Stephen Touset
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Why are some bikes sold without pedals?
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Higher-end bikes are expected to be used with clipless pedals. However, there are several different standards for these pedals, and all of which have a different type of cleat that fits in them. Most ...

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Whatever happened to solid bike tubes?
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27 votes

You should not be getting multiple flat tires in such a short timespan. I commute on poorly-maintained roads in Atlanta, and have not had a flat tire in 4,000 miles. In order of estimated likelihood, ...

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What is the downside to me purchasing a road bike instead of a hybrid?
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25 votes

The real answer is that for a 9km ride, virtually any bike will do the trick. It's hard to be uncomfortable on a bike (that fits you) for that short of a ride. However, I'm fully in the road bike ...

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Are 22mm tires too thin for commuting?
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23 votes

Most of your fears are unfounded or way overblown. If I am going fast and I hit a small (less then 3" bump) I might get a pinch flat. Pinch flats do not occur on tires that are properly inflated. ...

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Why do the front and rear brakes work independently?
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Linking the two brakes would have a detrimental effect on braking power. Your front brake will bring your bike to a halt far quicker than your rear brake will, and should be used almost exclusively. ...

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What is this rubber ring around the top tube for
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21 votes

It protects the frame from the handlebars. The handlebars, unrestricted by brake or derailleur cables, can rotate freely to the point that they can smack into the top tube. This is particularly easy ...

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How come some cyclists lean forward at a 45 - 60 degree angle and I don't?
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19 votes

To complement Neil Fein's answer, the rider's position is almost entirely controlled (given a particular rider) by the geometry of the bike. Compare the following bikes. In the first image of a ...

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Do brake cables become more elastic with time?
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Cables will stretch over time, but they won't become elastic. They're made of twisted strands of metal, and metal isn't generally known for its elasticity. This sounds to me like your brake pads are ...

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What would cause variable air resistance on a day with no wind?
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TLDR; assuming my calculations below are correct, there's roughly a 10% increase in air resistance between hot, humid days, and cool, dry days. Add in a slight but imperceptible tailwind or headwind, ...

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Avoiding being wiped out after work commute?
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16 votes

The simplest advice is: just keep it up. Give your body time to adapt to the new workload you're putting on it, and it will get easier and easier. For drinks, you can buy gatorade powder and mix it ...

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After an accident, what next?
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Report it to his insurance company first. Period. If for whatever reason the driver decides to renege on his admittance of fault and declines to pay damages to your bike, you're basically screwed if ...

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Looking for Techniques for Riding Uphill on a Single Speed
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@GuyZee covers most of the technique side, but I'd like to add that if you're experiencing difficulty climbing hills, you should also use a lower gear. Faster cadences are a great way to build up your ...

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Difference between "Track Frame set" and a "TimeTrial/Triathalon frame set"
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14 votes

You seem like you want three different bikes all smashed up into one, and the result is not going to be good. First, the time trial frame is not intended to be a track frame. If you're going to race ...

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Why does my gear slip when going uphill / standing?
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14 votes

In order of least expensive to most expensive, you either have a misadjusted derailleur, a very worn out cassette, or a crack in your frame. If you're not noticing any problems shifting under normal ...

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Which parts of a wrecked bike would be OK to use or sell?
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13 votes

We have no way to know what may or may not have been damaged in the accident, especially without knowing details about the accident and the types of components on the bike. Some parts you likely won't ...

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GPS bike tracking (locks)
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12 votes

Pain in the ass, and waste of money. As of the last time I checked, you can't track them directly (there'd be no way for you to receive a signal from a battery-operated device 5mi away), so you need ...

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Why do racing cyclists wobble when furiously pedalling?
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They quite simply must sway the bike back and forth because of the mechanical reality of the situation. It's not even really a conscious act — if the rider didn't do this, the bike would fall out from ...

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The back brake on my bike is not functional, is it illegal for me to cycle in the United Kingdom?
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Yes, technically. Most sorts of cycle are required to have at least two efficient braking systems, by which the front wheel (or wheels) can be braked independently of the rear wheel (or wheels). The ...

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How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
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There's not much more to say than: tuck your head, protect your face with your arms, relax, and wait for it to be over. Realistically, though, you're not going to remember the contents of this post ...

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Is it considered rude to draft other random cyclists?
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Drafting behind a group that's already in a paceline is one thing, but drafting behind some random commuter is a great way to get into a wreck. A random commuter isn't going to necessarily know to (...

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What are the most important things to bring on a ride?
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For repairs, I always carry with me: a saddle bag to conveniently carry all my supplies a multitool for adjusting anything, fixing the chain, and anything else a spare tube to repair flat tires two ...

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I don't want to be the next Eddy Merckx; Is competitive cycling right for me?
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Replace "cycling" in this question with any competitive sport. How should we know if it's right for you? How should we know what the community of cyclists near you is like, or whether or not you'll ...

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Multi hour ride nutrition
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10 votes

Informally, I find that on long rides, your body will simply know what it needs. You pull off at a stop; the trail mix and pickles look delicious, so you eat them. More scientifically though, your ...

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Protecting quick-release seats and wheels from theft
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If you use a U-lock, you can use Sheldon Brown's lock strategy to lock at least your rear wheel along with the frame. This is the approach I use. Remember: the shorter the U-lock, the safer you are. ...

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I'm going to take my bike with me on a plane. Do I really need a special bike travel bag to have it transported safely?
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10 votes

I recently flew to Europe with my wife, and we brought along our bicycles. Our solution was to disassemble them the night before and place them into cheap Nashbar bicycle bags. We wrapped pipe ...

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How do you protect the underside of your brooks leather saddle?
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9 votes

Brooks recommends applying a layer of proofide to the bottom of the saddle. However, you should not wipe this layer off after it sets. Just leave it on, and it will protect the underside. Personally, ...

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What can I wear in the cold weather to be able to bike to work (where I don't have a shower)
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The general consensus I've seen is that you should expect to be cold for the first twenty minutes of cycling in the winter. If you're dressed warmly enough that you're not cold for the first twenty ...

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I wish to get fit, therefore should I have a heavy bike?
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There's already a cacophony of answers, but their detail obscures the simple response to your question: no, a heavier bike will not help you get fit easier than a light bike. Simply put, you will ...

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Looking for a first race worthy road bike - What should I look for?
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My recommendation is to buy a used bike on Craigslist or eBay first. Many people will vehemently disagree on the best manufacturer, component group, frame material, etc., but the best advice I can ...

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Food costs compared to Gasoline riding cross country USA
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The easiest way to approach this problem is with simple physics. Compare a 180lb cyclist on a 40lb loaded touring bike averaging 15mph for 100mi/day and a car averaging 22mg for 100mi/day. The power ...

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