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Aug
25
answered How do I calculate calories burnt using my bicycle's weight?
Aug
7
comment Dealing with homicidal drivers
Are you certain they are intentionally trying to hurt you, or just oblivious to your presence? The difference is important.
Aug
6
comment Roof-top bike rack crash
@andy256: roof racks are hardly a fad.
Aug
5
comment What are the risks of fenders?
I have gotten a stick/branch jammed between my front wheel and the fender, in front of the fork. All it did is make a bunch of noise and slowed me down. I just stopped, pulled it out, and went on my way.
Jul
31
revised Cycling's effect On The Bladder?
Grammar fix
Jul
30
comment Best bike for distance, best bike for speed
Surly cross-check or Salsa Vaya.
Jul
30
comment Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski
@aparente001: It's an XY problem because your question isn't really "skiing vs biking", it's "how can I let my kid grow and encounter risks and overcome fears, but without risking lifetime pain or debilitation".
Jul
30
comment Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski
This can't be answered without knowing the risk-taking behavior of your kid.
Jul
30
comment Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski
@aparente001: not necessarily, this could be considered an XY problem.
Jul
26
comment How should the brakes on a child's bike be adjusted?
@carl that's still fun for us adults too!
Jul
26
comment How should the brakes on a child's bike be adjusted?
Had you not learned that physics lesson as a kid you might have had to learn it as an adult, where you can ride faster and have another hundred pounds of body mass, making it far worse.
Jul
24
comment How should the brakes on a child's bike be adjusted?
Even if the kid does go over the handlebars, it's part of growing up and learning. It's much easier learning to deal with lousy brakes after learning on good ones than the other way around.
Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
@MichaelB: The laws of physics don't change from day to day. The behavior of people in deciding how to treat their bicycles does.
Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
Tolerances are not necessarily tight on "highly engineered" machines, whether a particular element's tolerance is tight or loose is an engineering decision like any other. In many situations loose tolerances is the better choice.
Jul
16
answered Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
@Rider_X: that's the thing, Lube X is better than Lube Y is going to get rejected from pretty much any journal, as "better" has no objective meaning. A more likely candidate would be something like "effect of <some additive> in lubricating oils", and where someone reading it would decide if those effects are for good or for bad with a particular application. Make sense?
Jul
16
comment What is the benefit of fat tires on pavement?
None. However, the bikes can still be fun to ride even with sub-optimal mechanical performance, or that's the person's sole functioning steed.
Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
You might be surprised, but when a lot of companies do "journal-article" caliber science, they usually will publish it. The problem is more often than not the tests and experiments aren't of that kind of setup to begin with.
Jul
16
comment Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective?
Since when is engineering not similarly subjective? "Optimum" will depend on a variety of conditions that vary from person to person and situation to situation.
Jul
9
comment “Training Wheels” for Starters
@Willeke: It's not the bicycle that does it, it's the rider.