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May
15
comment How to prevent spiders from making webs on my bike?
I did a little searching, and some people have had success with things like peppermint oil, vinegar, or lemon pledge. All that would probably be somewhat safe to apply to your frame, but keep it away from braking surfaces and the drive train. Vinegar is mildly acidic so it might affect the metal, but probably not much if it's painted. Read this and do some other research on repelling spiders/insects.
May
15
comment My calf catches my derailleur when I pedal
Although the chaining turns with the crank arm so it wouldn't rub as much as the derailleur which is stationary.
May
15
comment My calf catches my derailleur when I pedal
Are you actually hitting the Derailleur, or is the cable sticking out and rubbing your leg? I tried on my way home today to make my calf come in contact, and there was probably close to 2 inches between my calf and the derailleur. Even with big calf it seems like it wouldn't be very likely for this to happen, and if it did, your leg would probably contact the chaining as well, as the derailleur only sticks out a very small amount beyond the top chaining.
May
13
comment Difference between grease
For bearings this makes sense, but what about non-moving parts like seatposts and quill stems?
May
13
comment Training involved to ride 175 miles in a day
From the page, the ride is at the end of August. That's basically 3 months away. What kind of rides are you currently doing? If you aren't already actively training, it might be hard to get up to that distance in that period of time. Especially if you have to fit training around work and other responsibilities.
May
11
comment Choosing chainring configuration
Velo Orange sells a 46-30 double
May
11
comment Choosing chainring configuration
Cassettes are expendable. I don't think your cassette will wear out that much sooner if you are riding in 12-14 as opposed to riding on 15-17. You might have 1 extra tooth engaging as a result. This won't change the amount of wear by a huge amount. Also, I think they should put triples on a lot more bikes. Doubles and compacts may be fine for the pros, but a triple with 8 speed cassette gives you plenty of range, and close gear ratios for a much smaller cost, at the expense of a little extra weight.
May
6
comment “Footprint” of the Park Tool PCS 9 stand
I'm actually quite surprised that your bike fits lengthwise in the tub. From a quick look on the internet, a standard road bike is roughly 68 inches, which is about as long as I am tall, and there's no way I can completely lie down, stretched out in the bath. I guess you can make it a bit shorter by turning the handlebars, but it still seems like it would be a tight fit.
May
4
comment Do pedal-driven bicycles exist that can handle highway commutes?
Adding any extra systems like air conditioning would be extremely counter-productive because they would increase the weight of the vehicle without actually helping to power the vehicle. The batteries or other mechanism required to power air conditioning would add quite a bit of weight to the bike. A large flywheel wouldn't really be feasible because of the huge weight this would add to the bike. Handling highway commutes would also mean handling hills that occur on highways. A vehicle that's meant for highway commutes that loses all it's power when you hit an offramp isn't a very good idea.
May
4
comment Does anyone know of a machinist who could convert a dual ring Campy Nuovo Record chainset ('spider') to accept a 3rd chainring?
I have to wonder whether there would even be enough room for an extra chainring on the inside edge or a crank that was only designed as a double. If you really like your components that much, it might be worth checking eBay for a triple chainset that matches your components.
May
4
comment average cycling speed 12km/h
I think this would be the case. Either they aren't actually in the highest gear, or they aren't measuring cadence properly. Even if you had a very small highest gear like 30-14, you'd still be getting 24 km/h at 80 rpm.
May
1
comment how to use “smart valve” pumps?
You may want to switch to using presta valves. See this question for more information on doing that.
May
1
comment how to use “smart valve” pumps?
Also, you should be able to test it on an unmounted tube without the tire and rim to worry about to ensure that there isn't some kind of defect with the pump.
May
1
comment how to use “smart valve” pumps?
This is probably the issue. Try pushing against the tire with your hand to stop the valve from going back through the rim. Presta valves have a nut to prevent this. Also, if you have presta valves, you have to have a fair amount protuding out of the rim to get the pump head seated properly.
May
1
comment Best way to mount a big backpack to rack?
A trailer isn't a bad suggestions. There are more expensive options as well.
Apr
27
comment Cuyuna Lakes, MN Camping?
perhaps try outdoors.stackexchange.com as well.
Apr
24
comment Differential foot stress?
If they are anything like the Keen sandals I have extremely flexible soles, which isn't ideal for riding. Try something with harder soles. That being said, I do use my Keens for short rides in the summer, especially when it's raining as they dry off so quickly.
Apr
23
comment Is Ultegra 9 speed compatible with Sora 9 speed?
Is Sora really shifting to 10 speed? Does that mean Shimano will no longer have any 9 speed road groupsets? Unless of course they move Claris to 9 speed in which case they will have no 8 speed groupset. I did a little bit of Googling, and couldn't find anything about Sora going to 10 speed.
Apr
19
comment When did Ultegra shift from 9 to 10 speed rear cassettes?
I thought derailleurs weren't specific to the number of cogs. If it has 105 shifters, you're probably asking when 105 shifters were 9 speed.
Apr
15
comment Should I switch to a 13-23T or 12-25T cassette?
I did a similar swap to an 8 speed 12-25 from an 11-32 and I was quite happy with the results. Having the gear closer together made it much more likely that I could find a gear with comfortable cadence. I also have a triple 52-42-30 crankset which helps on the hills.