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Jun
26
comment Muscle spasms while riding?
There are also several causes for "fasciculations", where individual muscles twitch randomly and uncomfortably. Anxiety, oddly, is one major cause.
Jun
26
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Jun
26
answered Muscle spasms while riding?
Jun
25
comment Which tires are best for on and off road use?
General comment: Look for a tire with no tread to speak of in the center -- any lugs should be off to the side and designed to not contact the road on a smooth surface.
Jun
25
comment Hayes Sole Disk Brake sudden loss of pressure.
There is a reservoir associated with the master cylinder.
Jun
25
answered Left side of my foot — 8 inches up leg numb?
Jun
25
comment Disassembling Shimano integrated gear shifters (brifters)
Before you disassemble it, give it a few blasts with a spray cleaner/lube. Generally problems with brifters are due to the lube getting gummy.
Jun
24
comment Hayes Sole Disk Brake sudden loss of pressure.
Just like brakes on a car, mostly. Could be an adjustment that slipped, could be fluid leakage, could be a bad master cylinder. Have you checked that you have enough fluid in the reservoir?
Jun
24
comment What are common causes of premature chainring wear?
Yeah, you'd expect to see similar wear on the cassette. Normally 2-3 cassettes per main chainring. But note that this is a "compact" set, so the chainring will wear a bit faster.
Jun
24
comment What are common causes of premature chainring wear?
Nothing I can think of that would cause premature wear of the front ring, other than badly worn chain or some really gonzo riding. But how did he judge it to be worn -- did he stick a gauge on it, or is he looking at the tooth profile or what?
Jun
24
comment Cross training athlete, running out of energy during long rides, what should I eat before I ride?
If they're riding carbon bikes they've probably been at it for at least 5 years. You can't expect to build up endurance overnight.
Jun
24
comment Is it safe to ride a racing road bike in very wet weather?
Bicycle tires are, in general, too narrow to hydroplane, regardless of tread.
Jun
24
comment Is it safe to ride a racing road bike in very wet weather?
The hazard is not wet roads but muddy, scummy, or oily roads. Clean asphalt or concrete will give good traction, wet or dry.
Jun
24
comment Is it possible to cycle to the South Pole?
Update: In 2012, Skelton raised more money for Sport Relief by becoming the first person to reach the South Pole using a bicycle. The bike was custom built for her trip, with 8-inch tyres. She also used skis and a kite to help her pull a sled containing 82 kg of supplies.[17] She covered 329 miles by kite ski, 103 by bike, and 68 by cross-country ski. She is also the first person to claim a world record for the fastest 100 km by kite ski, in seven hours 28 minutes, which was set during the trip (subject to verification).
Jun
24
comment Cross training athlete, running out of energy during long rides, what should I eat before I ride?
Yeah, part of endurance training is to "train" the liver to more readily convert fat to glucose. The liver can do this quite efficiently, but it's like a muscle in the sense that it must be repeatedly stressed to grow in its ability to do this. Burning fat directly in the muscles is possible, but is inefficient and results in ketosis if continued too intensely for too long.
Jun
24
comment Cross training athlete, running out of energy during long rides, what should I eat before I ride?
Have you asked the guys you're riding with what they eat? (Keep in mind that in part it's a matter of training, and in part a matter of genetics. The amount of glycogen stored in the muscles and liver increases with endurance training, and also is determined to a degree by genetics.)
Jun
24
comment I was in a collision the other day. What should I check?
Yeah, I agree -- any carbon components should be subjected to extra scrutiny.
Jun
23
comment Price difference between buying a bike in Europe (Austria) vs USA?
You'll probably have a better choice of town bikes over there. Hard to tell about cost, but you've got to figure the cost of shipping the bikes (unless your employer is paying for it all).
Jun
23
comment Which tires are best for on and off road use?
Yeah, this is a situation where a touring tire is ideal. Low rolling resistance on smooth pavement, but designed to handle rough roads. Lugged tires are not needed so long as the surface is not too loose.
Jun
23
comment I was in a collision the other day. What should I check?
The guy who hit you should at least pay for a once-over at your local bike shop. You'd want then to check for bent derailer hanger (more likely than bent derailer), bent chain stays, bent fork, and look over again very closely for cracks in the welds. And he should pay for having the front wheel trued.