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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.
Mar
26
comment Can there be a stack exchange for casual, rural bike riding and remote touring free of the fanaticism of professional bike riders?
I also think it's interesting that you feel we are "professionals" While I'm sure there are a few people who are racers, the feeling that I get is that a lot of people here (most likely the majority) are quite casual, and really just ride for fun or transportation.
Mar
26
comment Can there be a stack exchange for casual, rural bike riding and remote touring free of the fanaticism of professional bike riders?
I'm using quite a bite of restraint to avoid writing a novel about how I really don't understand where this is coming from. You've asked 1 question and already you want to create an entire new site? The simple answer is, the product you're looking for doesn't exist. Remember to lock up your bike and be responsible for your own property. There are plenty of quality locks that will provide very good security. But you actually have to use them. If you leave your garage open and unlocked, don't be surprised if your bicycle, lawnmower, or various other things go missing.
Mar
25
comment Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments
When dealing with multi-thousand dollar bikes, you are probably right to use this logic. If you can't get good bike storage at work, it's best to get a bike just for commuting that you don't mind being stolen. Depending on your budget that could be a $50 bike, a $200 bike, or a $1000 bike. You have to make this decision based on how often bikes get stolen in your area and how much you can afford to replace in the case where it does get stolen.
Mar
25
comment What variables are considered when determining wheel size and how do they affect these variables?
I would say that for the most part, 700 (ISO 622) is "the standard" for road race bikes. You'll very rarely see 650 (ISO 571) tires on the smallest of road bike frames, but very few manufactures offer this, even on women specific frames. Basically every road (race style) bike will use 700c tires. 650 is more common in time trials and triathlons, but I would qualify that as a different kind of bike.
Mar
23
comment How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?
The suggested retail price of the lowest end CrossRip is $989. You could probably find it for cheaper if you shopped around, but still not what I would consider a sub-$1000 bike. I guess the problem with drop bars is that they all have integrated shifters, which brings the price up a bit compared to flat bar bikes.
Mar
23
comment How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?
I second the recommendation for a touring bike. Road bikes (and to some extent, cyclocross) are optimized for racing. Which means they leave out a lot of things that would be useful for commuting. Things like rack mounts and room for fenders and wide tires are must haves for a commuting bike. The real downside is that most touring bikes are expensive, as they are built for people who put a lot of miles on their bike. But if you think if it as an investment, a touring bike will get you many years of commuting. It's just difficult for beginners to justify spending so much.
Mar
22
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
One of the big advantages of threaded is the huge selection in stem lengths and angles available. And the ability to switch the stem without unwrapping the bar tape.