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Mainly, I just like to ride bikes. Do you need any more explanation than that? :-)


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answered How accurate is the 'calories burned' figure on my GPS device?
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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.
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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.
Apr
12
comment Goofy bike lane configuration right-of-way
No matter who is at fault it's exceedingly unlikely the police will cite her for anything. That would be true even if she had killed you.
Mar
29
comment Recovering COnfidence after bike fall
10 critical accidents?! Dude, you're not doing it right.
Mar
28
comment Is the plastic piece between the seven gear sprocket and the spokes hard to replace, and how?
Actually, you could probably remove it without removing the cassette by just cutting it with a good pair of shears.
Mar
26
comment Can there be a stack exchange for casual, rural bike riding and remote touring free of the fanaticism of professional bike riders?
You've been here a whole two days and you think this forum is dominated by fanatics and pro snobs? I've been here 3 years and have yet to encounter a single person I knew or thought was a professional racer. I'm also yet to encounter fanaticism of any sort, except maybe fanaticism for riding bikes. Questions and answers from casual cyclists all over the place. How you missed them is a mystery.
Mar
21
comment Peer pressure in road cycling
It always puzzles me when I see people say clipless pedals offer no significant improvement. Buy a set and point your bike at the nearest hill for proof that they make a huge difference.
Mar
17
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Mar
15
comment What causes the noise that race wheels make when you are not pedaling?
@DanielRHicks I find that loud freehubs are almost as good as a bell when approaching walkers from behind. But I do wish I could turn the sound on and off.
Mar
9
comment When I put my bike on the repair stand and turn the pedal, is the rear wheel supposed to spin freely
It's a new bike. If the wheel doesn't rotate freely I'd return the bike as defective.