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Nov
11
comment Knowing what bicycle frame material I have
Probably if it is much heavier, it's not the material so much as the design. Many walmart brands produce 30 or 40 pound creatures from what I assume to be very low grade steel (sometimes called "Mystery Pig Iron" alloy). A good steel frame can be more or less identical in weight to an aluminium one. Use the magnet.
Nov
11
comment Removing bike interfaces to reduce likelyhood of theft?
One possibility in place of quick releasing pedals would be something like an egg beater pedal, which is difficult to ride without the required cleats.
Nov
10
comment Is it normal for a fixed gear bicycle's rear wheel to slip forward in its dropouts from time to time?
Interesting. By chain tensioner though, I meant that I already have tuggnuts. Possibly I'm using them incorrectly however. Is the idea to tension the chain with the nut, and then tighten down the main nuts, or is a different procedure needed?
Nov
9
asked Is it normal for a fixed gear bicycle's rear wheel to slip forward in its dropouts from time to time?
Nov
6
accepted Is it possible to mount a disk brake hub to a rim-brake rim?
Nov
6
asked Is it possible to mount a disk brake hub to a rim-brake rim?
Oct
1
awarded  Yearling
Sep
12
answered What to look for in a Messenger Bag
Sep
12
comment What's the deal with compressionless brake cable housing?
Isn't longitudinal wire housing only for shifters? At least for road I've always been told to use coil for brakes. Or is compressionless brake designed specifically to allow use of longitudinal wires in brake cable housing?
Sep
7
comment Why did my tire explode?
Very interesting. Indeed, on closer examination, it's split right along the discontinuity. Reviews of other similar tires on Amazon point to the same issue - blowouts along the seam at high pressures. Will switch to a solid tire I guess.
Sep
7
comment Why did my tire explode?
Thanks, but w.r.t. your chart, I am a bit over 180lb, and inflated to the maximum pressure indicated on the sidewall. In fact, part of the reason I got a tire rated to a higher pressure was that I very often get pinch flats on a lower tire pressure!
Sep
7
accepted Why did my tire explode?
Sep
7
comment Why did my tire explode?
Thanks for the answer! To be clear though, the sidewalls are black - the white bit to the right of the tire in the picture is a deep rim. Do you think the colorized white stripes on the tire could be a similar point of failure?
Sep
7
comment Why did my tire explode?
@DanielRHicks It's 700x23, and about 2 months old, maybe a little less even.
Sep
7
revised Why did my tire explode?
Added a picture.
Sep
7
asked Why did my tire explode?
Sep
3
comment What happened to rear levers for drop bar brakes?
If you're interested in the modern equivalent, check out "crosstops" or "interrupter" levers.
Aug
30
answered How fast can my bike go?
Aug
28
comment Shoaling etiquette
@DWGKNZ That actually makes a lot of sense for the situation you describe. Maybe modify your answer to include "in very high traffic situations" or "when suitable infrastructure is available"? In moderately sized North American cities a more common situation is a lone novice cyclist passing dangerously close in the tiny bike lane we've been afforded. It's quite hard to pass them afterwards, because usually there's a constant stream of traffic in the lane proper.
Aug
27
comment Shoaling etiquette
Disagree with the bit about not having to stop if you still have momentum. One of the most frustrating forms of shoaling is when someone you've just passed, and are clearly much faster than, catches up to you at the next light as its changing and pulls in front of you. Don't be that guy. More often than not it's dangerous too if sharing a bike lane or similar --- I'm certainly not expecting someone to try to squeeze past me as I kick off from the curb, but it happens a lot.