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When I'm not bicycling, I'm a Linux SysAdmin. I'm on the board of my local bicycle advocacy group.

Bikes are my primary transportation. A 2009 Surly Long Haul Trucker, set up as a commuter and a 2012 Trek Ion CX. I also take the bus, but do not own a car.

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May
13
comment Should the laws be amended to allow cyclists to run red lights?
The common types of vehicle detection systems can be adjusted to detect a bicycle. When an in-road induction coil is set up very sensitive, however, it will pick up water on the road, so they'll often err on the side of not sensitive enough to pick up a bike. I've contacted the local government (via my local bicycle coalition who has a program for this) and they've fixed a couple intersections (adjusted the sensitivity, tested, and marked the spot your wheels should be at). It's a major safety issue so they should prioritize it.
May
12
answered Are there any cyclocross/road bike rims that I could buy that will fit on my Cannondale F600 mountain bike?
May
12
comment Different tyre width (front and back)
For that matter, you can get away with using a somewhat undersized tube on a larger tire if you're just using it as a spare. It'll run low on air a bit faster than the right sized tube, but probably won't explode or anything like that.
May
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Vegetable oil to oil a bike?
May
9
comment I am about to buy a new bicycle - what should I check before I do so?
I'd agree, except I've never seen any cyclocross bikes available for less than about twice his intended budget.
May
8
accepted Drop handlebars with drops that don't fit. Replace or adjust?
May
7
comment Drop handlebars with drops that don't fit. Replace or adjust?
I think I'm going to try this handlebar rotation thing before I try replacing the handlebars. Cheaper, and easy enough I think I can do it myself.
May
7
comment I am about to buy a new bicycle - what should I check before I do so?
@Neil: Suspension forks seem common near that price range, but definitely not worthwhile full suspension.
May
5
comment Is it possible to loosen or crack the tire when I change a broken tube?
Nice tip! I'll have to try it that way next time.
May
2
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Apr
30
comment Is my pressure gauge broken?
You can't really judge pressure with your fingers/thumbs past maybe 30 psi. Instead, try leaning all your weight onto the saddle and/or handlebars and see how much the tire squishes out. If you think about the physics, your thumb's contact area is about one square inch: how different does it feel lifting 40lbs vs 100 lbs with just that part of your thumb?
Apr
29
revised Drop handlebars with drops that don't fit. Replace or adjust?
added another explanatory picture
Apr
29
asked Drop handlebars with drops that don't fit. Replace or adjust?
Apr
28
comment Summer Reading Recommendation: Bike Touring (Canada)
@sixtyfootersdude: if you disagree you could always post something on meta asking if this question should be wiki and open up a discussion. It's possible for a moderator to un-wiki and we'd be likely to do so if there was a clear strong consensus in favor of that course of action.
Apr
25
comment Why is the rear wheel of my tandem bike skidding?
When does it skid out? Pedaling from a stop? Turning? Stopping? Just pedaling along in a straight line?
Apr
23
comment Which footwear is the safest for summer cycling?
How hot do your summers get? What kind of pedals do you have?
Apr
19
comment How to know a good pump?
Agree on the Lezyne pumps, though they're a bit more expensive than the other pumps. The hose that stows inside the handle is clever, works well, and keeps the most important parts clean.
Apr
15
comment What are the advantages of owning a Unicycle?
@moz Heh. I didn't mean derailer gears. I'd think only an internal would work, since unicylists usually want to be able to pedal backwards. From what I've seen, short unicycles have cranks directly bolted to the wheel, while tall ones are basically like a fixie. 2 cogs and a chain is a "transmission". This also means that in California a penny farthing isn't a bicycle/vehicle.
Apr
14
comment What are the advantages of owning a Unicycle?
Actually, whether or not they're legally a bicycle will depend on the jurisdiction. For instance, under California law a short unicycle isn't a bicycle but a tall unicycle is legally a bicycle (because of the gears).
Apr
13
answered Rack (+ Pannier) for a bike with disc brakes