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Jul
30
comment Old chain still shifting perfectly, should I change it out?
Your last para is exacty what happened to me. I changed the chain and shifting was horrible but even worse my favourite gears would jump a tooth or 2 under load. It was pretty much unrideable until I changed the cassette. Before the chain swap shifting was smooth.
Jul
29
comment Switching from a mountain bike to a road bike
If you've got a moutain bike already, you should tell us a little more about it. If you've got a hardtail with lock-out front suspension, just stick some more suitable tyres on it, but if you've got full suspension with no lock-out you might want something different
Jul
29
comment Switching from a mountain bike to a road bike
@Michael for urban commuting I'm used to being able to see over cars on a hybrid. Even on the top of drop bars I lose enough height that I can see over far fewer cars, while not being very near the brakes (interrupter levers would of course help with this). For steep hills (which my area has plenty of) a typical road bike might need custom gears, adding to the cost. Some people don't find riding on the hoods for long period very comfortable. That said, starting from a road frame I'd go for drop bars, just fairly high (think touring bike) and interrupter levers, rather than flat bars.
Jul
24
comment How should the brakes on a child's bike be adjusted?
@Carel the lower centre of gravity doesn't help much when the wheels and wheelbase are smaller in proportion. Learning to modulate a brake is obviously important but not a minor task in a child who's still acquiring dexterity (and don't forget their strength changes fast at that age). So I'd aim for not useless but not too sharp.
Jul
22
revised Endomondo without autopause
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Jul
22
answered Endomondo without autopause
Jul
22
comment Biking to the airport / leaving a bike for a week
I normally use 1 U-lock and 1 cable lock plus pinhead skewers etc. I'd add the second U-lock for long term use like you say. The easiest way to steal the bike is then to cut the rack.
Jul
21
answered How to climb a hill as a beginner
Jul
20
comment Descending without braking: where's the sweet spot?
This is a good point. My fastest regular downhill is closed to cars for a couple of weeks. I detect an experiment coming on (posture only, I ride the same hybrid every day)
Jul
14
comment What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?
@DanielRHicks cable ties are a very good idea - I try to get the releasable /reusable sort.
Jul
13
comment What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?
Two related points: (i) Make sure your on-the-road tools are actually useful -- many can be tested by using them for regular mainenance at home (some of the multitools apear to be made of cheese instead of steel, others won't reach, etc.). (ii) If you need an odd tool at home, consider whether you need to carry it (e.g. my kickstand bolt can't be tightened or removed with a multitool, I'd hate for it to fail and make me ride over the double kickstand, yet it works loose riding).
Jul
13
comment Can I put a Tortec Epic rear rack on a 27" frame?
@Brendan 700C and 27" are quite similar -- close enough that a fat tyre on a 700C could make for a larger diameter than a thin tyre on a 27".
Jul
13
comment Bike suggestions for a heavy rider
If you put tough touring tyres on there they can take the weight, and can run at a higher pressure than similarly-sized everyday tyres (you want them fully pumped up). I ride on marathon plus (though fully laden probably don't quite reach a 300lbs including the bike), but people use them happily on tandems. You're also much less likely to have to worry about punctures. I'm sure there are other brands but my previous tough commuting tyres had a significantly lower maximum pressure.
Jul
8
comment Cateye Computer Probe Wire Repair
that's true, but it does make assembly harder so seems to be rare.
Jul
8
comment Cateye Computer Probe Wire Repair
You'd have to be really unlucky to have a hall sensor and no colour coding. Anyway zooming right in to the manual for that model shows what looks like figure-of-8 cable, i.e. probably 2 wires (though it could still be like headphone wire).
Jul
8
answered Chain Slip at front changing from large to small front chain wheel (with large cog at back)
Jul
7
answered Foot pain with cleated shoes
Jul
7
comment Extender for HAMAX child-bike-seat?
I'm having trouble with their website but when I bought our siesta I'm sure they had more than one rail available. It's implied by the "extra bar for adjustment" at www.hamax.com/child-bike-seat/accessories. In fact googling Hamax siesta extra bar looks helpful.
Jul
7
comment Pannier rack restricting dérailleur movements
A picture would really help here, but it sound like the cable is caught on the rack -- maybe you need to route inside rather than outside, or maybe you need to cut a bit off your rack (I've seen strap attachment points in odd places getting in the way). It might not be the tension as such, but that the cable+housing combination is rather stiff and won't move/bend sideways enough to reach all the gears.
Jul
6
comment Tire size compatibility, 700x35c or 700x38c for original size 700x37c
Marathon plus have a reputation for being hard to fit (if you're doing it yourself) but I actually found the comfort-contact worse for a similar size.