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(accidentally posted this in >>454810 don't hurt me pls)
Hello /n/, i used to bike as a child, stopped through my schooling years, but now I'm taking it up again as:
a) A less joint-destroying replacement for long distance running (i enjoy that shit)
b) Travel efficiency - why use a car to go <10km when you can ride?
I've purchased a used 2003 Cannondale Silk Path 500 [Hybrid, 24 speed, Front suspension w/ lock] for $200 and now all I need to do is perfect my riding technique.
-What cadence (pedal rpm) should I aim for?
-When's the best time to change gears?
-How high should my seat be? (i.e. fully straight leg or slightly bent [i've heard different things from different people])
-Should I bother with straps or clips or other foot-pedal fasteners? If so, where can I get the appropriate equipment?
-Should I lock the front suspension while on road to waste less energy?
-If I'm running ~25-30km over 2 hours, how far should I aim to ride over 2 hours?
-How do i not get run over while on the road in twilight/night periods?
-How do i not get run over while in heavy traffic?
-When do you stand up on a bike?
-Any other protipz?
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Grabbed this frame to a masi speciale fixed ltd for a nice price of $110. Looking to build a nice solid track bike, nothing flashy or hypebeast like 50% of most people who ride fixies.
My only other bike at the moment is a cannondale caad8, and I feel like it's not being used like it should be as a daily driver commuter. So what I'm asking you is to suggest parts for me. The owner isn't including a fork, so keep that in mind. I don't have anything but the frame.
Things i want
1. non flashy color scheme- steel, black, grey
3. price friendly as possible, I have 350-400 to spend.
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So I ride a fixed gear, and yesterday I started hearing a strange hissing sound. It's an occasional hissing sound that seems to be coming from the chain or the rear hub, I can't really tell.
I cleaned my chain, loosened, tightened the chain again, and the sound persists.
Should I just take the hub and grease it up? I don't know what is causing this sound and it's starting to bug me...
Could it be from the chain? Did I not clean it thoroughly enough?
Thanks for the help
pic unrelated, I hate seat locks.
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For a daily ride to and from work, should I use a backpack, messenger bag, or a few racks and bags on my bike? Thinking of a seat rack, a triangle bag for just under the saddle, and possibly one of those double sided bags that go over the top tube just behind the stem.
I don't want to overload or anything, just enough space for some shoes, drinks, a snack or two, and the ability to stuff half a subway sandwich in a bag if I decide to eat there on the way.
Backpack sounds good, as it is on me and not directly weighing my bike down, and has lots of space, and won't be swinging around too much.
Messenger bag sounds okay, the thought of a bag swinging around the whole time would probably drive me nuts, but the ability to reach in on the go and all that seem pretty nice. Not sure if I could sling it over my back and it would stay there or not.
Any input from people who have a few bags/racks/backpacks etc and know from experience what the best route to go would be please fill me in thanks.