Jahaziel
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How to ride to work without sweating?
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It is possible, but only in certain conditions. I live in a tropical country, so, 20 degrees centigrade is considered cold here. My conmute to work is almost flat, with only one climb, something a ...

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Is there a way to share a tight staircase/steps with pedestrians?
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I've had to commute routes where I need to use a narrow staircase to go up and down a pedestrian bridge over a highway. For starters, any place where you have to share narrow space with pedestrian, ...

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What purpose do the rubber 'hairs' have on new tyres?
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Note the technical term for what you are calling "hairs" is "vent spews."[1] As the name indicates, they are a consequence of an important detail of the tire fabrication process. While liquid rubber ...

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What skills/drills should I learn to descend faster and more confidently? (for mountain biking)
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I happen to be one of those who attract new riders into the sport, and have given the basic training to many people. Here is a brief of what I try to teach them: Riding position Be ready to react ...

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How can I inflate a tire to the correct pressure?
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One term: Mechanical advantage. You need a pump with the correct mechanical advantage. In the case of an air pump, the size of the piston defines how fast it does its job and how high a pressure you ...

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What are the differences between men's and women's bike frames?
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For MTB I have observed that many bikes marketed as woman specific are almost a scam, they are only the same frame with different colors and lower grade transmission parts (I remember one where the ...

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Can I avoid falling in the rain on a corner?
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In places where it rains very little or hasn't rained in a while and then a light rain falls, the water is not enough to "wash" the road surface; instead it only wets fine dust and oils that are on ...

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How to transport an unusable bike AND a set of wheels without a car?
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This is how I did it once: Needed three straps. Two of them where used to improvise shoulder straps so I carried the bike simulating a backpack. The third strap was to stabilize the handlebar so it ...

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Why isn't my suspension bouncy?
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Bouncyness* may not be the appropriate term for the behavior you need from your suspension. Suspension has two main functions: Shock Absorbing and Dampening. Shock absorbing is what the fork does by ...

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Why use multiple materials on chainrings?
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This is actually a matter of the force multiplication that each chainring provides, and the size/mass of each chainring. Force difference Let's propose, only for a moment that you had a chainring as ...

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What is the best way to stop and restart at a stoplight?
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These are the options I use depending on the circumstances: Trackstand: Requires a lot of practice and it is a bit of a swhowoff. (This is the one I use the less) Partially Dismount: Preferred when ...

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Why are there no adult balance bikes?
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I tried using my regular MTB as a balance bike for a while, in order to show my kid how to use his. After about 20 minutes I started feeling pain in my feet soles as a result of hammering my feet into ...

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Bailing out with SPD pedals on a mountain bike
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Your best option is to practice a lot on how to unclip your foot, so you get accustomed to it. I suppose you have already done this. So you must now adjust the spring tension on your pedals. Refer to ...

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What can I use for a DIY cable end?
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I have actually used these options: Epoxy glue: let it dry a little before applying. It is too liquid just after mixed, so let it dry and use it like if it were modelling putty. Thin cooper wire ...

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Got two bikes, one of them is more exhausting to ride, what can it be?
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I can see 3 possible causes for the bike being more exhausting than it "should" be: 1: Lack of (or incorrect) previous maintenance. Particularly you mention you bought it from a "clueless" person. ...

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How would the "pros" bike this commute?
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I have actually commuted in a very dangerous, hilly, bike un-friendly city (Tegucigalpa, Honduras). Here there are zero facilities for bike commuters, no racks on public transport, no bike parking ...

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Which kind of tube valve is the best?
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My conclusion after many years of using not two, but three types of valves is that the best is the one that results most practical for you, acording to type of riding, type of pumping methods ...

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Reduce Resale Value to Avoid Theft? (Uglify)
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The first thing is to note that vibrant, brightly-colored objects are by nature more attention-getting, so I hope your bike is not bright red, light orange, yellow or bright green. I have noted that ...

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Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
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(MTB rider here, XC & DH, with little road exp.). There is a certain speed for which up to that speed you should pedal, above it you gain more from adopting the most aerodynamic position and use ...

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Does the age of brake pads make any difference?
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Almost any rubber product will degrade over time, loosing its properties. Different rubber compounds will degrade differently, depending on the formula and method of fabrication and, of course, ...

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Metal vs. plastic tire levers
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It largely depends on the usage you want to make of them and the particular tire/rim combination you use. Plastic levers are usually small and lightweight, and if they are of good quality, they are ...

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Homemade bicycle degreaser liquids
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If what you're looking for is a cheap alternative, here in my country is very common to use diesel or kerosene to clean bike parts. Personally I use diesel, I just pour a small amount in an old ...

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What are velcro alternatives for frame mounted bag?
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I do not know of any commercially available products alternative to velcro, but I'm a DIY-er, And have successfully mounted some accessories to the frame and handlebars using hose clamps. Their ...

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Is it common to own two MTBs for different weather conditions?
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This can not be answered objectively for all people. Your current conditions, budget, space availability and preferences all play a role in such decision. The advantage of having just a spare wheel ...

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Disadvantage of Hybrid Bikes on Mountains
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Since a hybrid is a combination of two or more types of bike characteristics, there are many possibilities, and you should consider what aspects of the particular bike where meant for the mountain or ...

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Why are people with full suspension bikes concerned about 'Stiffness' added by thru axles?
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Thru axles not only keep the wheel in place, they also strongly join the right and left dropouts together. This structurally reinforces the component either being it a fork or a rigid/suspended rear ...

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Could I be pumping up my tyres the wrong way?
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I have had such experiences even at much lower pressures, (I ride diverse disciplines of mountain bike, so I use my tires around 40 PSI, but still...). I have found three main causes for inflation ...

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Just replaced axle on rear wheel. It is loose at first but as soon as I ride it, it tightens and wheel no longer rotates. Help!
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I have sometimes made the mistake of not tightening the locknuts enough, causing the rotation of bearings to drag the cone, tightening it enough for the bearing to bind. The solution is to properly ...

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How should I store inner tubes to maximize their shelf life?
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Dry and cool place is the way to go. But also play attention to other items stored near the tubes. Do not store them near paint or solvent containers. Many chemical products can damage tubes, even ...

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Should I replace both wheels/rims if I convert the front to a dynamo hub?
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You should replace the rear wheel only if there is another well justified reason to do so, but generally both wheels are mostly independent, so you can perfectly change only the front. The first ...

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