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revised Why such a dramatic drop in power when the handlebars are lower than the seat?
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comment Why such a dramatic drop in power when the handlebars are lower than the seat?
Good work. Check your spinal alignment between the two positions. I suspect the additional setback straightened out your spine, giving you a more stable pedalling platform
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answered Why such a dramatic drop in power when the handlebars are lower than the seat?
Aug
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comment How to improve my performance on a commute?
I would argue tire construction (i.e., supple) will be more important than width. I ride some wide slicks (42mm) which barely differ in speed on the long flats from 25mm slicks. Also flat pedals are not necessarily less efficient than clipless pedals. There are other advantages but sustained effort may not be one.
Aug
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comment Chain really noisy near front derailleur on low gears but doesn't appear to be rubbing.
I am impressed with how clean your chain is!
Aug
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comment It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?
@GrimmTheOpiner - Yes. He thought I was being sketchy for slowing down suddenly. And in fairness I would never have slowed down there if I was on a road bike. He didn't realize I was on a CX bike riding mixed terrain when he started drafting.
Aug
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comment How to perform a long-distance bunny-hop?
I have always understood the term "bunny hop" to refer to the technique you referenced as an "American bunnyhop," with a "hop" referring to both wheels leave/land at the same time. It is interesting how terms differ across the world.
Aug
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comment Pedal-powered head/tail lights
@TheSmallestOne - If your budget is under $100 then I would suggest waiting on a dynamo light setup, as it really pays to do the set-up right (i.e., hub dynamo, LED dynamo light). The bottle dynamo you linked will likely fail in winter, plus the light is halogen which will be quite dim. LED lights with lithium ion batteries have improved greatly and closed the gap on the hub dynamo + LED dynamo light compared to even a few years ago. For reliability and set and forget, hub dynamo + LED dynamo light is still the best (mine is 6 years old and going strong).
Aug
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comment Are MIPS helmets actually any safer than standard helmets? Independent Research?
That sceptic link also quotes a 1997 article when referring to rotational injuries. Bike helmets then often used to have fabric covers which has more friction than the modern hard shell helmets. Even without MIPS modern hard shell helmets are a big improvement for glancing blows over first generation helmets.
Aug
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comment It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?
@gaurwraith - an effective way to shake uninvited drafters is for the last person (a strong rider) to let a large gap form in front of him/her. When a sufficient gap has formed they will need to jump the gap they let form leaving the drafters out in the wind by themselves.
Aug
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comment It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?
I personally enjoy breaking rules. Generally the faster you are, the more rules you can get away with breaking.
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comment It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?
When running a group ride I usually try and communicate the above diplomatically to any rider that has suddenly appeared. Others may be take a more defensive stance, as they see the situation as a threat to their "group." Not everyone wants to be an "ambassador" in all situations.
Aug
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answered It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?
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answered What is the purpose of landing on the rear tire?
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comment Problems with a slipping seatpost
@SamQasbah - If this answer worked for you, then you should consider accepting the answer.
Aug
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comment What are the risks of fenders?
That was my take of the Internet forums as well, though metal is making a comeback. Ran some stainless last year, I liked the longer coverage and with a leather mud flap (plastic aren't strong enough) my BB and chainring didn't see a drop of mud even on the muddy dirt paths I was riding. I decided though to switch back to SKS (with QR clips) this winter as I encounter a lot of downed branches and the stories of jammed fenders gave me pause. I have been on a quest for something more than anecdotal accounts but haven't found any yet.
Aug
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comment What are the risks of fenders?
Can you provide evidence as to why jamming is more of a problem with plastic vs metal fenders? My understanding was that objects can jam and crumple a metal fender as well. If anything a failed metal fender could be more dangerous as it is made of stronger material. With plastic you might have a shot of tearing the fender clear off.