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comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
Cross-chaining small to small is almost worse on modern indexed drive trains since on both the front and rear the chain is being brought close to the adjacent cog. On a 10-speed rear the clearance is so tight that the chain can easily hook the ramps of the adjacent cog and try to "climb". It's not going to change gears, of course, but it can climb enough to chatter or slip a tooth. This is exacerbated because the chain is at its loosest. One could "tune" the setup to minimize this issue, but it would be at the expense of smooth operation in more reasonable situations.
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comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
You're cross-chaining -- don't do that.
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comment Stage by Stage Cycle Purchases (MTBs and Road)
Lots of "amateurs" spend over $2K on a bike. That's what keeps Shimano rich.
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comment Buying mudguard and pannier together vs separately
I vaguely recall once seeing a picture of a combo fender and pannier assembly, but it's certainly not common. I'm thinking the kit was designed for a full suspension bike where there was no good mounting for either, save by cantilevering off the seat post.
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comment Is it safe to go over roots at high speed on a cross-country bicyle?
Safe is relative. You could hook a root, go head-over, and end up riding a wheelchair.
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comment Hill riding: What gears are usually the most comfortable?
From a purely technical point, it's not the size of a particular cog, it's about "gear inches", which figures together the gear ratio and the wheel size. A smaller gear inch value is easier to ride but slower at a given cadence.
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comment New wheelset, spokes losing tension
My guess is the spokes are loosening up due to precession unscrewing the nipples.
Sep
18
comment I just replaced my cassette, do I need replace the 2 month old chain?
If the old chain has less than 1000 miles or so on it, leave it.
Sep
18
comment What is the hazard turn signal?
I'm getting the impression that your question was not serious.
Sep
18
comment What is the hazard turn signal?
Cute. Which is it?
Sep
18
comment What is the hazard turn signal?
Are you talking about a signal to motorists or a signal to other bike riders around you?
Sep
18
comment New wheelset, spokes losing tension
It sounds like the spokes may be unscrewing themselves. As to truing a wheel, there are probably several good web sites, and I know there are some good books. You can't explain it in the space of a Stack Exchange answer.
Sep
17
comment Neck pain after BG Bike Fit?
By "persistent" I mean lasting for hours after the ride has ended.
Sep
17
comment Neck pain after BG Bike Fit?
Especially if there is persistent pain after riding, one should give that time to abate before another lengthy ride.
Sep
17
comment Should I use lights in foggy conditions?
@AVee - And I was under the impression that the rules in Europe pretty much require standard utility bikes to come equipped with lights.
Sep
17
comment Should I use lights in foggy conditions?
I once had a strobe light that was sold to attach to a life vest to make someone visible if they fall in the water. Attached to a post on my rear rack, it was highly visible -- about one (xenon) flash per second. Once I was riding with a group in bad fog and about a dozen other riders gathered around me because they felt the strobe was making them much more visible. (Unfortunately the thing succumbed to age and wear after maybe 10 years, and I never found a good replacement.)
Sep
16
comment Neck pain after BG Bike Fit?
If you've not commonly ridden in forward-leaning road bike position before, it will take a few weeks to strengthen the muscles that you're using now and you hadn't used before. Especially holding the head up that much is apt to be "unfamiliar".
Sep
16
comment What are the advantages of 4 arm cranks for road bikes?
Advantages? It's something to sell.
Sep
15
comment Is it good practice to wave following cars through when safe?
In general you should do the courteous thing without being dangerous or confusing. But you should not take the responsibility of "waving on" a car when the driver does not have a clear view ahead. What you consider safe may not be what he considers safe.
Sep
15
comment Are parallel v-brakes fixed distance? [Avid Arch Rival 50]
What you describe is "normal" for caliper brakes and some cantis.