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comment Can your rims wear down from too much braking?
The determining factor is what you ride through, not the type of bike. Ride through crud, crud accumulates on the pads and causes wear every time you squeeze the levers.
comment What are the pros and cons of a Turbo Trainer over Training Rollers?
Thanks, I edited and added that. I did not add about vibration; if anything that's a con of both, though it depends quite a bit on the specific brand, and where you put it. A simple foam mat can mitigate all but the worst offenders.
comment Alternatives for front shifting for small hands
I did think about electronic shifters, a little. Definitely pretty spendy new, but maybe I can find a used one that won't break the bank.
comment What's the shelf life of tublar tires?
I have heard this before, and it always cracks me up. I imagine walking up to the counter at the bike shop, saying, "I'd like 2 of your finest cave-aged tubulars, please!" BTW the inimitable Jobst Brandt agrees that there's no benefit:
comment Can I use long reach calipers on my cyclocross bike?
Does the frame (and fork) have mounting holes for caliper brakes?
comment Is reversing the stem (pointing it backwards) a safe way to reduce reach length?
stems can be angled upward or downward with a simple flip on the steerer. With a downward-sloping stem and/or a steep-angle head tube, I could see that being an issue but could easily be mitigated by flipping the stem upward (which would probably also help with reach).
comment What can women do to get comfortable in the saddle?
I would just like to point out that this is not a gender-specific issue. Saddle selection/comfort is a highly individual issue. While some women may find "women-specific" things helpful, not all will, and vice-versa (that is to say: some men may find women's saddles helpful). The most major problem people face is lack of "familiarity" with the saddle...any saddle. If you're new to cycling, you are likely to experience discomfort no matter what. It takes time to get the muscles/tissues/etc. used to it.
comment SRAM force rear shifts go in the wrong direction when on largest cassette
I've been riding SRAM for a few years now and I positively love double-tap. It does take a little getting used to, but only a little. The difference between the single click and double is pretty large; you'd have to have some serious neuropathy in your hands to not notice it. You generally only make the accidental-upshift-while-climbing mistake once before learning the lesson. Of course, if you have a firmly-established bad habit of trying to shift into non-existent gears despite ample evidence to the contrary, it may take more :-)
comment Best way to train in an area with many hills
If it gets easier, you're doing it wrong :-)
comment What's the most useful style of chain gauge?
Excellent point, though you can just use the 1" and 13" marks rather than using the hook end of the tape. A ruler with some blank "buffer" on the end is a good idea for similar reasons (i.e. if the end/corner is the first inch mark and that gets damaged/dropped/bent, it can skew the measurement some).
comment What's the most useful style of chain gauge?
Yeah, that's the conclusion I came to a long time ago. I think the specialized tools are great if you run a repair shop or you're a team mech or something and you need to measure chains day in and day out...quick and easy. But most home mechanics won't fall into that category.
comment Any thoughts on spoke lights?
ha ha :-) maybe when I was 10!
comment Ultegra 9-speed brifter upshift problem - beyond WD-40?
I came to the same conclusion a while back (though it was 8-speed). I have more money than time and ultimately decided to just replace the shifters. Keep in mind, too, that you don't necessarily need to replace with long as it's Shimano 9-speed, you could use Tiagra, 105, or Dura-Ace shifters as replacements.