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May
8
comment Grocery Shopping by bike, expanding my cargo options cheaply
I have broken such a cart by hitting a crack while pushing laundry down the sidewalk. I don't think it would handle a pothole at 15mph (or 7mph, for that matter) very well.
Feb
27
comment How to prevent the derailleur cable fibres getting all over the places?
Even cables cut with a cable cutter fray. Maybe not immediately, but the strands still will come untwisted eventually.
Jan
21
comment Converting my old mountain bike to a cyclocross
Though I reckon cheap old Suntour barcons would maybe be a better option. A 7-speed cassette would be pretty easy to friction shift. Suntour barcons are surprisingly expensive on eBay, but diligent Craiglslisting/yardsaling would probably reveal a beater with barcons for cheap. Or perhaps digging in a bike coops parts bin for decent downtube shifters that can be mounted on barend shifter pods.
Jan
21
comment Converting my old mountain bike to a cyclocross
Looks like it: ebay.com/itm/SHIMANO-RSX-039-BRIFTERS-039-3X7-/130769727644
Dec
18
comment How to ride to work without sweating?
No parking lots in Manhattan :)
Dec
9
comment 'Best' Gear inch to start with on a fixed gear? Moderatley hilly area
I used to ride a 75 (for over a year) in NYC. The main hill is the ~150 foot climb on the East River bridges. I now prefer a 70, though the bridges have a bit steeper slope than many natural hills.
Dec
9
comment Why do we rarely see recumbents and almost never see velomobiles?
Nevertheless, a lot more people buy road bikes than actually use them for racing.
Dec
5
comment Conversion question
a comment from the Czech dude: '... Just a note from the "Czech dude" who built the retro-direct conversion mentioned above (and happened to find this thread:-): The durability is almost unlimited. The mechanism is so simple that there is hardly anything that could go wrong! I've been using my retro-direct bike for every-day commuting for about five years, without any need for adjustments or repairs, just providing basic maintenance. The gearing must have been submitted to over ten thousand kilometers of service by now! And even now I still consider the back-pedaling to be great fun;-)'
Nov
17
comment Medium size cargo solution for road-bike for commuting
Another way to get the size/weight down is a smaller coat and towel— do you have a camping towel & some sort of stuffable coat already? e.g. uniqlo.com/us/men/outerwear/ultra-light-down.html & rei.com/product/832935/…
Oct
30
comment What tire should I put on my road/commuter bike to prepare for a New York winter?
Be very careful with studded tires if you have a hardwood or polished concrete floor, as in many NYC apartments— the carbide studs will destroy the finish.
Oct
22
comment Axle flex under load normal for freewheel hub?
Frames flex under load as well.
Sep
16
comment Reuse oversized hardtrail frame to build a commuter bike?
A lot of commuters (especially MTB-based ones) are also set up with flat or swept-back (e.g. Albatross/North Road) bars, and those would be good for a shorter rider on a bike with a long TT.
Aug
12
comment 90 mile round trip work commute
You're getting into RAAM-training distances. Maybe enter RAAM next year to stay motivated.
Jun
16
comment How to keep a huge cargo bike safe in the city?
If you want to further fortify it, you can replace bolts with security bolts: bicyclebolts.com
Jun
12
comment Am I required as a biker to use the bike lane on the right side of the road?
Agreed. Don't be Alec Baldwin.
May
17
comment Can cyclists legally ride on the sidewalk?
In general, it's safer to bike on the road with traffic, but not always. For example, when commuting in California, I rode on the sidewalk on the left side of this image while riding uphill: google.com/maps/@32.898697,-117.217461,3a,75y,52.02h,88.66t/… I did so because there was only one driveway in half a mile or more of road, and it was much safer to be on a separate path when climbing a very steep hill at ~7mph than to be in the edge of a lane full of speeding commuters with limited visibility.
May
12
comment U/D lock or folding lock?
And a thin mini-U as a secondary, along with security bolts. I've never had anything stolen in 2.5 years of riding in NYC, but I do have indoor parking at work. They fit nicely in the back pockets of my pants. Here's another overview: thesweethome.com/reviews/best-bike-lock I'd personally get a bit tougher-grade lock for NYC, but one rarely hears of a properly-used U-lock being broken on a bike that isn't super fancy. In smaller cities where the bike thieves just have bolt cutters, any u-lock is fine.
May
12
comment U/D lock or folding lock?
I personally like a thick-shackled mini-U lock as my primary lock:
May
11
comment U/D lock or folding lock?
In the United States, there isn't meaningful bicycle insurance available. Bicycles are covered by renter's/homeowner's insurance, but those policies place no stipulation on the lock used. So, in the United States, having a lock that's a good deterrent matters most— many cyclists use pretty bad locks, so simply having a U-lock (in many cities) or a high-end U-lock (in high-theft cities like NYC/SF) used properly makes all the difference.
Apr
10
comment Do Kevlar Belts really offer puncture protection?
I mean 'through to the tube', not 'through to the tread'.