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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 About join a bicycle race
@PeterH As written, it's way too broad to answer. What kind of race? Does he want to compete seriously, or just join the race? In your answer you've assumed it's a road race. But without further clarification, there needs to be answers for all types of road races (from short sprints to long endurance rides), off road mountain bike races, cyclocloss races, etc. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much.. Even with clarification, "too slow" is very subjective and depends on the particular race.
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
16
comment About join a bicycle race
There's no way to answer the question. Why not go observe a race that you might want to join and see how fast the riders go, then see if you think your own speed is competitive? For a road race, 16km/hour seems like it would be a slow speed, but I'm not sure what you mean by "bad conditions". In any case, just go watch a race and speak with some of the competitors.
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.
Oct
14
comment Star Nut Replacement Size
I didn't know what a Star Nut (or Star Fangled Nut) was until I looked it up. It's a self-expanding (star shaped, of course) nut often used in threadless headsets.
Oct
6
comment Adjusting air pressure in the Tyre /Tire
This is a dupe, but the article linked to about pressure for road bike tires is not the right one. The Trek 3500 is a mountain bike, so the road bike article is not of much help. This is a better match for a dupe: What pressure should I run my Mountain Bike tires at?
Sep
24
comment Tips for having partner drive support.
My wife sometimes escorts myself and a couple friends down the coast for longish (~100mi) rides. We arrange a couple meeting places ahead of time for snacks/water/etc (30 - 40 miles apart) where she can hang out comfortably (a beach, a coffee shop, etc). If I know we are going to be late (flat tire, etc), I call or text her (cell phone coverage is spotty, but text's usually go through eventually). If I'm very late, she txts me and backtracks to see if we need help. Works well, and the only time she's had to go look for us was when we were caught in a very strong headwind with no cell coverage.
Sep
24
comment Tips for having partner drive support.
California does have a minimum speed law: CVC 22400 "No person shall drive upon a highway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, unless the reduced speed is necessary for safe operation, because of a grade, or in compliance with law." Where 'highway' is pretty much any road: "Highway is a way or place of whatever nature, publicly maintained and open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. Highway includes street."
Aug
18
comment Use a lock nut on a presta valve?
@Arne - is this really a problem for normal cyclists (as opposed to professional racers?) I've used tubes with and without talc and have had my share of hard panic stops, but never had a problem with the steam tearing out of the tube. And I'd be surprised if the talc really makes that much difference when the tube is being pushed against the tube with 100+ psi of air pressure, it seems that if the tire does move, it's going to drag the tube around, talc or no talc. Likewise, nut or no nut, it seems that if the tube does shift, it's going to tear at the valve stem.
Apr
9
comment Mystery grease source - Alfine 11, Gates Belt drive, Shimano bottom bracket
It's hard to be certain from the photo, but it does look like the belt itself is deteriorating. This may be a longshot, but do you park your bike near a big copier or laser printer? Some of these devices are known to give off ozone gas, which can degrade rubber.
Apr
7
comment How do you install a bicycle pedal without a wrench?
Making a makeshift toe clip sounds like a disaster waiting to happen for a rider that doesn't normally use them -- something I might do if I was stranded and had no other choice, but I certainly wouldn't want to try to learn how to use home made toe clips on my ride home and risk snagging my shoe and not being able to get my foot out if I need to.
Mar
10
accepted Is it OK to use coffee or other drinks to clean road rash?
Mar
9
comment My lock was rusty and key snapped while trying to unlock bike so now its permanently locked
If you don't have tools to take the lock off yourself (though it's surprisingly easy for most locks if you don't mind spending a little time), just call a locksmith -- he'll use bolt cutters or an angle grinder and have it off in a few seconds.
Mar
7
comment Solar charger for iPhone whilst on a bike tour - is it worth it?
@AndrewWelch: The TSA uses grams of "lithium equivalent" to determine what's safe to bring on board. The upper limit of 25g for carryon equates to around 300 watt-hours of battery capacity. For a 5V USB battery pack, that's around 60,000mAh.
Mar
7
comment Solar charger for iPhone whilst on a bike tour - is it worth it?
TSA actually recommends that you pack lithium containing batteries in your carry on bag to better monitor them since Lithium batteries have been known to catch fire so they'd rather have them where you and flight crews can keep an eye on them. Though they don't prohibit them in carry-on bags.
Mar
7
comment Solar charger for iPhone whilst on a bike tour - is it worth it?
Does that stove really work well as a charger? It's rated for 2W continuous power output (4W peak), which is less than a computer USB port, so it must take well over an hour to fully charge an iPhone. That's a long time to keep the stove burning, plus the stove weighs over 2 lbs. If you have some way to expose it to the sun (on top of panniers?) seems like a small 5W - 10W solar panel would be lighter and less effort so you don't have to keep the stove burning for hours every night. The 7W GoalZero panel mentioned in another answer is $79, vs $129 for the Biolite stove.
Mar
4
comment Camera alternatives for commuting (2014 version)
One more for the list, the Monoprice Action Cam I've been using it for about a year and have been pretty happy with it. It's rated for 3 hours of battery life. It's not great in low light, but image quality is pretty good in the daytime. It's no GoPro, but for around $80, it's a pretty good camera.
Feb
3
comment What are optimal fabrics for cycling clothing?
I wear cotton on my commute to work in weather ranging from 40 degrees F to 85 degrees F. The cotton does get damp when I sweat (as do synthetic fabrics) so I just hang it on a hanger under my desk and it dries during the work day. While synthetics might be better at wicking sweat from the skin and are faster drying, I've found that I can use the same cotton shirt all week, while I have to wash synthetics every day or two to keep it fresh.