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May
18
comment How can I avoid thigh chafing despite already wearing cycling shorts?
You should clarify where the current "burn" is occurring. If it is the inside of the thighs then your saddle may be too wide, or the height may be wrong. If it's the butt proper or places forward of that then you can either wait to "toughen up" or shave the sensitive area to eliminate the hairs that contribute to the problem.
May
18
answered Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?
May
18
comment How can I avoid thigh chafing despite already wearing cycling shorts?
Use butt butter -- and don't scrimp on it. And no underwear.
May
17
comment How to calculate bike stand-over height using frameset geometry and wheel radius?
@Kibbee - I think the actual height of the middle of the top tube above can be calculated from the above if you're also given the dimension between top tube and the top of the seat tube, and between top tube and the top of the headset
May
17
comment How to calculate bike stand-over height using frameset geometry and wheel radius?
Are you looking for the actual standover height, or the conceptual standover height, were it a conventional frame?
May
17
comment Evaluate hill gradient
It's some sort of mildly viscous fluid, similar to the stuff in carpenter levels. Survives freezing weather just fine.
May
17
answered Good locks seem awfully heavy
May
17
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May
17
comment Evaluate hill gradient
Mine works fairly well. Not on rough pavement, as I said, but otherwise OK.
May
16
answered Evaluate hill gradient
May
16
comment Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
Yeah, "heads down" gets to be extreme when you're on the drops -- fairly hard to even look straight ahead, much less look beside/behind you.
May
16
comment Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
You may find that you want to reposition your brake levers slightly, to get the best compromise between hand comfort and the ability to grip the brakes, but in general riding on the hoods is stable and provides excellent braking ability. (But note that people with exceptionally small hands may have difficulty, at least unless they purchase special brake levers.)
May
16
comment When not in use, How should I store my tubeless tires?
How do you store the tubeless tires on your car?
May
16
comment Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear
As you now know, you bought the wrong cartridge. The one you bought is standard for a road triple. It appears the Trek you have is a triple, but the BB shell is offset to the right vs the derailer mount (or else that particular derailer is offset to the left). Is the shaft square or splined? If square (and cost is not a big issue) consider buying a Phil Woods cartridge.
May
15
comment Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?
It should be noted that, as you make a frame smaller, you almost literally bump up against tire size. This is why Terry, on their smaller "road" bikes, uses a 26" front wheel while keeping a 700c on the back.
May
15
comment Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?
I would guess that it's true SOMETIMES.
May
15
comment A bike for city commute - disc brakes, bar-end shifters, tires
As a couple of others have said, you want fenders. And wider tires are a better choice in urban areas where there are often joints in the pavement, etc, that can catch a thin tire.
May
15
comment Why did I feel like crap after racing against a car?
It should be noted that cold air is quite dry, and when you exercise vigorously in it you tend to dry out the lungs and airways. It's not unusual to have a "dry cough" for some time after. And in somewhat colder weather (below about 20F) it's actually possible to get frostbite in the airways. You can reduce the severity of this problem with some sort of mask/scarf that helps warm the air going into your lungs, plus breathing through your nose as much as possible (since the nose warms/moistens the air).
May
15
comment Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear
Yes, the two external measurements of a BB are spindle length and spindle offset. (There are also cartridge body/bearing race and cup dimensions, of course.) You can have BB with the same spindle length and different offsets. Some BB cartridges (such as Phil Woods) have two movable cups and can be adjusted left/right by a few mm, but Shimanos generally have a fixed cup on one end and cannot be adjusted.
May
14
comment Cannot fit pump nozzle properly to the presta valve of my tyre
@amcnabb - Yeah, most chucks will depress the presta stem when fully installed, but some don't.