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Old, tired, crazy.


Jan
5
comment “Climbing” small steps in 23mm tires
It's never good to face such a discontinuity with the tire at a angle -- always try to approach as squarely as possible. And when faced with such a bump I generally do what I do on RR tracks -- "suspend" my body off the seat and use arms and legs as springs. But I'm far too old, feeble, and set in my ways to attempt a "hop".
Jan
5
comment Extend clearance for a 28mm tire
Look for a donor bike.
Jan
5
answered What are some ways to keep biking when you have a car?
Jan
5
comment Higher cadence or lower cadence for long distance cycling
One thing to understand is that there are two types of muscles -- "fast twitch" and "slow twitch". The former are (simplified version) more aerobic -- pull energy from the blood -- while the latter depend more on (limited) stored energy in the muscle. So you fatigue faster when you depend on "slow twitch" muscles, which you do when your cadence drops. (Though that's over-simplified -- lower cadence isn't so bad when energy output is low.)
Jan
5
comment Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
My recollection is that they were called "suicide levers" for two reasons: One is that they placed the hand position, when braking, too far back for stability. The other is that they easily "bottomed out" when braking.
Jan
5
comment How can I make my own chamois cream?
Yep, it's sold in the US, often in regular drugstores. "Bag Balm" is the best-known brand, though there are several others.
Jan
5
comment How should I train for a century while still commuting by bike to work?
A trick re the posterior is to shave it -- much of "butt burn" is due to the fine hairs there getting tangled and pulled out from the constant friction.
Jan
5
comment Higher cadence or lower cadence for long distance cycling
@imel96 - Yes...
Jan
4
comment Small non-folding bike
Looks to be incredibly unpleasant to ride.
Jan
4
comment Higher cadence or lower cadence for long distance cycling
Note that you'll definitely find that your cadence "sags" as the day wears on. Perfectly normal, though you want to not let the tendency go too far.
Jan
4
answered Is it possible to put a 700c wheel on to an old Raliegh road bike?
Jan
4
revised How should I train for a century while still commuting by bike to work?
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Jan
4
answered Higher cadence or lower cadence for long distance cycling
Jan
4
answered How to prepare oneself for riding in the snow?
Jan
4
comment What kind of (cheap) chainrings can be used with a Deore CS-HG51 cassette
Any chainring that will work with the same chain is OK. Does not have to be the same brand or anything.
Jan
3
comment Puncture resistant 18" tires?
What's wrong with the Marathon Plus?
Jan
3
comment How often should I change my bikeshoe cleats?
There's a lot more to wear out on the pedals than on the cleats, and mating surfaces of the pedals are generally thinner and less substantial than the cleats. And 4000Km is a 2-4 years riding for most people.
Jan
3
comment What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?
For a while Terry made road bikes with a 27"/700c back wheel and a 26" front wheel. This seemed to work pretty well, but for some reason the scheme was dropped.
Jan
3
answered How should I train for a century while still commuting by bike to work?
Jan
3
comment How often should I change my bikeshoe cleats?
(Note that the mating surfaces of the cleat are not exposed, and do not get worn from walking on the cleat, within reason.)