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Sep
24
comment Is it harmful to store a bike in a repair stand when held by the seatpost?
I would think that this would put an odd torque on the point where the seatpost meets the frame. With a road bike, it's probably not enough to worry about, but a mountain bike with a heavy front end might have more stress than you would constantly want on a seatpost. When riding, most of the force going along the length of the seatpost. When in the repair stand, the bike (which doesn't have a center of mass at the seatpost) will try torque the front end towards the ground. Try holding your bike up using just your hands on the seatpost to get a sense of how much torque is generated.
Sep
24
comment Will this Retrospec Siddhartha bike suit my needs?
@ChrisW As per this article, bikes must have both a front and back brake to be legal in the UK. The only exception for not having 2 brakes is on children's bikes, or on pennyfarthings and such where the axle is directly connected to the crank arms, without any gearing.
Sep
24
comment Will this Retrospec Siddhartha bike suit my needs?
Good call @ChrisW A fixed gear bike without another brake is not only dangerous, but also illegal in most places, including the UK. Not sure how much the fine is, but a decently equipped bike could start to look quite cheap after a couple fines.
Sep
24
comment Will this Retrospec Siddhartha bike suit my needs?
If you are buying a mass-produced factory bike, and not a custom bike, you basically get what you pay for. There is lots of competition in the industry, and there is little-to-no room to undercut the other guy. That isn't to say you have to spend $2000 on a bike, but be prepared to spend at least $400 US or closer to $600 US (or your local equivalent) if you want a bike that you will want to ride every day. Around $1000 is probably the top end of what you should spend unless you are competing in races. That may seem like a lot, but in my area, that's only about 12 months worth of bus passes.
Sep
18
comment When to buy an enduro bike: autumn or spring?
Sometimes it depends on the bike shop. Many shops in my area try to clear out the bikes in the fall, to clear up floor space for skis or other winter sports. Other bike shops are exclusively bike shops and will only clear out the bikes when the newer models become available in the spring.
Sep
17
comment Source for statistics from pro cycle races
It would be really interesting if all the pros uploaded their data to a site like Strava. I'm pretty sure they all carry GPS units now so they can see where there's room for improvement. It would be intesting to see the data. Having the raw GPX files would even better.
Sep
14
comment Alternative options for Trek FX 7.1 brakes
@DanielRHicks But not as good as a mountain bike. It certainly would take some getting used to if you were accustomed to a mountain bike. Of course, to really experience Gravel, you need a gravel bike. Which really isn't all that much different from a cyclocross bike. Which is pretty much a hybrid with drop bars.
Sep
14
comment Alternative options for Trek FX 7.1 brakes
From the looks of the specs it seems that the 7.1 has linear-pull brakes (aka v-brakes). The only model of the FX that has caliper brakes is the 7.7.
Sep
14
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Sep
12
answered What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
Sep
11
comment Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
Personally, I've the exact opposite experience. My phone, which has the ability to use the cellular network takes 3-5 minutes to acquire a signal. I've talked with other people, and they think that's a normal timeframe for acquiring your position. My GPS on the other hand, gets the signal within 30 seconds, almost every time. Often within a few seconds of booting.
Sep
11
comment Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
Yeah, I lost signal once on a train trip, and didn't get a GPS lock until pretty close to my destination. Apparently it's pretty hard to get a lock on the satellite when you're moving at 160 km/h. Even at the stops it didn't have enough time get the signal before the train was moving again. With my GPS, I find I often have a signal less than 5 seconds after it has "booted" which only takes about 30 seconds. I picked the one I did because I was unimpressed with the feature-set of "cycling" GPS Units for the price they were asking.
Sep
10
comment 28er Mountain bikes
If your bike is a hybrid, I would guess that 28* tires you're talking about is actually 700 (iso 622). Funnily enough, "29er" mountain bike tires are actually the same bead circumference as 700c road/hybrid tires. 29 refers to a rough size of the outside of the tire, not the bead seat diameter. So you may be able to fit regular "29er" mountain bike tires on your hybrid provided your rims are wide enough for the tire to seat well on the rim, and provided you have enough clearance on the forks/frame.
Sep
10
comment What to look out for in a second hand bike buy
Maybe some useful information here but that deals more with road bikes. Also more info here.
Sep
10
answered Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
Sep
9
comment Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?
@armb Is there a case where the manufacturer of the hub doesn't line up the logo and spoke holes properly to make this possible. If you lace the wheel radially, and align the label to the center of the spoke hole, you pretty much end up making this impossible.
Sep
9
comment Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?
What is the purpose of this? Does it allow you to more easily find the valve stem? Some alternate solutions might be brightly coloured valve caps, or adding your own decal/tape/paint to the hub to identify which part faces the valve hole after everything is assembled.
Sep
8
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Sep
8
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Sep
8
comment Bike repair costs
Sometimes it's also easier to just replace a front wheel than to spend the time truing a badly bent wheel. Especially if you are paying someone else for their time to true it. Also, if you have place that deals in used parts, that might be a good place to find a wheel.