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Jul
15
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
@ttarchala I agree with you, they're probably not the biggest problem - junctions in fast moving traffic are a bigger issue. So I would say that balance is probably more important, e.g. being able to recover from hitting pot holes and knocks from wing mirrors.
Jul
15
comment How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
@Jefromi - I would say you don't really have a choice with tight spaces. If you want to commute by bike in a city it inherently dangerous and full of tight spaces.
Jul
14
answered How important is it for a cyclist to be able to perform tricks?
Jun
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Aug
29
comment How can I make a weather-proof bike?
Using a dutch style bike in Belgium has been a general revelation for me. They're bikes designed for sheer practicality and relaxation. When all you do is go to the shops and back on flat roads its an absolute pleasure. The only issue was the dodgy English made 3-gear system.
Aug
29
comment How can I make a weather-proof bike?
Sorry, you're quite right - I've deleted my useless comment. I'm managing to confuse myself. The Connex chains aren't fully stainless steel. The inner link is but I assume that doesn't include the pin otherwise they'd advertise it as so. I'm guessing that the sections that would rust the most and cause the most friction would be the plates and a combination of stainless steel inner and nickel plated outer and a decent amount of oil would be as resistant as you're going to get.
Aug
27
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Aug
27
revised What type of tires can prevent goatheads?
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Aug
27
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Aug
27
comment What type of tires can prevent goatheads?
Marathon plus tyres are amazing. I got one puncture ever (in 10 years) using them and that was when a huge nail managed to puncture through the side of the tyre, thus avoiding the protection.
Aug
27
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Aug
27
answered How much friction arise from the tires?
Aug
25
comment How can I make a weather-proof bike?
No I've never tried them - but by definition stainless steel never rusts from just rain water, salt and mud . If the chain rusts its probably not stainless steel.
Mar
6
revised What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
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Jan
30
answered How can I make a weather-proof bike?
Jan
30
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
@zigdon You're right - it can be risky, especially letting yourself roll forward. Also there's much potential for making a fool out of yourself. @alesplin, you don't have to but I found it much harder to balance whilst sitting down. My balance is pretty terrible at the best of times so can't hold it for long but it helped a lot.
Jan
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Jan
24
revised What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
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