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Jan
29
comment What is this “recumbent” trainer?
It's made by Cinelli. Still looking for more info when I find time.
Jan
21
comment Anti-puncture options
@arne Some people insist on not reading the manual, or not reading carefully enough.
Jan
20
comment Anti-puncture options
I used to have trouble patching, until I realized the secret. You have to wait until the glue (rubber cement) is dry (about 5 minutes) before applying the patch to the tire. This is completely non-intuitive. Also, I recommend carrying a tube (or two) and replacing the tube when on the road, because it's much faster. Then you can patch the tire when you're at home and you have more time to let the glue set properly.
Jan
17
comment Out front attatchment for mobile phones/GPS
Something like the Topeak BarXtender might allow you to attach whatever mechanism you're using for your phone in centred in front of your handlebars.
Jan
16
comment How to reassemble a Shimano Alivio Shifter
You might want to take a look at the Shimano Tech Docs
Jan
15
comment How to nail clipping into race pedals without looking?
This is why I went with SPD (mountain) pedals, even though I have a road bike. SPD is so much easier to clip into, and with the pedals I picked, I can even ride quite well without being clipped in. Riding in a group, I wonder why casual riders would choose road pedals when they seem to be fumbling so much trying to get clipped in.
Jan
9
comment Suggestions for winter cycling glasses?
If you're happy with ski googles, they do sell ski goggles with clear lenses. They also sell googles with removeable lenses which can be switched out based on the conditions.
Jan
2
comment Lighter bike slower than a heavier bike, possible reasons?
Also, how are you measuring top speed and average speed. If using a speedometer, is it set up accurately (did both read the same distance at the end of the ride). Do a test with a stop-watch over a fixed course to eliminate errors in the speedometer from the equation. You can even record times at certain points in the ride (stopwatches often have a lap feature) to see which parts are slower than others.
Jan
2
comment Lighter bike slower than a heavier bike, possible reasons?
For gearing, count the number of teeth on the each of the front chainrings, and the number of teeth on the smallest cog in the back, as well as the number of teeth on the largest cog in the back. This will give us an idea of the range of gears available. The largest front with the smallest back gives the hardest/fastest gear, and the smallest front and largest in back gives the easiest/slowest gear.
Jan
2
comment Lighter bike slower than a heavier bike, possible reasons?
Any other differences in the bikes, like style of tire, suspension (exists and also how stiff it is), different gearing, rider position, etc. All these things can make a difference in bike performance. Also, have you checked that the brakes aren't dragging on the slower one?
Dec
31
comment Disc Brakes VS cantilever / V brakes
Depends on the quality of the brakes. Good quality cantilever/V brakes will be better than low quality disc brakes. Good quality rim brakes provide enough power to skid the wheels, so it's not really a question of whether or not the brakes are good enough. The big advantage of disc brakes is that their performance is less affected by mud and water. Whether or not that matters depends on your riding conditions.
Dec
20
comment How to ride under obstacles
There's always this technique, which may not work so well on trails, but could work in some situations.
Dec
17
comment Why can't the gear ratio be something like 100:1? Is it practically possible?
Still 10:1 is actually quite hard to achieve on a bike. For an 11 tooth cog, you'd need a 110 tooth chainring, which doesn't exist, and if it did, would probably hit the ground assuming a conventional bottom bracket height, or not have enough rigidity to operate properly.
Dec
17
comment What are the advantages of filling tires with Nitrogen instead of air?
Yeah, that's a pretty hard sell considering that the earth's atmosphere is already 78% nitrogen. You're much better off filling your tires to the proper pressure before each ride vs. having the incorrect pressure of nitrogen because of the time and cost constraints of going to the service center every time you want to top up your tires.
Dec
4
comment What is a good bike for college?
Probably not what you're looking for, so I'll just post as a comment. Have you considered a unicycle? They take a while to get the hang of, but I had a friend with one in university, and it has quite a few advantages. You can take it into class, take it on the bus/subway. Easily stored, even in a small apartment. Ride anywhere on campus (they are uncommon enough that most schools don't have rules against them), whereas with a bike there's often rules about where you can ride them, and many campuses are hard to navigate if you only stick to the roads. Also, a great conversation starter.
Nov
25
comment How to minimize wear on pants
Yeah, for those prices I'd rather just stick with my regular $10-$20 jeans and just replace them more often. I highly doubt these cycling specific jeans they would last 10 times as long.
Nov
15
comment How can a GPS with damaged screen be put to use?
Since it looks like it has physical buttons, you could probably get someone with the same GPS to figure out the key sequence needed to do the required functions such as reset trip recording, and save current trip. Then you could plug it into your computer (looks like it has USB) to view your trip information afterwards. It probably uses standard format that can be imported into Strava, MapMyRide, or Google Earth. It probably wouldn't be much use while riding without the screen, and you'd risk missing out on the recording if you pushed the wrong key sequence.
Nov
12
comment Do we really need another bike size?
I've seen a lot of local bike avoid this problem by specializing on a sub-market within the bike community. In my city there are stores that focus more on road/race bikes, others focus on urban/commuter bikes, and other that focus on mountain bikes. Not only does this allow them to carry more stock, but it allows their employees to be much more knowledgeable about the products they sell, because there's a smaller range of parts. It's also much more likely that the employees are interested in what they are selling.
Nov
11
comment Removing bike interfaces to reduce likelyhood of theft?
With V Brakes or Cantilevers , they already have quick release cables (only once sided with V Brakes). However, you'd probably have to use custom brake bosses in order to allow quick removal and re-assmbly of the brake arms.
Nov
8
comment Suitable remedy for chain damaged by bike shop
While it's not necessary to detach the chain, I could see it being done. To change out the bottom bracket, you need to remove the crank set. Once you remove the crank set, the chain will just hang down from the front derailleur. Removing the chain would stop it from getting it the way when trying to work. Definitely not necessary, but I could see it being convenient. And 7-8 speed chains don't have many problems with opening the links once in a while.