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Apr
2
comment Ride with someone who is less trained
And even if Barbie says it's OK to leave her alone, it isn't. In the words of Admiral Ackbar "It's a Trap!".
Apr
2
comment Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres?
In a race, I'm sure the car would outdo the bike, but cars don't usually (and shouldn't) race out of the intersection. Also, being in the right gear is very important for how quickly the bike accelerates. I generally accelerate quite slowly out of the intersection on my fixie, as the gear isn't optimized for starting out. Also, even if you're in the correct gear, in a commuting situation, there's a lot of cyclists who just don't want to reach a high speed, and their speed coming out of the intersection is quite slow because they only exert a minimal amount of force.
Mar
28
comment Packaging a bike for flying with a bike bag
You could also use a piece of wooden dowel cut to the right length and drilled through the center in place of the hubs/helmet between the forks. If you drill out the center of the dowel, you can use the skewers to hold it them in place. This will prevent your forks/stays from getting crushed.
Mar
28
comment Packaging a bike for flying with a bike bag
I've never had it done, but judging from these do it yourself instructions it seems that all that is necessary is to remove the pedals and loose the stem at the steer so that the bars can turned but the front wheel remains straight. Doesn't seem like there would be much reassembly involved.
Mar
28
comment Packaging a bike for flying with a bike bag
If you're OK with throwing out the box, or perhaps donating it to a local bike shop in Fukuoka you could use a box. Then pick up a new box in Tokyo for the ride home. It costs under $50 to have a bike boxed for travel in Canada and that includes the box, I have no idea if the price would be similar or if the service is even offered in Tokyo, but I can't see why not. Not too much of a price to pay to protect your ride.
Mar
27
comment How to keep my manbag in place
You could probably use a carabiner and hook one side of the strap to your rear belt loop.
Mar
26
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
Actually, the last thing you should worry about protecting is your limbs. Head is obviously the first, but before the limbs, there's a lot of other things you should protect. I think the order goes head, neck, spine, torso, then limbs. While you may think that a broken arm hurts, it's way better than getting a broken rib, or even worse, a broken neck. It's usually not a huge problem to fix a broken arm, even though it may put a dent in your cycling season. Also, I've known people would rode with broken arms.
Mar
25
comment Why ride a single-speed bike?
Nobody says you have to not have breaks to go fixie. I my fixie I have both a front and a rear brake. The advantage of a fixed is that it forces your feet/legs to move in proper cadence and not change it up too much. I have the brakes for exactly the reason you mention. With a decent gear on the bike, it's almost impossible to actually skid the rear tire, and it takes quite a distance to stop just using the drive train.
Mar
22
comment How much to eat and drink during a 50km ride?
You know that cycling advocacy is making some headway when they can shut down the DVP for a charity ride.
Mar
20
comment Protecting beater bicycle from scratches and rust
It's often not worth getting a beater bike professionally painted as the paint job costs more than buying another used bike. Even with harsh conditions, the bike would probably last 3-5 years without the paintjob, and a new paintjob would probably get quite a few scratches before the end of the first year anyway.
Mar
20
comment What is the proper technique for crossing railroad tracks?
I've never been wary of crossing railroad tracks, but would like to know if this advice is based on road level crossings, or crossings where the rails are actually on top of the road/trail. I usually go over tracks at full speed. but the only tracks I go over are road level crossings where the asphalt.
Mar
18
comment How to get my feet out of SPD pedals?
I rotate my ankle toward the bike as well. But a word of caution, I've found that the side of the heel has become a little worn as it sometimes rubs against the tire.
Mar
16
comment Are road bikes durable for use on roads full of cracks and potholes?
2 words. "Paris - Roubaix"
Mar
16
comment How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?
I started commuting again this week. Forgot my change of clothes the first day. Good thing we don't have much of a dress code.
Mar
13
comment Uncomfortable SPD pedals
Personally, I unclip by twisting my heel inward, making my knee to away from the frame. I find that I have much more movement in this direction which makes it easier to unclip. The only disadvantage I've found is that the side of the heel on my shoe has become worn because it sometimes comes in contact with the tire. It hasn't hurt the integrity of the shoe at all, but it doesn't look very nice.
Mar
11
comment How long should MTB disc brake pads last?
@DanielRHicks What kind of pads are you using? That sounds insanely long. Although I guess it depends what kind of miles you are putting on the bike. If you do lots of long rides in the country where there's very little braking, then I could see this happening. I bike in the city mostly, so I tend to brake every 300 meters or so.
Mar
9
comment How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?
Yeah, a lot will depend on traffic, intersections, the kind of bike you ride, and a lot of other factors. When I did 25 km commute it took me a little over an hour.
Mar
6
comment What tint colors are most useful for cycling sunglasses?
Also note that you can get clear glasses with 100% UV protection. The color of the lenses says nothing about how much UV light they block.
Mar
4
comment Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?
So much for wearing a helmet.
Mar
2
comment How much smaller frame is ok?
Yeah, you could probably make up 1.5 inches by sliding the seat back and getting a slightly longer stem.