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Jun
23
comment Does anyone make a spacer for SPD cleats?
See this question. Recommendations include ask your local bike shop, or make your own out of plastic milk jugs.
Jun
23
comment Can you help identify this bike?
The lack of labelling on almost all the components leads and the general shape of the frame leads me to think it's a generic deparment store bike.
Jun
23
comment Is it worth it to buy a bike that comes with puncture resistant tires, or add them later?
Is it the exact same bike, with different tire options? If so, it's a matter of doing the math and comparing the costs of buying the tires yourself vs. buying the bike with the tires already on it. If they aren't actually the same bike, there's a lot of other aspects to consider. Last time I bought a bike, I told myself I would replace the tires with "puncture resistant" ones. But I used the stock tires for a while and didn't experience any problems so I decided to keep the ones that came with the bike.
Jun
22
comment Effective use of a coaster brake?
The difference is that most kids have the bike set up so they can touch the ground while seated, often flat footed. This is different from how most adults would set up a bike.
Jun
21
comment Bicycle trainer tyre - understanding the sizing
The rim says 584 which to me means a 650b rim, but the number on the existing tire points to 700. Definitely something odd here. I would say the tire measurement should be the one to go for, but definitely safer to just bring in the wheel to the shop when you buy one to ensure you get the right size.
Jun
19
comment Ask for Recommendation for Biking Outfits
I still use the Chinese bike jerseys and shorts from eBay. I can't justify the price difference. If there was something in between paying $20 for bib shorts on eBay, and paying $100+ at my LBS for bib shorts, I would gladly support my LBS. But the price for shorts an shirt is easily 3 times as expensive if I choose to buy local.
Jun
13
comment How can I tell if my bike has a freewheel or a cassette?
Yeah, A Specialized bike of that age would most likely have a cassette, but as the OP mentioned, it's a "frankenbike" which means many parts have been changed out. So it's probably worth verifying.
Jun
12
comment Why use 54T (or bigger) chainring?
"A bigger chainring provides closer gear ratios." I think this has a lot to do with it. I changed from a 11-32 cassette to a 12-23 cassette (8 speed), and it's amazing how much difference having very fine gear selection helps. Using bigger front cogs makes the difference between individual gears even smaller, allowing the rider to be in a more efficient gear.
Jun
9
comment Benefits of newer racer bikes over older ones?
The Cervelo S5 is a $5000 bike, not a $2000 one (1500 euros). An example of a $2000 bike would be a Trek Madone 3.1 which looks a lot more like an older road bike than it looks like a Cervelo S5. Sure it still has a full carbon frame, but the look and shape is mostly the same.
Jun
9
comment The shifters and brakes are one piece
And they've convinced the roadies that integrating the shifter with the brakes is the only way to go. Not that I'm really opposed to the idea, but it does make it more expensive to replace components, and makes the components more complicated.
Jun
7
comment Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?
Try to ride closer to the road side edge of the path if you feel safe doing so. There will be less glass there as the cars will pick some up with their own tires, and you can maneuver quicker towards the other side to avoid the glass. It's much safer to swerve away from the cars than towards them.
Jun
6
comment Is a bigger wheel likely to get fewer flats?
It get on the order of a couple flats a year, and most of them have nothing to do with actual punctures by objects through the tread. It's either misaligned rim tape, bad valve, badly mounted tube (twisted), hitting a rock at high speed, or any number of other things. When I used really cheap tires, I got a lot more flats, but using quality tires, I almost never get an actual puncture.
Jun
5
comment Theoretical question about double drivetrain (both-sides drive)
White Industries makes the DOS ENO Freewheel Which is a freewheel with 2 cogs on it that will fit single speed bikes. It allows you to switch between different gears, although you have to loosen the rear wheel to do so.
May
21
comment Going from a 1x8 to 2x10 setup
You may want to examine your frame to ensure it has braze-ons to accomodate the cabling for the front derailleur/shifter.
May
20
comment How has biking changed in the past 15 years?
I guess I would only add in belt drives, which although they aren't very common, are available on some mid-upper range commuter bikes.
May
20
comment How has biking changed in the past 15 years?
Unless you are talking really high end bikes, very few things have change. Things have changed more in the mountain bike market with disc brakes and suspension, but road bikes haven't changed all that much. Other than integrating the shifters into the brake levers (Shimano's version was introduced in 1990, 24 years ago), I don't think there's been too many significant changes.
May
18
comment Chain not fitting chain ring
I wasn't sure what was going on with the back wheel vis-a-vis the cog/cassette. If it has the original 7 speed freewheel/cassette it's definitely easier to just exchange the chaining for a 3/32 one. If however if you plan to do a full single speed conversion, it's probably a good idea to use 1/8 inch drive train components as they will last a little longer.
May
18
comment Tyre Rubber Classifications
@andy256 I'd love to have n+1, but I think I'm getting close to s-1.
May
17
comment Tyre Rubber Classifications
I'm with @DanielRHicks on this one. When you're spending $6000 on a bike they have to come up with a whole lot of reasons the bike is actually worth that much. If you're spending that much on the bike, you should really be making your own tire decisions based on your riding style, and not have your decision made by the manufacturer/factory. In fact, you should probably have a few different sets of tires to deal with different riding conditions.
May
17
comment Is it ok to mix 23 and 25 tyres
No problems that I'm aware of. I use a 32 on the back with a 28 in the front.