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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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Jan
11
comment How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
This is a decent answer - but it needs to be a little less sensational. The repetition is fine if you're in a lecture delivering the answer, but as a written piece it could be made shorter and snappier - and better laid out. Worth a +1 but it really needs tightening up.
Dec
27
comment What to look for when buying bicycles for children
Ditto Specialized - my kids are working their way up the HotRocks range and while they're not cheap, they are very solidly made.
Dec
27
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Cheap alternatives to avoid tire punctures
Dec
27
comment Cheap alternatives to avoid tire punctures
The best advice is to keep the tyres properly inflated (pressure repels sharps really well) but, off-road, you may have good reason to explicitly run them soft, so that's not going to work so well for you in those times.
Dec
19
answered Is a recreational bike sufficient for a 10-hour bike trip?
Dec
18
comment What would cause variable air resistance on a day with no wind?
I'd +2 if I could. Maybe add the "on a cold and dry day, there's roughly a 10% increase in air resistance when compared to a hot and humid day" as an opening TL;DR.
Dec
13
revised my chain is skipping on my single speed
correcting confusing width error
Dec
12
comment Helmet Camera pros and Cons
There are questions relating to helmet cameras - but this isn't one. Bicycles.SE is a q-and-a site - could you rephrase this to ask a real question to which you are interested in the real answer?
Dec
10
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
10
comment A famous cycling Race, Place or Climb beginning with the letter “D”
What's the context - are there going to be 25 other questions for the other letters?
Dec
5
revised Do I need a new chain after 1300 miles?
edited body
Dec
5
answered Fixed-gear bike: How to ride backwards?
Dec
4
answered What are good ways to dry shoes?
Dec
4
comment Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?
If you're worried about the effects on the wheel the you could periodically rehang it, partially rotating the wheel, to even out the stresses.
Dec
4
comment Fixed gear: slipping
It is quite possible you don't have a lockring - they are a small bolt type circle with a few notches in them for grip with a specific lockring tool - e.g. wiggle.co.uk/miche-fixed-track-sprocket-lockring - you are able to ride perfectly well without one - but for road use it is safer to use one.
Dec
3
answered Fixed gear: slipping
Nov
26
answered How to tell if a bike is good before purchasing?
Nov
22
revised Feet on the middle of the pedals
edited title
Nov
15
answered I know there are better rain-forecast sources than “hourly forecast” websites. What's the best such source?
Nov
13
comment Comparing gear ratios on different bike types
@heltonbiker oh sure, it is, strictly, not a measure of gear ratio but the OP did mentioned the comparison between different classes of bike so I went the extra mile and introduced the crank length element too. I suspect that 'development' is the most intuitive measure, but it is gear inches that you see everywhere. Gear ratio just seems like Sheldon Brown scratching his own itch and I'm not entirely surprised it hasn't taken off. I mean, as you say, who thinks in circular velocity? ;)