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Apr
19
comment Why/how did flat bars take over?
@errantlinguist: Sorry, no idea what they are called. Just wanted to point out that here not everyone uses flat bars, at least not the completely straight variety.
Apr
19
comment Why/how did flat bars take over?
@errantlinguist: I'm in the Rhine-Ruhr area. I commonly see bikes on the streets and paths, and most non-MTBs do not have flat bars. Also have a look at e.g. this retailer's list of touring bicycles. Most have slightly curved bars and/or bar ends.
Apr
19
comment Why/how did flat bars take over?
Is this maybe specific to the OP's location? Where I live (Germany), "butterfly" and curved / "North Road" handlebars are much more common than flat/straight bars, at least on bikes for leisure or commuting. Only "real" mountain bikes have flat bars.
Apr
18
comment How to clean a grimy old bike frame?
@andy256: Thanks for the note, didn't know that. Edited.
Apr
13
comment Is there a hub gear that can be disengaged?
What model of folded bicycle is this? Normally this should rarely happen, as you typically carry a folded bicycle, since in folded state it's too small to push on the ground. Some models also have small extra wheels on the luggage rack for pushing when folded, such as the Brompton.
Mar
31
comment How to check your dynamo system?
Good points. Actually, I'd recommend your step 3 to be first: Disconnect cables from the dynamo, and connect a power supply instead. That immediately tells you whether light bulbs and wiring are good, which are the parts most likely to fail. While the dynamo itself can also fail, that is fairly rare in my experience.
Mar
25
comment Road tyres on mountain bike
Actually, you may not need new tubes. At least the tubes I usually buy are "multi-size" tubes which fit different tire sizes. For example the Schwalbe 28" SV 17 fits all tire widths from 28 to 47mm, and even 27" diameter wheels. Of course, if the tubes are worn, or have scratches or holes, replacing them is a good idea anyway. Also note this big tolerance only applies to tubes - the tires really need to fit exactly, as they will not (must not) stretch.
Feb
5
comment My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?
Oxinabox: Yes, 20 t would probably be enough to break any U-lock (e.g, Abus' best locks are rated to withstand 7 t). However, the jack you linked to is quite bulky (hard to get into a lock), it has a lift of only 1.6 in / 4cm, so might only bend the lock (good locks have shackles that are hardened outside and ductile inside) and seems to cost over $150. So probably not practical - easier to get an angle grinder.
Feb
5
comment My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?
@Oxinabox: A quality U-lock can not be dispatched with a bottle jack or crowbar - they are far too strong. And yes, manufacturers (and test institutes) do try it. With a good U-lock, the only realistic option is an angle grinder, which is heavy, makes a lot of noise, and still takes at least one to two minutes.
Feb
4
comment How to minimize wear on pants
While the examples given look good, you don't have to pay that much. You can get bike trousers for under 100 €, or choose a "hiking pant" (not specifically for cycling, but also more resilient than regular jeans), which starts around 50 €.
Jan
7
comment Is commuting 10 km on an empty stomach harmful?
One thing to be aware of: You might run into low blood sugar ( Hypoglycemia ) if you do this. For a healthy individual this is not dangerous, but you will feel very weak and dizzy suddenly. Just listen to your body, and take it seriously. If you happen to be a diabetic, speak to your doctor first!
Dec
10
comment New D-lock failed locked up
@DanielRHicks: Actually, Abus generally has a very good reputation, their (high-end) locks are among the most resilient in the market. I have used them for years without problems. But maybe there was a manufacturing mishap, or QA was neglected...
Nov
20
comment Bottle dynamo vs. hub dynamo
Update: "Hub dynamo systems cost at least a couple of hundred dollars " is not true (any longer). You can get complete wheels with e.g. a Shimano hub dynamo for less than $100 in the USA, or less than 80€ in Germany. Good answer otherwise.
Sep
23
comment best ride to burn tummy fat
Note that, as a general rule, you a) cannot burn fat at any specific body location (the body itself decides where to store/remove fat), and b) exercise alone will not necessarily lead to weigh loss. Keep that in mind when considering what to do.
Sep
17
comment How do I stop punctures for good?
Similar question: What type of tires can prevent goatheads?
Sep
16
comment Can the top tube on a mens bike be cut off?
What do you mean by "crossbar"? Are you talking about the top tube (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_frame#Top_tube)?
Aug
10
comment Looking for an old fashioned bicycle with coaster brakes & hand brakes for a woman
@DanielRHicks: Many internal-gear hubs are offered with coaster brakes. For example, the Shimano C6000 Nexus (8x) and SRAM i3 (3x) are available with coaster brakes. In Germany, internal-gear hubs with coaster brakes used to be so common that one German webshop displays a note with the gear hubs they sell: "Warning, does not have a coaster brake".
Aug
10
comment Looking for an old fashioned bicycle with coaster brakes & hand brakes for a woman
@DanielRHicks: About bikes with coaster brakes not having front handbrakes: This totally depends on the area. For example, in the Netherlands it is quite common, at least on cheap bicycles, for the coaster brake to be the only brake. In Germany, two independent brakes are required by law (for bikes used on public streets), so bikes have a coaster brake + a front hand brake (of varying quality).
Aug
5
comment What are the risks of fenders/mudguards?
@Rider_X: No, I don't have any evidence, just dim memories of articles I read. My understanding was that metal fenders are more sturdy and thus less likely to fold up. Of course, if they do fold up, they will jam even more effectively. Anyway, the point is mostly moot now, as most modern "full" fenders are plastic fenders with safety clips, as I described.
Aug
5
comment What are the risks of fenders/mudguards?
This is true, but is unlikely to be an accident risk. Ice/snow will usually build up slowly and gradually slow you down, and not cause a sudden, complete lock-up of the wheel.