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Dec
19
comment Is a recreational bike sufficient for a 10-hour bike trip?
People have ridden across the country on slow cruiser bikes, so this question is more about your patience and perseverance than the tool you place beneath your feet. Are you looking for training or motivation/encouragement or is this really about the bike?
Dec
13
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
Getting a new frame seems a little outside the scope of "getting more speed from an existing bike"
Dec
10
comment What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?
I guess I couldn't resist saying that some people shouldn't use horns. I should have assumed positive intent and just not commented, but hopefully we're all in agreement - sometimes you need a loud horn for safety. I actually wish operators on US roads used horns more freely to let someone know they are there - some foreign countries do this much better than we do. "toot toot" - i'm here can be very useful.
Dec
10
comment What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?
Air powered horns are certainly the best way to make a racket on a bike, but you'll want to be sensitive to the situation - avoiding retaliation or use in anger. Even then, it's hard to see bikes ever making the same noise footprint as motor vehicles if a fleet of agro/militant pedalists all decided to air-horn up and let out some anger.
Oct
10
comment Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?
The people that use these will have something different "tattooed" on their heads as they learn about reduced ground clearance when they crash their bikes by steering the front wheel into the longer crank and when the longer crank touches the ground on cornering or uneven terrain.
Jul
19
comment What tips do you have for making temporary “get me home” repairs?
I've heard they work very well for compatible 8-, 9- and 10-gear chains.
Jul
19
comment What tips do you have for making temporary “get me home” repairs?
This dollar bill trick is one of my all time favorites. A dollar in the repair kit can be most handy indeed.
Jul
19
comment How many miles and/or commuting seasons will a modern internal geared hub last?
@zenbike what environment are your miles? @iantius and @Neil - feel free to pit your comments as real answers - they stand alone and maybe we could get some consensus on specific models? Thanks for the great answers so far all! I'll hit up some local bike shops and answer myself later.
Jul
18
comment How many miles and/or commuting seasons will a modern internal geared hub last?
So basically, I will probably ride the rest of the bike well into the ground before a sealed hub. I could service the hubs when I swap out rims and spokes.
Jul
18
comment combining friction shifting with indexed components
Do elaborate on that in the original answer! The effective radius of the friction lever might be different than the indexed one. Well done!
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
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
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.