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comment What is the men's version of Trek Lexa SLX
The lower end Emonda's are race legal as far as I'm aware, with the lowest end one weighing in at 19.27 lbs. It's not until you get into the high end $5,000 models where the weight drops below the UCI weight limit of 15 lbs, with the most expensive one weighing in at a measly 10.25 lbs.
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comment What is the men's version of Trek Lexa SLX
The Domane 2.3 has an IsoSpeed fork, which the Lexa does not have and could account for some of the price difference. The saddle will be different as the one on the Lexa is womem specific.
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comment I have a 2013 Diamondback Podium 3. Is it possible to use it as a touring bike?
@jimrings until they get rid of the UCI minimum weight limit, there's no point in trying to remove useful features in order to save a few grams. At this point, most pros are adding things like power meters and even ballast weights just to say their bike weighs enough.
Dec
20
comment I have a 2013 Diamondback Podium 3. Is it possible to use it as a touring bike?
I really don't understand why the manufacturer wouldn't put rack mounts on every bike. It would only add a negligible amount of weight, and most people wouldn't even see them unless they were looking for them. Maybe the bike couldn't handle carrying 100+ lbs on the rack, but it would be convenient to be able to attach a rack with a couple small bags for carrying light cargo when needed.
Dec
19
comment Advice on Folding Bicycle
I'm with @Vorac on this. You can store a standard bike in very little space with the proper system. Unless you have a requirement to bring the bike on a busy subway, there seems to be very little you can gain by using a folding bike. If you go with folding, You will pay more for the same quality of bike, and the bike will not perform on par with a non-folding bike.
Dec
12
comment Who has information on this Fondriest Bike we found? Any good?
What do you mean by "found". Seems like an older frame (still in good shape though), but a lot of the components look new and of pretty decent quality. Looks like kind of a frankenbike, where none of the actual components are original.
Dec
11
comment Comfort bike brakes
Yeah, that's a V-brake, also known as linear pull brakes. Caliper brakes are different and are usually found on road bikes. Google image search the terms so you can familarize yourself with how the different brakes look.
Dec
11
comment Comfort bike brakes
Yeah, I thought it was odd that a comfort bike would have calipers, and it appears this one has v-brakes, so you can ignore my recommendation about Tiagra or higher brakes, as they probably won't work.
Dec
11
comment Comfort bike brakes
If you're going with Shimano, then Tiagra or better (105, Ultegra, DuraAce) should be fine. Although I'm not sure if there would be enough reach/clearance to deal with the large tires you find on comfort bikes. I know there's a long reach version of the Tiagra brakes. Whether or not they fit will depend on if you have fenders or not as well.
Nov
28
comment Can a 10 speed rear derailleur be modified for 9 speed and then modified again to a 10 speed deraileur?
I'm pretty sure that derrailleurs are dumb and don't care about how many speeds they are used for. The amount of cable pull is all controlled by the shifters. Any derailleur with work with any number of gears.
Nov
28
comment Why do we need front brakes?
The reason for the laws most likely is redundancy. If one of the braking mechanisms malfunctions, you should have a second one to use. Imagine going down a big hill and your brake cable snaps. There would be no good way to stop your bike. With a second brake, you can just use the other one. it's good to keep both brakes in good working order, because in an emergency situation, you won't have time to switch to the functional one if the one you're using breaks.
Nov
25
comment 27 1 3/8 tires on 27 1 1/4 rims
That question is you pointed out seems pretty conclusive. 27x1-3/8 should be the same circumference as 27x1-1/4, but the tire will be slightly wider. Whether that fits on your bike will depend on the rim width as well as how much clearance you have. The width isn't that different so the rims should be compatible, and older bikes usually don't skimp a lot on the clearance like newer bikes do.
Nov
25
comment how to find wheel brand
Also worth noting that in some cases you may not need the exact same size of wheel. If your bike has an old 27x1-1/4 wheel, then you can often switch it for a new 700c wheel without much trouble. This will give you more selection of wheels and tires. Just check that the brakes have enough reach to account for the slightly smaller wheel.
Nov
13
comment How hard is it to remove a European-style rear-wheel ring lock?
This type of lock is to stop somebody from riding away on you bike. Even if they unscrewed the bolt, they would still be unable to ride away as it would still be around the tire, and it would stop the wheel from turning at some point as it wouldn't be able to fit through the seat stays or chainstays as the wheel turned, and even if it could it could cause constant bumping as the rider rode over it. That being said, these locks are quite low security, as they don't stop the person from carrying your bike away, but in some situations that's all you need.
Nov
12
comment Full helmet (BMX) for Commuting, what is the current 2014 opinion?
A full face helmet might inhibit your peripheral vision and decrease your ability to turn your head to see beside and behind you. You could end up more likely to be in an accident even though your head and face are better protected.
Nov
11
comment Bolt size for the Weerider Kangaroo
Whichever store you go to, you should be able to to determine the type and strength of steel used by looking at the markings on the bolt.
Nov
10
comment Replacing 14“ x 1.95” With 14“ x 2.125”?
Good point on checking the bearings, but I'm guessing this is a kids bike with coaster breaks and the rear tire has worn down due to skidding. This can happen surprisingly fast on cheap bikes with coaster brakes and small tires.
Nov
10
comment Cyclocross on airplane
Similar to this question. Even specifically in Japan.
Nov
10
comment Why so much hate for presta valve caps?
If you don't like the way they look you can get aftermarket valve covers that look much nicer than the black plastic ones that come with the tubes. The only real advantage, is that along with the retaining nut, they slow down the process of changing a flat. If you are in a race condition, then precious seconds can matter. However, in the case of Lance Armstrong and other professional racers, they swap out the entire wheel or bike when they get a flat, so I really can't see that being much of a good reason.
Nov
8
comment Do single speed/fixed bicycles come with machined rims?
This is why I recommend buying a bike at a local bike store, after you have seen and test-ridden the bike. By doing this you are able to get much more information than what you can get on the spec sheets.