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Jul
28
comment How do I descend faster on the straightaway?
"Others may argue"... I'd like to do just that. Why on earth would aero wheels act different on the descent than on the flat?
Jul
28
comment How do I descend faster on the straightaway?
Have you actually tried to calculate the differences between different hubs? Should be fairly easy to do just by measuring the difference in stop times. I would wager that these differences are on the order of a small fraction of watt. Not much when compared to the total power dissipated in a fast descent, which can easily be more than 1000W.
Jul
17
comment Why don't most MTBs have rear shocks?
@BillyNair - Perhaps that is true for you, and for the particular type of biking you do (dual/4cross XC?). But in general - control is considered as one of full suspension's advantages, not disadvantages. The large majority of downhill races competitors use full suspension bikes, the bigger shocks, the better. Personally I also find that I can descend much faster on a FS bike.
Jul
17
answered Were there always teams in road racing?
Jul
16
revised SPD cleats damaging mountain bike shoes
rewrote title, more clearly indicating the problem
Jul
16
suggested suggested edit on SPD cleats damaging mountain bike shoes
Jul
16
answered SPD cleats damaging mountain bike shoes
Jul
15
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
@Jefromi - why is riding in tight spaces amongst traffic inherently unsafe? People ride amongst dense traffic all around the world every day, and typically, it's not what kills them. Tight spaces can be actually safer than an open road, because in tight spaces everybody rides slower and is more watchful.
Jul
15
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
Agreed with the commenter - no hands, bunny hop and track stand are probably the (only) must-have tricks for any "serious" cyclist. Thing is, one normally acquires them in the process of becoming this serious cyclist, regardless whether one specially practices them or not.
Jul
13
answered Is there a practical gain from elliptical/oval chainrings?
Jul
12
comment Would the seating position of a road bike cause issues with prescription glasses
Good point - not having the ideal glasses is not a reason not to get a road bike. But do get proper eyewear, eventually. If you leave a big enough opening between the glasses and eyebrows, sooner or later a nasty insect is going to fly into your eyes at speed; not fun. It may also be a matter of where you're riding; in Utah you probably don't have a big problem with insects, but it will be different in places more teeming with life.
Jul
12
comment Would the seating position of a road bike cause issues with prescription glasses
Good point about the cheapo cycling goggles, it might be an effective third solution, if you're not afraid to look dorky :-)
Jul
11
answered Would the seating position of a road bike cause issues with prescription glasses
Jul
11
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
11
revised Difference between “Track Frame set” and a “TimeTrial/Triathalon frame set”
changed erroneous "brake" (meaning most probably "break") to more understandable "disconnect", plus other understandability fixes
Jul
11
suggested suggested edit on Difference between “Track Frame set” and a “TimeTrial/Triathalon frame set”
Jul
9
comment Are slick tires worth it for commuting?
@amcnabb - You are exactly right, it does not even make sense to make a graph for am unspecified, non-zero, but positive grade, for the purpose of comparing rolling resistance to air resistance. Plus the source of the graph is Schwalbe, and it's obviously in the interest of the tire manufacturer to overplay the relative importance of rolling resistance.
Jul
9
comment Are slick tires worth it for commuting?
Now we are splitting hairs, but what do you exactly mean by commuter bike speeds? I see two different commuting approaches possible - either you absolutely avoid getting sweaty, and so you indeed ride at less than about 100 watts, or you don't, in which case you ride as fast as you can (probably about 160-200W for an untrained male in OK shape). In the former case it's true that rolling resistance is of relatively bigger importance. But as the OP cares about speed, I suspect we are rather talking about the latter approach.
Jul
9
comment Why are tubeless tyres popular in mountain biking?
Against pinch flats (snakebites) I can understand why - but can you explain why the tubeless tires are especially good against thorns? I don't get it.
Jul
8
answered Are slick tires worth it for commuting?