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Jul
3
comment Why top touring bikes have no suspension forks?
I'm not that old, and I remember when mountain bikes didn't have suspension. Mind you, we weren't doing the same types of trails you can do on a current full suspension bike, but they worked well for many uses. The few times I've taken my touring bike off the asphalt, onto nature trails it performed pretty well. I think one problem you might be running into with the bikes you linked to is that they have flat bars. These only allow one hand position, and after riding all day in the same hand position, you are likely to get sore.
Jul
2
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Jul
1
comment Specific 10 speed chain models that work well on 9 speed Shimano rear drivetrains
I don't really see so much problem with using the proper chain. As far as stocking extras, you'd only need 2 chains. It's not like you need 6 different sizes. This is assuming you needed to stock them in the first place. They are not uncommon and should be readily available at your local bike store.
Jun
30
comment How do I get rid of odor from cycling shoes?
Are you cleaning for cosmetic reasons or reasons related to odour? I find my shoes get quite stinky if they get wet and don't dry fast enough. A generous dose of foot odour spray seems to clear up the problem.
Jun
26
comment What are the most important accessories for a new biker to get?
You should carry the tools for patching a tire. If trying to use a cell phone, your friends are going to get pretty annoyed if you ask them to pick you up every time you get a flat. With a credit card you could pay for a cab, but that's just a very expensive way of dealing with a flat. You still need the tools to fix it later, so you might as well carry them with you. You could take it to the shop to fix it, but that gets expensive. I only get a couple flats a year, and still I would think it's crazy to not to carry the tools to fix a flat on the road. Unless your longest ride is about 3 km.
Jun
25
comment What kinds of tools do I need to do bike maintenance, e.g. adding a rack?
You really only need specialty tools when you start replacing components on the drive train. Things like crank pullers, cassette tools and chain whips are pretty cheap, and you should buy them as the need arises.
Jun
25
comment Upgrading cassette - what do I need to be aware of?
Yeah KMC chains are pretty decent, and you can get them for under $20. Even the Shimano ones are under $25 if you shop around. No point in being a cheapskate and using a $7 chain.
Jun
25
comment Does the National Bike Registry work?
Relevant XKCD Although I can see why it would be so hard to set up an official database, because there just isn't that much at stake. Most people own bikes that are worth less than $300. And theft rates are pretty low, especially outside large cities because it's not financially sound to transport stolen bikes to other cities for sale, and selling a bike in town is too risky if the population is too small.
Jun
25
comment Upgrading cassette - what do I need to be aware of?
I don't think you need Shimano HG, but don't quote me on that. I have a KMC chain on mine and it works fine, but I have an 8 speed. Guy at the bike shop specifically said to get this chain, and not to worry about buying the official Shimano one as it performs the same at a cheaper price.
Jun
25
answered Upgrading cassette - what do I need to be aware of?
Jun
24
comment Asking for Feedback about my Bike Lock Invention
@DanielRHicks Actually, unless I'm mistaken, public disclosure of an invention before it's patented (or applied for patent) is actually grounds for not having a patent granted. But the OP never said anything about wanting to patent the invention. It's also possible that he came up with the idea on his own without being aware of already existing products. Current locks have limited number of combinations due to manufacturing constraints. I wonder if 3D printing could be used to make each set of bolts truly unique.
Jun
23
comment Does anyone make a spacer for SPD cleats?
See this question. Recommendations include ask your local bike shop, or make your own out of plastic milk jugs.
Jun
23
comment Can you help identify this bike?
The lack of labelling on almost all the components leads and the general shape of the frame leads me to think it's a generic deparment store bike.
Jun
23
comment Is it worth it to buy a bike that comes with puncture resistant tires, or add them later?
Is it the exact same bike, with different tire options? If so, it's a matter of doing the math and comparing the costs of buying the tires yourself vs. buying the bike with the tires already on it. If they aren't actually the same bike, there's a lot of other aspects to consider. Last time I bought a bike, I told myself I would replace the tires with "puncture resistant" ones. But I used the stock tires for a while and didn't experience any problems so I decided to keep the ones that came with the bike.
Jun
22
comment Effective use of a coaster brake?
The difference is that most kids have the bike set up so they can touch the ground while seated, often flat footed. This is different from how most adults would set up a bike.
Jun
21
comment Bicycle trainer tyre - understanding the sizing
The rim says 584 which to me means a 650b rim, but the number on the existing tire points to 700. Definitely something odd here. I would say the tire measurement should be the one to go for, but definitely safer to just bring in the wheel to the shop when you buy one to ensure you get the right size.
Jun
19
comment Ask for Recommendation for Biking Outfits
I still use the Chinese bike jerseys and shorts from eBay. I can't justify the price difference. If there was something in between paying $20 for bib shorts on eBay, and paying $100+ at my LBS for bib shorts, I would gladly support my LBS. But the price for shorts an shirt is easily 3 times as expensive if I choose to buy local.
Jun
17
answered What's the point in a freewheel/cassette with incrementally sized rings?
Jun
14
answered Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
Jun
13
comment How can I tell if my bike has a freewheel or a cassette?
Yeah, A Specialized bike of that age would most likely have a cassette, but as the OP mentioned, it's a "frankenbike" which means many parts have been changed out. So it's probably worth verifying.