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Jul
13
comment Traveling Overseas with Bikes
Again, BA seems to be perfect for us here in Atlanta. They serve most of Europe by going through Heathrow, but all their flights are exclusively serviced by BA themselves and not a partner (e.g., Air France and Delta).
Jul
13
answered What are optimal fabrics for cycling clothing?
Jul
13
comment What are optimal fabrics for cycling clothing?
Nashbar existed 30 years ago?
Jul
13
comment What are optimal fabrics for cycling clothing?
Downvote, because cotton is a horrible, horrible fabric for anything but brief trips. You will sweat, and cotton will become damp and clammy.
Jul
12
accepted Traveling Overseas with Bikes
Jul
12
comment Traveling Overseas with Bikes
British Airways at least appears to have a 50lb limit for all flights, except those to India. Thanks a bunch for the advice.
Jul
12
comment Traveling Overseas with Bikes
Leaving extra time is a really good recommendation. Lost luggage is usually recovered, but it's probably wise to plan some buffer time in case it takes awhile.
Jul
12
comment Traveling Overseas with Bikes
I think we can likely get under the heavy baggage penalty. An S&S case is 17lbs, leaving us with 33lbs worth of bike. I think we can probably make that happen.
Jul
12
comment Traveling Overseas with Bikes
+1 for the recommendation for European airlines. British Airways and Air France (from a cursory examination) both accept bicycles of any dimensions as standard luggage, no fees attached. I think a combination of S&S couplers and an airline with bicycle-friendly policies might be our best bet.
Jul
12
comment Traveling Overseas with Bikes
$200 each way still ends up being about $800. Think with the S&S couplers packed into a regulation 62 linear-inches case, we could avoid the fees? After all, at that point it would simply appear to be normal luggage.
Jul
12
asked Traveling Overseas with Bikes
Jul
12
comment How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?
Can we downvote @NeilFein? :P
Jul
10
comment Best value for money on aero wheels
This. Your commute time is 39 minutes, and to shave even 5 minutes off that would require going nearly 3mph faster. That's going to come from stronger legs, higher endurance, and perhaps from choosing routes with fewer traffic lights. Not $1,500 wheels. Not to mention, any expensive wheels will simply become an easy target for theft, and be much more likely to get damaged. Neither of those are qualities you're looking for when you're commuting.
Jul
8
answered What hand signals are there for communicating with others when cycling in a group?
Jul
6
comment How can I tell a bike is safe after a crash?
This. Put the bike in the hands of a trusted local mechanic.
Jul
6
comment Can I use an inner tube that's too narrow for the tyre?
My wife informs me that perhaps I've been too harsh. Maybe so, but I think the obvious answer is: it's probably not the best idea. Maybe it'll do fine. Or maybe it will blow on you at 35mph downhill. If you don't have a choice, then make do as you can. If you have the option to use a correct-sized tube, then do so.
Jul
5
answered Can I use an inner tube that's too narrow for the tyre?
Jul
5
comment Using the outer lane of an inner-city one way system - where do I ride?
Upvoted especially for the last paragraph. Remember that speed limits are an upper limit, not a lower one as most motorists seem to believe. If he gets stressed out by the "undertaking" approach and honking motorists, you might consider (after the ride) mentioning that going a little faster in situations like that tends to smooth things out for both you and the motorists.
Jun
30
comment What hydration system should I use for multiple activities?
A pocket, obviously!
Jun
29
comment What's a good bike for daily use in New Orleans? A flat city with lots of potholes and bad roads
@Moab A suspension for potholes is overkill. Fatter tires at low pressures is all that is needed. Suspensions are just one more cheap part that saps your power and is prone to breaking.