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Software engineer. Interests include Python, Ubuntu, Cycling, Badminton, Sailing, Philosophy.


Sep
11
comment Does it make you safer to use lights during the day?
Anecdotally, I've noticed that riding with a 200 lumen steady front light changes the way that oncoming traffic treats me. I seem to be taken seriously, given more respect on the road. I guess that this might be because for a split second they think I'm a motorbike. Perhaps having a light puts me in the mental category of vehicle, rather than pedestrian. As such they expect me to be going a bit faster and will be more likely to wait to let me through.
Aug
27
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
+1 for "soft pedalling". The example might be MTB, but there's plenty here that works for road riders too. In my experience that threshold depends on how tired you are. If you've spent the last 5 mins above your LT, then a brief rest makes a huge difference.
Aug
1
comment What are the most effective exercises to improve stamina and speed on my cycle to/from work?
Good answer, definitely get out more often, even in rain/snow/wind, but I'd caution against riding when there's ice on the road. Unless you have studded tyres or a trike, then an accident is likely and could stop you cycling for some time.
Jul
30
comment What is the easiest way to fix a loose chain?
Welcome to Bicycles.SE! I've edited your answer to remove the caps and hopefully clarify things a bit. If I've inadvertently changed your intention, please say.
Jul
25
comment Carrying Pizza on a Bicycle
Is pie a synonym for pizza?
Jul
20
comment Reducing Bulk on a touring trip
Presumably because the tops roll down for waterproofing.
Jul
17
comment Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?
Good point that all metallic bike frames are alloys and I guess even carbon has resin involved, not that you'd call that an alloy.
Jul
16
comment Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?
Good find and a "bargain" at "only" $1M ;), but is overlaid (presumably over steel). Probably due to the many practical problems discussed below.
Jul
16
comment Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_experiment
Jul
14
comment Theft deterrents (in addition to locking up a bike)
Nice answer, but did you mean: "However, uglifying your bike isn't as effective against common thieves as it is against these planned attacks" or the reverse?
Jul
10
comment Knee feeling after long ride with road bike
@artaxerxe, If you're happy that this answers your question, please consider ticking it as the Accepted answer.
Jul
4
comment Knee feeling after long ride with road bike
Yes, thanks. Corrected now!
Jul
4
comment Why the penny-farthing?
+1 for the "major feat" idea. I think Mark Twain said something like "Try a [penny-farthing] bicycle, you won't regret it if you live".
Jul
3
comment 26“ vs 28” wheels for touring
I know it's only a link, but it is very relevant and concise, so +1
Jul
2
comment What is the effect of changing length of crank arms?
@PeteH, you might be better off with a thick inner sole or some kind of packing at the cleat. A shorter crank might help when the short leg is at the bottom of the stroke, but be worse at the top of the stroke. A professional bike fitter should be able to help.
Jun
6
comment Tools and spares needed to repair a chain on the road
+1 for mentioning that the repair links are an alternative to the chain break. This was new information to me and very useful!
Jun
6
comment Tools and spares needed to repair a chain on the road
But yes, although the chain still runs smoothly, according to Campag's replacement schedule, it should be changed "soon". campagnolo.com/repository/documenti/en/… (section 4.1 at the bottom)
Jun
6
comment Tools and spares needed to repair a chain on the road
@Blam. I mean I'm not a heavy/powerful rider. I have the Park CC-2, but it said the chain was worn from about 1000km. Then I read this: pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-004/000.html
Jun
5
comment Tools and spares needed to repair a chain on the road
The chain is the original, about 6000km in it, so I have not spare bits. Campag say replace at 8000 and I'm not a strong rider, so will probably go with that. From what I've read, measuring Campag chain stretch is not simple.
Apr
4
comment Headwind when riding in a loop
Headwinds are tough, but I've never had an infinitely long ride!