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Jul
24
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
@Davor: No, it's not science, just practical knowledge. What you eat, particularly spice, ends up in your transpiration and contributes to body odor. In this sense even a person that just took a shower and sweats releases a smell. Drinking a lot of water just dilutes these things, (whatever they are) and makes body odor less prominent, even before bacteria reproduction.
Jul
22
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
Relevant: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/15594/…
Jul
18
comment Why did my tire fail?
Then it sounds like chemical damage. It may have contacted some solvent, oil or the like, but most rubber compound can resist common paint solvents, and motor oil
Jul
18
comment Why did my tire fail?
Was the bike being carried in a rear rack? If so, did the tire sat on the stream of the exhaust? I've seen tires ruined by the heat of the exhaust. It weakens the inner threads so the rubber is left on its own but it can't whitstand the air pressure.
Jul
17
comment What is the benefit of fat tires on pavement?
These days I'm using a fully rigid mountain bike even for XC riding (the trails need very little suspension) and the 26x2.1 tires with low pressure are enough for me. The big advantage for me is that having no suspension my bike is way lighter than some expensive single susp. bikes. I guess that the same holds true for city riding with a fully rigid fat bike if you care little for rolling resistance. After all, coping with extra weight for the sake of comfort from suspension is just another kind of sacrifice. Why not accept extra rolling resist. in exchange of comfort and lightness?
Jul
17
comment What is the benefit of fat tires on pavement?
I agree that comfort may be the only "benefit" that would make me choose a fat bike for city riding. A fat rigid bike may be lighter than a full suspension bike and provide enough cushioning for small potholes, pavement creases and the like.
Jul
14
comment What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?
Indeed, @dlu, I had forgotten that. Edited accordingly.
Jul
14
comment What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?
The first part, about tools, is actually my every ride tool set. Listed individual tools but they are actually 4 separated objects (Counting the patch kit as a unit. As for food I suit accordingly to each ride, That's why I mention liquid amount per riding hour. The Full pack is thought for a ride longer than 4 hours in which at some point I would be alone and further away than one hour walking to get help in case of bike failure not repairable with the carried tools.
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.