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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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Jul
26
answered Does the term “domestique” have negative connotations?
Jul
24
awarded  Disciplined
Jul
2
comment Are there road bike tires invulnerable to popping?
Solid tyres are a no-go for a number of reasons - bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/3890/… - and road bikes aren't really designed for hopping kerbs, maybe you'd be better with a cross, or just a MTB with slicks?
Jun
28
revised I have a foreign bike, and don't know what pressure to pump it to
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Jun
17
comment Ouch, I'm really sore. Should I take a break for a while? How long?
Nah, just MTFU. Seriously, though, the body can take a lot, so while you might have upped the workload, your body is adapting. Make sure you aren't mistaking soreness through effort with pain through injury, but otherwise while rest is important, don't give up on all the recent good improvements.
Jun
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
13
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
11
comment Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?
@J-unior sorry, I'm not familiar with the abbreviation - what's AM?
Jun
10
answered Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?
Jun
7
answered Advantages and Disadvantages of Bibs vs Shorts?
May
21
comment Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
I'd agree - riding on the hoods is fine so long as your hands are big enough to get around them. The only time I ever go to the drops for reasons of braking is on steep descents where your grip on the levers is more sure; braking on the hoods isn't so comfortable when sustained but is fine for momentary use.
May
21
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
May
21
revised Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?
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May
18
awarded  Nice Answer
May
7
awarded  Nice Answer
May
6
awarded  Populist
Apr
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
2
answered Ride with someone who is less trained
Apr
2
comment Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres?
Somebody else will be along in a while with some equations, but my experience of such boxes (known as advanced stop zones, ASZs, in the UK) is that cyclists are quicker away because we, erm, tend to predict the green light better than the cars, so there's a time lag before the vehicles go as well as whatever minimal acceleration advantage.