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Jan
21
comment Anti-puncture options
And I suspect the difference in punctures with the two bikes had more to do with the different tires than the presence of fenders.
Jan
21
comment Anti-puncture options
Long-distance cyclists sometimes use something (is it called a "third hand"?) that gently brushes the front tire to brush away small bits of stuff. But sometimes you just need to stop and brush the tire off.
Jan
20
comment MTB Why are 29ers considered better then the legacy 26'' or 27'' tires?
One advantage of the 29er is that it's really a 700c wheel, and so can interchange more parts with road bikes. And the wheel is larger that the 26" wheel commonly used on off-road bikes (but smaller than the 27" wheel, oddly), so a little better suited to road use (if you're of average height for a male). Plus there's the sex factor -- 29ers are "in".
Jan
20
comment Are there any parts I should replace on my SCOTT Metrix 20?
@Batman - But the gauge is cheap and you're more apt to use it than go to the trouble counting and measuring links (which is more difficult than it sounds).
Jan
19
answered Are there any parts I should replace on my SCOTT Metrix 20?
Jan
19
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Jan
19
comment How deep does snow have to be before it becomes unrideable?
The type of the snow would be a MAJOR factor. 3-4 inches of fluffy white you could just about ignore, but about two inches of wet, icy stuff could stop you cold. And crusty snow could be quite unmanageable.
Jan
19
answered How to increase the brake force of my drum brakes
Jan
18
comment Does this abandoned 1976 Murray Alpine 26 I found have any significance or worth?
Murray was never a high-quality bike -- always a "department store" brand. But, hey, go ahead and list it on Craigs List or some such for free (if they pay the shipping + tip). Someone might want it.
Jan
18
comment How to nail clipping into race pedals without looking?
I have observed that many people likely tend to stop with their strong leg down, making that initial half-stroke weaker than it would otherwise be.
Jan
16
comment Can I increase my highest gear ratio?
Too slow for what? Do you feel the need to expend energy to go 1mph faster? Most of the energy you add at high speeds is just burnt off as wind resistance, with very little speed increase.
Jan
15
comment How do you install a hub dynamo?
Wheel building is something that a reasonably competent, mechanically inclined, and, most importantly, patient person can learn to do, but a dyno hub is probably not the right place to start, since the shorter spoke length makes the job more difficult.
Jan
15
comment How do you install a hub dynamo?
You can "rebuild" using an existing rim, but rims are relatively cheap (and it would be foolish to try to reuse the spokes). Better (and perhaps cheaper) would be to buy a suitable wheel already built with the dyno in it.
Jan
15
comment Can I increase my highest gear ratio?
Of course, one way to increase effective gear ratio is to install a larger diameter rear tire.
Jan
15
comment Can I increase my highest gear ratio?
Serious question: Why do you need to go faster downhill?
Jan
15
comment Clipless shoes & pedals and long distance
I've ridden dozens of 70-mile days with SPDs. And before that I used toe clips. With the toe clips, after 5 hours or so in the saddle, the toe strap would begin to bite into my foot pretty badly. I do not have this problem with SPDs.
Jan
15
comment How to nail clipping into race pedals without looking?
What I do with my SPDs is to pedal with my instep until I get moving, then clip in "at my leisure". And I find the style of pedal makes a lot of difference. My (Shimano) bike pedals are fairly easy to clip into, but some (no-name) pedals on exercise bikes at my gym are a lot harder.
Jan
15
comment Is deep v wheels safer then the standard fixie rims
+1 - I especially liked your last paragraph.
Jan
13
comment Suggestions for winter cycling glasses?
I've thought about this, and if I were to get back into winter cycling I'd try some inexpensive lab goggles and cut out the screens in the vent areas, to allow more air movement.
Jan
13
comment What is the frame called that fits 700c wheels?
Yes, measuring the frame from dropout to brake pad would be the way to tell for sure. Or simply measure the radius of the wheels that are on the bike. Do note that there are likely some old (prior to about 1985) 27" bikes out there that are very close, only the brakes won't line up very well. (Kinda seems like this is the tail wagging the dog, though.)