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comment How to select gearing for descent?
This guy seems to be following your advice pretty well.
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comment How do on-road mountain bike speeds translate to road bike speeds?
You keep saying "the same level of effort". I don't think I understand your definition of "effort". The same cadence at different gearing is maintained by different pedalling wattages.
Nov
21
comment sram cx1 without the sram cx1 crankset?
But what about the special tooth cross-section of SRAM 1x11 and it's resistance to chain dropping?
Nov
21
comment Converting a MTB to a Road Bike
I don't believe I have seen 14t small cogs, most often it's like 12. Still, from 12 to 11 may be a bigger change than one might realize.
Nov
18
comment Making a very sharp turn by pivoting on your front wheel?
So I can now lift the rear wheel from walking pace and pivot it about 45 degrees. However, when I am carrying more speed, I make the turn, but the impulse throws me to the side and into the direction I was traveling. Can this thing be done while carrying any more speed than 5km/h?
Nov
12
comment Will slightly loose bearings result in damage?
Some quick thoughts: 1) Impact load on the balls when the wheel wobbles 2) Smaller contact surface because fewer balls contact both rings. Probably those are insignificant and Daniel's comment about handling will be the only result. But if perfect tuning is impossible, I reckon loose bearings will wear out much slower than overtightened bearings.
Nov
11
comment Puddle of oil when left up side down
@Carel, I can think of at least two situations, where turning the bicycle upside down is needed. Those are wheel truing and disc brake caliper alignment. Plus I agree that atube change is much easier than for a bicycle on it's side.
Nov
11
comment Triple vs Double chainring?
Should we add the road-bike tag here? Riding on road is quite different than mountain biking in that there is at least some visibility behind corners and surprise uphills (combined with poor traction) are not that much of a problem.
Nov
10
comment Cyclocross on airplane
One more reason to get a light bike :D
Nov
7
comment What's the logic behind this chain length estimation method?
Here is an example reference, where they say " It is not necessary to thread the chain through the rear derailleur", but I have seen the more powerful claim, don't thread through the RD.
Nov
5
comment Using non-Shimano link with Shimano chain?
Several hundred km in mountain conditions on a Shimano XTR, joined by a KMC 10-sp link. No problem so far.
Nov
5
comment Can I swap Semi-Metallic brake pads for Sintered Metal Brake Pads?
Disc brake pad and rotor compatibility Maybe we can merge the two questions somehow
Nov
5
comment Chain link jams after reassembling the rivet
Haha, chain tool manual. I have a similar one, and it didn't come with one.
Nov
5
comment Replaced chain, bike makes grinding noise?
Good for the picture. Could you update us on what was the result of "I'll pop off the chain and see if the pedals still make the grinding noise"? Also, does the skipping and jumping happen under hard pedaling or also when pedaling gently. It is beginning to sound like mis-configured RD - probably cable tension.
Nov
4
comment Is bike fit really needed?
Wouldn't a bike fit be more useful at the point of purchasing a bike?
Nov
4
comment Replaced chain, bike makes grinding noise?
@Trengot, then I don't deserve it at all, because the image is stolen from a random google images search without me even mentioning the source! What I am describing is a silly mistake but people do it ... I do it :D
Nov
3
comment What are my options for replacing a Shimano Hollowtech II BB?
The mechanic at the shop expressed an opinion that Deore and above are not optimized for long life, they are made to be light. And indeed (from here on, my personal observations), plain old square taper sealed units last much longer in the rain and are cheaper.
Oct
31
comment How big can I drop safely on a mountain bike
However, manufacturers issue guidelines for the purpose of warranty. Here is an example/
Oct
28
comment What are the pros and cons between an aluminium and carbon frame?
Aluminum can be welded for about 25BGN (but the frame is weaker after welding, plus you need to disassemble the bike) (source: the mechanic at the LBS). Aluminum frames crack quite slowly, it takes several hours of rough XC to snap a cracked frame, and the characteristic cracking warns the rider (source: two low-quality aluminum frames).
Oct
27
comment Is it possible to have a cover over your chain,cassette,derailleur and cogs to avoid regular cleaning?
If you only ride in good weather and on asphalt, cleaning shouldn't be needed. Only infrequent lubricating of the chain.