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comment Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?
Do you mean it's harder to (exert sufficient braking force to) lock the wheels, or takes longer to actually stop? IMO the former is false, unless your brakes are set up badly, and the latter is true and explained by having a smaller contact patch and (as Z. Fechten said) higher speed.
Dec
17
comment Coping with crash fear?
Do you understand why you crashed? Figuring out what happened, and what to look out for so you can anticipate, avoid or ameliorate it in future, is generally helpful.
Dec
5
comment Is there any rule of thumb for comparing lights rated in lux and lumens?
No clue. I've seen OP's light wearing a few different badges, and I was hoping the comparison would include one of the rebranded versions. Couldn't find one, but maybe OP knows that light well enough to tell roughly where it sits.
Sep
24
comment Why is it important to keep equal number of turns when building a wheel?
No, if the rim is warped, you'd expect quite different tensions/number of turns. Some spokes will be carrying only the "base" tension, and some will be doing extra work correcting the rim.
Jan
6
comment Is this a puncture protection thing?
I think tubs are supposed to be more resistant to pinch flats, but I'm not aware they're less liable to sharp punctures
Dec
10
comment Do merino wool base layers need to be skin tight?
As an aside, the work wicking refers to a fabric's ability to transport sweat, not heat. Cooling still depends on airflow (which you've blocked with the jacket)
Nov
13
comment Is it normal for a fixed gear bicycle's rear wheel to slip forward in its dropouts from time to time?
A chain tensioner normally refers to a sprung jockey wheel thing used to take slack out of the chain (it wouldn't help here and isn't recommended with fixed gears anyway). If you have chain tugs though, figure out how they're slipping, because they shouldn't.
Nov
13
comment Combining flat bar and aerobar: Double stem setup or alternatives?
Have you considered butterfly bars? They should give more hand positions, and seem to offer a lot of variation in height and reach.
Aug
6
comment Is there an (un)official rule about twisting back a seat on broken bike for CitiBike or other shared bike programs?
I have seen the London bikes with their saddles twisted like this though, and assumed that is the reason. The NYC bikes are very similar so I'd expect they have the same button
Jul
27
comment Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
If you want to derail the chain, it needs to be able to flex sideways a bit. If you want to fit multiple sprockets between the dropout and spokes, it limits their maximum thickness and the spacing between them. Fixed, singlespeed and hub-gear chains don't need that flex and are thicker and stronger.
Jul
26
comment Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
@BillyONeal ... no reason why the metal on cassettes or chainrings would be any thinner. So you run a 1/8" chain with a derailleur? If you use the more usual 3/32", most fixed gear bikes will have 33% more material to absorb wear on each tooth
Jun
20
comment Is there legal recourse to drivers passing too close?
OP mentioned the distance of 3 feet, and even linked to the statute.
Jun
20
comment Is there legal recourse to drivers passing too close?
A wet sock you say? What I wouldn't give for so robust a response from the local criminal justice system.
Jun
12
comment What is lever throw and cable slack?
You mean, so you can't modulate your braking force?
Jun
11
comment What does an expensive wheel have over a cheap wheel?
Surely it means a cheap wheel will be either light (but weak) or strong (but heavy)
Jun
11
comment Riding in nice office/casual clothes?
Might be a skin flora thing ... my wife has strong opinions on how I smell in most technical fabrics, and especially smelly helly.
Apr
3
comment Electronic bicycling ranking for the office cyclists?
You mean like clubs?
Jan
22
comment Bicycle lights- Indicating in the dark
FYI, I just saw this article, which seems relevant.
Jan
21
comment Bicycle lights- Indicating in the dark
Good point! (I was thinking of motor traffic, and anyway use a light strong enough to light a reflector myself).
Jan
21
comment Bicycle lights- Indicating in the dark
In general, if someone is close enough they need to see your signal, they're probably close enough to illuminate retroreflectives with their headlights. So, something like this or this would probably be fine, and doesn't need either a clip or a battery. (OK, the second is really for ankles, but might work if you have thick wrists).