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Jul
11
comment What are some good films about cycling?
I agree that it is likely to be closed, though a great topic. Perhaps viable as a big-list type community wiki with one movie per answer.
May
3
comment How do you know if you can trust your LBS?
I don't understand why you say "do expect ... Your bike to be scratched..." It seems inconsisten with the rest of the section, and not a typical expectation. Is that a typo?
May
3
comment How to choose a Local Bike Shop
a good answer ... except you set the bar way too high. Open at 7 AM? Good luck! Also, understand that the absence of loaner bikes may be a practical deference to insurance fees and the hassle of keeping track of the bike. Also, what do you mean by a standard service price? What is wrong with charging a flat fee for a specific service?
Feb
17
comment What do I need to know about Turbo Trainers?
related / follow up bicycles.stackexchange.com/q/2241/839
Feb
17
comment What do I need to know about Turbo Trainers?
But see bicycles.stackexchange.com/q/2241/839
Feb
17
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of turbo trainers and rollers?
@danethesane also try riding with no hands, at a high cadence, at a low cadence (20 rpm with high resistance)then take a jacket on and off, then juggle. Ride with your eyes closed. Bike handling will improve.
Feb
17
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of turbo trainers and rollers?
@Tyler thanks for pointing out that explanation of Souplesse in a cycling context. But given the definition, and extensive experience training on rollers, I would argue that the OP incorrectly understates the benefits of riding rollers, or the fact that it takes specific focus to know that rollers promote good, smooth form, and the ability to hold a straight line under various riding situations.
Aug
23
comment Do skilled cyclists really “use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time”?
your fixed-gear bike might not have a brake, but you can still "brake" with it. When I ride a fixed gear, the majority of my braking is done through exerting pressure backward on the pedal.
Mar
19
comment What is the proper etiquette for overtaking a horse?
@neil yes, as most of the answers point out, it can be very dangerous, espercially for the horse rider, if the horse is spooked by a bike.
Mar
19
comment How do I know when to replace my bottom bracket?
"noise from bottom bracket" can also mean loose chainring bolts or a broken frame, and is most often the former.
Aug
30
comment What are the differences (and their practical implications) between a 29" mountain bike and a cyclocross bicycle?
I am not sure that I can be more specific than what is already in the question: 'I am not particularly interested in technical riding - although I would like to be able to ride through most things, even if I have to do so slowly.' I want to ride on trails, mostly non-technical stuff, and I don't mind going slowly or walking my bike through any technical stuff that I come across because I probably wouldn't attempt it regardless of the bike I am on.
Aug
29
comment What are the differences (and their practical implications) between a 29" mountain bike and a cyclocross bicycle?
@tehnyit thanks for the feedback. figure labels added.
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
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
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
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.