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May
13
comment Training involved to ride 175 miles in a day
From the page, the ride is at the end of August. That's basically 3 months away. What kind of rides are you currently doing? If you aren't already actively training, it might be hard to get up to that distance in that period of time. Especially if you have to fit training around work and other responsibilities.
May
12
answered to install disc brake
May
11
comment Choosing chainring configuration
Velo Orange sells a 46-30 double
May
11
comment Choosing chainring configuration
Cassettes are expendable. I don't think your cassette will wear out that much sooner if you are riding in 12-14 as opposed to riding on 15-17. You might have 1 extra tooth engaging as a result. This won't change the amount of wear by a huge amount. Also, I think they should put triples on a lot more bikes. Doubles and compacts may be fine for the pros, but a triple with 8 speed cassette gives you plenty of range, and close gear ratios for a much smaller cost, at the expense of a little extra weight.
May
9
answered Grocery Shopping by bike, expanding my cargo options cheaply
May
6
comment “Footprint” of the Park Tool PCS 9 stand
I'm actually quite surprised that your bike fits lengthwise in the tub. From a quick look on the internet, a standard road bike is roughly 68 inches, which is about as long as I am tall, and there's no way I can completely lie down, stretched out in the bath. I guess you can make it a bit shorter by turning the handlebars, but it still seems like it would be a tight fit.
May
4
comment Do pedal-driven bicycles exist that can handle highway commutes?
Adding any extra systems like air conditioning would be extremely counter-productive because they would increase the weight of the vehicle without actually helping to power the vehicle. The batteries or other mechanism required to power air conditioning would add quite a bit of weight to the bike. A large flywheel wouldn't really be feasible because of the huge weight this would add to the bike. Handling highway commutes would also mean handling hills that occur on highways. A vehicle that's meant for highway commutes that loses all it's power when you hit an offramp isn't a very good idea.
May
4
comment Does anyone know of a machinist who could convert a dual ring Campy Nuovo Record chainset ('spider') to accept a 3rd chainring?
I have to wonder whether there would even be enough room for an extra chainring on the inside edge or a crank that was only designed as a double. If you really like your components that much, it might be worth checking eBay for a triple chainset that matches your components.
May
4
comment average cycling speed 12km/h
I think this would be the case. Either they aren't actually in the highest gear, or they aren't measuring cadence properly. Even if you had a very small highest gear like 30-14, you'd still be getting 24 km/h at 80 rpm.
May
2
answered Best kind of bicycle for lower back issues?
May
1
comment how to use “smart valve” pumps?
You may want to switch to using presta valves. See this question for more information on doing that.
May
1
comment how to use “smart valve” pumps?
Also, you should be able to test it on an unmounted tube without the tire and rim to worry about to ensure that there isn't some kind of defect with the pump.
May
1
comment how to use “smart valve” pumps?
This is probably the issue. Try pushing against the tire with your hand to stop the valve from going back through the rim. Presta valves have a nut to prevent this. Also, if you have presta valves, you have to have a fair amount protuding out of the rim to get the pump head seated properly.
May
1
answered how to use “smart valve” pumps?
May
1
comment Best way to mount a big backpack to rack?
A trailer isn't a bad suggestions. There are more expensive options as well.
Apr
28
answered Sourcing Shimano Di2 6770 Parts
Apr
28
answered Lycra and hybrid bicycle
Apr
27
answered Cuyuna Lakes, MN Camping?
Apr
27
comment Cuyuna Lakes, MN Camping?
perhaps try outdoors.stackexchange.com as well.
Apr
24
comment Differential foot stress?
If they are anything like the Keen sandals I have extremely flexible soles, which isn't ideal for riding. Try something with harder soles. That being said, I do use my Keens for short rides in the summer, especially when it's raining as they dry off so quickly.