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Mar
2
comment How long do Garmin's cycling GPS devices take to get an initial GPS lock?
My Garmin Oregon 450 has a lock by the time it boots (30 seconds). 3-5 minutes is completely unacceptable.
Mar
2
comment How long do Garmin's cycling GPS devices take to get an initial GPS lock?
Short answer, it depends. See this question
Mar
2
comment Camera alternatives for commuting (2014 version)
You might want to look at the fly6 which is a combination rear light and camera. I'm not sure if its available to the public yet, but here's their kickstarter page.
Mar
1
comment What is the purpose of the plastic disk between the cassette and the rear wheel?
Plastic is considered to be ugly by some, especially after a few years of sun discoloration. Some people do it to save weight. The old chrome ones looked much better.
Mar
1
answered What is the purpose of the plastic disk between the cassette and the rear wheel?
Mar
1
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Feb
27
comment Truvativ Crank housing
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you're replacing the bottom bracket and the crankset, you should be able to use whichever crankset you want provided you buy a bottom bracket with the correct spindle length to get the correct chain line.
Feb
27
comment Aerodynamic effect of drafter to the draftee
I guess the question is, can one get close enough for the rider in front to get a noticeable benefit? You can only get so close before your wheels touch. Would it be more beneficial to be slightly offset, with your front wheel overlapping the back wheel of the other ride? Should three riders make a v shape (like birds) rather than a straight line to minimize air resistance.
Feb
26
comment Will using a pannier rack mounting kit damage a carbon frame Axiom vs Tubus
I would just like to point out that you could have a "nice bike" that also has a steel/aluminum/titanium frame. Those two criteria are not mutually exclusive. Buy a nice frame that's designed to accomodate racks, and go crazy on the rest of the components if you want. Surly makes a few quality frames that support racks, disc brakes, and basic road bike geometry. There are plenty of other manufacturers as well.
Feb
26
comment Lower vs. Taller Bottom Bracket Height
The only thing I can think of is that it wouldn't really affect the feel of the bike so much as it would reduce pedal strikes, but I still don't think that 0.7cm is enough to make a difference.
Feb
21
comment New commuting road bike. Wishlist: discs & electronic gears
Personally I think that multiple bikes is the way to go. For commuting you would probably be best off with a touring/cyclocross bike with smooth tires, as well as an internally geared hub. Although a good set of derailleur gears shouldn't go out of tune that much. Touring/Cross bikes are will be much easier to find with disc brakes already on them, and still have drop bars like a road bike.
Feb
19
comment How do you download OSM maps to Garmin Edge?
Haven't tried yet (maybe I will tonight if I have time), but the first set of radio buttons gives different options, one of which is "Routable Bicycle", which sounds quite promising.
Feb
19
answered How do you download OSM maps to Garmin Edge?
Feb
18
answered Garmin Edge Touring - Quality of the maps
Feb
7
comment What is a thru axle?
I don't think that it would take much longer if you were changing out the whole tube, as most of the time spent there is actually dismounting and mounting the tire, as well as pumping up the tire. If you're patching the tube, then just waiting for the glue to dry is probably the most time consuming part. If you're in a race and you're swapping out an entire wheel, then the time could be increased. However, in downhill (which I don't do, correct me if I'm wrong) I assume your run is pretty much over if you get a flat. There's not enough time to catch up after losing that much time.
Feb
5
comment are OEM parts of lower quality?
I think the main reason that you're able to get a whole bike for the sum of its parts is because bike manufacturers, have a lot more clout with the manufacturers than you or your local bike store do. When you're ordering 10,000 derailleurs, you can get the manufacturers to bring the cost down quite a bit. You see the same thing with electronics, reports saying that Company X is losing money on every phone because they summed up the price of the parts and it came to less than the price of the phone. In reality, nobody knows how much they're paying for parts when they buy millions of units.
Feb
5
comment Which waterproof shoes?
There are different kinds of shoe covers, some made from the same materials as rubber boots. Ones made of rubber would probably be quite water proof. If you want rubber boots, you might be better off with safety-certified rubber boots, which would have hard sole, which would probably stop the sole from breaking.
Feb
2
comment What kind of pump/attachment do I need for this? (picture)
Possible reasons for not inflating when pumping include having a hole in the inner tube, which is easy and cheap to replace, as well the previous suggestion of ensuring the pump head is properly attached to the valve pushing from the other side to ensure it's properly seated.
Jan
29
comment What is this “recumbent” trainer?
It's made by Cinelli. Still looking for more info when I find time.
Jan
21
comment Anti-puncture options
@arne Some people insist on not reading the manual, or not reading carefully enough.