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Jun
6
comment Electric Bike (eBike): Freewheel or Regenerative braking?
I'd count that as a disadvantage since I like being able to coast without pedaling on the flats and downhills. But since some people prefer fixed gear bikes, I can understand why some may see it as an advantage. Though I'd rather be able to control the braking myself (especially on bends on slippery roads) than to have the bike decide how much backpressure to provide through regeneration.
Jun
6
comment Ambidextrous backup downtube shifter for touring?
For what it's worth, I have (relatively) cheap Tiagra STI shifters on my commute bike, and after 5 years and about 10,000 miles of commuting through rain and shine, they are still going strong. I almost replaced them with 105's or Ultegras when I bought the bike, because I thought they wouldn't last long, but they've never been a problem. They don't shift as crisply as the Ultegra drivetrain on my road bike, but they've never failed. On the other hand, the Sora's on my wife's bike caused no end of problems, so we replaced them.
Jun
6
comment Ambidextrous backup downtube shifter for touring?
@Batman I don't think he'd need a spare shift cable or cutter, unless the anchor that's already on the end of his shift cable wouldn't work on the downtube shifter and he wouldn't necessarily need to cut the cable as long as the cable end isn't frayed enough to keep it from sliding through the housing (a small amount of solder may help here) -- if the STI shifter breaks, he'd just pull the inner cable all the way out of the housing and shifter, then thread it back through the downtube shifter. Though I agree with Blam - if the shifter breaks (unlikely?), just tie off the cable to a mid gear.
Jun
6
comment Electric Bike (eBike): Freewheel or Regenerative braking?
I wouldn't count "It helps you brake more gradually on downhills" as a tangible advantage, since unless you're on a loaded touring bike or tandem, your brakes should be perfectly capable of slowing you adequately, and unless you do a lot of downhills, brake pad wear should be negligible. Likewise it's not clear that "Akin to motorized vehicle" is an advantage.
May
26
comment Help for a 169 mile bike ride
Towns may be 10 miles apart, but bike shops (and even Walmarts) are much farther than that, so he may be counting on the kindness of strangers to drive 20 miles to pick up a tire for him. Road shoulders in Mississippi are unpaved and often gravel and glass strewn, so I don't think it's unlikely that he'll get a flat, and perhaps even an unrepairable flat. He can (usually) limp along for quite some time with a broken spoke, but he'll be in for a lot of walking if he can't repair a flat.
May
25
comment Help for a 169 mile bike ride
Riding on roads with earbuds sounds like a recipe for disaster.
May
25
comment Help for a 169 mile bike ride
I'd bring along a spare tire too since he'll presumably be far from help. I rarely get flats, but the last time I did, a piece of road debris ended up slitting the sidewall and I don't think even a "boot" would have held - a riding parter rode a few miles back to a nearby bike shop to bring me a replacement tire. On the backroads of Mississippi he may be in for a long wait before help arrives.
May
23
comment Are out of date energy gels bad for you?
As long as the packaging is intact, it should be fine, though the taste/texture may not be what you're expecting. I once ate a powergel that was expired by over a year after a short ride turned into a longer ride than expected, I was hungry and the only food I had was that expired gel in the bottom of my bike pack. It looked and smelled ok, and tasted fine, but the texture was a little lumpy. I didn't suffer any ill effects.
Apr
3
comment Will my road bike fit in the racks on a public transit bus now that I have put fenders on it?
When the bike racks were new on SF Muni, I remember that Muni had a rack at some office (Van Ness?) where cyclists could try out the rack. Even if you're not a Muni rider, it might be worth a call to the transit service to see if they have a try-out rack available somewhere, then you can try out your bike with fenders.
Mar
15
comment How often should I change road bike tyres?
Do people really wipe off their tires after each ride? I have never wiped off a tire, yet rarely get flats.
Mar
14
comment What hand signals work best for cyclists in the US?
When I first started bike commuting, I wanted to use the proper hand signals, so I called the local police department to ask what they were. they transferred me to 3 different police officers, including a motorcycle officer and none of them knew the "correct" signals. That's when I decided that I'd just point straight to the left or right to signal turns, with my hand down in a stopping motion to signal an unexpected stop. If the police don't know the "official" hand signals, I figure that few drivers do, but everyone should understand pointing.
Feb
19
comment Cycling position for commuting
If you add cross levers, then you can use the brakes from the top bar - I did this on my commute bike.... and miss them on my road bike (but not enough to add them on that bike too)
Feb
4
comment Can you tell me what the name of this bike is?
I had an old Huffy Bluebeard that looked similar to this one, but it had an internally geared 3 speed hub -- it had dual top tubes with a big shifter, very similar banana seat (but the rear rail wasn't so high) with painted fenders rather than the chrome ones pictured here.
Jan
1
revised Is there a guide available for determining pedal/cleat combinations?
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Jan
1
revised Is there a guide available for determining pedal/cleat combinations?
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Jan
1
answered Is there a guide available for determining pedal/cleat combinations?
Dec
15
comment How to clean and brighten reflective wall tires
@DanielRHicks - some automotive tire cleaners are acidic, non-acidic ones still use powerful detergents, and many are not meant for use on uncoated aluminum (like many bike wheels). I would be afraid that an automotive tire cleaner would clean the thin reflective coating right off the tire. To your point about why clean sidewalls, I don't think he's cleaning his sidewalls to make them look spiffy and clean, he's trying to make his reflective sidewalls more visible for winter riding.
Dec
9
comment Torn. Want to support LBS but they don't carry what I really want
If you live in a small town and there's only one bike shop, while you don't "owe" it your business, if you enjoy having a local bike shop in town, then you ought to support it whether you owe it to them or not. If you always buy bikes and parts online and do all your service yourself, perhaps there's no need to support your LBS, but if you appreciate having a LBS in town, by all means, support the shop or you may find that it's not there the next time you really need it.
Dec
5
comment Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?
@Blarn - Nope, no down vote from me, I usually only downvote if an answer contains incorrect information or doesn't provide information relevant to the question. But I always leave a comment to explain my downvote.
Dec
5
comment Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?
@Blam - sorry, I guess I misunderstood "after that they made passenger planes so the cargo hull could not be depressurized" -- I took that to mean that "they" required that cargo holds be pressurized. In any case this is way off topic so I'll leave it at this.