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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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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? ;)
Nov
13
comment Comparing gear ratios on different bike types
@Pete hah :) to be honest, "go search Sheldon Brown" would answer 90% of all technical questions on here ...
Nov
13
answered Comparing gear ratios on different bike types
Nov
13
comment What can I do to keep my knees warm?
@DanielRHicks certainly some knee warmers are designed to go under cycle shorts so that the tight shorts will help keep them up. Some warmers (like the Rapha ones I have) have a rubberised border inside the top seam to assist with gripping.
Nov
12
answered What can I do to keep my knees warm?
Nov
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What can I do to keep my knees warm?
Nov
9
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
7
comment What's a good all purpose city commuting winter tire?
+1 you can keep your Schwalbe, Continental and Vittoria: Hutchinson is where it's at.
Nov
7
comment Protocol for downhill cyclist overtaking a car?
Many moons ago, the first time I drove in the Highlands of Scotland, which is characterised by many narrow roads where you'd not find a suitable overtaking place for miles, I was told that Scotland had specific laws about not pulling over in a timely way and deliberately impeding following vehicles, although I've just failed to find a citation for anything resembling this. Mostly it is, as you say, a matter of courtesy and common sense and would be a tough law to enforce and prosecute.
Nov
7
answered Protocol for downhill cyclist overtaking a car?
Oct
29
answered What is the purpose of suspension lockout?
Oct
25
comment Why ride a single-speed bike?
Seriously? 50kph on a 52-20 is 153rpm. My summer rig is 48-16 and while I can do 50+kph, it isn't comfortable. If you can get to 150rpm, chapeau.
Oct
25
answered Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?
Oct
16
comment How should I store inner tubes to maximize their shelf life?
@kibbee that's a good point about buying carefully - in many stores (both LBS and chain) in the UK the tubes are behind the counter (perhaps they're an easy target for shoplifting) so you often don't get much choice in the matter. And, in stark contrast to my advice, on reflection I get so few punctures that my stash at home could easily have tubes that are well over a year old, so my throwaway quip perhaps isn't so valid.
Oct
16
comment How should I store inner tubes to maximize their shelf life?
If I was planning on storing them for 2 or more years, I'd wonder about the value in buying them in a sale; far better to use the LBS as a storage mechanism!