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comment I want to weld or braze the pedal to the crank arm, but what metals are they?
Rather than epoxy polyester resin (similar to car body filler) holds a thread better. Probably still a temprorary repair though. Sold in the UK as "plastic padding" or "chemical metal".
22h
comment Carrying Pizza on a Bicycle
I've done this successfully (2 boxes stacked) but you do need a fairly wide flat rack (Topeak Super Tourist worked for me), but I wouldn't like to try it on my current Tortec velocity hybrid until I make some mods). I always carry a metre of 3mm shock cord in my tool kit, with loops tied in the ends - perfect for pizza boxes which are crushed by anything stronger.
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comment How to fix V-brakes
It's just possible that the cable is so slack that the brake sits back against the fork when you release the lever. You might hear something then. With wide rims you could still be able to brake though not very efficiently.
Jul
21
comment The Value of a Chair on a Touring Trip
Having just read this and an answer to another thread showing an extrawheel trailer I reckon it should be possible to build a single wheel trailer in which the majority of the frame can be used to form the legs of a stool. More seriously though a touring frame ought to be strong enough to sit/lean on the top tube, perhaps with your sleeping mat wrapped round it.
Jul
17
comment Does any rental car company offer bike racks?
@Blam my pleasure.
Jul
17
comment Does any rental car company offer bike racks?
@Blam as I said it doesn't even mark the paint. If you were to attempt to follow all the rubbish in the user manuals for the bike and rack you wouldn't be able to find a combination that you were "allowed" to use, so engage brain, and secure the load against theft and movement including of accessories.
Jul
17
comment Does any rental car company offer bike racks?
@Blam yes always. Then you don't forget when you stop. If you're worried put a sleeve round the lock/frame or strap the lock to the bikes so it doesn't move. I have a msaterlock cable lock that cinches tight so acts as an extra strap, and is plastic covered so it doesn't mark the bikes (it really doesn't). Using this is a habit from carrying kayaks where an extra fixing can be of benefit if a strap loosens between stops. My d-lock is also plastic covered and in practice doesn't damage painted alloy when the lock body points down. The bikes in the Q were rentals and may be scuffed anyway.
Jul
17
comment Does any rental car company offer bike racks?
@Blam you should always lock the bikes up. A cable lock to the towing eye (if fitted) on the car is a good idea, and even if not there's often a suitable hole under the car. D-locking the 2-3 bikes together can make removal a time-consuming task (hard to get a straps to undo/cut). Not suitable for overnight use outside a motel perhaps, but fuel/food stops should be no problem.
Jul
4
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Jun
30
comment What is the downside to me purchasing a road bike instead of a hybrid?
It's worth avoiding the hybrids with (front) suspension - the actual suspension is pretty minimal if you ride over a kerb for example but it adds quite a bit of weight and still saps some of your effort if you're standing on the pedals up a hill. A hybrid that fits you well with some components changed to suit you better will let you ride gently all day or a couple of hours at 15mph with only minimal discomfort once you're used to it.
Jun
30
comment What is the downside to me purchasing a road bike instead of a hybrid?
Whatever bike you buy get some almost-smooth kevlar-belted tyres on it - 28 to 35mm wide depending on surfaces is good for commuting.
Jun
30
comment What is the downside to me purchasing a road bike instead of a hybrid?
To flip this answer over a bit, the more upright position of a hybrid can improve visibility in traffic, and unless you're already an experienced road-biker, stop-start riding with cars close by isn't the time to get used to transferring between handlebar positions - when I tried my commute by road bike I ended up on the hoods almost all the time for both these reasons - and the improved aerodynamics are more important on an open road.
Jun
30
comment Does it make you safer to use lights during the day?
@Bernhard they don't vary the product internationally, only the packaging, and features sell, hence the proliferation of rear lights with effects more suited to a christmas tree (when from any distance it's just 1 LED on, it doesn't make any difference which LED)
Jun
30
comment Does it make you safer to use lights during the day?
The very bright flashing mode can be dazzling even during the day if they're close enough - look out for one coming towards you on a cycle path or test it with yours.
Jun
30
comment Does it make you safer to use lights during the day?
@nhinkle flashing lights can show up pretty well even on small primary cells, especially on a dull day. That said I tend to put my rear/side helmet light (Lithium-Ion mod) on first if it's not actually dark.
Jun
28
comment Is it worth it to get a bike computer with cadence?
And it might be better to buy the more expensive model now than buy 2 if you decide you want it later.
Jun
25
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Jun
24
comment Is it worth it to buy a bike that comes with puncture resistant tires, or add them later?
Wear vs punctures depends heavily on riding conditions if you do a couple of miles of cycle lanes next to busy roads you will essentially never wear out a set of tyres but get frequent punctures. So in these conditions either fit them as soon as you're happy that the bike is set up right, or get them fitted either at the time of purchase or at the first service.
Jun
24
comment How to correctly align “to see” bicycle lights?
It's a nice method, but you might want to check them against wing mirrors as well -- if you're passing a lien of parked cars you don't particularly want to dazzle one who's thinking about changing lanes.
Jun
19
comment How to keep a huge cargo bike safe in the city?
That all sounds good. I wasn't advocating modifying the patio, just obtaining something that might be rather hard to shift if you have to remove it -- something like this: amazon.co.uk/Sturdi-25KG-Concrete-Parasol-Base/dp/B004VQOWCG with the sort of bolt sold for attaching to your garage floor for lockoing a bike to.