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Apr
11
comment Should I avoid sitting on top tube on my carbon bike?
In the position shown, not all of your weight goes on the top tube. Some is on your arms, and there is still one foot on the ground. So I don't think it would cause any damage.
Apr
10
comment Whats the difference between a cyclocross and cyclocross-commuter
They make "Gravel" bikes, which (as far as I'm aware) are cyclocross bikes with tires that work better on gravel. I think they realized that a lot of people were using cyclocross bikes for commuting since they have a road posture, but can accommodate racks, and decided to create a new market segment. Strictly speaking, a cyclocross bike has no need for racks, so a cyclocross commuter would probably be a cyclocross bike with braze-ons to accommodate racks.
Apr
10
comment Frame that takes 700x35
@Batman Yeah, I just stated smaller than average because it could be of some concern, going too fat like the Moonlander frame might create problems, as that only ships with a 36 tooth chainring, and doesn't look it has room for much bigger. The OP stated that the "only requisite" is that it can fit 700/35 tires, but I find that to be a little hard to believe that the only thing that matters is the tire size.
Apr
10
comment Frame that takes 700x35
Be careful with going with a frame that take tires that are too big, as it will affect how large chainrings you can put on the bike. The FFF bikes often have smaller than average chainrings from what I've seen. Most touring frames should be able to fit 700/35 tires, especially if you don't have a need for fenders, but even then, they should fit.
Apr
8
comment Why doesn't Shimano use shadow technology on road derailleurs?
Electronic shifters are a whole other level, and cost over $2000 from what I've seen. There's nothing inherently expensive about electronic shifting, so maybe it will come down to a reasonable price at some point, but for now it's out of the price range of all but the most dedicated cyclists.
Apr
8
comment Why and how much is riding big-chainring-frong small-cog-rear a negative practice?
Good point about accelerating in traffic. This goes for both too low and too high of a gear. If you are spinning at 120 RPM, you won't be able to accelerate to get out of a bad situation either.
Apr
7
comment Riding bicycle without using seat
A mountain bike should be comfortable with a decent seat. Is the saddle at the right height? Your knee should be slightly bent when your pedal is at the lowest position. You should NOT be able to touch both fee flat on the ground when you are on the seat. That kind of placement is fine for children and people just learning to ride, but it is not a very optimal position.
Apr
7
comment Riding bicycle without using seat
Define what you mean by "normal bike". Is it a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid bike, dutch bike, or some other style? I'm not sure if you'll experience many problems, but standing is much less efficient than sitting. You'll be able to go much further and get less tired if you can find a seat/bike combination that is comfortable to you.
Apr
7
comment Why and how much is riding big-chainring-frong small-cog-rear a negative practice?
@DanielRHicks How did you work that out? Using the Sheldon Brown Gear Calculator, I got around 30 km/h for the speed at 60 RPM. I Tried with a variety of tire sizes, and they all ended up close to 30 km/h, which is stated as the rider's average speed.
Apr
7
comment How do you install a bicycle pedal without a wrench?
@Aaron - I was going to mention this. Also, I would check for damage or wear on the threads, both on the crank arm and the pedal, as pedals shouldn't loosen themselves.
Apr
7
comment Can Garmin Edge 500/510 and 800/810 be charged while riding?
@ChrisH Boot time is about a minute depending on signal and how many maps you have. You'll lose more time than that changing batteries, as the mount and battery compartment pretty much require you dismount to change batteries. You'll get more life out of alkalines. You might want to experiment with different types of batteries. One guy in this thread states he gets 32 hours from disposable lithium AAs. Lithium are also lighter than alkaline, which is always a plus for cycling. I always us NiMH as my rides aren't that long.
Apr
3
comment Best cycle to work provider?
@ChrisH - Exactly, make it not only about commuting, but bikes in general. Sure, some people wouldn't use them for commuting, but the more people that have bikes the higher likelyhood that they would use them for commuting. Maybe some people don't want to commute but would rather just use it one the weekends and evenings for recreation.That wouldn't be such a bad thing. Personally, I don't think making bikes more affordable will get more people commuting, because bikes are already very affordable anyway. So if people wanted to commute by bike, the price of the bike isn't what's stopping them.
Apr
3
comment Best cycle to work provider?
I'm sure if you went to you local bike store and told them you wanted to order 20-30 bikes, they would not hesitate to give you some kind of deal. If they don't, take your business to the next guy. The savings won't be as good as with the other programs, but the employees will own the bikes outright, and it will be a much easier system to manage. It can't hurt to try a few shops to see what kind of reaction you get.
Apr
3
comment Best cycle to work provider?
There has to be easier ways to help employees purchase a bike. I know when I was a kid, my step-father's employer had a deal where they could purchase a computer through their work. They got a great deal on the computers because they made such a large order, and they worked it out so the employees were able to pay it off with a small monthly deduction on their paycheque. I'm sure something could be done for bicycles. Talk to the employees and see how much demand there is for bikes, then talk to your local bike shop to determine what kind of discounts you could obtain on a large order.
Apr
2
comment What should I look for when buying a bike from an auction?
I commuted on a hybrid with Altus components for 7 years, and got at least 12000 km out of the drive train without replacing a single part. You don't need to have Deore level components if you are commuting short (less than 10km) distances. Also, when looking at department store bikes, it's important to note that thick tubes doesn't always mean aluminum, as the manufacturers of department store bikes seem to have no problem producing 45 lbs. frames really big steel tubes. An older steel road bike with thin steel tubes will be much better than a new department store bike which is aluminium.
Mar
31
comment Is it a good idea to switch to hub gear?
The cross check has semi-horizontal drop-outs (google that term to see pictures) which allows an IGH to be used without a chain tensioner. The bike in your link has horizontal/track drop outs which provides the same functionality as the dropouts on the cross-check.
Mar
31
comment How to compare old road bikes
Yeah, might be better if you ask how to determine prices in general, based on age of the bike, and the original selling prices, and what other factors can affect the price of the bike. Look for similar bikes in classifieds (online and print) in your area, to determine what other people are asking. The price one can get for a bike often depends on how much biking happens in your area, as this affects supply and demand.
Mar
30
comment Bike for mixed use
I recommend touring and cyclocross bikes for mixed use because they also have the ability to add racks and wider tires, while at the same time having drop bars which I believe are much better suited to long rides, and don't require you to add bar ends and ergonomic grips to compensate for lack of hand positions on standard flat bars. They are also generally more upright than road bikes, which is more comfortable for people who aren't into road racing.
Mar
28
comment Magnetic trainer failure
@DanielRHicks. Yeah, my fluid trainer (Cyclops Fluid2) has no resistence settings. If you want to change the resistance, you use the gears on your bike. Wouldn't be great for a single speed bike, but works great on my bike.
Mar
28
comment Magnetic trainer failure
Other trainers do a better job at limiting the maximum speed. Looking at the numbers here, you'll see that many trainers increase the resistance linearly with speed, which means it would be quite easy to go overspeed, while others look to increase exponentially with speed, which would very much limit the maximum speed you could obtain.