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Sep
11
comment Breathable backpack
I've seen these but never used one - it looks like it would shift the load quite a long way from your back. I'm used to packing rucksacks with the heaviest stuff low and close (from hiking but it holds if you have to ride with it -- it's more stable).
Sep
10
comment Suggested tire pressure for an “overloaded” bike
With moderately large tyres you should be able to go up to the sidewall pressure at the back without the ride being too rough for the passenger. A seatpost-mounted child seat is supposed to have some flex compared to a rack-mounted seat; the question doesn't say which it is. At that much weight, unweighting the saddle to use your legs for suspension of your weight over bumps (and avoiding big bumps such as kerbs) would be a good idea. Realistically you're on your own legally unless it falls to bits on the way out of the shop anyway.
Sep
10
comment Brake lever grips
A single layer of heatshrink should do the trick. Or full-finger gloves, especially if the metal feels cold to the touch.
Sep
10
comment Brake lever grips
@Vorac it's worse than that on cheap v-brakes: The plastic bends so much the levers touch the grips without locking the wheel with recommended pad clearances and toe-in.
Sep
10
comment Why does reducing bike weight have such an impact on speeds?
"when tire design is the same, then wider is LOWER rolling resistance!" - for the same pressure yes, but the pressure probably won't be the same (for that matter that design probably won't be). If you mean even taking into account pressure changes, {citation needed}. But in the Q both were road bikes, I think we can assume similar wheels (and handling).
Sep
8
comment Minimal gear for dry winter riding in the city
You also need some means of carrying a lock or 2 (search here for locking strategies if you're new). Personally I tend to lock the helmet to the bike with my cable lock (2nd lock).
Sep
8
answered Minimal gear for dry winter riding in the city
Sep
5
comment Buying first hybrid bike; better to put $ into components or disc brakes?
Even some cheap dual compound pads (I use XLC) with a bit of shape to deflect any muck/water are a step up from the junk that comes all bikes in my price range.
Sep
1
comment What are the advantages of a building an electric bike from a kit vs. prebuilt
You're not comparing like with like here, and your 200W limitation is localised to the wrong location for the OP. Even so it's quite a bit of help if you pedal
Sep
1
comment What are the advantages of a building an electric bike from a kit vs. prebuilt
A comment as this doesn't directly answer the question. Having looked after both, go for the lithium batteries if you can possibly afford it, they have better discharge characteristics and the weight saving is enough to affect your range and handling. If you're prepared to pedal, a 250W motor makes a big difference, so long as you have sensible gears you can ride up hill and it will feel more like riding on the flat. So worry more about the Wh rating. But with pedalling 24 miles uses less than half of a 36V 10Ah lithium's capacity round here.
Aug
28
comment phantom leak that fixed itself?
@JohnP, probably: I'm used to Schrader and know it's possible on those, and considered that it might be possible on Presta as well.
Aug
28
comment phantom leak that fixed itself?
Can't a slow leak be caused by muck in the valve on a presta? Pumping up would then have a chance of dislodging the muck.
Aug
28
answered Best way to hang a bicycle from a ceiling pipe
Aug
27
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
21
comment How to move a bicycle by bicycle
If you walk very slowly, it's easier to hold by the stem, holding the saddle seems much easier for a quick walk (though my experience of walking bikes for any distance is restricted to bike with flat(-ish) tyres).
Aug
21
comment How to move a bicycle by bicycle
If you're going to do this, really take the wheels off first, it will make you much narrower. But you might want to wrap the chain in plastic.
Aug
21
comment Rear index shifting not staying in middle gears
3b. friction in the cable?
Aug
21
comment Choosing an e-bike for commuting
I'm jealous. There's a semi-serious effort to get them on some of the buses on the steeper hills round here, but it's not going anywhere.
Aug
20
comment Choosing an e-bike for commuting
I'm lucky in that my good route is very close to the most direct, but I agree with the sentiment (though I don't think I've been within 1000km of Vancouver). When it comes to buses, you're lucky if the bus can carry bikes at all -- I don't know of any normal-service routes in the UK that can take even a single bike, so I imagined locking it at the bottom. That downhill at the start of the return trip should give a decent boost, getting you closer to the stated range, but I agree that it probably won't make the difference.