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Mar
31
comment Is it a good idea to switch to hub gear?
The cross check has semi-horizontal drop-outs (google that term to see pictures) which allows an IGH to be used without a chain tensioner. The bike in your link has horizontal/track drop outs which provides the same functionality as the dropouts on the cross-check.
Mar
31
comment How to compare old road bikes
Yeah, might be better if you ask how to determine prices in general, based on age of the bike, and the original selling prices, and what other factors can affect the price of the bike. Look for similar bikes in classifieds (online and print) in your area, to determine what other people are asking. The price one can get for a bike often depends on how much biking happens in your area, as this affects supply and demand.
Mar
30
comment Bike for mixed use
I recommend touring and cyclocross bikes for mixed use because they also have the ability to add racks and wider tires, while at the same time having drop bars which I believe are much better suited to long rides, and don't require you to add bar ends and ergonomic grips to compensate for lack of hand positions on standard flat bars. They are also generally more upright than road bikes, which is more comfortable for people who aren't into road racing.
Mar
28
comment Magnetic trainer failure
@DanielRHicks. Yeah, my fluid trainer (Cyclops Fluid2) has no resistence settings. If you want to change the resistance, you use the gears on your bike. Wouldn't be great for a single speed bike, but works great on my bike.
Mar
28
comment Magnetic trainer failure
Other trainers do a better job at limiting the maximum speed. Looking at the numbers here, you'll see that many trainers increase the resistance linearly with speed, which means it would be quite easy to go overspeed, while others look to increase exponentially with speed, which would very much limit the maximum speed you could obtain.
Mar
28
comment Can I change chainring size on a dirt jump bike?
I'll give you the clearance factor, which is important on a BMX, but according to the article, the weight savings is negligible, and completely overshadowed by the savings in chain friction.
Mar
28
comment Do Miche bottom brackets require a special tool, or is this one damaged?
Could be a manufacturing defect. Take it back to the store and have them compare it with other bottom brackets from the same manufacturer. I bought an English bottom bracket last year where the drive side cup was Italian sized, and was therefore too big to fit in. Turns out they got a whole batch of bottom brackets with the same problem. They were able to give me a properly sized bottom bracket once they found a box with that had a correctly sized one in it. I'm sure the shop wouldn't mind helping you out on this, as long as you are polite and try no to make it seem like it's their fault.
Mar
28
comment Can I change chainring size on a dirt jump bike?
Yeah, reading up on it, you can get 8 tooth cogs for BMX bikes, which pretty much makes up for the difference in tire size between a road bike (where the smallest cog is 11 tooth) and a BMX. However it's important to note that using large gears is more efficient than using small gears, even if they end up at the same ratio.
Mar
25
comment Have you built your own components?
Making bikes out of wood (in whole in in part) seems to be a big thing lately. Personally, I don't see them as desirable, but there's a lot of people doing it. Google around for wood bikes and you'll probably find plenty of inspiration.
Mar
22
comment how to adjust the derailer - apart from the L/H limiting screws
Gear cables should last longer than a year. My first adult bike had over 12000 km on it before I retired it, never once needed to change gear cables, and I rode it in all kinds of weather. Might be more needed on a mountain bike that gets a lot of dirt on it, but you should get quite a bit of mileage out of them.
Mar
21
comment Modifying Brake Cable to Fit?
My vice grips have a small cutter on the innermost part of the jaw. Set the vice grips to the smallest setting, and they work great for cutting brake cables.
Mar
20
comment If a lane is going to expand should the left lane be taken prior to the expansion?
I really agree with this. I see too many cyclists get all in a huff that cars wouldn't let them in, and they were unable to make a left turn. Some times it's just easier to just bike/walk straight through, and then set yourself up to go straight when the light changes. It might take an extra minute while you wait for the light to change, but in some instances it might even be quicker. If the advanced left green has already finished, you often still have time too go straight through, in time to adjust your positioning so you can go straight on in the other direction.
Mar
20
comment why does the lemond revolution turbo trainer quote its volume of air resistance in meter^2 and not per second cubed?
m/s^2 is the base unit for acceleration, so perhaps it is because the resistance (measured in newtons), varies as a function of the acceleration which you put into the pedals/trainer.
Mar
18
comment Bottom bracket removal, what is this part?
There are also more desctructive ways of removing it if you are just replacing, and you can't find other methods to get it out.
Mar
17
comment Backpack size - 10L vs 14L
Can't speak about those packs specifically, but I find that you really have to hold a pack in your hands to know how big it is, and preferably try to pack the things you want to pack. Some have many small compartments making things easier to find and to stop things from jostling around, but harder to fit in large items. Other packs are the opposite where you have 1 large pocket which allows you to pack large items, but everything gets lost inside.
Mar
17
comment Why do some triathlon seatposts go straight up and down instead of at an angle?
There's a difference between your animated gif and the pictures the OP posted. In your gif, it seems like the seat post (and resulting seat position) is actually quite far forward, whereas in the question, it seems like the seat ends up in more or less the same location on both bikes. It seems like in the question, the bike has been designed to optimize for air flow, while still putting the seat in the same place.
Mar
14
comment Best 9 speed cassette for fast & flat
You might want to go with a cassette with very fine spacing, like a 12-23, and then change your front chainring for a smaller one so that it's the equal to having a 15 on the back with the chainring you have now.
Mar
13
comment Knowing what bicycle frame material I have
The sad state of affairs is that cheap department store bikes often have large tubes and are made of "steel". Presumably this is because the steel is such low grade that they require large tubes, or because the manufacturer thought it would make the bike "look cool". The result of this is that my kids have BMX style bikes with 16 inch wheels that close to as much as my old full size road bike which is also made of steel.
Mar
13
comment Cyclocross Rim Wearing with Rim Brakes and appropriate Solutions
Option 1 and 2 both require new equipment. If you're going to buy new equipment, you could also replace the front fork and hub and install a disk brake. At least that's one less rim to worry about wearing down.
Mar
10
comment Sheldon Brown's writing?
@CareyGregory While some of it is still being updated, some of it has fallen out of date. For instance, looking at the tire sizing page, it says nothing about 650b size tires now being somewhat popular on mountain bikes, only that it was used on "some older Raleigh and Schwinn mountain bikes". His pages also say very little about 11 speed cassettes, even though they are becoming more popular, and probably aren't going to disappear. Those are just a couple small examples, but I'm sure there's many more instances.