JKP
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
How do I deal with a dog chasing me when I'm touring?
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Don't forget to call the police or animal control after the encounter. In many (most?) places it is illegal to let a dog run loose. On one of my regular cycling routes there are two aggressive dogs ...

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Triple vs Double chainring?
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I rode a high end 9-speed triple for many years. Although I rarely used the granny gear, when I needed it, I was very glad to have it. My new bike, though, has a compact crankset (double). With a 28 ...

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How to keep glasses dry in the rain?
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In a heavy rain, I just take my glasses off. Hats or similar don't really protect the glasses enough to be worth the trouble.

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Wear and tear and warranty
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Chain wear is objectively measured. Ask the shop to show you the chain wear measurement. It's a simple device that shows how much the chain has stretched. But if the chain is really worn with such ...

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Sheldon Brown's writing?
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I believe Sheldon passed away some years ago, so I don't know whether anyone is updating that site anymore,but if it's Sheldon, it would be divine inspiration.

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Avoiding being wiped out after work commute?
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I really doubt that this is a diet issue. I think it is a volume issue, and it will go away if you keep at it. Taking off one day - maybe midweek - would be a good idea if you are feeling tired.

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How often should I change road bike tyres?
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I usually get 4000 miles from a Continental 4000S. Years ago I got 5000 miles from a Performance brand tire. However, having neglected to keep an eye on it, the casing completely disintegrated in ...

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Should mileage on a trainer be considered mileage on the bike?
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It is generally believed that trainer miles are actually harder on a bike than road miles because of the rigid frame position and because you drip a lot more sweat on the frame when using a trainer. ...

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Electronic shifters
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I have 10000 miles on my Di2's. Never threw a chain, which used to happen on my DuraAce occasionally (through several generations). Shifting very crisp. Do you need them? No, but they work very ...

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What is a good bike for college?
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Ride like that video, and you won't make it to sophomore year. As for protecting the bike, you might consider a fixie - most people wouldn't be able to ride it away.

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Are there any tricks or pitfalls in timing gear changes?
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Another possibility: if the chain is very worn, you might get erratic shifting. Use a chain checker if the chain has more than a few thousand miles on it.

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What is the "3 foot law" and which US states have it?
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Five feet seems to be a popular variant of the 3-feet law. I suspect that's because if you tell people five, maybe they will give three. But five has the benefit of making it cleaer that the car ...

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Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?
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The Look Keo's are very popular, but until recently they had a problem in gritty areas, because the contact edge would erode quite quickly. Newer versions have a metal strip added there, so look for ...

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Shaky Freewheel
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It is also possible that the axle is broken, especially with a lot of riding on rough roads. (I replaced a broken axle on someone'sbike not too many years after 1973 and earned a nice bottle of ...

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Winter face protection
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The neoprene mask I tried did not breathe very well. A knitted balaclava works well in my experience

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Lessons from downhill crash
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two other things to consider. While braking in a turn is always dicey, counter steering may give you more control. Second, consider whether running off the road may give you a softer landing if you ...

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Data to convince teenager that blinking rear light is worth the "uncool" factor
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There are some rear lights that have really cool flashing patterns with very tiny but bright LEDs. I have a pair (front and rear) of Knog's each of which has four LEDs but are only about 1.5 inches ...

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Evaluate hill gradient
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I use a Garmin Edge500. I upload to the Garmin website, and the site shows a gradient map of the ride, among other things. The grade and altitude measures do have some error. But I can also monitor ...

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Is this an abnormal rate of spoke breakage?
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I put 40,000 miles on my Ksyium Elite wheels without ever even needing to true them, much less suffer a broken spoke. OTOH, my second pair of these cracked the rim on the rear wheel around the valve ...

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Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?
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I would be much more worried about something like the famous Beloki crash in the TdF ten years ago.

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Does the inner tube affect the maximum PSI?
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But most riders would probably think 110 pounds as excessive unless they are very heavy. The ride will be more comfortable and maybe more efficient five or ten pounds lower.

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Solutions for pedals screwed in the wrong sides?
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Another possibility is that the pedal threads were different from the crank threads - e.g., one English and one French. Not very likely these days, but perhaps more likely than that someone could ...

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How to tell when to replace cassette?
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I agree with the comments that say that chain wear governs. But be sure to test after changing the chain for skipping. Put the chain on the cogs you use the most and pedal vigorously. It will be ...

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How much of the saddle rail is suiteable to use
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It seems to me that such an extreme position indicates a fit problem with the bike. Maybe that's what you should attack first.

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