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I'm a commuter mostly, about 20km a day, for the last 15 years, in all weather. Sydney weather is not too harsh though.

I've done a little cycle touring. Most recently circumnavigating Samoa in early 2011.

I did a few weeks as a bicycle courier back in the 90s whilst on holidays from my permanent job.


Sep
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awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
16
awarded  Yearling
Mar
8
revised attaching seatpost acessories to rear of racks?
Corrected the link to the rear rack mount bracket on Cateye website as it had changed.
Dec
3
answered How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?
Nov
9
comment Can I measure my bottom bracket size without removing the cranks?
When aiming for ideal chain line and deciding on BB length, don't forget to keep in mind that you can't go too narrow at the front. Depending on your frame and chainring size you need to consider whether the chainrings and crank arms will clear the frame.
Aug
31
comment When should I not use my front brake?
@ChrisW Motorcycles are similar to bicycles in braking dynamics. A motorcycle safety course will teach you that the front brake is the most effective brake to stop you in a straight line but the most dangerous brake whilst cornering. A skilled rider may be able to control rear wheel slide in corners or on loose surfaces but once the front starts to slide no amount of skill will save you. Controlling speed before corners is the most critical factor though. It can save your life. In Australia around 50% of motorcycle fatalities are simply due to going too fast into a corner.
Aug
31
comment When should I not use my front brake?
From motorcycle to bicycle and even to car, braking through corners is generally not a good idea. Braking should be done before cornering. A motorcycle safety course will teach you not to front brake in corners and to brake before corners (around 50% of motorcyle fatalities in Australia are simply going too fast in corners). I'd be concerned for your safety and others with the advice to use the front brake in corners. A rider may be able to control a rear wheel skid (and back off the brake), but no amount of skill will save you if your front wheel loses traction whilst cornering.
Aug
16
awarded  Yearling
Jul
6
awarded  Notable Question
May
24
comment What happened? tube blew the rim?
You were lucky this didn't happen whilst riding at speed! A useful reminder for us all to check rim wear when using rim brakes, or to check for cracks in the rim and replace immediately.
Mar
7
awarded  Necromancer
Jan
13
awarded  Mortarboard
Jan
7
comment English vs Italian bottom bracket - chainline considerations
@fideli I removed the discussion about longer tapers, since you are right, the JIS taper should be the same length.
Jan
7
revised English vs Italian bottom bracket - chainline considerations
Removed the discussion of cranks binding on the taper as the issue is probably not JIS vs ISO
Jan
6
revised English vs Italian bottom bracket - chainline considerations
Added another possibility
Jan
6
answered English vs Italian bottom bracket - chainline considerations
Nov
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
14
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
16
awarded  Yearling
May
30
comment Are there any 'anti-fly' masks on the market?
@KenHiatt You should make that an answer :-) Although, I work next to a dietitian and she says flies have almost no body mass and you're going to pass them out pretty quick and so you won't be getting much protein from them. Might have to up the estimate on the number of flies per energy bar.