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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.
Jan
28
answered How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?
Dec
4
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Dec
4
comment Will mounting a camera on the handlebar instead of the helmet make the picture more shaky?
As a daily commuter in Germany with regular visits to Paris, I very well understand you. However, this recent article in a German newspaper discusses the privacy concerns that can prohibit using the evidence gained from dashcams. My guess is that similar concerns apply under French law.
Oct
16
answered Modifying a bike for winter (on a budget)
Aug
2
comment Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?
To put it simple, IMHO, wheels are in general "weaker" than frames. Agreeing with you and extending what you said, having the bike just standing on the ground instead of hanging it by the wheel is the alternative the wheels prefer ;-)
May
8
comment Is cycling better than walking to lose weight?
It's all about transport efficiency.
Mar
20
comment Long Distance Navigation
For Germany, you probably referred to the ADFC (all-German club of bicycling).
Mar
20
answered What to do with old tires?
Feb
12
answered Cold weather chain lube?
Feb
6
comment About 20-30 people bike to where I work. What equipment/supplies should we have on hand?
I just do not see these as the "other things". To me, these are the major, and possibly only things. IMHO, a biker who depends on his workplace to provide essentials like a repair kit, spare tube, helmet, and etc. will run into other problems once these are provided.
Feb
6
answered How many people use their mountain bikes for road riding?
Jan
16
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
Actually, given the severity of accidents I had with a bike compared to the injuries I had to some Judo training that I had at the age of 7-8. You cannot plan accidents, so your reflexes have to be adjusted todo the "right thing"
Jan
9
comment Hydraulic Vs. Mechanical disc brakes
Re. "faster/more reliable and predictable pad retraction when releasing the brakes": Means for pad retraction (like a spring), are missing in older generations of hydraulic disc brakes (like Magura Julie)
Dec
12
comment What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?
Wholly agree with the recommendation. Note that over here in Germany, horns are not a legal replacement for a (required) bell. If an accident is caused by making people jump into your path, well, you have to use them carefully.
Dec
12
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