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Jul
8
answered What hand signals are there for communicating with others when cycling in a group?
Jul
6
comment How can I tell a bike is safe after a crash?
This. Put the bike in the hands of a trusted local mechanic.
Jul
6
comment Can I use an inner tube that's too narrow for the tyre?
My wife informs me that perhaps I've been too harsh. Maybe so, but I think the obvious answer is: it's probably not the best idea. Maybe it'll do fine. Or maybe it will blow on you at 35mph downhill. If you don't have a choice, then make do as you can. If you have the option to use a correct-sized tube, then do so.
Jul
5
answered Can I use an inner tube that's too narrow for the tyre?
Jul
5
comment Using the outer lane of an inner-city one way system - where do I ride?
Upvoted especially for the last paragraph. Remember that speed limits are an upper limit, not a lower one as most motorists seem to believe. If he gets stressed out by the "undertaking" approach and honking motorists, you might consider (after the ride) mentioning that going a little faster in situations like that tends to smooth things out for both you and the motorists.
Jun
30
comment What hydration system should I use for multiple activities?
A pocket, obviously!
Jun
29
comment What's a good bike for daily use in New Orleans? A flat city with lots of potholes and bad roads
@Moab A suspension for potholes is overkill. Fatter tires at low pressures is all that is needed. Suspensions are just one more cheap part that saps your power and is prone to breaking.
Jun
29
answered What hydration system should I use for multiple activities?
Jun
28
comment How can I fix bad elevation data in a GPS log?
There's nothing you can do, short of buying a new GPS unit. Non-WAAS GPS produces unreliable altitude measurements. End of story.
Jun
27
comment Riding packed limestone trails on 700x23 ties
Mostly, this will make it a more comfortable ride, without sacrificing tire reliability. High pressures are great for smoothly-paved roads, as they decrease (to a point) rolling resistance. However, they also make bumps and jolts in the surface much more easily noticeable. By dropping the pressure a little on rough surfaces, you give yourself a somewhat softer "suspension".
Jun
27
comment Riding packed limestone trails on 700x23 ties
Possibly a little of both. You can also opt to get a slightly heavier-duty tire like the Panaracer Ribmo or Specialized Armadillo. There's not really any appreciable difference in rolling resistance for 25s or 28s versus 23s unless you're shaving off every possible second for a race.
Jun
27
answered Riding packed limestone trails on 700x23 ties
Jun
27
comment Should I use an already master-linked chain or add a masterlink to a plain chain?
You can do it with your bare hands, too. Just gets you a little greasy.
Jun
23
comment What pressure should I run my Road Bike tyres at?
+1 -- I'll add that for most purposes, 100psi is a decent pressure to ride at. The increased performance of any higher pressures is likely negligible, and will have a noticeable decline on ride quality.
Jun
22
answered Why does my back wheel keep becoming untrue?
Jun
22
comment Easton EC90 TKO wheels, tire options
They say 27"x22 on the tire itself.
Jun
22
comment Why is it important to have good saddles?
Pardon, but the Brooks dead-cow and rivets efforts are amongst the most comfortable, durable, and worthwhile saddles in existence. As a data point, I went on a 300km (190mi) brevet on Saturday. Every single one of the non-recumbent riders sat on a Brooks saddle (including me!). After the ride, the one part of me that didn't hurt was my behind.
Jun
21
comment How do I make the platform side of a Shimano PD-A530 multi-purpose SPD pedal less “slippery”?
I have these pedals, and don't have this problem. Perhaps it's your shoes?
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