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Jun
5
comment Worth it to touch up my bike?
I do the same, based in the following principles: 1) the bike is already scratched anyway, so perfection is not a goal anymore (or shouldn't be, it's a BIKE after all). 2) the paint that is already in the non-scratched parts is the best your bike can get. Removing it or painting over most probably won't improve anything. 3) Bikes have a life of their own. Scratches and nail polishes add to their personality. 4) Some nail polishes are actually flashier than the original painting!
Jun
2
answered Twist shifter spacing between 6 & 7
May
24
answered How do you evaluate a chamois (padding in shorts) before buying?
May
21
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May
20
comment Fixed Gear Chainring Centering
Remind that these tight-and-loose spots may be caused by chainring, cog or the very chain being "off-center". If you spin the pedals with the bike upside down and there is not a regular pattern of tight-and-loose, perhaps even more than one part is off-center. That tends to happen more with cheap parts.
May
17
comment Good locks seem awfully heavy
At cafes, people usually keep looking at the bike, and cafes usually are in relatively safer neighborhoods, I think.
May
15
comment Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?
+1 for real world examples.
May
14
comment Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear
Is the crankset the same? Some cranksets "sink deeper" in the bottom bracket, so if you have a different crankset, that might be an issue. Besides, even the same crankset sinks differently around different bottom brackets, due to spindle taper. If that is the case, do you think it's possible to tighten the bolt a bit more? That would bring the crankset closer to the front derailer.
May
10
comment Why is cycling on a road so much faster than cycling on a cycle path?
If we agree that, by design, road surfaces are constructed smoother than bike paths (which seems to describe reality worldwide), then I think this is the best answer. +1
May
10
comment Why is cycling on a road so much faster than cycling on a cycle path?
Exactely the same thing in Brazil. (by the way, isn't this answer actually a comment?)
May
10
comment Disabling back-pedal brake
@DanielRHicks I also remember old, bulky bikes being ridden over and over and over and never having a chain replaced OR a chain-skip... Something must have been lost in the way... :P
May
8
comment Disabling back-pedal brake
Is there a WIRE activating the brake? Shouldn't the very backpedalling activate the brake, without need of a wire and a lever? Confusing...
May
7
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May
7
comment Is cycling better than walking to lose weight?
Never forget the possibility to use the bike BEYOND your commute, since once you get minimally fit, you could get really far and/or really fast, having the bike as an extra, "free" tool to exercise (besides being an utilitarian mean of transportation).
May
7
revised How to get back on the road again?
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May
7
comment How to get back on the road again?
Yeah, the roads I ride with these conditions have a ramp caused by new asphalt only on the main road, not the side lane. I'd say lightening the weight on each wheel going over the ramp is important, but I find a bunny hop is too critical if the traffic is that heavy as described.
May
7
answered How to get back on the road again?
May
7
comment Formula to calculate Single Speed Chain Length from Chainring Size, Cog Size, and Chainstay Length
(well, actually you have to get the radius from number of teeth, but that is "natural" too...)
May
7
comment Formula to calculate Single Speed Chain Length from Chainring Size, Cog Size, and Chainstay Length
Actuallly it's just move things to the right side of the equation, leaving "L" (chain length) isolated on one side.
May
7
comment Formula to calculate Single Speed Chain Length from Chainring Size, Cog Size, and Chainstay Length
And, just in case you want to find the "magic gear" for a vertical dropout bike, I think it's risky, since minor variations on the parts themselves can make the chain become too tight or too slacky... Not to mention the ideal length will quickly vanish as the chain wears out. (well, just a thought)