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comment Can I install a front derailleur for my bike?
I love it how trend-following mountain bikers pay $1000 for having a single chainring in the front (SRAM, I am looking at you), while sane users attempt to upgrade to more speeds.
Apr
29
comment Can I use a hardtail for MTB trail riding?
@AndyP, actually, exactly due to outdating of the 26", spare parts hit some insane price reductions. Browse around the German web shops. Chris - the best explanation on wheel sizes I have read so far. Ever!
Apr
25
comment Alternatives to buying a repair stand?
I just got a full-sized 4DOF repair stand from Lidl for exactly 30EUR. The same promotion was on 2 years ago and local cyclists, who purchased then, swear by the product. It even features magnetic small parts trey. Nq nq nq.
Apr
25
comment Minimalist setup for a “travelling bike mechanic”?
I have seen (online) similar cases, sold in department stores, for about 40EUR. Of course the quality would be bad, but how often do we remove the cogs or BB or replace the break cable housing?
Apr
25
comment How do you clip your helmet to your bag when not wearing it?
@ElliottB, for example, on this 40 liter backpack, the piece of fabric, holding the designation and front zipper, is intended for a helmet.
Apr
24
comment Quick warmup before descent
Joint issues? You are high too often? Hehehe.
Apr
23
comment Quick warmup before descent
How would riding flat ground warm up the upper body?
Apr
23
comment From Trek to Surly - advice on frame size
@oldjimmy, keep in mind that a complete bike usually costs maybe* 30% less than purchasing the parts and assembling it yourself**. ///////////// * - a rough estimate off the top of my head, don't trust the number ** - id est without the cost for a bike shop to assemble the bike
Apr
22
comment Should I be continually weighting the handlebars?
Oh my, so there are 3 possibilities now: pull, nothing, push. Maybe pulling could be dangerous for the knees?
Apr
22
comment Whats the easiest way to clean my bike?
10+ speed chains are far from easy to disassemble. As far as I know, by manufacturer advice, a new pin or quick link is needed after each disassembly.
Apr
21
comment Should I be continually weighting the handlebars?
I am asking what is the correct way to ride those conditions. Apparently, if it is different from what I am observing ,the next step is to locate the reason. * correct = efficient, safe, healthy.
Apr
21
comment Quick warmup before descent
@stijn, sorry, can't make turns that sharp. I will try it with 3 meters next time and report back is this nicer, compared to traditional martial arts warmup.
Apr
18
comment How to clean a grimy old bike frame?
I would suspect fully disassembling the bike and greasing or replacing old parts, should be a priority. Plus a frame is easiest to clean when stripped.
Apr
11
comment When to replace FS bearings?
What happens if I fail to replace the bearings when needed? Is it only rougher ride, or could some damage result to the frame?
Apr
8
comment Avoiding hydraulic brake system overfill when bleeding with worn pads
Smart ideas are sometimes extremely simple, your answer is an example.
Mar
29
comment What is the purpose of landing on the rear tire?
Is this conclusion correct? Most important before landing is to keep the center of mass high and centered above the bottom bracket. Landing on the rear tire absorbs more energy from the impact and a chance to regain traction on evil terain, while touching down provides more control (necessary in high speeds).
Mar
22
comment Selecting a GPS device
I am so disappointed. I read several reviews on amazon.co.uk about Garmin Montana 980 and similar devices. There seems to be a general consensus that the device is bug-ridden, installing maps is a pain, SD cards are limited to 32GB, topographic maps are expensive and protected from copying from the original card. Too bad there is no other worldwide producer of trekking GPS devices.
Mar
18
comment Selecting a GPS device
Montana® 680t: "Preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps; includes 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription". Seems like those are maps just for the USA.
Mar
18
comment Is contact patch area governed by A=W/P
You are not excused for using barbaric units of measure. However, the idea is solid. I have been looking for a reason to take the unicycle out of storage and this one is perfect. Will report back with results.
Mar
17
comment Selecting a GPS device
So a rugged hand-held device? Do those things turn on/off quickly (in order to turn it on just for a fork in the road)? How would I be carrying it, so that I have easy access to it in both situations?