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comment Tips for having partner drive support.
You have to take into consideration driver fatigue then. Driving slow behind cyclists (probably below the cruise control limit) and try to maintain space for hours on end can be a issue. I can see boredom and distractions setting in. The leap frog game may be more economical for the car as well.
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comment Buying mudguard and pannier together vs separately
Some racks have a lengthwise plate that could function as a fender. It is good for keeping your back clean, but doesn't cover the rest.
Sep
1
comment Who Made my Bike?
Sometimes a photo of the bottom bracket might help. A few companies use special codes in the serial numbers. Im also going to asume this bike is second hand. However I find it odd that you dont know the maker of it when you took the stickers off. Mixed bag of parts it looks like. Are those plastic brake levers? The water bottle cage looks like a cheap one on a older bike I have where the bottle has a grove to slide on that.
Sep
1
comment Where to park a bike during a year for free ? (in the Netherlands?)
Is taking the train rather than hitch hiking a valid option? Then you can buy in either country and still bring it back home. While hitch hiking does sound fun, not being dependent on other people to look after a bike is pretty liberating.
Sep
1
comment How do I mount this Topeak rack onto this road bike with disc brakes?
go ahead and embed the image. The CSS for this site will resize it to fit. I almost never resize my images unless it is for file size.
Sep
1
answered How do I mount this Topeak rack onto this road bike with disc brakes?
Sep
1
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
All that you (and Brown) have said about freewheels make since, and I have some new modern wheels picked out should I have to, but I'm also suspecting that the switch to freehubs has allowed axle suppliers to tweak their metallurgy with side-effects. Unfortunately I have lost a ball when trying to install the chro-moly axle, so I can't tell you if it is the case. However, I have 2 OEM axles: one that broke at 5k miles (with the fatter me using it the most), and another that has served me well this whole month. The bent ones so far haven't had a chance to be abused at all, just babied.
Sep
1
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
"bearing was catching...just burn it up" What I mean by this was that after I got he wheel back together and gave it a spin, I could feel a spot where bearings was catching something and transferring motion through to the axle. I figured that since it was a cheap wheel I wouldn't worry too much about it and just use it up. As for telling what mile when the axle bent? I have put thousands of miles on it, so I know quickly when something is off. When the axles bend, they happened to move the cone on the one side and squeeze the bearings. This had the same effect as applying breaks.
Sep
1
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
@DanielRHicks Nope, it is a freewheel hub. In fact, you have seen the photos of this hub here: bicycles.stackexchange.com/q/24129/6782 This bike is from 2008 or so but I think they are still using these wheels on the ones I have seen recently. This is a department store bike though, however I have not seen anything better in such stores. Even my wife's 2013 Jamis Citizen 2 has a Shimano TZ31 freewheel.
Sep
1
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
@DanielRHicks Nope, it is a freewheel hub. In fact, you have seen the photos of this hub here: bicycles.stackexchange.com/q/24129/6782 The bike is a department store bike (
Aug
30
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
I updated my question with new information. I forgot to put that this is a freewheel hub. I know spacing between the bearing and the frame on the one side could cause problems. Talking to another person at the shop told me that the axles that I bought where not chrome-moly and supplied me with one that should be. I have yet to try the new axle.
Aug
30
revised Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
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Aug
29
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
@PeteH that I don't know. How would I check that? I don't jump curbs or go off-roading. When I encounter curbs I go to low gear, slow speed. Wheelie the front and then a slow climb up with the rear, no jolting. The pavement is in good shape. My gear on the rack is under 30 pounds. As said before, the trailer hasn't been used on these axles yet, and if so, it is less than 50 pounds.
Aug
29
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
@mattnz, nutted axle in this case. The bend is happening inside the hub which is causing the bearings to tighten. I have other wheels that use QR, so I know how tight to make them.
Aug
29
revised Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
Added bit about trailer hitch.
Aug
29
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
I'm currently 86kg, this being my low for a some months. My heaviest was 106kg. Average would be 92kg. While I may have some belly left to loose, the answer is going to be a no (I don't think so).
Aug
29
asked Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
Aug
27
comment Risks/problems of a short chain
@PeteH Your reluctance isn't unfounded either though, the higher number of gears requires a thinner chain and tighter tolerances.
Aug
27
answered New chain snaps after shop service
Aug
25
comment Rear index shifting not staying in middle gears
So, it looks like I missed something when doing the lube job. I applied some chain lube to the various spots the of the derailleur and I have been able to use it for a few days without issue. It also rained those days so I'm waiting for a few dry days to confirm.