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Jun
16
comment Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?
@Scott - You definitely cannot assume that the speed difference is the same going up vs down. Likely nowhere close. I may average 15 mph on the flat, hit 30 going down a given hill, without even pedaling, and go up that same hill at 6 mph. And consider that, as a hill gets steeper, the uphill speed will eventually reach zero (ie, the cyclist simply cannot climb that hill). But downhill speed can easily exceed 50 mph.
Jun
15
comment Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?
Because that's the way it's done. Simple and easy to understand. You can always compute it the other way if you wish -- just learn how to program an Android.
Jun
15
comment How can I prevent cars from passing me too closely?
(Frankly, the issue is more a matter of location (and perhaps timing) than technique. Drivers in some parts of the US will cut much more closely than others, and drivers tend to be "pushier" at certain times of the day/week. Just rode a week-long tour in Minnesota and virtually every driver gave a full lane clearance.)
Jun
15
comment How can I prevent cars from passing me too closely?
Don't wear a helmet or any other gear that makes you look like a "real" cyclist. Studies in England show that motorists tend to drive closer to cyclists who appear "real" than to those who appear to be just casual riders. (But, of course, not wearing a helmet is dumb.)
Jun
14
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Jun
7
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Jun
7
comment Should the bike or the rider take the jolt from a bump, and how?
And keep in mind that your body weights roughly 10 times more than your bike.
Jun
7
comment What could be the reason for chain skipping
Those rear sprockets appear to be in good condition. The derailer or hanger may be bent, or the derailer limit or the shifter may be preventing the derailer from swinging all the way to the outside. Or the chain may be too long.
Jun
7
comment Advantages and Disadvantages of Bibs vs Shorts?
It would stand to reason that manufacturers will dictate the new style by pulling regular shorts off the market. Just try to find a pair of old style short running shorts, eg. If the kids are wearing them, nothing else matters.
Jun
7
comment Advantages and Disadvantages of Bibs vs Shorts?
Bibs look even dorkier than regular cycling shorts. (Dunno if that's an advantage or a disadvantage.)
Jun
6
comment Are slick tires worth it for commuting?
Do note that a number of treaded "road" tires have a ridge down the center that is bald. This give nearly as low resistance as a bald tire. (Also note, of course, that increasing tire pressure is apt to have more effect from going from a treaded road tire to a treadless one.)
Jun
6
answered Should the bike or the rider take the jolt from a bump, and how?
Jun
6
comment How to position a bike for work without a stand
I'd only do this on a steel frame, and even then one must be careful to not crush the tube. Remember, better quality frame tubes are "butted" and thinner in the middle than at the ends.
Jun
6
comment Putting a wheel axle back together
That's not the "skewer bolt", that's the axle.
Jun
6
comment How to position a bike for work without a stand
Just hang the front of the seat on any convenient "peg", or rig hooks or a rope to suspend the bike from. All you need to do is somehow get the rear wheel off the ground while having the pedals clear to turn.
Jun
5
comment I need to change my bike from UK to US Spec
@Johnny - Actually, it's right=main, left=jib.
Jun
5
comment Thinking of upgrading my brakes to these, is there an issue with “mushy” braking?
Don't have a specific answer, but do note the distinction between "standard SLR" and "Super SLR". No idea if the BL-R400s fall into either category.
Jun
5
comment Worth it to touch up my bike?
You can buy touch-up paint for cars at an auto parts place, in a wide variety of colors. Often this comes in small vials with a brush in the lid, or even in "pens". At the same time, pick up some metal primer in a similar container, and be sure that any scratch down to the bare metal gets a touch of primer, even if you never apply the finish coat.
Jun
5
comment Riding in nice office/casual clothes?
One gripe I have is that the performance of video monitors has fallen terribly in the past 20 years or so. Used to be that a 20" color monitor could get a T-shirt dry in about an hour. Now you're lucky if it's dry by the end of the day.
Jun
5
comment Brake pad rubbing the rim
For minor adjustments truing stand and/or zip ties are not needed. Just spin the wheel and observe where it gets closer to or farther away from the brake pads.