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comment Is front-suspension a false-economy for cheaper bikes?
@linac - Yeah, I have a suspension post on my tourer (which I run at 100 psi in 35mm tires). It's quite nice when you hit a rough patch after 6 hours on the road, though it no doubt slows you down slightly overall.
10h
comment Is front-suspension a false-economy for cheaper bikes?
Suspension is placed on most bikes targeted toward males because it somehow gets the testosterone going. Suspensionless bikes presumably call up visions of effete road racers in spandex shorts, and hence are not "cool". There are places where suspension is merited, but it's of no benefit (and often considerable detriment) on 80% of the suspension bikes sold.
10h
comment What are the advantages of a building an electric bike from a kit vs. prebuilt
The electric bikes I've seen all appear to be based on standard frames, even when sold with a name brand on them, so they're essentially kits anyway. The two special bits are the front fork (sometimes) and, of course, the front hub (you don't want a chain drive or some such). The kit you're looking at provides the front wheel (presumably pre-assembled), so the big issue is whether the wheel fits your bike (including the rim width for brakes & frame clearance). Of course, there's no good way to judge the quality of that kit or how it lives up to its claims.
10h
comment Is front-suspension a false-economy for cheaper bikes?
Kudos to you for realizing that front suspension is not needed in your situation.
1d
comment How do I mount this Topeak rack onto this road bike with disc brakes?
That rack's a poor choice if your bike does not have the threaded holes in the dropouts, just above the axle, to attach it.
2d
comment Who Made my Bike?
It's pretty generic, and does not look like it was an expensive bike originally. The quality of the components (hubs, shifters, etc) is probably more important than the manufacturer of the frame. If you can figure out the derailleur brand that's the thing to mention in an ad.
Aug
30
comment Accurately replicating the resistance felt whilst riding via a resistance fan diy turbo trainer
Note that it is often believed that restricting the airflow of a fan or blower will increase the load on the fan (ie, cause more resistance), but much the opposite is the case. Restricting airflow, by reducing the amount of air that's accelerated, reduces resistance.
Aug
30
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
I think you may be mistaken about this being a freewheel hub. A freewheel hub has the ratchet mechanism inside the sprocket cluster, so it comes off when you remove the sprockets. I gather than Joytech uses an "odd" freehub arrangement, but I don't see references to a freewheel (and it would be fairly unusual to have a freewheel on a modern bike).
Aug
30
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
Freewheel hubs were used for decades, on all kinds of bikes, and bent axles were not a serious problem with them.
Aug
30
comment Why are my Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals incredibly stiff to clip out of?
Yeah, there's a limit to how far you can rotate inward, and it may not be enough to unclip. But some people (like myself) have difficulty rotating outward. Slightly canting the cleat on the shoe may help, one way or the other.
Aug
30
comment Accurately replicating the resistance felt whilst riding via a resistance fan diy turbo trainer
The resistance of the fan is due to the acceleration of the mass of air moving through it in a unit time. (And, to @AlexSimmons, it's very hard to realistically model the inertial load -- one needs a large flywheel for that.)
Aug
29
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
I would bet that the right-side cone is screwing itself on tight because the lock nut was not tightened against the cone well enough. When this happens the bearings lock and exceptional force is placed on the axle, possibly enough to break it if you continue riding after you feel the wheel lock. By now the hub races may be damaged.
Aug
28
comment phantom leak that fixed itself?
I would guess that the valve was leaking. Generally a "slow leak" won't come and go like that.
Aug
28
comment Best way to hang a bicycle from a ceiling pipe
All you need is two large S hooks for the wheels. (Bend them yourself or maybe find "butcher hanging hooks" somewhere.) If you get fancy you could use pipe hangers and some large storage hooks.
Aug
27
comment How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?
@billytex1 - The above link appears to refer to external catheters, which have been used (by males) for decades in "active" circumstances. I can recall the Sears catalog showing them (apparently targeted to folks like carpenters) back in the 60s.
Aug
27
comment Bike wheel Assembly
Why are you assembling a new wheel? What components have been replaced?
Aug
26
comment Bike wheel Assembly
How many spokes on the wheel, total? Are you doing the same "cross" count as the wheel had originally?
Aug
26
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
The energy you put into pedaling downhill is largely lost to air resistance, so there's no real point in doing so unless you're racing. But, that said, maintaining an easy, slow cadence downhill, where you're not actually exerting much energy, may help keep your legs warm and ready to go at the bottom.
Aug
26
comment Will loose handlebars result in slower riding?
I would imagine that if you know your handlebar is loose you will not place as much force on it and hence will not cycle as fast.
Aug
26
comment Difference between wet and dry chain lube
It needs to be emphasized that there are "intermediate" lubes that fall in the middle between "wet" and "dry". Read the descriptions at the bike shop and pick what sounds best for you.