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Mar
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Mar
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comment What type of cleat is this? Should I save it or get new cleats?
You would also likely struggle to get it out without drilling the bolts. I'd say just get new ones.
Feb
23
comment Bumpy ride. Is it the casing or the inner tube?
From your description it sounds like you're talking about a vertical bump rather than lateral wobble. This can happen if the tyre hasn't been fitted correctly and isn't sitting properly around the valve area, especially if you have the locknut at the base of the valve stem. It's easily fixed with a bit of fiddling, but it's not something that would likely be caused by an impact.
Nov
5
answered Why top touring bikes have no suspension forks?
Aug
27
comment Chain really noisy near front derailleur on low gears but doesn't appear to be rubbing.
Have you changed anything recently- new chain on old chainrings or something?
Aug
18
comment Remove front derailleur without breaking chain
Bear in mind that if you want to put a new derailluer on you will probably want to take more care than removing the bent one, and this will probably mean breaking the chain anyway.
Apr
30
comment What's wrong with my tire?
Another (unlikely) possibility is that the shop dislodged the rim tape when changing the tube, which could set you up for punctures on the exposed edges of the spoke holes in the rim.
Nov
9
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Nov
9
comment Use a lock nut on a presta valve?
Sure, that is helpful- and that's what I tell people if they ask why I care! But I think there's a big 'it just looks right' factor as well- it shows that you're paying attention to the details.
Sep
2
comment What is the advantage of a reverse arch suspension fork?
It's just a little bit of brand identity/design language I think, with some justification bolted on. Think GT's triple triangle ;-) As for 2 arches, I'm sure it's been done- DT Swiss maybe...?
Sep
2
answered Is front-suspension a false-economy for cheaper bikes?
Aug
18
comment How to safely remove pump off presta valve?
'Karate chop' is a bit dramatic, but agree- I always make sure the valve is at the top of the wheel (i.e. pointing downwards) and then it should just need a short tap or pull to come free. This is assuming you have a pump with a locking lever, which most seem to nowadays.
Aug
18
answered Use a lock nut on a presta valve?
Aug
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Aug
18
revised Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels
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Jul
31
comment Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels
Original wheel was disc compatible but also had a braking surface and I only ever used it with V brakes. The disc thing was one of the things that made me wonder if it was a wheel issue. Replacement wheel is rim only.
Jun
24
comment Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels
Wheel is either 32 or 36 spoke- it's certainly not a flashy low spoke count job.
Jun
24
comment Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels
Re spoke age, I have far older wheels where it hasn't been a problem so I'm inclined to think that's not the issue. I have been thinking more lately about extra stresses from riding SS (not fixed) though.
Jun
24
comment Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels
I probably weigh about 80kg- I have put on a bit of weight lately but I'd like to think I'm not heavy enough for it to be an issue!
Jun
16
comment Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels
Brakes are OK, bike lives in flat, and I'm nowhere near the sea! Like you, it was the problems with the second wheel that started me wondering if it could be something about the bike.