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Jul
27
comment Why do riders not take advantage of other riders misfortune
I think the problem with the examples it's seen as going above and beyond what they are expected to do. They would comment how nice it was for them to do that, but on the other hand I get the feeling they wouldn't fault them if they didn't do it. For instance, it's newsworthy when a skier is given a replacement ski by an opposing coach, but nobody thinks it is exemplary to wait up for opponents in a bike race having mechanical problems, it's just simply the way things are done.
Jul
25
comment Why do riders not take advantage of other riders misfortune
@Lohoris I agree with you on this one. Early in the race this year there was a big crash, and it seemed like everyone who made it through wanted to take advantage of it, and many of them were quite annoyed that they stopped the race. The reason for the stop was that there was no medical cars available to follow the race. Had there been medical cars available, most of the racers would have happily left the others behind.
Jul
25
comment Why do riders not take advantage of other riders misfortune
I was looking for a little more history on the subject as well as why it's considered unsportsmanlike. I don't think it has always been the case that riders were supposed to wait for others when they had a mechanical. They used to be entirely self sufficient, and Eugène Christophe even had to find his way to a blacksmith to fix his own fork. Nobody waited for him.
Jul
25
asked Why do riders not take advantage of other riders misfortune
Jul
24
comment Hole in road bike tire
I've had these on my tires Grand Prix 4000 sII (perhaps a bit smaller) from the day I got them. I've ridden them a couple thousand kilometers and haven't experienced any problems.
Jul
21
comment Is it possible to find the actual GPS coordinates of roads, rather than the surface they're on?
@ROIMaison I was just wondering if you had some ideas about riding across it as the riders in the Tour de France rode by there, although not on it, and the TV commentators were stating that they should have used the bridge, as it would have made for great television.
Jul
19
comment Is it possible to find the actual GPS coordinates of roads, rather than the surface they're on?
Just checked Strava, and it looks like they use ground heights for the bridges as well, which is kind of surprising since they should have the road elevation data for roads ridden by cyclists. Also worth noting that I'm not so sure how good the bridge of Millau is for riding. I couldn't get Strata to let me use that road for a route, and from the aerial view it looks like a pretty major road which is probably high speed with lots of traffic.
Jul
19
reviewed Close Best outdoor bike storage?
Jul
19
reviewed Leave Open Is there a title that refers to the person who selects the athletes who will join the national team?
Jul
18
comment Why did my tire fail?
Are your brakes badly adjusted and rubbing on the tire?
Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
This has a lot of truth to it. Maybe using a chain with a pitch of .75 inches vs 1 inches would make things more efficient, but the advantages of using the same chain pitch throughout the entire industry is more important than some small increase in efficiency. Bicycles are really great in the fact that so many of the parts are interchangeable. Compare that to cars where every parts seems to be specific to each model of car. The vast majority of people would rather have interchangeable parts than have parts that are 5% more efficient but are expensive and difficult to replace.
Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
I would say that doing double blind studies with tire sizes would be possible since most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 23 mm and 25 mm tires unless they actually measured. Things like testing clipped in vs not clipped in is harder if not impossible to test in a double blind way. Also, it's worth noting that it doesn't matter if you test in a double blind matter. If situation A is better then situation B, it doesn't matter if it's due to physics or the placebo effect. Because all that matters is that you go faster, because that wins races.
Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
This is very true. For so long everybody in the pro peleton was using 23mm or smaller tires. Then somebody did some actual testing and found out that 25mm tires are more efficient, both in rolling resistance and aerodynamics. Now, almost everybody is using 25mm. Everybody just assumed for a long time that thinner tires were more efficient, but didn't actual bother to test it with science.
Jul
13
reviewed No Action Needed How do I get rid of this clicking sound in the back wheel?
Jul
11
comment Is the durability of more expensive chains better than cheaper ones?
I spent $10 on my last 8 speed chain and that is for a name brand SRAM chain. KMC is a company that pretty much only makes chains, and their stuff is decent quality. You can get an 8 speed chain for under $6 online. Maybe it's because you used it offroad, or didn't lube/clean it regularly, but you should get much more than 300-400 miles out of it. I replace my chain once every couple years which is probably after about 2000 km, and I don't even feel that I need to replace it, but 8 speed chains are just so affordable, it makes little sense to push them to their limits.
Jul
11
comment Unable to find correct tire size
Are you using proper tire levers try to mount the tire? Looks like you've done a little damage to the rim you are holding in your hand in the bottom picture. Also, are you sure it's not a 27 inch wheel? The difference is in diameter would only be about 8mm, which might be hard to notice when using a measuring tape, but would make a noticeable difference when trying to mount tires.
Jul
8
comment Is it safe to ride on cracked tyre?
While @Bibz is correct, you can save money online, I personally like to shop at my local bike shop when the price isn't too far off from online. This is especially true for "consumable" items like tubes, tires, brake pads, chains, cassettes etc. If people aren't buying these items, the shop will stop carrying them, and items which are expected to wear out are the kind of items that I really want my bike shop to stock, because I don't want to have to wait for shipping times on items that I may want in a hurry. Also, shop around, some bike shops have wildly different prices than others.
Jul
3
comment If I am using Bar End Shifters, is there a compelling reason to change the old brake levers?
The RL520 are for linear pull/v-brakes. They won't work properly with road calipers or cantilevers. There are other similarly prices levers that work with road calipers.
Jul
3
comment Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
@Rider_X You are correct. The ones I mentioned don't support power meters. Only cadence and HRM. And some other things like temperature that aren't that important in cycling. Whether or not it works for individual riders is up to them. Some people like myself have no intention of ever getting a power meter. So for them, cadence and HRM is enough. Cycling specific units may work better for some riders. Personally, I don't like that you can't display a Map except on the high end Edge units.
Jul
3
comment Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
@Rider_X Some phones have Ant+ built in, so you may be able to get by with that. Also, there are some alternatives to "bike computers". I have an Garmin Oregon 450 (discontinued), which is very similar to the Garmin Dakota 20. They both support Ant+ and can read cadence and HRM (not speed, although they display speed from GPS). While similarly priced to the Edge 500, the price is a lot easier to justify because the device is a lot more versatile. The Edge series is very focused on cycling whereas the Dakota series is suited to a variety of activities.