Jack M.
  • Member for 11 years, 5 months
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  • Flagstaff, AZ
How can you speed a road-bike up?
20 votes

The only thing that will make the bike have a higher top speed (on the flats) is changing the gearing. Bigger rings up front and smaller cogs in the back. Beyond that: start training. You're the ...

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How can I carry a tripod on my bike?
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18 votes

Your best bet is to find a good way of attaching it to the rear rack. Anything attached to the main triangle much larger than a bottle is likely to cause interference with your legs. One way you ...

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Rear wheel slipping out under load
16 votes

I had a similar problem on my Pugsley, though it was under braking (discs) that I was kicking the wheel around in the dropouts. After talking with the guys at my LBS, I learned that I wasn't putting ...

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Basic toolkit for bicycle maintenance
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14 votes

I would classify tools into two groups. The ones you ride with, and the ones you keep at home. There may be a bunch of overlap, but it is harder to work with a multi-purpose tool, so if you end up ...

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Different kinds of Handlebars
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One of the more interesting bars I've tried is the Titec H-Bar (there are also other brands of H-Bar, as I recall). Insane amount of hand positions. Can be hard to find a good spot for levers and ...

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How do I prevent disk brakes from squeaking in the rain?
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12 votes

The only way that I've found to get them to stop squeaking is to burn the water off. Big steep hill and stop at the bottom. As for performance, I don't notice any difference in the feel of my BB7's ...

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Periodic Maintenance Task for Bike Commuters
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Being a big guy (~400lbs), I do a lot of damage to my bikes, so I check things more often and most of the time there isn't a problem. It's just better to double check. So as a result, here is my ...

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What is a good rear wheel for a heavy load?
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11 votes

I had the same issues riding on pre-built 26" mountain bike wheels. I'm 6'5" and weigh ~400lbs, so I break stuff left and right (including frame welds). I have found two things that broke my wheel-...

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What do you do to cure road rash more quickly after a crash?
9 votes

One suggestion: Neosporin. Every time you change a bandage, wash it out and slather that stuff on.

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How do I prevent play in the steering post?
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8 votes

It sounds like your headset is not adjusted. Your stem cap is used to adjust this. Specifically, the more you tighten the stem cap, the tighter the bearings will get, and the less play you will feel....

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What hand signals work best for cyclists in the US?
7 votes

Being a motorcyclist, I stick to the standard hand signals using the left arm. At least in Arizona (other states may vary) this is listed as the official method for turn signaling, and even appears ...

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DIY wooden bike rack -- looking for plans
7 votes

If you don't mind punching some holes into the wall, the style my roomy and I have in our living room is very space efficient, and quite cheap. It is basically a 2x4 screwed to the wall, with hooks ...

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What is the best web application to create cycling cue sheets for future rides
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6 votes

I mostly use it for tracking rides after the fact, but Ride With GPS has cue sheets and route planning based off of Google maps for their paying members. From the GPS side, it works great, your ...

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Why does my road bike come with only one valve adapter?
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6 votes

Because you only fill one tire at a time. The adapter screws off and can be used on either tire if needed. It can also be easily stored with your patch kit, so it doesn't need to be on the bike. I ...

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What gloves work well for winter riding?
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Riding pretty much year round (I <3 my Pugsley) in the high mountains out AZ, I've had to come up with a few glove solutions for the different weather. I don't think I would be able to ride every ...

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Carbon bikes make me nervous. Can you ease the tension?
5 votes

From my understanding, carbon fiber is extremely strong within its designed load parameters. That means the directionality of the load, the amount of load, etc. It is only when one goes outside this ...

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Headphones with low wind noise?
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5 votes

I use a pair of the basic Apple ear buds that came with my iPod Shuffle for riding. I've found that they put out "ok" quality sound (not as good as my Sennheisers), but the open-air design of them ...

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How do you measure your cadence?
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5 votes

From my understanding, cycle computers can calculate this for you. For example, Specialized has accessories for adding cadence sensors to some of their computers. This seems to me to be the simplest ...

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What is a good iPhone app for bikers?
5 votes

A lot of the jogging apps will work well for on the bicycle as well, since most of the data collection is done via the GPS. As for the mounts, I've seen this one used a bit and it looks fairly sturdy....

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When should I use lockout feature on my fork?
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Any time you're climbing and can handle the obstacles without suspension. The force of your foot gnashing down the pedal is going to compress the suspension, thus sapping some of your precious force (...

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Why are rear shocks at a 30 degree angle and the mud-guards so high?
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4 votes

From my understanding, one of the major features for bicycle suspension is vertical travel. This is to increase pedal efficiency and rear wheel feel. This is why you see engineers jump through hoops ...

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How to find a mountain bike that can handle a heavier (250-260lbs) rider?
4 votes

As someone who weighs in at 375lbs, I can tell you that a good build will hold up just fine. I would stay away from box-store bikes (Walmart, K-Mart, etc) and shady bike shops, as they tend to cut ...

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Should I put grease under the lockring on my cassette?
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4 votes

If the bearings are sealed (so dirt can't get into the bearing), and there isn't an interface (two surfaces rubbing together), than lube is probably not needed. Adding lube may actually create a dirt-...

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Are there any drivetrain components designed and sold to last longer?
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This doesn't help with the longevity of parts, but if you are doing 100 miles per week, you may want to learn to work on the bike yourself, and invest in your own tools. Let's face it, at 100 miles ...

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How to store bikes inside a house or unit with limited internal space?
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As I posted on this question, my roomy and I have a pretty similar problem. Our solution does require poking holes in the wall (8 I believe for our bikes) with drywall screws, but this is easily ...

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How do I make sure my bike's the proper size?
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From my understanding (certainly no fit expert), you're probably fine as long as you're not crunching your privates on the top tube. Your leg should be close to fully extended at the bottom of the ...

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What is the best floor pump?
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4 votes

I have a Specialized pump which works very well for both high-volume and high pressure tires. I've also used a couple of different Joe Blow pumps from Topeak, which worked pretty well. In light ...

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What is a good small bicycle bag to store your gear and/or personal things?
4 votes

I just picked up a Timbuk2 Handlebar Bag, and so far am loving it. Has a nice velcro-down pouch, and attached to the bike via two velcro strips. It is on the bike well enough to hold my daily lunch, ...

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How can I pedal in circles?
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I find that the best time to practice making good circular rotations is when I am completely out of gear (doing 20mph in the granny gear, for example). I ride a single speed, so this is pretty easy ...

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How do I align a wheel?
4 votes

The basic tool you would need is a spoke wrench. This will allow you to pull the rim (by the spokes) back into true. The spoke wrench is actually turning the spoke nipple out at the rim. The tool ...

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