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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'.
Apr
10
comment Do Kevlar Belts really offer puncture protection?
You should try the Schwalbe Marathon Plus, which has a very thick tread— rather than trying to deflect punctures, it has so much rubber that a thumbtack just gets stuck in the rubber layer rather than going through to the tread. It's heavy and slow, but nothing slows you down more than a flat tire.
Mar
7
comment 700 wheels on bike made for 27" wheels
Dia-Compe centerpull brakes can work very well with new or well-maintained cabling and new brake pads. The sidepulls are often weaker and hard to center, however.
Feb
21
comment Using a series of hub gears
If the output of one hub is fed into the second hub, there'd be a ton of torque going into that second hub when pushing a big heavy bike up a hill.
Feb
20
comment What happens when a bike has not had maintenance for a long time?
Careful with a power washer— you can shoot water through the bearing seals and wash the grease out. Unless, as you stated, you're repacking the bearings.
Feb
10
comment Are there any manufacturers of steel road bikes today?
NM, profile says "Mumbai, India."
Feb
10
comment Are there any manufacturers of steel road bikes today?
What country do you live in? Your name sounds Indian, but there are Indians all over the globe.
Feb
3
comment How do I clean my bike in winter?
On the other hand, in NYC the city dumps massive quantities of salt on the bike paths on the bridges. Which is nice, because wiping out descending a bridge would suck, but also a pain because it makes cleaning a pain.
Feb
3
comment Upgrading Bicycle Gearing
The answer to this question depends as much on the placement of the cantilever studs as the brakes themselves. 27" rims are 630mm diameter and 700c rims are 622mm diameter, so you can judge if you'll have trouble with your current brakes by trying to position the pads 4mm further toward the center of the wheel.
Jun
18
comment How to choose the right Citi Bike?
Swapping bikes is easy, so long as the stations are functional. There was one unfortunate ride I took where I had to swap bikes twice, then hunt through three stations to find a functional one, all during a downpour.
Apr
25
comment Is it worth time to rebuild an old steel frame?
Is it worth it? It's fun to me, and it might be to you. You probably wouldn't be asking this if it wouldn't be. For pure bang-for-the-buck in terms of performance, buying a 1997-era road bike from Craigslist or a new bike from Bikesdirect or the like would be your best bet.
Dec
14
comment Affordable security nuts and bolts
Right now I use two mini U-locks, one on each wheel, but I'd prefer to bring that down to one if I can get the right setup.
Dec
14
comment Affordable security nuts and bolts
I was just at the bike shop, and the lady in line behind me needed to have the bike shop torch out the headset bolt because she had filled it with solder after having her last fork stolen. Then she needed to ship the bike...