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Mar
4
comment Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?
So much for wearing a helmet.
Mar
3
answered I need help on how to make my bike faster
Mar
2
comment How much smaller frame is ok?
Yeah, you could probably make up 1.5 inches by sliding the seat back and getting a slightly longer stem.
Mar
2
comment 5 Month old bike, pedals and brake issue
At £250, you don't get much in terms of quality especially when you go for a mountain bikes with front suspension and hydraulic disc brakes. With that price, the manufacturer has to skimp on a lot of stuff to have those kinds of features. Although it's probably not as low quality as a department store bike.
Mar
1
comment What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?
@mkoryak It not only affects back strain, but muscle fatique when you are riding out of the saddle. It's also a lot cooler to not have a backpack on your back. Having a backpack on is kind of like riding with a jacket.
Mar
1
comment What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?
@Kaz If you're the kind of person who has a quick release seat, and you take the seat with you every time you lock up the bike, it's very probably that the seat position would change over time, which would ultimately change bike fit. Even the difference from riding with thin soled sandals to thicker soled sneakers can change how the bike fits you as it effectively changes the length of your leg.
Mar
1
answered Rear derailleur speed number interchangability
Feb
28
comment What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?
I was having some comfort issues on the seat of my bike. I thought it was the seat, but after moving my seat about 3/4 of an inch forward, I found all the problems with the seat comfort disappeared. Small adjustments can make a world of difference. Ensuring the your bike first right, and that the seat and handlebars are properly aligned can make a huge difference.
Feb
28
comment Why do shock pumps use a Schrader valve?
The valve on a shock should be easily replaceable though. Since it's metal, which screws into another metal piece, with an O-ring to make a seal. While I agree that Presta valves are more prone to breakage (with modern tires, it's the main reason I have to replace tubes, since I almost never get flats anymore), it wouldn't really be an expensive or difficult repair. This is completely different to bicycle tubes, in which fixing a presta valve is pretty much never done, because it's difficult, and the tubes are so cheap.
Feb
27
comment Road bike for a 10 day trip in the Pyrenees and French rivera and other questions
I don't even think they sell carbon frames with rack mounts, although I'm sure somebody can prove me wrong. Rack mounts will be essential for a 10 day trip. Although if you're only going 60 km per day, you may not need to bring a whole lot, I would probably be beneficial to have at least a couple small panniers for things like clothes, food, and basic repair tools.
Feb
27
comment getting in and out of shape
Personally, I find that I can often benefit from a few days off. Being a commuter, I find that biking everyday sometimes doesn't give you enough time to recover. I find that if I take a week or so off (like when I'm on vacation) I have much more energy for riding than before the rest.
Feb
27
comment getting in and out of shape
Yeah, apart from protein shakes, and other more mild supplements, I would tend to stay away from most of that stuff. Although big muscles will help with cycling, unless you are a sprinter, aerobic capacity is way more important, and there aren't really any safe supplements for this kind of performance that I'm aware of.
Feb
26
comment New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?
When was the last time you replaced the cassette. Perhaps it is too worn. Mixing old cassettes with new chains can sometimes cause problems.
Feb
26
comment getting in and out of shape
It says that rhinorrhea is basically a stuffy nose. This could be preventing you from getting enough oxygen into your blood and therefore slowing you down. Many cyclist choose to take EPO when they find they aren't getting enough oxygen to their blood. Ok, just kidding, don't do drugs.
Feb
26
answered Does any rental car company offer bike racks?
Feb
26
comment How can I charge my phone while cycling?
I have a portable cell phone charger that uses 18650 lithium batteries. It works great as a backup battery for my phone. These batteries are much better suited for charging cell phones than AA batteries.
Feb
24
comment Front Fork Bent After Crash
I find it amazing how often you'll see accidents like this where the fork is bent out of shape but the front wheel is pretty much unharmed.
Feb
24
comment Front Fork Bent After Crash
Did a little Googling and found out that this is a steel fork which is good because steel can often be bent back to its original position without compromising the integrity of the component, unlike aluminium which is usually trash once it has been bent. And of course, carbon can't be bent. Yours looks pretty bent though. So its hard to say if it would be a good idea to try this.
Feb
21
comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
Many of the "touring" bikes also come with bar-end shifters, or you can add if after, which might be easier on you arthritis then the brifters you see on most road bikes.
Feb
18
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