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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.
Apr
14
comment Road bike assembly - required tools
Check for bike co-ops in your area that would allow you to use their tools. There's a bike co-op in my area that is well stocked. There's a $5/hour fee for using the tools or you can volunteer in the shop and have the fee waived. They have basically every tool you would need to assemble a bike.
Apr
14
comment Front suspension or full suspension mountain bike
I checked the first link and it has a £1500 ($2200 US) price tag. That's far from affordable for most people. After checking the other links, that's the cheapest on you linked to. At this price level, full suspension is a good thing to consider, but at $1000 or below, the quality of full suspension isn't very good, and you'd be better off with just front suspension.
Apr
13
comment Can a sora 9 speed Rear Derailleur short cage support a 12-36 cassette single chain ring 56T?
The only question is whether a long cage would fit with a 20 inch wheel. It might hang really close to the ground in certain gears.
Apr
6
comment Is a 29.5 km/h average speed decent for a 90 km ride (on road) with an elevation of 1200 m?
@RossMillikan, I don't know why Strava can't auto-filter (pardon the pun) these results. If you're all of a sudden riding twice as fast as you usually do, then something is wrong with the reading. It's either left on in the car, or something else is wrong with the readings.
Apr
6
comment Is a 29.5 km/h average speed decent for a 90 km ride (on road) with an elevation of 1200 m?
Also remember that a fair number of people on Strava will be setting those times while riding in a group.
Apr
4
comment Trouble Removing bottom bracket. Is it my Tool?
@PeteH a photo of what? The 6 foot pipe?
Apr
4
comment Trouble Removing bottom bracket. Is it my Tool?
Yes, I'm aware the drive side cup loosens by turning clockwise. I've been mainly focusing on the non-drive-side cup anyway, but neither side wants to move.
Apr
2
comment How to align rear v brakes
The spring tension can also be uneven. If it's always rubbing on the same side, try loosening that side, or tightening the other side.
Apr
1
comment how much of a difference does bike weight make when trying to maximize the bike's top speed?
He's kind of right. On flat surfaces, the weight of the bike doesn't make a huge difference. However the point of a single speed bike is that it has a lot fewer parts than a regular road bike, and therefore should weigh less. A single speed has the disadvantage that you'll almost never be in an optimum gear, so it should make up for that in other areas, such as being lighter. They are also easier to maintain, however I would still be wary of a single speed bike that is heavy, as they probably use low quality components.
Apr
1
comment Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?
The page I linked to shows some options but I think they all require drilling. It might be advisable to return them if that's not a really expensive option. Perhaps post another question to see what kind of response others can give you.
Mar
30
comment Exposed cord on bike tire - replace?
Those tires aren't really low quality (judging by how they are priced) and I'm surprised to see this kind of wear after such short mileage. I almost wonder if you rode through something that ate away at the rubber. I had really cheap Kenda tires that came with a hybrid bike that lasted for years and probably at least 5000 km.
Mar
29
comment 1st road bike; wary of no-name parts?
I'd be hesitant about purchasing my first bike (or any bike) online. Fit is quite important and hard to determine from just looking at numbers.