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Apr
7
comment Tires for 28' city bike (622x19C) to reduce rolling resistance?
This question may help: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/611/….
May
20
comment Will changing from a touring bike to a racing bike improve my energy level?
These seem like pretty decent speeds and times to me. I did my first century last year at age 48. My average speed and total time were pretty much the same as yours. And although I was a bit sore as I built up distance, I did get used to it. All in all, I think you are doing fine. Just keep training, and maybe eat a bit more often.
Mar
11
comment What do I do wrong to get hip aches after biking?
Do you have toe clips or cleats on your pedals?
Dec
6
comment What are the benefits of 700c23 tires?
You mean I'm not? ;-)
Apr
17
comment What is the technical name for this nut-bolt thing with inner hubs?
Are the washers attached to the nut or separate? Is there a lock or something at the outer end of the nut, or is that the shaft end showing through? Can you post a picture of the parts disassembled?
Apr
6
comment Software to evaluate *.gpx files
@Roflcopter - You can expect the measurement to be accurate within 10 m horizontally and 16 m vertically with a basic GPS. See geod.nrcan.gc.ca/edu/geod/gps/gps13_e.php. A differential measurement will do better, but you need two receivers (at different locations) or a base station at a known location.
Mar
26
comment How to get my feet out of SPD pedals?
You'll get comfortable getting out after a bit of practice. I found that just after that was the most dangerous time. I thought it had become second nature and that was when I started forgetting and fell over for the first time. Haven't done it for a long time now; probably will tomorrow now that I wrote this.
Mar
20
comment Techniques for minimising injury when falling or crashing?
This video shows how to protect your bike against a crash. Perhaps you could apply the same technique to yourself. ;-)
Mar
19
comment Where can I get some rags?
A chain cleaner or brush used with degreaser works great on the chain and gear train, and really cuts down on the number of rags you need. You need a rag to clean up a bit at the end, and something to cover the floor (if you care about it).
Oct
3
comment Equipping a commuter bike
Rain gear is always a compromise. In warm weather overheating (or just sweating lots in the rain gear) can be worse than the rain. In cool weather it's better to keep out the cold rain. Even if you aren't dry you will be warm.
Oct
3
comment Safely overtaking pedestrians
+1 for ringing the bell once with enough notice and saying Good Morning, etc. This generally works well and people don't mind so much when you greet them. Saying "on your left" works well with other cyclists but doesn't work so well with pedestrians. My guess is that cyclists hear this often; pedestrians don't.
Sep
26
comment How can I carry a tripod on my bike?
I disagree. If it sticks out the side (i.e. orthogonal to the bike) it will make cars more likely to hit you when they are not careful. Nothing seems to make bad car drivers more careful.
Sep
26
comment How much distance can I put on drivetrain components?
Rules of thumb = more than one rule of the thumb type. Rule of thumbs = one rule about more than one thumb. The first one is correct here. (The second one isn't likely to be correct anywhere.)
Sep
26
comment How to clean out the inside threads of a braze-on?
Paint and burrs in the threads can be cleaned up with a tap. This is a mechanic's tool that cuts threads. Be careful, you can completely wreck the threads if you use it wrong. (I know the poster said common household items. In the working-class neighbourhood I grew up in these were common household tools; I can think of several people that had them. In my current neighbourhood not so much, but you may be able to find someone who can loan you one.)
Sep
26
comment What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
Put your bills in a bag or if you live in a country with large value coins ($1 or more) pack a few of those. Everything in a seat bag eventually gets wet.
Sep
26
comment What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
+1 for the comment on occupying space. LOL for the wet butt comment. It happened to me last Tuesday; maybe I'll get fenders.