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Sep
13
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
@ratchetfreak - A standard bicycle road tire is of sufficiently high pressure (and speeds sufficiently low) that siping does little good on a road that's simply wet. There's no danger of a bicycle tire "hydroplaning" in any realistic circumstances. Siping probably does help somewhat when the surface is slightly slimy or muddy (which tends to be the case more in light rain than heavy).
Sep
13
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
@arne - It is very easy for a motorist to ignore a steady red light, especially in the rain. In fact, if they notice the steady light at all they're apt to "follow" it, as they habitually follow the taillights of cars in front of them. Only they don't follow it at bicycle speed. It can actually draw the motorist off the road and onto the shoulder, when otherwise he would have passed without incident.
Sep
13
comment Map during touring?
Yep, the Delorme maps are still some of the best available.
Sep
12
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
You've obviously never had hyponatremia.
Sep
12
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
For the seat buy a common shower cap -- the type that ladies use to keep their hair dry in the shower.
Sep
12
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
You need fenders, and decent reflectors and a headlight and blinking taillight. The fenders need not be metal (plastic is probably better) but should cover at least 1/3 of the circumference of the front wheel and about half the circumference of the rear.
Sep
12
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
Yes, but you drink water to make up for what you lose in sweat. And it's quite possible to become seriously hyponatremic in one day of activity in hot weather, before meals have a chance to replenish the salt.
Sep
12
comment Leaking Slime inner tube valve after opened for first time since install
Virtually all Schrader tubes allow you to remove the inner "core". You can get a "valve core" tool (some valve caps have the tool built in) at any auto parts place. Remove the valve core, clean, and reinstall. (Probably you should do this while the valve is at the 3/9 o'clock position to minimize Slime leakage while the valve is out.) Or it may simply be that the core is loose.
Sep
12
comment What chain is this?
Note that, to install the new chain, you must first "cut" it to length, for which purpose you need a "chain tool". Thankfully, though, most chains (other than Shimano) now come with some sort of "quick link" for joining, so you don't need to be real proficient at using the tool. You should make sure that (after splitting) the new matches the old in number of links, not total length (since the old chain will have stretched by at least one link, maybe 2-3).
Sep
12
comment How to wash a hydration pack (not resevoir)?
Well, in the pannier's defense, it had led a hard life up to that point -- easily 10K miles in all sorts of weather, including snow.
Sep
12
comment What kind of bike should I get to accomodate me?
Yes, it's good to point out that right now (in most parts of the country) is an ideal time to shop for a new bike, as many will be marked down 30-50%, even at "fancy" bike shops.
Sep
12
comment Smartphone mounted on handlebar: Will vibrations during cycling damage it?
The point is that the G force on a phone can greatly exceed the G force present at the handlebar under the wrong conditions. "Rattling", where the phone is banging against a non-resilient surface, would be the worse -- essentially like dropping the phone repeatedly. There's also a slight danger of resonance, where the phone vibrates violently.
Sep
12
comment Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
If sweating doesn't cause salt loss, why do my clothes get coated with salt when I sweat a lot??
Sep
12
comment What chain is this?
A 21 speed bike would have 7 rear sprockets, so you need a "7 speed" chain.
Sep
12
comment How to wash a hydration pack (not resevoir)?
I put my pannier (without frame) through the washer once. What came out was sort of a Dali interpretation of a pannier.
Sep
11
comment How to wash a hydration pack (not resevoir)?
What are the care instructions included with it (and perhaps sewn into a label)?
Sep
11
comment SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment
Have you checked the wear on the chain?
Sep
11
comment Roadmaster Chromium Edition rear wheel falls off
The "dropout" is the slot in which the axle fits.
Sep
10
comment What to look for in a Messenger Bag
I'd look for money, or at least a candy bar.
Sep
10
comment SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment
Also note that throwing off the high ring is sometimes symptomatic of "chain suck" from a worn ring or cluster.