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


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comment Gearing on drivetrains
How to make long, steep hills shorter and flatter: Hill repeats.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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comment Where to buy 2005 Shimano 105/Ultegra brifter hoods?
eBay is awash with 105 replacement hoods.
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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?
Sep
19
comment What are the top cyclist-caused types of crash?
@IM80 You should ask your question above in meta.bicycles.SE.
Sep
19
comment What is the hazard turn signal?
I'm doubting it's a serious question, too. There is no signal to motorists about hazards. The signal to other cyclists is to point at the hazard.
Sep
19
comment I just replaced my cassette, do I need replace the 2 month old chain?
I hope they honored the warranty on that virtually brand new cassette and chain you replaced.
Sep
19
comment What is the purpose of the plastic disk between the cassette and the rear wheel?
I agree with @J-unior. If you treat your bike well and test changes to chain/cassette/derailleur on a repair stand instead of the road, it's an utterly useless, ugly chunk of crap. (I should add that on a mountain bike they make more sense since unseen damage is possible.)
Sep
18
comment What are the top cyclist-caused types of crash?
@Batman I think being drunk only counts as one way to crash.
Sep
17
comment Is complaining to companies about bad driving like howling at the moon?
@mgb I think I'm going to have a sticker made with your quote and put it on my top tube. "Being on a bike means that you are physically, mentally and ethically superior to the idiot in the SUV (and have a firmer ass) so just smirk and let them go."
Sep
16
comment Should I use lights in foggy conditions?
Why wait until it's foggy? I use a rear flashing red light all the time, even on sunny days. There is no such thing as overkill when it comes to visibility. Flashing lights are illegal in some jurisdictions, and steady lights allow drivers to judge your distance better, but there's nothing like a flashing light to make yourself seen.
Sep
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comment How do I deal with a dog chasing me when I'm touring?
Everything you did just made the situation worse. There was no reason to begin yelling and getting hysterical about the dogs. They were not threatening you.