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Nov
5
comment Alternatives to ordinary fenders
To me, the idea of a brush that sweeps the water off has a couple problems, even if it does work. It will add resistance. If the resistance isn't high enough, then water won't be brushed away. If resistance is too high it will slow you down too much. They aren't that popular and I imagine you'd need to replace the brush quite often as its' going to be constantly worn away by your tire. There's going to be increased wear on your tires, how much, I'm not sure. And, they probably wouldn't work on anything that isn't a slick because it wouldn't get in all the grooves to get the water out.
Nov
4
comment Does riding bicycles reduce sperm count?
@Batman, There's an old meta question about whether medical advice questions are allowed. Seems we allow some and not others. I think this question could be answered with references along with a disclaimer along the lines of "If you're feeling numbness or pain in the area go see a doctor." The OP isn't asking about a medical condition they are having, but rather if it is know that cycling causes reduced sperm count. Some people on this site probably have more info on that than many general practitioners.
Nov
4
comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
Incase you need any help on the advice of @PeteH, see how to carry a concealed firearm on a bike
Nov
1
comment what make and model is this bike please?
It could be a custom build.
Oct
30
comment what should I do when single track gets narrow
Both riders should stop and dismount. Place one bike as close to the wall as possible. The other rider than takes his bike, and walks it around the other bike, carrying it if there is no room. If there is no room to do this safely, I would question whether you should be biking there in the first place.
Oct
30
comment what should I do when single track gets narrow
Make sure you bring a long stick with you.
Oct
29
comment What is the use of GPS/Elevation on Bike computers
Barometric measurements drift over long periods, but are quite accurate over short periods. My altimeter for my GPS will change by 1 meter if I move it 1 meter up or down. So it's great, as @alex pointed out, for telling you your instantaneous climbing speed and other important metrics while riding. It's also going to be pretty accurate telling you how much climbing you did on that hill you just spent 15 minutes climbing. It's not going to be completely accurate giving you the height above sea level you are currently standing at, even though that's technically what it's trying to tell you.
Oct
28
comment why do left shifters switch chainrings and right shifters cogs?
It is convention, and the convention differs on which country you are in. See this question
Oct
28
comment Decal or paint?
We used to make custom license numbers for snow machines when we were in high school using the vinyl cutter.
Oct
27
comment Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing
Well, you probably should be somewhat close. You don't want to have a 50 pound road bike in a race. Probably anything under 25 pounds is sufficient to be competitive. Just about any quality road bike will fall into that category. You can actually find bikes made of steel, aluminum, titanium, or carbon that are at the UCI weight limit of 15 pounds. You should choose the frame on other criteria such as budget, how well it fits, longevity of material, repairability and how cool it looks.
Oct
27
comment Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing
What @Batman says is quite true. Both carbon fibre and aluminum bikes can get quite close to the UCI weight limit of 15 pounds, and most of the weight is in the components and wheels, not in the frame of the bike. The frame and fork will only weight 4-5 pounds, and the rest of the stuff will take up the remaining 10-15 pounds.
Oct
27
comment Decal or paint?
@Batman, I would guess paint too, but I couldn't say for 100% certainty. For all I know, the picture could be a computer rendering. The same end result would be obtainable in both paint and decals. The only discernible difference would be the raised edge of the decal. If you wanted to achieve a similar effect on a frame you are making or refinishing, the decal would probably be the cheaper of the two options, especially if you could do the actual computer design part yourself.
Oct
27
comment Is it possible to have a cover over your chain,cassette,derailleur and cogs to avoid regular cleaning?
A cover over the chain would also make it more difficult and time consuming to change a flat. This is the whole reason we have quick release hubs. So that we can change tires quickly. For people who really care about low maintenance there are other solutions such as belt drives and internally geared hubs.
Oct
25
comment Can I replace only the smallest cog on my rear cassette?
Not sure about doing the swap, but you should be ok. The de facto answer is always that you most likely should be spinning faster. What is your cadence like when you are in the hardest gear? If you aren't going over 100 rpm you most likely don't need a bigger gear and just need to spin faster. 100 RPM at 50-12 will mean you are going 52 km/h, which is quite fast.
Oct
24
comment Have there been designs of bikes with stepless transmission?
Also, with only a single tooth difference between adjacent cogs, the gearing on most derailleur bikes is pretty close to stepless anyway. Sometimes I shift and the difference between the gears is so small that I feel as though I haven't shifted at all.
Oct
24
comment Just found a vintage Sears & Roebuck 'Ted Williams' Free Spirit 3 wheeler. Can I modernize it?
Try to elaborate more.
Oct
21
comment Chain vs chainless options
A chain is plenty durable and is repairable on the road. Bring a couple extra links, which you likely already have from shortening the chain you bought, and you can fix a chain easily. The same cannot be said for a belt or a shaft drive, although I guess you could bring a spare belt with you. The only advantage I see to a belt drive is the lack of grease. It seems no matter how careful I am, I always end up with grease on my bike clothes after a month or two.
Oct
20
comment Seatpost Overextension
What materials (carbon, aluminum, or steel) are the seat post and frame made from?
Oct
17
comment I need help planning my bike renovation!
If you're planning on using new parts, and replace the wheels, tires, bars, and seat, which is probably about the minimum you could get away with while making it look somewhat similar to the result bike, you would have spent at least $200. If you want to replace the crankset, pedals, and forks, you are probably getting close to what it would just cost to buy the bike new. I don't have much experience with swapping forks, but if you put a straight blade fork in, the bike geometry would change quite a bit as the rest of the frame wasn't designed for it and the tire might rub on the downtube.
Oct
15
comment How To Get Started With Hand Cycling
There are people with a single leg (due to amputation) that use regular bikes. It might be hard to resist the urge to push with the damaged leg, but with some practice it might not be too bad. Talk to your doctor/physiotherapist about it. It would definitely be cheaper than getting a handcycle, and even with the only the power of a single leg, you'd be able to go faster.