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comment Is the balancing easier on big cycles after the kid learns to ride pedal less bicycle?
The big advantage I found with runner bikes is that they work much better when the ground is uneven. Sidewalks are often banked to allow water to more easily run off them. Training wheels are terrible in this situation because they restrict the bike from standing upright. They want to stand at the same angle as the sidewalk or bike path. Using a runner bike or a regular bicycle without training wheels allows the bike to remain upright, making it easier to balance.
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comment Upgrade gear ratio
If you go from 9 speed to 10 speed you have to change the rear shifter.
Feb
5
comment Best long distance padded shorts for tall man
This question could easily be fixed by changing the question to "What types of characteristics should I look for in shorts for long touring rides, and what products have those characteristics. Then people would respond with recommendations about which shorts they prefer, and what characteristics about the shorts make them fit for this purpose. The answers don't become outdated because we still know what characteristics to look for in shorts for long rides, and can Google for what others are using in lieu of the product that's no longer sold.
Feb
5
comment Best long distance padded shorts for tall man
@PeteH I think the [product recommendation ](meta.bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/276/)has been discussed on many times on meta. The general consensus seems to be that we will allow questions and answers as long as they aren't outright "what should I buy" but rather stuff like "I'm looking for a product that fits these my specific needs" and people responding with "here's a product that fit's your needs and here's the reasons why this product is a good solution". Stuff like my recent response is a good example.
Feb
5
comment Best long distance padded shorts for tall man
The "no product recommendations" is a hold over from the original 3 (StackOverflow, ServerFault, SuperUser). Product recommendations go out of date quickly for technology related stuff. Personally, I don't think that things go out of date that quickly in bicycles. Things tend to change a lot slower in the bicycle industry. In tech, even the technical questions can go out of date rather quickly. But, those are the rules. No product recommendations. We see a lot of product recommendations anyway, such as when people ask about flats, we say try Gatorskins or Schwalbe Marathon Plus.
Feb
5
comment Indoor trainer suitible for sprinting
@Criggie sometimes the roads aren't so good for sprinting either.
Feb
5
answered Indoor trainer suitible for sprinting
Feb
4
comment Can somebody identify my bike for me?
Looks like it says "Giant" in the downtube under all those stickers. That's a reputable bike company, so most likely not a BSO if that's what it says.
Feb
3
comment Gates Carbon Drive off-road experience?
I would think the only way to really do it properly would be to have a frame builder build the frame around the belt. I'm not a frame builder so I couldn't say if one couldn't rebuild the frame every time the belt needed to be changed, which hopefully wouldn't be that often. Another option would be to use a frame design such as this so that the belt doesn't have to go through the frame. I can't speak to how strong it was. The article does mention some strength problems around the bottom bracket.
Feb
2
comment Options for fully lined bulk cable housing
Probably off topic as any answers will go out of date quickly, but here's what I found in 3 minutes on google.
Feb
2
comment Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?
I don't know how you define "statue" but there is a 99.999% pure gold coin measuring 50 cm in diameter and weighing in at 100kg.
Feb
2
comment durablity and brand?
@Moz I don't think that 10kg is a good number to go by for a full suspension mountain bike. This bike is definitely off-road worthy and weighs in at 14.33kg. With 6.8 KG being the UCI limit for road bikes, I don't think you'll find a lot of mountain bikes below 10kg.
Feb
2
comment durablity and brand?
@DanielRHicks I think you forget how long disk brakes have been in use. Here's a line up from 2010 from the only bike manufacturer I know who keeps yearly archives of their website. Every mountain bike they sold had disk brakes.
Feb
1
comment What does “11-25” mean in the cassette description?
@Mσᶎ The lock ring on the cassette say CS-6800 11 speed only, so it's definitely an 11 speed cassette.
Feb
1
comment durablity and brand?
@ojs My local bike co-op has tons of old frames and random parts. They aren't the first owner of the frame, and if the previous owner removed all the decals, it would probably be quite hard to identify them as a particular model. In this case the person said the frame was given to them, why they wouldn't ask the person who gave it to them is beyond me.
Feb
1
answered What does “11-25” mean in the cassette description?
Feb
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answered durablity and brand?
Feb
1
comment switching from 9-speed to 11-speed with a rear hub motor
@Criggie glad you got my reference. Hopefully that's the last we see of that nonsense, although it probably won't be.
Jan
31
comment switching from 9-speed to 11-speed with a rear hub motor
Here's my opinion. SInce you are going to have a motor, and I"m assuming it can assist you while pedaling, you probably don't need an 11 speed cassette. Get a 9 speed cassette with a small range like 12-23, and let the motor help you out if you run out of gears going up a hill. The reason pros want an 11 speed is to get close gear ratios while providing wide gear range for hills as well as the flats. Since most of the pros don't have motors, they need to have as many gears as possibly to have both the range and fine gearing that they desire.
Jan
30
comment Gates Carbon Drive off-road experience?
Just for fun I Googled for fat bikes with gates carbon and there are a few, but they mostly seem to be custom bikes. However once you've gone to the point of using a Rohloff hub and a carbon drive, custom frame modifications probably would be out of the question.