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Dec
10
comment Social network for bike users
Have you chatted with the OCD? "OCD stands for 'Ordre des Cols Durs' - 'the club of the hard cols' - a French cycle club of which we are the British-based English language equivalent. OCD Cycloclimbing acts mainly as an information exchange for cyclists who enjoy cycling in the mountains." They have invaluable maps and trip reports for Alpine and Pyrennaean tours and could really use a decent web presence.
Oct
8
comment What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?
On 8, a front rim brake is legally required if you're going to take it off the track in some jurisdictions, and is just a good idea safety-wise.
Sep
18
comment What's special about bicycle socks?
Often sports socks are much more expensive than regular socks.
Sep
16
comment Is it possible to estimate road grade while riding?
Do you have to calibrate the Edge altimeter often? A buddy had a barometric altimeter and he had to dial in the current altitude based on maps twice daily since minor variations in air pressure could lead to substantially different readings, but as long as he did that, it agreed well with the map in the places where we checked.
Sep
16
comment Will a Miyata 912 be able to take wider tires/bicycle racks/fenders and still handle well?
What is your goal with the fenders? Fenders that pass inside the forks and prevent water from being driven towards your chain & bottom bracket take up space and so limit the size of tires that you can run. Half fenders like race blades don't take away clearance from tires.
Sep
14
comment brake lever will not return
I only have an anecdote. I had a front sidewall blowout after descending a steep narrow packed-earth track on 700x28s. When I looked for causes I found a worn line on the sidewall a little above where the rim would be, and a ridge such as you describe on one brake-pad. My best theory is that after a longish tour (Atlantic to Mediterranean through the Pyrenees with zigs and zags) with a maladjusted brake-pad where I was braking softly, I then did a white-knuckled descent putting more force on the brakes which did my tire in.
Sep
14
comment brake lever will not return
If this happens on the outside of the rim, then that ridge can eventually start chewing into the tire's sidewall.
Sep
14
comment brake lever will not return
SO won't let me upvote "WD40 is not a lubricant" and still upvote the rest.
Sep
12
comment Laws applying to Homemade Tricycles
@CodeAdmiral, "a constable" = "a police officer", "the constabulary" = "the police".
Sep
12
comment You just had an accident, what's next?
@mgb, philosophy.stackexchange.com
Sep
11
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
@WTHarper, thanks for the link. If correct, "Chainstay length....too short, bike is too jumpy" might explain the difference between tandem handling and single handling, or maybe its just that every maneuver has to deal with the momentum of your stoker.
Sep
11
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
@WTHarper Agreed. As you lengthen the wheelbase your single will handle more like a tandem.
Sep
11
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
@DanielRHicks, Understood.
Sep
10
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
@DanielRHicks, Grant Petersen is making a stronger claim: that bikes sold and fitted to customers tend to have frames that are too small and bars mounted too low.
Sep
10
comment Is it better to have a slightly big or slightly small bike?
@WTHarper, are you sure the feel of the long-haul trucker wasn't the rake of your fork? IIRC, the LHT fork is angled to smooth out small perturbations so that you can easily hold a curve, but they feel less responsive/twitchy when you do want to make small course corrections.
Sep
7
comment You just had an accident, what's next?
@johannes, Thanks for the info. I will edit.
Sep
2
comment What should I carry on day trips for emergencies?
In addition to ID, in the US I carry a health insurance card.
Aug
28
comment Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?
@Starx, Hydraulic brakes depend on an incompressible fluid so air bubbles in the hose can prevent the brakes from working. Unless you have experience bleeding air out of the system, I wouldn't muck with them.
Aug
28
comment Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?
@DanielRHicks, Quite right re "hose".
Aug
28
comment Is it safe to ride with one missing chainring bolt?
If your cranks don't work you're walking, but any bike shop should have the bolts. I limped 4 miles back to a bikeshop successfully with 2 missing out of a 5-spider but I wouldn't have ridden it out the next day if the shop had been closed. (I additionally had to ride several miles over cobblestones to reach decent tarmac and was afraid that that would shake more stuff loose and my command of the local language was just not that good.)