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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.
Jun
12
answered How can I tell if my bike has a freewheel or a cassette?
Jun
12
comment Why use 54T (or bigger) chainring?
"A bigger chainring provides closer gear ratios." I think this has a lot to do with it. I changed from a 11-32 cassette to a 12-23 cassette (8 speed), and it's amazing how much difference having very fine gear selection helps. Using bigger front cogs makes the difference between individual gears even smaller, allowing the rider to be in a more efficient gear.
Jun
9
comment Benefits of newer racer bikes over older ones?
The Cervelo S5 is a $5000 bike, not a $2000 one (1500 euros). An example of a $2000 bike would be a Trek Madone 3.1 which looks a lot more like an older road bike than it looks like a Cervelo S5. Sure it still has a full carbon frame, but the look and shape is mostly the same.
Jun
9
comment The shifters and brakes are one piece
And they've convinced the roadies that integrating the shifter with the brakes is the only way to go. Not that I'm really opposed to the idea, but it does make it more expensive to replace components, and makes the components more complicated.
Jun
8
answered Password protect Shimano Di2?
Jun
7
comment Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?
Try to ride closer to the road side edge of the path if you feel safe doing so. There will be less glass there as the cars will pick some up with their own tires, and you can maneuver quicker towards the other side to avoid the glass. It's much safer to swerve away from the cars than towards them.
Jun
6
comment Is a bigger wheel likely to get fewer flats?
It get on the order of a couple flats a year, and most of them have nothing to do with actual punctures by objects through the tread. It's either misaligned rim tape, bad valve, badly mounted tube (twisted), hitting a rock at high speed, or any number of other things. When I used really cheap tires, I got a lot more flats, but using quality tires, I almost never get an actual puncture.
Jun
5
comment Theoretical question about double drivetrain (both-sides drive)
White Industries makes the DOS ENO Freewheel Which is a freewheel with 2 cogs on it that will fit single speed bikes. It allows you to switch between different gears, although you have to loosen the rear wheel to do so.
Jun
4
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
3
answered Why is it called a “timing chain”
May
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is “Greased Lightning” safe to use for bicycle cleaning?
May
26
awarded  Notable Question
May
23
answered Which type of bicycle is best for weight loss?
May
21
comment Going from a 1x8 to 2x10 setup
You may want to examine your frame to ensure it has braze-ons to accomodate the cabling for the front derailleur/shifter.