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Nov
7
comment Is it ever legal in the UK not to have two brakes on a bike?
So the answer is, in fact, no - given that the fixie is acting as a brake?
Nov
6
comment Why don’t fixed gear bikes have brakes?
In the UK the requirement is two independent brakes - so you'll see that (legal) fixies have a front brake (the lack of freewheel providing braking via the rear)
Nov
5
comment Really big panniers and other baggage
Trailers are wonderful - you trade added width and of course drag for massively increased (and simplified) capacity. I've used (various) trailers for Children, touring, shopping and general haulage. There are some rather nice cargo bikes and trikes too though!
Nov
3
revised Really big panniers and other baggage
Made it a bit more readable!
Nov
3
answered Really big panniers and other baggage
Oct
19
comment Best cargo storage on a commuter bike
To answer your question though - you want a rack (-:
Oct
19
comment What's the purpose of cycling gloves?
The aim is to provide padding - you want padding all year round i.e. when its warm as well as when its cold so in the summer you only need sufficient glove to hold the padding on your palm where its needed. Leaving most of your fingers uncovered gives you more feel (for brakes and, once upon a time, for gears) and hence more control.
Oct
18
comment How can bum / testicle / inner thigh pain from a saddle be prevented?
Hmm, he's changed the question...
Oct
18
comment How can bum / testicle / inner thigh pain from a saddle be prevented?
I'm not sure I do think its safe to make that assumption - I think that it is more than reasonable to suggest that answers that suggest steps to be taken to improve comfort on the current bike are probably "better" than mine but that doesn't mean that more radical solutions shouldn't be considered. I'm a programmer, I have an inherent bias against making assumptions (-:
Oct
17
comment Determining if a road is safe to bike on
Interestingly, a lot of the nicest roads to cycle on in the UK (narrow country lanes) would fail that constraint as the limit on those is often 60mph... In a broad sense you're not wrong - that's not too bad a metric but it shows how hard it is to formulate a generic answer
Oct
15
comment Which public transport networks allow you to transport a bike?
I'm not sure "token" is quite the right word - it seems to me that its a solution to an occasional need rather than a practical bridge that one might use as a part of a commute. In terms of the route it runs - using the bus to go uphill (there's a lot of up) makes a lot of sense, but as you rightly suggest there being just one space makes it questionable as to whether you'd want to rely on it consistently being avaiable.
Oct
15
revised Which public transport networks allow you to transport a bike?
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Oct
15
comment Bike sharing services and systems
Its hugely here or there if you want to avoid an endless litany of "it doesn't work for me" the complainants ignoring any minor details like the ccard requirement - which as you've clearly demonstrated is precisely and exactly what they'd've got. I'm not sure about the weight thing - FWIW, I'm given to understand that use of Al doesn't actually help much.
Oct
15
answered Which public transport networks allow you to transport a bike?
Oct
15
revised Bike sharing services and systems
Added link to Velib website
Oct
14
comment Bike sharing services and systems
@Tom - No, oyster cards do not have to be wired to a credit card. Bikes have to be robust - which, at the end of the day equals heavy. Bikes have to be useable by "non-cyclists" which, pragmatically, means lowish gearing (especially if they are heavy). Would more gears be better? well of course - but you still have to start low.
Oct
14
comment Bike sharing services and systems
This is a spectacularly negative set of comments... not entirely wrong but focused solely on the negatives (I can't argue as I haven't used it yet). For what its worth - the oyster card one is easy, its not botched because as a security measure they have to have card details. You're absolutely right about Shaftesbury Ave - how weird! However "laughably heavy" and "three gears all low" are surely a reasonable reflection of the requirements of this sort of system (which needs to be thought of more as a form of public transport than as a "bicycle hire" scheme).
Oct
12
comment Recommendations for transporting twins on the front of a bike
@neilfein - sidecars are interesting but complicated and not, so far as I'm aware, commercially available.
Oct
12
comment Recommendations for transporting twins on the front of a bike
Well I'm not a lawyer... but in theory the NJ law would prohibit any child seat...
Oct
11
comment Suggestions for outdoor commercial (security/parking) stands
This is what I want to see when I go to lock up my bicycle - I could be wrong but I strongly suspect that the same is true of a great many other cyclists. I should add that in my case its partly that I've got a recumbent and a brompton (and a tandem, and trailers...) so racks that make assumptions about wheel sizes and frame shapes don't always work...