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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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Feb
4
comment Why do current, entry-level shimano rear derailers have large-diameter pulleys?
Cheaper materials might need to be made bigger and thicker to be as strong as higher end alternatives? Minaturisation needs to be quite expensive.
Feb
1
comment About 20-30 people bike to where I work. What equipment/supplies should we have on hand?
@mattnz I have a friend who owns a shop who does this - he goes into schools, workplaces, sports clubs and similar with a toolbox and a stand and does simple maintenance on bikes while explaining his methods and showing how easy most of it is. Of course, he is also selling his shop and its services ... but that's not a problem, everyone wins: he gets new customers and people get their bikes looked over and tweaked and learn some new skills.
Jan
31
comment About 20-30 people bike to where I work. What equipment/supplies should we have on hand?
@MarkRushakoff having a stash at work isn't going to be helpful at the time, but a problem on the morning that you've botched at the roadside could then be dealt with at work, rather than possibly risking worse on the return leg, so it's definitely better than nothing. And, of course, at the very least it shows you're an understanding employer - and at the fraction of the cost of a car parking space. And 3 miles is not a long commute :)
Jan
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
30
answered About 20-30 people bike to where I work. What equipment/supplies should we have on hand?
Jan
25
comment How to cope with boredom whilst cycle touring?
@Oli sure, I cycle with an earpiece. So do most professionals ... and most drivers drive with their windows up and the radio on. The presence of an earpiece is not, of itself, intrinsically dangerous. Beware, though, that this is like helmets, there are entrenched positions on both sides - bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/623/… - but then, you knew that when you left a comment like that, right?
Jan
25
revised Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
correction to the URI
Jan
16
answered Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?
Jan
16
comment Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?
Yes. Many cities have some form of bike co-op which offers shared workshop space, tools and advice (e.g. lbk.org.uk) - these will generally act as an exchange for used bikes and parts too. Your local bike shop will almost certainly be able to point you in the right direction.
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 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