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comment Is it OK to leave my bicycle unlubricated for a day after a hose-down?
I lube my commute bike a couple times a year (except for the chain, which I lubricate every couple weeks with a wax based lube), and never re-lube anything after riding in the rain. I've been riding it for 6 years without a problem.
Apr
25
comment How can a recumbent tadpole trike brake three wheels with only two levers?
A description of a "tadpole" would be helpful in the question for those unfamiliar with the term. In this case, a tadpole is a style of three wheeled recumbent with dual steerable wheels in the front.
Apr
25
comment How important is shoe weight?
How is this any different than rotating weight? Your shoes rotate with the pedals and are as much rotating weight as the pedals themselves.
Apr
13
comment Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?
For those not familiar with the term, BSO means Bicycle Shaped Object, a derogatory term used to refer to cheaply made low quality bikes (often sold in department stores).
Apr
8
comment Use a lock nut on a presta valve?
@Kaz - Well yeah, that was my point, which is why I said ...nut or no nut...
Mar
22
revised Need Help IDing SPD Pedal
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Mar
22
answered Need Help IDing SPD Pedal
Feb
4
comment My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?
Ahh ok, that makes more sense
Feb
4
comment My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?
Is there really no lock on that chain? Just a couple of bolts? Do you carry a wrench with you and unscrew the bolt when you want to use the bike? Is that common in Amsterdam? It seems like a lock would be both more secure and more convenient.
Feb
1
answered Chain lube that won't repaint my legs?
Jan
16
comment Is it better fitness-wise to ride at the maximum gear?
@Frisbee - While the mechanical work is the same regardless of which gear is used, human muscles aren't perfect machines and become less efficient outside of an optimal range. Imagine a gear so low that you had to spin the pedals 100 times to get the wheels to make one revolution, or a gear so high that one revolution of the pedals turns the wheels 100 times, you'd be straining and pushing very hard just to get the bike moving.
Dec
29
comment belt vs chain for what matters performance only
how does increased tension make the belt drive more efficient? The Gates Belt Drives bikes I've seen all have cogs that the toothed belt fits in, so I don't see how it can slip at all.
Dec
10
comment How to procced when pedestrians ocupy the dedicated bike path?
The way I deal with pedestrians on the bike path is to call out (or use my bell) to alert than that I'm behind them, then if another bike or pedestrian is coming the other way, I slow down before reaching the pedestrian so by the time I reach her, the path is clear for passing. I pass slowly and give them a wide berth just in case they change direction. Though in my country, nearly all bike paths are open to pedestrians, so bikes need to accommodate them.
Nov
19
comment Are there permanently mounted bike computers?
I've had a Shimano "Flight Deck" computer on my bike for just about 10 years now. It's never unclipped itself from the mount (and doing so seems quite unlikely since it snaps in securely), but ironically, the screw worked itself loose and the entire mount came loose (but I didn't lose the bike computer since it was held onto the bike by the wires). I don't see how it could be any more secure... sure, I could unclip it myself and lose it or it could be stolen, but the same is true with a screw-on mount since I might want to remove it or someone might snap it off.
Nov
19
comment Protecting bike attachments such as lights against theft
While it's true that they may not be the best lights out there, it's comforting to know that if you accidentally leave your primary lights on your bike when you park it, your backup theft-proof lights will still be there for your ride home. If you're buying the light because it's theft resistant, it's hard to say that they aren't very good lights for the money, since you're paying the premium for the theft resistance. The theft resistance may be weak (relying only on a special screwdriver than anyone could obtain), but it seems to be good enough against most casual thefts of opportunity.
Nov
19
answered Protecting bike attachments such as lights against theft
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