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Jan
28
answered Fixie Vs Urban bike for small-distance commuting
Jan
25
answered How to cope with boredom whilst cycle touring?
Jan
25
comment Life expectancy of a cycle tube and tire?
I often find that if anything, the valves end up breaking. Happens more often on Presta than Schrader but I've seen it happen on both.
Jan
25
comment Life expectancy of a cycle tube and tire?
I would only add that 1500km is nothing for a "quality" tire. I've seen cheap department store bikes where the tires have worn out after way less than 1500 km. More often on the rear tire on bikes with coaster brakes, but I've even seen the front tire with more wear than would occur on a better built tire. Although I suppose it could be just due to the size of the tire. A smaller tire will experience more wear over the same distance because it spins faster. Each spot on the tire meets the ground more often, causing more wear.
Jan
23
comment Looking for components needed to route 3 cables on top of toptube for cyclocross bike
Is your front derailleur bottom pull or top pull. If it's bottom pull it might be difficult to route the cable along the top tube and still have it pull from the bottom.
Jan
22
comment Can I add gears on a bmx?
I found a good write-up from somebody who actually did this, including a front derailleur (which was later removed) faqload.com/faqs/bicycle-components/drivetrain/…
Jan
22
comment Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?
@CareyGregory Here's a simple solution to crossing the Sea of Japan. (youtube.com/watch?v=Hy8usNAf33Q)
Jan
21
comment What is the best bicycle lock on the market?
@fady I don't think I've ever seen a lock that will stand up to angle grinder. Kryptonite D-Locks, Abus Bordos, Giant thick chains. It doesn't matter. If somebody is willing to take an angle grinder to your lock, the lock is going to break.
Jan
21
comment Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?
What do you define as "don't have a huge budget"? What equipment do you already have? From the wording of the question it looks like you want to buy a bike as well, If so, this question may be too open ended.
Jan
21
comment Second wheel set for winter
Also, depending on what winter is like in your area, the salt will destroy your chain anyway, so it's best to get a chain that's cheap and you don't mind having destroyed for the winter. I actually have a completely separate bike for late fall/early spring (winter isn't worth riding in my area) so that I don't total my good bike.
Jan
20
comment How can i calculate the power in watts on an indoor trainer
What @DanielRHicks said is especially true with something like a fluid trainer, where the faster you turn then mechanism, the more resistance it gives. You'll also need to include your gear ratio in you calculations. If you switch to an easier gear, you shouldn't need as much weight (force) on the pedal.
Jan
19
comment Demographics of cycle commuters
Also, there's quite a few women specific bikes out there. Not quite the selection that men have, but it's a much smaller market.
Jan
17
comment Drop-Downs on Fixie
I also agree with keeping the brakes on. Not only do they give you another hand position, they also allow you to have harder gearing on your fixie. If you only have 1 brake , then the pedals are your back-up brake. So you have to have gearing low enough such that you can stop even when going at high speeds.
Jan
17
revised Is 650b a better platform than 26“ or 29”?
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Jan
17
answered Is 650b a better platform than 26“ or 29”?
Jan
17
comment Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
I disagree with the part about "without attachment your legs have to learn to go in circles". Without attachment, it's much harder to teach your legs to go in circles. Nothing like clipless pedals on a fixed gear to really get your legs trained to go in circles. With your feet free on the pedals, it's too easy to have really sloppy foot placement and not move in proper circles.
Jan
17
comment What should I consider when looking at a recumbent trike for commuting and winter riding?
I don't bike in winter, so I really can't say. Not because I don't think the bike would be a problem with the proper tires and other equipment, but because the cars are much more likely to lose control, or to not even be watching for you. Plus all the snow on the side of the roads makes them a lot narrower. I've thought about it a lot, and think a BMX (with disc brakes) would be ideal if I were to ride in winter. I got a short and flat commute so gearing isn't important, and the extra maneuverability would help a lot. I guess it depends on the conditions in your area and how you define winter.
Jan
15
comment What should I consider when looking at a recumbent trike for commuting and winter riding?
I think the reason you don't see recumbents on offroad trails is that it's really hard to shift your weight around on them. When going over an obstacle, you want to pull up on the front wheel as your front wheel goes over the object and then shift your weight forward as the back wheel goes over the object. This lets the bike go over the obstacle much easier.
Jan
15
comment Can you put a kickstand on the righthand side?
The easy solution would be to switch the pannier to the other side when using the kickstand.
Jan
15
comment Reflective tape instead of rear reflector
Do you have a rear rack? There are lights that can be attached to that.