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Jun
9
comment Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?
@DavidMulder: True, but usually (at least in Germany) there are exceptions if the cycle path is "unusable" (due to ice, snow, debris, construction...). "full of glass" might count as an excuse (I'm not a lawyer, though).
Apr
11
comment Do Kevlar Belts really offer puncture protection?
Also see: What type of tires can prevent goatheads?.
Mar
8
comment My lock was rusty and key snapped while trying to unlock bike so now its permanently locked
You'll probably need to open the lock by force. Please edit your question to indicate the type (ideally the model) of the lock.
Jan
22
comment Anti-puncture options
Also, you should always pack a spare inner tube. That way, you can quickly fix the flat by changing the tube. Then you can later patch the puncture at your leisure in dry conditions and use the repaired tube as the new spare.
Jan
22
comment Anti-puncture options
Also see: What type of tires can prevent goatheads? for puncture-resistant tires.
Dec
31
comment Periodic Maintenance Task for Bike Commuters
@Batman: Yes, and so is a complete tear down. I've used bikes for years without ever tearing them down completely. Also, on modern bikes most bearings are not serviceable anyway (unlike old bearings, where this made sense).
Dec
31
comment Periodic Maintenance Task for Bike Commuters
Related question: Practical cleaning routine for a commuter bike
Sep
18
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
IMHO a seat cover only makes sense if the seat can absorb water (leather, cloth). For seats with a plastic surface, you can just wipe off the water, which is much easier than always putting on and taking off a cover. For leather, however, a cover is essential, as otherwise the leather will suffer.
Sep
1
comment Looking for a commuter bike, What should I look for?
Possible duplicate: What bike+equipment for a long daily urban commute?
Mar
16
comment What cleaner and oil should I use on my bike chain
Looks like a duplicate of What to use to clean your chain (and cogs)?
Jul
2
comment What to use to clean your chain (and cogs)?
@Benzo: I did not want to imply you should not clean the chain at all - I just wrote that you should only wipe it off from the outside, and not bathe it in solvent. So there's no contradiction :-).
Apr
21
comment Does gear ratio affect Power?
As to max vs. efficient: Most efficient would be like a car - the speed/cadence which lets you travel the longest distance before you run out of fuel. Like a car, that is not necessarily the speed/cadence which gives you maximum power. And higher cadence generally means lower gears.
Apr
21
comment Does gear ratio affect Power?
As to the power thing: What I meant to say was that it depends on where you measure the power. If you measure power at the wheel, it will always be the same for the same speed and terrain. However, the power that the human has to exert may be different.
Mar
17
comment How much rest (tendon or ligament), for a novice?
Hi, and good question! Just one (meta-)comment: To comment on answers, just use the "add comment" under the answer. If you comment the answers in your question, it's rather hard to read...
Mar
11
comment What's the most secure type of bike lock that costs less than $30?
And BTW, yes, there are battery-powered angle grinders. HOwever, they're typically not as powerful as the ones that run on mains power, so cutting will take even longer.
Mar
11
comment What's the most secure type of bike lock that costs less than $30?
A high quality U-lock made from hardened steel is practically impossible to cut with a bolt cutter. You'd need an angle grinder.
Mar
11
comment What's the most secure type of bike lock that costs less than $30?
Note that high-quality (about $50+) U-locks are made from hardened steel. While these can still be cut using an angle grinder, it can take a minute or more, and will create an enormous amount of sparks and noise, plus you'll likely ruin the grinder's blade in the process. So it's not really an option for most thieves...
Feb
18
comment Most suitable and tasty ride food?
Fascinating idea, I never thought of boiled potatoes as a cycling food. I'll give it a try...
Feb
16
comment Why are battery-powered lights so popular?
And congrats about the picture. It very effectively stirs up bad memories of creaky side wheel dynamo systems with me... (though, to be fair, there actually are decent side wheel dynamos now, which rarely slip).
Feb
16
comment Why are battery-powered lights so popular?
I don't think they are cheaper, at least not the decent ones (though there may be more extremely cheap battery lights). "Easier to fit" is indeed true.