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Nov
11
comment Bolt size for the Weerider Kangaroo
Whichever store you go to, you should be able to to determine the type and strength of steel used by looking at the markings on the bolt.
Nov
10
comment Replacing 14“ x 1.95” With 14“ x 2.125”?
Good point on checking the bearings, but I'm guessing this is a kids bike with coaster breaks and the rear tire has worn down due to skidding. This can happen surprisingly fast on cheap bikes with coaster brakes and small tires.
Nov
10
comment Cyclocross on airplane
Similar to this question. Even specifically in Japan.
Nov
10
comment Why so much hate for presta valve caps?
If you don't like the way they look you can get aftermarket valve covers that look much nicer than the black plastic ones that come with the tubes. The only real advantage, is that along with the retaining nut, they slow down the process of changing a flat. If you are in a race condition, then precious seconds can matter. However, in the case of Lance Armstrong and other professional racers, they swap out the entire wheel or bike when they get a flat, so I really can't see that being much of a good reason.
Nov
8
comment Do single speed/fixed bicycles come with machined rims?
This is why I recommend buying a bike at a local bike store, after you have seen and test-ridden the bike. By doing this you are able to get much more information than what you can get on the spec sheets.
Nov
7
comment I keep breaking the tips off my presta tube stems
I've hear people say to put the stem at 12 o'clock, but I've always found that 6 o'clock works much better. Having the ground to push against when mounting the pump seems to make it much easier to attach the pump head to the valve.
Nov
7
comment Why some companies stop supplying frames to pro teams?
What @DanielRHicks says hits it right on the head. When a team uses a frame, they are providing advertising to the makers of the frame. The frame is the most visible and recognizable portion of the bike. The sponsor not only has to provide frames, but actual money as well. I would say that frames aren't really that much of a deciding factor on how well an athlete performs, and what really matters is money, as it allows them to spend more time training, and have better coaches, doctors, and lifestyle. Whoever provides the most money will be the frame they choose to ride.
Nov
6
comment Is there a 3rd party tool to create a heat map of all activities in a specific area?
See labs.strava.com/heatmap
Nov
5
comment Alternatives to ordinary fenders
To me, the idea of a brush that sweeps the water off has a couple problems, even if it does work. It will add resistance. If the resistance isn't high enough, then water won't be brushed away. If resistance is too high it will slow you down too much. They aren't that popular and I imagine you'd need to replace the brush quite often as its' going to be constantly worn away by your tire. There's going to be increased wear on your tires, how much, I'm not sure. And, they probably wouldn't work on anything that isn't a slick because it wouldn't get in all the grooves to get the water out.
Nov
4
comment Does riding bicycles reduce sperm count?
@Batman, There's an old meta question about whether medical advice questions are allowed. Seems we allow some and not others. I think this question could be answered with references along with a disclaimer along the lines of "If you're feeling numbness or pain in the area go see a doctor." The OP isn't asking about a medical condition they are having, but rather if it is know that cycling causes reduced sperm count. Some people on this site probably have more info on that than many general practitioners.
Nov
4
comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
Incase you need any help on the advice of @PeteH, see how to carry a concealed firearm on a bike
Nov
1
comment what make and model is this bike please?
It could be a custom build.
Oct
30
comment what should I do when single track gets narrow
Both riders should stop and dismount. Place one bike as close to the wall as possible. The other rider than takes his bike, and walks it around the other bike, carrying it if there is no room. If there is no room to do this safely, I would question whether you should be biking there in the first place.
Oct
30
comment what should I do when single track gets narrow
Make sure you bring a long stick with you.
Oct
29
comment What is the use of GPS/Elevation on Bike computers
Barometric measurements drift over long periods, but are quite accurate over short periods. My altimeter for my GPS will change by 1 meter if I move it 1 meter up or down. So it's great, as @alex pointed out, for telling you your instantaneous climbing speed and other important metrics while riding. It's also going to be pretty accurate telling you how much climbing you did on that hill you just spent 15 minutes climbing. It's not going to be completely accurate giving you the height above sea level you are currently standing at, even though that's technically what it's trying to tell you.
Oct
28
comment why do left shifters switch chainrings and right shifters cogs?
It is convention, and the convention differs on which country you are in. See this question
Oct
28
comment Decal or paint?
We used to make custom license numbers for snow machines when we were in high school using the vinyl cutter.
Oct
27
comment Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing
Well, you probably should be somewhat close. You don't want to have a 50 pound road bike in a race. Probably anything under 25 pounds is sufficient to be competitive. Just about any quality road bike will fall into that category. You can actually find bikes made of steel, aluminum, titanium, or carbon that are at the UCI weight limit of 15 pounds. You should choose the frame on other criteria such as budget, how well it fits, longevity of material, repairability and how cool it looks.
Oct
27
comment Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing
What @Batman says is quite true. Both carbon fibre and aluminum bikes can get quite close to the UCI weight limit of 15 pounds, and most of the weight is in the components and wheels, not in the frame of the bike. The frame and fork will only weight 4-5 pounds, and the rest of the stuff will take up the remaining 10-15 pounds.
Oct
27
comment Decal or paint?
@Batman, I would guess paint too, but I couldn't say for 100% certainty. For all I know, the picture could be a computer rendering. The same end result would be obtainable in both paint and decals. The only discernible difference would be the raised edge of the decal. If you wanted to achieve a similar effect on a frame you are making or refinishing, the decal would probably be the cheaper of the two options, especially if you could do the actual computer design part yourself.