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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
Apr
11
comment Smartphone mounted on handlebar: Will vibrations during cycling damage it?
Make sure the mount is secure so the phone doesn't dislodge. This is probably the biggest danger to the phone, especially with things like cobblestones. If your phone has a wrist strap, I recommend that you use it as a "safety-line" for your phone. Wrap the wrist strap around the handlebars, and put the phone through the loop to secure the phone to the bars. This is a little bit of extra security if your mount manages to break or work itself loose.
Apr
9
comment Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
Looking at the numbers per hundred thousand, 0.2 vs 1.3 seems to indicate that trailers are significantly safer. That is, unless they are saying per 100,000 total children existing, and not per 100,000 children who rode in trailers regularly. Although now that I think of it, it's probably the former because to get the other kind of statistic, you'd have to find 500,000 children who rode in trailers and experienced 1 crash. I don't think there's enough children in the world who ride trailers to find good statistics on 500,000 of them.
Apr
8
comment Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
I wouldn't say that closer to the parent always equals better. A good quality trailer would probably be much safer than one of those seats that sit on the rear of the bike. Especially for the very young. If the bike tips over, a small child/baby would receive some major injuries from a fall of that height, whereas it's almost impossible for a trailer to fall over.
Apr
8
comment Sizing guide for road bikes vs mountain bikes
This is probably based on the old frame design where the top tube was completely horizontal. Compare the placement of the old Eddy Merckx bike with the newer Trek Madone. Compare the difference in the top tube height by looking at the height of the top tube above the rear wheel.
Apr
7
comment Why are 3 inches mountain bike handlebar hard to find?
Almost forgot to account for the fact that road bikes don't have shocks, which would add to the torque on the bars. Almost all mountain bikes have at least front suspension which would somewhat reduce the amount of force on the bars.
Apr
7
comment Are there electronic/active theft deterrents for bicycles?
Yeah, I was thinking it would be something that you could use as a bike alarm with a little modification. It would be pretty easy to make a water resistant casing for it, that you could affix to the bike.
Apr
7
comment Are there electronic/active theft deterrents for bicycles?
I was looking at this laptop alarm the other day that looked like it could be adapted as an alarm for your bike. The alarm sounds from movement or from severing the cable. I'd probably use it in conjunction with a proper u-lock though.
Apr
6
comment Is there such a thing as a cyclist philosophy?
The velominati rules are a good read if you're looking for a laugh. Some a definitely rooted in good practices, but others are just there for fun.
Apr
6
comment Which pulley is which on my Shimano STX RC derailleur?
I found this derailleur overhaul after some Googling, and it seems to confirm that the G-pulley goes on top. I'm guessing that G stands for guide.
Apr
5
comment Straight or Drop handlebars?
As long as you stick to the hoods and drops, and leave the tops for things like climbing hills, you should always be in a good position to use your brakes. Although there is less braking power from the hoods, you should still be able to stop relatively quickly if your brakes are set up properly.
Apr
5
comment Why are 3 inches mountain bike handlebar hard to find?
Might be more of an issue on mountain bikes, but I can't see this being any different then riding on the hoods for a road bike. And there are plenty of situations where road bikes are going over plenty of bumps. Not only that, but on road bikes, the torque is applied perpendicular to the center of rotation, whereas on a mountain bike, the force would more likely be pointing towards the center of rotation (or at least less perpendicular than on a road bike).
Apr
4
comment Why are 3 inches mountain bike handlebar hard to find?
Why not opt for a different stem with a different angle which will effectively change the "rise" on the bar to where you want it to be.
Apr
4
comment I live in a place where it frequently floods. How can I keep my chain from rusting?
It's not really "disassembling", especially if you have a fixed gear/ single speed. Sure you can't just get on it and ride, but it's not that big of a deal, and if it saves you buying a new chain every three months, it's probably worth it. With a quick link, you could probably just remove the chain completely, although I'm not sure how well they stand up to repeated opening and closing.