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Getting Tires Right

Tires Pneumatic Modern tires allow cyclists to ride pavements, gravel, trails, dirt, mud, and other surfaces. Tires are pneumatically inflated with compressed air. Pneumatic tires were invented and industrially produced before the end of the 19th century. Solid rubber was used to manufacture bicycle tires. It was better than other material. Getting a bouncy wheel …

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Bike Chains 4 – Lubricant prices, testing, innovation

Prices Motor Oil & Gear Oil Motor oil, the lubricating oil distilled and sold for use (4 stroke) internal combustion engines, was sold in quart containers for decades. For decades the containers were cardboard cylinders with metal end caps. Automotive service centers, once known as garages, issued workers spouts that could both puncture an end …

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Bike Chains 6 – Durable Chain

Bikes Other Drive Systems The Sturmey-Archer 3-speed AW internal gear hub system was used on Raleigh bicycles for many years. There are articles and resources at Bicycle Technical Information (“BTI” – the Sheldon Brown site), such as “Servicing Sturmey-Archer 3-Speed Hubs“, and other manuals and support resources. There is a BTI article on Internal-Gear Hubs. …

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Bike Chains 3 – Lubrication Science

Lubricants Science The bicycle is made of materials and components “invented” by mechanics and engineers before late 19th century scientists articulated the periodic table of elements or the fundamental modern theories of physics and chemistry. The physicist Carlo Rovelli wrote: The ability to understand something before its observed is at the heart of scientific thinking. …

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