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Jun
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comment Does pedaling while standing wear down the pedal?
You should be worried that the pedal "popped off" -- this should not happen, ever. It suggests that something is wrong, possibly bad bearings in that pedal. Please have it checked out at your bike shop. (If the bike's less than a year old this may be a warranty item.)
Jun
2
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
@ali - A good quality bike tube should hold proper pressure for 3-6 days in a high-pressure tire (over 75 psi or so) and longer in a lower pressure tire. So you should not be "surprised" to find a tire flat if it's been 2-3 weeks since your last ride. It takes about 3 minutes to inflate the tires with a good floor pump (with built-in gauge). (You will find that a properly-inflated tire rolls much more easily and makes your ride more enjoyable.)
Jun
1
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
@Kibbee - Agreed. A "floor pump" (the standard upright cylinder with a handle on top) takes up only slightly more room than an umbrella, and is the only way to inflate a bike tire properly.
Jun
1
comment I need to change my bike from UK to US Spec
Yeah, the problem is that front and rear shifters are different -- different # of stops, different cable motion per stop -- and "brifters" are designed to be pressed inward, so they can't be swapped left for right. You'd need new ones.
Jun
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May
31
comment What supplies do riders cary on century sportives and how do they carry it?
It's fairly easy to carry 2-3 water bottles. And you can stuff some energy bars somewhere. (Looking at the pictures, the riders don't appear to have bar bags or fanny packs, so they're expecting to be well-supplied.)
May
31
comment I need to change my bike from UK to US Spec
Why??? (The brakes are no problem. The shifters --- BIG problem.)
May
31
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
Presumably you live in southern Denmark where there are few hills. ;)
May
31
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
(Keep in mind that, since air is 78% nitrogen, and oxygen leaks out faster, if you just keep pumping up your tires as needed pretty soon the nitrogen level will reach 90% or better.)
May
31
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
prestacycle.com/nitrogen_system.php
May
31
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
I've read that some bike shops sell this "service". It might be worthwhile with really thin racing tubes that leak down in hours, but not really worth it otherwise.
May
31
comment Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?
Several years ago I recall seeing a (very temporary) repair accomplished by wrapping the tire (with tube in it) with medical adhesive tape. (This was on a group tour and we were out on a bike trail where the service van couldn't come, so the goal was simply to make it to the next road crossing.) I wish I'd thought to get a picture of it.
May
31
comment How do I prevent STI shifter cables from blocking access to my Randoneering Bag or Handlebar bag?
It should be mentioned that many regard a bar bag to be a poor choice, from the standpoint of bike stability.
May
31
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
@User6159 - When I Googled all I came up with was swirling water.
May
31
answered Which clothes to use in wet weather for long distances?
May
30
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
Sometimes it works to ride a couple of casual laps around the parking lot after arriving. And try to do your dismounting and taking stuff off the bike, etc, in the shade.
May
30
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
BTW, what the heck does "eddy" mean??
May
30
comment Which clothes to use in wet weather for long distances?
How cold is it? That's the main determiner between different strategies. If it's warm you just get wet.
May
30
comment How to replace a tube with only one quick stick?
A Quik Stick is not a conventional tire lever. It's rounded, made of a relatively "slippery" plastic, and designed to slide smoothly along the rim. You can sometimes do this with a conventional lever but not nearly as easily, and you risk damaging tire and tube.
May
30
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
That's up to you. Basically, a shop that won't give a test ride is unlikely to be there if there's something wrong with the bike later on.