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Why are disc brakes rare on road bikes? (circa 2010)
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Check out this link for a recent post by ex frame-builder Dave Moulton about disc brakes. He discusses the reverse-directed stress to the spokes due to disc brakes as a potential problem. He also ...

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How can I look unsafe to a car driver but be safe
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In the city, it's best to "take the lane" and behave like traffic. However, on country roads, I prefer to do the following. When you hear/notice a car approaching, weave out about a meter into the ...

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Formula for Homemade sports drinks
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Maltodextrin. It is basically pure glucose, which is the only sugar that your muscles can use directly without converting, so it's just pure energy. It also has no flavor or sweetness, so it is ...

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I'm changing from 8-speed to 10-speed will I need to replace my rear Hub?
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Answer: No you don't need a new hub. However, you will probably need to put a small (~1mm) spacer at the back of the cassette, otherwise you won't be able to tighten the whole cassette down. Also be ...

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Safety guidelines for cycling in traffic
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There also a book called The Art of Urban Cycling, in which the author focusses on bicycling safety amidst traffic in many different situations. I have not read it, so I'm not sure if it's any good, ...

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What do you do to cure road rash more quickly after a crash?
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The main idea is to keep scabs from forming. Scabbing retards the healing process greatly, and will increase scarring. The Neosporin that was suggested above and other generic antibiotic ointments ...

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How do you adjust the set-up of road bike brakes for women with small hands
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Shimano and other companies make women's specific shifter/brake levers that are designed for small hands. These tend to come on women's specific bikes, but any reasonable bike shop should be able to ...

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How do you bicycle the most efficiently on a road bicycle?
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General Rule of Thumb: Go harder on "slow" parts (especially uphills), go easier on "fast" parts. This rule of thumb has two separate justifications: (1) Uphills or on slow surfaces (rough ...

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How are the categories for climbs decided?
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The tour organizers rank them subjectively based on their steepness, length, and also where they occur in the stage (climbs near the finish garner a higher ranking). Another criterion which seldom ...

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Studded tires for small wheels
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The best thing to do is make your own studded tires from the old tires you have. You can buy roofing nails for very cheap, and put lots of studs on the tire (most commercially available studded tires ...

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Should I buy a PVC or aluminum roller?
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In addition to what has already been said, aluminum rollers tend to be smoother, easier rolling, and quieter. In a nutshell, they're far more pleasant to ride on. Try both, and you'll notice the ...

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