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Nov
22
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Jul
5
comment How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?
I have not said anything about where the contact points should be relative to each other. If you know this for you and the intended use of the bike (both considering biomechanics and comfort), the method outlined above can be used to determine if a certain frame can put the contact points in the right spots. IIRC "some knowledgeable people" include Keith Bontrager.
Jun
22
awarded  Necromancer
Mar
7
awarded  Commentator
Mar
7
comment How to care for a steel frame?
Ceeway in the UK is about the only place outside of the US where you can get Weigle's frame saver (although their website looks as if they must have gone out of business sometime early in the nineties :-) ): ceeway.com/Framesaver.htm
Dec
15
comment Self-made studded tyre with glue?
Studded tires are expensive, yes. But one should consider that high quality studded tires have a very long life length if taken care of properly. This means as little asphalt as possible, a proper break in period and replacement of the occasional lost stud. Then they are cheap taken into account that you otherwise could not ride safely at all during some periods.
Dec
15
comment Affordable security nuts and bolts
Rohloff hubs come with a serial number (although lasered on the surface and not engraved), and they have an online registration service, where you also can report a hub stolen or look up if a specific number is listed as stolen. As a result, there are very little black market hubs available (if any). Certainly very expensive parts with a limited market and easily marked, but they could be an example for the mass market nevertheless.
Dec
14
answered Trailer hitch between a bike and trailer?
Dec
14
comment Affordable security nuts and bolts
At least from Germany I also know of a registration service, which includes engraving a unique ID in the frame (probably not carbon though...). Maybe you could engrave your social security number or such on the frame. The side of the seat tube upper end is a good place. Just make sure that there is an obvious warning/explanation for thieves there, too.
Dec
14
answered Affordable security nuts and bolts
Dec
13
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
Research shows that rolling resistance cannot be easily decreased a lot by raising tire pressure. There is a different effect of harder tires: Suspension losses in the rider's body, which may be larger than what you might gain from pumping. High quality tires (that's mostly about supple sidewalls and flexible tread) are certainly the best means to get faster (beyond training). But tires don't need to be narrow and hard.
Dec
13
comment Map during touring?
Thanks! 2, 3, and 4 work well for solos, too...
Dec
12
answered Map during touring?
Dec
12
answered Social network for bike users
Dec
10
comment How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?
If you want to keep a low lowest gear, you will have a hard time finding derailleurs capable of shifting a 52-38-24 with a reasonably wide-spread cassette. Drive train capacity (the added difference between largest and smallest chainring/cog) correlates closely with the ratio between highest and lowest gear. You cannot spread out your gears without at some point getting problems with derailleur capacity.
Dec
10
comment What kind of panniers is this tubus rack flange for?
Old Ortlieb bags have a rubber strap hooking into such an eye as well. Tubus and Ortlieb usually match very well, which may be a reason for Tubus to keep the eye.
Dec
10
answered How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?
Dec
9
revised Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?
Added a few links, and clarified some details.
Dec
9
answered Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?
Dec
6
comment Picking spare inner tube size
I would strongly doubt that the fabrication tolerances for bicycle inner tubes are better than 2.5%. That would mean that these sizes are not only interchangeable but effectively the same.