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Sep
23
comment What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
This is subjective, but I (very nearly) almost carry everything with me it lives with the bike (each and every one of my bikes should, but sometimes doesn't, have its own complete kit of tubes, levers, patches, boot, pump and multi-tool) - why? Because then I always have it with the bike...
Sep
21
comment What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
Hmm, but bear in mind its perfectly possible to commute by bike and not need to shower (and without being offensive) - does depend on the commute and one's level of enthusiasm... but a stick of deodorant in your draw along with the emergency socks and undies goes a very long way.
Sep
21
comment What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
@Brian - you'll note that for "exploring" I explicitly suggest allowing extra time during your normal commute, for precisely this reason (and because its only a small overhead). Fair point for scouting in the first place though the odds are that you'll choose a "straight line" (usually effective but traffic laden).
Sep
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
20
answered What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
Sep
16
comment Ever seen a locking bag that could be locked to the bike?
We've run recumbent bikes with a lockable box on the back for, erm, well almost decades - never had the box attacked (in the UK where opportunist theft is not uncommon). It seems to me that the point of any lock is to discourage casual walk-by theft, very few things will stop a determined or professional thief.
Sep
16
comment Where is the best place to carry water (back or bike)?
My preference is to use the hydration pack on the bike - but this only really works because the bike in question is a recumbent and I can fit the pack behind the seat (-: If doing distance on an upright I have a rucksack that I carry the hydration pack in - because it makes "little and often" easier, even when the bike has a panier rack too (and I will by choice put anything else heavy in a panier!)
Sep
16
comment Where is the best place to carry water (back or bike)?
Pros don't use camelbacks for road races because they go through more fluid than can reasonable be carried, topping up from their support car as they go. Some do, however, use them for time trials (there is occaisionally some discussion about whether this is legal for aerodynamic reasons). Road riders copy the pros... Oh one more thing, as phrased this is somewhat subjective - the "valid" question would be along the lines of "what are the pros and cons of carrying water on a bike or in a hydration pack.
Sep
16
comment How can I carry a tripod on my bike?
I agree it wants to go on the rear rack. I think that being able to carry it more or less vertical is proably the ideal (once upon a time you could, in the netherlands at least, buy a carrier for a McClaren style pushchair...)
Sep
14
awarded  Scholar
Sep
14
accepted How do I calculate spoke length?
Sep
13
comment How do you measure your cadence?
Exactly - a cycle computer with cadence capability makes things easy, some will let you set alarms (for too high or too low) too. The actual mechanism is simply another magnet and sensor similar to that used for speed.
Sep
13
answered What cadence should I aim for?
Sep
12
answered What is the best floor pump?
Sep
12
answered What are the most effective methods of bicycling advocacy?
Sep
12
awarded  Commentator
Sep
12
comment How do I calculate spoke length?
Ok, I deserve that - but allow that "rim" is now a bit weird (in that you can't just take the rim size and use that to define your length because rims are now so varied).
Sep
11
awarded  Student
Sep
11
asked How do I calculate spoke length?
Sep
5
comment Mountain Bike on Paved Roads
Can't entirely agree about the suspension - yes it may absorb some energy (depends a bit on the suspension) but the general condition of the roads (and cycle paths) is such in many places that if you have suspension you may well benefit from it to some degree (yes you probably wouldn't want the weight on a bike specifically intended for road use but if you've already got the weight you its not black and white). (I say "probably" 'cos I rather like the no-squat suspension on my SpeedMachine recumbent!)