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Jun
20
awarded  Scholar
Jun
20
accepted Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
Jun
18
comment Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
Another idea that appeared to me based on your proposal and the fact that I will move soon and cannot currently order sugru (due to the ongoing address change) is duct tape. With duct tape, I can prohibit positions where releasing the straps becomes impossible. Nevertheless, as an ex-professional material scientist, I will check out Sugru ASAP for various purposes, txs!
Jun
16
comment Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
That could have been the solution if the small screws you're talking about would come off. I do not know whether this is a problem of wearing the shoes for around a year almost daily 1-2-3 hrs. I will follow your advice to consult corresponding professionals, txs!
Jun
15
awarded  Editor
Jun
15
comment Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
Thanks for this proposal that will hopefully help others with this type of problem. However, in my case, I would like to refrain from anything that has a chance to decrease airflow / increase heating, see my edit.
Jun
15
revised Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
Added explanation based on a proposal to solve the issue.
Jun
15
comment Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
@PeteH Exactly, and in its most tight position, there is no space to push the black bit down. Apart from this problem, I am very much with your opinion on ratchet-style fasteners; they are so much more convenient than anything else.
Jun
15
comment Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
@Batman I agree, but it's really only the sound ;-) Regarding the (little) space from my large toe to the toecap, the position and space consumption of my feet, and finally the shoe size, it is a "perfect" fit. Plus, I've never had any shoe size / fitting problems before, which provides at least an estimate of my ability to choose appropriate shoe sizes.
Jun
15
awarded  Student
Jun
14
asked Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes
Jun
14
comment Fixing hydraulic disk brakes, what to check first?
My google returns this article on Hydraulic Disc Brake Service if I enter your bold faced question. IMHO, the article covers all steps without going into model specific details. On another note, I would go into more detail with people who fix problems only temporarily. Obviously, you did not get what you paid for, twice.
Jun
14
comment Am I required as a biker to use the bike lane on the right side of the road?
@Antoine_935 Yes, it did not only sound, it is sometimes weird and based on the (technological) situation of 10-20 or more years ago. Meaning, the weirdness is explainable, which does not improve things.
Jun
14
comment Am I required as a biker to use the bike lane on the right side of the road?
@gerrit By a recent amendment of German traffic law, some anachronisms went away. During 20 yrs of almost daily bike riding, with approx. 10 yrs using an illegal battery light, I was never stopped by a cop to enforce the stupid part of German traffic law. However, stupidity as anachronism very much is in the eye of the beholder ;-)
Jun
14
comment Am I required as a biker to use the bike lane on the right side of the road?
@rumtscho the problem is that, based on the law, other bikers (and all other participants) do not drive (or walk) in order to expect you. It has been two times that I "ran into" bikers using the wrong lane and who did not take care for the bike traffic in the correct direction, at least not fast enough. Each time ended with a visit to the hospital. With age, I am more inclined to expect those who ignore basic common traffic rules, but it does not increase fun nor speed when commuting or working as bike messeneger.
Apr
17
answered What are the pros and cons of internal gears?
Mar
11
comment Sunglasses for cycling - what features to look for?
If you own a business your job is to make revenue, otherwise you'd be stupid. Having said that, I totally agree with your bottom line as I see it: do not spend too much money (and probably thoughts) on the sunglasses you wear while cycling. As daily commuter, I break - or loose - up to two pair of glasses per year and on the average.
Feb
26
comment How to use a vapor barrier with cycling shoes for cold weather riding?
I am very much with @arne I've seen people developing various sorts of feet-things (where I lack proper medical names as non-native speaker) after several hours of sweat bathing in a 100% tight vapor barrier. There are various types of "water proof" socks that allow your feet to stay "somewhat" dry without leaving them cold from the energy spend on evaporation of water (which is the theory in a few words).
Feb
19
comment Can I use a gas station pump on a bike tire?
For completeness, the answer seems to depend on the country and the corresponding pump technology of its gas stations. Reading the answers here took my by suprise. Since I can think, I only buy tires with a Schrader valve in order to save me from the laborious act of using a bicycle pump. I am from Germany and most of the time, you'll find such devices at gas stations.
Jan
28
comment How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?
If space matters, I'd use the electrical solution. There, I use a sole that is not much thicker than a piece of paper. Plus, if you are really into winter biking, I would not use shoes that are too tight to not allow for one or two additional pair of socks or thermally insulating soles.