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May
16
comment High pressure water cleaning and chain lube
Yeah, if you're a pro mechanic working on pro bikes, and your components are provided as part of you sponsorship deal and replaced frequently, go nuts, it's the fastest way to clean a bike. But definitely not recommended if you want to improve the longevity of your parts.
May
15
comment Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?
Along with the first comment, I would venture to say that if it's true for the smallest, it's probably true for the largest, or if you change the stem, drop the bars a bit, or if slide the seat forward a bit. All these things can change how a bike feels. The fork is always the same size to accommodate the same size wheel and allowing the brakes to reach the rim, So you can't really just scale a bike and have different sizes have the same feel. If you can't test drive the bike, perhaps you can persuade them to do a free fitting, with a free stem exchange to ensure it fits you as best it can.
May
15
comment Italian bottom bracket Shimano BB-6400 fixed cup tightening - what tool?
@alex How does that allow you to measure the torque? Seems like it would be very easy to over-torque something when using the frame as a giant lever.
May
14
comment Number of gears for a racer
Probably worth noting that the number of gears on the cassette (in the back) won't do much to determine the "range" of gearing, but really determines the size of steps between individual gears. I have an 8 speed (11-32) with way more range than most racing bikes, but the gears are further apart so I sometimes feel like I can't get in the right gear. It's likely that an old 14 speed bike will have just as much range as a modern 20 or 22 speed racing bike, but the steps between the different gears will be much larger.
May
13
comment Cannot fit pump nozzle properly to the presta valve of my tyre
That pump, and especially the head looks quite similar to the pump I own. On mine, you have to put it quite far on to the valve to get it into the right position. I always test by pushing the release valve to ensure it has a decent lock, if it's not on right, the release valve doesn't work.
May
12
comment exploding inner tubes
The OP states that he rides them into the mountains. I'm don't ride in the mountains, so don't have any experience on this, but when going up to higher altitude, the lower pressure on the outside would result in a higher (relative) pressure on the inside of the tire. Since there is less atmosphere pressing back on the outside of the tire, the inside air presses harder against the tire and rim. I'm not sure how much of a difference this makes in the actual scheme of things or if its enough to make the tire explode.
May
12
comment Bags for longer touring
What are you planning on carrying? Will you be carrying a tent or sleeping in hotels? How many days of food do you plan to carry? How often will you be able to go shopping for food or other supplies? It will help if you add a little more detail about the tour so we can give better recommendations.
May
11
comment Thinking of quitting due to dangerous driving
Yeah, you would have to trust the person you're riding with quite a bit. Probably something you have to work up to. Start off slow and work your way up.
May
11
comment Thinking of quitting due to dangerous driving
A quick Google indicates the there are blind/partially sighted events in the velodrome for the paralympics, so this is a possibility to consider. Even if you aren't interested in doing it competitively. Although from reading it seems that (at least some events) are on a tandem with one sighted rider. Seems to bring up other possibilities.
May
10
comment Disabling back-pedal brake
I think the coaster breaks and internal hubs work amazingly and are hassle free right up until they fail. After that, adjustments or fixing can be a big chore. While cable brakes and gears will require more frequent adjustments, but are easily fixed by anybody with a little mechanical aptitude.
May
10
comment Why is cycling on a road so much faster than cycling on a cycle path?
Same thing in a lot of places. Normally the "cycle path" is actually a shared path for pedestrians, roller-bladers, cyclists, and many other forms of transportation. Even when they are well maintained, smooth asphalt, it's difficult to go fast for more than couple hundred meters before meeting up with some kind of obstacle which will slow you down. Also, they tend to follow the "lay of the land" in order to make them cheaper to build, so you'll often find lots of turns, bends, and small hills which will again impede your progress.
May
9
comment What happened to pumps?
From what I remember with screw-on fittings, a significant amount of air was let out when unscrewing the fitting. So you'd have to pump them up a little bit extra to account for the air you would lose when unscrewing the pump. Maybe that's just the pumps I was using though.
May
8
comment Disabling back-pedal brake
I would think that the coaster brake (or back pedal brake) would be easier for someone new to biking to get the hang of. They are often found on children's bikes. I don't see how the coaster brake can be much of an obstacle for the new rider.
May
8
comment Improving metabolic efficiency
I have a very similar experience to you. On my 50 K evening rides I almost always feel like eating, even though I usually rush and have dinner before the ride. I'm interested to see if there's anything that can be done. Although I wonder if I'd want to get ride of my fast metabolism. I can pretty much eat whatever I want without putting on too much weight.
May
6
comment Rim width / tire section tolerance?
And althought measurements were more standardized than they used to be, it's important to note that tire measurements aren't entirely accurate. It used to be quite popular for manufacturers to (for instance) sell 24mm or even 23mm tires as 25mm in order to claim they had the lightest tires of a certain size. (from the same Sheldon article which was linked to) I'm sure these kinds of shenanigans still go on to some extent.
May
3
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
Yeah, humidity is a killer. The average humidity in Montreal last summer was over 60 degrees, and it's not uncommon to have days with 90%-100% humidity in the summer. Which is why I recommend that most people should just bring a change of clothes to work. Since I started biking, I don't know why I didn't bring an extra shirt when riding the bus. It's impossible not to sweat in those conditions. Source for humidity information
May
2
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
You won't be able to do it without sweating. I live in Ottawa, which has a similar climate, and when the temperature is 35+ degrees, you can't even walk without sweating, let alone ride a bike. Wear proper biking attire and carry your work clothes in a rear pannier.
May
1
comment Is there anything I can do to prevent snakebites (pinch flats)?
Don't cram larger tubes in there. They are more likely to get caught between the bead and the rim. If you have 700/23 use tubes that state 700x18-700x23, or 700x20-700x25, or anything where the tube has 700x23 in the range, don't try to use 700x25-700x28 tubes.
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.