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Jun
5
comment Do faired recumbents need more gear range?
(And note that some folks make a bent drive train combining a derailer and a multi-speed hub. This works out, since you usually need an idler shaft anyway.)
Jun
5
comment Do faired recumbents need more gear range?
I be speaking mph.
Jun
5
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Jun
4
answered Bicycling and a Right Turn Only Lane?
Jun
4
comment What's the purpose of soft pedaling?
There's also the effect of the leg motion to work lymph and fluids out of the legs. This is critical during and following periods of intense exercise.
Jun
4
comment how to fix gear ring that over-jumps
Yeah, the first suspicion is worn drive-train components -- any one or all of chain, rear cassette, front ring. But it could also be that the derailers are maladjusted or the chain is simply too long. These aren't terribly complicated things, but they require an experienced eye, so a visit to your local bike shop is in order.
Jun
4
comment Spoke length with NOVATEC GOLD PISTA hubs and H PLUS SON SL42 rims
Google for "spoke length calculator".
Jun
4
comment What's the purpose of soft pedaling?
I can verify that even in a duffer's draft line you watch the feet of the guy in front of you and prepare to brake if he stops pedaling. So continuing to pedal slowly would communicate to the person behind you that you're not anticipating a stop.
Jun
3
comment Is a seat post with an integrated pump a good idea?
There is also the problem that it likely won't fit in many seat tubes. Or will not be stiff enough if extended as far out as is needed on frames with an abbreviated seat tube.
Jun
3
comment Do faired recumbents need more gear range?
Well, you should figure out the top speed you see being worthwhile putting effort into (vs just coasting) and pick your biggest gear accordingly. For folks like myself 25 or so would be it, but others I can see wanting 35.
Jun
3
comment Is a seat post with an integrated pump a good idea?
Well, from the picture, at least, it appears to be nearly as functional as a floor pump, so it is potentially superior to even a "full-sized" frame pump, and (potentially) far superior to a "mini" pump. But one wonders what kind of pump you can get for $25.
Jun
3
comment What's the purpose of soft pedaling?
What Pete says -- it helps keep your legs from getting stiff and sore.
Jun
3
comment What's the purpose of soft pedaling?
So you're soft pedaling soft pedaling?
Jun
3
comment Questions to ask before buying a bike?
"Do girls get turned on by this bike?"
Jun
3
comment Do faired recumbents need more gear range?
Why do you feel the need to pedal going downhill?
Jun
3
comment Separate hex keys vs. combined multi-tool for bike adjustments?
Actually, if I had to pick one or the other I'd probably go with the multi-tool, or, better, a similar tool with only Allen wrenches in it. The tool fits just about everywhere on a regular bike (bikes don't tend to have fasteners in confined areas), and the handle provides better leverage than the separate wrenches. (Plus you always know you have the right size, vs poking around for a handful of separate wrenches that "look about right".)
Jun
3
comment Can I get a wheel dished without the bike?
@Jono - There are several advantages to rim brakes, and you've found one. But converting a bike to rim brakes would be more trouble than fixing the disk brakes, if they're halfway decent to begin with. (Dishing a wheel, by itself, is no big deal, once you know what you're doing.)
Jun
3
comment Left Turn Across Major Intersection
In theory you get into a left-turn lane, "claiming" the lane. In practice, at this intersection, I'd probably ride across, stop, and wait for the light in the other direction. Or just hoof it.
Jun
3
comment Can I get a wheel dished without the bike?
Yep, unless it's something exotic the rim is centered between the lock nuts on the axle, both front and rear. No need to have the bike to center the wheel. However, it's not clear how being off-center would affect a disk brake.
Jun
2
comment Any special issues with putting a larger internal gear hub on a smaller frame?
On a steel frame it's no sweat to stretch it 4 mm or so. Dunno about aluminum.