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You can never have enough bicycles, but my wife says eight is enough.


Jun
26
comment Garmin Edge Touring can't do car, walking, or straight-line routing directions?
My experience with many garmin devices is that they don't put the same firmware functionality from one device to another. Check out the reviews on DC Rainmakers blog for the Edge Touring and the Edge 800, 810 and 1000. (dcrainmaker.com/product-reviews/garmin) also search the garmin forums, I've found more 'fixes' in the forums then from emails to garmin. (forums.garmin.com/forumdisplay.php?20-Cycling)
Jun
15
comment Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
I have that same model as shown and this has only happened to me when not wearing the shoes, as such I never insert the plastic strap when not wearing the shoes anymore. It took a screwdriver and some fiddling to get the strap released. All this without my foot in the shoe. If you can get your foot out with it strapped, you may have better luck releasing the quick released. Have you tried a shoe insole insert (like Superfeet) to 'raise' your foot so you cannot ratchet fully closed?
Mar
14
comment Can I enter an enduro race on a hardtail mountain bike?
Check the rules for each event, the enduro race series near me even has a Hard Tail category
Aug
2
comment Bike Shorts and Metal Eyelets
No idea, but have seen eyelets like those on board shorts (swim trunks) to let water out of pockets.
May
30
comment How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?
If you are stuck on the Trek and the only dealer will not allow a test ride, ask to ride the bike(s) on a trainer at the dealer. Not as good as an outdoor/dynamic test ride but riding on a trainer will give you some feedback about your reach, leg lengths and some feel for how one size fits versus another.
May
25
comment How do you evaluate a chamois (padding in shorts) before buying?
I think most returns get put into their quarterly 'garage sales' not back on the floor.
May
23
comment How do you evaluate a chamois (padding in shorts) before buying?
My recommendation is to buy from a place with an awesome return policy. For instance, REI takes anything back without question.
May
16
comment Evaluate hill gradient
I use Strava a lot and agree with what @Kibbee says about the emphasis on comparing to others, but within these 'leader boards' you can select to just show just your rides on each segment to see how you have improved over time. Additionally, you can change your default view settings to default the leader board to All, people you follow, or even a club. If you don't follow anyone, you can set the default view to basically show no one else but your ride time for each segment.
May
1
comment Running one wheel with clincher and one with Tubular
I figured you meant same brand/make of tire, not running clincher on a tubular rim, that wouldn't work. What I meant to convey was that matching the brand/make doesn't matter.
Apr
24
comment Are there pedals that are both flat and cleated on each side?
Not SPD, but I love my Crank Brothers Mallet pedals, can ride flat or clipped in on either side.
Apr
19
comment Can oil/grease damage tires?
@jimirings same for disc brakes, chain lube is what gets on my disc brakes if I don't apply it carefully. Very loud.
Apr
11
comment Repurpose old android phone (without cell phone plan) as cycle computer with GPS tracking?
It has been a couple co-workers and my understanding was that they needed a wifi connection (not just riding past a wifi that broadcasts location services) at home and then again once at work. The one guy I talked mostly with about this had problems if he tried to start the Strava app midway without an internet connection. My only experience is with Strava and these co-workers and iPhones. I personally have used the Strava app but never without cellular data.
Mar
26
comment What is the correct language for talking about cyclocross?
I've also heard (and said) "racing cross"
Mar
6
comment gatorskin tyres
Some tires are harder to put on then others, but it should fit. Checkout these questions/answers for some tips: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/4602/… or bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/1235/…
Mar
5
comment 7 speed to 8 or 9 speed cassette change
You may also need to change the rear derailleur to aloow more gears. The shifter, cassette and derailleur all work together.
Jan
24
comment Looking for components needed to route 3 cables on top of toptube for cyclocross bike
You need at least one cable stop on the seat stay as the cable will be coming from the seat and not the downtube.
Jan
15
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
Wow, how long is the cable, the images make it look like you would need both the light and battery on the helmet. The actual light on the older MiNewt I have is very small (similar looking to the 1800) but the cable is only 5 or 6 inches and you need to mount the battery close.
Jan
10
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
The 1800 does offer longer run time at low/medium but does require separate battery pack. I have an older MiNewt with this setup. While it is nice to leave the light on the bike and just bring the battery in to charge, the Lumina all in one is much nicer (to me) it is easy to get on/off both the handlebar mount (in your link) and the helmet mount. Putting the 172g Lumina on helmet will be much nicer than the 435g 1800.
Jan
9
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
yes exactly. I have seen some web sites in the past that show the width and focus of the beam of light, but cannot find it right now. The way the light spreads out makes a difference. The optics as well as the reflecting focus from inside the light. Some are more wide beam, some more focused. I think the NightRider Lumina series has a good beam of light not extremely narrow focused but not wide at all, enough to spread out across a lane of traffic, with ambient spreading a bit wider.
Jan
9
comment Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?
I recently purchased the Nightrider Lumina 650 with 650 lumens and love the USB charging and helmet mount. It is almost too bright. I've taken it on roads and trails, on roads I almost feel like I'm blinding drivers, but on trails it really shines (pun intended), fully lighting up the trail with plenty of distance to see and ride at upwards of 18-20 mph (wide gravel trails) and with the helmet mount, can look around when going slower on single track sections. Very nice all in one unit with no wires.