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Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
This is very true. For so long everybody in the pro peleton was using 23mm or smaller tires. Then somebody did some actual testing and found out that 25mm tires are more efficient, both in rolling resistance and aerodynamics. Now, almost everybody is using 25mm. Everybody just assumed for a long time that thinner tires were more efficient, but didn't actual bother to test it with science.
Jul
13
reviewed No Action Needed How do I get rid of this clicking sound in the back wheel?
Jul
11
comment Is the durability of more expensive chains better than cheaper ones?
I spent $10 on my last 8 speed chain and that is for a name brand SRAM chain. KMC is a company that pretty much only makes chains, and their stuff is decent quality. You can get an 8 speed chain for under $6 online. Maybe it's because you used it offroad, or didn't lube/clean it regularly, but you should get much more than 300-400 miles out of it. I replace my chain once every couple years which is probably after about 2000 km, and I don't even feel that I need to replace it, but 8 speed chains are just so affordable, it makes little sense to push them to their limits.
Jul
11
comment Unable to find correct tire size
Are you using proper tire levers try to mount the tire? Looks like you've done a little damage to the rim you are holding in your hand in the bottom picture. Also, are you sure it's not a 27 inch wheel? The difference is in diameter would only be about 8mm, which might be hard to notice when using a measuring tape, but would make a noticeable difference when trying to mount tires.
Jul
8
comment Is it safe to ride on cracked tyre?
While @Bibz is correct, you can save money online, I personally like to shop at my local bike shop when the price isn't too far off from online. This is especially true for "consumable" items like tubes, tires, brake pads, chains, cassettes etc. If people aren't buying these items, the shop will stop carrying them, and items which are expected to wear out are the kind of items that I really want my bike shop to stock, because I don't want to have to wait for shipping times on items that I may want in a hurry. Also, shop around, some bike shops have wildly different prices than others.
Jul
3
comment If I am using Bar End Shifters, is there a compelling reason to change the old brake levers?
The RL520 are for linear pull/v-brakes. They won't work properly with road calipers or cantilevers. There are other similarly prices levers that work with road calipers.
Jul
3
comment Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
@Rider_X You are correct. The ones I mentioned don't support power meters. Only cadence and HRM. And some other things like temperature that aren't that important in cycling. Whether or not it works for individual riders is up to them. Some people like myself have no intention of ever getting a power meter. So for them, cadence and HRM is enough. Cycling specific units may work better for some riders. Personally, I don't like that you can't display a Map except on the high end Edge units.
Jul
3
comment Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
@Rider_X Some phones have Ant+ built in, so you may be able to get by with that. Also, there are some alternatives to "bike computers". I have an Garmin Oregon 450 (discontinued), which is very similar to the Garmin Dakota 20. They both support Ant+ and can read cadence and HRM (not speed, although they display speed from GPS). While similarly priced to the Edge 500, the price is a lot easier to justify because the device is a lot more versatile. The Edge series is very focused on cycling whereas the Dakota series is suited to a variety of activities.
Jul
2
answered Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
Jul
2
comment Fitting a CycloTricity E kit to a Sirrus Elite
I've heard that you should be careful when mounting hub motors to carbon forks because they can apply quite a bit of torque in ways the fork was not designed to handle.
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed Short Pull Brake Levers
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed Commuting on flat terrain/handle bar
Jun
26
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Jun
26
reviewed Leave Open What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own?
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed Bent Handlebars
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed Bent Handlebars
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed How much of a difference do Toe Pedal Clips make in comparison to Platform Pedals?
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed Create the shortest route from A to B with an altitude penalty
Jun
26
answered Can an Alfine 11 replace a Nexus 8?