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Hacker and Cyclist, been writing perl code for since the mid 90s, cycling as an adult for 10 years or so. Sold my car on 2/10, full time cyclist now!


Nov
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awarded  Enlightened
Nov
19
answered Pre ride checks
Nov
17
comment What headset/radio products exist for bike-to-bike communication?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice-operated_switch - basically, instead of having to push a button to transmit, you just speak into the mic, and it'll automatically start transmitting for you. Useful on the bike, where you don't want your hands to be busy with buttons while riding.
Nov
14
answered What headset/radio products exist for bike-to-bike communication?
Nov
12
answered What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
Nov
12
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
Interesting. I was commuting for 5 years in Boston, throughout the year, from Belmont to Back Bay. Oddly enough, I haven't really had any bad experiences with drivers there, while on the bike - they were always much nicer to me on a bike than when I was driving :)
Nov
12
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
At least in the US, bikes belong on the road, as far as most laws are concerned. Unfortunately, too many drivers are not familiar with the relevant laws. Using a hop to avoid an accident is a useful tool to have, I just don't want more cyclists to think the road isn't for them.
Nov
12
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
Been commuting on the bike for the last 5 years, never had an occasion where I needed to jump a curb. When would you need to do this? I guess I'm assuming you're not recommending people ride on sidewalks :)
Nov
12
revised What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
Fixed typo
Nov
11
comment Bicycle innovations in the pipeline?
Why fear it? If it gets people riding more (in the sense of more push for infrastructure), what's wrong with it? Not like your existing bike will suddenly stop working, or get outlawed.
Nov
10
answered Why is carbon fiber inherently weak? Or is it?
Nov
8
asked Installing a lock mount on a carbon fiber frame
Nov
6
accepted Larger wheels - easier to turn?
Nov
5
comment Larger wheels - easier to turn?
Good point about the rolling resistance. As for the momentum, I think I figured the larger wheel has more MASS at the rim than the smaller one -- but it's been a while since I did that kind of math.
Nov
5
comment Larger wheels - easier to turn?
Oh, sure, wheel size is calculated into the gear ratio, basically, but the sentiment I get is that even if the gears compensate for the different circumference, the larger wheels are "easier". And that's the part that confuses me.
Nov
5
asked Larger wheels - easier to turn?
Nov
4
answered How should I negotiate price with bicycle salespeople?
Nov
4
comment How should I negotiate price with bicycle salespeople?
I assume you mean when buying a used bike? Ideally, when buying a new one, ideally there aren't any dings in it!
Nov
3
comment Is it ever legal in the USA not to have two brakes on a bike?
So a fixed gear with no brakes would count? I mean, using the pedals to stop the rear wheel does qualify, no?
Nov
3
comment Really big panniers and other baggage
That's what I do - when I have a really large load, I just hook up the Burley trailer.