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Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
21
comment Is a tri frame suitable for track racing?
Yeah, you're right. I was more or less referring to the less uptight clubs that do allow "fringe" bikes onto the track just for training purposes. Official races are a different thing and so if you're racing then you should probably sink the cash for a race specific bike.
Jan
18
awarded  Yearling
Mar
11
comment How to keep my hydration pack tubes and valve from freezing?
Between blowing into the tube when done, wearing the pack under your coat and getting an insulated tube cover, you should be set.
Feb
12
comment Front brake only on a fixed-gear bike
Safe-enough is subjective to your nerves...its totally normal to see only a front brake on a fixie around my parts (sometimes no brakes at all). You might want to have a quick word with local law to determine if you NEED to have both front and back on your bike for legal reasons. Doesn't mean you have to use them, just helps to avoid the fines that could happen if your local bylaws insist on f&b brakes.
Jan
18
awarded  Yearling
Nov
5
comment Benefits of toe grips/toe straps
Clipless(Speedplay/SPD/Look) allow for same energy transfer around the whole pedal stroke and allow for a few degrees of float for your knees. Clipped pedals with traditional shoes give same power transfer but tend to cut the blood supply off to your toes for some and don't give you as much float (so I'm told). Clips without traditional shoes will usually slide out the back when pulling at the bottom of your stroke. The cage-less straps allow for upward pull but no pull through on bottom of stroke but aren't really meant for spin rides - more for mashing. You can wear any shoe with them.
Sep
17
comment What is this cable/hose management clip? (picture)
Seriously buddy?! Like how tight are you pulling those zip ties? In that case use coloured electrical tape.
Sep
17
comment Must cyclist yield to car turning right across a bike lane into driveway?
If you were in a car behind a semi-trailer that was signalling a wide right turn would you try and sneak down the right while he turns? No... you would change lanes and pass him on the left or wait for him to complete his right turn. Why should it be any different just because you're on a bike? Bike lanes confuse motorists because they know they shouldn't be driving in them yet drivers haven't been fully informed how to deal with them when attempting to cross them. Think about when the majority of drivers wrote their road tests and then ask how long bike lanes have been around.
Sep
17
comment Disc brake freezing at end of ride
Check for bent rotor or loose calipers causing alignment issues. Also is wheel is seated correctly in drop outs. If they are hydraulic then a possible cause is air/water in the fluid that is getting heated up during the ride and expanding causing the pads to rub. Once it cools it will go away and that would tell you if it's fluid related.
Aug
27
comment Sounds like there is stickiness on my tire, but there isn't!
Could it be a defective tire? IE a single air bubble below the surface that gets compressed and then releases giving you the sound?
Aug
27
comment Does the USADA have the authority to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles?
I too at first thought the same especially after reading the UCI's press release from 04/08/12, however I read through some of the court documents from Armstrong's challenge to USADA authority and it doesn't look like that is the case. I also read the WADA letter to the UCI after the 04/08/12 press release (a 5 page letter included in the court documents) and it looks like WADA doesn't agree as well. It's going to get messy with lawyers and such. Don't think it will be settled anytime soon.
Aug
20
comment Can you reverse the sprockets on a cassette to lengthen its lifespan?
If you know you need to replace the cassette then you'll probably need to replace your chain too. They tend to wear down as a unit. If it was possible to do what you want, flip all the cogs, then you'd have a nice new tooth on each cog that probably will have issue working with your old chain. In short, swap out the cassette for new and see how your chain works under load on the smallest cogs. If you have no slippage then great - go on with your life. If you do have slippage get a new chain too.
Aug
20
comment Rear wheel sliding/slipping on turns?
Check tire preasure first then check for wheel defects like spokes and axle. When tire preasure gets low you might not notice it when going in a straight line but once you lean it over you'll feel like you've got a tire slip happening. It usually occured for me around the 30 PSI mark for my MTB. I had to go up to around 45 PSI for it to stop. I lost some addition traction when climbing but it felt way safer over all so I didn't care too much.
Aug
20
comment Will a change from 26x2.10 to 26x1.95 tires improve speed?
PSI will make the biggest difference with any tire even knobbies. I have a semi-slick touring tire on my bike and the rolling resistance I see in coasting increases drastically with even a 10 PSI decrease which is why I always check my tires before a ride to ensure I'm around 80 PSI (max rate for my tire). Change to a road tire and ride at max PSI and you'll think you've become [place your favourite road racer name here].
Aug
13
comment Avoiding being wiped out after work commute?
Sports drinks are way over priced for what they really are (water,flavouring,sugar(carb),salt). I've been making my own for years at pennies a litre. Do a web search for homemade sports drinks and you'll get lots of recipes and it'll save you a heap of cash. The easiest is to do something like 3:1 water:OJ with a pinch of salt. You'll get your fluids back with a slight amount of sugar for energy and the salt is to replace what you loose from sweat. It could be argued though that you don't really need a sports drink for 2 hours of activity but that's another thread.
Jul
27
comment What are the benefits of 700c23 tires?
+1 for the links. Good reads.
Jul
27
comment How can I adapt a mountain bike for a one or two week tour?
+1 for the nice pic
Jul
26
comment What are the most significant factors affecting downhill cruising speed?
Friction is working against you some where. As Tom77 said you could swap bikes to see if it's your tuck but make sure you try from a full stop and let gravity pull you both down the hill. You isolate out the aerodynamic part if you start from 0mph. If his bike moves faster from a stop then it's the wheels and you can look at the hub or tire inflation issues. If you both move at the same rate then swap out wheels and isolate out the aero rims you pointed out. After that look at yourself. Maybe your knees aren't pulled in as much as his...
Jul
26
comment Bicycle slipping gears on middle sprocket gears 4-7
+1 for an excellent walk-thru