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Jan
30
comment Do I really need a magic link or can I just replace the pin on my chain?
This ^ concerning 10sp chains. I have re-used 8sp normal pins without issue. The rule is to never cut the chain in the same place twice.
Jan
30
comment Do I really need a magic link or can I just replace the pin on my chain?
Shimano provide special pins for connecting their chains. It is claimed that re-using a normal pin will weaken the chain significantly (and I believe them).
Jan
29
comment How to thank motorists?
Note that palm-forward V and palm-back V are different gestures.
Jan
29
comment Can I install caliper or cantilever brakes on a frame and set of wheels designed for disc brakes?
Maybe he can switch to SS and install a coaster brake, heh.
Jan
28
comment Why are battery-powered lights so popular?
@sleske, I can't really reply to that, apart form through-axles being more trendy, because of their (perceived) rigidity for the same light weight.
Jan
28
comment Disk brake wheels - multiple wheelsets
How do you people manage to do this dozens of times without ruining the post-mount threads of magnesium fork lowers?
Jan
27
comment Why is this guy blocking the rear wheel?
Here is why I doubt this is correct. His front wheel is on even, flat section outside of the trench. He could be using that, instead of shredding through the trench. When you are struggling to get your rear tire over an obstacle (the trench wall), you don't apply the break on it. Or maybe just he did this section 10 times and the photographers decided skidding was the coolest. BTW someone downvoted all answers to the question, lol.
Jan
27
comment Why is this guy blocking the rear wheel?
So there is some kind of fashion/trend about what is fun and what is not? Woah!
Jan
27
comment Why is this guy blocking the rear wheel?
I have seen this in many FR videos, mainly on dusty open descents, where it's clearly intentional. I'll assume it is for the show, and without regard for the caused erosion.
Jan
26
comment How do I maximize my upper body workout from riding?
Isn't this advice damaging for the knees? After all, we strive for high cadence in order to limit the forces on the knees.
Jan
21
comment Overmountain bike to downhill bike
IMHO it'd be a shame to loose such a bike by exchanging parts in order to adapt it for a different style of riding. If you want an 18kg 20cm front and rear travel tractor with 8-piston front and rear brakes, buy used.
Jan
21
comment Wear and tear and warranty
@nettux443, in my understanding, lubing the chain is aimed at lubing the internal pin/roller pairs. Failing that, the pins wear out the rollers and the chain stretches. However, I am not aware of a mechanism that lubing the cassette reduces cassette or chain wear (I would expect it to only accelerate gunk accumulation). This is actually quite an interresting question!
Jan
21
comment Wear and tear and warranty
Why would anyone want to lube their cassette?
Jan
19
comment How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?
@MattPotts, I am not really knowledgeable enough. However, the company is reputable, and my bike runs 10 stotinki (~$0.06) spokes and they work fine. Machine-built wheels are known to need re-truing after the first couple of rides, but not after that. That is because machines don't do stress-relieving of the wheel.
Jan
15
comment How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?
That one week of only rear braking gave me three things. First, the ability to estimate stopping distance when using only the rear. Second, the feel how to modulate the brake so that the tire does not skid (usually the rear skids much easier, because of front braking). And thirdly, an effective technique for braking (explained in the answer).
Jan
14
comment How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?
@Rider_X, some people pot grease on the nipples. Tension is what keeps the wheel together, not some glue.
Jan
13
comment How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?
2 months sound awfully short for quality spokes. Maybe the re-truing person is under-tensioning them (unintentionally)?
Jan
12
comment Which winter road cycling shoes are rated for sub-15° F weather?
What does it mean "cycling shoes"? Are you riding clipless or flat?
Jan
5
comment Do I need to use thread locker or spoke prep when building wheels if spokes come pre-treated?
And I have only heard of applying grease to spokes, not thread locker: sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html @ Preparation
Dec
23
comment Can I use a mountain bike to go bike touring?
And, as @QuinnComendant mentions below, at leas 2 water bottle positons.