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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).
May
5
comment How important is a heart-rate monitor?
Yesterday, you exercised for 1 hour at an average HR of 150. Today, you were tired and had 3 cups of coffee, and you exercise at the same intensity for an hour, but because of the caffeine, your HR is 175. Did you burn more calories because your HR is higher?
May
5
comment How important is a heart-rate monitor?
Actually, the 220-age is just plain wrong. It's one of the worst myths in exercise science.
May
1
comment Slipping when pedalling
I used to get that when I had a bearing in the bottom bracket going bad.
Apr
24
comment Bicycle front suspension types
Almost impossible to tell. The accordion type plastic structure is window dressing, it has nothing to do with the suspension. The actual suspension is inside the forks, and from those it's not possible to tell if they are air spring or coil spring (or a combo) fork suspensions. I would suspect that the Kona (Which is full suspension) has air spring forks, while the inexpensive lower bike has coil spring forks (Cheaper and heavier).
Apr
24
comment When Mark Cavendish says he's sprints at 1500 watts how long is that for?
@Kibbee - That is also a peak, and can be a little bit skewed. Remember that powermeters are based off of strain gauges (At least the crank/hub based, not sure about the newer pedal based versions), and they measure that, not necessarily speed. I have hit over 800 watts on a trainer just standing and cranking from a dead stop. I'm not necessarily putting OUT 800 watts, but I'm putting 800w of strain on the gauges. That's why in race files you will see these huge peaks, they put that much strain on the gauge until the bike starts responding and "catching up".
Apr
24
comment How long for legs to get used to fixed gear 15 mile daily ride
VTC as opinion based. Nobody can tell you how long it takes your body to adapt, just as nobody can tell me how long it will take until I can ride 100 miles. It's all just subjective conjecture.