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  1. Have you priced parts?

    Have you priced parts?
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    45 years ago, when I was in college in Pasadena,...

    45 years ago, when I was in college in Pasadena, I needed a new tire for the used bike I had bought. An auto tire place (Milne?) had a little shack behind it with bicycle tires and tubes. It was...
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    I fell: could I have bounced?

    I fell while going downhill at about 20 mph. I was looking back in preparation for a left turn so I was surprised and don't know exactly what happened. I reconstruct on the basis of the aftermath;...
  4. Are all rear derailleurs cocked at the same angle?

    I fell. I bent the rear derailleur and, perhaps, the hanger and the frame. I straightened them out as best I could but the new derailleur hits the spokes when on the largest cog of the cassette. ...
  5. Measuring 145 mm to .03mm is more precise than...

    Measuring 145 mm to .03mm is more precise than measuring 12 inches to 1/32.

    I always measure chains before I install them. They don't start out the same.

    By the time a chainring or cog is so...
  6. How do I measure wear on a chainring or cassette cog?

    I've been cleaning and lubricating my chain regularly and checking its stretch monthly. Recently I've stretched them to .5% in about a thousand miles. Today I measured the chain at .5% after only...
  7. For Mr Reynolds's answer. I have no camera...

    For Mr Reynolds's answer.

    I have no camera (not even a cell phone). I need to ride my bicycle, not keep it for evidence.
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    Floppy? I agree that price is irrelevant and...

    Floppy?


    I agree that price is irrelevant and that a small improvement in performance in cables would be worth a few dollars. I haven't noticed a difference between galvanized and stainless,...
  9. My tires flattened as frequently with new tires. ...

    My tires flattened as frequently with new tires. I was using the same models of tires before the spate of frequent flats; its end was not occasioned by the use of new tires, new models, liners,...
  10. WOW! I just started cleaning my cassette and...

    WOW! I just started cleaning my cassette and derailleurs with a squirt of mineral spirits nearly every day a few months ago. THANKS! There was a thread about cleaning rims (something I don't...
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    Mine were clean and not-rusty. They haven't...

    Mine were clean and not-rusty. They haven't rusted since. What's wrong with galvanized wire? OP asked about price.



    I haven't noticed the difference, which may say more about me than the...
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    I don't know whether this is an acceptable...

    I don't know whether this is an acceptable answer, but Walmart sells a 'tuneup kit' from Bell that is a set of brake and derailleur cables for about $6. I've bought them once or twice. They work as...
  13. You have misinterpreted my motivation. I wasn't...

    You have misinterpreted my motivation. I wasn't complaining. I think I got a reasonable amount of mileage out of the tire. I was surprised at this failure mode and wondered if there was some...
  14. I have an 18-year-old bike the design of which is...

    I have an 18-year-old bike the design of which is probably older. Though not a Giant it uses a hanger Wheels Manufacturing, Wheels Manufacturing, Inc., identified as a model for Giant bicycles. I...
  15. Rear tire's plies separating at edge of rim: why?

    The outside layer of the tire on my rear wheel (Panaracer Pasela PT RiBMo, 700x28) is detaching at the edge of the rim for about 6 inches. It's 442 days and 6,870 miles old. The brake pads don't...
  16. My HF digital caliper has worked well for me. I...

    My HF digital caliper has worked well for me. I also bought the plastic model for $1, which is good enough if you only need to measure within a mm.

    I haven't had to replace the battery in the 5...
  17. I paid $500 for my bicycle in 1997. Since then...

    I paid $500 for my bicycle in 1997. Since then I've replaced the frame once (bent by frustrated thieves or plain vandals), the handlebars once (same reason), the seat post once (stolen), the...
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    The Last Ride of Mo Rosenzweig

    A eulogy for a dedicated bicyclist, in cartoons, from the recent 'Annals of Internal Medicine'

    Annals Graphic Medicine: The Last Ride of Mo Rosenzweig| Annals of Internal Medicine

    or the pdf:...
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    Are Cyclists Required to Carry Identification? |...

    Are Cyclists Required to Carry Identification? | Arizona Bike Law
  20. Most of the punctures I've gotten in the last 10...

    Most of the punctures I've gotten in the last 10 years the part outside the tire has broken off; I can only find it by inspecting the inside of the tire, sometimes only when I rub past it in 1...
  21. Do you mean thin on the inside, thick on the...

    Do you mean thin on the inside, thick on the outside? If so, those are thorn-resistant. They haven't been thorn-proof for me. I've had about as many punctures with them as with regular tubes. I...
  22. I use the White Lightning chain scrubber because...

    I use the White Lightning chain scrubber because Walmart sells it cheap. I don't know that it's better or worse than any other model.

    Removing a chain is a skill everyone should have (even if you...
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    Some years ago (10-20?) a bicyclist refused to...

    Some years ago (10-20?) a bicyclist refused to show his driver license to a cop who stopped him. I remember that the eventual outcome of the case was that he had to show it, even if he didn't have...
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    I disliked mine enough to replace them with...

    I disliked mine enough to replace them with downtube shifters even though I had to jury-rig a mount.
  25. How does one measure a frame and rack for compatibility?

    A friend, who lives in another town, asked my advice on bicycle racks. He has a 29-inch wheel bicycle. I told him I was happy with my 20-year-old Blackburn. Comparing it to some he pointed out to...
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