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Old, tired, crazy.


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.
Jan
20
comment I can't sit on my sit bones
Another option, vs buying and testing several expensive seats, is to buy a seat cover. There are cheap (and crummy) ones sold at department stores, but most "middle of the road" bike shops will carry a few good ones. (Hoity-toity shops are likely to turn up their noses at them.) There are various types, with foam and "gel" padding. Not terribly durable, but a good option for trying out.
Jan
20
comment How can i calculate the power in watts on an indoor trainer
Unfortunately, the resistance is unlikely to be constant with speed. But power is easily calculated as force times speed.
Jan
18
comment Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
@robthewolf - I don't generally need toe straps to look stupid.
Jan
17
comment I can't sit on my sit bones
There are all sorts of different seats available, including some "off the wall" sling types. You can probably find something that's more comfortable. Unfortunately, you may have to buy several before you find what's right for you.
Jan
17
comment Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?
One does wonder why you'd want such parts used. You might, eg, get some "standard" pedals from a bike where the purchaser wanted clipless, but bottom brackets wouldn't likely be removed unless defective, nor would brake rotors (unless you're dealing with a "chop shop"). And buying used cables is just stupid -- new ones are cheap.
Jan
17
comment Snapping master links
I'd suggest you try one of the other brands. The SRAM or Wippermann links should be compatible with your chain.
Jan
16
comment Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?
(It would be good if you stated what sort of parts you're looking for -- bolts, hubs, wheels, forks, frames?)
Jan
16
comment Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?
Actually, many shops that do repairs will have a small cache of used parts, depending on what you want. This is often true of shops that mainly sell new bikes -- it's the presence of the repair shop, and how "deep" it is, that determines what, if any, used parts may be available.
Jan
16
comment Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
And, in my experience, with toe straps the strap begins to dig into the top of your foot after several hours, encouraging you to use less efficient foot placement.
Jan
16
comment Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
@robthewolf - The thing is, when you become tired you stop trying to keep your feet properly positioned, and tend to slip into using your instep, with corresponding inefficiencies. I don't think it's the energy required to keep the feet positioned per se, but rather the consequences of failing to do so.
Jan
16
comment Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
For me, clipless pedals help with fatigue more than anything. After several hours the energy/effort required to keep your feet properly positioned on the pedals becomes significant. This causes a corresponding drop in overall performance.
Jan
16
answered Where to mount a headlight if the handlebar is obscured by a basket
Jan
16
comment Any source for Shimano shoelaces?
Something like the above image is what I eventually purchased. Not a perfect replacement for the Shimano laces, but reasonably close.
Jan
15
comment Can you put a kickstand on the righthand side?
The standard kickstand mounts just behind the bottom bracket. The chainring(s) on the right side would interfere with its deployment.
Jan
15
comment Brake lever seizing up from cold
If it were water the cable would stop operating once the temp got much below 32, and it would be sort of an on/off thing. Gummy lube could have its threshold at any temp, and would have a more gradual worsening as it got colder.
Jan
15
comment Snapping master links
Though on closer inspection they more resemble KMC "Missing Link" links.
Jan
15
comment Snapping master links
It would be worthwhile to mention the brand of these links. I don't believe that Shimano makes any keyhole links, so I presume they're SRAM?