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Jun
13
comment Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?
The obvious answer is: don't use your racing bike in this terrain; use your mountain bike.
Jun
13
comment What are the advantages of angling your saddle down?
Now measure a two degree tilt on something that is curved, LOL!
Dec
12
comment Suspension setting for slippy and steep uphill
@cherouvim How about if I'm sitting on a bike in one place, not moving anywhere. Am I getting more friction between ground and wheel, because the bike has suspension?
Dec
11
comment Suspension setting for slippy and steep uphill
@cherouvim Suspension helps traction by ensuring compliance of the unsprung mass (wheel and anything that moves with it) with the surface. That doesn't seem to be very relevant when you're climbing a steep hill. The frequency of movement is so low that the entire mass can easily comply to the surface. Generalities like "suspension affects traction" are only useful when we can recognize when they are relevant.
Dec
11
comment Can I put a road bike tyre on a mountain bike?
I recommend discovering the true reason why the bike is difficult to ride. For starters, try inflating the tires you have now to 60-65 psi.
Dec
11
comment Assembly of New Bike
This is not an effective question; why don't you wait until the thing arrives and then ask about some specific problem you run into (if any)?
Dec
11
comment Do merino wool base layers need to be skin tight?
Give wool a hot wash and pop it in the dryer: it will be skin tight if it wasn't before. :)
Oct
8
comment Why do we rarely see recumbents and almost never see velomobiles?
efficient is not a synonym for aerodynamic. On a recumbent bike, you may be energy efficient, but you do not have a position for pedaling power. This is the same reason why people don't drive ridiculously fuel efficient experimental cars. efficient is meaningless unless you qualify what resource you are optimizing. Efficient in terms of what? Saving time? Energy? Cost?
Oct
8
comment Teams in the Age of Specificity
Periodization of training is new in cycling, in the last few years? Hard to believe, sorry.
Oct
4
comment How many people use their mountain bikes for road riding?
1.95" is still standard for normal, consumer mountain bikes.
Oct
3
comment Is it cost efficient to Convert a Huffy Mens mountain bike to a road bike like the one I rented at Orange Peel in CO?
@BPugh. Thanks. For some people, tinkering is worth while when learning is taking place. Then the time spent is regarded as tuition. I put in X hours, but I learned Y. When you're doing the same kind of repair or maintenance for the 7th time, it's no longer fun tinkering; it's just work to get that thing running again.
Sep
26
comment Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?
@BrianKnoblauch It sure sounds like that 11-23 does not work so well for you in that bike; you might enjoy a set of cogs that in fact tops out at 14.
Sep
26
comment Has bicycle gearing become 'easier' over the last few decades?
Bicycle gearing has become easier to customize endlessly since the 1970's with the introduction of cassette systems, and standardization of dimensions among vendors, etc.
Sep
26
comment Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?
@Kibbee But the bigger chainring scales up all of the cogs! Your 25 is now faster, too. A chainring swap cannot do exactly that what a switch from 12-25 to 11-25 does.
Sep
26
comment Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?
It's all relative to the wheel size, crank length and front chain ring! I put an 11-28 freewheel on my compact MTB. It has 24" wheels and a 48 tooth front ring. The 13-28 wasn't doing it for me any more (got to the point that I'm climbing some hills using the highest 48/13 combo), but 11-28 is about perfect. The 11 gives that nice impedance when I stand up to pedal, and less spinning on declines. If I build more muscle, I will have to go for a 50+ ring.
Sep
24
comment How do I help the less experienced cyclist cope with a hill climb?
@DanielRHicks The question was edited in 2011 thus: We are talking hills here, nothing particularly steep. Difficulty starting occurs only on steep hills. My technique is to hold the brakes, and then rev the pedals at a steady 1500 RPM while gently letting out the clutch. Then as I feel that the bike starts to grab, I let go of the brakes at which point the bike starts to move without any rollback. With a special button, I then retract the kickstand and both training wheels.
Aug
23
comment What are some good trail foods for long rides in mountainous terrain?
Ensure, Boost and the like are sugary shakes marketed as supplements.
Aug
22
comment Do wider tires wear better?
Commuting almost daily, I put about 7000-8000 km per year onto mountain bike tires, and they last for years. Judging by the answers, if I used a road bike, I'd be changing road bike tires at least once a year, perhaps twice.
Aug
21
comment Is vehicular cycling legal in France?
Note that this also covers motorcycles, and the idea that motorcyclists should ride other than in the center of a lane is ridiculous.
Aug
21
comment Is vehicular cycling legal in France?
The law you are citing is not even specific to bicycles; it seems to be aimed at motorcycles. It concerns itself with side-by-side riding, not with position of a bicycle on a road. Motorcycles do not have this issue, obviously. The intent seems to be to give permission to side-by-side riding, except when there are attachments which widen the cycle, and except at night.