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Mar
9
comment What percentage of bike vs. car accidents at night could be avoided by good side visibility?
It's been about 20 years since I looked at the numbers, but IIRC most car/bike accidents are at intersections (including sidewalks crossing driveways, trail crossings, etc). But these happen at roughly equivalent rates day or night.
Mar
8
revised Should my foot be able to step flat on the ground, when I sit on a bike seat?
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Mar
8
comment What is a recovery ride?
Whether it's literally "needed" or not, it often feels good. Helps keep overworked muscles from stiffening up and getting sore. And there is some reasonable basis to believe that it physically helps the muscles recover faster from the strain of the previous day.
Mar
8
answered Should my foot be able to step flat on the ground, when I sit on a bike seat?
Mar
7
comment Specialized bike store or general sports shop
If you have a bicycle now (or can borrow one), take it to the shops and ask them to do a quick once-over. See how thorough they are, and how much they try to understand your needs.
Mar
7
comment Handlebar stem : height vs length
@AbhishekS - Depends on whether you're climbing a hill or not. ;)
Mar
7
comment Any experience with shaft driven bikes?
I does seem that the mechanism would be heavy and expensive, with few advantages in normal use. I can't see them being used except in special situations (or unless they somehow become all the rage, of course).
Mar
7
comment Any experience with shaft driven bikes?
Probably the best alternative, if you want an enclosed drive, is a fully-enclosed belt drive.
Mar
6
comment how to strip the paint from a bike yourself?
Note that a lot depends on the quality of the paint. A high-quality factory paint job may be "baked" and essentially impervious to chemical strippers. And, of course, you should never attempt any sort of paint removal on a carbon frame.
Mar
6
comment Handlebar stem : height vs length
I don't know that there's any formula. Depends a lot on what is the specific cause of a misfit. If it's purely a too-big bike or a short torso then you simply want to cut the reach. If it's (at least in part) a lack of torso flexibility (or simply an uncomfortable feeling in an oversized gut when you lean forward too much) then you probably want both. (In my (limited) experience replacement stems tend to combine both features -- simultaneously taller with less reach. Though of course this is all out the window with threadless.)
Mar
6
comment Handlebar stem : height vs length
@A.E.Drew - You've obviously never seen a bike with the "drop" bars twisted 180 with the bottom of the U up.
Mar
6
comment Regulations regarding Braking redundancy on single speed bikes.
League of American Wheelman put out a video maybe 25 years ago showing a stunt rider locking the front brake. He went head-over faster than you could comprehend. There is no warning and no time to think about it.
Mar
6
comment Regulations regarding Braking redundancy on single speed bikes.
With a fixie you have two brakes. The pedals tell you the rear wheel is lifting, and hence you have a fraction of a second warning. You don't get that with a front-brake-only bike, or if you only use the front brakes.
Mar
6
comment Solar charger for iPhone whilst on a bike tour - is it worth it?
There are solar chargers and backup batteries. But this is not a shopping site, so you should go somewhere else for recommendations.
Mar
6
comment Wheel rim problem
It's not unusual for the seam to be slightly irregular on a less-expensive rim, but it should not be so bad as to tear at the brake pads. How much did you pay for the bike? Any bike over maybe $500US (300GBP) or so should not have a serious problem, and over $1500US (900GBP) should have silky smooth seams. Much cheaper, though, and you get whatever carp China decides to turn out. (Hint: Carefully examine the bike before you buy it.)
Mar
6
comment Why do full suspension bikes seem to be on average £1000 more expensive than hardtails?
As much as anything it's what the traffic will bear.
Mar
6
comment Why do full suspension bikes seem to be on average £1000 more expensive than hardtails?
You can buy a full-suspension bike at Walmart for $129.97. (OK, it's not really a bike, it's a BSO.)
Mar
6
comment Regulations regarding Braking redundancy on single speed bikes.
As I pointed out elsewhere, being able to skid on dry pavement pretty much requires a rear brake. A front brake on dry pavement will throw you head-over before it skids.
Mar
6
comment Shimano Revo shifter does not shift
Take it back to the shop where you bought it and have them adjust the shifter.
Mar
6
comment Regulations regarding Braking redundancy on single speed bikes.
I'm not exactly getting why it's unsafe to have only one brake. Brakes should be properly maintained, right? How often does a properly-maintained brake fail (save for forgetting to reinstall the bridle or whatever after installing a wheel)?