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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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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.