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Nov
20
comment need cycling eyewear, but fogging is a big problem
@PeteH try using a baseball hat with a brim for when it rains/snows. These can be found for cheap as well. It will keep the falling wet off the glasses. I even wear one while not cycling in the weather for that reason.
Nov
19
comment Do “trailer bikes” help kids learn to ride a bike on their own?
"I have never seen a 20 year old on a strider yet! Eventually, he will outgrow it and need to transition to a pedal bike if he wants to keep riding." Then he can move onto a 12" pedal bike. I can verify that yes somebody at 6ft, 200lb can ride those too.....they are murder on the legs though.
Nov
19
comment Do “trailer bikes” help kids learn to ride a bike on their own?
Have you tried to take the training wheels off the pedal bike to see if that excites him, be more like daddy, or straight up bribes? My son had a bike with training wheels and they caused issues after his first time on another bike without (he cycled to daycare with the trainers everyday but we brought home the grandparent's house bike to learn without). He was riding his main one like it didn't which only caused more falls.
Nov
13
comment How much light is enough for year round commuting?
This is going to get closed as product req or opinion based. However, 800 lumens is a lot for a light. $180 is alot as well. It might be something better suited to off road trails. I personally upgraded to a Cygolite Metro 400 at $53 on Amazon (from a Viewport 5). This light is a huge improvement and works really well for me. I don't have a link handy but somebody around here can provide a link to the lights review/database which makes a great starting point.
Nov
13
comment Anyone using studded bike tires on a commuter in milder climates?
However, compared to something like street or touring tires (like Cont. Touring Plus), the winter tires have a deeper cut tread (like Schwalbe) so they will help some in the snow....if the tire doesn't cut to the pavement.
Oct
27
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
I carry a high viz orange vest in my gear for riding at night or when I'm wearing dark cloths. However, I also use it when riding in the rain. Lights are great, but sometimes the water on a windshield will really distort it and could cause some lights to merge with nearby ones. When a sudden burst of rain happens it can really overwhelm most window wipers. I haven't had to test it yet, but at least be a large orange blob as a last line of defense.
Oct
22
comment Axle flex under load normal for freewheel hub?
@Batman Yes, but it is the only thing that comes that close to the tire. It is a folding double leg stand so it is probably bigger than usual. the tire is 26x1.75. Taking the stand off isn't going to help. I'm well attached to it and the past few weeks without have been a real pain.
Oct
22
asked Axle flex under load normal for freewheel hub?
Oct
21
comment Chain vs chainless options
Here is a question on the shaft drive: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/20591/…
Oct
21
comment Chain vs chainless options
@DanielRHicks Shaft drive is a popular option on motorcycles, it is really low maintenance compared to chains (no lube, no stretch). I'm not sure about sound, but packed full of grease will probably keep the noise down. Not sure how they will take a good hit though. However they are heavy and the do rob some efficiency.
Oct
20
comment Seatpost Overextension
I bought a longer post myself for my bike, 20cm exposed (not sure no the total length), cost $10 at the LBS.
Oct
20
comment I need help planning my bike renovation!
@blam, I'm hoping that is the case, hate to see it carved up loosing some history. Other hand though, it may be a cheap new bike. Either way if we knew what it was, then we can get a better idea what needs changed.
Oct
18
comment I need help planning my bike renovation!
What is the bike you are buying? Is it a new bike with retro look or a true old bike?
Oct
15
comment Prevent xtracycle hooptie rattling noise
Please attach the photo that you have on your lighting question here
Oct
15
answered Prevent xtracycle hooptie rattling noise
Oct
15
comment Gears randomly switching
@DavidE, thanks for the comment with the additional info, but please edit the question to include this info. People will see it sooner and it is more durable than the comments.
Oct
15
comment Lighting for xtracycle hooptie
I'm for this option, but there are others. Those look pretty pricey. I have Bike Brightz LED Bicycle Safety Light on my kids bikes and mine. They work really well: amzn.com/B0030DDB3M You may be able to find them in departments stores as well (this is where I got my first one)
Oct
13
comment How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40 and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm
A little on the terrain here will help us. For me I'm doing jeans, flannel shirt, and light gloves. I'm still chilly when I leave, but I do a lot of climbing so I still end up sweating by the end. I get a few good downhills to cool off on but start climbing up again. On the way home though all this is required not to freeze to death on the downhill. At 5 miles it would take longer to stop and adjust clothes (beyond unbuttoning shirt) than the whole ride itself.
Oct
13
comment How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40 and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm
Keeping the hands warm is must, it will make you uncomfortable and affects your reactions. The rest of this answer is good as well. I generally don't require ear coverage at this temperature, but I do long pants (jeans), t-shirt with a flannel over, and gloves (thin leather driving gloves). I do get too warm though, but 300-400 feet of climbing in 3 miles will do that. If it rains though, I just get wet. I'm only out for 30 minutes and hill climbing.
Oct
7
comment Buying mudguard and pannier together vs separately
@ChrisH, yep I saw that with my Topeak Explorer rack as well. It kept my back clean but bag and light would get it (along with the rest of the bike). I ended up putting in some fenders to go with it and haven't looked back. I recommend the separate route because stuff happens. Both my rack and my fenders have been damaged in some way over time, and should the damage be a total loss, it would be much easier (and cheaper) to fix.