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Oct
23
answered How can I warm up/cook food while cycling?
Oct
23
answered Where can I find a 9mm x 26thread axle nut?
Oct
17
comment Any way to transport kids on a folding bike?
It's not a backpack per se, but something you wear on your back specifically designed for carrying kids. But yeah, still probably a bad idea.
Oct
17
comment Any way to transport kids on a folding bike?
What about a backpack? Probably not the best idea. Depends how fast you plan on going. Might get child services called on you. (mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Packs/ChildCarriers/Carriers/PRD~4011-890/…)
Oct
17
comment Carrying water during touring?
You could also get a dual water bottle cage that mounts on the seat. Similar to this one (trisports.com/midocasamo.html)
Oct
16
answered Looking for an alternative to the Speedlifter Twist / quickly rotate handlebars solution
Oct
16
comment How should I store inner tubes to maximize their shelf life?
@Unsliced Never really looked closely, but I've never seen a date of manufacture on a tube. If the bike store doesn't do proper stock rotation, it's possible that a tube could be sitting on their shelf for 2 or more years. I know I've seen some pretty questionable bike tubes at my LBS. I always try to rummage through the tubes and find the box that looks the newest, and since everyone else does the same, there ends up being some tubes which look like they've been sitting there quite a while.
Oct
15
comment When to change winter tires for bicycles
Very true. A pair of tires can easily be swapped out in 30 minutes, and under 5 minutes if you are swapping a wheel set. Even better, just have a bike ready to go with studded tires already installed. Choose the equipment that fit the conditions of the day. I don't bike in the winter, but I recently bought a second bike that I use on wet and rainy days, and that I will continue to use into the fall once they start putting down salt, but before the snow comes, so that I don't do any damage to my good bike. The bike I rode last fall had the drive train ruined from the salt.
Oct
12
comment How do I prevent neck and back pain, and recover physically/mentally on a multi-day ride?
I like to put a few quick snacks that are easily reached in my jersey pocket like dried fruit and eat a piece every 20 minutes or so. Make sure eat something more substantial every couple of hours as well, but I find that I feel a lot better if I eat small bits continuously throughout the ride.
Oct
12
answered How do I prevent neck and back pain, and recover physically/mentally on a multi-day ride?
Oct
11
comment Good backpack for carrying groceries
Yeah, for the price of a backpack that's actually able to carry that much weight and not break after a few uses, you're up into the realm of just getting a bike trailer. At $279 + $34 for the waistbelt, you're looking at $313. For $359 you can get a Yak Plus which comes with the drysack. It will be much nicer to not have the weight on your back, and a trailer is easy to remove so it doesn't slow you down when you don't need it. Only big consideration is whether or not you have storage space for the trailer.
Oct
9
comment shaving your legs, arms, or both?
The only reason I have heard for shaving your legs that made sense to me is that it facilitates getting a massage. unless you are getting regular massages, you probably don't need to shave your legs. Reading the following article it seems like this is the real reason a lot of pro level cyclists shave. (bicycling.com/training-nutrition/training-fitness/…)
Oct
9
comment Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?
@RoyTinker I've never used Kickstarter before, but that's quite a big problem. Only people who (financially) support a product are allowed to comment about it? I guess you don't want a ton of youtube quality comments flooding every kickstarter project, but there needs to some method for people to discuss the viability of a project before they put their money on the line.
Oct
9
comment Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?
What's interesting is that the person who posted this, "Terence Tam" is also on the list of backers.
Oct
9
comment Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?
This is my thought too. If the crank is stiff, the shape of the crank doesn't matter. Look at the video at 0:52, where it compares the two cranks in the same picture with the green overlay. Look at the Z-torque top angle and think about which direction the force would have to be to move that crank. With the position of foot on the top of the arc, pushing down on the pedal would turn the cranks backwards, in order to move them forwards, you would have to move your foot horizontal to the ground. Also if you want to convince me, show me the data from the university study.
Oct
7
comment What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?
Why does the chainline have to be perfectly straight. I have a fixie and the chainline isn't straight. Unless you are using a chainring meant for gears with ramps and pins, then the chain should have very little chance of coming off, even with the chainline not being perfectly straight. Is there some other reason it needs to be straight?
Oct
7
comment What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?
I agree with @amcnabb Brakeless is stupid. If the chain skips off, you are unable to stop. You can go around using the drivetrain to brake all you want, you'll save quite a bit on brakepads, especially if you just use it for slowing yourself downhills, but ensure you have a secondary brake that works well in the event of an emergency. Having only 1 brake, whichever the mechanism is just a bad idea.
Oct
7
comment What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?
It's also worth considering getting a new frame, since getting parts that fit on old frames can sometimes be a real pain. Also, getting a new frame ensures you get the right size. Also, many old frames are of unknown provenance, and who knows if it's been in an accident. As long as you stay away from the fancy name brands, you can get a frame for under $150.
Oct
6
comment Are there substitutes for chain lubricant?
I think that a stainless or nickel plated chain is the way to go, but you also need to keep the chain clean. Even a stainless chain will develop surface rust due to the build up of the minerals in the road salt if you never clean it. The metal itself won't rust, but there will be layer of minerals on the chain that will essentially make the chain act like a rusty chain.
Oct
4
answered How do I make a MTB shifter fit on a Road dropbar?