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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.
Oct
15
comment Non Removable Presta Extension
@DanielRHicks Yeah, I think that some bike shops don't like to stock 50 different combinations of valve lengths, tube material (latex vs butyl), width, and circumference, so it's easier just buy the longer lengths, which will theoretically work for all rim depths. In reality, the longer valves have a tendency to break when used with normal depth rims combined with hoseless frame pumps.
Oct
11
comment Is it possible to change a Shimano FC131 crankset's chainrings?
By "clear a 48t ring" he means that it's likely the larger chainring will not fit as the chainstays will interfere with it. It's possible that it may fit as 48 tooth isn't huge but it's something you have to be aware of. Also, you'll need a new chain as it will need to be longer,and you'll have to check if you rear derailleur has the capacity for the extra chain slack.
Oct
9
comment Do good tires lessen the chances of your innertube bursting?
fwiw, I don't think you need to go all out and get Gatorskins or Marathon Plus. Sure, they'll protect against punctures, but they are also heavy and provide a harsh ride. I was due for new tires and decided to splurge on Continental GP4000S II, and I haven't had any punctures in the 2 months I've had them. They provide good protection while still being light and giving a good ride. I think that most high quality tires that aren't made super thin for racing will give decent puncture protection. The cheap ones and the stock ones from BSOs are the ones to watch out for.
Oct
9
comment How much should the front wheel flex
You should check to see if the rim flex is also resulting in causing your brake pads to rub.
Oct
8
comment I want to start riding a road Bike. Is it a big difference if I buy a generic one?
A quick google for Gravity Liberty 1 leads to some interesting information. The Gravity Labelled "Sora" only has a Sora derailleur. The shifters, which are generally the most expensive part of the groupset are "Microshift" brand, not Shimano. Also, the Sora equipment they are using is 8 speed, which is not from the current model year. The current Sora is 9 speed. In short it's important to look at and compare every component so you know exactly what you are getting. Just having the word Sora doesn't mean the entire groupset is Sora.
Oct
1
comment Reversing Drop Bars
Those look like special bars. I don't think I've ever seen a drop bar that curves back in like that at the bottom (which is on the top in this setup).
Oct
1
comment The best way to deal with/prevent punctures on tubular tyres
I've tried products like that and I'm pretty sure they can only be used on clichers. Not tubulars as the question is referring to.
Sep
30
comment Does it matter where you buy the bike?
@GaryE What constitutes a "fitting" can also vary from store to store. Some will get you to sit on the bike and ride around, look at how your body fits the bike, and, move the seat up and down a bit and call it a day. Others will use computers and lasers to make sure everything is adjusted down to the millimeter. Swapping out stems and other parts to ensure everything is just so. Also, some places may offer different services for differnt bikes. Full fitting if you buy Di2 or Ultegra, but not if you're buying something with Acera components.
Sep
29
comment If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?
You may be able to adjust the low limit screw far enough that you can get it to stay in the second or third gear.
Sep
23
comment Tips for having partner drive support.
@Batman On any such highway where cyclists would want to travel, it would probable be fine for a car to also travel at cycling speeds, provided it was easily visible to other motorists and either had it's hazard lights on, or a slow moving vehicle emblem