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A coder slowly learning the finer points of various things.


Aug
2
comment Carrying Pizza on a Bicycle
Looks like a terrible idea.
Jul
28
comment Evidence on “Uglify Your Bike: Effective Theft Deterrent?”
"They wouldn't do it if it didn't have some effect." Assuming that they are acting rationally.
Nov
26
comment How do I deal with a dog chasing me when I'm touring?
It's not trespassing if you are riding down a public road. Please re-read the question.
Oct
31
comment What is this serrated wrench tool for?
@DanielRHicks that makes more sense than the answer below.
Oct
22
comment Why does reducing bike weight have such an impact on speeds?
The three most likely answers: 1: if you measured it you wouldn't actually find much difference. 2: the new bike is more aerodynamic, it makes you ride in a more aerodynamic posture, and has much less mechanical resistance. 3: confirmation bias.
Aug
30
comment Why would one ever buy a 12-25 cassette when an 11-25 is available?
I only switch into my smallest cog when I'm taking off the wheel.
Jul
29
comment Can a 10-speed chain be used with a 9-speed cassette?
I've never tried this. I have tried a 10-speed chain on an 8-speed sprocket, and it was pretty fucky. The width of a 9-speed chain is 6.6 - 6.8mm, and a 10-speed is 6.2. It's not a small difference. I suspect that your shifting will be wonky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_chain#Width
May
28
comment What rear derailleur do I need?
What year is the bike? If memory serves the milk race ran from time immemorial until sometime around 2004, so you're looking at a wide range of different technologies to be compatible with.
Mar
4
comment Converting a MTB to a Road Bike
@MarkW Brakes are to stop the vehicle. See the following for details: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_brake
Oct
28
comment How fast does new technology “trickle down” to lower models?
They definitely use different materials across the different lines. E.g. the brifters on low-end series are way more plastic, which affects durability. The higher end ones use bearings instead of bushings in the rear derailleur, which probably makes very little difference. I certainly wouldn't know it from the way I ride.
Oct
24
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
@Kevin in light of recent events, it certainly seems like it's not about the bike.
Oct
24
comment How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?
The reason to leave your bike more upright while leaning with your body is if you want to / have to continue pedalling. It removes the possibility of pedal strike.
Sep
30
comment Can I leave headset spacers above and below the stem
And carbon steer tubes are supposed to have a spacer over the stem.
Sep
27
comment Front derailleur sticking, not shifting. Will soaking in solvent damage parts?
And if that doesn't work, you can light it on fire.
Sep
24
comment Rear dropout adjustment screws on fixed-gear conversion
This is actually not a great idea on a single speed bike that depends on axle position to maintain chain tension. Since you have to move the wheel back as the chain lengthens, you'd have to be adjusting these screws to do so.
Sep
24
comment New rocky mountain soul 29 making creaks by the bb
You aren't supposed to grease the square taper interface.
Sep
22
comment The pros and cons of crank self-extractors
Yeah but a two-piece crankset is also removable by allen keys alone.
Sep
17
comment What is this cable/hose management clip? (picture)
Use a cable tie, bro.
Sep
12
comment Laws applying to Homemade Tricycles
I don't know about Wisconsin, but it's illegal to ride any bicycle on the sidewalk where I live. It's worth noting that riding on the sidewalk is one of the leading causes of collisions.
Sep
12
comment What does “modulate” mean when referring to brakes?
Thanks for going beyond the definition and explaining it in practice.