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Jun
23
comment Convert old road bike to comfortable commuter
It looks perfect as it is, it probably just needs a bit of adjustment. I use a 30 year old 531 touring frame and forks with drop bars for my 5.5 mile commute, and also for longer distances - this month I took it camping (15 miles with 20 kg luggage) and on a 100 mile sportive night ride. I have changed the saddle (now has a narrow Brookes), wheels (twice) and it also has 3x10 hollotech chainset.
Jun
18
comment Presta valve top screw missing
This has happened to me once. The threaded bit broke off after over-enthusiastic pumping and the other bit subsequently disappeared into the tube. With a Presta valve, I don't know of a way to change the valve core. An adapter won't add any air keeping capability and the valve caps are intended to keep dirt out of the valve, not air in the tyre. Just buy a new inner tube.
Jun
3
answered What is the easiest to upgrade my chainrings from a double to a triple?
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
awarded  Yearling
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
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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.