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May
20
comment Can I use 'normal' shoes/trainers with clipless pedals?
I have SPD pedals on my bike. They have cleats both sides and no platform. I use them with normal shoes when it is more convenient - the shoes I wear vary from leather soled formal shoes, Converse with thin flexible soles or walking shoes with chunky soles. As James says, sometimes my feet slip off but that is down to practice. Usually I only go short distances, but the furthest I've been is about 25 miles with thin soles.
May
13
comment Is the 9-speed Sora crankset compatible with 105 11-speed chain?
I have been running with a 10 speed cassette with 8 speed chain-rings for a couple of years now. I use a 10 speed chain.I would not expect that you will have problems with 11 cassette, 11 chain and 9 chain-rings. The chain walls get thinner so you may find that the chain gets stuck between your chain-rings. This has happened to me only once, but I did have to release the screws holding the chain-ring onto the crank to free it up.
May
13
comment Choosing chainring configuration
I like the graph. I've done similar in Excel. I found that some software at www.machinehead-software.co.uk that does all this. It only does single and double chainrings in the free version. His spoke length calculator is pretty useful too.
Mar
11
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Mar
11
comment Pros/Cons of Bar-Ends?
Entertaining technobabble that in no way addresses the question.
Feb
5
answered What can I do about a cracked frame?
Jul
2
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Jun
29
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
28
answered Dropped the Wedge of a quill stem in the head tube
Nov
11
comment Removing bike interfaces to reduce likelyhood of theft?
I've found locking my bike to something has worked for me. Choose something that the bike can't be lifted off and lock through the frame and at least one wheel. If a thief decides that he wants to take your bike then he will get it. If he just wants a bike then make yours more tricky to extract.
Oct
25
answered What kind of road tyres should I go for winter commuting?
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
I don't think that there is any difference between bolt on cages and clamp on ones apart from the pack for the clamp on ones contains some extra bits. I have added "bolt on" cages to my bike using jubilee clips (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubilee_Clip) around the frame slipped over the bolt on tangs. I don't know whether that brings the cost down though.
Jul
2
awarded  Yearling
May
10
answered Why is cycling on a road so much faster than cycling on a cycle path?
May
4
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
25
answered Worth it carrying spare spokes?
Apr
2
comment Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres?
There was a demonstration on one of the kids science programs on TV in the UK a while ago. A sprinter, a high performance car and a cyclist did a 10m race. The sprinter won, the car was second and the cycle third (by quite a long way). The explanation there was power to weight ratios.
Mar
12
comment Is a 7 speed chainring compatible with an 8, 9 or 10 speed cassette and chain?
Just to update - I have now added the 10 gear cassette and chain. It's been working fine since July with no change to the chainrings (to date).
Mar
4
comment Are tow-hitch bike racks legal?
In the UK, you need to have your number plate visible and also the tail lights and indicators. As you have a tow hitch fitted, presumably you also have a trailor light fitting. I use a tow hitch bike rack, and for short journeys with only one bike I just stick it on. When I have five bikes on it, I add a trailor board with repeat lights and numberplate.
Jan
23
comment Can I add gears on a bmx?
Many years ago, I used to have derailier mechs that fitted on the axle with a lug that engaged the frame to stop it being pulled forward by the chain. Maybe those are still around? That might need a longer axle.