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


Dec
4
comment What features make a good fitness tracker for cyclists?
Not sold or advertised as a Fitness Tracker, the new Garmin 920xt added activity tracking to the multisport watch that does all the stuff a GPS cycling device should (speed, cadence, map, power meter, HR, anything ANT+) but now also tracks my steps, sleep and beeps at me when I sit around too long. The GPS is only used for the running, cycling and open water swimming. You can get a quick release kit to mount it to your handlebars.
Dec
1
comment Are there any reasons why you would avoid going disc (other than cost) for racing cyclo cross?
I agree, swapping a disc wheel you won't need to release the brakes and re-connect, but I do find there are many more non-disc wheels available from friends at the races, buddies racing later or before me always offer hand-ups! I do clean my brakes, but still the grit and grime during the race adds up lap after lap. I love the mud, but as far as bike maintenance, CX can be expensive
Oct
30
comment How do I fit this pair of chain tensioners on my single speed bike?
@NickT This style of chain tensioner might not work with your frame. The image that mattnz found shows the 'slot' on the inside of the dropout. I agree that it is confusing, most frames don't have this slot or accommodate this style of tensioner
Oct
30
comment How do I fit this pair of chain tensioners on my single speed bike?
@NickT the "eyes" go in the dropout. Not on the outside and as Emyr said, not the inside as it should match the hub width so no room on the inside.
Oct
30
comment First cyclocross race - how to choose and set up the bike
Awesome - stick around (or go early looking at the schedule you might go last) and watch the more experienced racers.
Oct
29
comment How do I fit this pair of chain tensioners on my single speed bike?
Not on the outside, not on the inside, but in the horizontal area of the dropout, the bracket will be on the rear of the dropout on the frame. The photo that @mattnz added shows a similar chain tensioner.
Oct
27
comment First cyclocross race - how to choose and set up the bike
I see many mountain bikes in the beginner races, as you move up (and with experience) you'll get that CX bike ready, checkout some of the other riders bikes and chat up a new conversation, new riding buddies, see if there are local CX practices - we have a weekly practice here in town and you just show up, do some drills and mini course with 5/6 lap 'race' at the end.
Oct
27
comment First cyclocross race - strategy
One other thing I forgot to add is that the races go longer in the higher categories, 35-40 minutes is typical for the winning beginner race time, 45-50 for 'B' and 55-65 for 'A'
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.