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Jul
1
comment 8 speed free wheel with single speed crankset
@ChrisL: I appreciate your correction. Indeed I was thinking about the new trend of replacing MTB triples with 1x drivetrais. I also agree that a 1x chainring is not required, but I stand behind my word that it really helps. In my case in DH racing a 1x DH specific ring almost completely eliminated chain drop, compared to a regular, 32 teeth ring from a triple crankset. In the end, I was trying to say to the O.P. is that he can cut time to project completion by going straight to a single ring crankset, instead of having to worry about all the different posibbilities you correctly stated.
Jun
30
comment 8 speed free wheel with single speed crankset
A chainring designed to be used in a single setup has teeth specifically designed to reduce chain droppage. Also, 42 tends to be the largest chainring with 4 holes to attach to the crank, bigger rings tend to have 5 bolt holes. So geting a new single ring crankset may be quicker than fiddling around with a cheap one.
Jun
30
comment Standing vs. high rpm for acceleration
If you are comfortable using a technique and you get good overall results, then don't change it but continue to improve it.
Jun
30
comment Standing vs. high rpm for acceleration
I've been also working on rising my cadence and in keeping it for longer period of time. I can accelerate at almost the same rate while seated than ride buddies that accelerate standing on pedals. The same is true for short climbs: I do it faster seated and on high cadence than my mates who do it standing. I guess that if we used each others technique for a test, the results will be very different.
Jun
27
comment Is it possible to get a light that is too bright?
On the etiquette side, A light that is overly bright or is aimed at other road / path users eyes tends to generate negative feeling against cyclists.
Jun
23
comment Hydraulic Vs. Mechanical disc brakes
Bad braking technique can also overheat brakes, even to the point of boiling fluid. Specifically, being too scared of taking speed and thus pressing the brake cotinously. To avoid that, ( I ) use the brakes intermitently: Braking hard before corners and releasing on the curve exit and straights...
Jun
16
comment Are older road bike parts compatible with newer standards? How do older and newer bikes match up performance wise?
The diameter difference between 27" rims and 700c rims is 8 millimeters, being the 700c smaller, so if you put 700c rims on a bike designed for 27", the brake pads will ride 4 millimeters too high (far from center). This is solved easily using long reach calipers. The rear axle length on the other hand is a more difficult issue. Only steel frames can be re-spaced, but that requires experience and some special tools.
Jun
14
comment My rear cogs (not sure on the correct name) turn at force even when stationary.
I have seen very poorly manufactured cranksets where the chainrings are just press fit into the main spindle (yes, the one piece crank+spindle+crank type) and they slip under high load. I have also seen this type of crankset with splined crainring/spindle interface where the splines are too shallow and made of soft material. Anyway, this is very unlikely, there are very few manufacturers making such atrocities.
Jun
10
comment Ideas for consistently popping tubes
There is actually a popping sound? The damage you describe in a comment (holes about the size of two or three pencil tips. The rubber appears to split from the outside) Has no "counterpart" in the tire?
Jun
7
comment Retrieving Loose Nipple from Inside Rim
@DanielRHicks: I'm familiar with double wall rims. I edited my response hoping to clarify my thought.
May
15
comment My calf catches my derailleur when I pedal
Can you get someone to take a picture of you in your bike showing your calf? I Agree with @Kibbee, the derailleur should only go about 1/4 of an inch or less over the big ring, otherwise the crank would hit it when pedaling...
May
12
comment Choosing chainring configuration
@Batman: The same can be easily done with MS Excel or an equivalent program.
May
11
comment What is the point of pedal straps?
Thanks @ChrisH for pointing out the term. I didn't know how to reference the item. Indeed that was what my friend assembled, starting from complete pedal clips/straps.
Mar
30
comment Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes
Indeed, @Batman. Edited to include the option of finding a dirrefent noodle.
Dec
18
comment Carbon fork torque
I would measure both the fork and the hub to check if one of them is too much out of spec.
Dec
12
comment Are road bike seats interchangeable?
While I completely agree with Batman's and Daniel R Hicks' anwsers, I testify that getting a second saddle+seatpost is a great way of sharing a bike that will frequently be used by two people of reasonably similar body geometry. I being a male, used to share a bike with my sister, so I had another seatpost with a wider and more padded saddle wich was placed more towards the front in the post. With the quick release, the bike was readjusted in matter of seconds. (In those days, there wheren't woman's saddles availables in my country)
Dec
12
comment How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?
I really think you will get good answers and suggestions if you re write the question more properly.
Dec
12
comment How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?
The wording on this question is too bad, it seemingly encourages bad habits in other riders. The core question about rear brake only trechnique is valid, but please, for health reasons, remove the lazy part.
Dec
9
comment Is the same effort required to maintain a set speed using different sized chainring / cog combinations with same ratio
Single speed is more efficient because you don't deal with the friction in the jockey wheels / pulleys.
Dec
4
comment Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?
@Batman: Indeed, now that you mention it, I once bougt a rear shock that was brought to my country via air cargo, and it came with enough pressure to be used (Sag was almost exactly where I needed it). I think that anecdote answers my own question.