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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).
Dec
11
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
For reference: I'm pretty sure Daniel was just enjoying some quality puns, and there's nothing in your comment to worry about.
Dec
10
comment The back brake on my bike is not functional, is it illegal for me to cycle in the United Kingdom?
Even assuming wikipedia is correct, your interpretation of it is not. It says something ... is a crime if it is capable of being followed by what are called criminal proceedings. Note capable of being followed, not actually followed. Matters may be handled by FPN (for example) because it's faster and cheaper to administer: not because it could not be prosecuted in court.
Nov
9
comment Protocol for downhill cyclist overtaking a car?
I'm pretty certain this is jurisdiction-specific. In the UK, unless you're deliberately blocking progress, you can't be charged just for going more slowly than someone else likes (otherwise farm vehicles wouldn't be able to get anywhere). The rules are likely different for motorways, though.
Nov
8
comment Protocol for downhill cyclist overtaking a car?
The speed limit is a maximum, not a target, and no-one cedes priority by driving slower if the conditions warrant it
Nov
5
comment What is the sliding bar on the bottom of my road shoe for?
If the linked video doesn't help, and it isn't obvious (did the cleats come with this magic tab, and can you screw it to the eyelet once the cleats are positioned?) I don't know. My answer was based solely on curiosity and google-fu. Maybe @ThaRiddla or someone else has more concrete help?
Oct
23
comment What is the recommended type of tire for riding on wet pavement?
Learn to modulate the front brakes and you can stop faster, without flipping, and with less chance of skidding. Of course, if you do skid the front wheel, it's less recoverable.
Oct
22
comment Is it better to breathe through your nose or mouth when cycling?
cotton balls are balls of cotton wool. You can get the same substance in other shapes as well.
Oct
8
comment What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?
I only mentioned it because of the juxtaposition of your last paragraph with Tim's comment about flat pedals: just in case someone (mistakenly) thought pedal resistance is sufficient with no foot retention. I didn't mean to suggest that going brakeless is a good idea, or to imply that you & Tim said so. I have two brakes and a lockring, myself.
Oct
6
comment What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?
If you're planning to go brakeless, you really need some form of foot retention. Otherwise if your feet come off the pedals (and good luck getting them back on as you gather speed downhill) you have no way of stopping short of jamming a shoe against your tyre. I'd prefer clipless, but toe clips can work too.
Oct
2
comment How do I make the platform side of a Shimano PD-A530 multi-purpose SPD pedal less “slippery”?
They're great, but I don't think the PD-A530 has a cage you can fit them to.
Sep
30
comment What to get for my second saddle?
Second the recommendation, but I have no idea how widely distributed they are (or where the OP is for that matter ... I'm just guessing $ means USD)
Sep
28
comment Should you use GT85 on your chain?
WD40 and GT85 aren't bad for your chain if used properly, which is to say for cleaning it. They're just not suitable lubricants.
Sep
16
comment How to stop handlebar from creaking
+1: over-tightening the handlebar clamp in particular can lead to the bar snapping at the edge of the clamp. If your stem is an aheadset with 4-bolt faceplate holding the bar, try to make sure all 4 bolts are evenly tight, so you're not focussing the pressure on one spot