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Jul
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comment How to climb a hill as a beginner
FWIW, I had a similar-sounding uphill commute where on the first ride I had to stop four times to rest, and by the end of the summer I didn't have to stop at all. Keep at it! :)
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comment Road Bike Tire Throwing Rocks
You don't say specifically what tires you have, but many people on road bikes run tires way skinnier and harder than is useful. On my road bike, I started at 28mm and ended up at 35mm by the time I stopped using it. Particularly if you're regularly using gravel/dirt roads, I'd suggest running the fattest tires that will fit.
Nov
17
comment Why are brake lights not common?
@whatis, can you elaborate that into an evidence-based answer please?
Nov
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asked Why are brake lights not common?
Nov
15
comment Are there devices to moderate speed on mountain descents without braking?
Some quick math: These hills are steep enough that 5 MPH is a very fast ascent. Let's say I'm pedaling at a very conservative 50 RPM (it's probably faster in reality). Then, if I'm coming down in the same gear at 30 MPH, I'll need to pedal 6 times faster, or 300 RPM. I would like to see the practice regiment that enables me (or anyone) to do that.
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comment How to minimize wear on pants
+1 for commuting in street clothes.
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comment What is the simplest way to lower the gearing on my touring bike?
I ended up with Option 2. We couldn't get the IRD derailleur to work -- shop says something is wrong with it, and I never followed up with warranty replacement. The stock Sora FD worked not great, but OK. I've actually replaced the bike and now have flat bars with a Rohloff rear hub, which is a far nicer arrangement. Bottom line, low gearing plus drop bars is a major money, time, and frustration sink, AFAICT.
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