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May
1
comment What is the braking (stopping) distance for bicycles?
@JamesBradbury Yeah, Remember to be careful depending on which bike you're riding. On my commute I usually have a rear pannier with 10-20 lbs of stuff in it. When it's not there I definitely feel the difference when breaking, and notice that the back wheel lifts very easily.
Apr
30
comment Is there a reason why one's calfs would ache on a Turbo or Spinner, but not when riding on the road?
Also worth mentioning is that on a trainer, you most likely don't stop pedaling. On a regular road bike, there are almost always situations where you are going to stop pedaling, at least briefly. Be it going around a sharp bend, going down a steep hill, or just because you're drafting off somebody and pedaling would mean that you run into their back wheel.
Apr
30
comment bike racks for outdoor use at a school
When looking for a public bike rack, its important that the rack should be designed such that backing in and locking through the back triangle/seat tube and wheel is the intended locking configuration. This is the most secure way to lock a bike. Locking only by the front wheel is terrible, and most locks, especially u-locks do not have the length to go around the front wheel and the main triangle (which even if they did, isn't optimal, because the expensive rear wheel is still vulnerable). Also, consider a rack that can accommodate many different sizes of bikes.
Apr
30
comment Is there a reason why one's calfs would ache on a Turbo or Spinner, but not when riding on the road?
Overheating is definitely a problem. I had my trainer in my unheated garage over the winter. It could be 5 degrees in there, but by the time I was done a 40-60 minute ride, I was quite comfortable in regular cycling shorts and jersey. Also I found that I would more often put the bike in a harder gear than I would on the road.
Apr
30
comment Should I sell a custom built mountain bike as a full bike or break it into parts?
I think it depends how and where you want to sell it. If you're going to eBay, I would say that individual pieces would work better, but if you're trying to sell it locally, then you might be better off selling it as a whole bike. Also if you're selling individual pieces it's probably likely that you'll end up with a few left over bits that you might have trouble selling to anybody. But many bike shops buy (or specialize in) old/used parts, so it's usually possible to get them off your hands if you need the room.
Apr
28
comment Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?
Not a big enough market. People with single speeds most often want "retro" parts, no brakes at all, or as light of a bike as possible. Disc brakes don't really fit any of those descriptions. Although I've thought about building a fixie with disc brakes, on the front at least. Seems like it would be a very nice bike to own.
Apr
27
comment Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?
If you live in a hilly area, a single speed bike can be quite hard on the drive train as it will often be the case that you're in the wrong gear and putting quite a bit of force on the drive-train just to get up a modest hill.
Apr
24
comment Are there pedals that are both flat and cleated on each side?
I have the Shimano A530 Pedals which are cleated on one side flat on the other. I find that they work quite good in that configuration. They are weighted so the cleat is point up, which makes it easier to clip in. I find I can ride on the wrong side (either with or without cleats) if I'm careful not to push to hard, and it is wet. SPD shows on flats works quite, probably depends on the shoe. This can be useful when starting out, so you can clip in or flip the pedal once you get going a bit, and for riding in traffic, when it's better to go unclipped for a bit, at least with one foot.
Apr
23
comment Protecting quick-release seats and wheels from theft
Wonderful idea. I always love finding a good use for old parts.
Apr
17
comment Training fasted: just about weight loss?
At that weight, you might want to consider eating before and after the morning ride :)
Apr
17
comment Training fasted: just about weight loss?
I wonder if this has been scientifically tested. The body would most likely use up all (or just about all) carbohydrate stores before starting to use the fat stores. I'm not sure if you can train your body to use fat before all the carbohydrates are gone, or if that's even something you would want to do, since I'm not sure that the body can burn fat fast enough to supply the energy you need while cycling. Anybody who's "hit the wall" knows that not ingesting enough carbs means the body does not have enough capacity to fuel your during exercise on fat alone.
Apr
17
comment DIY wooden bike rack — looking for plans
Looks like it might end up being expensive, but easier to construct. The plans have 34 T joins and 9 elbows. At $2 a piece, that would come out to $86 just for the joints. It would be much cheaper to build it out of wood.
Apr
16
comment Why are higher-end freewheels so much louder when coasting?
It's important to note that the freewheel is part of the hub, and while you might have some or mostly Ultegra parts, many bikes are sold with parts that aren't all from the same groupset. When you say the cassette is loud, what you're actually saying is that the freehub is loud, at least when talking about higher end bikes. Low end bikes typically have a freewheel built into the cassette.
Apr
16
comment Repurpose old android phone (without cell phone plan) as cycle computer with GPS tracking?
I would have to go against this a lot. In many cases, cycling computers and other dedicated GPS units can connect to your computer. Also, because the primary function of a GPS is a GPS, they tend to get, and hold, a signal much better than a phone would. My current cell phone takes a while to get a GPS signal, if it can get one at all. Cycle computers also feature ANT attachments for tracking heart rate, and cadence. They are often waterproof, which means you don't have to wrap them in cling warp. Also, the screen on a GPS is much easier to read in the sunlight. No so for cell phones.
Apr
15
comment I'm lost with all the names of bike parts flying around!
They don't stock it, but I'm sure most would be able to order it. Most bike shops would probably have a 16 tooth freewheel, but they might not the the exact manufacturer you want. Also White industries freewheels are quite a high-end component, and I really wouldn't expect them to keep everything in stock, especially for something that is unlikely to spontaneously break.
Apr
15
comment I want to buy a fixed gear bike. Which one should I buy?
Whichever you buy, please don't ride brakeless. Get at least a front brake installed, if not front and back. Not only will it save you money on tires, they work much better for emergency braking.
Apr
14
comment Bicycle production/sales figures?
Thus can be made more fun with Googlefight. I think they use phrase search so the results are a little different.
Apr
13
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
I use a Chinese CREE flashlight for my bike and I love it. The rechargeable 18650 batteries are cheap and make it easy to carry a spare. They do get a little warm, but I've never found it to be a problem in reliability. Plus there's lots of air flow when I'm riding so I think that helps to cool it a bit. I found the mounts that you can buy to be a little unreliable and the best solution is to get some hose clamps and loop one around the bars and the other through the first and then around the flash light. This makes a really sturdy mount. I Use a little hockey tape to increase the grip.
Apr
12
comment Does exercising solely through cycling cause injuries?
Sure your upper body will be weaker than your legs, but I don't do much exercise other than cycling, and I wouldn't say that my upper body is weak. Certainly weaker than someone who lifts weights, but there is a decent amount of upper body movement in a good bike ride. Just holding yourself up in a road bike position for hours on end is no small feat. Also, if you do mountain biking or even just lifting the front end over curbs and holes in the road there's a non trivial amount of exercise for your upper body.
Apr
11
comment I'm a CAT 4 racer, will I be suspended from racing by UCI / USAC if I participate in non-sanctioned races?
Don't worry @Benzo, you can still participate in the ElliptiGO World Championships