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Jun
22
asked Bottom bracket cup doesn't fit on non drive side
Jun
21
comment How do you distinguish a touring bike from a speed/road bike?
Touring bikes will also often have Cantilever or V-Brakes, as most (all?) caliper brakes cannot work with fenders.
Jun
21
comment What type of tires have tubes inside?
The GMC Denalli is avialable at Walmart, and I am therefore 120% sure it's using clinchers.
Jun
19
comment How to clean a combination bike lock?
It's probably just from the sugar, so you'll want something that will dissolve the sugar, like warm water. Add some WD-40 to get rid of the water after it starts moving again.
Jun
19
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
18
comment How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?
Yeah, I think that road bike have a little problem where even the "lower end" stuff has a 10 speed cassette, where they probably could have delivered a much better component for the same price by going with an 8 speed cassette. Most people buying lower end bikes would probably appreciate the added durability and not needing to have the bike in such good tune at the expense of having a little more spacing between the gears. It's much more common to see 8 speed cassettes on mountain bikes, even though they probably have more gear range within the cassette.
Jun
18
comment How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?
My first bike I purchased as an adult had an Acera rear derailleur and similar quality components on the rest of the bike. After 15,000 km riding in all kinds of weather, I probably needed a new cassette and a new chain, but never bothered to replace either because I was ready for a new bike anyway. Only think I replaced on that bike was tires and brake pads. I now have a better bike, and I do feel the difference in how smooth the shifting is, but I'm not convinced it will last any longer than the cheaper components.
Jun
18
answered How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?
Jun
18
comment How to choose the right Citi Bike?
They could really save themselves a bit of trouble if they would put a pump at the docking station. If the tires aren't inflated properly, the tires are going to wear out faster, and the wheels may undergo additional strain if the pressure is too low as well. Flats can be more frequent, and there can also be a danger of the wheel coming off the rim if there is not sufficient air pressure. The pump, assuming people used it, would more than cover the cost of incidental problems caused by improperly inflated tires.
Jun
13
comment What is the benefit of a larger disc rotor?
A larger rotor should also provide more braking power by the fact that it's further away from the axle. Assuming an equal braking force, at a longer distance, it will put more torque on the wheel, which means shorter stopping distance.
Jun
6
comment Should the bike or the rider take the jolt from a bump, and how?
To elaborate, you should shift your weight back as your front wheel travels over the bump, and shift your weight forward as your back wheel travels over the bump.
Jun
4
comment I shortened my chain, is this bad?
It is technically possible to get the pin back in even if it has been removed completely. I speak from experience.
Jun
4
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
I guess that's one advantage of going with a big name like Trek. They do enough volume that they can afford to make very small size increments in their sizes, and still sell lots of each. Compare that to a smaller manufacturer, like the one I bought my last bike from, and the difference between the one I bought, and one size smaller was very noticeable, even after only 1 minute of riding. I could see how some riders would fall in between the 2 sizes and wouldn't be comfortable on either size.
Jun
3
answered Left Turn Across Major Intersection
Jun
3
comment Questions to ask before buying a bike?
Good list. A good bikeshop should ask you most of the questions from the first list. If they don't ask you many questions, look for another shop.
Jun
1
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
Get a better bike pump. If you have decent floor pump, filling up your tires shouldn't be a big chore. If you're using those small emergency pumps that you're supposed to bring with you, I can see why you would just rather not ride. But a decent pump is almost effortless.
May
31
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
Getting a custom built frame is probably a little different in the sense that I assume that the builder does their best effort to ensure the bike will fit will, based on measurements of the rider and other bikes that the rider feels comfortable on. Whereas the builder of a manufactured bike has no idea who will be riding it. I guess you could do the opposite, by comparing the measurements of the bike you are planning to buy, and a bike you are comfortable with, and try to figure out if they are somewhat similar. Or find a bike with similar measurements, and take that for a test ride.
May
31
comment What supplies do riders cary on century sportives and how do they carry it?
Yeah, on my last ride they messed up the food deliveries, so there was no food. So I get what you're saying. Even when they say there will be food/water, don't expect that it will be there, always bring a little bit with you.
May
31
comment What supplies do riders cary on century sportives and how do they carry it?
It really depends on the event. Many events include food and water so you only have to bring a single water bottle and remember to fill it as necessary. Some events provide nothing and you are expected to provide your own food and water.