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Dec
17
comment Bicycle for 2 x 30mins commute
I would spend at least $400 on a bike i planned to use every day, assuming it was new. 10 km x 2 ways x 20 days a month x 6 months = 2400 km per year. After 4 years, that's close to 10,000 km. If you only spend $300 on a bike, don't expect it to last for half that, and you will end up buying the $300 bike two or three times over. Spend more and you will pay less over the life of the bike.
Dec
17
comment Installing a rigid fork on a commuter MTB
Assuming you find one with the same rake, I don't imagine the geometry would be any different between having a rigid fork, and having a suspension fork with the lock-out enabled.
Dec
17
comment Bicycle for 2 x 30mins commute
Also, +1 on the tourer, or hybrid, because most road bikes don't have the proper holes to attach a rear rack. If you're going to be commuting a rear rack is almost essential. Sure you can get away with a backpack or messenger bag, but having a rear rack will be greatly beneficial, especially if you don't want to change clothtes. Backpacks make your back quite sweaty. Also, road bikes often don't have room for fenders, which are also essential if you don't want to change clothes.
Dec
17
comment Bicycle for 2 x 30mins commute
I would call them puncture resistent, there is no puncture proof pneumatic tire. Also ensure the tires are properly inflated. I used to get many punctures on my "cheap" tires (not cheap once you consider the cost of repaing and replacing tubes), and a couple punctures a year on my good tires. I didn't get a puncture at all this year and the only difference is that I now have a good track pump, and top up the pressure 2-3 times a week. Maybe I just got lucky this year, but I didn't get a single flat, and I put a lot of kilometers on my bike this year.
Dec
14
comment Affordable security nuts and bolts
They put those little RFID tags into dogs and cats. I wonder why the same can't be done for bikes. Put it in the downtube before assembly to make it hard to remove, or even embed it in the frame during manufacturing. The bike could then be registered when it was bought, and there could be a way of transferring the registration. If they could get all the bike shops involved in verifying ownership before servicing a bike it could go a long way. Sure you could steal a bike, and then do all the servicing yourself, but this would probably greatly reduce likelihood of theft.
Dec
14
comment Affordable security nuts and bolts
Camouflage can be good. You don't have to go completely ugly. Even having a black paintjob would probably help. The shiny red one next to it would catch the thief's eye more. Also, consider personalization. Bright green bar tape, bright blue rims, colored tires, Anything that will make you bike easily identifiable. If you bike gets stolen, send a message round to all the shops. If you bike has something that no other bike has (specific dings and dents) it will be much easier to track down. Even if you don't catch the thief, you may be able to get it back form the guy he sold it to.
Dec
14
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Dec
14
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Dec
13
answered Affordable security nuts and bolts
Dec
10
comment Which parameters should I track with bicycle computer so I can analyze changes in my riding?
Knowing speed and cadence won't always tell you the chainring and cog since you can technically pedal without applying any force to the wheel. It would be interesting to do some measuring to see how often a cyclist does this. Also, there is some overlap in terms of different gearing combinations creating the same gear ratio.
Dec
7
comment What's the real difference between cheap and expensive helmets?
Adjustability is a big point here. If it isn't adjustable, it won't sit properly on your head, and won't protect you as well.
Dec
7
comment Stop SPD shoes from grinding
Sorry, no personal experience. Found a link to Amazon, though they no longer sell them. There's a few reviews listed there. (amazon.com/Exustar-Cleat-Covers-for-SPD/dp/B001CJZC4W/…)
Dec
6
comment Which brake is most expendable?
It would be more advisable to lose weight on the rider than to try to cut weight by removing one of the brakes. You could also consider gaining weight (as in muscle) to offset the huge burden of carrying the extra brake around. Since you have a fixie, you could get rid of the back brake since you can already slow the back tire with the pedals. However, this is a bad idea. Put a back brake on there, and you can have much more freedom with your gear ratio as you don't have to be able to lock up the back wheel. On my fixie, it's impossible to stop using pedal power in a short distance at speed.
Dec
6
answered Stop SPD shoes from grinding
Dec
6
comment Can I use Shimano trigger shifter with my X3 SRam gears?
They do sell adapters which fix the pull ratio. As long as the store installs it properly with an adapter, then I could see this as a viable option. Although I'd take the bike for a test drive to ensure shifting was smooth before paying them.
Dec
6
comment Locking your bike in public areas
Taking your saddle off is less important if you don't have quick release saddle. Many bikes have them now, but mine doesn't. Actually took me be surprise but after I thought about it, it made sense. How many times do you actually adjust your saddle? Just one more thing to get stolen in my mind. If somebody is going to use tools to get at the saddle, try probably won't stop at the saddle. A single allen key is all that's required to take most front forks.
Dec
5
comment What are the minimum requirements to commute comfortably through the winter?
-3C doesn't qualify as winter.
Dec
4
comment Commuting between car lanes
@Gary.Ray Then again, motorists tend to get just as irritated when you cyclists are sitting in the lane. If you are stopped at a traffic light for a left turn, the options are ride between lanes and to the front, which annoys drivers, or take up the entire lane, and wait with the cars which also annoys the drivers, as, if you are more than 4 or 5 cars back, you tend to slow down the people behind you from getting into and through the intersection.
Dec
4
comment How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?
Looking at the picture, it seems you may not have enough of the stem protruding to actually connect it properly to the pump head. I have similar rims on one of my bikes, and I ended up getting a valve adapter as @Zippy mentioned below instead of buying longer stems, as they cost more than the shorter stems, and the adapters are quite cheap anyway (75 cents at my local bike store).
Dec
3
comment What are good ways to dry shoes?
Yeah, they aren't going to work if you step into a deep puddle/river, as they are open on the bottom. But they are decent for the rain. And, with this as well as everything else cycling related, you spend a lot more and get better quality if you so desire.