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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 Things to consider buying my second bike!
I don't think this is a good question for this site, it's essentially a shopping question and answers will be largely opinion based. Like you said, there are so many things to consider when purchasing a bike, a broad question like this can't be answered with a simple explanation. You might be able to pick one or two specific points from your multiple questions and turn them into separate questions that are answerable.
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.
Dec
5
comment Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?
@Blam Got a source for that? I can find no requirement that cargo holds be pressurized, though I believe it would be much harder to make an unpressurized hold than a pressurized one since the cabin floor would have to withstand the enormous air pressure force if the hold below it were not also pressurized. Also, many aircraft have no crew access to the cargo hold in the first place. Plus, in some aircraft the pilot can depressurize the cabin.
Dec
5
comment Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?
@Blarn - I think you're referring to the DB Cooper hijacking, but he didn't depart from a cargo door, he departed through the airstairs, which leave from the passenger compartment. I don't think the FAA requires cargo hold pressurization but it's in the airlines best interest to keep it pressurized to prevent damaging cargo (and passenger complaints from leaking shampoo bottles and other toiletries). For the same reason, it's in the airlines best interest to keep the hold above freezing.
Dec
4
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Dec
4
comment What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?
I tried one of those cheap cameras (admittedly not the Mobius), and while it was decent in the daytime, it had terrible low-light performance, late-afternoon rides yielded a mess of blurry, noisy images. I didn't see low-light performance in the review -- have you tried it in less than full daylight?
Dec
4
comment What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?
@ChrisH - another factor: a narrower field of view also causes more motion blurring (which takes better lenses, more sensitive sensors, and better motion compensation in the camera to overcome). So it's a tradeoff.
Nov
24
comment Which usually wears faster - wheel rims or brake blocks?
@superluminary Even though the brake blocks are rubber, dirt and grit gets between the brake block and the rim, causing wear every time you brake.
Nov
7
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Nov
4
comment How to avoid running over animals whilst cycling on a canal at night?
@Nobilis - it's hard to say, it differs significantly between manufacturers, some designs are more energy efficient than others even at the same light level. Unless buying a major name brand, I wouldn't trust the published battery life claims -- check reviews for more accurate numbers. Energizer claims 20 hours of life on its £13 Energizer Pro Advanced Headlight.
Nov
4
comment How to avoid running over animals whilst cycling on a canal at night?
@Nobilis - you can pick up a headlamp quite inexpensively (Amazon shows several around £5). The cheap ones might not be bright enough for great illumination of the trail, but should be enough to see retroreflective animal eyes - I can see my dog's eyes reflecting back with my headlamp on its lowest setting
Oct
17
comment Can a double loop cable stand up to cable cutters?
@jimirings - a friend had his bike stolen right under a business's security camera. (using bolt cutters to cut through through the bike rack - it wasn't a good rack) All they saw on the cameras was a caucasian male with sunglasses wearing a grey hoody pulled down to obscure most of his face. Not nearly enough to make a positive ID. Don't count on a security camera being a good deterrent.
Oct
16
comment Does anyone sell a direct-drive recumbent with no handlebars?
That's a nice looking bike, how well does it handle low speed maneuvering when you need to turn the handlebar significantly?
Oct
15
comment Can cyclists legally ride on the sidewalk?
@GordonM - that depends heavily upon where you are. In Japan (well, at least in Tokyo), riding on the sidewalk is the norm - cyclists ride a bit faster than walking pace and merge in with pedestrians (who are quite accommodating). Works surprisingly well, when both peds and cyclists accommodate each other.
Oct
14
comment Lighting for xtracycle hooptie
"shouldn't have side impacts unless you're running stop lights or stop signs or something" Or if a car is "running stop lights or stop signs or something" because he didn't see the bike. Many drivers have no problem rolling into the bike lane to make a right-turn while looking only for cars, so anything that the bike can do to make himself visible as the driver approaches the intersection is a good thing.