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Jul
18
comment Why is the front brake lever on the right if you 'drive' on the left and vice-versa?
Great question! Most studies show grip strength is lopsided for righties but more even for lefties - so it would be easy to speculate that putting the device needing most force on the right would make sense. An alternative theory is the gears were placed on the right to allow the majority of righties fine motor control over finicky friction levers with a straight cable pull. I have no research to show which came first - the brake or the shifter - just lots of long training rides with geeky cyclists and bike shop discussions over beers.
Jul
18
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jul
18
awarded  Supporter
Jul
18
comment combining friction shifting with indexed components
That's just a fact of friction shift - has nothing to do with the rest of the components being packaged with an index shift mechanism. (it's of course a good point - but more an answer to is his friction gear appropriate for him)
Jul
17
awarded  Teacher
Jul
17
comment Are Merino cycling boxers/cycling pants worth the cost?
How many times a week will you wear them? The more you use any tool, the better you are at knowing what you need, and the less cost matters. I'm not familiar with that brand, but $100 to $200 for wool bottoms and tops have been great investments for me. Where do you ride and for how long?
Jul
17
comment Redmond bikers: Can you ride all year long?
We are nuts in Minnesota - and it's actually warmer to ride between -10 F and 25 F since the water stays hard. Much easier to dress and stay dry. The traction is much better the colder it gets as well.
Jul
17
answered Redmond bikers: Can you ride all year long?