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Mar
20
comment Protecting beater bicycle from scratches and rust
It's often not worth getting a beater bike professionally painted as the paint job costs more than buying another used bike. Even with harsh conditions, the bike would probably last 3-5 years without the paintjob, and a new paintjob would probably get quite a few scratches before the end of the first year anyway.
Mar
20
comment What is the proper technique for crossing railroad tracks?
I've never been wary of crossing railroad tracks, but would like to know if this advice is based on road level crossings, or crossings where the rails are actually on top of the road/trail. I usually go over tracks at full speed. but the only tracks I go over are road level crossings where the asphalt.
Mar
18
comment How to get my feet out of SPD pedals?
I rotate my ankle toward the bike as well. But a word of caution, I've found that the side of the heel has become a little worn as it sometimes rubs against the tire.
Mar
16
comment Are road bikes durable for use on roads full of cracks and potholes?
2 words. "Paris - Roubaix"
Mar
16
comment How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?
I started commuting again this week. Forgot my change of clothes the first day. Good thing we don't have much of a dress code.
Mar
14
answered What should I expect from a bicycle service?
Mar
13
comment Uncomfortable SPD pedals
Personally, I unclip by twisting my heel inward, making my knee to away from the frame. I find that I have much more movement in this direction which makes it easier to unclip. The only disadvantage I've found is that the side of the heel on my shoe has become worn because it sometimes comes in contact with the tire. It hasn't hurt the integrity of the shoe at all, but it doesn't look very nice.
Mar
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What cleaner and oil should I use on my bike chain
Mar
11
comment How long should MTB disc brake pads last?
@DanielRHicks What kind of pads are you using? That sounds insanely long. Although I guess it depends what kind of miles you are putting on the bike. If you do lots of long rides in the country where there's very little braking, then I could see this happening. I bike in the city mostly, so I tend to brake every 300 meters or so.
Mar
10
revised I have 27 inch wheels and need new inner tubes what size can I use
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Mar
10
answered I have 27 inch wheels and need new inner tubes what size can I use
Mar
10
answered How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?
Mar
9
comment How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?
Yeah, a lot will depend on traffic, intersections, the kind of bike you ride, and a lot of other factors. When I did 25 km commute it took me a little over an hour.
Mar
6
comment What tint colors are most useful for cycling sunglasses?
Also note that you can get clear glasses with 100% UV protection. The color of the lenses says nothing about how much UV light they block.
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.