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comment Shimano 105 10 and 11 speed compatibility
Unless the frame is very expensive it would probably be more cost effective to buy a new bike.
May
21
comment Why is my electric bike 'clanking' under load?
How could there be no clutch mechanism? Without a clutch starting and stopping would be extremely abrupt and would likely stall the motor. Those springs in the photo sure look like part of a centrifugal clutch.
May
19
comment Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
Third reason: It's very easy to brake unintentionally by grabbing the flats of the bars suddenly or gripping them tightly, such as when hitting an unexpected pothole or in a panic.
May
18
comment Are out of date energy gels bad for you?
Good answer except the tasting spoilage part. You cannot rely on taste or smell to detect food spoilage. You most assuredly can get sick from food that looks, smells and tastes perfectly fine.
May
11
comment Calorie burn information is dramatically different between Strava IOS App and Cyclemeter IOS app. Which is more accurate?
@PeteH I did a pretty careful review of all the services out there last year and accurate elevation figures were one my key criteria. Basically, they all failed miserably in that regard. GPS altitude estimates are a complete joke, and geographic data are too coarse to give accurate numbers. IMO, a GPS unit or phone with a barometric altimeter is the only reliable way to get elevation data.
May
11
comment What type of bike should I get?
Another valid reason is she wants a new bike. I know that one works for me. ;-)
May
7
comment Calorie burn information is dramatically different between Strava IOS App and Cyclemeter IOS app. Which is more accurate?
Unless your ride was up very steep hills with a stiff headwind, I seriously doubt the 1100 figure. And even with the lower Strava numbers you might want to consider my answer to a similar question and subtract 50%. bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/30327/…
May
6
comment I have a trekking bike. Should I buy a road bike to train for a race?
Closely related bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/10294/…
May
2
answered How accurate is the 'calories burned' figure on my GPS device?
May
2
comment Are road bikes durable for use on roads full of cracks and potholes?
@Willeke They don't need support and spare bikes because of the cobblestones. They need them because it's a race and they don't want riders losing time fixing flats and adjusting derailleurs. A road bike can traverse pot holes, cobblestones, and even dirt roads without ill effect and without a SAG wagon. I do it all the time.
May
1
comment Are road bikes durable for use on roads full of cracks and potholes?
@Willeke I wasn't aware that the cobblestones of Europe were cleaned and repaired for races.
Apr
29
comment Saddle for big guy
I cannot agree with your first point. I find cruiser saddles uncomfortable beginning with mile 1 and they get worse every mile thereafter. I think they exist only because it makes intuitive sense that wider, plusher saddles would be more comfortable and so novices buy them, but the truth is that wider, plusher saddles are the least comfortable saddles available.
Apr
28
comment What are the side effects of blood doping?
@andy256 I would interpret "doping" to be a much broader term that covers pretty much any form of performance-enhancing drug or medical treatment. Autotransfusions are just one of many techniques. Wikipedia seems to agree.
Apr
25
comment Pieces of plastic that came with my bike, what are these?
Those looks like spacers used to protect the bike during shipping.
Apr
23
comment Bike chain worn to 1% according to indicator tool
Uneven wear is a good enough reason to replace the chain. And odds are if the chain is worn so is the cassette.
Apr
23
comment Bike Shorts, Do you wear things under/over them?
@DavidMulder I get your point but 70 miles in one place doesn't necessarily compare to 70 miles somewhere else. I do more climbing if I ride 5 kilometers out my front door than I would if I rode the entire length of the Netherlands.
Apr
21
comment Rotors bent very slightly but no rubbing. Is driving safe?
Then I absolutely would not attempt a repair. Either the discs are true or they're not, and if they're not then the bike shop owes you new discs. If you attempt to repair them yourself, you'll void the warranty. I would find a bike mechanic somewhere other than where you bought it and get his opinion.
Apr
21
comment Rotors bent very slightly but no rubbing. Is driving safe?
Is this a new bike or used? If it's new, take it back and make them give you undamaged brakes.
Apr
18
comment When did Ultegra shift from 9 to 10 speed rear cassettes?
I believe the 9-speed model was still being sold on new bikes as late as 2008.
Apr
14
comment Saddlebag Laptop advice
+1 for the point about heel clearance. Many road bikes won't have enough clearance with many panniers.