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Sep
17
comment Getting stats from pro cycle races
It would be really interesting if all the pros uploaded their data to a site like Strava. I'm pretty sure they all carry GPS units now so they can see where there's room for improvement. It would be intesting to see the data. Having the raw GPX files would even better.
Sep
14
comment Alternative options for Trek FX 7.1 brakes
@DanielRHicks But not as good as a mountain bike. It certainly would take some getting used to if you were accustomed to a mountain bike. Of course, to really experience Gravel, you need a gravel bike. Which really isn't all that much different from a cyclocross bike. Which is pretty much a hybrid with drop bars.
Sep
14
comment Alternative options for Trek FX 7.1 brakes
From the looks of the specs it seems that the 7.1 has linear-pull brakes (aka v-brakes). The only model of the FX that has caliper brakes is the 7.7.
Sep
11
comment Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
Personally, I've the exact opposite experience. My phone, which has the ability to use the cellular network takes 3-5 minutes to acquire a signal. I've talked with other people, and they think that's a normal timeframe for acquiring your position. My GPS on the other hand, gets the signal within 30 seconds, almost every time. Often within a few seconds of booting.
Sep
11
comment Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
Yeah, I lost signal once on a train trip, and didn't get a GPS lock until pretty close to my destination. Apparently it's pretty hard to get a lock on the satellite when you're moving at 160 km/h. Even at the stops it didn't have enough time get the signal before the train was moving again. With my GPS, I find I often have a signal less than 5 seconds after it has "booted" which only takes about 30 seconds. I picked the one I did because I was unimpressed with the feature-set of "cycling" GPS Units for the price they were asking.
Sep
10
comment 28er Mountain bikes
If your bike is a hybrid, I would guess that 28* tires you're talking about is actually 700 (iso 622). Funnily enough, "29er" mountain bike tires are actually the same bead circumference as 700c road/hybrid tires. 29 refers to a rough size of the outside of the tire, not the bead seat diameter. So you may be able to fit regular "29er" mountain bike tires on your hybrid provided your rims are wide enough for the tire to seat well on the rim, and provided you have enough clearance on the forks/frame.
Sep
10
comment What to look out for in a second hand bike buy
Maybe some useful information here but that deals more with road bikes. Also more info here.
Sep
9
comment Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?
@armb Is there a case where the manufacturer of the hub doesn't line up the logo and spoke holes properly to make this possible. If you lace the wheel radially, and align the label to the center of the spoke hole, you pretty much end up making this impossible.
Sep
9
comment Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?
What is the purpose of this? Does it allow you to more easily find the valve stem? Some alternate solutions might be brightly coloured valve caps, or adding your own decal/tape/paint to the hub to identify which part faces the valve hole after everything is assembled.
Sep
8
comment Bike repair costs
Sometimes it's also easier to just replace a front wheel than to spend the time truing a badly bent wheel. Especially if you are paying someone else for their time to true it. Also, if you have place that deals in used parts, that might be a good place to find a wheel.
Sep
7
comment top tube angle on steel and carbon road bikes
Yeah, it's just a hunch, but the minimum top tube length on the old steel bike would occur around the top of the decal. You could also just have a sloping top tube, without changing the seat tube, leaving it looking somewhat like old-style women's bike, although with a slightly less angled top tube.
Sep
7
comment top tube angle on steel and carbon road bikes
Just a hunch here, but a sloped top tube allows less material to be used. Since the seat tube is angled, the shortest distance between the headtube and the seat tube is found by placing the top tube at an downward angle. This also allows for a shorter seat tube, using even less material. I'm guessing this is less strong, but that carbon bikes are able to withstand the forces, because of the larger tubes used, whereas steel tubes cannot handle this, and hence, have to be built the "old" way.
Sep
7
comment top tube angle on steel and carbon road bikes
Not just carbon, my aluminum bike (and many others I've seen) also features a downward sloping top tube.
Sep
5
comment Does the value of an old bicycle depreciate if old tires replace with new ones?
You might also want to look for some "New Old Stock". That would be the same tires as the original bike had, but that had never been used. Although they may still have some degradation as rubber will deteriorate just by being exposed to air, if you were able to find tires that had been left in the box, away from the sun, for the last 35 years, they would probably be in pretty good condition.
Sep
5
comment Puncture-proof 20" tires?
I haven't had experience working with geared hubs, but if they make it that hard to service in the field, I think that they probably aren't the best choice for someone who doesn't want to learn any bike maintenance skills. If you have to call a friend or take it to the shop every time you need a flat fixed, you'd probably get quite frustrated with the whole cycling experience real quick. I guess the nice thing about a folding bike is that you can always hop on the bus or hail a cab for the few times you do get a flat.
Sep
4
comment What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?
I don't think that most women would shy away from buying a unisex/ments bike if it did fit them right, as you get a much larger selection of bikes in unisex/mens bikes. However, I do agree that the manufacturers are doing themselves a disservice calling them "women's specific bikes" as that means that almost no man will buy one, ever. They're also not just proportionally smaller. They are generally made to fit a rider who has longer legs, and a shorter torso and arms relative to their total height (which is much more common among women) and not just be a smaller version of the men's bike.
Sep
4
comment Unknown bike parts
@Benzo Is it a bolt, or a spacer that the bolt would thread into?
Sep
4
comment What kind of bike should i get to accomodate me?
If you are just getting back into biking, we can assume you don't have any equipment at all. So I really understand not wanting to spend $700 on just the bike. Because all the other stuff you're going to want will probably cost you quite a bit too. Here's a good list of stuff you may want to consider buying, although a lot of it isn't necessary (cycling specific clothes), Although I recommend a good pump, lock, extra tubes, multi-tool, lights, helmet, water bottle, and chain oil. Things can add up pretty fast.
Sep
4
comment Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?
@Vorac You can get actual non-toxic fire starter for under $10 (which will light multiple fires). Probably best to invest in this if you actually are doing a long distance off-the-beaten-path hike. Although your trick would work in a pinch.
Sep
3
comment Puncture-proof 20" tires?
If you ride a bike and don't know how to change a tire, you're going to have a bad time. While there are puncture resistant tires, no tire is puncture proof, and you will probably get a puncture when you are least prepared.