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Nov
28
comment Can a 10 speed rear derailleur be modified for 9 speed and then modified again to a 10 speed deraileur?
I'm pretty sure that derrailleurs are dumb and don't care about how many speeds they are used for. The amount of cable pull is all controlled by the shifters. Any derailleur with work with any number of gears.
Nov
28
comment Why do we need front brakes?
The reason for the laws most likely is redundancy. If one of the braking mechanisms malfunctions, you should have a second one to use. Imagine going down a big hill and your brake cable snaps. There would be no good way to stop your bike. With a second brake, you can just use the other one. it's good to keep both brakes in good working order, because in an emergency situation, you won't have time to switch to the functional one if the one you're using breaks.
Nov
25
comment 27 1 3/8 tires on 27 1 1/4 rims
That question is you pointed out seems pretty conclusive. 27x1-3/8 should be the same circumference as 27x1-1/4, but the tire will be slightly wider. Whether that fits on your bike will depend on the rim width as well as how much clearance you have. The width isn't that different so the rims should be compatible, and older bikes usually don't skimp a lot on the clearance like newer bikes do.
Nov
25
comment how to find wheel brand
Also worth noting that in some cases you may not need the exact same size of wheel. If your bike has an old 27x1-1/4 wheel, then you can often switch it for a new 700c wheel without much trouble. This will give you more selection of wheels and tires. Just check that the brakes have enough reach to account for the slightly smaller wheel.
Nov
13
comment How hard is it to remove a European-style rear-wheel ring lock?
This type of lock is to stop somebody from riding away on you bike. Even if they unscrewed the bolt, they would still be unable to ride away as it would still be around the tire, and it would stop the wheel from turning at some point as it wouldn't be able to fit through the seat stays or chainstays as the wheel turned, and even if it could it could cause constant bumping as the rider rode over it. That being said, these locks are quite low security, as they don't stop the person from carrying your bike away, but in some situations that's all you need.
Nov
12
comment Full helmet (BMX) for Commuting, what is the current 2014 opinion?
A full face helmet might inhibit your peripheral vision and decrease your ability to turn your head to see beside and behind you. You could end up more likely to be in an accident even though your head and face are better protected.
Nov
11
comment Bolt size for the Weerider Kangaroo
Whichever store you go to, you should be able to to determine the type and strength of steel used by looking at the markings on the bolt.
Nov
10
comment Replacing 14“ x 1.95” With 14“ x 2.125”?
Good point on checking the bearings, but I'm guessing this is a kids bike with coaster breaks and the rear tire has worn down due to skidding. This can happen surprisingly fast on cheap bikes with coaster brakes and small tires.
Nov
10
comment Cyclocross on airplane
Similar to this question. Even specifically in Japan.
Nov
10
comment Why so much hate for presta valve caps?
If you don't like the way they look you can get aftermarket valve covers that look much nicer than the black plastic ones that come with the tubes. The only real advantage, is that along with the retaining nut, they slow down the process of changing a flat. If you are in a race condition, then precious seconds can matter. However, in the case of Lance Armstrong and other professional racers, they swap out the entire wheel or bike when they get a flat, so I really can't see that being much of a good reason.
Nov
8
comment Do single speed/fixed bicycles come with machined rims?
This is why I recommend buying a bike at a local bike store, after you have seen and test-ridden the bike. By doing this you are able to get much more information than what you can get on the spec sheets.
Nov
7
comment I keep breaking the tips off my presta tube stems
I've hear people say to put the stem at 12 o'clock, but I've always found that 6 o'clock works much better. Having the ground to push against when mounting the pump seems to make it much easier to attach the pump head to the valve.
Nov
7
comment Why some companies stop supplying frames to pro teams?
What @DanielRHicks says hits it right on the head. When a team uses a frame, they are providing advertising to the makers of the frame. The frame is the most visible and recognizable portion of the bike. The sponsor not only has to provide frames, but actual money as well. I would say that frames aren't really that much of a deciding factor on how well an athlete performs, and what really matters is money, as it allows them to spend more time training, and have better coaches, doctors, and lifestyle. Whoever provides the most money will be the frame they choose to ride.
Nov
6
comment Is there a 3rd party tool to create a heat map of all activities in a specific area?
See labs.strava.com/heatmap
Nov
5
comment Alternatives to ordinary fenders
To me, the idea of a brush that sweeps the water off has a couple problems, even if it does work. It will add resistance. If the resistance isn't high enough, then water won't be brushed away. If resistance is too high it will slow you down too much. They aren't that popular and I imagine you'd need to replace the brush quite often as its' going to be constantly worn away by your tire. There's going to be increased wear on your tires, how much, I'm not sure. And, they probably wouldn't work on anything that isn't a slick because it wouldn't get in all the grooves to get the water out.
Nov
5
revised Is there a cheap touring bike that is as light as a road bike
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Nov
5
answered Is there a cheap touring bike that is as light as a road bike
Nov
4
comment Does riding bicycles reduce sperm count?
@Batman, There's an old meta question about whether medical advice questions are allowed. Seems we allow some and not others. I think this question could be answered with references along with a disclaimer along the lines of "If you're feeling numbness or pain in the area go see a doctor." The OP isn't asking about a medical condition they are having, but rather if it is know that cycling causes reduced sperm count. Some people on this site probably have more info on that than many general practitioners.
Nov
4
comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
Incase you need any help on the advice of @PeteH, see how to carry a concealed firearm on a bike
Nov
3
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