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Apr
14
comment Smooth tires on wet road?
@DanielRHicks You're right; that assumes constant pressure :)
Apr
14
comment Smooth tires on wet road?
@MickMRCX The idea is this: on a smooth (and hard) surface, the traction provided by a tyre is proportional to the contact area between the tyre and the surface (at constant pressure). Adding a tread pattern reduces this contact area. Therefore, to the extent that the road is smooth and hard, a treadless tyre provides maximal traction.
Apr
14
comment Smooth tires on wet road?
@MickMRCX If water weren't evacuated, you'd be aquaplaning. Since it's established that you don't aquaplane on a bike at realistic speeds, the water therefore isn't a problem.
Apr
14
comment What is the minimum repair kit/parts I should bring on a 150 mile bikepacking trip?
Replacement spokes are probably overkill for a trip like this, especially if the OP has never tried his hand at wheel repair. He'd also have to measure each of the wheels to find the correct spoke length, which isn't especially easy.
Mar
16
comment Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?
@Rider_X Disc brakes only prevent lock-up insofar as they give you better modulation, which arguably isn't a mechanical advantage. The rest of your comment isn't relevant to wheel lock-up.
Mar
16
comment Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?
@AndrewLowe You say you can lock the front wheel, but I don't see how you could do that without catapulting yourself over the bars or catastrophically losing control of the bike (assuming you're on tarmac).
Mar
16
comment What is this sheet of clear stickers that came with a new MTB?
Criggie is correct; it's best to fit them now if at all, since the frame is clean and free from oil. If you fit them later, you'll have to buff the frame thoroughly before applying, ideally with isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) to remove grease/oil. Even finger prints can prevent these from sticking properly. I also find that heating the frame and/or patch with a hairdryer helps them stick.
Feb
19
comment Can't adjust headset correctly
Some more things to check (besides my answer) are a) whether the bearings are snug and level in their cups; b) whether the races themselves are straight in the head tube (assuming you do in fact have external cups); c) whether the crown race is properly seated.
Feb
19
comment Can't adjust headset correctly
You say it's an integrated headset, but as far as I can tell, the Orbit MX is a conventional threadless headset with external cups. Can you post photos?
Feb
19
comment Grinding sound from rear wheel
@DanielRHicks I stand corrected – thanks! Though I don't intend to let mine go that far :-)
Feb
19
comment Grinding sound from rear wheel
@DanielRHicks Didn't realise this was possible – but I guess this only happens once the bearings have fused completely.
Feb
19
comment Grinding sound from rear wheel
@DanielRHicks If they're cartridge bearings, the hub itself might well be fine, even after several weeks of grinding, and it's just a question of giving it to a bike shop to source and fit some replacements. It takes considerable abuse to damage the bearing races.
Feb
10
comment Theft deterrents (in addition to locking up a bike)
@DanRosenstark If you're not bothered about your bike's appearance, one strategy would be to indelibly carve THIS BIKE IS STOLEN – or words to that effect – into some visible part of the frame, e.g., the top tube. I expect that make the bike a bit harder to sell. Perhaps add your name to the message.
Jan
13
comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
This is all well and good when you're not in any real danger, but what happens when someone puts your life at risk? In that case, it's not so much about quelling anger as about recovering from shock. That's a very different problem.
Jan
13
comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
I can deal with rudeness from other drivers (and people in general), and I think this is good advice here. However, I've had some terrifying near misses in my time (as I'm sure more cyclists have), and it's difficult to shake that feeling of almost having been killed.
Jun
5
comment Locking a vehicle bicycle rack
+1 Never rely on locks to secure bikes for any length of time. A lock is a deterrent and nothing more; even the toughest of bike locks will only slow a well-equipped thief for a matter of minutes. And when the anchor is your car, you also risk the thief damaging the car in his/her attempts to remove the bikes.
Jun
4
comment Missing lock nut part
I was hoping for the individual part, since the complete lock nut unit costs £40!
Jun
3
comment What do I grease and what do I lubricate?
@DanielRHicks Really? In my experience it's mostly just Shimano wheels that use loose bearings (they're die-hard advocates of cup-and-cone bearings). Nearly every other modern wheelset I've seen uses cartridge bearings, for better or worse.
Jun
3
comment What is the easiest to upgrade my chainrings from a double to a triple?
Also worth noting that a short cage rear mech wouldn't accommodate a triple chainset, so that would have to be changed as well.
Jun
3
comment What is the easiest to upgrade my chainrings from a double to a triple?
He would also need a longer cage rear mech to reliably accommodate a triple chainset.