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comment Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments
I locked my bikes even inside the house (mounted eyelets to concrete walls, locked to here). Room mates used to think I was paranoid until they lost all their bikes during a break-in. Vancouver BC has/had rampant bike theft.
Mar
20
comment Pain in the toes while cycling using clipless shoes
There is still debate about optimal shoe position, many are moving towards lining up the pedal axel to fall between the head of the 1st and 5th metatarsal bones. This seems to be especially important for longer feet (which may need more support). The 1st head is commonly referred to as the "ball of the foot."
Mar
19
comment Unbending Derailleur hanger
@ChrisinAK - Sampling bias in my part! Never owned a Kona.
Mar
19
comment Why bother changing a chain?
@zenbike - similar but this question is really about the economics of maintenance
Mar
19
comment Unbending Derailleur hanger
@ChrisinAK - removable hangers are usually aluminum which doesn't respond well to bending so replacement is the better way to go anyway. Typically steel frames do not use detachable hangers.
Mar
19
comment Unbending Derailleur hanger
@Batman - Because you should always reference the same spot on the wheel (i.e., rotate the wheel and measure at the valve stem) to keep your lateral position reference (i.e., side of the rim) at a constant position. This is why Park says to ensure the wheel is centred in the frame, if the wheel was not centred (e.g., axel at different position within the horizontal dropouts) then all bets are off.
Mar
14
comment Pressure mapping a Brooks saddle
@NeilFein a single pressure profile taken out of context is useless, but a series of profiles can be very informative even though a single profile is rider and position specific.
Mar
14
comment Pressure mapping a Brooks saddle
@zenbike I think you are over emphasizing the specificity. It is useful to show what can be accomplished with leather saddles in terms of fit, especially compared to modern alternatives. This is what I aim to publish and was looking to see if it has been done before. I can remove references to Brooks and GeioMized if that helps.
Mar
13
comment Pressure mapping a Brooks saddle
@zenbike - Saddles and bike fit are off-topic? This topic would be of interest to others on the site who use and are otherwise interested in leather saddles.
Mar
12
comment Pressure mapping a Brooks saddle
Right now most accounts are anecdotal (such as your answer). The point of the question is to see any measurable and repeatable results have been published.
Mar
11
comment Will an 11-speed SRAM shifter work on an Alfine 11?
Just my experience, but Versa brifters are worth avoiding
Mar
9
comment How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
I don't think it will fit as the Tektro R540 (suggested replacement) is a short reach caliper and I suspect the bike has long reach calipers given the tire size.
Mar
2
comment Why bother changing a chain?
@cherouvim - we are talking about really wearing the drivetrain out. The chain's pitch will have changed a lot wearing out everything including pulley wheels. I have done this.
Mar
2
comment Why bother changing a chain?
This 'answer' is best directed as a series on stack exchange. I would be happy to answer each in turn. And for the record I have ridden a drivetrain into the ground. A little past the recommended replacement and as you found the shifting still works but you made it incompatible with a new chain. Keep letting it wear and shifting does take a nose dive.
Feb
28
comment Why bother changing a chain?
You will also need to replace the chain rings in addition to the cassette if you allow the chain to stretch too much. Also derailleur pulley wheels can get damaged.
Jan
30
comment Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?
Steel for the win!
Jan
29
comment Can I install caliper or cantilever brakes on a frame and set of wheels designed for disc brakes?
@user17177 - You should also consider using a "compression-less" brake cable set. This will improve the performance and the feel of mechanicals brakes greatly, getting them quite close to hydraulics.
Jan
28
comment Is it important to have a road bike shoes and pedals or it won't make a difference?
I forgot to add, most well sorted SPD-SL like pedals are weighted such that they present the correct side when clipping in. Mountain (SPD like) pedals are smaller, more symmetrical and as such required double sided entry. Finally, disengagement force is typically less with mountain (SPD like) pedals... although not always - Time ATAC come to mind (although I still love those pedals to death).
Jan
25
comment Q-factor of external bearing BBs
@Batman - external bearings were explicitly stated. With these designs the axle is usually part of the crank, this is why excluded mention of the axle as it is typically not changeable in this configuration.
Jan
25
comment Q-factor of external bearing BBs
Q-factor is also a function of the crank design. Furthermore, your realized stance will be a function of Q-factor, pedal axle length, and cleat position.