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comment Is bike fit really needed?
I had this issue too: ITBS and long rides. Lots of rest and physical therapy didn't help. I was convinced to have the proper setting. I got fitted and the pain disappeared.
Jun
20
comment How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?
It is my experience that all groups last thousands of kilometers before needing to be changed, plenty for a recreational rider. But it is my experience too that groups tend to loose adjustment after only hundreds of kilometers, specially the low-end ones. Hence I separate them, admittedly somewhat arbitrarily.
Jun
19
comment Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?
+1 Well put! This is indeed the right answer
Apr
28
comment Minimum mountain groupset hard enough to resist abuse
Money is not the issue for me. The issue is spending it wisely. I will pay for the good stuff if the difference in quality is noticeable. If I will have to adjust gears anyway, then buying the expensive groupset is not wise.
Apr
28
comment Minimum mountain groupset hard enough to resist abuse
You're right, my bike is entry level. I recently changed chain and cassette, and adjust the drivetrain regularly, but the gears just don't want to stay tuned. As the only change has been me doing harder trails and abusing the bike, I didn't know if that is normal. I suspect that I may have thrown at the bike more that it can take. For what you say I infer that the sweet spot is somewhat between the 2nd and 3rd tier groupsets.
Jan
10
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
Yes the "motor thing" is the problem and only comes with tons of practice.
Dec
21
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
I am a fan of triples and I would like to make a comment regarding weight. If you have a compact crank but need low gears, you are going to save weight in the crank, but ... you will have to put larger cogs in the cassette, increasing weight respect a smaller cassette that you could allow with a triple. If you consider weight overall, you are not saving too much, if at all.
Sep
30
comment Mixing 9-speed Tiagra and 9-speed Deore XT
I just installed the setup that I mentioned in my question: Deore XT long cage, 11-32 cassette and new chain. It works well. There is slight cross-chaining in the large-cog/large-chainring and small cog/small chainring, but I was expecting it. I'll never use that combination anyway.
Sep
8
comment What tricks do you use to avoid damaging cables when adjusting the gears?
Are those the ones that I mentioned before? They seem to be for the very end of the cable. I installed one already. What I want is one that goes where the clamp is going to bite the cable, if it exists.
Sep
7
comment What tricks do you use to avoid damaging cables when adjusting the gears?
I noticed the notch. That will help. @Jahaziel: Could you post a link where those cable ends are described? Should I buy the entire cable with such end? And just to be clear, I'm not talking about the cap for the very end of the cable. That I installed without problem
Sep
6
comment What tricks do you use to avoid damaging cables when adjusting the gears?
Yes, the derailleur clamp was my problem. The cable got flattened as you say. I adjusted it many times until I finally understood how to tune to rear derailleur. If I glue in advance the section that is going to be clamped, would it help?