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Feb
27
comment Why are chains sold in fixed lengths rather than by the meter?
The waste of several links per chain would be eliminated.
Feb
24
comment Mongoose stamped vs. unstamped
The lack of a stamp.
Feb
20
comment Weight saving between Sora and 105
Quote your source?
Feb
18
comment How to do a track stand?
+1 for the triangle explanation. OFF: I'm so happy people on this site are unlike the close-minded audience on Outdoors.SE. Those guys don't drink(even beer) and assume anyone mentioning weapons is a mass murderer.
Feb
18
comment Front wheel requires weight for traction: is this applicable to icy conditions?
To be honest, I was hoping for some good wisdom on riding slippery surfaces from Aaron, mattnz, cherouvim, DWGKNZ or Jahaziel.
Feb
18
comment Clothing: when should we wear what, are there any guidelines/conventions?
Indeed, the "initially cold, comfortable after 5 minutes of riding" is a great rule of thumb. Even hikers on foot suffer when not adhering to it!
Feb
18
comment Clothing: when should we wear what, are there any guidelines/conventions?
possible duplicate of How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40°F (3°C) and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm
Feb
17
comment Front wheel requires weight for traction: is this applicable to icy conditions?
So keep my weight back, but shift my braking to the rear as well. I'll try that. Good thing I learned effective rear braking recently.
Feb
17
comment Front wheel requires weight for traction: is this applicable to icy conditions?
To clarify, this question is about technique and not equipment. Riding on ice is loads of fun, but I do it only away from cars. The part of my commute, that involves cars, isn't usually iced (rather wet asphalt) and studded tires may reduce my handling in those critical regions, so those are absolutely out.
Feb
16
comment Weight saving between Sora and 105
I would guess the OP would be happy with comparable components from both lines e.g. same number of gears, same cable routing etc.
Feb
16
comment Weight saving between Sora and 105
@Batman, I can't easily find that information on Shimano's (new and shiny) website. For example, this is my crank. How much does it weight?
Feb
16
comment Determining front & rear derailleur compatibility
I was under the impression that after 9sp Shimano abandoned their "2:1 pull ratio" (trade name, not actually 2:1) and switched to something like SRAM's "1:1" (actually 1.2 : 1 or so).
Feb
16
comment Determining front & rear derailleur compatibility
"The rear derailleur is less complex, only really requiring an equal or greater number of gears than the original" so I can use a 10sp Deore RD on an 8speed setup?
Feb
12
comment Is the Park Tool Allen Wrench going to strip out bolts?
My dirt cheep 5mm has begun loosing it's (nickel) plating after only one year of (ab)use, so I doubt a bit the "lifetime" thing. Maybe 10 years (== lifetime for people who hate helmets).
Feb
12
comment Why no wheels with rope instead of spokes?
Haha, "exploded" view! 1. A possible solution to the catastrophic failure shall the string break is have 2 continuous strings - now there are be different tensions, but the single point of failure is eliminated. 2. Concerning movement of the strings: not sure if this can be engineered, but what if friction is enough to allow the string to move only when being tightened (adjusted) and not during normal riding (excluding hard jumps - there the movement of the string could add to the strength of the wheel).
Feb
12
comment Does there exist optimal damping setting for all terrains?
Somewhat off the point of the question, but digital shocks already exist 1, 2, 3. They even have sensors in the fork, wirelessly transmitting data to the rear shock, for continuous real-time auto-tuning.
Feb
11
comment Does there exist optimal damping setting for all terrains?
Optimal as in absorbs terrain irregularities best, resulting in smoothest (closest to straight line) trajectory of the rider.
Feb
11
comment Does there exist optimal damping setting for all terrains?
Hmmm, so let's ignore pedaling efficiency. The question still remains relevant.
Feb
10
comment Will 40km E-Bike trip in Texel Island(Holland) be hard for untrained people?
So ... walking will do just fine as well :D (5km/h)
Feb
10
comment Should I be able to 'manually' rotate the headset?
@Blam, whatever, first step is to conduct the experiment outlined above and from there we can work out the cause.