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  1. reub2000

    arched back

    I was riding yesterday, and someone noticed that my back had an arch to it and that I should raise my handlebar. I though nothing of it, after all my handle bar isn't set up for anything extreme, I estimate my back is something around 60-70 degrees off the ground. Later I realized that I was...
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    Trouble removing chain

    I got an tool from my bike store for pushing the rivet out of a chain. I tried it out on an old bike to get the hang of removing a chain. After successfully removing the chain and reinstalling, I tried to remove the chain from my bike in order to clean it. After coming into contact with the...
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    Tire size

    I'm using a Fuji Absolute LX. The bike came with 700x28c tires, and I currently have 35c tires that I have on for more traction in slushy conditions. Now I want to go back to thin tires for the summer. I can go with the original 700x28c tires, or get a pair of either 25 or 23. I rember the tire...
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    snow and autoshifting

    I was noticing while riding my bike through snow that my derailer tended to continuously shift gears as I rode my bike through the snow. The cable run beneth the bottom bracket got caked with snow. Could this be the problem?
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    wind proofing sneakers

    I ordered a pair of boots that should arrive next week, but I want to do a ride tonight and the forecast if for around 24F. The problem is that my sneakers have these vents that let the wind wick heat away from my toes. I'm looking for a quick solution to keep my toes warm. My bike shop sold...
  6. reub2000

    Are there any mods here?

    Seeing spam posts and erikhaha **** not getting deleted makes me wonder if there any moderators here at all? Anarchy doesn't work!
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    bike for the winter

    I was pondering getting a mountain bike for the winter. Just something to do for recreation and some exercise. This will be used exclusively on Chicago streets, and MUPs. I was wondering if the use of a mountain bike would be overkill and give me unnecessary rolling resistance. I would be...
  8. reub2000

    How do wheels become untrue

    I recenetly had my bike tuned up. Part of the tuneup involved truing the wheels. I was wondering how the wheels got warped in the first place. My dorm has a storage room, where the bike is hung on the wall from the front wheel. Could this be bending the wheel?
  9. reub2000

    How do wheels become untrue

    I recenetly had my bike tuned up. Part of the tuneup involved truing the wheels. I was wondering how the wheels got warped in the first place. My dorm has a storage room, where the bike is hung on the wall from the front wheel. I was wondering if this could bend the wheel. Edit: Opps double...
  10. reub2000

    Angle for bar ends

    I'm trying to figure out what angle I should put my bar ends at. Does anyone know if there is a general rule for this?
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    CPD tried to stop critical mass

    The Chicago Police Department tonight tried to stop critical mass. At Rosevelt and Canal St, they setup a blockade along the planned route towards the lake front. They even arrested a few bikers. I'm not sure what the CPD was trying to do.
  12. reub2000

    Toe Clips

    I removed the toe clips from my new bike because they take too much effort to insert my feet into. I have a friend who swears by toe clips. I won't use clipless petals because I don't want to change shoes just to go out for a ride. To me, it seems like the main advantage to toe clips is when...
  13. reub2000

    Wrist pain

    I'm riding a Giant Cypress ST, which is a hyrbrid bycle with straight handlebars. Bike riding has been causing me pain in the wrists. The guy at the bike shop told me to keep my wrist straight, but that's not the natural position for my wrists, and I unconciously asume a position where my wrists...