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comment Help for a 169 mile bike ride
I don't even know how going only 10 miles a day would work in reality. Where would you even sleep? You most likely want to be in a place with a hotel or designated camping area every night. Sure you could just duck into the bush and pitch a tent, but that seems like it might not be the best idea. You'd have to have a very good route planned, because depending on where you go, it could be 40 miles between places you could buy food. Packing 4 days worth of food and water (although purifier or chlorine tablets may be an option) would make for quite a bit of extra baggage.
May
22
comment Why are riders allowed to draft behind cars in Grand Tours?
Almost makes you wish there were no cars and riders were required to fix their own bike with equipment they carried with them.
May
22
comment Shimano 105 10 and 11 speed compatibility
Also, you'll probably be able to buy the entire group set for less than everything minus the cranks, so you might as well upgrade the entire thing at once. Especially when you consider that it will be much easier to sell your old groupset as a complete set.
May
21
comment Why should you not just buy the chain with more links?
I looked and guess you are right, they do exist. I can't think of why they would do this. You'd never be able to make it so that people wouldn't have to remove links. Even on bikes with the same size cogs and cassette, the difference in chain stay length would still mean you need to adjust the chain length.
May
21
comment Why should you not just buy the chain with more links?
More meant as a joke, buy you should probably donate them to your local bike co-op rather than start throwing them out when you get too many extras.
May
21
comment Why should you not just buy the chain with more links?
Eventually you could use all the left over pieces of chain and put together a whole new chain. At 8 extra links per chain, that would only take 14 new chains to create a whole chain from the left over links.
May
20
comment What is the hydraulic brakes expected life?
These are Acera level brakes, which is on the lower end. I really wish they'd try to keep things more simple (ie. cable actuated) on their lower end components. Way easier to repair at home, and a lot less that can go wrong.
May
19
comment What is the benefit of Shimano Click'R technology?
If you're interested, I would probably try to find a bike that stocked them and see if they have a way to let you try them out. From what I understand, they are easier to clip into and out of. Based on the link from @FocusedMuffin, about 60% easier to clip into and out of. It's already pretty easy to clip into and out of SPD to begin with. You'd probably be better off trying it for yourself then trying to gauge the feel of the pedal from what people wrote on the internet.
May
15
comment Vandalized top tube
I would say even the remaining tubes would have undergone a lot of stress as the top tube was "shortened" pulling the head tube close to the seat tube. Depending on how good the components are, you might be better off finding a new/used frame rather than replacing the entire bike.
May
15
comment How to prevent spiders from making webs on my bike?
I did a little searching, and some people have had success with things like peppermint oil, vinegar, or lemon pledge. All that would probably be somewhat safe to apply to your frame, but keep it away from braking surfaces and the drive train. Vinegar is mildly acidic so it might affect the metal, but probably not much if it's painted. Read this and do some other research on repelling spiders/insects.
May
15
comment My calf catches my derailleur when I pedal
Although the chaining turns with the crank arm so it wouldn't rub as much as the derailleur which is stationary.
May
15
comment My calf catches my derailleur when I pedal
Are you actually hitting the Derailleur, or is the cable sticking out and rubbing your leg? I tried on my way home today to make my calf come in contact, and there was probably close to 2 inches between my calf and the derailleur. Even with big calf it seems like it wouldn't be very likely for this to happen, and if it did, your leg would probably contact the chaining as well, as the derailleur only sticks out a very small amount beyond the top chaining.
May
13
comment Difference between grease
For bearings this makes sense, but what about non-moving parts like seatposts and quill stems?
May
13
comment Training involved to ride 175 miles in a day
From the page, the ride is at the end of August. That's basically 3 months away. What kind of rides are you currently doing? If you aren't already actively training, it might be hard to get up to that distance in that period of time. Especially if you have to fit training around work and other responsibilities.
May
11
comment Choosing chainring configuration
Velo Orange sells a 46-30 double
May
11
comment Choosing chainring configuration
Cassettes are expendable. I don't think your cassette will wear out that much sooner if you are riding in 12-14 as opposed to riding on 15-17. You might have 1 extra tooth engaging as a result. This won't change the amount of wear by a huge amount. Also, I think they should put triples on a lot more bikes. Doubles and compacts may be fine for the pros, but a triple with 8 speed cassette gives you plenty of range, and close gear ratios for a much smaller cost, at the expense of a little extra weight.
May
6
comment “Footprint” of the Park Tool PCS 9 stand
I'm actually quite surprised that your bike fits lengthwise in the tub. From a quick look on the internet, a standard road bike is roughly 68 inches, which is about as long as I am tall, and there's no way I can completely lie down, stretched out in the bath. I guess you can make it a bit shorter by turning the handlebars, but it still seems like it would be a tight fit.
May
4
comment Do pedal-driven bicycles exist that can handle highway commutes?
Adding any extra systems like air conditioning would be extremely counter-productive because they would increase the weight of the vehicle without actually helping to power the vehicle. The batteries or other mechanism required to power air conditioning would add quite a bit of weight to the bike. A large flywheel wouldn't really be feasible because of the huge weight this would add to the bike. Handling highway commutes would also mean handling hills that occur on highways. A vehicle that's meant for highway commutes that loses all it's power when you hit an offramp isn't a very good idea.
May
4
comment Does anyone know of a machinist who could convert a dual ring Campy Nuovo Record chainset ('spider') to accept a 3rd chainring?
I have to wonder whether there would even be enough room for an extra chainring on the inside edge or a crank that was only designed as a double. If you really like your components that much, it might be worth checking eBay for a triple chainset that matches your components.
May
4
comment average cycling speed 12km/h
I think this would be the case. Either they aren't actually in the highest gear, or they aren't measuring cadence properly. Even if you had a very small highest gear like 30-14, you'd still be getting 24 km/h at 80 rpm.