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    That is very cool!

    That is very cool!
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    From toe clips to fancy platforms

    My commuter bike started with crappy platform pedals; I learned the ropes with them.

    Then I got a Brompton, whose platform pedals are reasonably grippy - the edge is sharp and grabs well onto...
  3. Those sound fun :) There are just a few sections...

    Those sound fun :) There are just a few sections like that over here, the kind that if you pace yourself just right, you can cover an uphill with the impulse from the previous downhill.

    My...
  4. Machka, thanks for posting this. Per your...

    Machka, thanks for posting this. Per your calculations, I now have a way to estimate the hilliness of my area. I was feeling bad about not being able to do rides past 50 Km. It turns out that a)...
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    Did a real test today - with the 39T chainring,...

    Did a real test today - with the 39T chainring, the bike rides *GREAT*. It's going to be a much more useful bike this way, in this hilly town. I heartily recommend it to anyone who lives in a...
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    So I took the plunge and got a 39T chainring. It...

    So I took the plunge and got a 39T chainring. It did feel great on the one short uphill I tested it on - need to do a real test!

    At first I didn't shorten the chain. The derailer took up the...
  7. FWIW:...

    FWIW: https://girlpartsblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/mechanical-advantage-in-braking-free-body-diagrams/
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    Helping out another commuter

    Today as I was nearing my last stretch towards home, I saw a young guy fiddling with his rear derailer. It turns out the upper pulley had fallen off; the screw had unscrewed itself. He had no...
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    Wow, down to 39T? Now we are talking! I just...

    Wow, down to 39T? Now we are talking!

    I just ran the numbers and this would give me roughly the same development as the middle-ring/big-sprocket combination on my big bike, which is as low as I...
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    Brompton, 50t chainring vs 44t

    I know how to calculate gear ratios and development-in-meters and all that, but I'm aware that the same development on different bikes feels... different.

    So, has anyone ridden the same Brompton...
  11. Sure thing - Mojave Water Bottle Cage - Water...

    Sure thing - Mojave Water Bottle Cage - Water Bottles & Cages - Accessories

    A friend recommended that Topeak, but I could never find it here. Eventually gave up and ordered the VO.
  12. Bottle cage for 40 oz Klean Kanteen - found it!

    It turns out that Velo Orange recently started making a wire bottle cage for the 40 oz Klean Kanteens. I got one and it's soooooo goooood.

    Now my saddlebag won't sag so much from carrying my...
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    Snack solution for long commutes

    Meet Tomatan, a wearable robot that feeds you tomatoes as you run

    I wonder if it is rack-mountable.
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    Things you've lost on your commute

    We have the ever-entertaining thread on strange things found on your commute.

    But do we have a thread on things people have *lost* while riding?

    Yesterday I stopped while riding, took off the...
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    Thanks to everyone for the recommendations. I...

    Thanks to everyone for the recommendations. I will try to eat more frequently.

    Since Up North and tarwheel asked - I'm 38 years old, 1.80m tall, and weigh 68 Kg (about 5' 11", 150 pounds, I...
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    Trouble getting past 50 Km

    I live in a hilly area. I've found it very hard to ride past around 50 Km, and I'm suspecting that I'm not eating correctly during my rides.

    Yesterday I did a 48 Km ride, and Strava says it was...
  17. I ride in 35C weather, 100% humidity in the...

    I ride in 35C weather, 100% humidity in the summer. What works for me is water with lemon, sugar, and a little bit of salt - and a long-sleeved shirt, and a hat. The shirt was a revelation - it...
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    I find the rear rack very useful, because I do...

    I find the rear rack very useful, because I do like to hang my (big) backpack from the saddle's rails and have it rest on the rack. Also I like the little wheels on the rack - they make it...
  19. Thanks! So it seems that there shouldn't be...

    Thanks! So it seems that there shouldn't be problems if the tube isn't wrinkled upon itself. I think I managed that :)
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    Go for slick tyres as wide as you can. You can...

    Go for slick tyres as wide as you can. You can then use a lower pressure for a comfortable ride. I have 26x1.5 and they are great for pavement and semi-packed earth; I'd like something a bit wider...
  21. Wider than usual tube - anything to be aware of?

    My Brompton has 16" wheels, and came with 1 3/8" wide tubes. I've been having trouble finding that tube size locally. My original tubes are already quite patched, so I want to replace them.

    I...
  22. This is great, thanks!

    This is great, thanks!
  23. Which wire cage for a 40 oz Klean Kanteen?

    I have a 40 oz Klean Kanteen bottle, and it doesn't fit "normal" bottle cages.

    I know Klean Kanteen themselves sell a suitable cage, but it seems to be velcro-ed around the bike's frame, rather...
  24. Thanks for the replies, everyone. The Sheldon...

    Thanks for the replies, everyone. The Sheldon Brown page on tire tread is certainly interesting.
  25. When to switch from slick tires to knobby ones

    Last year I switched from knobbies to slicks, and it was a revelation. Smooth, quiet ride, feeling like you are on rails, etc.

    Recently, I've been exploring unpaved roads and rural tracks, in...
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