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bio website kaos.org.nz
location Melbourne, Australia
age 38
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seen Jul 17 '12 at 23:20

A guy, with a bike, on a road, in a city, having fun, in the rain.


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Jul
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comment Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill
According to Sam his average would have been about 250W and the Diablo weighed significantly more than you've allowed (Sam alone weighed about 90kg IIRC). The slope during his run-up is also 1.5° not .5°. Suffice to say that there was never any prospect of running the course in the other direction. That's why human powered records are held on the flat at low altitude.
Jul
15
comment Can I damage my brakes by testing them vigorously?
The exact answer is "yes", but that is why you are testing. If something is going to break the next time you brake hard, you want that to be when you're stationary rather than when you're doing an emergency stop. What you are most likely to break is a cable that has frayed to the point where it's dangerous but not broken. Happened to me at a traffic light the other day, I was idly squeezing the brakes and track standing when the rear brake cable snapped. It was mildly annoying, so I just stopped at the LBS 1km later and bought a new one to fit when I got home.
Jul
15
revised What do I do when I don't trust my LBS to repair a problem they caused?
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Jul
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comment What do I do when I don't trust my LBS to repair a problem they caused?
You're right, I forgot that bit. I'll edit my answer
Jul
15
comment Alternatives to buying a repair stand?
I have this and a proper workstand that I mount in it. The stand is actually on a plate that bolts to the ground, but I don't have space for that so I just hold it in place with the vice. Admittedly this is a proper engineering vice on a solid workbench, it wouldn't work with a 5kg portable workbench. The stand itself weighs 10kg.
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answered What do I do when I don't trust my LBS to repair a problem they caused?
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answered Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill
Jul
12
comment Nexus hub keeps getting misaligned
I'd also look at maybe taping a flap of plastic (cut from a drink bottle, say) onto the chainstay to shield the adjuster from some of the muck, just to make your life a bit easier. FWIW my Rohloff gets a good coating of greasy much all over the adjuster etc within a month or two. It's not just you.
Jul
12
comment Nexus hub keeps getting misaligned
What he said. Or damaged or stripped. From memory the adjuster screws into a threaded hole in the reaction arm, so it shouldn't be that. You should be able to pull the adjuster out and look at it - you're looking for flattened or damaged threads on the "bolt" part of the adjuster.
Jul
10
comment Why are tubeless tyres popular in mountain biking?
And much less messy if you put it in a tube. Well, unless you completely tear the tube open. But adding sealant to a tube makes it even heavier.
Jul
10
comment How to mount posters, bills or placards on a bicycle
I find it easier to tape two posters together at the top, drop them over the top tube then tape them to the down tube and seat tube. But that will lift paint if you use tape strong enough to be useful. But it's IME not a very visible location if there's someone on the bike.
Jul
9
comment Are anti-pollution masks effective?
This also ties into the "pollution gradient", where the pollution is most intense low down between the wheels of the line of cars, and reduces more or less linearly away from that area. So the air intakes of cars are right in the zone, and cyclists are in a less intense area. But in heavy traffic it's still really bad. (sorry, no reference to hand)
Jul
9
comment What should I consider when buying a respirator?
@Benzo: that's pretty scary. My work-around is to start at 7am and leave work about 3, so I avoid the worse of the traffic. Also, ride home alone the riverside path when I can. Also, I suspect Melbourne is nowhere near as bad as London.
Jul
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comment Why don't Tour de France riders always ride their TT bikes?
@johannes if the UCI go down that path they'll become the IHPVA and then where will we be?
Jul
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comment How to mount posters, bills or placards on a bicycle
It's easy to attach a flyer or business card holder to your bike(s) and fill those when you're leaving it parked in public. If you do have a sign attached that's one way to allow people to get more info (as well as a URL and 2D barcode because while not every cyclist carries a smartphone many of them do).
Jul
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comment How many miles and/or commuting seasons will a modern internal geared hub last?
I haven't heard of problems with Rohloff longevity from anyone, or read about them. Mine has only done ~40,000 km which is not even half its expected lifetime. If you browse the [hub] and [internally-geared-hub] tags here are some useful comments, eg bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/3417/3582 (that question is about pros/cons of hub gears, so also addresses your question)
Jul
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comment How bad is this broken brake cable strand?
Excellent news.