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Sep
23
comment Tips for having partner drive support.
Good answer, however in the case where there is only a single driver and a few riders, I think it might be better for the car to always be ahead of the riders. If the car breaks down (or gets in an accident), the riders will eventually catch up and they can figure out how to continue. If the car departed after the riders, and then broke down before it caught them, it might be some time before the riders realized this. They would then have to turn around and ride back to meet the car.
Sep
22
comment Is there a way to merge tracks within a GPX file?
You can get custom maps for Garmin devices from the OpenStreetMap data by going to this site. You can select a predefined area (states or provinces in US/CA, or entire countries elsewhere) or select individual sections if you just want to get your city and surrounding area.
Sep
19
comment Hill riding: What gears are usually the most comfortable?
Don't forget that moving to a larger cog in the back will increase the difference in the number of teeth between adjacent cogs. This will make it harder to find a gear which gives you ideal cadence when you aren't in the easiest gear, which will be most of the time I would think. Ideally, you would have only a single tooth difference between each gear on the cassette so that you could always find the optimal cadence. But then you likely wouldn't have enough range and the hills would be too hard or you would spin out on the flats or downhills.
Sep
15
comment youth racing. 11 speed 16 up cassette
Reading up junior gearing it seems that the ratio is limited. couldn't you use a conventional cassette and just use a smaller chainring to limit the gearing
Sep
9
comment Got two bikes, one of them is more exhausting to ride, what can it be?
Is there any difference in tire tread between the two bikes? Are the tires properly inflated on both? Is there a significant difference in weight between the bikes? 3x6 gears sounds like a pretty low end bike. How old is it, and what brand is it? Is the slow one from Walmart? Did you check to make sure the brakes aren't rubbing?
Sep
9
comment Will bending the seat post two inches forward cause any unforeseen structural issues?
You may have more luck getting a lay-back seatpost and installing it the wrong way around.
Sep
8
comment How To Choose A Proper Sprocket Combination For A Road Bike Cassette?
I've been thinking lately that with 11 speed cassettes, that it would make sense to have a cassette that's 11-21 (or 11-23), and then have a triple crankset with something like 52-39-30. You would have very fine selection of gears, while having a very wide range of gears. I kind of think that doubles and compacts are optimized for the pros, where they will be changing cassettes and chainrings based on the conditions, but aren't great for the recreational rider who is always going to be using the same equipment. I think the added weight can easily be offset by the increase in efficiency.
Sep
7
comment Where can I get U.S. size 15B SPD clipless shoes?
According to this page, that would be a size 50 in European, which is what most cycling shows are sized in.
Sep
7
comment Old bike - what can I use for crank replacement?
You don't need a cottered crank press if you don't care about reusing the old crankset. A hammer will work just as well to get those pins out.
Sep
4
comment What bike is better 2010 Trek FX 7.5 or 2015 Trek FX 7.2?
It's a little hard to find the specs for the old bikes, here's a link. I couldn't actually find out how to navigate there from the home page, but I was able to get there with a Google search.
Aug
29
comment What's the quickest “boost food” whilst riding in a fast bunch?
Perhaps you should change some of the wording. For most people, "energy drink" would refer to something like Red Bull or Monster. A better word to use might be "Sports Drink" or "Electrolyte Drink" which most people would associate with Gatorade, Powerade, or Cytomax. As far as the caffeine recommendation, it doesn't give you energy. It can put your body into a state where it uses more energy, but if that energy isn't there, it isn't going to help much. Might even cause further problems because your body will be using exta energy for non-cycling related functions.
Aug
28
comment Cleaning Carbon Black off a Bicycle
Car wheel cleaner would be great for brake dust from a car. Cars use disc brakes with ceramic or steel pads on a steel rotor. The brake dust that the OP is talking about is carbon black from rubber brake pads. These are completely different materials. Also, I would hesitate to use car wheel cleaner on my rims as it may affect the braking performance and the pads as the cleaner will get transferred to the pads.
Aug
25
comment Minimizing the pain in Biceps and Shoulders due to Mountain Cycling or Offroad cycling
Are you using a road bike or mountain bike when going offroad? Does the bike have front or read suspension? The make and model or the bike or a picture could help.
Aug
21
comment What differs between the Cervelo S5 and S5VWD
@PeteH Personally, I think the $100 water bottle cage is the pinnacle of charging what they can get away with. Especially considering a $5 plastic bottle cage will probably weigh about the same, maybe with an additional 5-10 grams.
Aug
21
comment What differs between the Cervelo S5 and S5VWD
So, let me get this straight, they use less material, are are able to charge $2000 (57%) more? The frames are basically the same identical shape, so the work to create either one should be about the same. People sure will pay a lot for a little bit of weight savings.
Aug
20
comment What are the disadvantages of wearing an aero helmet?
I'm not sure if it applies to bicycle helmets, but the Kamm effect shows that you don't actually need a complete teardrop shape to get almost all the advantages of having a teardrop shape.
Aug
12
comment 90 mile round trip work commute
Personally, I wouldn't want to commute 45 miles each way to/from work by any means of transportation, unless perhaps there was a helicopter or door-to-door high speed train (100 miles/hour) option. It would just be too much of a time sink. It would be nice to have the option to spend 4 hours a day biking, but doing it on the same route every day to get to work would become quite a chore.
Aug
8
comment Garmin Edge Touring can't do car, walking, or straight-line routing directions?
Sorry for the confusion. I don't have the device so it's hard to know what would work. But the manual says you can adjust the "transportation method" so I assumed that this would allow you to select car, cycling, or walking. The manual doesn't go into detail on the options available for transportation modes.
Aug
8
comment Garmin Edge Touring can't do car, walking, or straight-line routing directions?
The manual says you can do turn-by-turn navigation using the "Where To" feature on the home screen. It also says you can adjust your transportation mode under Home - Tools (Wrench and screwdriver icon) - Routing Options and configure the Routing mode. See the "Customizing your device" section.
Aug
8
comment Garmin Edge Touring can't do car, walking, or straight-line routing directions?
It's interesting because the Garmin Edge Touring page says that it does do turn-by-turn navigation. Do you have an older model? Is there a software update you are missing? I would call out Garmin for false advertising on that one if you have the same model I linked to.