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Jan
16
answered Suggestions for budget mountain bike with opportunities for upgrade
Jan
16
comment What is the longest reasonable distance one may expect to ride on a comfort bike?
I agree you should get the most of your bike before considering to change it for another. You can reposition yourself, use narrower tires, swap some minor components... I like to ride comfort bikes and they can be efficient if you set up a more "sporty" cockpit. +1
Jan
16
comment What is the longest reasonable distance one may expect to ride on a comfort bike?
With this bike you can ride 14 hours in a single day, or go perhaps ride 200km in a single day (seriously!), without the risk of anyone reasonably question if the bike is appropriate or not. For the distance you pointed, no problem AT ALL, even ten times that. It depends only on fitness, nice road, and nice mood. But you have to grow this distance small steps each time, depending mostly on your age. Go for it!!
Jan
16
comment Why are axle cone nuts on the left side of a bike not reverse threaded?
+1 agreed. The situation described by OP, in my experience, is quite rare, so perhaps this self-tightening effect happened by other cause. Also, in pedals and bottombrackets, the direction of resultant force rotates while the bike is in use (your weight points down, but the pedal rotates) but in the hub the resultant force always point in one direction against the axle, because neither the axle or the cone rotate (it is the hub that does so).
Jan
15
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Jan
14
comment Load your bag or Load your bike?
I think it depends. From personal experience, after you learn to use your arms and legs as suspension on really irregular terrain, it is WAY easier and safer to control the bike. It does not mean it won't make you tired if you do it too long. Anyway, lotsa loads AND rough terrain will always make you tired and might be preferrably avoided (but not always, like remote-areas trekking, for example). I for one, would only go fast downhill, offroad, with a backpack (and not with panniers over a rack).
Jan
14
comment How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?
@JasonS also, the cut most probably doesn't need to be PERFECTLY straight. Unless the hose is too skewed, it should work the same.
Jan
14
comment I feel long rides exclusively in my quads, should my calf muscles be doing more work?
As a physician, I totally agree. Calf muscles have mostly a postural (static) function while pedalling. Besides, calf definition depends a lot on genetics, too.
Jan
13
answered How to avoid knee pain when cycling
Jan
13
comment Load your bag or Load your bike?
With loaded bike, tires absorb all the impact, besides the deformation of load itself (clothes and food inside bags, for example). With the load in your back, you can stand up and use your body (legs and arms) to keep some impact away from the poor bike, specially modern-skinny-road-racers - or any bike traversing a stretch of very harsh terrain.
Jan
13
comment Why aren't Tour de France riders going any faster?
@Kibbee I think each age has its motivations. For example, there haven't been too much manned landings on Moon, lately. I think professional athletes go for what is most professionally attractive in each moment of history.
Jan
13
comment How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?
@jm2 answer is the way to go. I used it, is easy, inexpensive, and works perfectly.
Jan
13
comment How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?
I have Maguras and the very own product manual describes exactely this procedure: sharp razor-like object, sliding back and forward to produce a very straight-angled hose end.
Jan
13
answered Load your bag or Load your bike?
Jan
13
answered Why aren't Tour de France riders going any faster?
Jan
12
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Jan
12
answered Adivce on what to do next with crunching / slipping gears
Jan
12
comment Adivce on what to do next with crunching / slipping gears
Surely the best thing to do is to go back to the shop and demand some extra attention. I think they will not oppose to do so, if you don't wait too long to do it. +1
Jan
9
comment Maintaining an old bike properly
A 6 year old bicycle by no means can be considered old. There are people riding 20+ years old bycicles without a problem. But, besides time, bycicles surely can "age badly" if we don't take proper care. If you apply the given suggestions, you'll be surprised with the great results and how nice the bike will feel.
Dec
21
comment Disc brake pads are loose in the calipers, is this a problem?
If it is spring type, you could take the pads out and bend the spring open a bit, so that it applies more force to keep the pads away from the disc. I had Deore mechanical and I did it once in a while, it worked.