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Nov
19
comment How long should brake pads last?
@Carel - Totally. Brake pads can last for a VERY long time. I just wanted to provide a lower bound on how long they could last. The brake pads on my summer bikes typically last for years.
Nov
10
comment What's the difference between All-Mountain, Cross Country, Freeride, Downhill bikes?
Are free-ride bike typically heavier than downhill?
Nov
4
comment What are the practical limitations of a road bike compared to a mountain bike?
The biggest issue I have hit with road bikes is that usually your riding position is much lower and more stretched out. This makes it much more difficult to loft the front end. Shortening your stem, will do wonders to speed up the bike and make it more agile.
Oct
28
comment What is the practical advantage of disk brakes over rim brakes?
In terms of longevity, I think it depends. Riding dirty, salty roads, my rim brakes don't last a season whereas disks usually last two.
Oct
28
comment What is the practical advantage of disk brakes over rim brakes?
One other thing to add is that when they do get wet/dirty/sandy, they are much easier to clear. Clearing and entire wheel and keeping it clear (via braking) is much harder (more force) than clearing just a small disk.
Sep
12
comment Hill climb riding position
Great answer, however I think the clipless comment is unwarranted and certainly not the most important peice of info in your answer.
Sep
10
comment Minimal gear for dry winter riding in the city
I would highly recommend that you don't leave your helmet locked to your bike. Helmets are an essential piece of safety gear. There is no way to visually inspect a helmet to see if safe to use. You should always buy a helmet new and replace it after a crash. If you leave it locked to you bike you will have no way to tell if its safety has been compromised while at the rack. If you are using a rack that other cyclists are using it would be very easy for one of them to bump your helmet, in a way that would do critical damage to it.
Sep
2
comment Is front-suspension a false-economy for cheaper bikes?
Good point on the used XC bikes. They do make excellent commuters after a tire change. Generally speaking, the suspension on those used bikes (same price range) will have good quality (but possibly abused) suspension.
Sep
2
comment What needs to be considered when building a winter bike?
Don't ride a bike you love in the winter. The salt will make it disappear.
Aug
7
comment How to train front braking technique?
What kind of brakes is he running? My bike came stock with tectro brakes. The modulation was awefull and it was really hard to brake cleanly. Since upgrading to Avid BB7s, I have found that I can brake much much more easily.
Jul
8
comment Bike Size to Human Size Conversion Chart
Just to clarify, by shopping online what I mean was on pinkbike and craigslist. I don't want to go and visit bikes that are extra small if I need a medium sized bike.
Jun
10
comment Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?
@Blam - Thanks for the further explanation. Can you move that link into the question>
Jun
10
comment Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?
There seems to be some debate about whether tires at their max pressure or at a lower pressure is optimal for avoiding flats. You seem to say that high pressure is better. @Andy256 (above) says that higher pressure is better. Do you have a source to quote or are you just citing your own personal experience?
Jun
10
comment Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?
There seems to be some debate about whether tires at their max pressure or at a lower pressure is optimal for avoiding flats. You seem to say that high pressure is better. @Blam (below) says that lower pressure is better. Do you have a source to quote or are you just citing your own personal experience?
Feb
27
comment Suggestions for winter cycling glasses?
@Benzo Never had that problem with my downhill goggles (in winter or summer).
Feb
26
comment How to use a vapor barrier with cycling shoes for cold weather riding?
Woudld love to see a picture to better under stand. Never seen SPD sandals before.
Feb
3
comment Suggestions for winter cycling glasses?
@ChrisH, goggles are the best thing that I have found. They do block peripheral vision to some extent but in Ottawa our roads are so cold and sloppy that turning your head further to check your blind spot is a reasonable compromise. I find with regular glasses my eyes tear up the point of blindness.
Jan
24
comment One vs. Two wheeled bike trailers
Switching this to the accepted answer but wanted to add one note. After having tried both kinds of trailers I might add that dodging pot holes is almost impossible with a two wheeled trailer but is simple with a single wheel trailer. Single wheel trailers follow your bike wheels so if you miss a bump then so does the trailer. With a two wheeled bike trailer, you have to miss the bump with 3 wheels at different widths.
Oct
1
comment How do I bring an old bike up to speed?
I disagree. Older bikes are great. Sure it may not have indexed shifters but otherwise that should be an excellent bike. Looks like fun.
Oct
1
comment How do I bring an old bike up to speed?
I would also note: Don't spray water on the bike. It can enter the bearings (bad). Get the bike wet, but wipe don't spray.