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Apr
4
comment Is it bad to keep hydraulic brakes engaged for many hours?
@ChrisH, the wheel would need a longer and wider strap.
Apr
4
comment Is it bad to keep hydraulic brakes engaged for many hours?
@Criggie as well, that seems like it could be an answer.
Apr
4
comment Is it bad to keep hydraulic brakes engaged for many hours?
@Daniel, I wonder if you might promote your comment into an answer?
Apr
3
comment Is it bad to keep hydraulic brakes engaged for many hours?
@Batman, for example, it prevents the bike from tipping over if the handlebars turn, and it makes parking on an incline easier. Where I live, it's extremely hilly, so that comes up a lot. Also, I don't have enough hands to squeeze the lever and chain it up at the same time. As for strapping the wheels, that's another approach, but the brake levers are already there and handy.
Mar
13
comment optimum frame size for very small 5'2" female
Depending on budget, she could also consider a custom frame. That's probably at least $3,000, but the result can be very nice.
Feb
2
comment How can I properly replace the hose on this older Schwinn pump?
I believe that's a felt or leather washer stuck to the base in the 2nd photo, but I don't have the pump handy to verify.
Aug
26
comment How can I reset hydraulic brake pistons without removing the wheel?
@brendan: Thanks for the thoughtful reply and for not adding to the hostility this question is attracting. You may be right. If you don't mind, I'd like to try editing your comment later into the answer in a way I'm comfortable upvoting.
Aug
25
comment How can I reset hydraulic brake pistons without removing the wheel?
Thank you for taking the time to answer. However, I must downvote: (1) Risks of error are vague. What, specifically, is the the problem here? You can assume that readers know not to lever off the disc directly, are aware of contamination issues, etc. (2) Value judgement. This would literally take a job requiring a workstand and handling greasy chains to 5 minutes in and out with the pads. You may not value that, but that doesn't mean others don't. Please accept the premise of the question. What I'm hearing with this answer is "I don't know how to do it and don't think it's worthwhile".
Aug
23
comment How can I reset hydraulic brake pistons without removing the wheel?
@Batman: Because it's a pain, particularly for the rear wheel. Also, many repair jobs done by inexperienced people (i.e., me) require iteration or several tries before it's done right. Why do unnecessary work? If you believe the answer is "it can't be done", please write an answer to that effect.
Jul
21
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! :)
May
2
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
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.
May
26
comment How to minimize wear on pants
+1 for commuting in street clothes.
Sep
23
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.
Mar
19
comment Sources of vibration at high speed in and around rear wheel
It turned out that it was #5 -- the bearings in the hub were worn out. The rim was also worn, so replacing the wheel solved the problem.
Mar
5
comment Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?
OK, sounds like the answer is "yes, since it depends more on frame geometry than handlebars".
Mar
3
comment Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?
Even being in the hoods feels iffy at speed, so I don't think it's just how far apart my hands are.
Feb
10
comment How can I properly replace the hose on this older Schwinn pump?
@Benedikt, I believe that's the core of my question. :) How can I check if the thread is the right size? Is there a name or spec for the threads that I have? How could I figure it out with normal household measuring tools?
Aug
27
comment What are the steepest, highest, most miserable road ascents in the world?
@JohnP, the question is pretty specific on those dimensions. I asked about road ascents, grade, and height, not mountain biking or the other dangers you list.