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    Here's an annoying fault -- after 2.5 years my...

    Here's an annoying fault -- after 2.5 years my rear guard has split. It's alloy:

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    My riding is 50/50 smooth road and trail. I'm guessing a genuine Trek guard is expensive so I might try...
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    That's the way they are designed. Properly used...

    That's the way they are designed. Properly used they don't take twice as long as other braking systems to stop; granted, it does take a week or so to adapt to them. They're designed to brake...
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    Thanks for the tip. Much depends on price. ...

    Thanks for the tip. Much depends on price. Unless it's not much more expensive that WD40 I'll stick with that -- an excellent lubricant. Don't listen to the chain lube Nazis who generally have no...
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    Never, or at least extremely rarely. Wastes too...

    Never, or at least extremely rarely. Wastes too much energy. When the teeth stripped I was sitting down and just starting a hill.

    Interestingly the replacement belt is different from the...
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    I can tell you exactly since I track my...

    I can tell you exactly since I track my distances. It's 9,903 KM (6,150 miles).
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    My belt just gave out after 2.5 years. I was...

    My belt just gave out after 2.5 years. I was starting a moderately steep hill seat when all the teeth in contact with the front chainring stripped off. I had to walk home. A replacement belt cost...
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    I had a similar issue starting at about 6 months...

    I had a similar issue starting at about 6 months -- it sounds pretty much identical. In the end I couldn't stand it and tool the bike in for a service. I've written about this in an earlier post...
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    It's not the heatsink that's rattling -- it's the...

    It's not the heatsink that's rattling -- it's the cable linkages. The heatsink does have some flex but it doesnt rattle. There are extensive posts on brake rattles earlier in the thread together...
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    It's the belt slipping - just tighten the belt. ...

    It's the belt slipping - just tighten the belt. But don't overtighten - I did and LBS picked me up on it.

    I've had my Trek Carbon Solo 12 months this week. It's the third bike I've owned over...
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    Over the past 2 months my Trek Carbon Solo...

    Over the past 2 months my Trek Carbon Solo developed a creak/squeak in, I think, the bottom bracket. As well there was a loud once-per-revolution crack from the IGH and a marked tendency to slip in...
  11. No better. All Australian states have compulsory...

    No better. All Australian states have compulsory helmet laws.
  12. Melbourne's $5 million bike scheme a costly flop. Compulsory helmet law to blame.

    Melbourne's shared bicycles are languishing on city streets six months after the scheme's launch. VicRoads figures show an average of 183 trips a day are being made on the 450 blue bikes, which are...
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    A crack when starting off at lights or on an...

    A crack when starting off at lights or on an incline is the belt skipping a cog because it's not tight enough. This happened to me when my Solo was about 4 months old - I put it down to wearing-in...
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    Re changing down - my experience is the same. It...

    Re changing down - my experience is the same. It is rather 'sticky' and I need to back off pedaling slightly to effect the change. My previous bike, also Nexus IGH, was the same.

    Brakes: there...
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    Right here: 176553 You need a 3mm (IIRC)...

    Right here:

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    You need a 3mm (IIRC) Allen key to adjust them.
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    For me the most dangerous thing about cycling in...

    For me the most dangerous thing about cycling in fog is my glasses. They fog over - heavy beads of it -- and are hard to see through. More than once I've pulled them down my nose and gone without...
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    You have to loosen and drop the belt to remove...

    You have to loosen and drop the belt to remove the wheel and replace the tire.

    The belt tension is fairly easy to set -- use the tension screws to push the wheel to the rear, evenly. I use my...
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    My wife has made it plain. Lycra is banned. If...

    My wife has made it plain. Lycra is banned. If I should bring lycra cycling clothes home she will take to them with her dressmaking scissors.
  19. Report: Reflective strips help cyclists at night - press report of Uni study

    The Age
  20. Poll: This is it -- ...

    This is it --

    http://www.amazon.com/Electra-Bicycle-Bell-Chrome-Plated/dp/B001NQ295Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286787084&sr=8-1-fkmr0

    If you don't like clutter this is certainly not the...
  21. Cyclist hit and seriously injured -- by a kangaroo.

    Only in Australia I guess --

    The Australian

    A wallaby is smaller than a kangaroo but could be 2 meters at full stretch; weight, I'm guessing, up to 50kg. That's a nasty whack if it's going at...
  22. Poll: I've had a number of bells -- a loud...

    I've had a number of bells -- a loud 'brrring-brrring' one was great until it got smashed in an accident. Currently I've got a large bell of intended for a cruiser bike -- it's 80mm in diameter so...
  23. Poll: Pretty good for pedestrians with eyes in the back...

    Pretty good for pedestrians with eyes in the back of their heads.
  24. Melbourne's failed bike share scheme -- a solution!

    Click the link and check out the 'helmet'! It's like wearing a Christmas tree bauble. This is no solution. Seems clear the Melbourne's bike share scheme is doomed -- as was predicted from the...
  25. Yes -- hi-viz most of the time and a reflective...

    Yes -- hi-viz most of the time and a reflective tabard for morning rides (it being winter in Australia). Common-sense and survival over fashion for me any day. Exception: rides on bike paths and...
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