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May
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comment Why are hand-built wheels considered to be better than machine-built wheels?
I agree the second and third points are a bit speculative, but the "bending-around-crossing" technique gives the spoke a characteristic shape that I haven't seen in any other wheel than the ones I laced myself, be it machine-built or not. So I assume this bending is not usually performed in industry or by local mechanics, but rather only by more crafted wheelbuilders (or ones that read Sheldon Brown a lot).
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comment How do I maximize my upper body workout from riding?
@Vorac as I understand, there is room for training super-high cadences and also more slowly-grinding ones. Usually, what is not recommended is to ride low cadences like everyday, at cruise-speeds.
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Dec
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comment Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?
Good point on bad mechanical advantage from the hoods. But actually, I am riding a flat bar road bike, so I use V-Brake levers. Anyway, this is a common complaint between fellows with much more experience than me, riding drops and all.
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comment New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it?
I'd rinse if the ride is wet, because the dirt necessarily got inside the pins. A dry dusty ride does not prompt for cleaning if the chain doesn't sound squeaky IMO. There is an understanding that it's the dirt that causes wear, not lack of lube (which itself would lower drivetrain efficiency due to friction). Sheldon brown has the best article I've ever read about chainwear, it' enligtening.
Aug
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comment New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it?
Well if the chain is ALREADY dirty, I would clean it before putting it on the bike.
Aug
18
comment Does this chainring need to be replaced?
@Kaz you're right, but only if the chainring is symmetrical, which is usually not the case with indexed rings. Even "flat" chainrings usually have a lowered edge in one side of the holes.
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Jul
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comment Rear hub for randonneuring - any “classic” model?
"I would probably not choose American Classic for randonneuring" - could you elaborate on that?
Jul
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comment Rear hub for randonneuring - any “classic” model?
@DWGKNZ I agree that some boutique parts are a bit overpriced, but Chris Kings are the epytome of "expensive" (if not outright overpriced) to me. I am taking a look at Grand Cru, from Velo Orange, and that looks great AND less expensive... (not that CKs are bad, not at all, but expensive...)
Jul
21
comment Solid rubber bicycle tires
It is worth noting that the very invention of pneumatic tires by Dunlop a long time ago was responsible for a huge development and widespread use of the bicycle as a vehicle.
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asked Rear hub for randonneuring - any “classic” model?
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comment Is it really necessary to physically cross (interlace) the spokes on traditional wheel lacing?
I have tried myself to build a passing wheel, but couldn't because the spokes would leave the flanges at too narrow angles, thus not "wrapping" enough around the flange. I suspect this would make the spokes flex a lot around the elbow, thus braking due to fatigue. Then, it seems to me that supporting them at the middle (via crossing) increases the wrapping AND decreases the flexing at the elbows during use.