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Aug
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Aug
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comment How to stop dealing with flat tires?
@Frisbee, recommended tire pressure is a good starting point. What is optimal for any given rider/conditions depends. FWIW, going below recommended psi is more common than going above.
Aug
6
comment How to stop dealing with flat tires?
@PavelPetrman, I already did! But, yes, people do routinely exceed "recommended" tire pressure on bikes. Some folks like the stiffer tire feel, others have no choice because of weight. For any given rider, style and conditions, there is a window of optimal pressure. That window doesn't necessarily coincide with what is written on the sidewall.
Aug
6
comment How to stop dealing with flat tires?
@Frisbee, perhaps not if you're an elite time-trialist, but for the OP, commuters and almost everyone else-- not a big deal. Even those of us who are picky can do fine with a primitive gauged floor pump and some trial and error to get to the right pressure.
Aug
6
comment How to stop dealing with flat tires?
@Frisbee, the accuracy of measurement for any particular gauge is less important than being able to get a repeatable measurement. 10% accuracy is as good as you need. The best thing to do is to always pump to a particular pressure-- if that works, great. If not increase or decrease until pressure is good. It is not rocket science.
Aug
6
comment How to stop dealing with flat tires?
@PavelPetrman, the pressure written on the sidewall of the tire can be exceeded (sometimes by a lot) when riding with good quality tires and rims.
Aug
5
answered How to stop dealing with flat tires?
Aug
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comment How to stop dealing with flat tires?
The pressure is too low. What pressure exactly do you mean by "tight"? What is the width of the tire? If the pressure is already high enough, use a fatter tire. It is OK to exceed the pressure written on the tire if you are using good tires.
Aug
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Jul
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comment How to repair a broken steel frame, at the rear drop out /chainstay location
Yes in my case the original FrameMaker repaired it. This is not something feasible for a home mechanic unless they happen to be expert at TIG welding.
Jul
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Jun
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comment cold setting 3-speed road frame to 7 8 speed cassette
OMG, I've never seen a 3-speed freewheel on a road bike. How old is it? Best thing would be to keep the 3-speed freewheel, and restore everything as close to original as possible just for the extreme novelty factor.
Jan
6
comment base training with or without added energy?
I am surprised that your "TrainerRoad" link doesn't mention eating at all. Perhaps look into a program that discusses and makes recommendations about energy intake during workouts. Everyone is different and actual intensity is a critical factor, but 2-3 hours on a trainer without any carbs seems like you're (borderline) risking a bonk and potentially burning muscle. The point of periodic carb consumption during long-duration aerobic exercise is to keep your fat-burning metabolism "primed" and burning fat rather than muscle.
Nov
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answered How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
Oct
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comment Why does the glue in a puncture repair kit dry up so quickly?
@Vorac, yes, those are "good enough" to get you going again in a bind, but in my experience they're never as good as traditional patches.
Sep
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Sep
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comment What sort of bicycle helmet gives me better speed?
There are MANY contributing factors in a time trial (which is what you're talking about) of which the helmet is but one. No one factor completely dominates the other. If you're going to use a time trial helmet, then you might as well go with a skinsuit, shoe-covers, time trial bike, disk wheels, glasses, someone to block traffic for you at each intersection, a ramp in your driveway, and some time in a windtunnel to tune your form. Moreover, 34 kmh with all the trappings will scream "fred".
Aug
12
answered 90 mile round trip work commute
Aug
12
comment Speed improvement from hybrid bike to road bike over 9km at 30 kmph?
Why should "all other things be equal"? If you just like the Cannondale road bike, that is reason enough but if you're strictly trying to quantify a meager ROI ($1000 for 30 seconds on a 10Km trip), that will be a disappointment. Just pedal faster. 30Kmh is not hard to achieve on a flat dedicated bike path with almost any bike.
Aug
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