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Coder. Geek. Cyclist. Rower. Ex-academic. Dad. Occasional manager. Part-time webmaster. Been on the Interwebs for longer than most realise there has been one.

Gentle opinions, strongly held.

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Nov
3
comment What is the difference between a “single-speed bike” and a “fixed-gear” bike?
The 3-speeds are still quite unusual, but not entirely extinct the classic Sturmey Archer 3-Speed Fixed Groupset has been recently reborn.
Nov
3
comment Why ride a single-speed bike?
If it's not fixed, it's broken ;)
Nov
3
comment Why ride a single-speed bike?
I can see the ambiguity in the phrase construction, but given that the fixie question was explicitly cited, I assumed that the basis for this question would be around why people chose un-fixed single-speed, as the why-fixed was answered elsewhere?
Nov
3
comment Why ride a single-speed bike?
You didn't answer the question though - why single speed rather than fixed? What prompted the choice (after 8 years, didn't you ever consider the option?)
Nov
3
answered Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
Oct
26
answered How can I improve my pedal stroke?
Oct
22
comment What are the reasons for and against wearing a bicycle helmet?
There are two types of people in the helmet debate. Those who can't understand what all the fuss is about, it's just a lid, right? And then there are those who've had an incident and realise that the helmet prevented something a lot worse. Of course, there is a third group, but they can't read these posts.
Oct
22
comment What are the reasons for and against wearing a bicycle helmet?
I think that the back-it-up principle is the only way topics like this can be justified on a Q-and-A site like SE.
Oct
21
comment Fixed-gear vs single-speed for clipless pedals
Part of the usefulness of riding fixed is the training angle - your legs are always moving - and descending it a different kind of hard work. It also means when you shift back to riding a free hub, your pedalling will be smoother, more rhythmical and you will definitely appreciate the ability to take a break ...
Oct
21
comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
Absolutely. There are a few corners on my normal route where that blue paint is positively dangerous when there's been the slightest rainfall.
Oct
21
answered Fixed-gear vs single-speed for clipless pedals
Oct
20
awarded  Suffrage
Oct
20
answered Arguments for/against bike lanes?
Oct
19
answered Why don't cyclists wear all-encompassing motorcycle-style helmets?
Oct
19
comment Do I have to simply wait for google maps to add cycling directions to my area? Or can I help?
+1 - that is a site which deserves everyone's support. There are plenty of iPhone/Android/etc. apps which allow you to upload new routes/photos/details to the site if it's not detailed enough for your purpose yet.
Oct
19
answered What's the purpose of cycling gloves?
Oct
18
comment What are the reasons for and against wearing a bicycle helmet?
Statistics will help and hinder, as in the insult "he uses statistics as a drunk uses a lamp-post, for support rather than illumination". The research on helmets is not clear, there are unquestionably situations where they assist you. How often you find yourself in these situations is left as an exercise for the reader.
Oct
18
comment Is complaining to companies about bad driving like howling at the moon?
StackExchange isn't really the place for where this comment thread is heading, so I think I'll just disagree with you and we can both move on. My question was deliberately about how useful post-facto reactions were rather than face-to-face, on-the-spot interactions. How useful direct 'discussions' are is a different question, possibly for a different location ...
Oct
18
comment Is complaining to companies about bad driving like howling at the moon?
99.99% of the time you're right. But there is a fraction of the time when you need to point out the perceived error of someone's ways. Even if you're not in the wrong, the fact that someone is so vexed by what you've done, should give you pause to think?
Oct
18
comment Is complaining to companies about bad driving like howling at the moon?
This is probably what I was hoping for most by making the complaint - just a quiet word in his ear. "You're driving a truck with our name on it, I don't care if this lunatic cyclist is right or wrong, just try not to give them an excuse to vent."