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Apr
10
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
9
comment Replacing old brake blocks with modern pads
@DanielRHicks that is something I have failed to consider, hence a reason for this question (even though I don't say it). I do have some old pads from my commuter I can check first with.
Apr
9
revised Replacing old brake blocks with modern pads
Adding wheel information
Apr
8
comment Replacing old brake blocks with modern pads
Why? Few reasons, availability for one, my LBS has these mountain pads in stock. If I ask for blocks then that is the jar on the counter at a nickel apiece. I'm also drawn to the dual compound and the increase in braking surface (427 mm^2 vs 667). It will be a fair weather ride most days, but I don't mind getting wet.
Apr
8
asked Replacing old brake blocks with modern pads
Apr
1
comment Chain Line - Front Coming Off
Does this single speed cog have more thickness than a multispeed one would since it doesn't need to give any wiggle room for a moving chain? And wouldn't a 9 speed chain be more narrow taking out some of that wiggle room?
Mar
27
comment Exposed cord on bike tire - replace?
You say in a comment that it is less than a 1000 miles but do you have a more accurate count? Care to share the make/model of the tire as well? It may be a common lifetime of it or a tire we need to avoid.
Mar
24
awarded  Informed
Mar
19
comment I have a Schwinn Tempo which has a 6 speed freewheel
Even if you get a new wheelset, this could be a fun learning exercise.
Mar
19
answered I have a Schwinn Tempo which has a 6 speed freewheel
Mar
16
comment New to bicycles; Bad setup, bad bike, or too heavy?
To help with moving the axle back the same distance, look into getting some chain tensioners (or chain tugs). It might be a little tricky for this but it is easy to remember "half turn here, and a half turn there".
Mar
12
comment Super tight brakes don't work
How long (or miles) has these pads been on the bike? Is the vertical size of them the same as the old ones? I'm asking because, and others please enlighten me, the marks on the rim suggest the old one was a thinner type. It looks like they wore a grove in the rim and not allowing these new ones to fully engage the rim.
Mar
11
comment How often should I change road bike tyres?
@Michael with no grove on the tires, it is hard to put wear bars on them, or measure tread depth. I'm not sure if you can find caliper measurements for what you are looking for. Some tire types have puncture protection belts in them that are a different color that will show through, but road bike tires might optimize them out for weigh or performance.
Mar
10
comment Where should I install the kickstand?
@WayneJohnston, counterpoint for a center stand: amazon.com/dp/B000FR33ZM/… I have these on 2 bikes. They work great for dealing with trailer and pannier loads. I do admit though that it rubs the tire on my commuter bike, but only because the chain-stays could be longer.
Mar
9
answered Restoring a 16"
Mar
2
comment Upgrading a heavy duty bike
@wirrbel have you had your hubs serviced since you bought it? They may just need a little love and will save you all the trouble of replacing the wheels (unless you really want to do that).
Feb
25
comment Face gets extremely red when biking in the cold ~5c, and then going indoors, due to temperature change maybe
"You can't really wear anything to solve the problem you are describing." Agreed here, I have stayed just right warm on some chilly bike rides and my chest, stomach, and legs would be red as well. My typical wear is street clothes in 3 layers up top: t-shirt, flannel, hoodie; along with 2 layers on bottom: long johns and jeans.
Feb
25
comment Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?
Don't shoot @DanielRHicks for the WD-40, that stuff works wonders getting crap off parts. I have cleaned up 3 old nasty kids bikes using it and they come out shinny new. Save that shot though, It make take a few soakings for some of the heavier grime.
Feb
25
comment Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?
Fast is good, but functionality is better. He needs a bike that allows mounting of fenders and racks. Even on dry days there manages to be a water puddle somewhere to splash up.
Feb
17
comment Removing key from kryptonite lock
I have three I use regularly, they can be a bit touchy. I find that most of the time you have to check the lock bar is all the way in or that the key needs a slight turn. Another thing, if you don't use that frame mount, take it off and wrapp the spot in black electric tape. It will scratch your frame easily while riding.