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Jed has maintained an all-weather bicycle commuting lifestyle, and is approaching his first ten thousand miles on his bike. Having started is IT career in 1994, he is now a Java programmer in Ferndale, WA.


Aug
5
comment Securing sliding bar grips without hair spray?
So it sounds like hair spray is not as bad as I thot. This is all very informative. I look forward to getting some grips off, cleaning, and trying again, and possibly pawing some hair product from a neighbor :-)
Aug
5
awarded  Student
Aug
5
comment Securing sliding bar grips without hair spray?
I should add that this is an issue on about three bikes of mine, two of which use those Bell anatomic grips, on flat or riser bars. Could I also have put these grips on a greasy bar, and if so, would a spray of wd40 on bar grip area and in the grip be an effective way of removing any grease?
Aug
5
asked Securing sliding bar grips without hair spray?
Aug
5
awarded  Commentator
Aug
5
comment Are there other explanations for slow tyre pressure loss?
valid point, that's a good example of increasing your chances of finding a bad tube
Aug
4
comment Rack compatibility
That Topeak rack M points out has another useful feature worth pointing out: the lowered top bars where the panniers hook and clip to. Having lowered top bars can lower your center of gravity a bit and possibly improve handling under load. Also, they add clearance that helps you reach under a rack-top trunk bag to get to the pannier release clips and take the panniers off without first needing to remove the trunk bag.
Aug
4
answered Are there other explanations for slow tyre pressure loss?
Aug
4
comment Can chain-slap cause damage to a chainstay that is beyond superficial?
It should also be mentioned that if you break a chain, you're far more likely to bust a rear spoke than your chainstay. I've also seen old innertube applied to chainstays as slap gaurds.
Aug
3
comment How to choose a Local Bike Shop
consider looking for a local bike coop, too
Aug
3
awarded  Teacher
Aug
3
answered What should I consider when looking at a recumbent trike for commuting and winter riding?
Aug
3
answered How to achieve an always clean chain
Aug
3
comment How to achieve an always clean chain
I keep a pair of nilprene gloves in my bike bag on all my bikes. This is super smart if you bike with little kids, as if you need to monkey on the chain, you don't want to grease up your toddlers.
Aug
3
comment How to achieve an always clean chain
goodness, I wouldn't take that much effort on my chain even if I were retired
Aug
3
comment How to achieve an always clean chain
+1 for Sheldon Brown
Aug
1
comment Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?
I felt unsafe on the road with a rear seat. I would constantly stop at stop-signs and hold onto them because I felt so top-heavy.
Aug
1
comment Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?
Stopping, and carrying two, or two plus groceries is a big advantage. If you bike with canvas or nylon grocery sacks, consider keeping some large D-clips attached to the top bar of the trailer so that you can dangle your grocery bags from them and the items don't spill under the seat and get stepped on.
Aug
1
comment Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?
Napping in the trailer is a huge advantage, and if you want to be super nice, place a big stuffed animal in there for them to cuddle and fall asleep on. Rain and wind are other considerations.
Aug
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awarded  Supporter