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I'm an experienced bike commuter and touring cyclist. I have passions for folding bikes, drawing and painting, and playing my guitars. I'm often seen hauling groceries with or taking photos from my bike. I'm also a musician, and my band also has released a couple of albums.

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Sep
14
revised What is the best way to calculate my maximum heart rate?
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Sep
14
comment What is the best way to calculate my maximum heart rate?
@freiheit: I just noticed this one now. I would have agreed, this is off-topic as it's not specifically bike-related, but the question has been answered.
Sep
14
revised V-Brake pads for wet conditions
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Sep
14
revised Is listening to music dangerous while cycling?
Added "headphones" tag
Sep
14
comment How to tighten a brake?
I would add, be careful not to get any oil on the brake pads or the rim of the wheel. (It seems obvious that this would be a terrible idea, but I was once advised to put oil on the rim to fix a squeaky brake -- no, really!)
Sep
14
comment New, cheap mountain bike: What's most likely to break?
I'd like to reiterate that this question can't really be answered in its current form. It is a fascinating question, and I'd love to see a proper breakdown of what's likely to break first, rather than a discussion-post-style followup on your part of what did happen, or just open speculation. Can you please give us more detail about the bike? (The suspension fork is a step in the right direction, thanks!)
Sep
14
comment How can I look unsafe to a car driver but be safe
My gut feeling is that drivers think something like "That cyclist has a helmet on... since there's a skilled cyclist involved, I can pass more closely." I suspect that's an oversimplification, though.
Sep
14
comment How can I look unsafe to a car driver but be safe
@Jack M., @studiohack: I'm very much on the side of safer cycling in this, but there's very little in the way of firm data on either side of this. I'd very much like to see some proper studies with this startling finding.
Sep
14
comment How can I repair a tyre with a deep cut?
I used a power bar wrapper once, it held for a few hours' riding until I could get to a shop for a new tire. I wasn't aware they made more permanent ones, but I'm not surprised.
Sep
14
comment Will stretching make me slower?
If you're not going to pick a single answer (there may not be one) please consider making this community wiki. Great question, BTW!
Sep
14
comment Are there any recumbent tricycles that can be transported with a normal car?
Is there any further information you'll need for a proper answer to this?
Sep
14
answered How can I look unsafe to a car driver but be safe
Sep
13
comment Why does my rear derailleur keep breaking?
@Drew Stephens, @Dog Ears: Is the "mechanical" tag we've adopted going to imply deraileur-only to folks in England?
Sep
12
revised Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts
added 42 characters in body
Sep
12
comment Looking for recommendations for a folding tricycle
@Tim: It needs to fold so the user can fit it in her apartment and in the trunk/back seat of her car.
Sep
12
revised Where can I get a basic toolkit for bicycle - Walmart etc?
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Sep
12
comment Where can I get a basic toolkit for bicycle - Walmart etc?
The Park multitool is quite good. I have their MTB-3 rescue tool. It splits into two pieces, so is less unwieldy to work with. (There's a Topeak tool that locks open, a great feature, but I could never justify buying one.)
Sep
11
revised How to tighten a brake?
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Sep
11
comment How to tighten a brake?
Dana is correct, but a picture of your brakes and levers would also do.
Sep
11
comment What are the most effective methods of bicycling advocacy?
Are you asking about good methods for advocacy, or what advocacy groups are the most effective or worthy?