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09-06-14, 12:58 PM
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Posted By meanwhile

Best, yes. But a difference big enough worth...

Best, yes. But a difference big enough worth worrying about? In the UK? In 99% of the UK I'd consider a single u-lock deterrent enough for any bike for anything short of overnight locking. There's no...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-06-14, 12:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
Posted By meanwhile

You might want to consider that weight at the...

You might want to consider that weight at the front doesn't handle well unless the fork is low trail..
09-06-14, 12:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,861
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Ooh - that will cut gravity from being FIFTEEN...

Ooh - that will cut gravity from being FIFTEEN times more than aero to only TWELVE TIMES! You wi- No, seriously: this is stupid. And the example I gave was not using only a 5% hill. Which no one...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 12:24 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
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If it has 700c wheels maybe. But, again, mostly,...

If it has 700c wheels maybe. But, again, mostly, you are talking rubbish. Whether a bike has a steel or alu frame has nothing to do whether it is a hybrid (probably 90% are alu, and most of the...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 11:46 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
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This is not a smart thing to say. In fact, the...

This is not a smart thing to say. In fact, the two have quite a lot in common:

- Similar road quality (ie mixed, including poor)

- Similar power output level

- Comfort a priority

- The...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 11:43 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

You need a Star Trek uniform, a lot of Spanish...

You need a Star Trek uniform, a lot of Spanish Fly, and an old French bicycle. I can't tell you more without proof of age - sorry!
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 11:42 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

It would be if I'd had drawn an equivalent...

It would be if I'd had drawn an equivalent conclusion from the reported fact. Which I didn't.
09-06-14, 11:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By meanwhile

Just stick to those two makers of u-locks. "On...

Just stick to those two makers of u-locks. "On Guard" have a rep for jamming and Masterlock for being too easily picked. Get Abus or Kryptonite! That's true even if the On Guard or Masterlock has a...
09-06-14, 11:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
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One u-lock is normally enough. But two are even...

One u-lock is normally enough. But two are even better. Just use the skewers as well and, most of all, use the u-lock correctly - around part of the frame with the space in the centre of the u-lock...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 10:49 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

..Unless they're Zaskar conversions, in which...

..Unless they're Zaskar conversions, in which case they manage to look badass instead. Which is completely 650B like, but very 90s GT:
...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 10:45 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

650B's do look so sweet... ...

650B's do look so sweet...

http://djcatnap.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/zunow-650B_01.jpg
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 10:42 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

Probably because they over-pressurize - ie past...

Probably because they over-pressurize - ie past 15% deflection. If a tyre can't flex because it is rigid, then a flexible carcass doesn't matter. People think this will make the bike faster, but it...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 10:38 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

If you keep looking in bike porn circle, you'll...

If you keep looking in bike porn circle, you'll go blind.

Bike Quarterly l-o-v-e 650B, but I suspect reality is different and they're rare - just like low trail bikes.
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 10:29 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

For RR in general: MTB Tire analysis -...

For RR in general:

MTB Tire analysis - rolling resistance and snakebite resistance (http://www.mckramppi.com/en/bike04rengas/Bike2004rengasanalyysi.htm)


Bicycle Quarterly rolling resistance...
09-06-14, 09:37 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 25,204
Posted By meanwhile

...And the ones who don't understand how bicycles...

...And the ones who don't understand how bicycles work think that a road bike frame with flat bars is one. Which is understandable, but completely incorrect - it's bike that has crippled rolling...
09-06-14, 09:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By meanwhile

I have no idea what tracker to use - except that...

I have no idea what tracker to use - except that if it isn't concealed inside the frame it will be useless.

I'd suggest two good u-locks used together, with one or both left at work. Plus security...
09-06-14, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,431
Posted By meanwhile

It's undoubtedly a nice bike - although I'd...

It's undoubtedly a nice bike - although I'd prefer a rigid fork to a cheap suspension one, on the grounds I ride aggressively offroad and would rather avoid injury than have a little extra comfort....
09-06-14, 09:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,431
Posted By meanwhile

You need to have low fork trail for safe handling...

You need to have low fork trail for safe handling with a heavy front load. That's rare.



But using such a lock every time will still make for a slower round. I'd use a 50 bike - one sloshed...
09-06-14, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,431
Posted By meanwhile

Then spend 50 and buy one that isn't. ...

Then spend 50 and buy one that isn't.



Yes: spend a lot of money having the frame modified to take vee-brakes. 200-300 should do it. Then put a rigid fork on and paint the bike with primer....
09-06-14, 08:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By meanwhile

ebay is your best bet. But do read those links...

ebay is your best bet. But do read those links before using another bike!

Important question: was your father using a u-lock? If so, what brand and model? Because if he was, then you're in a high...
09-06-14, 08:42 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 25,204
Posted By meanwhile

And really, people, learn to use common sense. If...

And really, people, learn to use common sense. If you your pedal thrust was generating a substantial amount of your own body weight in oridnary pedaling, then you'd be squirming from one side of the...
09-06-14, 08:38 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 25,204
Posted By meanwhile

Yes and no. Because it is actual torque - ie...

Yes and no. Because it is actual torque - ie force times lever arm distance - that counts.

And at commuting burn, pedal force is very small compared to your weight - it it wasn't, then you'd have...
09-06-14, 08:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By meanwhile

No, you're pretty much screwed. Sorry. Stolen...

No, you're pretty much screwed. Sorry. Stolen bikes are very hard to trace; it will probably get sold in a pub. All you can do is make sure that you use a decent lock and do so correctly - see the...
09-06-14, 08:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By meanwhile

Get a dcent u-lock - a kryptonite or Abus - and...

Get a dcent u-lock - a kryptonite or Abus - and read Lock Strategy (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html)
09-06-14, 08:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,820
Posted By meanwhile

This is stupid: no one has ever said that every...

This is stupid: no one has ever said that every saddle on earth is comfortable. If only because the only person on this forum stupid enough to make such a claim rides a recumbent...
09-06-14, 08:14 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 25,204
Posted By meanwhile

..You might want to get your imaginary friend to...

..You might want to get your imaginary friend to look at the results of this google search:
...
09-06-14, 08:12 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 25,204
Posted By meanwhile

Pedal forces can't lessen weight on the hands:...

Pedal forces can't lessen weight on the hands: draw a vector diagram of the forces. If you have seen a fit manual that says otherwise, then please provide a link because someone should do something...
09-06-14, 07:56 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,861
Posted By meanwhile

This is stupid. Because 1. When aero...

This is stupid.

Because

1. When aero starts to become important wont be the same, even on the flat, for different types of bike and different tyres

2. It becomes important later going...
09-06-14, 07:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,861
Posted By meanwhile

There's a terrific article on rolling resistance...

There's a terrific article on rolling resistance and aero here:



As a general rule, most riders who try to get higher performance at commute speeds put exactly the wrong tyres on their bikes,...
09-06-14, 07:37 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,861
Posted By meanwhile

No, you're wrong now. The guy specified a steep...

No, you're wrong now. The guy specified a steep hill where the cyclist could only make 10mph and at this speed aero is NOT important. Power needed for work against gravity and RR is LINEAR with...
09-06-14, 07:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,861
Posted By meanwhile

There's an excellent wikipedia article - I...

There's an excellent wikipedia article - I already sent the link to Mr Fantasy Physcis - on bicycle performance here:

Bicycle performance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 06:33 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

If you're interested in this subject then the...

If you're interested in this subject then the google for Jan Heine's blog posts and Bicycle Quarterly artciles about wheel size for randoneur bikes and why he favours 650B. Heine is a NASA Fellow and...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 05:38 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

This is only even possibly true if you have...

This is only even possibly true if you have extremely poor pedaling technique and can't spin. At a decent spin rate a standard MTB should max out at something like 26mph which wouldn't be a bad speed...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 05:26 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

The place where fixies really belong in messenger...

The place where fixies really belong in messenger work is NY - it's flat and you really want as little on the bike to steal as possible, plus the average pizza delivery geek (fast food places are...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 05:22 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

However, the point of using a smaller wheel size...

However, the point of using a smaller wheel size is to use a wider tyre.

...What no one seems to understand is where wheel and tyre sizes come from. There's a certain amount of gyroscopic...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 05:14 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 22,611
Posted By meanwhile

No. Rolling resistance is significantly lower for...

No. Rolling resistance is significantly lower for tubeless - friction between the tyre and inner tube accounts for something like 10-25% of RR.
Forum: Commuting
09-06-14, 05:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,515
Posted By meanwhile

That's extremely interesting - I was looking for...

That's extremely interesting - I was looking for a grippy but non-pinned pedal for my girlfriend. The Ergons are expensive, but it turns out that their grip is based simply on using "3M Safety Walk...
Replies: 8
Views: 5,874
Posted By meanwhile

As a last resort, you could take the Fizik you...

As a last resort, you could take the Fizik you like - or a cheaper used one off ebay - and send it to a saddle restorer with a request to use firmer foam - assuming the saddle uses foam - when they...
09-06-14, 04:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 696
Posted By meanwhile

...Well, I get these deals. I got a perfectly...

...Well, I get these deals. I got a perfectly maintained Sirrus for about 1/3 of list, a cyclocross bike that had been raced for half a season for about the same, and a Zaskar (the 90s original - one...
09-06-14, 04:21 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,157
Posted By meanwhile

How do you people manage to do this type of...

How do you people manage to do this type of stuff? It's like you're Incompetence Gifted...
09-06-14, 04:19 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,157
Posted By meanwhile

..All hail the Power Of The Placebo, Mightiest...

..All hail the Power Of The Placebo, Mightiest Force In Bike Marketing. (Bar Ignorance.)
09-06-14, 04:11 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,157
Posted By meanwhile

No, it really doesn't. People span for a century...

No, it really doesn't. People span for a century or so using straps and even platform pedals. It isn't even hard to do so.



Most people who have tried both would say you'd have come away easier...
09-06-14, 04:10 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,157
Posted By meanwhile

There are none (except in extreme standing...

There are none (except in extreme standing sprints): this has been proved with strain gauges and powermeters.
09-06-14, 04:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,861
Posted By meanwhile

Yes: IT HAS A TYRE ON IT WHETHER THE BIKE IS THE...

Yes: IT HAS A TYRE ON IT WHETHER THE BIKE IS THE RIGHT OR WRONG WAY UP. This is included in mass in both situations...



No, just British.
09-06-14, 04:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,742
Posted By meanwhile

...If you do buy a crosser - and that should...

...If you do buy a crosser - and that should still be an alternative - watch out for cantilever brake set-up: virtually every shop gets it wrong. Read the canti faq in the cross forum and fit a front...
09-06-14, 03:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,742
Posted By meanwhile

A crosser will never handle as well as a good...

A crosser will never handle as well as a good MTB. (I've had both.) The position is different even if the contact patch is the same - which it usually isn't, of course. Crossers simply are not...
09-06-14, 03:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,431
Posted By meanwhile

Focus have a good reputation and it looks fine......

Focus have a good reputation and it looks fine... just too stealable for a paper round bike. Is your son going to lock it up every single time he gets off? If not, I'd get an old Muddy Fox for 50...
09-05-14, 05:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,861
Posted By meanwhile

That's unless the heavier bike "planed" better....

That's unless the heavier bike "planed" better. Which has happened under pretty convincing testing..



..Heine is a NASA Fellow and knows his testing. Indeed, he is **German.**

..What planing...
09-05-14, 05:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,822
Posted By meanwhile

Well, obviously we're all even more awed than we...

Well, obviously we're all even more awed than we were before. (Seriously - I am awed.)

..But aren't you worried about Pandas???
09-05-14, 02:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,346
Posted By meanwhile

To the OP: you might want to look at kettlebell...

To the OP: you might want to look at kettlebell swings for weight loss. They involve knee movement, just as cycling does, but not impact. And you can do them indoors, and all you need is a $75...
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