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Jan
19
comment Is it important to have a road bike shoes and pedals or it won't make a difference?
I would say that SPD "mountain" pedals are used on the majority of road bikes, with mainly the purists going for the full-size "road" pedals (like the Shimano SL). The main advantage of the "mountain" SPDs is that the shoes are, to one degree or another, "walkable".
Jan
18
comment Why can't I drive my city type (folding) bike uphill?
@Batman - He doesn't have a small cog on the front.
Jan
18
comment Why can't I drive my city type (folding) bike uphill?
Even absent the folding bike issue, gear ratios are a kind of "personal" thing. There are people who would probably have no trouble driving a fixie up your hill, while others would need to be in their lowest gear on a bike with a wide gear range. I haven't worked out the "gear inches" of your bike, but it sounds like it doesn't have a very wide range, and it's not really intended for steep hills.
Jan
18
comment Why can't I drive my city type (folding) bike uphill?
That's a folding bike with 20" tires, only a single front chainring, and a fairly narrow gear range. On a steep slope you're going to have trouble. Things will improve as your legs get stronger, but it's hard to guess if that will be enough.
Jan
18
comment why change gear and brake cables?
You don't need to change the cables due to ordinary stretch. But when they begin to stretch rapidly it means that the wires are beginning to fail and you need to replace them soon. Or (more likely) you may need to replace them due to corrosion.
Jan
18
comment Brakes feel like they are not even there on my used road bike. How can I fix it?
First check to make sure the brake levers aren't bottoming out when you squeeze them. You should not be able to squeeze them down all the way tight against the handlebar.
Jan
17
comment Is there a way to remove the dent/bend?
Unfortunately, the downtube is about the worst in this regard, because it's difficult to fish anything effective in there. The frame block approach is worth a shot, I suppose. The fact that the tube is "ovalized" a bit should not really be a problem if you squish it from the right direction. Or just let it be. I've seen folks riding bikes where the downtube was rusted completely in two.
Jan
17
comment Linseed oil application to the inside of a steel frame
Certainly it's a good idea to do something, especially in the bottom-bracket area. One needs to be a little careful with linseed oil, though, due to the spontaneous combustion hazard of discarded rags, etc, with linseed oil on them.
Jan
17
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Jan
17
comment Quality of bike for some attributes
Wars have been fought over how one defines "quality" in a bicycle. I'm thinking you'd better find some other item with better metrics.
Jan
16
comment Problem with inside of shoe clipping crank arm
Regardless of the "reason", the only fix (short of tossing shoes, pedals, or cranks) is to adjust the plates. Don't simply angle them so that your heels can't twist inward, but move the plates (via the slotted holes) horizontally all the way to the inside edges.
Jan
15
comment Best bike with foot brake
And I also see several complete bikes with 3-speeds, such as jbikes.com/…
Jan
15
comment Best bike with foot brake
OK, if you Google "multi speed coaster brake hub" you will get several hits. They appear to be mostly 3-speed units, though I see reference to a Shimano 7-speed unit.
Jan
15
comment Best bike with foot brake
Generally, for a "foot brake", you're limited to single-speed "coaster brake" bikes (though there may be an oddball solution out there somewhere). You could probably kluge something up on a tricycle, using two hubs on a single axle, but it would be (more) difficult on a 2-wheeler.
Jan
15
comment Why aren't Tour de France riders going any faster?
There are these buttons on either side of your keyboard. They're labeled "Shift". Try using them occasionally.
Jan
14
comment How long does it take to be ready for a multi day ride as a newbie?
(But note that I'm not recommending this approach, just saying that if you're young and healthy you can survive a lot.)
Jan
14
comment How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?
It should be noted that several wheel builders claim that this sort of problem can be due to using the DT spokes that are designed to simplify automated wheel building. This is because those spokes have a sweeping bend at the hub end, and this "sweep" tends to stretch out over time.
Jan
14
comment How long does it take to be ready for a multi day ride as a newbie?
About 30 years ago I went on a week-long "loaded" tour with about 200 other cyclists. I was in fairly decent shape for it and no trouble, but there were a number of folks who had honestly never ridden more than about 25 miles in a day, and most of our days were about 80 miles (one over 100). There were probably a handful who dropped out but I didn't hear of them, and vast majority made it just fine. There were definitely some sore butts after the first couple of days, however.
Jan
13
comment How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?
One can abuse a wheel sufficiently to cause significant out-of-true, even if the wheel is perfectly built to begin with. But if this happens a lot it suggests that the wheel is too lightly build for the conditions it's being subjected to.
Jan
12
comment Uphills and downhills vs a flat
In terms of total energy expenditure the flat course is more "efficient". However, the human body is not always most efficient when running at a fixed pace, but benefits (if only in terms of less boredom) from a little variation. As to the wind, my experience is that the only time you ever have a tailwind is when climbing a steep hill on a warm day.