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comment Why would anyone use DOT fluid and vacuum-based brakes?
DOT is also widely available at auto parts stores significantly cheaper than specific bicycle brake fluid. I'm guessing there's also some advantages at design time to using well understood, standardised performance parts.
Mar
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comment How tight should brakes and shifters be on the handlebars?
@Aaron or if you go very slowly over the front on a technical descent...doesn't need to be fast :)
Mar
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comment How tight should brakes and shifters be on the handlebars?
@Aaron: On a mountain bike, when your lever hits the ground, if it can't move out of the way it breaks. This is expensive and stops you braking for the rest of the day. If the lever has moved, it's normally possible to get it back in position with some elbow grease. I've never had mine move during riding, and they always seem to move on crashing...
Oct
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comment Why no threaded headset cups?
Additionally, threading is expensive to manufacture and involves an extra process step.
Sep
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comment Metal or plastic levers?
I have a strong preference for the Michelins - super strong and reliable...
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comment Chain Ring Bolts
@PeteH I think the idea is that you don't swap the rings (it's a low-end chainset after all) but the OP specifically said that's what he was trying to do. Just because it's not officially supported doesn't mean you can't hack it!
Aug
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comment Chain Ring Bolts
@PeteH No, it's a side effect trying to save cents on manufacturing cost. Rivets are significantly cheaper to buy and to install.
Aug
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comment Why the penny-farthing?
@jamesBradbury You could probably expand your argument to encompass all sorts or precision machined parts. You could have made a modern bicycle equivalent, but it would have been impossibly unwieldy (e.g. leather belt drive). Once you could get miniature (by the standards of the day) sprockets, chains, bearings, etc you could all of a sudden make the technology "leap" to build the modern bicycle.
Jul
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comment How much time takes for hydraulic disk brakes to cool down?
Good point about the lever position - You know it's too far out when you can't bear the thought of braking 'cause it hurts too much :)
Jul
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answered How much time takes for hydraulic disk brakes to cool down?
May
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comment When is a child ready to switch from scooting to pedaling?
I guess that when you are applying metrics to their 'readiness' balance should be more heavily weighted than anything else, 'cause without balance you can't have direction. Good is up to your tolerance as a parent for letting your children discover pain :)
May
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comment Is a Racing-Bike making creaking noises a sign of equipment damage?
The saddle rails often creak at the interface with the seat post...to add to your list :)
May
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answered When is a child ready to switch from scooting to pedaling?
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comment Worth it carrying spare spokes?
@CareyGregory remember that the hub actually hangs from the rim using the spokes, so they are always operating in tension. You could build a wheel using kevlar spokes if you chose (wouldn't be super robust, but would be possible)
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