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May
22
comment Feet slip off flat/cleat hybrid pedals when it's wet
You might look into your choice of shoes as well - obviously smart hard-soled shoes won't be very good but I generally ride in walking shoes/trainers on cheap platform pedals, and while all slide around a bit (even in the dry) some are much worse than others. However if you mainly use the flats it might be worth getting good platform pedals and swapping to clipless for a long ride.
May
21
comment Why is my electric bike 'clanking' under load?
@CareyGregory is it not a hub motor? And that torque plate sites under the cranks. The bike motors I've seen tend to use a soft start and they cut out on a switch in the brake levers. Starting in throttle mode and stopping pedaling to coast can be a little jerky but nothing major.
May
21
comment Why should you not just buy the chain with more links?
A common Shimano 8-speed chain is often available from the same seller in 114,116,118 and even 120 link lengths, for very similar prices.
May
21
comment Small puncture not repaired even after three attempts, patch leaks every time
When the glue goes bad it dries up. Everything needs to be clean and dry before you start. You should glue a larger area than the size of the patch. I prefer patches with no sticky stuff on them. You shouldn't be able to to rip the patch off by hand because you shouldn't be able to get hold of the edge. Once the patch is on the tube, press it firmly all over. Try again with a new patch, I've had patches that won't take -- maybe I'd got grease or road dirt on them.
May
21
comment Small puncture not repaired even after three attempts, patch leaks every time
I always change the tube on the roadside then fix at home in the warm and dry (punctures always seem to happen in the rain for me). Are you letting the glue dry until tacky? Impatience can easily cause the patch to not sick properly especially on a bit of the tube that's not the first to touch the tyre as you pump it up. Do check also the the cause of the puncture isn't still in the tyre causing a new puncture, and that it didn't go right through the tube making a 2nd hole.
May
20
comment How to select double leg kickstand
@user4035, it's not on ebay, but this is the one, or a slightly newer version, on dutchbikebits
May
20
comment How to select double leg kickstand
I have a double kickstand (similar to link 1 but cheaper) and like it, especially with the baby seat fitted (too top heavy while strapping the baby in for a normal kickstand). The bike has blown over on the kickstand, and is tips over easily if knocked it e.g. with another bike. I also find that even on the slightest slope you have to make the bike face up (or down) hill for it to not just fall over. Some models may allow you to trim the legs down to fix this; on mine the feet don't come off.
May
20
comment Can I use 'normal' shoes/trainers with clipless pedals?
@kaybee99, I can't see that working much better, the shoes would rotate under the strap unless they were rigid enough to do the strap up really tight and grippy. Hiking boots maybe, but not the leather city shoes in the pic.
May
20
comment Can I use 'normal' shoes/trainers with clipless pedals?
I asked a related question recently, and some of the answers there might be of interest, although they don't answer your actual question.
May
20
comment Can I use 'normal' shoes/trainers with clipless pedals?
Clipless to platform I could understand (and would consider buying), but clipless to hard-to-release toe clips looks like just a step backwards and a recipe for falling over when you go to unclip and can't.
May
19
comment How can I learn to take care of an old (70s era) road bike/get it back to working condition?
Brakes, tubes and chain oil should let you try it out. Things like shifting will be horrible (you could treat it as single-speed for the first ride). If the bike doesn't fit you (and road bikes are fussy about fit) there's no point carrying on. But you can assume the brake pads are ruined after a few years, less in a hot attic. If new pads don't stop the bike nicely, cleaning the rims with a solvent (I'd use methylated spirits) might help.
May
18
comment Other than spoke count, is there a strength ratings for wheels?
@Batman or stop just short, lift the front wheel while standing over the top tube, and step forwards pulling the back wheel up the kerb, if you approach at 90degrees. Similarly going down (I'll ride down in places where I won't ride up).
May
17
comment Can I use a road bike for commuting 11 miles each way without SPANDEX
Not usually on a road bike but I used to ride 10 miles each way in clothing chosen only for the conditions - gym gear in the summer, hiking trousers over bike leggings on the coldest winter mornings. It might take some trial and error but go for it on whatever you're comfortable in. Take alternatives at first in case you misjudge it - the extra load is minimal. I didn't find that the riding posture affected my choice of clothing when I borrowed a road bike for the same journey. Never tried jeans on the road bike though - and wouldn't make a habit of them on an upright bike.
May
17
comment Are out of date energy gels bad for you?
Even use-by dates are set cautiously. best-before dates are not only set cautiously but based on any detectable change, not necessarily for the worse, in testing.
May
14
comment Forearm pain during and after cycling
You haven't said what sort of bike but on flat bars you may need to rotate the brakes a little around the handlebars so that your wrists are on a sensible angle.
May
10
comment Calorie burn information is dramatically different between Strava IOS App and Cyclemeter IOS app. Which is more accurate?
For what it's worth I've just tried Strava on my phone for running. It gave me 1.24kcal/km/kg; cardiotrainer gave me 1.03kcal/km/kg over a very similar route. This illustrates some of the variability in my answer, even though it's running not cycling.
May
9
comment What is the point of pedal straps?
Your friend's modified toe clips sound rather like the "half clips" I've seen commercially available.
May
9
accepted Still confused about clipless, walkable shoes and dual-purpose pedals
May
9
comment Grocery Shopping by bike, expanding my cargo options cheaply
I've seen a sack truck modified to something rather like a travoy, which looked great for large items (it had a dismantled small garden shed on it) but wouldn't be up to much for groceries. Does the travoy have any clever way of stacking small bags. Otherwise a kids' trailer modified or otherwise would be better (as well as having a lower centre of gravity).
May
8
comment Still confused about clipless, walkable shoes and dual-purpose pedals
That's another interesting take on it - in my case commuting is when I need acceleration, my other rides tend to be rather more relaxed, so if I'm not going to clip in for commuting I'll just get some better platforms (the bearings aren't great any more but more importantly my feet slide forwards very easily in most shoes).