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Mainly, I just like to ride bikes. Do you need any more explanation than that? :-)


Aug
29
comment How much does a typical cardboard bike box weigh?
I would upvote this if you had found an actual thickness for the cardboard. Clearly 1 cm is way off, and even .5 cm seems too thick. I would bet cardboard boxes come in standard thicknesses and the industry probably publishes those numbers somewhere.
Aug
28
awarded  Pundit
Aug
27
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
This is a good answer but it is so mtb-centric that it's almost useless for anyone not on a mtb. It probably wouldn't be hard to edit it into a more general answer.
Aug
22
answered Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?
Aug
20
comment Usage experience with anti-theft GPS trackers
Why do you believe that?
Aug
13
comment What is this brown goop on my new bike frame?
I would imagine it got there when the manufacturer put it there. It's a rust preventative for the bare metal. There's no reason to bother with trying to remove it.
Aug
13
comment What is this brown goop on my new bike frame?
What Andy said. It's just a rust preventative and there's no reason to bother with it. Just leave it.
Jul
9
comment Mountain bicycle miles convert to road bicycle miles
Of course it can be translated. Get on your bike and translate. :-)
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jul
2
comment Best brake pads for long distance travelling?
I use the KoolStop dual-compound pads and find them the best of any I've ever used.
Jun
27
comment Bike washed with pressure washer. How to recover?
This is probably a really good answer but it's written for an audience of bike mechanics. If you wrote it assuming your audience rarely does much more than fixing flats, it would be a +2 answer.
Jun
19
comment What are the advantages of filling tires with Nitrogen instead of air?
That's the gist of his answer, yes. He actually discusses what benefits a cyclist might see. Anyway, it's pointless to go back and forth. I was simply trying to offer some constructive criticism rather than downvoting.
Jun
19
comment What are the advantages of filling tires with Nitrogen instead of air?
If you can't demonstrate a tangible benefit then I don't think you've answered the question. It sounds like you're saying your answer is actually a comment on Moz's answer rather than an answer itself.
Jun
19
comment What are the advantages of filling tires with Nitrogen instead of air?
@blam Being "better" means there is some tangible benefit, and I'm not seeing that in your answer. Throwing out numbers and saying "There, that makes it better" doesn't show anything useful at all. Do those numeric differences add up to some benefit the cyclist will actually see and appreciate? A few percentage points of less air leakage isn't likely something any cyclist will appreciate and call "better."
Jun
19
comment What are the advantages of filling tires with Nitrogen instead of air?
You toss out a lot of numbers but nowhere do I see how those numbers translate to a practical advantage that would justify the time and cost of using nitrogen. Slower leakage is nice, but really, it takes me 60 seconds to top off a tire. Rubber in tubes oxidizing has never been an issue for anyone except old bikes that have been sitting in storage. So all that's left is less change with temperature fluctuations, but you haven't shown how the difference is significant enough to matter.
Jun
17
awarded  Notable Question
Jun
13
comment Adjust brake tension / stopping power
@Blam But your rock climbing very likely developed hand strength over the entire range that the average person doesn't have. When I'm in the drops my fingers just barely reach the brakes, and I've definitely noticed that braking hard in that position is more difficult than when I'm on the hoods.
Jun
13
comment Adjust brake tension / stopping power
@Blam Actually, there is a bit of an advantage to a longer pull (or at least a disadvantage to a very short pull). And that's simply hand strength. Your grip strength is rather minimal at the very beginning of a squeeze and reaches much more strength as you get to about the halfway point of your squeeze. So if your brakes are set with a very short pull, your hands are always operating at their weakest point.
Jun
10
comment Password protect Shimano Di2?
+1 for this: "Or perhaps you should just have your desired settings and firmware backed up and reload them before each ride or race."
Jun
10
comment Turn signal lights for bikes
Plus there's the simple fact that no one expects turn signals on a bike and therefore won't readily recognize them for what they are. I'm old enough to remember when turn signals on motorcycles were fairly new things, and that was the problem with them then. Drivers simply didn't recognize them as turn signals. It took years of having them mandatory on all motorcycles before you could count on drivers recognizing them.