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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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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.
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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.
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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.