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Sep
18
comment How do I make my bicycle as ugly as possible without affecting the riding qualities?
Some paints may be better than others for making your bike look ugly.
Sep
17
comment How much play in a spring suspension fork is normal or safe?
As an aside, you can get a rigid fork that works on bikes designed for suspension. Just ensure you get a "suspension corrected" fork. It must be "corrected" to the travel on the fork you originally had.
Sep
17
comment Can the top tube on a mens bike be cut off?
Yeah, the diamond frame (double triangle) is a very strong design that minimizes weight while still remaining relatively strong for an affordable price. It's similar to the way many bridges are constructed. You can find alternative bike designs, but they generally made for very specific uses such as when things like aerodynamics is more important than weight, price, or strength.
Sep
16
comment Pros and cons of gears in bottom bracket vs. rear hub?
@gerrit I think that a range of 526 is enough for standard diamond frame bikes, but that you may have to put a different sized chainring on to account for different riding conditions. If you look at the gear comparison you'll see that it has an equivalent range to a bike with a 12-34 cassette and 44-32-24 chainrings. If you know you are going to be carrying a big load, just put a smaller chainring on for those rides. Almost no derraileur setup is going to have significantly more range.
Sep
15
comment Pros and cons of gears in bottom bracket vs. rear hub?
An alternative point of view is that the Rohloff hub can be switched between frames. If you picked the right rim, and found bikes with compatible hub widths, you could own a mountain bike and road bike that both utilized the same rear hub.
Sep
14
comment What non-metric fastener heads are left on a standard bicycle?
@DanielRHicks Using a peg board assumes you don't have a wrench bag
Sep
14
comment What non-metric fastener heads are left on a standard bicycle?
Not really metric vs non-metric, but the phillips or flat heads on derailleur adjustment screws always struck me as odd. Some V-brakes also use them for spring tension adjustment. Mine use hex keys, but I've seen a few that use phillips head screwdrivers. Also, @DanielRHicks, I find that adjustable wrenches, while they work, are really not ideal. I find that I'm constantly loosening them to get them on the nut, and then tightening them to make sure they aren't too loose. With a proper sized crescent wrenche, the job goes much faster.
Sep
14
comment Which is better for endurance riding - carbon or aluminum? Or does it really even matter?
Assuming price is a concern, you can often get a lighter aluminum bike than a carbon. A really light carbon frame might come in a 1.5 pounds. A standard aluminum bike would probably be around 3.5 pounds. So the frame is 2 pounds lighter. But the entire bike will weight 15-20 pounds. You could probably get an aluminum bike spec'ed with Ultegra for a similar price as a Carbon bike spec'ed with Tiagra components, and the Ultegra-Aluminium bike would most likely be lighter, and better performing than the Tiagra-Carbon bike.
Sep
11
comment How much maximum force can be applied by fingers on the brake lever?
I guess it depends on how strong your grip is. A strong man would have much more grip strength compared to a small woman, on average. Hand brakes on bikes for small children (5 and under) are next to useless because they lack the hand strength to operate the brake effectively.
Sep
10
comment Shimano Claris vs 105?
@MMG A lot of people might not have retained the receipt from a bike they purchased. Some people may have bought the bike second hand and never got a receipt. I don't think there's any way I could prove that I actually own my bike. Perhaps meet the buyer at the local bike store where I bought it. I'm known by a few of the staff and I'm sure they would vouch for me. I'm not so sure a receipt would matter much anyway, as somebody skilled on a computer could print up a receipt that looked reasonably legitimate anyway.
Sep
10
comment What is the spacing for trek 1.1?
You're right, I should have typed 4mm rather than 5mm. Looking at the standard spacings it seems that all the spacings used are 4 or 5 mm apart at minimum. Still, a ruler should suffice for any measurements of the hub.
Sep
10
comment What is the spacing for trek 1.1?
In any case, it's probably a good idea to just measure. The valid options are in 5 mm increments, so even a basic measuring tape or ruler will suffice. It's not like it's a seatpost where you need a micrometer to figure out what width they ended up using.
Sep
9
comment Shimano Claris vs 105?
@Batman It seems to me that a compact has pretty much become the standard in road bikes unless you're looking at stuff in the very high end, as most casual riders don't have the power to get up all the hills with a 52-39 crankset. If you live in a place without a lot of hills, you might be ok with a compact 50-34 and an 12-23 cassette, but most people will probable appreciate a triple with something like 50-39-30 or 52-42-30.
Sep
6
comment I cannot go 30 miles without a flat. I can't figure out what the problem is
Those tubes seem to have some questionable reviews. perhaps try a different brand of tube. Also, after installing, and before inflating, go around the rim pushing the bead away from the rim to check that there is no tube between the tire and the rim. after you've gone all the way around on both sides, you can be reasonably sure that it's not pinched between the rim and the tire.
Sep
3
comment Stuck Bottom Bracket
I had one that was really stuck. Wasn't even rusted in, just really tight. A 6 foot pipe on the end of the bottom bracket wrench did the trick.
Aug
27
comment What is meant by “inches of travel”?
@GrimmTheOpiner What's that about more gears?
Aug
25
comment How do I calculate calories burnt using my bicycle's weight?
Also, it sometimes seems to take a little while to change the calorie count, even if you did refresh it. When switching my ride back to the original bike, the first refresh did not show the calorie count changed back to the original value. I had to refresh a second time. Also, depending on the weight difference of the two bikes, it may or may not end up calculating a different number of calories. My second bike was a full 48 kg more than the original bike.
Aug
25
comment How do I calculate calories burnt using my bicycle's weight?
Actually it does affect the calorie count. I just tried it on my own account. I had a ride that was 1 hour 50 minutes, and covered 50 km. I did the ride on my touring bike which I have entered as 12 kg. Strava says I burned 965 Calories. When I switched it to the Tag Along Bike, which is just the same bike with the tag along mount for my kid mounted, which I have entered at 60 kg, it changes the calorie count to 1201 calories. You have to make sure you refresh the screen after changing the ride, but it's definitely taking the bike into account.
Aug
25
comment How do I calculate calories burnt using my bicycle's weight?
Perhaps you could add a new bike to Strava, and then assign that bike to the ride. I'm pretty sure assigning a different bike to the ride will cause it to recalculate the calories burned.
Aug
21
comment Can I secure a 12v battery to my bicycle to charge it? And then attach a 12v horn to it?
Sounds like a lot of effort just to get a horn. Most 10 Volt batteries are going to weigh around 10 pounds, possibly more. There's lots of options for loud bicycle horns that don't require carrying around such a large battery.