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Nov
12
comment Why does my chain slip off the chainring when cruising or back pedalling?
x2 on @PeteH suggestion. RAise the back wheel off the ground, pedal manually slowly and look for sticks/kinks. Pedal backwards, look where it slips off. You have ~ 1000 miles, it's possible that you just need to clean/replace the chain.
Nov
12
comment How to build a Camping trailer, and riding across country with it
Save time, money and headache. Look around a bit for a used kid trailer for your bike. Most of them have plenty of room to hold camping kit, food, etc (Even a spare wheel if you are so inclined), and a few of them have zip over rainproof flaps.
Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
This is a very broad question, actually. Most cleat systems will be compatible with most shoes. Your best bet is to find shoes that fit and are comfortable, then see which cleat system will fit. My personal preference is Speedplay pedals, as you have a wide range of "float" (foot angle) available, and you can get custom length spindles as well.
Sep
19
comment New Trek 1.5 wheels need to be trued after 2 rides, normal?
@armb - For $1850, I'd expect the wheels to true themselves...
Aug
28
comment phantom leak that fixed itself?
I think you're thinking of a schrader valve, @ChrisH.
Aug
26
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
If you can safely go faster by pedaling, pedal. If you can't, don't.
Jul
22
comment Annual technology gap of high end road bikes
Slight difference - They don't "apply" the technology to the lower tier, they upgrade the top tier and move everything down. So the current Dura Ace group will become Ultegra, the current Ultegra will become 105, etc. Much the same happens for bikes, for example the Felt B2 layup became a couple lower tier (B12, B16) models when the B2 was upgraded.
Jul
16
comment Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. And you are asking an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?” How is this considered on topic (And worse, upvoted?)
Jul
11
comment What are some good films about cycling?
I agree with @David - Especially given the question portion about sources to locate the films. This is not a great exchange question, but potentially a wonderful community wiki question.
Jul
7
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Jun
9
comment Benefits of newer racer bikes over older ones?
@Kibbee - I didn't note prices, but I have added more detail and some of the entry level to show the differences at that price point as well as the progression as you step up the $$ scale.
Jun
9
revised Benefits of newer racer bikes over older ones?
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Jun
9
comment The difference between a junkie bike and a racing bike?
Your frame is NOT identical to fancy bikes. Here is a link to a modern entry level commuter bike, similar to your sawtooth:bicycling.com/bikes-gear/new-bike-gear-previews/… The frame angles are different, the length of the headtube is different, fork angle and shapes are different, welds are different and frame is based on different material. There is a whole world of difference between your 1980's era bike and a modern entry level (let alone "fancy") bikes.
Jun
9
answered Benefits of newer racer bikes over older ones?
Jun
9
revised The shifters and brakes are one piece
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May
25
comment Insurance for carless cyclist in California
@Dan - That's good, then, glad you found some coverage. Things have changed some since I last looked at that.
May
23
comment Insurance for carless cyclist in California
@DanielRHicks - As far as I am aware, the general liability insurance covers you for injuries on and about the property, or damage to your property while traveling. Last I checked it wouldn't cover moving vehicle accidents (Which a bike accident would be).
May
22
comment Insurance for carless cyclist in California
Renters insurance won't cover liability on the road. To get that kind of coverage, you have to have auto insurance of some sort, even if you don't have a car (At least currently in the US). There are some European countries that have bike only liability, but I'm not aware of (And couldn't find in searches) any company that does bike only insurance in the US.
May
13
comment Software to track and plan group rides
mapmyride, meetup, strava, there are quite a few avenues already available.
May
5
comment How important is a heart-rate monitor?
The first para is also wrong, and filled with misconception. If you exercise for more than ~2 minutes, you are exercising aerobically. Anaerobic is "without oxygen", and is short burst only. Also, as in my comment above, if you have external factors artificially raising your heart rate, are you also suddenly burning more calories? (Not to mention the recent attention to HIIT training, which does have weight loss implications).