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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?
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).
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.