Duncan McGregor
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What are compact cranks?
10 votes

They probably weren't talking about the cranks per-se, but the whole crankset, which is the cranks and the chainrings. Compacts are cranksets with smaller chainrings (typically 50 teeth and 34 teeth)...

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Do calorie estimates for rides include Basal Metabloic Rate?
9 votes

Using my two Garmin devices, I lay down for 30 minutes watching a film. Both recorded an average heartrate of 60 bpm. The 810 gave 35 kcal, the 910xt 45 kcal So 70 - 90 kcal per hour : 1680 - 2160 ...

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How deep does snow have to be before it becomes unrideable?
8 votes

My experience from last winter was that I could keep moving through falling sticky snow up to about 6" = 15cm but it took a great deal of effort, even more so if your tyres end up cracking through ...

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What should I consider when looking at a recumbent trike for commuting and winter riding?
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I commuted in all weathers for about a year on a recumbent trike in the early '90s. From what I remember: It was a 2 front wheel model with underseat steering. It was very stable, but the only time I ...

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What should one eat while cycling?
7 votes

Bananas and as I need at least 15 characters, don't forget to eat bananas during your ride as well.

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Are lighter chains worth the cost?
5 votes

I've not done the maths, but angular momentum is proportional to the radius of the circle. So those big wheels benefit a lot from mass reduction, but the relatively small turn around your chainring ...

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What are the benefits of a carbon seatpost?
4 votes

I have had one fail, but it was on a second-hand bike and I've no idea what its provenance was. It was sudden, but not catastrophic - I was riding down a 5 mile hill and felt the saddle start to ...

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iPhone app to follow/navigate an imported .gpx
3 votes

http://www.motionx.com/ is the closest I've seen. You can set it's map to show track up as you ride. It doesn't know where the roads are though, nor zoom in or out depending on your speed, nor show ...

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Long sleeves for safety?
3 votes

In my experience any road accident fast enough to hurt will injure you through any clothes you are wearing. I've ended up with badly gashed shoulders and haunches where my shorts and jersey have just ...

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do I need to change my disc if the brake pads got oil on them
2 votes

Degreaser or brake cleaner should be just fine on the disks. I've had success with just rinsing pads in boiling water - the heat drives off the oil.

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Recommendation for panniers to carry a laptop for daily commute That's available in the UK
2 votes

I have an Ortleib Office panniers. It's quite heavy, but totally bombproof, and large enough for me to drop my whole laptop bag plus shoes and a change of clothes into. It unclips easily and comes ...

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Techniques for minimising injury when falling or crashing?
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I've had a couple of road crashes in the last 3 years. One I hit a patch of ice and ended up sliding sideways down the tarmac. In the other I was clipped by the rear wheel of the guy in front (ok, ...

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Should I eat breakfast before or after morning ride?
2 votes

If you're training your muscles - for strength or endurance, I would eat. But if you are training your energy transport and metabolism then there is a lot to be said for not eating. Training on an ...

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iPhone 4 bike mount recommendations
2 votes

At the other end of the cost spectrum I've just ordered one of these http://www.wahoofitness.com/Fisica/Wahoo-Fitness-Fisica-Fitness-Sensor-Case.asp It's trick is to act as an ANT+ sensor, so that ...

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What pressure should I run my Mountain Bike tires at?
2 votes

Some very good answers, but I think it's also worth saying that the sidewall gives a maximum not suggested pressure on all the bike tyres I've seen. The only time I ever run my mountain bike tyres at ...

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How to prevent my hub body from freezing?
1 votes

I don't know how to stop it freezing, but if I whack the right chain stay hard with my heel it is normally enough to get the pawls to engage and get me going again.

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iPhone 4 bike mount recommendations
1 votes

I saw this http://store.apple.com/uk/product/H0807ZM/A in the Apple store yesterday. I didn't buy one, but did play with it. It came with an iPhone 4 insert, looked at least showerproof and plenty ...

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What direction are the threads on Ultra Torque bearing cups?
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0 votes

For English-threaded Ultra Torque, the right (chain) side cup unscrews clockwise, the left one anti-clockwise. For Italian, both unscrew anti-clockwise. It's most likely that you have English. I don'...

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Wind- and water-resistent jackets
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The best jacket that I've found for cold or cold and wet weather cycling is the Cycle Shirt by Buffalo. The Pertex shell it isn't waterproof at all, but your body heat evaporates all but heavy rain. ...

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Do I need to buy a special stand for my front wheel when using my turbo trainer?
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If you're anything like me, sooner or later your directory is going to be a pile of paper/sweat mush. But until then this seems like a good hack provided the height is right and the wheel secure.

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How do I change a road bike into a commuter bike?
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You may find that you have some spacers on the steerer tube above your stem that you can move below it to raise the bar height for free.

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