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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.
Jan
9
comment V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?
Yeah, accidentally posted and then took too long to edit. - 42-622 is 28x1.60 or 700x40mm which are quite wide for a road/cyclocross type of bike. The widest I've ridden on my CX bikes is 35mm. 40mm is not that much more, if your bicycle has the clearance (chain and seat stays) to handle the width, these mini V-Brakes should handle the width... I've never ridden studs, but have seen some that are very short (almost just rivets in the tire) to inch tall spikes. It will again depend on bike clearance more than the brake clearance. In short, these mini V-Brakes should allow the 42x622 tires.
Jan
9
comment V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?
42-622 is 28x1.60 or 700x40 which are quite wide for a road/cyclocross type of bike. If your bicycle can handle the width, I
Jan
7
comment What is a wireless crankset?
Yes most likely all cranksets are wireless. A buddy has an older SRM wired power meter and the wire runs from the head unit to the bottom bracket area to a sensor magnet that is required to be within 3-5mm of the power meter lid (covers the power meter on the cranks), so even this 'wired' power meter is truly a wireless crankset.
Dec
31
comment Frequent flats with Michelin Pro3's
This has been my experience too, everything sticks to these tires. I highly recommend an inspection everytime you get done with a ride, get anything out/off before it can get worked further into the rubber.
Dec
10
comment Social network for bike users
I love the social parts of Strava.com (Kudos, Segments, Clubs, Segment leader boards) but they do not offer a way to really communicate in text (other than ride comments).
Sep
14
comment brake lever will not return
I have had my pads too high as well - rubbing the tire raw, but don't get this type of ridge/lip when it rubs the tire, just when it is too low and is over the edge towards the spokes.
Sep
8
comment How to clean white handlebar tape?
I love Simple Green, but no longer leave it on or let parts soak in it for very long... (velonews.competitor.com/2005/11/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq/…)