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Dec
14
comment What type chain lube should you use in a sand and salt water enviroment?
(Probably your best bet is a semi-dry lube, then be fairly aggressive about cleaning & relubing the chains.)
Dec
14
comment What type chain lube should you use in a sand and salt water enviroment?
Well, for sand you use dry. For water you use wet. Good luck!
Dec
14
comment Why are wheels so important for racing?
That's what the concert violinists thought.
Dec
14
comment Why are wheels so important for racing?
@cherouvim - It would be interesting to somehow do a "blind" test of that. Concert violinists can't tell the difference between a $2000 violin and a $200,000 one.
Dec
14
comment How to clean and brighten reflective wall tires
(Though one wonders who worries about cleaning the sides of their tires.)
Dec
14
comment How to clean and brighten reflective wall tires
Go to a place that sells auto soaps and polishes and buy some tire cleaner.
Dec
13
comment Which is the safest side to place a foldable rack-attaching bike basket?
There's a more general point to consider how you may store/rack the bike and whether that "prefers" one side or the other.
Dec
13
comment Which is the safest side to place a foldable rack-attaching bike basket?
I've commuted for years, usually with a pannier on only one side. Over the years I've used both sides. There is a slight difference when you're getting on/off the bike as to how you have to swing your legs, but nothing major. And unless you're hauling lead bricks the weight imbalance is not worth worrying about.
Dec
12
comment Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?
Note that there is rarely the need for a full "lock the brakes up and skid" stop with a road bike. So the brakes tend to be designed to allow better control over braking.
Dec
12
comment How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?
Begin stopping sooner.
Dec
12
comment Why are wheels so important for racing?
@ChrisinAK - When you change tires you change tread pattern. I'm guessing your winter tires are thicker and knobbier, making for significantly increased rolling resistance.
Dec
11
comment Comfort bike brakes
It sounds like the shop doesn't know how to adjust the brakes. First off, different pads may be required, and then they must be "toed in". But bear in mind that most bike brakes squeak under some circumstances, and, based on what I've read here, disk brakes are probably worse.
Dec
11
comment Can I combine different wheel sizes in one mtb?
Ah, yes! More obfuscation! 584mm, the same as 26x1-1/2, placing it in the 26" forest of sizes. (And, of course, while a "27.5" wheel is 584mm, the regular 27-inch wheel is 630mm.)
Dec
11
comment Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?
@Trengot - I run my 35mm tires at 100psi. Most people seriously underinflate their tires, from the standpoint of rolling resistance.
Dec
11
comment Can I combine different wheel sizes in one mtb?
It's most common to have a smaller front wheel, allowing the frame to be smaller (for people of smaller stature). I have no idea what a "27.5" wheel is, though? A 29er wheel is a 700c, and a hair smaller than a 27" wheel.
Dec
11
answered Essential regular things to do
Dec
11
comment Why are wheels so important for racing?
It's good to have wheels that run smooth and true, and wheels are a major part of overall wind resistance. But most riders would never notice the difference between a $100 wheel and a $1000 wheel.
Dec
11
comment Why are wheels so important for racing?
rolling weight matters much more than static weight -- It matters a little more, and only for acceleration. Weight on wheel vs frame has no effect at all on rolling resistance.
Dec
11
comment Why are wheels so important for racing?
The whole "rotational inertia" thing is bogus. On a bike weight is weight. There is a very slight increase in inertial from having weight on the wheel rim vs elsewhere, but it's miniscule.
Dec
10
comment Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?
@OblTobl - Tire pressure is a more significant determiner of rolling resistance than tire width. Running 25-30mm tires will not significantly slow a bike.