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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
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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
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May
21
comment Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
Yep. Indeed I did.
May
21
revised Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
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May
21
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May
21
comment What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?
@DanielRHicks Don't forget a chain breaker.
May
21
answered Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
May
15
comment Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?
Never purchase a bike before riding it, full stop.
May
15
comment Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?
Even if it is, what is that even supposed to mean? Does it matter? If the bike fits you, is fast, and light, buy it. If it's not, don't.
May
14
comment Why did I feel like crap after racing against a car?
Alternatively, do hard efforts close to this more often. Your body reacted this way because you don't frequently stress it to similar levels. Relatively untrained people will experience these symptoms after engaging in a hard effort. Biking harder, for longer distances, or both will increase the threshold where this phenomenon occurs.
May
13
comment How do you protect your bike from scratches?
No need to delete the post. It's a valid question. But the responses in the comments are valid too. :)
May
7
comment How to get back on the road again?
@Johnny I believe the disagreement here may be caused by a different understanding of the condition described by OP. heltonbiker appears to believe the edge of the road is a "ramp", while you appear to believe it is a "ledge". I've asked for clarification from OP.
May
7
comment How to get back on the road again?
Does the road smoothly drop down 3–10cm (e.g. a "ramp"), or is does it immediately drop that distance when the paved surface ends (e.g., a "ledge")?