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Jul
10
comment How does a bike's weight affect the overall experience of owning it?
@Blam - Double the weight of bike and rider and you'll be lucky to get acceleration at all. And given my infirmities it's a trick to just keep the bike upright.
Jul
10
comment Mountain bike tires vs. road tires - from crushed limestone to pavement
Actually, the performance has more to do with tire pressure. It's just that narrower tires tend to be run at higher pressure.
Jul
10
comment How does a bike's weight affect the overall experience of owning it?
It should be noted that many of the anecdotes reporting that folks could ride much faster/easier with a lighter bike are (when not due to wishful thinking) because the lighter bike was simply a better quality one that fit better.
Jul
10
comment How many freewheel thread sizes are there?
Back in the olden days (ca 1980) I'm pretty sure there were different English, French, and Italian standards. And two of them (Italian and English?) were close enough that you could mistakenly thread one onto the other.
Jul
10
comment What can I use for a DIY cable end?
Some cables are galvanized and will solder relatively easily. Stainless steel cables are just about impossible to solder.
Jul
10
comment What can I use for a DIY cable end?
Yeah, soldering will only work on a galvanized cable. It will not work on stainless steel.
Jul
9
comment Installing handlebar
Please, no selfies!!
Jul
9
comment Mountain bike tires vs. road tires - from crushed limestone to pavement
(I commonly ride short distances (a half mile or a mile) on gravel with my 100 psi nearly bald 35mm touring tires. If I were going farther I'd consider lowering the pressure to maybe 75, for comfort. But I avoid loose gravel -- if you have much of that you need a wider, lower pressure tire, since loose gravel will "suck in" even a 35mm tire.)
Jul
9
comment Mountain bike tires vs. road tires - from crushed limestone to pavement
If the gravel is well-packed then ordinary street tires will do fine on it. The real issue is how rough the gravel is and hence how low you need to run the pressure, coupled with how wide the tire needs to be. The tread is not an issue unless the gravel is tending towards mud.
Jul
9
comment What can I use for a DIY cable end?
If you just want to prevent the end from fraying, you can use any sort of glue, or wrap with any sort of tape.
Jul
9
comment Are some tires safer than others?
It might be helpful to know the age and style of the bike.
Jul
9
comment Are some tires safer than others?
Yep, with a folding tire the above instructions must be followed much more closely.
Jul
9
comment Are some tires safer than others?
That Walmart tire is apparently a "folding" tire. Folding tires (which places like Walmart love because they fit in small boxes) are very difficult to get mounted properly the first time. (Though once they are mounted and "take a set" it's not so bad.) I'm guessing the tire was not properly mounted (and was possibly not inflated as much as it should be as well).
Jul
9
comment Mountain bicycle miles convert to road bicycle miles
Another point is that if one is used to going X miles a day regularly, they can generally do about 2X miles a day when they push it -- longer if they take several breaks.
Jul
9
comment Mountain bicycle miles convert to road bicycle miles
The first approximation would be to compare times. You should be able to go a similar amount of time on the road, and perhaps a bit more. And your speed would likely be 1.5-2.5x what it is offroad.
Jul
9
comment Do expedition bikes offer advantages over standard touring bikes?
My impression is that these bikes are for trail riding vs highway riding, and hence are more mountain-bike-like. The slightly smaller wheels are generally considered to be better for off-road use. And the steering geometry and handlebar setup are chosen more for off-road control/stability than for highway comfort/speed.
Jul
8
comment Release brakes Giant OCR4 2006
You did double-check that there's no release lever on the brake lever, right? And no way to pull the brake cable housing out of the stop at the lever so that it produces slack?
Jul
8
comment Will Slick Tires Work for a Mountain Bike Ridden by a Heavier Rider?
Re width, the tire width should be at least a little bit wider (maybe 1.2x) than the rim width, measured on the outside. Unfortunately, I cannot find specs for the Bontrager AT-550 online, so I don't know what the rim width is.
Jul
8
comment Will Slick Tires Work for a Mountain Bike Ridden by a Heavier Rider?
First off, brand doesn't matter that much, until you get into puncture-resistant tires. Bontrager makes some perfectly decent road tires. It all depends on what you can find in the local store or online, since no one carries every possible model.
Jul
8
comment I need to change my fork after having an accident with my bike
Note that the fork need not be from that specific brand, though there are enough variations in forks that you need someone knowledgeable to say what replacement would be acceptable.