Johnny
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Cantilever brakes gets very weak if it rains
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I think your transverse cable has got too great of an angle, and you can adjust it to provide more powerful braking force. Much of the mechanical advantage of cantilever brakes comes from the "yoke ...

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Are quick-change pedals a thing?
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On my commute bike, I use 2 sided combo pedals with SPD+platforms on both sides like these PD-M424 SPD Dual Platform Pedals I've tried using clip-on SPD platforms with regular SPD's, and found that ...

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Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?
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10 votes

I don't think so - I've ridden over 1/4 mile stretches of freshly poured asphalt with no apparent damage to my tires. The asphalt is around 300 degrees F when it leaves the plant, but it will have ...

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How do you lock up your bike trailer?
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I have a Burley pet/cargo trailer and when I take it to the store, I use a long (~ 3 meter) cable with a loop on the ends. I loop the one end around itself on one wheel, loop it around the hitch bar, ...

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Protecting bike attachments such as lights against theft
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Fortified Bike sells bike lights that are designed to be theft resistant. They're made of heavy aluminum and use security screws so most thieves won't have the proper tool to unscrew it. The also ...

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How do you ride on a road that doesn't have a bicycle lane?
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8 votes

I'd ride in the road before riding on the sidewalk just for the reasons you mentioned -- cars pulling out of driveways, pedestrians, etc. Note that sidewalk laws for bikes are generally up to local ...

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Trying to figure out the brand of full suspension mountain bike
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It looks a lot like this Walmart Genesis V2900 bike with the decals removed.

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Chain lube that won't repaint my legs?
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I've used a wax based lube on my commute bike for years and it does a pretty good job of lubricating the chain without leaving a mark on my legs or clothes. I use White Lightning Clean Ride, but there ...

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What options do I have to charge my GPS and Phone using a dynamo hub?
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Here's one option: http://h1987995.stratoserver.net/magento/supernova-the-plug-ii-plus-usb-dynamolader.html SUPERNOVA The Plug II Plus USB power supply Transforms dynamo AC to exact USB spec. DC 5V,...

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Need Help IDing SPD Pedal
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Looks like a pair of Forté Carve pedals. Forté is a house brand of Performance Bicycles. I checked their website, but this particular model of pedal doesn't appear to be available any longer. (photo ...

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Is there a guide available for determining pedal/cleat combinations?
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4 votes

Those look like Shimano mountain SPD PD-M545 pedals: Looks like a pretty good match to the picture on the Shimano site, but if you don't see a Shimano logo on them, they could be third party ...

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Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?
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Most (all?) airliner holds are pressurized and nearly all are heated, at least above freezing if not to cabin temperature, so I wouldn't expect any particular problems. The atmospheric pressure at sea ...

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Hitch for a cart for braking
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This site describes a prototype flexible hitch for pulling carts that includes an automatic braking system. It describes using a spring loaded rod inside an outer tube, with a segment of brake cable ...

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Clipless Pedal - Flat Attachment
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4 votes

I've used platforms similar to this one: http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=22313&category=1669 But after looking around a bit, I saw this product, which looks a ...

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Drafting in small triathlon
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Even if your local triathlon is not USAT certified, it's likely that they follow the same general rules. The only way to be sure is to ask the race director (if they haven't already published their ...

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How safe are helmet- or glasses-mounted mirrors?
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I use an eyeglass mounted mirror (I use the "Take a look" mirror, I highly recommend it), and the only time I was in an accident with it, it popped off my glasses without gouging me in the eye. Any up/...

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Front light that "pulses"
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The only manufacturer I know of that has this feature (a steady light with a brighter flash) is Cygolite. They call it "Steadypulse" (and describe it as "alerts night time motorists with pulses while ...

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What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
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Biking in the dark isn't as scary as biking at dawn/dusk When I first started bike commuting and the sun got low in the sky in the evenings, I'd leave work and try to get home before the sun went ...

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Spray new bike with teflon to repel dirt and moisture?
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Back when I had a shiny new bike, I used to use car wax on the frame to keep the paint shiny, and at the time I thought it made cleanup easier because I could simply rinse the frame with a little ...

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Making your cycling gear smell less post ride
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I've always had that problem with synthetic fabrics -- over time they take on odors that are hard to remove and become more pronounced when sweaty (i.e. after riding to work and sitting in a locker/...

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Why did both of my inner tubes blow out on a new bike I've only put 4 hours on?
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I'll take the contrary opinion that high temperatures won't increase tire pressure enough to blow the tire. Using the Ideal Gas Law PV=nRT and solving for pressure: P=nRT/V. Since n, R, and V are ...

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Multimodal - Packing a bike for a trip with several different transport stages
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Check with your air carrier, they may refuse liability for any bike not packed in a cardboard or hard sided bike case, which may limit your options, assuming that's something you care about: https://...

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Ride with someone who is less trained
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Back when I was doing long training rides and my wife liked to do 30km mile fun rides, I did my long ride with training partners and she biked the 10 or 15km to meet me somewhere for lunch, then we ...

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How to protect myself when falling off the bicycle
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Fortunately I haven't had much practical experience with falling, but I'd always been told to stay clipped in, hold on to the handlebars and land on your side. In my single bike accident I did this ...

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My bike key is broken off inside the lock
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If you own a hacksaw but don't own bolt cutters, it only takes a few minutes to cut through the cable with a hacksaw. Just grip the cable with a pair of pliers, then use the hacksaw to cut the cable ...

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Ideal pants for bicycle commuting the rain
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I use cheap water resistant nylon pants, then use Nikwax wash-in waterproofing to make them more waterproof. They are still relatively breathable, and I stay dry beneath. I have a pair of cycling ...

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Waterproof spray or waterproof pannier cover?
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For my commuter pannier, I use both wash-in waterproofing and a cove. In light rain or if it starts to rain when I'm almost at the office, the spray-on waterproofing keeps things dry enough. But in ...

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