Reputation
5,201
Top tag
Next privilege 10,000 Rep.
Access moderator tools
Badges
9 28
Newest
 Nice Answer
Impact
~146k people reached

2d
comment Does anyone have any special notes on buying pannier racks?
@DanielRHicks - cro-mo steel racks typically have higher weight limits and wiggle less under high loads. After 3 yrs of commuting on dirt roads my panniers wore over half way through my AL rack on my summer commuter. I will need to replace it soon as it will fail soon. On my winter/tourer my steel racks are going strong 8 yrs later with only cosmetic paint wear. Rust is really a non-issue with good Cro-mo. I live on the "wet" coast with some of the highest rain falls in the world (especially where I used to live for most of those 8 service yrs). Maybe after 20 years rust might be an issue.
2d
comment What accommodations might be made for riding a frame 4'' too large?
Yes. I have been fitted professional a number of times. Last time was this year. And they even had lasers, no sharks though.
Jul
3
comment What accommodations might be made for riding a frame 4'' too large?
I think stand-over clearance is an unfounded myth. It should seem like a problem in theory, but rarely is in reality. Larger frames fit me better, leaving me with very little stand over clearance. It has never been an issue. When stopping I usually stay on the saddle and point a toe down (regardless of stand over). When jumping off, you usually tilt the bike to the side increasing the stand over.
Jul
3
comment Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
@Kibbee I would be careful just because something is Ant+ doesn't mean it will record the power readings. The Cycleops power HR band sends both an HR and a power reading. My old edge 305 is ant+ but doesn't read power, same with most of the of the Garmin watches. I assume a non-cycling GPS may not look either. I have no idea about Ant+ phones. Software limitations yes, but limitations nonetheless.
Jul
2
comment Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?
Cycleops has a heart rate power meter that does a bunch of number crunching (I suspect some sort of statistical time series model) that gives decent average power over longer time periods (I.e., > 30 sec). It won't give an accurate peak power estimate and is affected by condition (e.g., fatigue, hydration levels affect HR), but as an inexpensive means of getting a ball park estimate of average power it is surprisingly good. Ran it beside a regular power meter and it was pleasantly surprised. Of course this needs an Ant+ bike computer ($$) to read it.
Jul
2
comment Disadvantages of Riding Larger Frame Sized Bike than Reccomended Frame Sized Bike
There is also the concept of a "fit window." Some can ride in a variety of positions without experiencing discomfort (or even notice much difference), while others have a very narrow set of preferences which they find comfortable.
Jul
1
comment Expanding the range of capabilities of a gravel bike
@ChrisL - Which in a strange round about way is why "all-road" bikes may actually be more appropriate for most riders. Taller frame stack (many cx bikes have too short of a stack), ability to run tires larger than 35 c with fenders, lower BB and a few other bits. I used to use CX bikes to fill this gap, it is nice to see something more tailored. Maybe the industry is finally realizing most don't want to race.
Jul
1
comment Bicycle Frame: anodized Aluminium?
@NhânLê it may be corrosion, not rust. Salt can corrode aluminum.
Jun
30
comment Is it possible to get a light that is too bright?
@chichak - You are correct, lights with a horizontal cut-off create this cut-off by shaping the light with mirrors, not by discarding light. This creates a brighter patch on the ground in front of you for the same total output as a symmetrical beam light. Light shining "off-target" is sometimes referred to as "spill light." Some of it is by design, some of it is due to the limitations in how well light can be shaped of different light emitters.
Jun
29
comment Expanding the range of capabilities of a gravel bike
I appreciate your cynicism, except the CX bikes are race bikes and typically can't run bigger tires (I.e. > 32c) because they are designed with UCI regulations in mind. That said, they seem to be slowly reinventing is the 1940's randonneur bikes. Taller frame stack and wider tires are a good change in my opinion.
Jun
25
comment Hydraulic Vs. Mechanical disc brakes
Cable actuated are much more easy to service in the field. For some applications (e.g., touring, commuting) this makes up for any difference in performance (modulation & power). Running compression-less cable housings also closes much of performance gap. Not everyone needs top tier performance. In horrible conditions (ice, salt, etc) I found cable actuated (with full length housing) to be more reliable.
Jun
24
comment Inner elbow/bicep tendon pain from drop bars?
@SSilk - A higher saddle position may be optimal for power, but if hamstring flexibility is not present in the rider other tendon problems such as IT band flare ups can be triggered. Given the OP has already showing some potential signs of tendonitis, I would suggest being more conservative in the fit.
Jun
23
comment Tube sealant vs. tire liners vs. puncture-resistant tires — which best prevents flats?
@digijim - Your question explicitly asks about nuances of ride quality, then deviates into questions about scientific analysis of puncture resistance. I think you need to pick one and rephrase your question. Ride quality has many components (e.g., suppleness, grip, rolling resistance). Puncture resistance impacts these characteristicsl. If, as you state in your comment, you are only interested in puncture resistance then a solid tire will be scientifically best.
Jun
23
comment How to align a chain on a single speed
The only thing I would add is that differ chain ring model/manufacturers can have different chainlines as well, which can be used to tweak the final chainline.
Jun
23
comment Tube sealant vs. tire liners vs. puncture-resistant tires — which best prevents flats?
No setup (beyond solid tires) is flat proof. Continental Hardshells are more puncture resistant and longer lasting than the Gatorskins, at the cost of a harder ride and less traction.
Jun
19
comment One Month to Build Endurance
Could you clarify what you mean by "climbing endurance?" I assume sustained long climbs, but is it at a constant pace or will there be periods of maximal output (aka surges). Can you adjust your pace if need be, or must you hit a particular pace or be dropped? If it's constant pacing of your choosing, given your base, you may simply need practice pacing long climbs so you don't blow yourself up.
Jun
12
comment Shimano sora shifter no longer shifts
When I had an STI shifter die, I could push the lever in to upshift, but it just wouldn't catch. Never had it jam. The fact it is jamming makes me wonder if you have debris in there jamming things.
Jun
11
comment Can't downshift rear derailer
@Jerryno - Most modern cable housing has a polymer sheath and most cables are now stainless steel. Lubing will attract dirt and actually degrade performance. I find that once the cable housing has worn out a bit of lube can temporarily bring back to life, but it is a stop-gap measure.
Jun
10
comment Is this article accurate? If so, why is the hype about loosing the FD on enduro bikes?
@mattnz - Agreed even though many may not understand the physics behind different setups, they will typically find an optimal set up by feel and trial and error. Looking back I have always noticed the suspension behaving different at different gearing and as a natural reaction choose gearing to get a particular response out of the suspension. At the time I had knowledge, but not understanding.
Jun
9
comment Is this article accurate? If so, why is the hype about loosing the FD on enduro bikes?
Quick thought - clutched derailleurs are a bit of a game changer too as you don't have to rely on Big-big gear selection to keep chain slack under control.