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comment Why are brake lights not common?
@Aron: No, acknowledging that bicycles are different than motor vehicles is not why drivers rage. Not being a motor vehicle matters because bicycles do not weigh 2000 lbs and don't exceed speeds of 60 mph trivially. 20 mph isn't all that fast, and while it can be fatal, very rarely is and usually involves a stroke of very bad luck. Most healthy adults can get pretty close to 20mph running, albeit not for long.
Nov
16
comment Why are brake lights not common?
They're not common because they're inappropriate. Bicycles are not motor vehicles.
Oct
30
comment Can I fit rear panniers to a full-suspension bike with a dropper post?
Get a Salsa Fargo, that's what you need.
Oct
27
awarded  Yearling
Oct
19
comment What are the benefits of external bottom brackets?
@leosenko: I believe lantius is describing the torque normal to the rotation axis, i.e. torque bending the axle as opposed to twisting it. If the axle deflects significantly as it rotates, it will unevenly wear the bearings and cause other trouble.
Sep
18
comment Why is carbon fiber inherently weak? Or is it?
@Blam: Aluminum can be plenty durable. Durable doesn't have an engineering definition, and sure, while Al doesn't have an endurance limit like steel, the fatigue life can be great enough to render it a non-issue. Furthermore composite components can be built to not fail catastrophically, however in few situations where they are used today is that a requirement of use.
Sep
7
comment Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?
Except you do regain it on the downhill, because you cover a great distance in a short amount of time.
Aug
6
comment Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?
There are still many high quality thread on freewheels made today.
Jul
17
comment Can I use cartridge bearings on my wheel hub?
@Mσᶎ: counting the bearings present won't be accurate if he is in fact missing any.
Jul
17
answered Can I use cartridge bearings on my wheel hub?
Jul
17
comment How do treads affect traction?
You are confusing automobile tires with bicycle tires. Auto tires contact along their width instantly, which is what leads to hydroplaning. Bicycle tires, with their round cross section, results in a progressive wedge-shaped contact. The tire's shape inherently provides the 'biting edge'.
Jul
12
comment Armadillo's or Kevlar Inserts?
@user1833028: You'll have to slow down a hair, but treaded tires won't give you any improvement in muddy spots on the road.
Jul
12
comment How do treads affect traction?
No, not really.
Jul
12
comment How do treads affect traction?
@ChrisW: yes, MTBs often are riding through dirt, mud, sand, or other soft ground where the treads do have an impact. Yet despite that, a great deal of MTB trails are hardpack dirt, can be ridden perfectly fine on slicks, and are usually closed when muddy or the ground is soft.
Jul
12
comment How do treads affect traction?
@mattnz: That's why I said "under human power". Hydroplaning is not something the OP is ever going to have to be concerned with.
Jul
12
answered How do treads affect traction?
Jul
11
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
What is wrong with using 'regular' glasses and 'regular' prescription sunglasses?
Jul
11
comment How do I keep a bike feeling “new”?
@DanielRHicks: right on. Bikes are meant to be ridden. Every scuff in the paint is a reminder of a previous adventure. Anyone can buy a new bike, but the wear of thousands of miles ridden has to be earned.
Jul
11
answered Armadillo's or Kevlar Inserts?
Jul
11
comment Installing handlebar
Meh, I've seen plenty of hideous shimmed hack jobs over the years that looked awful but worked just fine. If you can shim a seatpost, then handlebars are even easier. Shim away!