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Jun
13
comment What is the benefit of a larger disc rotor?
A larger rotor should also provide more braking power by the fact that it's further away from the axle. Assuming an equal braking force, at a longer distance, it will put more torque on the wheel, which means shorter stopping distance.
Jun
6
comment Should the bike or the rider take the jolt from a bump, and how?
To elaborate, you should shift your weight back as your front wheel travels over the bump, and shift your weight forward as your back wheel travels over the bump.
Jun
4
comment I shortened my chain, is this bad?
It is technically possible to get the pin back in even if it has been removed completely. I speak from experience.
Jun
4
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
I guess that's one advantage of going with a big name like Trek. They do enough volume that they can afford to make very small size increments in their sizes, and still sell lots of each. Compare that to a smaller manufacturer, like the one I bought my last bike from, and the difference between the one I bought, and one size smaller was very noticeable, even after only 1 minute of riding. I could see how some riders would fall in between the 2 sizes and wouldn't be comfortable on either size.
Jun
3
comment Questions to ask before buying a bike?
Good list. A good bikeshop should ask you most of the questions from the first list. If they don't ask you many questions, look for another shop.
Jun
1
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
Get a better bike pump. If you have decent floor pump, filling up your tires shouldn't be a big chore. If you're using those small emergency pumps that you're supposed to bring with you, I can see why you would just rather not ride. But a decent pump is almost effortless.
May
31
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
Getting a custom built frame is probably a little different in the sense that I assume that the builder does their best effort to ensure the bike will fit will, based on measurements of the rider and other bikes that the rider feels comfortable on. Whereas the builder of a manufactured bike has no idea who will be riding it. I guess you could do the opposite, by comparing the measurements of the bike you are planning to buy, and a bike you are comfortable with, and try to figure out if they are somewhat similar. Or find a bike with similar measurements, and take that for a test ride.
May
31
comment What supplies do riders cary on century sportives and how do they carry it?
Yeah, on my last ride they messed up the food deliveries, so there was no food. So I get what you're saying. Even when they say there will be food/water, don't expect that it will be there, always bring a little bit with you.
May
31
comment What supplies do riders cary on century sportives and how do they carry it?
It really depends on the event. Many events include food and water so you only have to bring a single water bottle and remember to fill it as necessary. Some events provide nothing and you are expected to provide your own food and water.
May
31
comment Which clothes to use in wet weather for long distances?
Polar fleece is also a good idea in cold wet weather. It doesn't hold a lot of water and can keep you warm. It's also breathable. It's also cheaper than alternatives like Merino, and it's also very durable.
May
30
comment Ceramic rims and KoolStop brake pads
I was wondering how one could really make a rim out of ceramic, but from reading up a bit, it seems just the braking surface is ceramic, not the entire rim.
May
29
comment how to convert my 21 speed mountain bike into a road/cycling bike?
Also, once you get the tires, you'll likely spin out at with the gearing that's on most mountain bikes. The low gearing combined with smaller wheels (26 inch vs 700c) means that your cadence has to be quite fast to even get close to an acceptable road speed. With my old hybrid I was constantly being limited by the speed I could comfortably spin the pedals, even on flat roads.
May
28
comment Does Nirve make a good bike?
Just reading up on their site what seems like a red flag to me is that, apart from the brakes (and even then, only the manufacturer is listed), they don't list which models of components are used. Without knowing what kind of actual equipment you're getting on the bike, it's impossible to tell if the bike is of good quality, and it's impossible to tell if it is overpriced or a good deal.
May
27
comment What type of bike is appropiate for my situation?
Yeah, realized you mentioned Cyclocross at the top of the answer, but forgot about that by the time I got to the end. From reading the answer, it seems like MTB is the only option to consider, even though you state that Cyclocross would be the best option. I think the major problem with cyclocross and touring bikes is that they are usually somewhat mid-high end. It's had to find either for under $1000. It's even easier to find a cheap road bike than a touring or cross bike. Mountain bikes and hybrids seem to be the only ones with cheap and expensive models, with everything in between.
May
27
comment What type of bike is appropiate for my situation?
"if you are not racing on a "Silky Smooth" road, forget about them" - Tell that to the guys riding in the Paris-Roubaix. Also, you seem to be of the impression that there are only 2, or possibly 3 kinds of bikes (if you include hybrid). You leave out the touring and cyclocross bikes, which are shaped mostly like road bikes (to the undiscerning eye) yet are built to be much more comfortable, and handle rougher roads.
May
27
comment Life metrics for v-brake pads (time to replace, time to change)
No, Do not lubricate your brake pads or rims in any way whatsoever. The whole point is to maximize friction. Not only that, but some lubricants might actually break down the rubber in the pads.
May
25
comment How to prevent the quick-release pin on the Tektro drop brake lever from rattling?
Some thick grease would probably muffle the sound a bit, while still allowing you to use the quick release feature.
May
24
comment Cost of maintenance of a roadbike
For $10-$20 you can pick up the tools to do the tune-ups yourself, including brake and gear adjustments, replacing brake pads, and checking all the important bolts to make sure they are tight. They pay for themselves after the first use. You won't be able to replace the cassette, or replace the cranks but most of the regular maintenance you should be able to do yourself.
May
22
comment What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?
The only reason I could think of for having a couple tools you don't need is to help out other cyclists when they have an issue. It's amazing the number of people who will ride around without any tools at all, or will ride around without some tool they need because they forgot about that one bolt or screw that uses that specific tool. You could probably bike for years without needing a screw driver, because the only thing you'd use it for would be your derailleur adjustments (why haven't they switched to allen keys?), but it doesn't take much extra space to carry around a couple extra things.
May
22
comment Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?
In many jurisdictions, it's illegal to sell bikes with only a single brake (and rightly so in my opinion). A fixed gear plus a front brake would get the job done, but if you have a single speed, it's advisable to have both front and rear brakes in the even that you have a cable break, or have some other kind of brake failure. Even on my fixie I have both front and back because in an emergency situation you don't have time to get your feet into the position for skid braking, not to mention the increased stopping distance if you have to brake with your legs.