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Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed How much of a difference do Toe Pedal Clips make in comparison to Platform Pedals?
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed Create the shortest route from A to B with an altitude penalty
Jun
26
answered Can an Alfine 11 replace a Nexus 8?
Jun
25
reviewed No Action Needed How to decrease belly fat while cycling?
Jun
25
reviewed No Action Needed What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own?
Jun
25
comment Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?
This goes along with riding fast enough. Try to give yourself room to accelerate. If you are going all out, then the only thing you can do to avoid a collision is stop or turn. If you go at a speed that allows you to accelerate, that gives you an extra way to avoid obstacles. This doesn't only apply to speed, but also to being in the correct gear. Being in the correct gear for your speed can be important in determining whether or not you have the ability to accelerate.
Jun
25
comment Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?
I have to agree with point 4. But that you should qualify what a respectable fraction of the speed is. Going 15 km/h on a 60 km/h road is probably fine. That's a 1:4 ratio. However, I wouldn't rate the same as going 25 km/h on a 100 km/h road, even though it's the same ratio. Stopping distance does not increase linearly with speed. Try to stay off high speed roads unless they have specific provisions for cyclists such as a large shoulder.
Jun
25
answered What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own?
Jun
25
comment Group of Bikes: Is 3x1 an option?
Very much agree with this provided the area is very flat. The Netherlands is notoriously flat. Probably one of the reasons cycling is so popular there in the first place. I would consider my area to be reasonably flat, but I still wouldn't recommend a single speed to most people. Even the smallest bit of hill or a little bit of headwind can make my single speed quite difficult to pedal. I've adapted to it, but most casual cyclists would not enjoy it.
Jun
25
comment Finding better routes than bicycle apps suggest
@Michael - I really think that cycling sites should have very good elevation data for frequently traveled roads by this point. Many GPS units have barometric altimeters built in, and they should be able to get very fine grained detail as to the slope of a road even over short distances. With enough data they could easily figure out what the bad data is. Whether or not they use this data is not known to me, but they really should be using this data. You're right in the fact that satellite or other sources of topographic data are not very accurate.
Jun
24
comment Finding better routes than bicycle apps suggest
Good question, but is your 30% value accurate? Most people wouldn't be able to climb a 30% hill, so I understand why they might not consider that route.
Jun
24
answered Group of Bikes: Is 3x1 an option?
Jun
24
comment How to decrease belly fat while cycling?
The self discipline problem can be helped by eating the right stuff. A can of Coke and a bowl of Oatmeal contain the same number of calories, but the bowl of oatmeal won't have you feeling hungry again in half an hour. Try to stay away from high calorie drinks altogether because most people don't actually adjust their food intake when drinking them. If you have a can of Coke with lunch, you should really be eating 140 less calories with your lunch, which most people don't do.
Jun
22
comment Rear derailleur mess up PLEASE HELP. Im helping a 64 year old cancer patient. Very important
Check if there is a bicycle co-op in your city. They often have tools you can borrow for free, or a very small price. If you explain your situation to them, I'm sure they wouldn't mind letting you use the tools for free. Also, they often have people that can help you fix problems. Otherwise, look for free repair clinics put on by community groups. I know there's a few that happen in my city at various times throughout the summer.
Jun
22
comment Bike for college campus
Some campuses are starting to catch on. My Alma Mater has a caged bike area with cameras that logs who goes in and out with a swipe card system. Bicycles are a very economical means of transportation. It's disappointing that the lack of security on campus stops most students from being able to use bicycles.
Jun
22
comment Chain falls to the outside of the chainring, but I can't reproduce the problem
It's actually quite common that you can't reproduce certain problems with the bike on the stand. The should should take the bike out for a test ride or put it on a trainer (might be difficult with a folding bike) in order to get a better idea of what's happening with the bike. The frame flex (especially on folding bikes), and other parts can move in ways which don't happen when there is no load on the components
Jun
22
reviewed No Action Needed Is 32km possible to ride with my body condition?
Jun
22
reviewed Approve Twist shifter cannot shift down – what might be the cause?
Jun
22
reviewed Looks OK How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
Jun
19
comment Where can I find the maps my Garmin Edge 305 made?
This says something about .tcx files. Perhaps try doing a search for those. If you used Garmin Training Center it probably used those files. Looks like Strava can support those files directly.