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Apr
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answered Smooth tires on wet road?
Apr
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comment Fixie vs Road Bike - the right fixie bike for bunch rides
@DavidTriebe I suspect the real effect is that because you get much more accurate feedback on your pedalling due to the wheel's momentum driving the chain, it's easier to learn and maintain good timing. This can easily feel like you're getting more effect from pulling up, but in reality you're just doing a better job of correctly unweighting the pedal on the upstroke.
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Oct
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comment How do I prevent my chain from dropping down while going downhill on bumpy surfaces?
All standard bicycle chains have 1/2" pitch (the distance between the centres of two adjacent rollers). So, 24 half-links should always measure exactly one foot, and all feasible amounts of chain wear will leave this off by less than a whole link. IIRC 1/16th of an inch over one foot is the threshold for replacing a chain (and 1/8th is the threshold for replacing the chain and sprockets).
Sep
29
comment Looking for fenders similar to SKS Bluemels Primus, but available in the US
I think the PDW fenders have the sort of profile you want, and though the stays loop over the top, they don't exactly stick out.
Sep
28
comment First long bike ride: Determining the cause of saddle soreness
+1: If the OP could feel blood returning when standing up, that sounds like the soft tissues are taking weight instead of (or as well as) the sit bones. Padded shorts and other things can certainly be helpful, but the saddle still needs to fit correctly first.
Sep
23
revised Calibrate Tensiometer
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Sep
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Sep
18
comment How do I make my bicycle as ugly as possible without affecting the riding qualities?
True, I wasn't sure it'd take well to all surfaces.
Sep
18
revised How do I make my bicycle as ugly as possible without affecting the riding qualities?
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Sep
18
answered How do I make my bicycle as ugly as possible without affecting the riding qualities?
Aug
27
answered Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts
Aug
7
comment Spokes keep breaking
Where are the spokes breaking? At the elbow (where they attach to the hub), or the nipple (where they attach to the rim)?
Jun
10
comment converting stem shifters to brifters
If you're not sure about all the individual parts, take a look at the complete kits on wiggle, chainreaction, SJS or another good retailer. Or, of course, find a good local bike shop and take it in.
Jun
10
comment converting stem shifters to brifters
By "main stem", I assume you mean the down tube. You might find a diagram like this helpful since the names aren't always obvious. For the cable stops, you're looking for something like these to bolt into the existing shifter braze-on.
Jun
9
comment Are Hövding helmets safer than regular helmets?
There's a video somewhere of a wearer accidentally triggering the airbag while pulling on a jacket. I can't find a link immediately, but it certainly supports the false triggering hypothesis.
Apr
24
comment Wheel builder London?
I agree this is probably off-topic here - try a London-specific forum like LFGSS. The atmosphere can be a little robust sometimes, but I can't think of a better place to find East-London wheelbuilders.
Apr
8
comment can you use a cycle path to bypass red lights?
Since I regularly see drivers getting this wrong, it's worth being clear: the light only controls the stop line. If you don't cross a line, it doesn't matter where the light is or what colour it's showing.
Apr
7
answered can you use a cycle path to bypass red lights?