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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.
Apr
24
answered When Mark Cavendish says he's sprints at 1500 watts how long is that for?
Apr
18
comment Clear glasses without “ghost” double images?
Maybe it's because I wear glasses (Well, contacts anyway), but I wear Oakley clear lenses in various editions without any double images all the time.
Apr
16
comment Are these bikes real from Aliexpress?
@andy256 - The margin on the actual bike is very slim. Much like movie theaters, the profit is not in the ticket/bike, but in the extras like helmets, tubes, tires, water bottles, bottle cages, pedals, shoes, shorts, etc etc etc.
Apr
14
comment Minimum mountain bike trekking/touring equipment
For food, you can look at things like American military surplus MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) type things. The modern ones are actually pretty tasty, and many come with water activated heating packs to heat up the food.
Apr
10
comment Tough road or touring frame/bike
@dsalo - only paint. Powder coating is a different process. You can paint over a powder coat, but I don't believe you can powder coat over paint.
Apr
10
comment MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?
True, but which is worse, doing some of these tricks with less momentum/velocity because the fork absorbs energy, or eventually ruining the fork? :)
Apr
10
comment MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?
You could certainly get a suspension front fork with lockout.
Apr
10
comment MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?
I would talk to your family. I'm not sure why they object to a BMX because of height, but always get the right tool for the job. If you're doing vert/park riding, it's going to be awkward on a mountain bike, and quite possibly dangerous for you and other riders. Some parks may have restrictions not allowing it as well. Figure out what style of riding you want to do, then gather your arguments and present them to your family.
Apr
10
comment Stopping interference between LED lights and wireless Cycling Computer
I would second the recommendation for lights that meet standards. They also will pay attention to light intensity and wavelength standards that cheap ones won't.
Apr
8
comment Shifting can't keep up with my acceleration
@hillsons - Definitely true, especially considering some of the Di2 and other electronic shifting methods available now where a touch of a button does the shifting. Good point.
Apr
8
revised Shifting can't keep up with my acceleration
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