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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'.
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.