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


Oct
22
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
Using shoes you can't walk in is just plain silly unless you're racing and therefore won't be doing any walking. If you haven't found yourself 20 miles from home with no option but to walk then you haven't (yet) found out why racing shoes are silly if you're not racing.
Oct
20
comment Use a lock nut on a presta valve?
I also agree with @tedder42. When the tube is deflated it makes attaching a pump much easier. I've never encountered a nut that was difficult to remove, but maybe that's because I always tighten them before inflating the tire.
Oct
16
comment Legality of opening someone else's car door?
I would consider someone opening my car door to be an immediate physical threat and would respond accordingly.
Oct
14
revised Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw
Those last two gear combinations had to have been reversed.
Oct
14
comment Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw
@EsotericScreenName The advice from the shop is utter bullshit. You should be able to shift into any gear combination with a functioning drivetrain. Whether you should use some of them or not is another debate, but you should be able to shift into them.
Oct
14
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Oct
14
comment Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw
After reading your question, all the answers and all the comments, I've come to the conclusion that either you just need to adjust the derailleurs (see youtube), or something is damaged and you shouldn't be paying for it.
Sep
24
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Sep
23
comment Gearing on drivetrains
How to make long, steep hills shorter and flatter: Hill repeats.
Sep
23
comment Simplest and best way to keep water bottles clean and hygienic?
@ChrisH If it's got dust and crud falling in it, then sure, it needs a washing. But a bottle filled with plain water, with the cap on, just really can't grow any significant number of bacteria because there are no nutrients to support them.
Sep
22
comment Is it good practice to wave following cars through when safe?
I also wave them on when I can see that they've had clear opportunities but they're too timid to take them. It's up to them to follow my suggestion or not, but I find that it helps many timid drivers. The other drivers it helps are the savvy ones, probably cyclists themselves, who recognize your wave as simply an early indication they can pass you safely.
Sep
22
comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
Seriously? I ask you to cite evidence to back your assertions and you call me a troll?
Sep
22
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Sep
21
comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
There is no debate here. It's your answer and it's up to you to support it with credible references. I find it very hard to believe you can't find anything.
Sep
21
comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
Providing evidence for basic facts is easier than providing evidence for complicated ones. For example, one can definitely prove that 2+2=4 (just google it). You say all the pro riders cross-chain. Well, if that's true then it shouldn't be hard to find examples of racers doing it or at least someone reputable talking about it. For example, if cross-chaining became the norm in the 90s then there must have been debate about it at the time. The internet is a vast repository of debates dating back to the 1980s, so if there was debate then it can be found now.
Sep
21
comment Where to buy 2005 Shimano 105/Ultegra brifter hoods?
eBay is awash with 105 replacement hoods.
Sep
21
comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
Given the information I can find on cross chaining, you'll need to provide some evidence to back your assertion that the issue was "left behind and forgotten back in the 1990s."
Sep
19
comment Simplest and best way to keep water bottles clean and hygienic?
Very effective at what?
Sep
19
comment Simplest and best way to keep water bottles clean and hygienic?
After years of never washing my bottles in a dishwasher, I have yet to become sick from a water bottle. And I very much doubt it could happen unless you're adding more than water to the bottle.
Sep
19
answered Simplest and best way to keep water bottles clean and hygienic?