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Jan
16
comment No non-sus 29er mtbs?
Have you considered cyclocross bike? From your description of the riding you will do they sound ideal.
Jan
16
comment No non-sus 29er mtbs?
@Blam - agree with the idea of converting a SS, but need to make sure a dérailleur hanger won't be a problem.
Jan
15
comment Best bike with foot brake
100% agree with you on the disk vs rim discussion. Cheap discs provide significantly worse braking than good rim brakes. Do not discount good quality parallelogram V brakes (if you can still get them) - I could lock my the rear wheel on my old MTB with one finger and control it easily with two. (Rims are harder to set-up correctly which is why on most bikes the rims work no better than discs.)
Jan
15
comment Best bike with foot brake
"most complete bikes sold with coaster brakes have the coaster as the only brake" - might be true in your country, however laws in many countries require two working brakes on a bike so its not generally true.
Jan
14
comment Possible Broken Shifter
A recent post here discussed Grease in Shimano Brifters drying out so they would not latch - is this the possible cause ("loose" is a "loose" term to describe the problem, and you don't say what kind of shifters you have)
Jan
14
comment How long does it take to be ready for a multi day ride as a newbie?
Those are pretty ambitious start and increment targets - Normal recommendations are increase mileage no more than 10% per week, and 5x10 miles in the first week could easily lead to injury (depends what out of shape means).
Jan
12
comment What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
@Trengot: I got the impression from the question the OP might think its like buying a car and choosing a 1600 or 2000 engine, where you are stuck with that choice for life. Its important the OP understands its not only possible, but quick and cheap to change gearing if you want, hence a comment not an answer.
Jan
12
comment What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
The gears (cluster or front chain rings) can be easily replaced - gears and chain are a maintenance item anyway. Focus on setting up for what you need now, and upgrade (sideways grade?) as and when your cycling improves.
Jan
12
comment What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
Thinking about the number of "I need a higher gear" questions we see here that turn out the correct answer is "you need to spin faster" - I would suggest no bigger than 50 on and no smaller than 12 on the back for the highest gear- along the lines of youth gearing. It will help a beginner to have a good selection of very low gears if they ride any hills - encouraging spinning on climbs, so I would probably suggest 34/28 low gear (I know its very low) if hes got any hills.
Jan
12
reviewed Approve brompton tag wiki excerpt
Jan
6
answered Is it necessary to buy a special tool to open the chain lock
Jan
6
comment New bike hubs way over-tightened?
I just got a similar bike for my son (24", 5 months old, new condition) - most rear wheel spokes were very loose, so would have been that way ex shop. Things like this are too common which is why I now do most of my own bike mechanics.
Jan
2
comment Crank threads stripped - both pedals fell off
IMHO Its more likely the pedals were left hand tightened. Its hard to imagine someone cutting a left hand thread into a right threaded hole and visa versa without noticing something was wrong. (although I might be wrong, after all some shops do give spanners to gorillas and call them mechanics.)
Jan
2
answered Crank threads stripped - both pedals fell off
Jan
1
comment Why so many headset spacers on some expedition bicycles?
One guess is as its easy to lower bars on a long stem than raise them on a short stem - having a lot of spacers means bikes ship ex factory with a stem length that means handle bar height can be adjusted to suit a wide range of rider preferences. Something that can be done with just an Allan key.
Dec
30
answered Why does my front derailleur not work when it is cold?
Dec
22
comment Stationary bike calories
I always wonder why average (as opposed to elite athletes) people care about calories while exercising - exercise is really good to get you fit and healthy, its a really inefficient way to loose weight.... Has anyone ever worked out how much cycling you really need to to to burn off that cream bun? Its an awful lot easier not to eat the bun....
Dec
21
comment Stationary bike calories
HR does allow you to compare one (recent) effort to another one, however, HR means the wild guess becomes a slightly less wild guess in terms of actual cals burned. (You need Vo2max)
Dec
21
comment Stationary bike calories
Can't measure calories accurately without knowing V02Max and Anaerobic threshold. Reasonable approximation can be made if the device uses Max Heart rate in the calculation, but as its impossible to know if the device uses the figure even if you can program it. Unless you are one of the lucky few who is 'average' (the "formulas" are accurate for, you are average fitness, average fat/muscle ratio..... the calculators are wildly inaccurate - best you can get is consistently inaccurate, but as you get fitter, your V0O2Max changes so even that is unlikely.
Dec
20
comment Can I use a mountain bike to go bike touring?
Addition of bar ends can give another hand position.