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Apr
15
awarded  Self-Learner
Apr
5
comment spinning handle bar grips - can it be dangerous
Freely spinning grips wouldn't need a perfect storm at all. They'd need only a routine moment in riding a bike. I can't imagine too many things more dangerous than something that compromises your grip on the bars and brakes.
Apr
5
comment spinning handle bar grips - can it be dangerous
What Benedikt said. Are you talking about a grip that spins freely or one that can be spun with some effort?
Mar
14
comment How to (safely) navigate a four-way stop
I make myself as visible as possible and make it very clear I'm a vehicle that will obey the rules and expect everyone else to do the same. I take the lane before I reach the intersection, I roll out slightly beyond the stop sign if possible to maximize my visibility, and I do as @Criggie suggests and look directly at the driver I'm waiting for, or the one who seems most likely to challenge my right of way when it's my turn. And finally, I do not delay. I don't give them time to offer me favors or just ignore me and take the right of way from me.
Mar
8
comment What does it mean - can be made into a double?
Yes, if you buy two chainrings and a double bolt set. Are you replacing just the crank or the entire crankset with chainrings? If it's the latter, getting a double crankset would be simpler.
Feb
29
comment What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?
Oh, the difference between sidewalk and cycle paths was pretty obvious, but I still learned to get out of the way quickly when I heard a bike bell behind me on the sidewalk. :-)
Feb
29
comment What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?
@mehaase Geez, guys, it was a poorly worded comment. I shouldn't have added that bit about not arguing with numbers, but it's not supposed to be a conversation here. I'll try to find the research and post it here somewhere. Until then, let's be done with this, okay? :-)
Feb
27
comment What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?
Sorry you feel that way. It was only a comment and didn't come with a downvote. With a more agreeable reaction I would have simply gone and found the data but I don't think this needs to be continued. I don't agree with your characterization of the other thread but that's beside the point. I'll be more careful about commenting on your posts in the future.
Feb
27
comment What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?
@Frisbee Problem with you? Not in the least. I don't know how you got that impression but it's entirely untrue. Please don't take minor quibbles over details as something personal.
Feb
27
comment can only use right hand to brake reliably, due to disability - safer/possible to modify bike?
The brake system goes to four wheels via a minimum of two physically separate systems on all modern cars. This costs manufacturers more money but it's cheaper than paying out millions in punitive damages for installing inherently dangerous brake systems. If you can't envision a hydraulic system losing pressure at the worst possible moment, then I have no idea what you mean by manageable. Redundancy of critical systems is a hallmark of good engineering, and yes, I can calculate the odds of a dual failure vs. single failure. Let's just say the latter is far more likely.
Feb
27
comment can only use right hand to brake reliably, due to disability - safer/possible to modify bike?
Brakes are a critical safety item so it should never be possible to lose all braking ability from a single failure. I don't find anything "manageable" about discovering I have no brakes on a fast downhill with a busy intersection at the bottom.
Feb
27
comment What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?
Cycling on the sidewalk is illegal in the Netherlands? Has anyone explained that to the residents of Amsterdam? ;-)
Feb
27
comment What is the safest and most courteous way to ride on a two-lane road?
There is research showing that taking the lane is actually safer, especially in city traffic. I don't have a reference handy but I've seen it before and you can't argue with the numbers.
Feb
21
awarded  Yearling
Feb
19
accepted Are chainrings specific to double or triple cranksets?
Feb
19
comment Are chainrings specific to double or triple cranksets?
Ah, live and learn. Yes, I can return it and will. I would never in a million years try to machine it down to work in a job it's unsuited for. My intention was to improve shifting, not the opposite. :-)
Feb
19
asked Are chainrings specific to double or triple cranksets?
Feb
14
awarded  Civic Duty
Jan
20
comment At what temperature do you say its too cold to ride a bike?
@SuspendedUser I'll grant you that's an objective answer, but I think we'll find it's the one and only objective answer. All others will be opinion and anecdote.
Jan
20
comment At what temperature do you say its too cold to ride a bike?
How is this anything but an opinion poll? I don't have sufficient rep here to cast a close vote but I sure would if I could. The question isn't answerable with objective facts or information.