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Sep
23
comment The new Copenhagen wheel - a worthwhile investment?
Not really on topic as it's basically a product recommendation and opinion based. However, personally I think the copenhagen wheel and other electric bike technologies add a lot more complication without giving huge advantages. Current laws in many countries require that electric power cut out around 30 km/h, which is pretty close to how fast I go without a complicated battery and electric motor. The added cost, does not provide a significant amount of benefit.
Sep
23
comment New D-lock failed locked up
You can get carbide grit hacksaw blades. It will take a little time and elbow grease, but it should do the job. Probably one of the cheaper options if you don't already have a tool to do the job. One review said it took an hour for a 12 mm u-lock. They also have similar blades for jigsaws and reciprocating saws if you have access to that.
Sep
22
comment Label the bike parts
@Batman Nevermind my comment, I just saw your edit.
Sep
22
comment Label the bike parts
@Batman If only there was a way to get it to always show up as the top answer. Perhaps It should be edited into the question itself.
Sep
22
comment Label the bike parts
The terminology index is a good start, but doesn't have one all encompassing diagram, as far as I could find. Here's a diagram with the majority of the parts labeled.
Sep
22
comment How to fix precession in pedal axle?
Check if your city has a bike co-op where you can use the tools. If you have one, they will most likely already have the tools you need.
Sep
21
comment Tire Tread Worn out Very Fast
Both tires or just the back? What type of brakes are on the bike?
Sep
21
comment Anti-aero resistance training jerseys?
A little bit on the pricey side, but there are hubs designed to specifically slow down your bike. Would be an interesting tool if it wasn't so ridiculously expensive. Looks like their official website is now parked, which means you probably can't get them.
Sep
18
comment How much play in a spring suspension fork is normal or safe?
From what I can gather this one is suspension corrected to 100mm. There should be affordable options if you shop around.
Sep
18
comment How do I make my bicycle as ugly as possible without affecting the riding qualities?
Some paints may be better than others for making your bike look ugly.
Sep
17
comment How much play in a spring suspension fork is normal or safe?
As an aside, you can get a rigid fork that works on bikes designed for suspension. Just ensure you get a "suspension corrected" fork. It must be "corrected" to the travel on the fork you originally had.
Sep
17
comment Can the top tube on a mens bike be cut off?
Yeah, the diamond frame (double triangle) is a very strong design that minimizes weight while still remaining relatively strong for an affordable price. It's similar to the way many bridges are constructed. You can find alternative bike designs, but they generally made for very specific uses such as when things like aerodynamics is more important than weight, price, or strength.
Sep
16
comment Pros and cons of gears in bottom bracket vs. rear hub?
@gerrit I think that a range of 526 is enough for standard diamond frame bikes, but that you may have to put a different sized chainring on to account for different riding conditions. If you look at the gear comparison you'll see that it has an equivalent range to a bike with a 12-34 cassette and 44-32-24 chainrings. If you know you are going to be carrying a big load, just put a smaller chainring on for those rides. Almost no derraileur setup is going to have significantly more range.
Sep
15
comment Pros and cons of gears in bottom bracket vs. rear hub?
An alternative point of view is that the Rohloff hub can be switched between frames. If you picked the right rim, and found bikes with compatible hub widths, you could own a mountain bike and road bike that both utilized the same rear hub.
Sep
14
comment What non-metric fastener heads are left on a standard bicycle?
@DanielRHicks Using a peg board assumes you don't have a wrench bag
Sep
14
comment What non-metric fastener heads are left on a standard bicycle?
Not really metric vs non-metric, but the phillips or flat heads on derailleur adjustment screws always struck me as odd. Some V-brakes also use them for spring tension adjustment. Mine use hex keys, but I've seen a few that use phillips head screwdrivers. Also, @DanielRHicks, I find that adjustable wrenches, while they work, are really not ideal. I find that I'm constantly loosening them to get them on the nut, and then tightening them to make sure they aren't too loose. With a proper sized crescent wrenche, the job goes much faster.
Sep
14
comment Which is better for endurance riding - carbon or aluminum? Or does it really even matter?
Assuming price is a concern, you can often get a lighter aluminum bike than a carbon. A really light carbon frame might come in a 1.5 pounds. A standard aluminum bike would probably be around 3.5 pounds. So the frame is 2 pounds lighter. But the entire bike will weight 15-20 pounds. You could probably get an aluminum bike spec'ed with Ultegra for a similar price as a Carbon bike spec'ed with Tiagra components, and the Ultegra-Aluminium bike would most likely be lighter, and better performing than the Tiagra-Carbon bike.
Sep
11
comment How much maximum force can be applied by fingers on the brake lever?
I guess it depends on how strong your grip is. A strong man would have much more grip strength compared to a small woman, on average. Hand brakes on bikes for small children (5 and under) are next to useless because they lack the hand strength to operate the brake effectively.
Sep
10
comment Shimano Claris vs 105?
@MMG A lot of people might not have retained the receipt from a bike they purchased. Some people may have bought the bike second hand and never got a receipt. I don't think there's any way I could prove that I actually own my bike. Perhaps meet the buyer at the local bike store where I bought it. I'm known by a few of the staff and I'm sure they would vouch for me. I'm not so sure a receipt would matter much anyway, as somebody skilled on a computer could print up a receipt that looked reasonably legitimate anyway.
Sep
10
comment What is the spacing for trek 1.1?
You're right, I should have typed 4mm rather than 5mm. Looking at the standard spacings it seems that all the spacings used are 4 or 5 mm apart at minimum. Still, a ruler should suffice for any measurements of the hub.