Drew Stephens
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Safety guidelines for cycling in traffic
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A lot of cyclists promote vehicular cycling in which you act just like a car, obeying all of the rules of the road. This includes respecting all stop signs & lights, travelling in the same ...

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What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?
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Minimally, you want to be able to tighten all of the bolts on your bike (likely a few hex keys will do this) and an appropriate screwdriver for adjusting derailer & brake pulls. Separate from a ...

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What to wear when it's cold?
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I have a continuum of clothes that I add on as the weather gets colder. During the summer, I ride like you do with shorts and a t-shirt. As things cool of a little bit, down below 60F/15C, I'll put ...

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Which states or countries have stop-sign-as-yield laws for bicyclists (Idaho stop law)?
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Idaho passed their law in 1982 and it was brought up in the Oregon legislature but failed to win enough support to be passed. California and Montana have considered adopting similar laws, but they ...

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Different kinds of Handlebars
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Bullhorn Handlebars (Sheldon Brown calls the Cowhorn bars, although I've never heard that term elsewhere. AKA combination bars.) These can sometimes be found at the local bike dump cheaply. Some find ...

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How do I align a wheel?
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First, replace the missing spokes with properly sized spokes. Next, on the drive side of a rear wheel with derailleur gears you will need to remove the cassette, insert the new spoke(s), then ...

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How do I calculate spoke length?
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The basic arrangement for cross-laced spokes is thus: Spoke Length = sqrt[ (RRSP - (HSR * cos(SAA)))^2 + HFO^2 - (HSR * cos(SAA))^2 ] For radial (straight) spokes, the formula is simpler: Spoke ...

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How do I make sure my bike's the proper size?
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While in the saddle, your feet should not touch the ground and your leg should be almost completely extended at the bottom of the pedal stroke. You ought to be able to straddle the top tube fairly ...

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How to make studded tires
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ICEBIKE has a good page describing studded tires, including how to make your own. The basic process is as you describe: drive screws from the inside of the tire and cover them with something to ...

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Does this chainring need to be replaced?
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Judging by Sheldon's Guide, it definitely looks like you are in need of a new chainring. Your middle and larger sprockets in particular look like they have taken on a significant ramp-like profile, ...

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Using a ski helmet for winter biking
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While a bike helmet may be better suited for crashing on a very hard surface (tarmac, concrete), skiing helmets are presumably well suited to handling an impact against the vertical things skiers hit (...

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How to carry skis on a bike?
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Here's a DIY solution, adding a vertical ski tube to your rack

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How to clean out the inside threads of a braze-on?
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I think your best bet will be an appropriate diameter brass thread cleaning brush: Amazon sells a few options, but a local hardware store will probably have more options.

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What is safer...coaster brakes, rim brakes, or fixed gear braking?
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Regular brakes—two hand levers, one for front and one for rear—are certainly the safest because they provide two independent means of stopping in a very controlled fashion. If one of your brakes fail,...

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How to carry a concealed firearm on a bike?
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I have a Bike Nashbar frame pack that would definitely fit a compact frame handgun:

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How can I charge my phone while cycling?
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You might look at just upgrading your current approach—a lithium battery based cell phone charger (like the popular New Trent ones) generally go a lot further than AA based ones.

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Ride with someone who is less trained
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I come mainly from CrossFit, where we get everyone working out at the same time, with the same intensity level by scaling the difficulty of what we do. For weighted movements, that means more weight, ...

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If I'm riding on the road, and there is a red light but a walk signal in my direction, should I go?
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I don't pay attention to walk signals, but if I know the way a particular light's cycle works, I will indeed go through when it's red. In California we have a lot of protected left turns, where the ...

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For a long (25mile each way) commute, what kind of bike should I look at?
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A lot of manufacturers sell something like a road bike without drop handlebars—variously categorized as urban, city, or touring. I have a Marin Alp Series that has flat handlebars, with some short ...

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How to lubricate noisy joint on Dahon foldable bike?
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For similar things on cars I use white lithium grease (e.g. this stuff on Amazon)—it is a good lubricant and sticks around the joint that you apply it to. Any similar thick grease should work for ...

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How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
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If the bike has an aluminum frame, then the things to worry about are the steel parts: gears, chain, cables, and fasteners (bolts and such). All of these things will readily rust if exposed to ...

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How can I make my bike (and myself) visible at night?
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I have flashers front and rear going any time that I'm near dusk. Once the sun is completely down, I make sure to have my helmet light as well, a NitRider MiNewt: The little thing is super bright, ...

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Off road lights
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I only ride on the street, but I use a Nite Rider MiNewt on my helmet, which gives great visibility of the road ahead. For off-road riding you will want significantly more light, but I still think ...

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What are the benefits of nickel-plated chains?
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In the gun world, companies will coat the reciprocating parts (mainly the bolt) with nickel-boron to reduce friction, going so far as to claim that you don't need lubricant.

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How to tighten a brake?
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You can probably used the barrel adjuster near the brake lever itself to take up some slack in the cable. While looking from the cable towards the brake lever, turn the barrel adjuster counter-...

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