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Cyclist. Rubyist.


Aug
19
comment How to center a quick release rear wheel regularly
If they can cut through your rim, they can save themselves the trouble and simply cut through your U-lock anyway. A rim is a pain in the ass to cut through — it would be continually pinching the cutting device, given the strong inward pull of the spokes.
Aug
5
comment What are the benefits of nickel-plated chains?
If your chain is rusting before a chain-checker gauge says it's worn out, you're not lubing your chain enough, or you're not riding your bike enough that a high-end chain will make a difference.
Aug
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
31
comment Why are some bikes sold without pedals?
It's not just a matter of the tire choice being personal. It's that the customer probably doesn't already have a spare set of tires (and usually the shop will swap them out if the customer requests it). But they very frequently do already have a set of shoes that might be incompatible with whatever pedals the shop were to put on the bike.
Jul
31
answered Why are some bikes sold without pedals?
Jul
16
comment How to train for a long tour?
I agree with @DanielRHicks. The Tour Divide is not something you want to start on this sort of path with. You'll definitely want to get some centuries and a double century or three under your belt first, then use some vacation days to do a 50mi/day week-long tour. Don't underestimate how difficult this ride is.
Jul
11
comment Why do some road bikes cost more than motorbikes? Are they grossly overpriced?
@DanielRHicks I'm not so sure about your comment about Shimano. That may have been the case a few years ago, but SRAM is really starting to eat into their market share. Shimano is not nearly as dominant as they used to be.
Jul
8
awarded  Civic Duty
Jun
25
comment Do the benefits from Cycling outweigh the harm of pollution
I don't have access to sources right now, but generally speaking the net effect of cycling is about 13 minutes of lifespan gained per mile ridden (or roughly 2.5 hours of lifespan gained per hour of cycling, compared to a sedentary lifestyle). The health benefits of cycling without question greatly outweigh the net of all additional risks combined. This is, of course, on average, so specific cases may vary; I make no claims as to the safety of cycling the wrong way down streets on a smoggy day in Beijing while drunk.
Jun
19
comment Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?
Bicycles themselves create situations where you fall over at 20mph+. To turn your question back at you, why would you want something that makes you do that? To hit closer to home, accidents can and have happened due to people's feet slipping off of platform pedals. So again, why would you want something that makes you do that? Because everything has risks. Some things have rewards that outweigh the risks. Some things offset their risk by negating other risks. And some things legitimately aren't worth the risks.
Jun
15
comment I'm worried about my derailleur snapping. The chain isn't running around the bottom pulley, it's running next to it
This sounds suspiciously like a problem I had awhile ago. If your problem is the same as mine, your derailleur cage has become misaligned, and you will need to replace the whole derailleur.
Jun
13
comment Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?
I don't buy it. Fundamentally, the only kind of accident that can be avoided by not using clipless pedals is one where 1) your foot doesn't come unclipped, and 2) your unclipped foot can make a difference. This is pretty much limited to: falling over and looking like an idiot at 2mph (we've all been there). As far as bike accidents go, this is pretty much the lowest possible risk and magnitude of injury. Can freak incidents occur, like OP's? Sure. But freak incidents are possible in any scenario — and likewise, there are types of freak accidents that can occur by not being clipped in.
Jun
12
comment Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?
Sorry put a damper on the witch hunt, but being unable to clip out is not going to cause you to do an endo, and people not clipped in don't magically just step over their bars to avoid faceplanting when it happens. People crash bikes with clipless pedals. People crash bikes without clipless pedals. So knock it off with the pointless anecdotes.
Jun
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
4
comment What is a good replacement for a cable end cap?
Cables are cheap, and replacing them is essentially trivial.
Jun
3
comment Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?
I can't conceive of a way in which a setup for filling your tires with nitrogen will ever occupy less space or require less time than simply using a floor pump. You are inventing a solution in need of a problem.
May
31
comment Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?
+1 for the dollar bill suggestion. I wouldn't ride for weeks with it in place, but it will get you home, and hold at least until you can get to the LBS and buy a new tire.
May
21
comment Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
Yes, but descending as fast as possible using flawless technique is fun. :) I also suspect that on most types of curvy mountain descents, wind resistance won't slow you down enough to make braking from the hoods safe.
May
21
awarded  Enlightened
May
21
comment Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
Yep. Indeed I did.