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comment Chain vs chainless options
Here is a question on the shaft drive: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/20591/…
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comment Chain vs chainless options
@DanielRHicks Shaft drive is a popular option on motorcycles, it is really low maintenance compared to chains (no lube, no stretch). I'm not sure about sound, but packed full of grease will probably keep the noise down. Not sure how they will take a good hit though. However they are heavy and the do rob some efficiency.
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comment Seatpost Overextension
I bought a longer post myself for my bike, 20cm exposed (not sure no the total length), cost $10 at the LBS.
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comment I need help planning my bike renovation!
@blam, I'm hoping that is the case, hate to see it carved up loosing some history. Other hand though, it may be a cheap new bike. Either way if we knew what it was, then we can get a better idea what needs changed.
Oct
18
comment I need help planning my bike renovation!
What is the bike you are buying? Is it a new bike with retro look or a true old bike?
Oct
15
comment Prevent xtracycle hooptie rattling noise
Please attach the photo that you have on your lighting question here
Oct
15
answered Prevent xtracycle hooptie rattling noise
Oct
15
comment Gears randomly switching
@DavidE, thanks for the comment with the additional info, but please edit the question to include this info. People will see it sooner and it is more durable than the comments.
Oct
15
comment Lighting for xtracycle hooptie
I'm for this option, but there are others. Those look pretty pricey. I have Bike Brightz LED Bicycle Safety Light on my kids bikes and mine. They work really well: amzn.com/B0030DDB3M You may be able to find them in departments stores as well (this is where I got my first one)
Oct
13
comment How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40 and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm
A little on the terrain here will help us. For me I'm doing jeans, flannel shirt, and light gloves. I'm still chilly when I leave, but I do a lot of climbing so I still end up sweating by the end. I get a few good downhills to cool off on but start climbing up again. On the way home though all this is required not to freeze to death on the downhill. At 5 miles it would take longer to stop and adjust clothes (beyond unbuttoning shirt) than the whole ride itself.
Oct
13
comment How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40 and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm
Keeping the hands warm is must, it will make you uncomfortable and affects your reactions. The rest of this answer is good as well. I generally don't require ear coverage at this temperature, but I do long pants (jeans), t-shirt with a flannel over, and gloves (thin leather driving gloves). I do get too warm though, but 300-400 feet of climbing in 3 miles will do that. If it rains though, I just get wet. I'm only out for 30 minutes and hill climbing.
Oct
7
comment Buying mudguard and pannier together vs separately
@ChrisH, yep I saw that with my Topeak Explorer rack as well. It kept my back clean but bag and light would get it (along with the rest of the bike). I ended up putting in some fenders to go with it and haven't looked back. I recommend the separate route because stuff happens. Both my rack and my fenders have been damaged in some way over time, and should the damage be a total loss, it would be much easier (and cheaper) to fix.
Oct
7
comment Valve Extender for Kids Bike
This is a useful answer, but if we are talking little kids bike then it is over kill. I know sunlite has angled valves for 12 inch wheels. I used them on both metal and plastic wheels.
Oct
7
comment Valve Extender for Kids Bike
@Marwan are we talking 12 inch wheels here?
Oct
7
comment Valve Extender for Kids Bike
@Blam 12 inch tires don't leave a lot of room to work with. To make it worse, the hubs on the wheels tend to be a bit larger as well (oversized front or coaster brake rear). Straight valves just don't really work well. I have a hard time with my air compressor chuck and it is as small as you can get.
Oct
2
comment Loose Hub on front wheel
sheldonbrown.com/cone-adjustment.html
Oct
2
comment Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?
@Mσᶎ, That is why I'm considering a 2 speed or 3 speed IGH. I figure it would be easy enough to teach. I'm not sure if all of them need to be moving to shift, and if so then I can just add a quip about being in "1" along with our usual "hold your brake" and "watch your signals".
Oct
2
comment Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?
@emyr My apologies, I brushed off your Islabike suggestion thinking they are just BMX bikes from the UK. However, I checked it out more and when it is new bike time, he is getting one with the works. I'm glad they have a US location in Portland, which should be able to stick around till then.
Oct
2
revised Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?
Added some background information and observations
Oct
2
comment Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?
So the keeping up part was more joke than reality, He leads the way on all the rides, but his cadence is pretty high cruising on flat. Give a little downhill and he maxes out. The main problem is that he burns out quick when he wants to go really fast because he is spinning the hell out of it. Sure he will burn out on a higher gear too but sometimes it is easier to cruise it than maintain a higher RPM in the lower. Trailer bike sounds like a good idea, but he can do 20 miles on this bike, and taking it away and making him ride in the trailer straightens him up right away.