Skip to main content

Questions tagged [performance]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
30 votes
5 answers

Explaining the effects of frame geometries

I asked about buying a bike here, and someone asked on my behalf about test-riding a bike before buying. My question is, what should I know, or should have known, about the sizing or 'geometry' of a ...
ChrisW's user avatar
  • 12.1k
49 votes
10 answers

Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?

Have there been done any scientific studies that proves that clipless pedals actually improve pedaling efficiency etc. over flat pedals? Clipless pedal enthusiasts are quick to say that you must use ...
user1049697's user avatar
  • 4,292
11 votes
2 answers

Can I get smaller tires without changing my rims?

I currently ride a hybrid that came with 700x32c tires. Can I swap out a narrower tire without changing the rims, or do rims only fit a specific size of tire? How small can I go before I have to buy ...
Kibbee's user avatar
  • 21.7k
20 votes
11 answers

How does a bike's weight affect the overall experience of owning it?

Naturally, carrying a light bike up the stairs is much more enjoyable compared to a heavier bike. Are there any other aspects of a bike which are affected by its weight? For example, would the weight ...
Mike Mazur's user avatar
40 votes
12 answers

Why do cyclists shave their legs?

Why do cyclists shave their legs? Is it because of wind resistance?
Johan Dahlin's user avatar
  • 2,908
14 votes
4 answers

Will stretching make me slower?

I have heard rumors that (excessive) stretching can hurt cycling performance. Specifically, stretching one's hamstrings and/or quadriceps supposedly reduces sprinting power. Is there any factual basis ...
kevins's user avatar
  • 1,422
19 votes
1 answer

Relative efficiency of different commute bike setups

My interest is in long distance commuting (e.g. more than 50 km a day) and the relative efficiencies of different commute bike setups (e.g. drop bars vs flat bars, fenders vs no fenders, panniers vs ...
Rider_X's user avatar
  • 30.7k
12 votes
15 answers

What's the best way to track your performance?

I was checking some options to track my performance (kms/hr, distance, altitude, etc...), I do MTB and city biking. The first choice is a nokia based tracker (, I love ...
Mahomedalid's user avatar
11 votes
6 answers

Will changing from a touring bike to a racing bike improve my energy level?

I'm 50 and have been cycling for years, but only 25 mile rides and indoor training. I've been training for 8 weeks, adding 5 miles a week to my big ride, but at 60 miles it is taking me 4:20 and I can'...
Steve ford's user avatar
9 votes
6 answers

What are the 'easiest' ways to determine functional threshold power?

I recently picked up a powertap and have done a fair bit of riding around and a few races now with it on, so I've started to get familiar with some of the numbers. I would like to figure out what my ...
bikesandcode's user avatar
  • 4,466
6 votes
7 answers

Age-specific information for cyclists

I was reading a discussion (Cycling: mashing versus spinning) in which someone commented ... In the big picture, winning against other age-groupers is pretty unremarkable. ... which implies ...
ChrisW's user avatar
  • 12.1k
5 votes
1 answer

Maintaining an old bike properly

I have a 6 years old bike, I got it when I was 9. It's a great bike, however I've always had the problem of maintaining it properly. I have a few questions which I hope to get answered here. Before ...
Bugster's user avatar
  • 153
5 votes
2 answers

Planning to purchase a road bike

I am 57 years old, 182 cm and weigh 105 kg. I have been cycling for the past 5 years, mostly with a city bike, Trek 7.5 FX. After a trial of a long distance lasting a week with that bike, I realized ...
mazhar celikoyar's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer

Gary Fisher Kaitai suffers from handlebar wobble at moderate speed with 10lbs on rear rack

I have a Gary Fisher Kaitai, their low-end hybrid. I use the bike for commuting so I have a rear rack and typically carry between 5 and 12 lbs back there. When I get up to moderate speed (10-15mph)...
Tom Stephens's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers

Switching to touring bicycle: Performance considerations

I'm using a road bike more than 2 years for holiday tours and commuting. Merida Scultura 903 Shimano Tiagra groupset (50-34, 12-28) 8-9 kg 700x23 tyres Now i have plans to switch to touring bike. ...
osm's user avatar
  • 121
1 vote
5 answers

Choosing a foldable 20" bike: Schwinn S2280 vs. Citizen Bike Miami [closed]

At the moment, I'm in the market for a foldable 20" bike, for commuting purposes. I've done my research, and have found two appealing models: Schwinn S2280 Citizen Bike MIAMI Which of them would you ...
Maxim Zaslavsky's user avatar