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    Birds DO have something like this. It's called...

    Birds DO have something like this. It's called the conservation of energy. As they fall they build up speed which lets them gain altitude when they extend their wings. Cheetahs, not so much.
  2. Of course you fix it, but cars have a much larger...

    Of course you fix it, but cars have a much larger reservoir. If there is a small leak in the system, the reservoir can easily keep up and let you brake. Bikes don't have this luxury. Would it be safe...
  3. You shouldn't have any trouble finding a 5 speed...

    You shouldn't have any trouble finding a 5 speed freewheel. Go to any shop that sells used parts and they'll probably have a few laying around that they'd give you. Alternatively, go to your local...
  4. I'm sorry but I have to disagree. I think the...

    I'm sorry but I have to disagree. I think the "whole idea" with hydraulic brakes is that you're using an non-compressible fluid instead of a stretchable steel cable to apply tension on the brake...
  5. Yeah, I think the problem I had was that I was...

    Yeah, I think the problem I had was that I was comparing the rims to an old schwinn with 1 3/8th tires on it. So I said, "Hm, these look similar, I'll just find the same tires and try them here."
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  6. Where in my original post did I say that "I" was...

    Where in my original post did I say that "I" was having this problem?

    Yes, pads are self adjusting, but there is no good/easy way to adjust where the brakes catch when pulling the lever. Some...
  7. Why do we not have adjustable hydraulic brakes?

    Oh the annoyance. You're riding your disk brake mountain bike down a mountain and you realize that the levers are almost hitting the bars. Damn air in the lines/leaky seals. I have not found brakes...
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    If you're losing weight mainly by exercise, you...

    If you're losing weight mainly by exercise, you probably won't see much weight "loss." You will more likely be building muscle while losing fat. Since muscle is more dense than fat, you won't see...
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    I think my problem is that I always use the...

    I think my problem is that I always use the shower to warm up. I'm constantly cold, so I'll generally stand around in the shower until I go from "freezing" to "mildly warm." Plus, I enjoy it, and...
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    I usually round down when talking to non-cyclists...

    I usually round down when talking to non-cyclists about how far I bike, or I'll say something like "Oh it's mostly downhill anyway." or "I had a huge tailwind this morning." They usually don't catch...
  11. Lovely! Haha. Unfortunately the old tires on the...

    Lovely! Haha. Unfortunately the old tires on the bikes were gumshoe sidewall tires, and are worn/cracked so badly that any markings on them are indiscernible. I'll just have to try the different...
  12. Old his & hers wheels slightly too small?

    I'm fixing up an old pair of His and Hers Huffys. They both have chromed steel rims. I attempted to put some 26 x 1 3/8 tires on them but the tires are very slightly too big (diameter) or the rims...
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    You're saying that what they're doing is ok...

    You're saying that what they're doing is ok because it's not endangering others. But the fact remains that it's against the law. There are plenty of laws that, if broken, don't endanger others, yet...
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    What kind of stem? Quill? Threadless? Is the...

    What kind of stem? Quill? Threadless? Is the allen you're talking on "top" of the stem, or are there two allens and they are off to the side? Both will have different ways of (destructively) getting...
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    Wow... I never knew that... Well, that'll sure...

    Wow... I never knew that... Well, that'll sure make patching tires easier. Those little cellophane parts are a pain to get off, now I don't have to!
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    I think that they should be given citations for...

    I think that they should be given citations for all of the laws they broke, yes. Being a cyclist doesn't give you permission to go the wrong way on a one way street or cross the double yellow. These...
  17. Agree on both points. However, I have some cheap...

    Agree on both points. However, I have some cheap hydraulic brakes that the pads move a bit when I apply the brakes. I wouldn't describe the noise as a "thudding" noise, more of a sharp click.
  18. It's amazing what a little _______ will do.

    My commuter was having trouble shifting between the cogs recently. It's been driving me nuts lately. Regardless of how I adjusted the tension, the rear derailleur would only shift up "well/quick" or...
  19. A singular loud thudding noise? Or a repeated...

    A singular loud thudding noise? Or a repeated loud thudding noise?

    Singular: Loose headset, loose front wheel, loose front axle/bearings.

    Repeated: That's the noise disk brakes make when you...
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    A non-motorized, assisted bike?

    I was watching a "7 best bike inventions you don't know about" video on youtube today and saw quite a few cool things. One got me thinking. Would it be possible to create a non-motorized...
  21. Help me find an old pair of Friction Shifters?

    I recently finished putting a bike together at the CO-OP that had to have it's shifters replaced. The person who had started the repair replaced them with some I think Shimano microshift then some...
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    Great! For me, I noticed immediately when my...

    Great!

    For me, I noticed immediately when my chain was worn. The ride felt... gritty, slippy? even after I cleaned the entire drive chain. I could just FEEL that there was something off with the...
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    Shops around me don't charge much I believe it's...

    Shops around me don't charge much I believe it's $30-35 for a basic tune (more than just cable adjustments.) I'm in Bozeman where anything bike costs a premium.



    The $65 tune is a bit of a......
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    I am the same as you. I take roughly 15 minute...

    I am the same as you. I take roughly 15 minute showers in the morning. If I shower in the evening I can cut it down to 7-10 minutes, but that's only when I'm trying. To take an actual "5 minute...
  25. I've never had a triple with a trim feature, nor...

    I've never had a triple with a trim feature, nor have I ever needed one.

    My compact double, on the other hand, definitely does need a trim feature. Do higher end triples have trim?
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