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comment Identify missing fender part
I just installed new metal fenders complete with leather washers last month. They still seem to be in use by metal fender manufacturers and recommended to reduce likelihood of stress fractures. VeloOrange sells packs of 6 for about $6.
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comment Can I install a front derailleur for my bike?
You will also likely to be missing cable stops, which will require clamp on one.
Apr
29
comment How do on-road mountain bike speeds translate to road bike speeds?
I am not surprised the large differences in average speed, especially on the flats as body position can have very large impact on your drag coefficient. You better be careful careful with these types of comparisons, before you know it you will start seriously looking at aero wheels, and slipstream kit for every advantage! Its a slippery slope.
Apr
28
comment How to prevent drafting?
@MasonWheeler - welcome to bicycles.se. Since you replied to the answer, I assume you are referring to my comment on brake checking during a competition. Drafting is common, expected, and legal in road bicycle racing (it makes bicycle racing very dynamic). Drafting is also common on club and group rides. Sometime people carry this over into transportation cycling (e.g., commuting), where there is no strict consensus on the subject. Finally, being "provoked" is a choice, as I stated in previous comments there are plenty of discourage the practice without resorting to extreme behaviour.
Apr
28
comment How to prevent drafting?
@SeldomNeedy - This could be semantics, but to me "zig-zagging" means no pause between direction changes. You could just return yourself to your original position where you are again providing a draft. Zig or zag and surge, then wait to see if the drafter follows, then initiate another zig/zag surge if needed.
Apr
28
comment Are Shimano Claris brifters compatible with 90's Shimano 600 parts?
I thought all shimano derailleurs <= 9 speeds (mtn or road) had the same pull ratio of 1.7, making them all interchangeable.
Apr
28
comment How to prevent drafting?
@BlamBlamBlam a less dangerous way to remove uninvited drafters is to slow your pace, sit up up right and wave them through. Most will look sheepish and then ride on their own... Then attack!
Apr
28
comment How to prevent drafting?
@Abe - yes real competition can be decisively hostile, but the OP was asking for strategies for a friendly competition with a co-worker, so I thought it was best to keep the suggestions more friendly.
Apr
27
comment How to prevent drafting?
@altomnr (+1) yes, another good tactic. I added it to the surge attacks section. Thank you for the reminder, I thought of this one briefly then forgot.
Apr
27
comment How to prevent drafting?
@BlamBlamBlam - The only situation where I think brake-checking could be considered acceptable is in mountain biking on a climb when someone is deliberately buzzing your rear tire with their front tire.
Apr
25
comment How much cheaper is cycling than driving?
I didn't include food because there are a lot of issues surrounding the calorie: 1) as an bio energy measurement (a calorie of different food types aren't necessarily equivalent) and 2) studies have shown that strangely enough the body can sustain long term increased activity levels without increases in food input (I.e the body may be selectively discarding food until needed).
Apr
24
comment How much cheaper is cycling than driving?
@BlamBlamBlam - in budgeting software I split the transactions when a particular part I buy for the bike is a "want" rather than a "need". This way I could figure out the actual consumables.
Apr
24
comment How much cheaper is cycling than driving?
@joao_pimentel - what I have done is give you an upper bound (i.e., most typical cycling use-cases should be lower cost, therefore resulting in a lower ratio; e.g., 1/10th). Cost of ownership analyses by definition are case dependent, it's intellectually dishonest to suggest otherwise. This is why all car cost-of-ownership calculators start by helping you to define your use-case (i.e., class of vehicle). The only way to drive a more general figure would be to average a large array of individual use-cases over their respective population proportions.
Apr
24
comment Why use zip ties on Wald baskets?
Easy, cheap and strong. Won't damage the basket.
Apr
24
comment How much cheaper is cycling than driving?
I am sure there will be a teeth washing about some of my prices or replacement intervals, so I have posted the spreadsheet. Feel free to revise to your heart's content.
Apr
24
comment How much cheaper is cycling than driving?
I found maintenance was actually the biggest cost, about 3x as much as the bike once amortized over 5 years. See the calculations in my answer.
Apr
24
comment How much cheaper is cycling than driving?
Typically these calculations are amortized over the lifetime of the vehicle (bike or car)
Apr
24
comment How much cheaper is cycling than driving?
@Criggie sorry but vehicle maintenance is also considered in cost of ownership. In the same way, you can track the cost of various consumables (e.g., chains, cassettes, tires, brake pads, saddles, cables, grips/bar wrap), then amortize over the appropriate period of time or distance covered to derive the per km cost of ownership. It is also possible to include devaluation in this calculation. I have been collecting situation (personally) for a few years now.
Apr
20
comment Rim dish and flange angle problem
+1 Exactly this. Given a rim has tension applied in the middle I can't see how build a true wheel with one side of the rim lower than the other, excluding of course a massive manufacturer defect. Different sized flanges won't change this as you adjust spoke length + tension for the flange size.
Apr
20
comment Handlebar-mounted “turn indicator” that can pair with a smartphone for turn-by-turn GPS navigation
@Criggie - I am sorry but a good GPS that lets me follow a track has been invaluable when touring over hundreds of km of trails and back roads. Would have taken me 2x as long with regular maps. Turn-by-turn with pop-ups have been more gimmick than useful as you just need to glance down on to see where you are relative to the track.