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Old, tired, crazy.


Jul
29
comment Exertion time vs heart rate or %LT(Lactate Threshold)?
I'm quite sure it depends on your physical condition, both training and genetics. Keep in mind that folks differ considerably in their heart rate range, and likely they differ in lactate clearance as well.
Jul
29
comment Why are the rear wheels of Time Trial Bikes disc shaped rather than having spokes?
It's a time trial, fairly short and generally on a course that is reasonably protected from the wind. If side wind were a problem that day they'd likely swap out the wheels for open ones, but if wind isn't a problem the wheels allow higher top speed (less air resistance, though at the expense of more weight). You don't see disk fronts not only because of the rules but because it makes the bike very hard to handle. On longer rides not only is wind more of a problem, but with lower average speeds and more climbing weight is a bigger concern.
Jul
29
comment Road bike getting punctured often on poor roads
Folks on a limited budget have been known to take an old tire and cut off the bead on each side, then stretch it over a "good" tire. Or to cut just the tread from an old tire (preferably one that's not too heavy) and place it inside the "good" tire (being careful to not leave sharp edges against the tube). Either of these requires a bit of effort and likely some strong language, and the ride will not be smooth. But you do what you need to do.
Jul
29
comment Road bike getting punctured often on poor roads
Note that you want a Kevlar belted tire, not one with a Kevlar bead. The Kevlar bead makes the tire "foldable" but does not in any way improve puncture protection. Kevlar belted tires improve puncture resistance at least 10x.
Jul
29
comment How do I properly apply chamois cream?
I'll add that it's gets "interesting" when you're doing this in a small tent on a cold morning. It takes a little bit of planning to not, eg, lose the cap of the squeeze tube in the flotsam littering the tent floor. All while trying to not get the stuff on your sleeping bag or other gear. And, of course, that stuff is COLD when you pull on your shorts!
Jul
28
comment what type of bike/frame to use when overweight?
I wouldn't worry about it too much. Only a very lightly built frame could not handle a 230 pound rider. If the bike is equipped to handle sufficiently wide tires (you'd want at least 23mm, preferably 28 or so) then it should have a sufficiently robust frame for your weight. Probably best to stay away from aluminum, though, unless it's built for off-road or touring. (Re tire width, note that frame/brake clearance is more often an issue than rim width.)
Jul
28
comment Caliper bolts after crash: repair or replace?
(I'm betting it's a common replacement part and any bike shop should carry it.)
Jul
28
comment Tire size / rear dropout incompatibility?
This is not wise. Not only is the wheel apt to come loose, but also the derailer will not properly mesh with the rear cluster. But from the looks of it (a few pictures on Google) that bike is a pure road bike with very little tire clearance -- very likely any tire larger than 25 or so is going to be too large.
Jul
28
comment Caliper bolts after crash: repair or replace?
Unless you can't find the bolt, replace it.
Jul
28
comment Why does the rear hub (cassette) moves on the axle when I pedal?
It sounds like the cassette (the cluster of sprockets) may have come apart or come loose from the hub.
Jul
26
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
Ambiguous at best. If you put a wrench on a pedal, hold the wrench horizontal, and pedal forward, the pedal will unscrew.
Jul
26
comment front luggage carrier for a single speed bike
I agree. Maybe a large handlebar bag will work (though even that is dangerous if overloaded), but a front rack needs to be REALLY firmly mounted, and a removable rack just won't do that unless a lot of extra care goes into the design.
Jul
26
comment Using a 700x23 tire on my wheel (which currently accomodates 700x25)
Starting to get a little narrow, but you could probably go down to about an 18mm tire on that rim before you had problems. If the 25s are OK then 2mm isn't enough to make things go sour.
Jul
26
comment Does the term “domestique” have negative connotations?
In US English the term "domestic" might be used to refer to a household servant. The connotation would not generally be complimentary. So to the American ear it does sound like a veiled insult when "domestique" is used to refer to cyclists who assist the "stars" of the team, and thus it seems reasonable to wonder what connotation the term carries in French.
Jul
25
comment Pain in left hand
What kind of handlebar? Gloves? Can you/do you change hand positions regularly. What is the height of the handlebar vs the height of the seat? Where precisely is the pain/numbness -- wrist? heel? fingers? crotch of thumb?
Jul
25
comment What are important items should I carry if I am plannig for 200 - 400 km
@PrasadSDeshpande - Like I said, the bike is probably fine for that distance. In India I'd guess that water is usually available (though the quality may vary), the roads may tend to be on the rough side, and it's apt to be warm and humid. 35 mm tires (which you appear to have) are probably a good choice. You likely will not be inclined to "race", so the handlebars are OK (the main negative being that they don't offer alternate hand positions -- consider getting bar extensions).
Jul
25
comment What are important items should I carry if I am plannig for 200 - 400 km
See bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/5321/… and bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/3868/…
Jul
25
comment Can I carry my tandem on a bumper carrier?
Be exceedingly careful where/how you park, if the bike is hung like that. It would be very easy for someone (in a car or walking) to not see the bike and hit it. If they're in a car you'd quite likely lose the bike. If they're walking you'd likely lose the lawsuit.
Jul
24
comment Help a new biker with bad fitness to become a bike commuter
@Johnny - I live in Minnesota. -20C is -4F. Cold but far from life-threatening. You do need gloves, but the face can remain exposed (while cycling at moderate speed) so long as the ears are covered.
Jul
24
comment What are important items should I carry if I am plannig for 200 - 400 km
Pretty sure this has been covered in pretty good depth some time in the past 2 years (since I joined).