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Jan
7
comment Is it Shimaro or Shimanno?
I think it's the same company that made my Rollux watch...
Jan
2
comment how to repair large holes in inner tubes
You could also try throwing a dollar in between the tube and the tire - it may give you enough support to get you home.
Dec
18
comment How to avoid sore nipples while riding
Don't click on "Nipguards" link at work...don't click on "Nipguards" link at work... click
Oct
30
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
Wow! What a nightmare. Maybe it was a really soft steel that corroded on to the nut?
Oct
23
comment How can I warm up/cook food while cycling?
This seems like a really, really poor idea. It seems equivalent to the people you see lurching around a bike path while talking on their cel phone, not paying attention to folks around them. Take the 10 minutes and pull over to play with fire / heat sources, if not for your personal safety than for the safety of anyone unlucky enough to be riding in the same area. I could see this going horribly wrong and the fuel from a camp stove spilling out over your bike, briefly turning you into a "Ghost Rider" meme on Reddit.
Oct
17
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
Are they double-sided? Often one side is used to drill in to the bolt, and the other pulls the bolt out. You may need to drill the hole out slightly for the tip of the extractor to fit in; be careful not to drill too large a hole (start with a hole that the tip barely fits in); remember that the idea is that the left-handed thread cuts into the hole as the extractor spins in.
Oct
15
comment Unscrewing a rounded allen bolt
Screw extractors are the type of thing that once you own them you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. Just make sure you invest in a good set; I've broken lots of cheap ones off.
Oct
15
comment Creaking bottom bracket
I had this same problem - a little heavy grease and 40 ft/lbs of torque later the creaking went away.
Sep
19
comment How to clean white handlebar tape?
Why wash it? You worked hard to accumulate that much dirt - it just shows that you ride a lot. I thought my white tape was going to be a P.I.T.A. to keep clean, too but once I realized it's a badge of honor I just let it go.
Aug
31
comment How much do you need to concentrate when using rollers?
Sorry - fat-fingered that one. iPod.
Aug
27
comment how do you make a chain longer with a simple chain breaker?
I use the chain attachment that came with my lumber stretcher. ;-)
Aug
17
comment En masse bicycle commuting
I never said we should run people over; in fact, if you read the comment carefully you'll see it uses the word "everyone". The big problem is that because there seems to be a lack of awareness most commuters (myself included) avoid them, which seems counter to the idea of having a decent infrastructure for bicycles. There needs to be room and awareness for both experienced and novices.
Aug
16
comment En masse bicycle commuting
I can understand (and agree with) the whole "With great power comes great responsibility" thing, but there's also the argument that we pay the same taxes that paid for these bike paths, and in some circumstances were actually more responsible as we are the activists that get these built in the first place. So I stand by my argument - we (regular cyclists) have just as much right than the average citizen to use these paths. If you want to bring your child / dog / smizmar out on the path they're your responsibility.
Aug
15
comment En masse bicycle commuting
@Brad: I disagree completely - the expectation of a bike path is for everyone to be able to use it - newbies, commuters, even folks training for serious competition. Your statement is akin to saying "people shouldn't drive on the highways because that's for 17-year-olds talking on their cel phones and people towing 20-foot-long landscape trailers at 15 mph to be able to drive without getting hurt." There needs to be a basic recognition that "public" bike paths are there for all of the public, which means recognizing varying levels of user. </rant>
Jul
31
comment Do higher speed crashes result in less serious injuries.
I wonder how much of this has to do that the Tour riders are also riding on a controlled route (no morons opening car doors, plenty of hay bales to crash into, pre-scouted routes with minimal potholes, etc.).
Jul
25
comment Would a military helmet make a safe alternative to a bicycle helmet?
Bike helmets are actually designed to shatter, diverting much of the force away from the underlying area. This is why you're supposed to replace your helmet after a crash - if it's cracked it won't be able "fail" appropriately next time. That being said, I'd pay good money to see someone riding with a full-on jet pilot helmet, complete with radio mic and polarized HUD visor.
Jul
19
comment What to do if you are about to get doored?
"If a passenger was getting out I'd use that body as a cushion..." Ha! Yes. :-) +1.
Jul
12
comment How do I put grips on mountain bike handlebars?
I prefer hairspray because the grips tend to stay in place after the hairspray has dried. I had a friend tell me Aqua Net, too; evidently there is a difference.
Jul
10
comment What should I consider when buying a respirator?
I'd consider wearing my full-face sealed respirator on a ride just to freak my neighbors out. :-) I'd probably run into airflow issues pretty quickly, though...
Jun
27
comment Speedplay Zero Engagement Force
I'm on my second set of cleats; I noticed immediately that they were more difficult to get into than my old ones. So there's probably some wear-in on the springs.