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10-07-22, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 755
Posted By alcjphil

Upgrading to alloy rims is a huge improvement and...

Upgrading to alloy rims is a huge improvement and it isn't only about weight. In wet conditions alloy rims will still provide decent braking. Steel rims, on the other hand, pretty much provide zero...
09-16-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,568
Posted By Pratt

Not an expert, but, at a guess, a recumbent.

Not an expert, but, at a guess, a recumbent.
09-04-22, 10:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 523
Posted By alcjphil

70 rpm is a pretty low cadence. You might do...

70 rpm is a pretty low cadence. You might do better to practice spinning faster. Higher gear ratios don't always translate to faster speeds.
09-01-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 939
Posted By indyfabz

Why do you ask?

Why do you ask?
08-18-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,741
Posted By SpeedyBlueBiker

As was mentioned earlier, just buy new tires and...

As was mentioned earlier, just buy new tires and take them to Mexico when you go. You can either install them now or save them to use later. Not sure what the bike parts availability are where you...
08-18-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,741
Posted By CliffordK

I generally can tell when the tire is getting too...

I generally can tell when the tire is getting too bald (threads, change in colors of tread, flat spot, etc).

But, in your case, you're heading off on a big trip.

I'd probably keep the old tires...
07-11-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,975
Posted By Koyote

The most interesting aspect of this thread is in...

The most interesting aspect of this thread is in the different approaches to the question: some posters think in terms of personal experience, and some think in terms of actual science.
05-18-22, 08:53 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,117
Posted By njkayaker

Are you sure it's not a scam? How did you get the...

Are you sure it's not a scam? How did you get the notification? Text? Email? Is it really a FedEx email address (@fedex.com)? Did the BIke24 really use FedEx (not typical for a foreign shipment)?
...
05-14-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 922
Posted By alcjphil

The key to installing a front disc brake quick...

The key to installing a front disc brake quick release wheel is repeatability. My mountain bike has hydraulic disc brakes and a quick release. When installing the wheel I always do it with the bike...
05-11-22, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 868
Posted By VegasTriker

Do it with the wheel still on the bike

Yes, the angled valve stem is definitely your problem and as others have suggested. deflating the tire and repositioning the tube will solve your problem. You don't even have to remove the wheel from...
05-11-22, 12:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 868
Posted By BlazingPedals

Note when you deflate the tire, you'll also have...

Note when you deflate the tire, you'll also have to unstick the bead from the rim so that the tire moves. When the valve is crooked like that, it can cause damage to the stem, even cause flats. It is...
05-11-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 868
Posted By smd4

In the picture above, you've got to deflate the...

In the picture above, you've got to deflate the tire completely. When you do this, you should be able to rotate the tire and tube around the rim fairly easily. Once you can do this, squeeze the tire...
05-01-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 450
Posted By WhyFi

Ride the hell out of 'em and don't give them...

Ride the hell out of 'em and don't give them enough time to grow old?
04-30-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 467
Posted By Iride01

Frame material really shouldn't be much of a...

Frame material really shouldn't be much of a concern. What should concern you is that the frame fits you well and that everything works.
04-29-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 520
Posted By Rolla

I routinely run tubes whose upper limit is the...

I routinely run tubes whose upper limit is the same as my tire width. You'll be fine.
04-28-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,525
Posted By DonkeyShow

If it was some stuff sitting in your parts box...

If it was some stuff sitting in your parts box might as well get over it and move on. Charity is a ***** sometimes.
04-26-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,333
Posted By WhyFi

160psi, huh? It's usually a good idea to test...

160psi, huh? It's usually a good idea to test things out in the comfort of your own home before you need to use it in earnest on the side of the road. You should try getting your tire up to your...
04-15-22, 11:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,333
Posted By WhyFi

What kind of pressure do you want to get up to?...

What kind of pressure do you want to get up to? If you're running lower pressure (relative to traditional road cycling norms), Lezyne's High Volume pumps work pretty nicely and don't require as many...
01-14-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,018
Posted By ratell

It's probably a pinch flat. I bit of the tube was...

It's probably a pinch flat. I bit of the tube was stuck under the tire and then ripped. I've been in shops when it happens to the mechanic (very loud), so no need to feel too bad...
12-17-21, 12:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,600
Posted By Leisesturm

My vote is for debris trapped in the tire...

My vote is for debris trapped in the tire carcass. Seriously. It recently took me AND my wife, nearly 30 minutes to find the little shard of glass that was embedded IN the tread of our Bontrager...
12-14-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 759
Posted By 70sSanO

Were the thieves wearing white shirts and ties? ...

Were the thieves wearing white shirts and ties?

John
12-01-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,170
Posted By Iride01

I can't imagine how the average grade for...

I can't imagine how the average grade for something like a city would be useful. Nor do I know where that might be published. Averages might never be encountered.

Like others, I just suggest you...
11-09-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By Iride01

Tire tread probably wasn't your issue for the...

Tire tread probably wasn't your issue for the fall. The issue is more that you are too noob to recognize when you are on the edge of a disaster. There are a bunch of other minor contributing...
11-05-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 6,268
Posted By dedhed

Well that's one way to blow you off

Well that's one way to blow you off
11-01-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,982
Posted By FireWaterBoy

Hand Drawn Pinarello

*I'm not sure if this is the right thread to post this but didn't know where to put it*

I've always had a real love for late 90's early 00's road bikes. My dream bike was/is the Pinarello Galileo...
10-30-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,654
Posted By DaveSSS

A possible problem is the increase in tire...

A possible problem is the increase in tire diameter. Tires get taller as they get wider. My fork limits the front
tire diameter long before the rear.
10-19-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 919
Posted By Phil_gretz

Yes, they do! Thank you. I phoned Amtrak and...

Yes, they do! Thank you. I phoned Amtrak and they sell the boxes only a few miles from my home, $15 is the listed price per box.
10-11-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,761
Posted By Nachoman

I personally don't feel like bicycles are high...

I personally don't feel like bicycles are high maintenance. But to each their own. My daughter thinks pumping up her own tires is a big imposition. So I get it.
10-11-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,761
Posted By Route 66

My nearly maintenance free new bike

I bought this bike about a month ago and I think I'm in love. I've been riding a bike for 60+ years and I was hoping to find one that didn't require all the usual maintenance. This is my Spot ACME...
10-10-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 708
Posted By ironwood

The best thing about the NFL

I just finished a nice ride this afternoon while the Patriots were playing. Very little traffic, and what there was was well behaved. I do hope the home team does well for the simple reason that I've...
10-03-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,176
Posted By wolfchild

Installation error is what caused the blow out....

Installation error is what caused the blow out. The bead on the tire was not seated all the way inside the rim and the tube pushed it's way out and blew out.
10-03-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By JohnDThompson

Yes, going to an aluminum rim will definitely...

Yes, going to an aluminum rim will definitely help with wet weather braking performance. You might also consider replacing the brake calipers with dual-pivot calipers to improve mechanical advantage....
10-01-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By VegasTriker

I think you are dreaming with a budget of $80 for...

I think you are dreaming with a budget of $80 for a pair of used 700c wheels including tires. I checked out our local CL which serves a population of nearly 2M. There were no wheels for sale at any...
09-26-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,073
Posted By 100bikes

Some wheels just cannot be trued. Wheel...

Some wheels just cannot be trued.

Wheel truing is working in three dimensions- true/straight, round and dish. A rim bent beyond the limits of
"mostly straight" will never true up correctly.
...
09-20-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,182
Posted By shelbyfv

You can do this.:thumb:

You can do this.:thumb:
09-17-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,468
Posted By Iride01

Selling still gets back to it's worth what the...

Selling still gets back to it's worth what the buyers you are able to attract are willing to pay. Or, it's worth to you the price you are unwilling to sell below.

Will it do you any good to know...
09-12-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,446
Posted By Iride01

Make sure you investigate and find out why you...

Make sure you investigate and find out why you flatted each time. Don't just assume it was a puncture from a road hazard.

FWIW, I flat rarely. But when I do, I usually flat 3 times within the next...
09-08-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,898
Posted By GlennR

When i was a kid I pulled broken bikes out of the...

When i was a kid I pulled broken bikes out of the trash and mix-n-matched parts.. I rode the rap out of them.

I guess it was better than walking and I didn't care what others thought.
09-06-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By Maelochs

Get the cheapest bike you can and ride it as much...

Get the cheapest bike you can and ride it as much as you can. Then you will have some real information to use when making a more serious decision about any aspect of cycling.

Your question is...
09-05-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 334
Posted By rwh

Donating bikes

I have a Cannondale 3.0 that has been ridden. I put at least 10,000 miles on it. It has dura-ace components. I can't face the thought of getting back on this bike after riding less rigid bikes for a...
08-28-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,038
Posted By SoSmellyAir

But in addition to just clearing the chain stays,...

But in addition to just clearing the chain stays, the middle chain ring of the crank set should ideally line up with the center of the cassette, for smoother shifting overall and to minimize the...
08-22-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 903
Posted By Maelochs

I agree with RChung---and not just because he is...

I agree with RChung---and not just because he is an engineer and a math genius who has spent a lifetime studying this stuff.

Your position on the bike is probably the biggest thing you can change,...
08-18-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,014
Posted By ClydeClydeson

It may be set such that the derailleur hits the...

It may be set such that the derailleur hits the stop before the shifter has pulled enough cable to hit the final click. This means you have to reach super high cable tension to compress the housing...
08-08-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,006
Posted By shelbyfv

Choose Bike A. For Bike B, either the 26" wheels...

Choose Bike A. For Bike B, either the 26" wheels or the freewheel would be enough to eliminate it.
08-07-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,746
Posted By SurferRosa

Depends on the bike. I probably prefer Super...

Depends on the bike. I probably prefer Super Record for an '80s bike, but Nuovo Record usually works for '60s - '80s.

https://live.staticflickr.com/8790/17089914834_43724a3d46_b.jpg

First gen...
08-01-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By terrymorse

Another thing that can cause a chain to slip...

Another thing that can cause a chain to slip between the cassette and the hub: a bent derailleur hanger.
07-17-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By Iride01

Are we talking about a Volkswagon engine or...

Are we talking about a Volkswagon engine or something? I've just never seen 8v or 10v or anything 'v' used to describe a cassette or something on a bike.

But admittedly I haven't seen everything.
06-30-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 876
Posted By bikemig

If you go to friction, finding a replacement...

If you go to friction, finding a replacement freewheel will be easy. If you want a freewheel that indexes with suntour, I'd put out a WTB in the C&V for sale forum. Prices there should be better than...
06-23-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 492
Posted By curbtender

Check your cable housing and see if it came out...

Check your cable housing and see if it came out of the stop.
06-23-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,528
Posted By terrymorse

It could be frame flex that's causing the front...

It could be frame flex that's causing the front derailleur rub, especially since this is an entry level bike.

Derailleur rub was a commonplace problem in the before time (before stiff aluminum and...
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