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Jul
18
comment What's the best way to secure helmet straps?
I guess my OCD wasn't advanced enough for me to care, but now that you've got me thinking about it I'm sure I soon will.
Jul
18
comment Building bike from scratch: why more expensive than pre-built?
@Jasper I'm not clear on whether you think bikes require more skill and tools or PCs. I've built both, and a PC requires nothing more than a couple of sizes of nut drivers and a philips head screwdriver. The difficulty is selecting and matching components correctly, which is also the difficulty with bikes. Therefore, I think they're equal in terms of difficulty/skills. Where they differ is tooling. Building a bike requires several special tools. However, none of them are expensive and once purchased will last years, so unless you build only one bike tools aren't a significant factor either.
Jul
14
comment What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?
Please define "(very) long stretches".
Jul
14
comment What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?
What sort of ride would this be a packing list for? It's pretty extensive, almost a touring set of gear.
Jun
25
comment Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?
Avoid rural roads? I seek them out. They're generally the best, safest cycling roads available and I think that applies worldwide.
Jun
25
comment Roads that look uphill feel flat and flat looking roads feel uphill. Possible causes?
There is a particular stretch of road I ride often that is exactly as you describe. It appears to be a slight incline but I find that I lose no speed at all as I would if it were a true incline. At least now I have a name for it.
Jun
25
comment How to decrease belly fat while cycling?
@HC_ I disagree that measurable fat in the midsection is actually tight hip flexors or poor posture. If you can measure fat with calipers on your waist, then that is indeed how much fat is there.
Jun
24
comment Bike for college campus
Why replace the quick releases?
Jun
18
comment What's this mark on my chainstay?
Most likely your tire was rubbing the chainstay and it deposited rubber where it rubbed. Align and/or true the wheel and there should be nothing to worry about.
Jun
17
comment Is it worth buying a RFLKT+ or is the RFLKT good enough?
@Kibbee Sorry, I missed the part about your GPS having an altimeter. I agree barometric altimeters have their drawbacks, but those can be overcome by calibrating it to a known elevation if the weather has changed substantially.
Jun
17
comment Is it worth buying a RFLKT+ or is the RFLKT good enough?
Be aware that Bluetooth radio waves do no penetrate the human body. Therefore, if your body is between your Bluetooth device and its sensors or receivers, you'll get no signal. I found this out the hard way when I bought a Bluetooth heart rate monitor. Since I carried my phone in my jersey pocket, it simply did not work. I had to either mount the phone on the handlebars or carry it strapped to my arm.
Jun
17
comment Is it worth buying a RFLKT+ or is the RFLKT good enough?
Geographic elevation data is more accurate, but it's very coarse. You may only have a single elevation data point for a large area, and therefore small hills within that area simply don't get counted. That can amount to a lot of climb over the coarse of a ride that won't be counted. I tested this last year using several devices and elevation databases, and found all of them consistently and significantly wrong when compared to a GPS unit with barometric altimeter.
Jun
17
comment Is it worth buying a RFLKT+ or is the RFLKT good enough?
@Kibbee Either your GPS has an altimeter and you didn't realize it, or your elevation data is nowhere near as accurate as you think. GPS simply cannot provide accurate elevation data because there are no satellites below it. It can be off by 10s of meters in elevation at any given point, and often is, which adds up substantially over the course of a ride.
Jun
12
comment How to identify lead paint?
Lead or not, do you have any idea how long it's going to take to strip that paint using sandpaper? You're going to be sanding for weeks. And the chemical strippers available to consumers probably won't do a good job either. I would take the frame to a local body shop or furniture restorer and have it stripped.
Jun
11
comment How to turn off segments on edge 510
I think you'd have better luck with Garmin's support forums. forums.garmin.com/forumdisplay.php?363-Edge-510
Jun
10
comment Creaking when in the saddle
You ride clipless? Consider the shoes. My shoes creak every now and then. Tightening the cleats eliminates the creak.
Jun
9
comment Why aren't hub/drum/roller brakes suitable for touring?
I don't think locals commuting is a valid comparison for someone on a fully-loaded touring bike. There is a huge weight difference and someone on an extended tour is not likely to restrict himself to cities.
Jun
8
comment Do higher speed crashes result in less serious injuries.
Absolute utter nonsense. Increased speed = increased energy = increased severity of injuries. Period. Of course people can find anecdotes that don't fit the norm, but that doesn't alter the laws of physics.
Jun
3
comment Period of adaptation between a mountain bike and a road bike
Why are you switching to a road bike? A hybrid might be more suited to your purposes.
May
27
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