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Aug
7
comment Roof-top bike rack crash
I don't see how this is legal or financial advice - he's asking whether we'd feel safe riding on that frame, not how to convince his insurance company or LBS that it needs to be replaced. He's already gotten one expert opinion (the LBS), so he's soliciting more advice here. Just ignore the insurance aspect and pretend he asked: Hey, I knocked my bike off the roof rack, is it safe to ride? Perhaps the best advice is ask your LBS but it's still a valid question. My advice? Loan the bike shop specialist your bike and ride along as he does a fast steep decent on it.
Aug
7
comment Is there a way to rest at an intersection without (partially) dismounting the bike?
Batman's answer has less information because it's just an external link -- external links (even Wikipedia links) have a habit of going away or changing over time. The best answer would be no answer at all - just flagging as a dupe. If you have something to add to the existing answer about Track Stands, add it there so all of the information is in once place.
Jul
23
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
@phoog - Good point - I wear the same cotton shirt all week (just in the mornings riding to work, I wear my work shirt on my way home), and it doesn't acquire the same odor a synthetic shirt does after just one ride.
Jul
23
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
@gerrit - Yeah, I have a 2 mile walk to work, and I sweat when I walk too -- enough to show through my shirt. Mornings are cool, but also more humid, in the evening it's warmer but less humid so it's less of a problem. This morning it was around 62F and 85% humidity, by 5pm it's 72F but only 55% humidity. So unless I drive, I can't avoid sweating on my way to work, pace has nothing to do with it.
Jul
23
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
I live in a relatively cool climate (SF Bay Area), which is also a bit humid, and I sweat no matter how slow I ride -- and even when walking. So pace isn't necessarily tied to sweatiness.
Jul
23
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
I found that wearing a cotton t-shirt on my ride to work works better than a synthetic fabric bike jersey -- the cotton absorbs more sweat than the synthetic jersey so when I change to my work shirt, I'm not so sweaty - I used to have to towel off when I wore the bike jersey. I just spread the shirt out on my bike bag under my desk so it's dry for my trip home. I just wear my regular work pants on the ride to work, my legs don't really get sweaty.
Jul
22
comment Biking to the airport / leaving a bike for a week
@GlennGervais - SFO's bike parking leaves a lot to be desired since they only have open racks no lockers. They have surveillance cameras, but I know from experience that cameras don't protect a bike. Also bike parking is limited to 14 days so if you're going for a long trip, don't bring your bike or they'll confiscate and dispose of it.
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)