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Matthew Eagar

Fan of JavaScript and Ruby, Team Lead at http://500px.com

Twitter: @meagar


Nov
21
comment Safety data: Which is safer, head/tail lights which blink or emit a steady beam?
@Uwe Last time I checked, mopeds and motorcycles aren't running a single tiny LED with a 9 volt battery for a headlight.
May
27
comment Is it possible to measure your sit bones at home?
@NeilFein That's a catch 22. You're assuming the saddle on your bike will hit your sit bones correctly, in which case this whole exercise is redundant.
Apr
24
comment Are there pedals that are both flat and cleated on each side?
Definitely a duplicate post, I remember seeing this question a year ago. Actually, I think I'm thinking of this question which is similar but perhaps not a duplicate bicycles.stackexchange.com/q/3912/607
Apr
2
comment Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres?
Well, a size versus distance versus energy thing. A bullet, from the smallest BB to the largest cannon ball, accelerates faster than a car or cyclist or runner or ant.
Apr
2
comment Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres?
Do you expect every cyclist in your city to explode off the line when the light goes green? Even people who are able to out-accelerate a car will, from time to time, miss the light changing or miss clipping into their pedals or forget to preemptively shift to a lower gear.
Apr
1
comment Are aerodynamic rims worth additional weight?
@freiheit So I guess there is good evidence that a decrease in drag is worth $2000 more than a 100g decrease in weight?
Feb
15
comment What will happen to a roadbike when rode on broken tar?
There are two good answers which offer the same sentiments.
Feb
15
comment What will happen to a roadbike when rode on broken tar?
Avoid the worst of it and take it slow and it should be fine. I would question your choice of bike though. You're obviously not buying it for racing, as you're willing to get a mountain bike or road bike, so why not split the difference and get a touring bike? You'd be much more comfortable and you'd have the option of adding panniers and fenders.
Feb
15
comment What will happen to a roadbike when rode on broken tar?
The answer is "nothing". Road bikes are not going to fall apart just because you ride them over rough road. It's going to be less than comfortable, as there is much less shock absorption, but the bike will be fine.
Feb
15
comment What will happen to a roadbike when rode on broken tar?
@jimirings A cyclocross bike would be massive overkill for crossing broken pavement to get to the smooth road that makes up your daily commute.
Feb
7
comment Can I use WD-40 on my bike?
Not suitable for lubricating moving parts, but WD40 sprayed on a rag is good for cleaning grime off your frame.
Jan
22
comment Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?
Weight shouldn't really be your chief concern. Reliability is what you need to worry about.
Dec
7
comment Minimal effort chain cleaning
The parktool (and most chain cleaners I've seen) require significant slack in the chain as provided by a derailleur. It couldn't be used on a fixie/single-speed where the chain was taut.
Dec
6
comment Minimal effort chain cleaning
You might be using too thin a lube. You should pick up something specifically meant for winter riding, like whitelightningco.com/products/wet-ride.htm
Dec
6
comment Stop SPD shoes from grinding
This. You need a cobbler. There's really nothing you can do personally that won't be destroyed the first few times you walk on it.
Dec
6
comment What kind of tail lights can I attach to the rear of my rack?
Oh, this is funny. I actually wound up buying this light prior to reading this answer. Unfortunately it failed, the screw ripped the metal mount out of the plastic backing on the light.
Nov
7
comment Winter commuting - how to keep warm?
Can't really recommend this if you ride on the road. Peripheral vision is pretty important.
Oct
31
comment Why choose a traditional frame over an aerodynamically streamlined frame?
Hey, don't jump all over me, I'm completely uninvested in your argument. All I know is I read "how could 'a placebo effect' alter the recorded speed and power?" which would seem to indicate two separate measurements which could easily be affected by false believe in a placebo. I only mentioned them as "the metrics" because you mentioned them as the metrics. If you're saying that the power was the same but the speed increased, that wouldn't seem to be as easily linked to a placebo effect.
Oct
31
comment Why choose a traditional frame over an aerodynamically streamlined frame?
@R.Chung That's what the placebo effect is. He's alleging that the cyclist subconsciously tried harder because he believed he was on a faster bicycle. The placebo effect could absolutely effect metrics like speed and power output.
Oct
30
comment Why choose a traditional frame over an aerodynamically streamlined frame?
Oh, in the interests of full disclosure, I test drove both (well, the next model down in each case, the R3 and S2) and chose the S2 because it came with a SRAM Red group set. Both felt fantastic and I'm having a hard time figuring out why a company would provide both bike series if there is any clear advantage to one or the other.