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Cyclist. Rubyist.


Apr
8
comment How hard is a category 2 climb?
And the Strava segment.
Apr
8
comment How hard is a category 2 climb?
Keep in mind, though, that you should adapt pretty quickly to the climb. A 5.5% grade is pretty reasonable, and not nearly as soul-crushing as something like a 9–12% grade can be. You should be able to make constant progress, even if slow, whereas steeper grades can simply be prohibitively unrideable for long distances.
Mar
28
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
What do you propose a person crashing do to protect their spine or ribcage? I don't believe there's anything one can do about those parts of the body, particularly if their hands are preoccupied with the head.
Mar
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
1
answered How much smaller frame is ok?
Feb
26
comment getting in and out of shape
If he's doing 10 mile rides, I don't think he's probably approaching VO2 max. That said, maybe I am wrong about the amount of fitness you can lose over 2.5 weeks. But I still suspect the greater likelihood is his body is recovering from illness.
Feb
26
comment getting in and out of shape
3 days seems like an insanely short period of time to notice any loss in aerobic fitness. I too would like to see evidence supporting this claim.
Feb
26
answered getting in and out of shape
Feb
15
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
13
reviewed Reject Protecting quick-release seats and wheels from theft
Feb
13
comment My front wheel steers right. How do I solve it?
Holy hell. Ever since I've been riding a new (to me), bike, I've been unable to ride without holding the handlebars, despite it being trivial on my previous bike. I've never been able to figure it out until now. Turns out, it was the seat. Have an upvote, sir.
Feb
1
comment What's best engine to motorize a road bike
Joke answer: Legs.
Jan
25
answered Is there such thing as a freewheel that doesn't click?
Jan
25
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
Even given the update, I believe that this advice is dangerous and misses the point. When you are involved in a crash, the number one priority is to protect your head. The number two priority is to protect your limbs. Period. Considering the physics of a fall assuming you are a spherical body is irrelevant to the forces experienced in an actual crash, and any reduction in force you experience from extending your deceleration is immaterial unless you are crashing into a solid obstacle like a wall. Your body does not experience significantly more trauma in a 30ft slide versus a 35ft slide.
Jan
11
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
Stated differently, the physics provided considers your body as a singular mass, and recommends an approach that may marginally decrease overall force experienced by your body while significantly increasing the risk substantially higher forces on localized parts of your body (e.g., limbs). Unless you are a perfectly spherical mass (hey, I'm not judging here), this advice gets the physics (mostly) right but completely ignores context.
Jan
11
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
I think the actual advice in this answer is dangerous. First, I remain unconvinced that anything you can do during a wreck will significantly increase or decrease d. But worse, what actually causes serious (non-head) injury in a bike wreck is usually having limbs broken while tumbling. Extending your arms and legs is an extremely bad idea, and will more likely than not contribute to broken limbs.
Jan
10
answered How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
Dec
18
comment What would cause variable air resistance on a day with no wind?
Great idea. I've added one.
Dec
18
revised What would cause variable air resistance on a day with no wind?
Added TLDR