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Jul
28
comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
@zenbike good point, but the OP says 'and also go in some dirt'... I have lived in NorCal, and no, I am definitely not thinking of trails that require a mountain bike, or implying that a road bike can do what a MTB does, just that it can handle more than most think.
Jul
28
comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
@zenbike I am biased because most of my off-road riding has been on a road-bike. Still, I don't think a Ferrari at Moab is the proper comparison; I made an exception for 'significant obstacles, like rocks'. And I would argue that most off-road riding requires less from a bike than the Paris-Roubaix course.
Jul
28
comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
An extra set of wheels, with road tires and a smaller cog-set would give a cyclocross bike pretty much the same functionality as a road bike.
Jul
28
comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
@zenbike nice post and good points, but I disagree with 'in no way intended for dirt'. Road bikes generally provide excellent performance off road and only become more difficult to handle than an off-road bike if going fast around a tight turn, going through mud or sand, or when there are significant obstacles, like rocks. But they are fine on most trails and fire roads. Roubaix is designed to race over large cobblestones.
Jul
7
revised What kind of bicycles do they ride in the Tour de France?
added SRAM Red component group that is used,e.g. by Garmin-Cervelo, Radio Shack teams
Jul
7
suggested suggested edit on What kind of bicycles do they ride in the Tour de France?
Jul
7
comment What kind of bicycles do they ride in the Tour de France?
Here is an overview from bicycling magazine of the different bikes used in the 2010 tour
Jul
5
comment Patch or replace tube?
@Daniel What has your experience been? Since you claim that you don't get flats, I suspect that your experience is limited, if not in duration, than in variety. I have observed many examples of what should not be done, especially when working in a bike shop.
Jul
5
revised Patch or replace tube?
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Jul
5
comment Patch or replace tube?
@Daniel I did use tire when I meant tube, and I can't argue that an unopened tube might last a decade - or more with proper care. However, tubes in regular use are often no so lucky, particularly if the tube is rolled up improperly, held together with a too-tight rubber band, or exposed to weather and sweaty pockets. A ziplock bag and some baby powder will mitigate most of these abuses.
Jun
29
answered Patch or replace tube?
Jun
29
comment Patch or replace tube?
@Moab Mr Tuffy have been around for a while and are perhaps among the original liners. They have worked great for me.
Jun
29
comment Patch or replace tube?
@matthew -1 because your comment 'once fitted your question should be academic' is overly optimistic. This assumes that both the tire and rim strip are fitted and installed properly and that there are no pinch flats.
May
20
revised Do I need a Blackburn bike rack for my CoPilot Limo kids seat, or will the vintage Schwinn rack do?
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May
20
answered Do I need a Blackburn bike rack for my CoPilot Limo kids seat, or will the vintage Schwinn rack do?
May
20
asked Do I need a Blackburn bike rack for my CoPilot Limo kids seat, or will the vintage Schwinn rack do?
Mar
2
accepted Recommended inexpensive heart-rate monitors?
Feb
22
comment Bonk! And solutions
Mix soda 1:1 with water to make a 6% glucose solution for best absorption according to Greg Lemond
Feb
21
accepted How do I wrap a road bike handlebar?
Feb
19
comment How do Traffic Lights Notice Bicyclists?
@freiheit laying your bike over the coils will also help to trigger them. Their location can often be recognized by large rectangular cuts / repairs that have been made in the road