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Jan
11
comment Fixed gear wheel hard to spin
Don't worry. You're not a sissy. Using brakes means you can use a manly gear ratio. If you ask me, the people riding around without brakes are the sissies with their small gear ratios. :) Unless you use a really weak gear ratio and brakes. Then you are truly a sissy.
Jan
11
comment How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
If you have some basic carpentry skills and some tools, it might not be difficult to build a small shed out of plywood/MDF for a lot less than they charge for the prebuilt ones.
Jan
11
comment How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
Looks like a good solution, but I wonder how you would secure the bike when it's in the tent. Since it fully encloses the bike, you couldn't lock it to anything, and the tent is only secured by a zipper. I guess if you have an enclosed yard with a high enough fence it would work.
Jan
10
comment Do all stems have the same stack height for the steerer tube clamp?
I think by "height" the original poster is referring to the "height" of the part that clamps to the steerer. Also worth mentioning is that there are 2 diameters to measure. The steerer diameter, and the bar diameter.
Jan
9
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
@PeteH If you look at the comparison chart, you'll see that they display the lumens and runtime at each power level. For instance, the Lumia 650 on medium outputs 400 lumens on medium, and has run time of 3 hours, which seems to be the specs you are looking for. The advantage is that you can up the power to high when you need it if you know you aren't going to be out for too long.
Jan
9
comment Which puncture-resistant tires?
Yeah, I don't agree with this at all. Either you've never ridden puncture resistant tires, didn't keep them inflated properly, or ride on pristine roads (in which case you don't need them). Sure things like nails are almost always going to go through (although even in my experience I've seen good puncture resistant tires prevent flats in situations where I'm pretty sure cheaper tires would have failed me, but they stop a lot of smaller (and more common) things like glass shards and car accident debris.
Jan
8
comment V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?
@jimirings After doing a little bit of reading, I agree with you. I think the confusion is due to the fact that V-Brakes are technically called "direct-pull cantilever brakes", with V-Brakes being a trademark of Shimano. Some people probably think of V-Brakes when referring to traditional cantilever brakes.
Jan
8
comment V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?
I have cantilever brakes on my touring bike, which has integrated drop bar shifters. I think the pull ratio is the same for v-brakes and cantilevers. Also see the first comment of this answer for a couple models of brakes that support v-brakes (bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/4380/163). although another comment on the same one says that cantis use the same pull ratio as calipers.
Jan
8
comment Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution
For my specific setup, I don't see how it would be possible to route the front derailleur cable along the top tube. As it currently stands, it goes through the down tube under the bottom bracket, and pulls down on the mechanism. I don't think it would be possible for the cable to pull down on the mechanism if it was routed along the top tube.
Jan
7
comment What is a wireless crankset?
Well, to be more accurate, just about all cranksets are wireless. This one just happens to contain a powermeter, which is also wireless. I'm guessing that there may be some cranksets that have power meters that aren't wireless, although I'm not sure how they would be wired without the wiring interfering with the spinning of the cranks.
Jan
5
comment Small non-folding bike
I think you wouldn't gain much by having a small, non folding bike. The Brompton has a wheel base (measured hub to hub) of 1045 mm. A Trek Distict S (chosen because its was easy to find the info) has a wheelbase of around 1044mm. This is almost exactly the same. Any bike is going to need some minimum wheelbase in order to make it easy to control, and not feel to cramped when riding. You'll save a few inches on either end due to smaller wheels, but you'll have to decide if its worth the trouble and price of a specialty bike.
Jan
4
comment Small non-folding bike
@DanielRHicks Yeah, the biggest problem that I see is the 35 inch standover height. The pivoting back wheel is just gimmicky and makes it hard to ride. They should do away with that completely. The price could be brought down if thye just put rim brakes on it. Plus, the direct drive makes it really slow. They have an internally geared hub version to allow you to go faster, but that kind of removes the "simple" aspect which was their original goal. If you want a simple bike, you'd be better off with a standard fixie/single speed.
Jan
3
comment What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?
I think the wheels are always the same size because there's too many things that must change along with the wheels. When the wheel/rim size changes, the tire, tube, spokes, forks, stays and probably a couple other things I'm forgetting need to change along with them. You can get a lot of variation in frame size while leaving the wheels the same size. It only becomes a problem in very small bikes where you start to have the toe contact the front tire when turning. On the smaller bikes you'll sometimes see 650c wheels, but even those are uncommon, as its a tradeoff for less tire selection.
Jan
3
comment What would cause variable air resistance on a day with no wind?
I often find that days which are little wet, that I actually seem to be going faster. Not so wet that I'm riding through puddles, but just wet enough so all the pits are filled with water. My guess is that the water fills in the very small holes in the road, which makes even older roads feel like new asphalt.
Jan
3
comment How should I train for a century while still commuting by bike to work?
Do you have extra time where you can take the long way to or from work? This might help you get more consecutive miles on your bike.
Jan
2
comment What is it called when you ride a bmx like a unicycle?
Giving you an upvote, seems like "pedalling death truck" is a common name for it. Another term used is "Blender". I've incorporated this into my answer.
Jan
2
comment Hydraulic Vs. Mechanical disc brakes
@mattnz That website, it hurts my eyes.
Jan
2
comment Is there a certain size tube for my tyres?
Also, there is often some overlap in tube sizes. Common sizes are 18-23c and 23-35c. You can use either one of those with a 23c tire, but the larger (23-25c) will probably be heavier, and will be streched less, which may give it a little more puncture protection. Although most of the puncture protection should come from the tire. I've also seen 700xanything tubes, but I don't really understand how that works with everything from 23-38. Of course larger and small sizes exist, but those ones seem to be the most common for bikes that aren't on a track.
Jan
2
comment What is it called when you ride a bmx like a unicycle?
It would probably be quite difficult on a BMX as most (all?) BMXs aren't fixed gear. In artistic cycling, bikes are always fixed gear and this position allows you to control it pretty much like a unicycle.
Dec
30
comment What is it called when you ride a bmx like a unicycle?
You don't need a BMX to do that. This trick has probably been around since before BMXs existed. Any name is most likely something that's been created after the fact, and most people who did it first probably just called it riding a bike like a unicycle. Anyway, check out Quicksilver for an early example (1986). youtube.com/watch?v=uIwMGkqa6Sw