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Apr
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comment Best cycle to work provider?
@ChrisH - Exactly, make it not only about commuting, but bikes in general. Sure, some people wouldn't use them for commuting, but the more people that have bikes the higher likelyhood that they would use them for commuting. Maybe some people don't want to commute but would rather just use it one the weekends and evenings for recreation.That wouldn't be such a bad thing. Personally, I don't think making bikes more affordable will get more people commuting, because bikes are already very affordable anyway. So if people wanted to commute by bike, the price of the bike isn't what's stopping them.
Apr
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comment Best cycle to work provider?
I'm sure if you went to you local bike store and told them you wanted to order 20-30 bikes, they would not hesitate to give you some kind of deal. If they don't, take your business to the next guy. The savings won't be as good as with the other programs, but the employees will own the bikes outright, and it will be a much easier system to manage. It can't hurt to try a few shops to see what kind of reaction you get.
Apr
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comment Best cycle to work provider?
There has to be easier ways to help employees purchase a bike. I know when I was a kid, my step-father's employer had a deal where they could purchase a computer through their work. They got a great deal on the computers because they made such a large order, and they worked it out so the employees were able to pay it off with a small monthly deduction on their paycheque. I'm sure something could be done for bicycles. Talk to the employees and see how much demand there is for bikes, then talk to your local bike shop to determine what kind of discounts you could obtain on a large order.
Apr
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Apr
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answered tricycle engine compatibility?
Apr
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comment What should I look for when buying a bike from an auction?
I commuted on a hybrid with Altus components for 7 years, and got at least 12000 km out of the drive train without replacing a single part. You don't need to have Deore level components if you are commuting short (less than 10km) distances. Also, when looking at department store bikes, it's important to note that thick tubes doesn't always mean aluminum, as the manufacturers of department store bikes seem to have no problem producing 45 lbs. frames really big steel tubes. An older steel road bike with thin steel tubes will be much better than a new department store bike which is aluminium.
Mar
31
comment Is it a good idea to switch to hub gear?
The cross check has semi-horizontal drop-outs (google that term to see pictures) which allows an IGH to be used without a chain tensioner. The bike in your link has horizontal/track drop outs which provides the same functionality as the dropouts on the cross-check.
Mar
31
comment How to compare old road bikes
Yeah, might be better if you ask how to determine prices in general, based on age of the bike, and the original selling prices, and what other factors can affect the price of the bike. Look for similar bikes in classifieds (online and print) in your area, to determine what other people are asking. The price one can get for a bike often depends on how much biking happens in your area, as this affects supply and demand.
Mar
30
comment Bike for mixed use
I recommend touring and cyclocross bikes for mixed use because they also have the ability to add racks and wider tires, while at the same time having drop bars which I believe are much better suited to long rides, and don't require you to add bar ends and ergonomic grips to compensate for lack of hand positions on standard flat bars. They are also generally more upright than road bikes, which is more comfortable for people who aren't into road racing.
Mar
28
comment Magnetic trainer failure
@DanielRHicks. Yeah, my fluid trainer (Cyclops Fluid2) has no resistence settings. If you want to change the resistance, you use the gears on your bike. Wouldn't be great for a single speed bike, but works great on my bike.
Mar
28
comment Magnetic trainer failure
Other trainers do a better job at limiting the maximum speed. Looking at the numbers here, you'll see that many trainers increase the resistance linearly with speed, which means it would be quite easy to go overspeed, while others look to increase exponentially with speed, which would very much limit the maximum speed you could obtain.
Mar
28
comment Can I change chainring size on a dirt jump bike?
I'll give you the clearance factor, which is important on a BMX, but according to the article, the weight savings is negligible, and completely overshadowed by the savings in chain friction.
Mar
28
comment Do Miche bottom brackets require a special tool, or is this one damaged?
Could be a manufacturing defect. Take it back to the store and have them compare it with other bottom brackets from the same manufacturer. I bought an English bottom bracket last year where the drive side cup was Italian sized, and was therefore too big to fit in. Turns out they got a whole batch of bottom brackets with the same problem. They were able to give me a properly sized bottom bracket once they found a box with that had a correctly sized one in it. I'm sure the shop wouldn't mind helping you out on this, as long as you are polite and try no to make it seem like it's their fault.
Mar
28
comment Can I change chainring size on a dirt jump bike?
Yeah, reading up on it, you can get 8 tooth cogs for BMX bikes, which pretty much makes up for the difference in tire size between a road bike (where the smallest cog is 11 tooth) and a BMX. However it's important to note that using large gears is more efficient than using small gears, even if they end up at the same ratio.
Mar
25
comment Have you built your own components?
Making bikes out of wood (in whole in in part) seems to be a big thing lately. Personally, I don't see them as desirable, but there's a lot of people doing it. Google around for wood bikes and you'll probably find plenty of inspiration.
Mar
22
comment how to adjust the derailer - apart from the L/H limiting screws
Gear cables should last longer than a year. My first adult bike had over 12000 km on it before I retired it, never once needed to change gear cables, and I rode it in all kinds of weather. Might be more needed on a mountain bike that gets a lot of dirt on it, but you should get quite a bit of mileage out of them.
Mar
21
comment Modifying Brake Cable to Fit?
My vice grips have a small cutter on the innermost part of the jaw. Set the vice grips to the smallest setting, and they work great for cutting brake cables.
Mar
20
comment If a lane is going to expand should the left lane be taken prior to the expansion?
I really agree with this. I see too many cyclists get all in a huff that cars wouldn't let them in, and they were unable to make a left turn. Some times it's just easier to just bike/walk straight through, and then set yourself up to go straight when the light changes. It might take an extra minute while you wait for the light to change, but in some instances it might even be quicker. If the advanced left green has already finished, you often still have time too go straight through, in time to adjust your positioning so you can go straight on in the other direction.
Mar
20
comment why does the lemond revolution turbo trainer quote its volume of air resistance in meter^2 and not per second cubed?
m/s^2 is the base unit for acceleration, so perhaps it is because the resistance (measured in newtons), varies as a function of the acceleration which you put into the pedals/trainer.