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Jun
26
comment What are the most important accessories for a new biker to get?
You should carry the tools for patching a tire. If trying to use a cell phone, your friends are going to get pretty annoyed if you ask them to pick you up every time you get a flat. With a credit card you could pay for a cab, but that's just a very expensive way of dealing with a flat. You still need the tools to fix it later, so you might as well carry them with you. You could take it to the shop to fix it, but that gets expensive. I only get a couple flats a year, and still I would think it's crazy to not to carry the tools to fix a flat on the road. Unless your longest ride is about 3 km.
Jun
25
comment What kinds of tools do I need to do bike maintenance, e.g. adding a rack?
You really only need specialty tools when you start replacing components on the drive train. Things like crank pullers, cassette tools and chain whips are pretty cheap, and you should buy them as the need arises.
Jun
25
comment Upgrading cassette - what do I need to be aware of?
Yeah KMC chains are pretty decent, and you can get them for under $20. Even the Shimano ones are under $25 if you shop around. No point in being a cheapskate and using a $7 chain.
Jun
25
comment Does the National Bike Registry work?
Relevant XKCD Although I can see why it would be so hard to set up an official database, because there just isn't that much at stake. Most people own bikes that are worth less than $300. And theft rates are pretty low, especially outside large cities because it's not financially sound to transport stolen bikes to other cities for sale, and selling a bike in town is too risky if the population is too small.
Jun
25
comment Upgrading cassette - what do I need to be aware of?
I don't think you need Shimano HG, but don't quote me on that. I have a KMC chain on mine and it works fine, but I have an 8 speed. Guy at the bike shop specifically said to get this chain, and not to worry about buying the official Shimano one as it performs the same at a cheaper price.
Jun
24
comment Asking for Feedback about my Bike Lock Invention
@DanielRHicks Actually, unless I'm mistaken, public disclosure of an invention before it's patented (or applied for patent) is actually grounds for not having a patent granted. But the OP never said anything about wanting to patent the invention. It's also possible that he came up with the idea on his own without being aware of already existing products. Current locks have limited number of combinations due to manufacturing constraints. I wonder if 3D printing could be used to make each set of bolts truly unique.
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.