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


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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!
Apr
4
comment Headwind when riding in a loop
I'm skeptical about the relevance of "sailing". For any significant power gained you'd have to lean over really hard to counter the sideways force. Land yachts have three wheels and a wide (6ft+) wheel base for good reason!
Apr
1
comment “Creaking” noise from headtube/handlebar
Put your head close to the head tube and try to recreate it. You may be able to locate the sound more precisely. I thought my stem/head tube was causing a noise, but when I listened closely discovered it was the QR skewer/fork interface. When riding these sound the same.
Feb
25
comment Shimano Ultegra vs Shimano Sora
I agree that 105 may be a good compromise, but this answer could be improved if you can describe the comparison to Sora (which presumably would be significant).
Feb
25
comment Dawes Super Galaxy - Tubes
Well, 32 is between 28 and 42, so well within the range.
Feb
6
comment What kind of crank extractor do I need
Thanks the CWP-7 did the job nicely on what turned out to be square-tapered cranks.