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


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comment How long for legs to get used to fixed gear 15 mile daily ride
What Batman said. You're doing a demanding commute for someone who's been inactive, sitting in a chair for a year. And riding a fixed gear just makes it worse. It's no surprise you've injured yourself a bit. You need to step back a bit and find a reasonable training plan.
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comment Which gears combinations shouldn't be used?
I ride a 3x9 road bike and a 3x10 mtb. The only combinations I avoid are the biggest-to-biggest and smallest-to-smallest, like you said. I avoid them mainly just to avoid chain wear, and I'm not obsessive about it. If I'm on the big ring and need a lower gear, I do it. Chains are cheap.
Apr
21
comment Can I approximate how much air pressure is lost from disconnecting the hose?
@KevinReid I agree the hose length etc. don't matter and there's no useful way to measure it anyway. I always add an extra pound or two to account for the loss and I think that's about right.
Apr
21
comment Can I approximate how much air pressure is lost from disconnecting the hose?
@mac and Kevin - Yeah, I understand all that but when you disconnect a pump from a valve it's not an instantaneous thing. Some air is lost from the tube during the disconnect procedure. The amount lost depends on how long long the tube's valve was left partially open while the pump was being disconnected. I can, for example, leave a tire almost flat by pumping it to full pressure and then removing the hose very slowly. I take the OP's question to be how should he measure that amount?
Apr
21
comment Are the country roads quieter on weekdays or weekends?
I can't imagine how this question could be answered without specifying exactly what roads you have in mind, and if you did specify them then the question would be so localized that it would be of no use to anyone outside that specific area. It's a question better suited to local organizations.
Apr
20
comment Is it bad etiquette to ride road bike through a small residential area?
@Max Not to mince words, but he didn't say cycling is the same as driving. He said cyclists have the same rights and obligations as drivers, and I think that's a key point here. Cyclists shouldn't feel they're doing anything wrong by exercising their legal rights to ride where they wish.
Apr
20
comment Can I approximate how much air pressure is lost from disconnecting the hose?
Okay, I'm missing something here and it's at step 3. How would I close a Presta valve before disconnecting the hose?
Apr
18
comment Are there sirens/horns that are like a car horn?
I still think it's a bad idea. Honking at people invariably elicits anger and sudden, unexpected responses.
Apr
18
comment Are there sirens/horns that are like a car horn?
And what do you hope to accomplish with a horn? Revenge? Telling drivers to f-ck off? Yeah, that will improve your commute greatly when the same driver you honked at yesterday comes across you again today. And tomorrow. Etc. Sorry, but worst idea ever.
Apr
18
reviewed No Action Needed Single pivot brake with handlebar levers (Resurrecting an old Colnago)
Apr
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
16
comment How to choose a good bike light?
I'm not sure how we can answer your question with the info given. What are your requirements for a light? Do you ride at night or do you just want daytime visibility? How long do you need the batteries to last? Or do you ride long treks that require lights that are self-charging? I think you'd get a lot more interest in this question if you told us what your specific needs are.
Apr
16
answered Is it bad etiquette to ride road bike through a small residential area?
Apr
16
comment Is it bad etiquette to ride road bike through a small residential area?
@andy256 I'd be rather surprised to encounter dogs in the neighborhood portrayed by the OP. My experience matches Daniel's; ie, it's mainly just where you ride and only in rural areas will you encounter roaming dogs. And here, at least, even in rural areas it's quite rare for me to encounter loose dogs. However, I live in the northern US, and I know roaming dogs are MUCH more common in the southern US (because I've lived in both).
Apr
16
comment Is it bad etiquette to ride road bike through a small residential area?
Cars hurtling down that street are the problem, not bikes in their way. If anything, bikes slowing down the cars would be and should be welcome.
Apr
16
comment Is it bad etiquette to ride road bike through a small residential area?
I ride through residential neighborhoods all the time. I've encountered only friendly waves. Other riders ride through my neighborhood all the time. I welcome them. I can't imagine why anyone would object and if they do, they're being extremely unreasonable.
Apr
13
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
11
comment How bad is this fire damaged alloy frame?
Well, the fire was barely enough to even scorch the paint, so unless that's a carbon frame I wouldn't worry about it at all.
Apr
11
comment How bad is this fire damaged alloy frame?
What sort of fire was it exposed to?
Apr
8
comment Is it possible to ride 18km everyday for a beginner?
Bicycles.SE is a friendly place. I look forward to seeing how you fit in here.