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answered Is it safe to ride on a cracked rim?
Jul
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comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
@David, it would get closer, but the front is usually (not always) geared smaller as well. A typical 34/48 up front on a cyclocross bike is very different from even a compact 50/34 on a road bike, much less the 53/39 that a standard road crank would be.
Jul
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comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
I'm not saying you can't do it. But the bikes aren't designed for it. You're from Illinois. I would argue also that you might have a slightly different idea of what off road means than someone who is from Colorado or NorCal, (or Seattle).
Jul
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comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
@David: I'm not trying to be contentious, but I disagree. Most of the off road riding in my home are around Seattle is wet, muddy, full of rocks and roots, and generally completely unsuited for a road bike. I've also ridden road bikes on fire roads and dirt roads. But again, my point is that they aren't designed for it. Your point about Paris-Roubaix is well made, but those are professional riders, on specially built up road bikes, with multiple bikes per rider, and generally the bikes from the Hell of the North never get ridden but the one day. Because they aren't considered safe.
Jul
28
comment Can cycling adversely affect male fertility?
My understanding was that the issue for the average rider with poor equipment was more a possibility residual numbness and "failure to operate" than infertility. Is that what you are discussing, or is this a separate topic?
Jul
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revised How to achieve an always clean chain
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Jul
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comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
@David, Thank you for the nice comments. I do disagree with you regarding the intended use of a road bike. They are engineered to survive a punishing amount of abuse, yes. But they are not designed to handle well, or maintain traction off of pavement. And while you can ride them off road, that doesn't mean it's a good idea. You could also drive a Ferrari at a Moab Hill Climb. How much would the trip to the dealer cost afterwards, though? The Roubaix and the CR1 both would handle better than most road bikes off road, but that is still not what is made for.
Jul
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comment How to achieve an always clean chain
This, yes. But not just this. See STW's much more thorough answer on this page. There is far more to this than just that.
Jul
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revised How to achieve an always clean chain
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Jul
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answered Squeaking sounds after lubricating the cogset and chain
Jul
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answered Can a bike with an internal bottom bracket be retrofitted to have an external bottom bracket?
Jul
27
comment How to prepare oneself for riding in the snow?
Studded tires in a reasonable width work very well. Pretty easy to make a quality set yourself as well.
Jul
27
comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
Cyclocross bikes still are geared easier than a true road bike. He will still have a hard time staying with the pack on road bikes. They also use the same STI drop bar shift levers, which means he might as well have a true road bike, and stick with the hybrid he owns now when he goes off pavement.
Jul
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answered Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
Jul
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answered Does anyone have experience with Bottom Bracket Tap/Facing sets?
Jul
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comment How to achieve an always clean chain
@ChrisW, that works as well, of course, but it requires in many cases that you either use a master link, which I prefer not to do because I've personally had too many fail, and if you don't then you must break the chain, which weakens the rivets at each link, unless you use a replacement pin, which in turn limit how many times you can break the chain before you replace it. It also takes more time, so I prefer this way. It is by no means the only way.
Jul
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reviewed Approve What should I look for when buying a used bicycle?
Jul
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comment How to achieve an always clean chain
It is about both. Different lubricants are better suited for different areas of the world better than others, based on weather, and conditions. One thing that makes them better is how the conditions affect how quickly the chain picks up dirt. In addition, it's about how the lube you use is applied, since if you apply it wrong or too liberally, it will pick up dirt faster. The "one day" that it takes yours to get dirty implies to me that lube is applied to heavily.
Jul
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comment Does anyone know of a list of city roads with bad pavement ( NYC )
Locally produced bike maps are definitely the place to find that kind of information. Seattle has an excellent one.
Jul
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answered How to achieve an always clean chain