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Jan
10
comment Removing key from kryptonite lock
Take it back to the shop. Might be a defect in manufacturing. If it's acting up this soon, it's better to get it replaced now than worry about the lock sticking when it's connecting your bike to a rack.
Jan
9
comment How can we calculate the efficiency of the Siva Cycle Atom generator?
If they had the math to back it up, they would have just said that it is x% efficient and that it adds a resistance of for y watts over a conventional hub. They're own wording doesn't make sense. I don't think most riders could tell the different between 0.3% grade and 0% grade, but most could probably tell if their tires were 20 psi under where they should be.
Jan
9
comment Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet
I think that it really depends how much water you have dripping off. If you have snow, it tends to collect and will probably cause quite a puddle and run off. If you are just out in the rain, there water tends not to collect so much and you might be ok with something like this.
Jan
8
comment Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet
I think this is the right idea, just be sure to double check that it's big enough. Just looked up some specs and a medium size roadbike has a wheel base (hub to hub), of about 100cm. The tires would most likely extend past the edge of the mat, but that might not be a problem since water would most likely run down the tire and not drip straight down. Depending on how much room you have it would probably better to have one that's too big rather than too small.
Jan
5
comment base training with or without added energy?
I think the idea of "practice like you play" comes into effect here. There's no reason why training in the winter should be any different than how you ride in the summer. Even if you are on an indoor trainer, you should try to keep things as similar to real life as possible. If you are going for a short, half hour ride on the trainer, then you probably don't need to eat extra, but if you are spending 2 hours on the indoor trainer, which is probably preferable as this would probably be more similar to summer/outdoor riding situations, then you should be eating if you would normally do so.
Jan
1
comment Size question. Performance v Comfort
I think the idea is that on a small frame the seat would have to be raised higher to get proper leg extension, making the seat higher relative to the bars, where as on the larger frame the seat would be lower relative to the bars.
Dec
30
comment Cable Stop For Internal Cable Routing
I'm not sure, but my guess is that they are custom to the specific frame. Contact the local bike store where you bought the bike or get in touch with the manufacturer of the frame to see if you can get a replacement.
Dec
29
comment Bike computer wheel size setup
Yeah, like I said. This is only if you don't have a measuring device, otherwise the rollout method is the most accurate.
Dec
24
comment What is the men's version of Trek Lexa SLX
The lower end Emonda's are race legal as far as I'm aware, with the lowest end one weighing in at 19.27 lbs. It's not until you get into the high end $5,000 models where the weight drops below the UCI weight limit of 15 lbs, with the most expensive one weighing in at a measly 10.25 lbs.
Dec
24
comment What is the men's version of Trek Lexa SLX
The Domane 2.3 has an IsoSpeed fork, which the Lexa does not have and could account for some of the price difference. The saddle will be different as the one on the Lexa is womem specific.
Dec
22
comment I have a 2013 Diamondback Podium 3. Is it possible to use it as a touring bike?
@jimrings until they get rid of the UCI minimum weight limit, there's no point in trying to remove useful features in order to save a few grams. At this point, most pros are adding things like power meters and even ballast weights just to say their bike weighs enough.
Dec
20
comment I have a 2013 Diamondback Podium 3. Is it possible to use it as a touring bike?
I really don't understand why the manufacturer wouldn't put rack mounts on every bike. It would only add a negligible amount of weight, and most people wouldn't even see them unless they were looking for them. Maybe the bike couldn't handle carrying 100+ lbs on the rack, but it would be convenient to be able to attach a rack with a couple small bags for carrying light cargo when needed.
Dec
19
comment Advice on Folding Bicycle
I'm with @Vorac on this. You can store a standard bike in very little space with the proper system. Unless you have a requirement to bring the bike on a busy subway, there seems to be very little you can gain by using a folding bike. If you go with folding, You will pay more for the same quality of bike, and the bike will not perform on par with a non-folding bike.
Dec
12
comment Who has information on this Fondriest Bike we found? Any good?
What do you mean by "found". Seems like an older frame (still in good shape though), but a lot of the components look new and of pretty decent quality. Looks like kind of a frankenbike, where none of the actual components are original.
Dec
11
comment Comfort bike brakes
Yeah, that's a V-brake, also known as linear pull brakes. Caliper brakes are different and are usually found on road bikes. Google image search the terms so you can familarize yourself with how the different brakes look.
Dec
11
comment Comfort bike brakes
Yeah, I thought it was odd that a comfort bike would have calipers, and it appears this one has v-brakes, so you can ignore my recommendation about Tiagra or higher brakes, as they probably won't work.
Dec
11
comment Comfort bike brakes
If you're going with Shimano, then Tiagra or better (105, Ultegra, DuraAce) should be fine. Although I'm not sure if there would be enough reach/clearance to deal with the large tires you find on comfort bikes. I know there's a long reach version of the Tiagra brakes. Whether or not they fit will depend on if you have fenders or not as well.
Nov
28
comment Can a 10 speed rear derailleur be modified for 9 speed and then modified again to a 10 speed deraileur?
I'm pretty sure that derrailleurs are dumb and don't care about how many speeds they are used for. The amount of cable pull is all controlled by the shifters. Any derailleur with work with any number of gears.
Nov
28
comment Why do we need front brakes?
The reason for the laws most likely is redundancy. If one of the braking mechanisms malfunctions, you should have a second one to use. Imagine going down a big hill and your brake cable snaps. There would be no good way to stop your bike. With a second brake, you can just use the other one. it's good to keep both brakes in good working order, because in an emergency situation, you won't have time to switch to the functional one if the one you're using breaks.
Nov
25
comment 27 1 3/8 tires on 27 1 1/4 rims
That question is you pointed out seems pretty conclusive. 27x1-3/8 should be the same circumference as 27x1-1/4, but the tire will be slightly wider. Whether that fits on your bike will depend on the rim width as well as how much clearance you have. The width isn't that different so the rims should be compatible, and older bikes usually don't skimp a lot on the clearance like newer bikes do.