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Jun
21
comment Is it harmful to shift RD while climbing standing?
This isn't detailed enough to justify it being a full answer, but regardless of damage to components, shifting under full load generally will cause a big jolt on the pedals. It's easily enough to throw you off-balance if you're standing on the pedals, which can make you fall. I've learned to "float" on the pedals for a brief moment if I need to shift while mashing uphill. Essentially, I continue pedaling but with little to no force until the shift has completed. It only takes a fraction of a second, and it doesn't force me to break stride or lose forward momentum.
Jun
19
answered Chain loses tension on straight drop out
Jun
17
comment Buying a CO2 tyre inflater
I've been able to use a partially-used CO2 cartridge months after the initial use. If yours are losing air, it's due to a faulty nozzle.
Jun
17
comment What are advantages and disadvantages of CO2 inflators over frame pumps?
Not to mention, good luck getting to 100psi with a hand pump. It's tedious even getting to 50psi.
Jun
16
answered Buying a CO2 tyre inflater
Jun
16
answered What is the widest tyre that you can get away with, on a standard road bike?
Jun
16
comment Cable adjuster recommendations
Will do, cap'n.
Jun
16
accepted Cable adjuster recommendations
Jun
15
comment mountain bike freewheel hub stopped rotating
Congratulations on your new fixed-gear mountain bike! :)
Jun
15
revised Cable adjuster recommendations
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Jun
15
comment Cable adjuster recommendations
Inline. Sorry, had no idea my question needed more info to answer. :)
Jun
14
comment Cable adjuster recommendations
700c. Didn't realize there was a distinction.
Jun
14
asked Cable adjuster recommendations
Jun
13
comment How to select a good quality frame?
"I ride a typical MTB, for commuting, offroad riding, road or touring as well." How much offroad riding do you do? MTBs are generally a poor choice for three out of your four cycling types.
Jun
7
comment Why recover with carbohydrates, instead of with protein?
The longer you can put off hitting the wall, the better. Training at or near your anaerobic threshold already causes your body to increase its glycogen stores. Intentionally going over may have marginal benefit, but I would wager it's significantly less than the benefit of being on the bike for significantly longer.
Jun
6
comment How hard is it to disassemble and reassemble a bottom bracket?
Having replaced my BB before, I can tell you that like most bike maintenance, it's pretty straightforward and easy once you see how it's done. If you're lucky enough to have a set of self-extracting cranks (you probably don't), you won't even need a crank puller.
Jun
3
comment Aero Wheels, Velocity Wheels. Does it really matter?
Aerodynamics are huge at anything beyond casual speed, being the source of 80%+ of your energy losses on a bike. Presumably, if he's asking about aerodynamics and expensive wheels, it's probably a safe bet he's not looking just to improve his commute time.
Jun
2
comment Why recover with carbohydrates, instead of with protein?
FWIW, I am not a sports nutritionist. That said, my understanding is that long-duration training without carbohydrate intake will simply limit your available energy which will in turn limit the intensity (and therefore potential benefits) of your training. You may receive some benefit in training the muscles to retain more glycogen, but I suspect any difference will be lost due to a decrease in training effectiveness.
Jun
1
comment Why recover with carbohydrates, instead of with protein?
Not consuming sugar on any kind of long-distance ride will quickly lead to you bonking. Carbohydrates are an absolute must during a ride of any substantial length.
Jun
1
answered Effects of design on speed?