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Apr
2
comment How to align rear v brakes
The spring tension can also be uneven. If it's always rubbing on the same side, try loosening that side, or tightening the other side.
Apr
1
comment how much of a difference does bike weight make when trying to maximize the bike's top speed?
He's kind of right. On flat surfaces, the weight of the bike doesn't make a huge difference. However the point of a single speed bike is that it has a lot fewer parts than a regular road bike, and therefore should weigh less. A single speed has the disadvantage that you'll almost never be in an optimum gear, so it should make up for that in other areas, such as being lighter. They are also easier to maintain, however I would still be wary of a single speed bike that is heavy, as they probably use low quality components.
Apr
1
comment Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?
The page I linked to shows some options but I think they all require drilling. It might be advisable to return them if that's not a really expensive option. Perhaps post another question to see what kind of response others can give you.
Mar
30
comment Exposed cord on bike tire - replace?
Those tires aren't really low quality (judging by how they are priced) and I'm surprised to see this kind of wear after such short mileage. I almost wonder if you rode through something that ate away at the rubber. I had really cheap Kenda tires that came with a hybrid bike that lasted for years and probably at least 5000 km.
Mar
29
comment 1st road bike; wary of no-name parts?
I'd be hesitant about purchasing my first bike (or any bike) online. Fit is quite important and hard to determine from just looking at numbers.
Mar
26
comment Can there be a stack exchange for casual, rural bike riding and remote touring free of the fanaticism of professional bike riders?
I also think it's interesting that you feel we are "professionals" While I'm sure there are a few people who are racers, the feeling that I get is that a lot of people here (most likely the majority) are quite casual, and really just ride for fun or transportation.
Mar
26
comment Can there be a stack exchange for casual, rural bike riding and remote touring free of the fanaticism of professional bike riders?
I'm using quite a bite of restraint to avoid writing a novel about how I really don't understand where this is coming from. You've asked 1 question and already you want to create an entire new site? The simple answer is, the product you're looking for doesn't exist. Remember to lock up your bike and be responsible for your own property. There are plenty of quality locks that will provide very good security. But you actually have to use them. If you leave your garage open and unlocked, don't be surprised if your bicycle, lawnmower, or various other things go missing.
Mar
25
comment Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments
When dealing with multi-thousand dollar bikes, you are probably right to use this logic. If you can't get good bike storage at work, it's best to get a bike just for commuting that you don't mind being stolen. Depending on your budget that could be a $50 bike, a $200 bike, or a $1000 bike. You have to make this decision based on how often bikes get stolen in your area and how much you can afford to replace in the case where it does get stolen.
Mar
25
comment What variables are considered when determining wheel size and how do they affect these variables?
I would say that for the most part, 700 (ISO 622) is "the standard" for road race bikes. You'll very rarely see 650 (ISO 571) tires on the smallest of road bike frames, but very few manufactures offer this, even on women specific frames. Basically every road (race style) bike will use 700c tires. 650 is more common in time trials and triathlons, but I would qualify that as a different kind of bike.
Mar
23
comment How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?
The suggested retail price of the lowest end CrossRip is $989. You could probably find it for cheaper if you shopped around, but still not what I would consider a sub-$1000 bike. I guess the problem with drop bars is that they all have integrated shifters, which brings the price up a bit compared to flat bar bikes.
Mar
23
comment How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?
I second the recommendation for a touring bike. Road bikes (and to some extent, cyclocross) are optimized for racing. Which means they leave out a lot of things that would be useful for commuting. Things like rack mounts and room for fenders and wide tires are must haves for a commuting bike. The real downside is that most touring bikes are expensive, as they are built for people who put a lot of miles on their bike. But if you think if it as an investment, a touring bike will get you many years of commuting. It's just difficult for beginners to justify spending so much.
Mar
22
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
One of the big advantages of threaded is the huge selection in stem lengths and angles available. And the ability to switch the stem without unwrapping the bar tape.
Mar
22
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
How much force are you applying to get the stem to move independently of the fork? I can't imagine that you would encounter such a force except under crash conditions. Maybe you need a new stem bolt that won't strip out so easily.
Mar
17
comment guide to correctly assemble a Walmart bike
@whatsisname Maybe if you were starting off from absolutely no tools, but judging from the fact that the OP is a trained mechanic, he could probably get his hands on a few of the basics for free. The only really specialty tools you'd need to pretty much disassemble the entire bike is a crank puller, a bottom bracket tool, a freewheel remover, and a chain whip. You could probably get all those for under $50 if you weren't picky about quality. Also, you could find a bike co-op in your area and not have to buy any tools. Regardless, it's probably a bad idea to disassemble the entire bike.
Mar
16
comment guide to correctly assemble a Walmart bike
Not sure if you can find a manual for that specific bike, but it's probably not a good idea to disassemble the entire bike and reassemble it. This will require quite a few specialized tools that you probably don't own. It's probably best to adjust the parts that you know you are having problems with. The brakes and derailleur can be fixed with very basic tools (screwdriver or hex key) which most people will have or can acquire for a very small amount. Look around on this site and others to find information how to fix specific problems. As more specific questions if you can't find answers.
Mar
13
comment Can shimano di2 be programmed to be automatically readjust shifting for different hub/wheel types?
If anybody from Shimano is reading this, it would be nice if you could interface with the shifters from your phone. Even if it required a cable and a phone with USB OTG port, I'm sure it would be appreciated. Not that I think I will ever own di2, but I'm sure the people who bought it would like a feature like this.
Mar
11
comment How to convert a commuter CX bike to an Electric bike?
Also consider that what you're looking for might be difficult. The power required to overcome drag varies relative to the cube of the velocity. Take a look at this calculator. It takes 64 watts to travel at 20 km/h, 172 watts to travel at 30 km/h and 373 watts to travel at 40 km/h. It requires 108 extra watts to go from 20 to 30, but 199 extra watts to get from 30 to 40. Traveling at an average of 35 km/h is going to be quite difficult over that distance, even with a motor. average 40 km/h is approaching TdF speeds.
Mar
11
comment How to convert a commuter CX bike to an Electric bike?
Please look up the local laws in your area. Many places limit the speed of electric bicycles. In my area it's 32 km/h. The European Union Definition states a maximum of 25 km/h. If there's a lot of hills, you may still reduce your travel time as you'll be able to go faster up the hills, but if it's mostly flats you might not save time. You might be able to go a little above the max speed without drawing attention. Talk to other cyclists in your area to see how these laws are enforced, if at all.
Mar
11
comment Why should I prioritize top tube length over stand over height on a CX bike?
One thing to consider is that the reach can be changed using a shorter or longer stem. the stand over height cannot be changed. How much difference is there in stand over height and top tube length of the smaller frame size? Some bikes only come in 3 sizes, and there's quite a gap between them. You might have to get a ridiculously long stem for smaller size to fit. Other bikes have 5 or 6 different sizes in the same range with very little difference between 2 consecutive sizes.
Mar
9
comment Which dual-platform clipless pedals allow for the least amount of movement between the pedal and sneaker
Another model worth considering is the Shimano XT 780 Trekking model.