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bio website moz.geek.nz/mozbike
location Sydney, Australia
age 31
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Delphi geek, prone to automating builds, testing and swearing.


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comment Detailed resources for planning backcountry/primitive tours?
We really need a set of continent tags if not country ones for questions like this. Everything so far is useless if the OP is in New Zealand or China, for example.
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revised Is the Specialized Sectour Double 2014 a men's bike. Can a women ride a men's bike?
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answered What (kind of?) brake lever is this?
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comment Why are brake lights not common?
@Aron: Two 5W LEDS is $5.60 from that seller... you also need a case, battery, controller, waterproof microswitch plus cable harness.
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comment How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?
@DavorinRuševljan read the linked web page. And you can see the adjusters in one photo above.
Nov
23
comment How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?
@JamesJenkins it's just balancing mechanical complexity and fabrication time against which features you really need. If you must have adjustable mechanical advantage you're going to have a more complex mechanism, and pay for that in maintenance and build time.
Nov
23
comment How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?
It's around 200kg I suspect, but I rarely load it up unless the quad is also loaded so it's hard to tell - even 50kg in the quad means 45kg quad + 50kg load + 85kg me = going on 200kg. I notice even small rises, put it that way :)
Nov
21
answered How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?
Nov
19
comment Do “trailer bikes” help kids learn to ride a bike on their own?
Training wheels are likely the issue - he's already used to balancing from the strider, so crippling the pedal bike with training wheels makes it a step backward.
Nov
19
comment What type of terrain makes an MTB mandatory?
Depends how you feel about carrying the bike :) I've done some hard walking tracks (in the mountaineering sense) on a loaded, non-suspended MTB but that involved a fair bit of carrying the bike, often carrying the panniers in separate trips. And I've toured with people who rode skinny-wheel touring bikes in similar places. You really can tour anywhere you can carry your bike. But the more carrying the less fun, IME.
Nov
19
comment What type of terrain makes an MTB mandatory?
jumps and drops are more of a "carry bike down" when you're loaded up, even with full suspension MTB - they're just not designed to do "full suspension" at the same time as "heavily loaded".
Nov
18
comment Why are brake lights not common?
That's a very elegant solution! At least for people with dynamo lights. It probably also helps that bikes in Germany don't usually have flashing lights, so the change in brightness is much more obvious.
Nov
18
revised Why are brake lights not common?
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Nov
18
comment Why are brake lights not common?
@ChrisH e-bikes get to specify the brake levers, where brake lights don't. Can you imagine the expense of making and selling brake light compatible brake levers all the way from from 11 speed Campag right down to BSO grade "v brake" levers? You'd probably need 5 or 6 varieties just to start with.
Nov
16
answered Why are brake lights not common?
Nov
16
comment Why are brake lights not common?
Expanding on Matt's comment: daylight visible LED lights that are small enough and efficient enough to fit on a bicycle are a pretty new thing - the last couple of years. Before then they were heavy and expensive. But people still made and sold brake lights for bikes. Just hardly anyone used them, as they were toys.
Nov
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What are typical max speeds for pro downhill races?
Nov
13
revised How much light is enough for year round commuting?
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Nov
13
answered How much light is enough for year round commuting?
Nov
12
revised Anyone using studded bike tires on a commuter in milder climates?
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