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Jul
23
comment What is the logo gear worn by non-commuter cyclists?
I've wondered this too. I mean some folks get shirts for rides they go on, etc, and that's good, but why so much commercial logo gear (other than that's all you can find in many bike shops)?
Jul
23
comment Are there advantages of dedicated bike computer instead of smartphone apps?
And I don't think it's been emphasized that unless you have a separately-purchased Ant pickup, the phone will not provide accurate speed and distance. A basic $10 bike computer will.
Jul
22
comment Lights wiring polarity and wire marking
You forget that at least 20% aren't working at all.
Jul
22
comment Lights wiring polarity and wire marking
Hint: If you're in the US go to Radio Shack and you'll likely find a small multimeter for about $10. Go to Harbor Freight and you can probably find one for $5.
Jul
22
comment Cause of spalled cones?
Ah, spell check!
Jul
22
comment difference in aero bar design
All I know is that the bottom design is more traditional and likely more comfortable. I would guess that the top design is judged (with or without merit) to be a bit more "aero". But I've never used either one, so, again, a guess.
Jul
22
comment How to store bicycles outside during winter
Desiccant will last about a week in those conditions. Better to cover more loosely so air can circulate.
Jul
21
comment Does having machined brake surface on rims matter?
The reason for machining the sides of the rim is to provide a smooth brake surface. If you have disk brakes there's no need to even have the surface -- disk-specific rims slope inward vs having the parallel sides. All aluminum parts should be anodized, to protect against corrosion, but this is almost certainly done if the parts are painted, as the anodizing "preps" the surface to hold paint better.
Jul
20
revised Cause of spalled cones?
added 540 characters in body
Jul
20
comment Lights wiring polarity and wire marking
There is no real "standard" as to which wire is considered "hot" and which "ground/neutral" for low-voltage wiring. And there is no assurance that "hot" is + and "ground/neutral" is -. For house wiring and power cords the white wire or the wire with the rib is "neutral". If you want to know the polarity you need to get a voltmeter to check it.
Jul
20
comment Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
Dunno about you, but I sure would get injured mountain biking on a bike without rear suspension (or any bike, for that matter).
Jul
19
comment Repairing a Crimped Titanium Frame
You could get a sheet metal shop to bend up a piece of thin stainless to cover the area. Glue it on. It would be a bit tricky to get a good smooth fit, though.
Jul
19
comment Repairing a Crimped Titanium Frame
Yeah, the dents are where they are least likely to cause any structural problem. And the reason they are there is because the tubing is very thin in that area, because strength is not needed there.
Jul
17
comment reliable bike shifting
And if you can't learn how to use a derailleur-style shifter, you can always get a bike with a geared hub.
Jul
17
comment Different locations of C in tire sizes
It's not uncommon to see a tire size expressed as "700c-28" and another tire expressed as "700-28c" (and several other permutations). No difference. The "C" is not really meaningful for the ISO ("622") sizing. See sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
Jul
17
comment What tension should the front derailleur cable be when setting it up?
@totalitarian -- Sounds like the barrel adjuster is not adjusted correctly. For the front derailer it ONLY affects the positioning for the middle cog.
Jul
17
comment What tension should the front derailleur cable be when setting it up?
It's not a matter of "tension". Study the shifter and the derailer and note that the derailer limit screws control where the derailer stops directly over the innermost and outermost cogs. You initially (after setting the limit screws) clamp the cable (with the barrel adjusters screwed all the way in) so that there's (almost) no slack with the lever all the way in the slack direction, then adjust the barrel adjuster to hit the middle cog correctly. Sheldon Brown and Park Tool will both have good descriptions of this process.
Jul
16
comment Should thighs touch the stomach to reduce flab?
@JohnP - Uh, how do you calculate watts per hour?
Jul
16
comment Should thighs touch the stomach to reduce flab?
The only bit of that advice that might be correct is that using a posture that makes more use of the stomach muscles (which bending forward more may or may not do) will tend to increase muscle tone there and "pull in" the stomach. This does not in any way affect the amount of fat in that area, however.
Jul
16
comment Switch to a larger sprocket on child bike with coaster brakes
I'm guessing he wants to replace the front sprocket.