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comment How to improve my performance on a commute?
You might want to look at sheldonbrown.com/rinard/aero/formulas.htm and engineeringsport.co.uk/2013/07/11/… and consider whether your clothing might make a difference. If you have a bike computer or a smartphone app it would make sense to record your journey and look at your maximum sustained speed.
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comment How to improve my performance on a commute?
@andy256 I stopped thinking about mine and ended up falling into stinging nettles a couple of weeks back (a sudden stop when my cable lock bounced out of the bottle cage it was stuffed into). I reckon anyone doing 24km in an hour isn't saving a lot of effort for the return trip, so the alternating days wouldn't allow much extra speed.
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comment How to improve my performance on a commute?
That tyre's not dreadful but you could probably benefit from a change. I run marathon plus because I really don't want to get a puncture, but they're not the fastest, and you don't need the higher pressure they run at (I'm quite heavy and sometimes carry a toddler in a rear-mounted seat). I also find they're not as grippy as my previous road cruisers (as well as being quite a bit heavier).
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comment How to improve my performance on a commute?
re: route (also @KimRyan) being clipped in can help you keep the power on over slightly rough stuff as your feet don't bounce around on the pedals -- this is probably the biggest benefit for me given the state of the tarmac round here. So your route options may change again.
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answered How to improve my performance on a commute?
Aug
27
comment Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts
@Criggie that's a very good point, on the roads round here you have to avoid the puddles unless you know which ones hide vicious potholes. And you never know which ones hide debris. If forced through puddles it's a better idea to unweight the saddle than the pedals
Aug
27
answered Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts
Aug
26
comment Clipless Pedals Brand Identification
One thing that's different about the rubber block on those is the width of it compared to the usual spring mechanism. The tread of my (walkable) shoes would probably hit the rubber before I could unclip. In that case replacing the rubber might help but it wouldn't be an easy job. SH55/56s might help as well. I reckon with my shoes and cleat position I could twist my heel inwards rather than outwards and not bump the rubber with the tread -- something else worth trying.
Aug
22
comment Touring with little kids?
You of course know your own better than anyone else can. But getting going again after a stop might be the worst bit. We decided against a trailer given the roads and cycle paths round here - but we're doing day rides at most, and can carry everything for all of us in the panniers on 1 bike with a baby seat on the other.
Aug
22
comment Handle bar height
As a flat-bar/commuter rider I'd say that "too low" for comfort is when you have to tip your head back to see where you're going. A road-bike regular would disagree. It's not the sort of thing you can really worry much about until you start pushing the distance and finding what aches.
Aug
22
comment Touring with little kids?
Realistically you'll need a trailer each given the amount of stuff a toddler needs. I'd want to be very sure of what I was going to find at the other end. How confident are you in your toddler's willingness to suit in a trailer for a few hours?
Aug
22
answered What is the purpose of a serial number?
Aug
21
comment Can the iBert safe-T-seat be safely mounted behind the seat post?
@Air is that what it is? I'm more used to seeing the weeride which has a nice something to lean on.
Aug
21
comment Minimum tire pressure for 20 mph (32 kph) turn
Tyre pressure is only one of many variables. Consider for example a "perfect" tyre and a patch of ice/diesel half way round the bend. You would need to take into account the road surface, how tight your bend is, the load on the bike, the rubber compound used in the tread (and possibly sidewall)...
Aug
21
answered Can the iBert safe-T-seat be safely mounted behind the seat post?
Aug
18
comment How to secure and transport panniers when on foot during a bike trip
Another option in some areas (e,g, on the Loire a Velo long-distance route in France): have a coffee in a bar with the bike just outside; buy what you need in the local shops leaving the bike outside the bar (not blocking anything)..
Aug
17
comment How to secure and transport panniers when on foot during a bike trip
One option is to leave your stuff in the tent during a visit to a city, staying 2 nights in the same place. This of course doesn't work for visiting places on the journey.
Aug
17
comment SPD-SL pedals uneven wear
You should have a good look for spare parts for the pedal -- I don't have enough information to figure out exactly what you need but some bits are available at least for cheaper pedals like mine.
Aug
16
comment Electric bike: Do I need display?
I've been known to tape over excessively bright battery indicator LEDs on bike lights but I wouldn't have thought this was a good solution to aesthetic objections. If I was designing my own system I'd add extra LEDs in fact - to help with some of the reasons you mention (I've had trouble with a broken brake sensor).
Aug
16
comment What to look for in a (Cheap) MTB headlight for night trail riding
At the price point I'd second dx. I only ride paved stuff in the dark but it's not exactly well paved and has done sharp bends. A helmet light adds a lot to your vision. Even an extra $10 on a narrow beam (single emitter) head torch fills in gaps that nothing on your bars can touch. +1 here