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May
5
comment What accommodations might be made for riding a frame 4'' too large?
@Carel I've also heard this, and it seems that someone with my leg length can readily reach the cranks. It's just a question (as the other commenter point out), of whether I can ride it without a cup!
Jan
1
comment best ride to burn tummy fat
@JigarGandhi If your goal is to lose weight, then exercise is only helpful if you don't eat (or drink) back the calories you burn. Unfortunately, drinking a small glass of juice is actually enough (~125 kcals) to undo more than half the calorie loss from a 7km ride (~250 kcals).
Dec
31
comment best ride to burn tummy fat
Do you have a source for that? My experience is that tracking calories in, calories out, and weight or body fat % yields nearly exact agreement (+/- 5-10%). Thermodynamics would seem to suggest the same thing: if you burn more than you eat, the energy has to be released from your fat. Extra distance training can improve your ability to metabolize fat faster in the long run, but if your primary goal is weight loss, not being a good long distance cyclist, this is of limited benefit. You could spend less time to burn the same number of calories.
Dec
31
comment best ride to burn tummy fat
@DanielRHicks To continue: it's true that over a very long ride you can burn more fat, but that really comes down to how fast you can metabolize fat. For most people, you can only get a few hundred kcals/hour, unless you have a ton of body fat. In practice, this means more than an hour or so of max effort will leave you either eating to recover energy, or else bonking. In contrast, at a more relaxed pace, you could go for hours and hours (since your net deficit is smaller, your initial energy stores last longer). If your primary goal is to lose fat, a short, intense ride might be better.
Dec
31
comment best ride to burn tummy fat
@DanielRHicks Well it's true that a short hard ride will burn blood sugar, if you don't then eat back the calories expended, your body will obtain them from your fat over the remainder of the day. As Eric says, a sustained caloric deficit will induce lipolysis (and testosterone can as well), whereby stored fat -> gylcerol -> glucose to replace the sugar and glycogen stores once they're depleted. If you burn 1000 calories in glycogen or glucose in one hour or two, it still gets replenished the same way: either you eat, or it comes out of your fat. The difference is that 1 hour takes less time.
Aug
28
comment Cleaning Carbon Black off a Bicycle
@arne I'm actually unsure. Both bikes I have this issue with are reasonably smooth, but perhaps not as much as another of my bikes which I'm sure is powder coated. Do you think that would make a difference?
Aug
27
comment Cleaning Carbon Black off a Bicycle
@hillsons since it only seems to be a problem after the rain, it's possible that some mud or other debris are getting mixed into it as well. However, I'm reasonably confident that the main ingredient is brake dust.
Aug
18
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
@Izkata Actually this isn't really a bad thing. Notwithstanding that in rush hour in most Canadian cities, bikes travel about as fast as cars, and that Michelle is taking up less space by cycling than by driving, in most jurisdictions (and, to my knowledge, all Canadian jurisdictions), cyclists are permitted, and even instructed, to take the entire lane when it is too narrow to share safely. From a legal perspective, any lane which is less than about 8ft wider than a typical car is too narrow to share with a cyclist. Michelle is being courteous by allowing cars to share her lane at all.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
@dsalo Good suggestion. I don't encounter Trolls much at home, but have when I've biked abroad. I've lumped them in with "Enemies" in the last section, and updated the text accordingly.
May
22
comment Can I mount a wheel with a narrow hub to a wide frame?
I was thinking of the Sturmey Archer 8 Speed IGH, which comes in a disk mount version. However, consulting their site, I see that the disk mount version is actually 127mm, and there's even a wide version at 134mm. Still be interesting to have an answer to the original question though.
Apr
10
comment Is there a polite way to take the centre of the road without antagonizing motorists?
+1 for #3. In my city, the blinking lights are the difference between routine honking and aggressive behavior from motorists, and 100% of drivers patiently waiting to change lanes when passing.
Jan
21
comment Techniques for safely leaving a bike for 1-2 minutes in a safe-ish place
@CareyGregory It depends on the thief. Where I'm located, lower-end bikes are more often stolen by junkies who ride them off. Maybe vans and trucks are just a US thing? I've never seen or heard of this happening, but it seems like we get reports of someone riding off with a bike pretty frequently.
Dec
2
comment How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt?
@Vorac If you have good tires, and smooth, clean, pavement, you can corner very sharply on a road bike, at very high speeds. If you're doing 40km/h, and want to make a sharp 90 degree turn, you can do it, but you're going to have to lean pretty aggressively. If you don't want a pedal strike, then leaning both bike and body would seem to be the way to go.
Nov
30
comment What is a good bike for college?
@Batman +1, but the mini can actually fit in the back pocket of your jeans too!
Nov
28
comment Is cornering in snow any different?
Can't speak for cornering at "fun" speeds, but my practice riding a slick tire on icy roads last winter was always: start braking 200m before the turn, slow to less than 10km/h, and then turn the bike very slowly, making a wide turn, and keeping the bike as upright as possible. 0 falls, but maybe not what you're seeking.
Nov
22
comment What to look for when buying a single gear bike?
+1 for the fixed vs. single consideration. Also, 3 speed hubs make for a great about-the-town bike, as suggested.
Nov
21
comment Can bicycling cause runner's knee?
Going to second what's been suggested about bike fit and gearing. If your bike fits, you should never have to stand, unless you're near a real mountain. Day to day commutes should have you in the saddle the whole time, even on hills. Gave myself ITB pain after riding a poorly fitting, overgeared bike in the Alps, but it went away with a few weeks of serious stretching.
Nov
11
comment Knowing what bicycle frame material I have
Probably if it is much heavier, it's not the material so much as the design. Many walmart brands produce 30 or 40 pound creatures from what I assume to be very low grade steel (sometimes called "Mystery Pig Iron" alloy). A good steel frame can be more or less identical in weight to an aluminium one. Use the magnet.
Nov
11
comment Removing bike interfaces to reduce likelyhood of theft?
One possibility in place of quick releasing pedals would be something like an egg beater pedal, which is difficult to ride without the required cleats.
Nov
10
comment Is it normal for a fixed gear bicycle's rear wheel to slip forward in its dropouts from time to time?
Interesting. By chain tensioner though, I meant that I already have tuggnuts. Possibly I'm using them incorrectly however. Is the idea to tension the chain with the nut, and then tighten down the main nuts, or is a different procedure needed?