Andrew Henle
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Should unconventional colors be avoided for lighting?
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A quick search, however, shows other colors available to purchase. Concerning "to be seen" bicycle lights, should they be avoided? Yes, they should be avoided. First, off-colors might not be legal ...

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Pedaling at different gear ratios on flat terrain: what's the point?
42 votes

First, different people have different optimum cadence. So that's one thing that explains different cadence between different cyclists. Second, to travel at any given speed requires a certain amount ...

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Tyre exploded while riding
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32 votes

TLDR answer: you ran over something Given the ding/cut in the rim itself that aligns with the cut in the tire, you ran over something metal that was sharp enough to cut your tire and even dig into ...

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What's the strongest way to bond a cable stop to an steel frame?
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Don't use cable stops. The biggest load those stops will ever see is when you grab your brakes hard for an emergency stop. So you're likely to find out that whatever you did to bond the stops to the ...

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Will a 7-speed chain work on a 2x10 speed drivetrain?
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18 votes

will this new 7-speed chain work on a 10-speed cassette? No. That's based on my experience with a nine-speed chain shipped by mistake on a 10-speed drive train. That didn't work well - shifting was ...

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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?
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First, don't worry about the bike - worry about you. If you need a different bicycle, you'll figure that out pretty fast while you're training to do your 200-mile ride. What's the farthest you've ...

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Is it best to attack the flat before a hill?
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Is it best to attack the flat before a hill? NO On flat ground, power is proportional to speed cubed because drag from air dominates. If you want to go twice as fast on flat ground, you need to ...

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What's the cause of this kind of tyre damage?
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16 votes

Another possible cause is misadjusted rim brakes where the brake pad makes contact with the tire's sidewall.

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Why is a road bike faster than a city bike with the same effort? How much faster it can be?
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Some representative values from http://bikecalculator.com/veloUS.html. It's a road-bike calculator, so it's not quite accurate. I simulated a hybrid/city bike by having the rider on a 30-lb road ...

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Used WD-40 on headset and now it loosens daily
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Using WD40 on a headset should not cause it to loosen. Something else is wrong. You need to find out what that is. First - don't ride the bicycle until the problem is identified and fixed. Doing ...

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Mountain bike tyre at road bike pressure
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2.00 or 2.20 or 2.30 inch tyre that I would use at 7-8 bars (100-120 PSI) Does such a tire exist? No. A little math... The surface area of a torus is 4 x pi^2 x R x r, where R is the large radius of ...

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Why signal stop with your left hand in the US?
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Why are cyclists in the US expected (or required) to signal "Stop" with the palm of their left hand? Consistency. All vehicles on the road are expected/required to use the same signals - ...

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I think I chose the wrong road bike size
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Almost all road bikes have your torso leaning forward to some degree, meaning you have to hold your head up constantly. If you've never ridden a true road bike before, you've probably never had to do ...

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Spending up to 200 dollars now on a bike for slow rides on gravel roads
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I'd recommend another used bike. It might take some time to find a suitable one that fits your budget, but garage sales, thrift stores, and maybe even Craig's list are good places to find good used ...

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Cannondale CAAD Optimo Tiagra 2020 CREAKING
13 votes

return the bike to Cannondale as there is a welding fault in the area north of the front part of the frame If true, that bike is probably not safe to ride. If the shop showed you where the problem ...

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How to deal with impatient drivers
12 votes

If you're bothered by the traffic on a route you ride, find another route. There's really no other way to address it. If the road is wide enough where you can get to the right (or left, as the local ...

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Torque Wrench required for trainer cassette installation?
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12 votes

How important is torque wrench on this? It's not important at all. The cassette lockring just has to be tight enough to not come off as it's not doing anything other than keeping the cassette from ...

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Dedicated bike GPS computer over smartphone
12 votes

In addition to all the other advantages a dedicated cycling computer has over a phone, battery life when collecting data from wireless sensors such as speed and cadence sensors and power meters is ...

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Replacement fork has forked up my bike
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The new fork has a greater rake ... but the handling of the bike is now really unsteady and twitchy. The greater rake reduced the trail. The trail the distance between where the pivot axis of the ...

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2-speed front derailleur - three possible positions?
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9 votes

That's the high "trim" position. Most Shimano front road derailleurs have four positions: low, low trim, high, and high trim. If your derailleur is properly adjusted, after you shift the ...

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Do I stand any chance in a race?
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Racing on a bicycle is HARD. In your first race, you'll be lucky if you don't get dropped. You have no experience managing your efforts and recovery during an actual race. It's different - waaay ...

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Is it possible to commute 34 km (21 miles) daily?
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I am wondering if it's possible to commute daily by bike. Easily. I used to do almost 60 km round-trip daily. Well, it'll be easy after a while. If you're not used to riding every day, it'll be ...

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Should I replace my bicycle tires if they have not been inflated in multiple years
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There are ways tires get damaged other than by having weight on them. For example, ozone and ultraviolet light can cause dry rot. If the tires were stored in a cool area, out of sunlight, and not ...

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Spoke max tension
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There is no hard-and-fast rule for max spoke tension. (Other than "Dang, there's a crack in the rim at this spoke hole." That means you added too much tension...) In my limited wheelbuilding ...

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Rear derailleur cage bigger than cassette necessity
9 votes

An RD-5701 rear derailleur should work just fine as a replacement for an RD-6600. I've used an RD-5701 with an 11/28 cassette for the last 6-7 months with no issues, including swapping my crankset ...

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Can't find puncture cause
8 votes

This is one reason why it's recommended that tires always be mounted with the label at the valve hole on the wheel - so you can find where the puncture was. If the tire is still half-mounted on the ...

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I stripped one of four bolts on the faceplate of my stem. Is the stem usable until the replacement arrives?
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Answer this question for yourself: WHEN the stem fails, what's going to happen to me - AND EVERYONE AROUND ME? And only ride in ways that you're willing to live with the answer to the above question. ...

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What is the best approach to an again and again wobbling rear wheel
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Your rear wheel needs to be replaced or completely rebuilt with all spokes being replaced. To a first approximation, materials have a limited lifetime - the cyclic loading will eventually cause them ...

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Campanolo record power meter crank with veloce crankset
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7 votes

No. The Veloce crankset (assuming it's a 2011+ version) uses Campy's Power Torque system to attach the left crank arm. The Centaur crankarm offered by Stages uses Campy's Ultra Torque design, as do ...

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Strategies against getting blinded by oncoming cars
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Also, you can avoid looking directly at the headlights. Look slight off to the side, and maybe downwards a bit. I'd probably look at the edge of the path the farthest from the road. That way, you'...

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