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Apr
3
comment Should I not use a trail because of poor conditions?
(PS: I've seen this when camping with Scouts. About a dozen Scouts making a trail through the woods when it's wet, then the next day, after an overnight rain, there's a gully.)
Apr
3
comment Should I not use a trail because of poor conditions?
It depends a lot on the soil type, etc, as well as the terrain. Eg, repeated foot traffic on a slope covered with forest litter can easily strip the covering from the soil and create a rut. A single person might not be a problem, but a dozen or so can be pretty destructive.
Apr
3
comment Should I not use a trail because of poor conditions?
@CareyGregory - Yeah, it's relative. If you can walk without tearing up the soil then it's probably OK.
Apr
2
comment tricycle engine compatibility?
Keep in mind that most of the battery units are "assist" units, and will (intentionally) not provide the power to move the bike without pedaling. They aid mainly in acceleration and hill-climbing, not so much for sustained riding.
Apr
2
comment headwind when riding in a loop
It doesn't equal out because wind resistance vs speed is not linear.
Apr
2
comment headwind when riding in a loop
Obviously you haven't ridden a bike much. The only time you ever get a tailwind is when you're climbing a steep hill. (Seriously, it does not "equal out", since wind resistance increases with the "square" of apparent windspeed.)
Apr
2
comment What do I need to know about fitting new wheels on a bike?
Don't feel bad about being "clueless". Rear derailleur hubs used to be pretty simple with basically only one option. Then there were 2, 3, 4, 5... and things started multiplying.
Apr
2
comment Should I not use a trail because of poor conditions?
This goes for foot traffic as well.
Apr
2
comment tricycle engine compatibility?
I'm pretty sure I've seen pictures of purpose-built motors for trikes. Or one could always install a battery-assist front hub.
Apr
2
revised tricycle engine compatibility?
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Apr
2
comment Why does the chain tension vary as pedals are turned?
Ah, I missed that it was single speed. In that case likely the front cog is off-axis for some reason.
Apr
1
comment Why does the chain tension vary as pedals are turned?
But clicking from the bottom bracket needs to be investigated -- you should take the bike to a bike shop if you don't know much about bike maintenance.
Apr
1
comment Why does the chain tension vary as pedals are turned?
What do you mean by "tension in the chain varies"? The tension in the top segment of chain is directly related to how much force you put on the petals. The tension in the bottom segment is basically controlled by the rear derailer spring and which set of cogs you use. The only reasons for this to vary much as you pedal would be 1) severely worn cogs or "sticky" chain, or 2) you happen to have purchased a bike with an elliptical or "Biopace" chainring (both of which have a varying radius).
Apr
1
comment Will riding cobblestones and rough streets kill my cup and cone hubs?
The main thing is to make sure the cones are properly adjusted, so that there is zero play in the bearings. In theory sealed cartridge bearings are more robust, but I've had more trouble with cartridges than with cup/cones.
Apr
1
answered “Creaking” noise from headtube/handlebar
Mar
31
comment How do you use a power meter to pace yourself during steep hill time trial events?
I'm not much for climbing, but my inclination would be to use the power meter to set your basic pace, and then not try to stay at an "ideal" power level continuously, but let your power fluctuate based on the slope. This gives you a bit of a break on the "easy" parts, letting you recuperate a bit between more difficult segments. Just check your average power from time to time so that you average out near your target for the overall run. But a climber I'm not.
Mar
31
comment Is it a good idea to switch to hub gear?
I seriously doubt that wheel removal would be simplified. And you would still want to clean/oil the chain at about the same interval as you do now.
Mar
31
comment Fork shakes on braking
Check that there's no play in the headset bearings. If that's OK the pads probably need to be "toed in".
Mar
30
comment Bike for mixed use
@ChrisH - Drop bars are a sort of acquired taste, and it takes the right bar and some careful adjustment to get it all right (or as close to right as you can hope for). I think most folks only ride on the drops in a sprint, and spend the rest of the time alternating between the hoods and the top bar. One of the advantages of the drop bar is the variety of positions relative to a straight bar.
Mar
30
comment Bike for mixed use
@robin59718 - Which takes us back to my original point: You won't really know what sort of bike you want until you've been riding for a few months. It's not worth it trying to find the "perfect" bike now, nor is it a good investment to spend a lot on a bike you may not find suitable a year from now.