bike it's not very hard to assemble, but you'd still want a decent mechanic to do it. (FWIW I find bikesdirect bikes to be a good deal. The wheels, tires, seat and pedals are usually substandard but good enough start you off and can be replaced later.)
Aug
31
asked bar end shifters on drop bars - why not run the cables all the way to the stem?
Aug
25
accepted What's the inner width of my rim?
Aug
20
comment Would Putting BMX Bike Brakes on my Road Bike be Ok?
The first thing I'd try is high quality large brake pads. I put "Kool Stop Dual Compound Mountain Pads" on my road bike and found them to give me significantly more stopping power than the pads that came with the bike. Sheldon Brown/Harris Cyclery website claims "these are the best brake shoes you can buy at any price.".
Aug
18
comment Remove front derailleur without breaking chain
Check to see if the chain has a master link, in which case you don't need a chain tool. Google "master link" to see what one looks like. If the chain has a master link, watch some youtube videos on how to disconnect them, it's not obvious.
Aug
15
comment exercise alternative to biking and upper body excercise
On non-biking days I like to work on non-biking muscles. Push ups, pull ups, sit ups, planks - mostly upper body and core. You can build up a whole routine to complement biking's aerobic/legs focus.
Aug
13
comment Why are my wrists the first part of my body to start aching during a long ride?
@MyFamily - yes, padding on the handlebars. Either 2 layers of tape or gel pads under the tape. I use 2 layers of (thick) tape on one of my bikes. It make the handlebars larger diameter but I have big hands, so it works well for me.
Aug
12
answered Why are my wrists the first part of my body to start aching during a long ride?
Aug
10
accepted Brooks saddle angle dilema
Aug
9
comment Brooks saddle angle dilema
@jqning The fore-aft feels correct to me. It's slightly aft of where my old saddle was, I feel like I'm in the same "place" I've been.