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comment Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
(I'll add that I've been wondering if there is any "science" that will calculate the rate of fatigue due to climbing, say, a 10% hill vs a 5% one. One suspects that a 10% hill is more than twice as fatiguing as a 5% hill.)
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answered Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
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comment Finding better routes than bicycle apps suggest
I think it's a big order to do this from topo maps. Two roads that show the same grade may have vastly different topography when viewed on a scale of a few dozen feet. And no map shows road conditions. (And I wouldn't want to climb a 15% hill if I could avoid it,)
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comment What does this road sign mean?
Something like a deer crossing or tractor crossing warning??
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comment Loose Handlebars
There are several different schemes for mounting handlebars, and two major schemes for how the handlebar stem attaches to the front fork. We need to know a little more about your bike and problem to be of much help. (Is the handlebar actually loose, or does it simply not line up with the tire?)
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comment Disadvantages of Riding Larger Frame Sized Bike than Reccomended Frame Sized Bike
I had a slightly oversized (by perhaps 5cm) touring bike for 15 years. I had to change out the stem (to a taller one with less forward extension) to get my arms and shoulders comfortable. I don't recall any other serious problems.
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answered Torque wrenches
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comment Tire Continually going flat
@altomnr - On rare occasions the spoke was too long from the factory, or it is failing and has stretched more than the rest.
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comment Bicycle Frame: anodized Aluminium?
@NhânLê - "Rust" is (by most definitions) an oxide of iron, has a red/brown color, and is only possible with iron-containing alloys. I'm not seeing anything that looks like rust in the pictures. Corrosion can occur with most metals (anodizing is actually a form of controlled corrosion), but all I see of that (aside from the anodizing proper) is some "blotchiness" on the anodized surface, which is fairly normal, plus the speckling near the bottom of the seat tube, which is also reasonably normal.
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comment mix left shifter and font derailleur of different speed
The front derailer is generally not nearly as fussy as the rear with regard to the "match" between shifter and derailer. This is doubly true for a 2x front vs a 3x. But, lacking appropriate specs (which are hardly ever available), the only way to know for sure is to try it.
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comment Can you inflate a completely flat tire?
Yeah, rotate the tire until the valve is at the 3 oclock or 9 oclock position, then press your thumb against the tire very hard while pressing the chuck onto the valve. You need to force the valve out with your thumb pressure in order to get the chuck all the way on.
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comment Bicycle Frame: anodized Aluminium?
Yeah, the color looks to be a stain added during the anodizing process.
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comment Bicycle Frame: anodized Aluminium?
Yeah, the photos don't appear.
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comment Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?
This is simply part of the "claim your lane" strategy that most experienced cyclists employ. There are times when you should swing wider, and times when you should squeeze closer to the shoulder, but mainly you stay about a third of the way out in the lane.
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comment Pedals feel like they are too far back
The seat is too far forward.
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comment Standing vs. high rpm for acceleration
It depends on the individual, but generally if you're over about 110 RPM you're wasting too much energy in simply spinning your legs. But this can get to be a contentious issue. (Saw a study of this about 25 years ago in the LAW magazine and lab tests indicated that over 100 RPM is probably not justified.)
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comment Tire Continually going flat
@altomnr - Of course, rim tape will do no good if the spoke is too long.
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comment Speed and distance for a beginner
@mattnz - And they look so sexy!!
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comment Speed and distance for a beginner
As to cadence monitors, good ones are few and far between. Whatever you do, don't get the Cateye Strada wireless model -- worst design I've ever seen.
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comment Speed and distance for a beginner
Yeah, I suspect that more people die from lack of exercise due to waiting to get a doctor's OK to exercise than die from exercising when they should have first gotten a doctor's OK.