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Jan
24
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
@WTHarper - Keep in mind that most "supplements" work purely because of the placebo effect. So manufacturers don't have to make the supplements especially strong -- they don't expect them to actually do anything anyway.
Jan
24
comment handlebar setup/selection to mitigate wrist pain on multiday rides
You have what is generally the best setup -- drop bars with several hand positions. You can try rotating the bar slightly to make it more comfortable to use the drops. You can also consider getting a "randonneur" bar which has a less severe drop distance and a few extra twists here and there.
Jan
24
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
@WTHarper -- True - Taken in excess the electrolytes will make you pee more and become more dehydrated. (Hence, drinking sea water isn't a good idea.) Intake would have to be fairly excessive, though, for this effect to be significant.
Jan
24
answered Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
Jan
24
comment Shimano Hollowtech left crank arm getting loose
I've always figured you could make a shim from an aluminum can for square shafts, but I don't think you can make that work very well for a splined shaft.
Jan
24
comment Do brake hoods come in different sizes?
I've many times seen bikes with Velcroed-on pads around the hoods. Don't know where you get them.
Jan
23
comment Shimano Hollowtech left crank arm getting loose
The main thing is to make sure the bolts are good and tight. But, unfortunately, if a crank arm is run loose it will develop a "flare" and no longer fit tightly on the shaft. This is especially bad on the left side as "precession" will tend to loosen the bolt on that side, if there's any looseness in the crank splines at all. Loctite on the bolt will help but is not a panacea for a flared crank arm. Be sure use a removable type. It will not make it substantially harder to install the bolt, but will make it significantly harder to remove.
Jan
23
comment Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?
@GarethRees - Maybe. I've tried several and they've never gotten over 50, despite advertising to the contrary.
Jan
23
comment Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?
@GarethRees - You cannot generally achieve full pressure with a compact pump. It's OK for emergency use when you only need to travel a few miles, but not if you're out (literally) in the middle of the Gobi Desert 50 miles from any aid.
Jan
22
comment Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?
@AndrewWelch -- How much lighter do you think they will be? You don't want to reduce spoke count, you don't want a lighter duty rim.
Jan
22
comment How to lace up a mishapen brooks?
What does it cost to try?
Jan
22
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Jan
22
comment Can I add gears on a bmx?
And the geared hubs are probably still a bit fragile for true BMX use. Plus the geared hubs are quite large, and the spoke length would be quite short (leading to various problems) on a 20" wheel.
Jan
22
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22
answered Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?
Jan
21
comment Second wheel set for winter
Re the chain, probably simplest to use the "summer" chain through winter and then replace it when swapping wheels the last time in the spring.
Jan
21
comment Second wheel set for winter
One could, of course, swap a single cassette between wheels. But that's probably a bad idea, as the risk of cross-threading would increase with frequent swaps. The cassette should be the same number of cogs, of course, but can have a slightly different tooth count if desired -- but hopefully not enough different to require changing chain length.
Jan
21
comment Second wheel set for winter
Yeah, all you really want is wheels the right size. Forget about fancy bladed spokes, et al.
Jan
21
comment Why don't road bikes use v-brakes?
Except that since the cable travel is twice as much, this means that the cable arms on the levers and brakes are twice as long and have 4 times as much flex.
Jan
20
comment Why does my right Achilles hurt when I use my Sidi S Pros
I'd suggest you check you seat height and the angle of the cleats.