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Handlebar bag: Koki Mini Dilly. Cost: ~$45. Small enough to minimize weight and wind resistance.According to Bicycle Quarterly a large bar bag can actually improve the aerodynamics of a bike.
I'm wondering how a cyclist from Kansas knows that he's a strong climber. He surely didn't figure that out in Kansas!+1
There's two kinds of climbs the touring cyclist needs to worry about: (1) 20% grades for a quarter of a mile (e.g., in the Ozarks, New England or Appalachians) and (2) 6 to 8% grades for 30 straight miles (e.g., the Rockies).
My lowest gear is 20 gear-inches, and I need every inch of that. Over and over and over again. Even with that gear, I sometimes feel that I couldn't get up the hill I'm on at all if it were even a bit steeper.
Of course, until one learns how to get out of the clips fast, falls are likely.Too true. The experience of being stationary and not being able to unclip is not to be missed. I always urge people to first try clipless pedals in a spinning class, i.e. on a stationary bike, to get the hang of unclipping something I didn't do and ended up teetering and falling off at a traffic light. Another suggestion: when you try them on a real bike for the first time do it on grass just in case. Having said all that I wouldn't ride without them now.
I had a periodic knocking last year. Turned out I had a crack in my cassette body cover.Not trying to be smart but just what is a cassette body cover? I've never heard the term before.
Cutting the fenders is not a solution. That's mutilation. Just take them off.Thanks for your interest. I'll do whatever I see fit with my fenders
I happily break that rule regularly. I don't see it as all that likely to be a problem. I never found handling in slippery conditions to be a problem with a more worn front tire and the rear tire is always more likely to fail even when the front is more worn due to the fact that it is carrying more weight.Have you ever had a front tire blowout while going downhill at speed?