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awarded  Yearling
Sep
16
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
Learning to curb hop means you're more prepared if you hit a hole in the road (you get some big holes in London after winter).
Sep
16
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
Make sure the tyres are pumped up enough. I borrowed a friend's bike and put a ding in his front wheel when going up onto the kerb
Sep
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awarded  Commentator
Sep
16
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
The only time I've been knocked off is from a car turning right
Sep
16
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
@Trengot I think zigdon's point is that when you're track standing your wheel might be pointing in either direction and you'll be drifting in different directions, so its less obvious that if you're staying to the right or the left of the road.
Jul
4
comment Used-bike: How much to reserve for repairs/upgrades of total budget?
If you've got a fixed budget there's a possible trade off you can make: older but better vs newer but cheaper. The problem is that the older but better will have a two factor cost implication: the parts will be more worn out and they will be better parts so each of the individual parts will be more expensive to replace like-for-like. I personally would always go for the older but better and add in the extra potential costs of replacements
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
8
awarded  Constituent
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awarded  Caucus
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
awarded  Excavator
Aug
27
revised What type of tires can prevent goatheads?
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Aug
27
suggested suggested edit on What type of tires can prevent goatheads?
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
awarded  Supporter
Aug
27
answered How much friction arise from the tires?