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06-08-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,755
Posted By asmac

The case for bike lanes

Good economic arguments in favor of bike lanes.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/biking-lanes-business-health-1.5165954
12-13-18, 05:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,114
Posted By asmac

Grinder bike thefts can be very fast

Video of a grinder bike theft. Eight seconds, two streaks of light and it's gone. I wish news reports would give some information regarding the type of lock -- that would be helpful.
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12-09-18, 08:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 315
Posted By asmac

Bikes for refugee children

Nice story concerning a young Yazidi who's trying to provide bikes to other refugee children. He says his bike stands for freedom....
08-19-18, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By asmac

I believe that tubeless ready tires have a...

I believe that tubeless ready tires have a compound that resists air loss. Tubed tires don't have that issue. Some day I'll get proper tubeless rims but am so far using tubeless ready tires (Schwalbe...
08-19-18, 04:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 775
Posted By asmac

Here I thought it was a New York thing. Amazing...

Here I thought it was a New York thing. Amazing the difference an apostrophe makes.
08-19-18, 04:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 736
Posted By asmac

I drive there and I bike there. This is a badly...

I drive there and I bike there. This is a badly conceived and badly executed bit of infrastructure. And not very well used either. Almost as if it's designed to annoy the greatest number of people....
08-19-18, 04:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,988
Posted By asmac

Back when men were men.

Back when men were men.
08-19-18, 07:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,988
Posted By asmac

NZ politician cycles to hospital to give birth

It was an electric bike but still...
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45238768
08-17-18, 06:26 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 15,821
Posted By asmac

It depends on the disc brakes. I had BB5s and...

It depends on the disc brakes. I had BB5s and they were a pain to adjust and a constant source of annoyance. I've hat Shimano XTs for about seven years and they are wonderful. Trouble-free except for...
08-12-18, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By asmac

I'm not really sure how I cleaned this chain last...

I'm not really sure how I cleaned this chain last year. I am out of "green" degreaser and will replace it with a petroleum-based product. I normally soak the cleaned chains in chain oil until I need...
08-12-18, 06:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 588
Posted By asmac

Tubeless rims are a great idea but not currently...

Tubeless rims are a great idea but not currently in the budget. I will try the suggested leak-detection methods and replace the entire valve when the opportunity presents. In the meantime, I remain...
08-12-18, 06:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 715
Posted By asmac

Glad I resisted the sales pitch. I'll stick with...

Glad I resisted the sales pitch. I'll stick with the $2 version.
08-10-18, 10:16 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,061
Posted By asmac

I don't think it's rude if it speeds things up by...

I don't think it's rude if it speeds things up by allowing bikes to go two at a time and clear the intersection quicker as they all fall back into a single line afrap. It seem ridiculous to have 15...
08-10-18, 05:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,039
Posted By asmac

That makes a big difference.

That makes a big difference.
08-10-18, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By asmac

I don't think so but it's possible. I'll be sure...

I don't think so but it's possible. I'll be sure not to do that in future. Thanks for the heads up.
08-10-18, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By asmac

Chain breakage

I normally buy three chains (SRAM 9 speed) and a cassette and rotate the chains until they are all worn. I had never broken a chain until the other day when it snapped as I was grinding uphill,...
08-10-18, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 715
Posted By asmac

Shifter cables

I have always used bulk cables for my XT shifters (about $2, "prestretched" stainless cable) but recently got a sales pitch for coated brand-name shifter cables (about $12) which, I was told, will...
08-10-18, 08:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 588
Posted By asmac

Very slow tubeless leak won't seal

After more than a year of tubeless bliss -- no issues -- I have encountered a persistent very small leak that simply won't seal. I can ride all day but the tire will have gone down from 60 psi to 40...
05-31-18, 11:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,504
Posted By asmac

I think I'll continue to rely on good luck,...

I think I'll continue to rely on good luck, reasonable preparation (i.e. making noise and keeping food away from a tent) and bear spray. Bear attacks are not very common for hikers let alone cyclists...
05-30-18, 12:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,504
Posted By asmac

Good tip but as someone else pointed out that...

Good tip but as someone else pointed out that would be difficult in much of North America. I've spent a lot of time camping and canoeing in 'bear country' and have never come across one. My father...
05-28-18, 12:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,504
Posted By asmac

If the internet is to be believed, male cougars...

If the internet is to be believed, male cougars can be 220 lbs and 8 feet long. Some house cat!

Re the bear thing, I believe you should puff yourself up for grizzlies and play dead for black...
05-05-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,028
Posted By asmac

That can be an issue. I got this cheap steel...

That can be an issue. I got this cheap steel Thule -- Thule 990XT Doubletrack (http://www.hitchcity.com/ecommerce/bike-racks-cargo-boxes/2-bikes/thule-990xt-doubletrack.html) -- that clamps the...
05-05-18, 05:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,435
Posted By asmac

I have one and use it for short term, reasonably...

I have one and use it for short term, reasonably low-risk lock-ups. Unfortunately they are not terribly thief-resistant. There is a video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs8uyPsDaw0 -- of these...
05-01-18, 10:36 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,804
Posted By asmac

I'm sorry I misjudged you.

I'm sorry I misjudged you.
05-01-18, 04:27 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,804
Posted By asmac

As a Canadian, I know a true 'sorry' when I see...

As a Canadian, I know a true 'sorry' when I see one. Sorry to say, this is not it.
04-27-18, 02:20 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,062
Posted By asmac

So, if I ride alongside and grab the axle of a...

So, if I ride alongside and grab the axle of a wheel that's rolling downhill at 20 mph so there is suddenly no contact patch touching the ground, the velocity or "speed" of what was the contact patch...
04-27-18, 08:39 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,062
Posted By asmac

Of course it is. It moves 1/4 inch in a...

Of course it is. It moves 1/4 inch in a millisecond. The "contact patch" is constantly changing.
04-27-18, 08:13 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,062
Posted By asmac

Looking up "brakes" on Wikipedia tells me that: ...

Looking up "brakes" on Wikipedia tells me that:
1. "Braking Power" refers to the relationship between the force you put in and the resulting braking force. To get the same effect as cable-actuated...
04-26-18, 09:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,041
Posted By asmac

I just use a long Kryptonite cable that passes...

I just use a long Kryptonite cable that passes through a variety of garden equipment and bicycles and is closed with a u-lock. I think it's enough to deter your typical garage thief and that there's...
04-26-18, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,867
Posted By asmac

Not so. I have converted Dyad...

Not so. I have converted Dyad "non-tubeless-ready" rims to tubeless with no problem and mounted "tubeless-ready" Schwalbe Almotions on them. There's a bit of leakage when the tires are first mounted...
04-24-18, 04:44 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,062
Posted By asmac

Those are called hoops. You have hoop brakes.

Those are called hoops. You have hoop brakes.
04-23-18, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,372
Posted By asmac

Unusual traffic hazard for cyclist

A cycling hazard or a way to safely cross the road:
http://news.shareably.net/elephant-crossing-bike/?utm_source=fb_ads&utm_campaign=con-elephant-crossing-bike-15472490-102835772&utm_medium=facebook
04-21-18, 11:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,694
Posted By asmac

This is impressive

OK, she may be riding a trike and may have recently treated herself to a motor but this is nonetheless an impressive feat of utility cycling: BBC - Capital - 'I hadn't been home for three years': One...
04-20-18, 07:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,575
Posted By asmac

Close to the water, 2 narrow lanes, no shoulders,...

Close to the water, 2 narrow lanes, no shoulders, pot holes, 60 mph speed limit, speeding vehicles, large trucks. What's not to love?
04-13-18, 07:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,269
Posted By asmac

Interesting that it's an 11-year-old thread... I...

Interesting that it's an 11-year-old thread... I hadn't noticed that and I expect it makes you a tubeless pioneer.
I hadn't come across the integrated valve/tape combos you describe and it sounds...
04-11-18, 09:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,480
Posted By asmac

There is no exact technical answer re tire...

There is no exact technical answer re tire pressure. Within reasonable limits, it depends on tire size, weight carried, road/trail surface and rider preferences. As I said, tubeless permits lower...
04-11-18, 06:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,480
Posted By asmac

I've been riding Schwalbe Almotion 700/38...

I've been riding Schwalbe Almotion 700/38 tubeless for about a year using much lower pressures than before. Though I qualify as a superclyde and often carry touring loads I now ride at about 60lb in...
04-10-18, 10:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,006
Posted By asmac

MUP signage

What is the best (or worst) MUP signage you've see? This is my favourite. It makes the point in a reasonably friendly manner without listing meaningless, unenforceable or unenforced rules. IMHO this...
04-05-18, 10:08 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,993
Posted By asmac

I have never heard of a Canadian government...

I have never heard of a Canadian government medicare system suing someone to recover the costs of providing treatment. I presume he was suing to cover the cost of uninsured services such as rehab or...
04-05-18, 10:00 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,518
Posted By asmac

If you have your own insurance (automobile or...

If you have your own insurance (automobile or home) I suggest making a claim with them first. They are more than happy, in my experience, to work things out with the other party's insurance company...
04-05-18, 08:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,269
Posted By asmac

Whatever turns your crank. My experience is...

Whatever turns your crank. My experience is otherwise.
04-05-18, 06:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,269
Posted By asmac

I don't see how that would make much difference...

I don't see how that would make much difference as tubeless valves generally have a rubber section that locates the opening well above the level of the rim. Such as these: 605965
04-04-18, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,787
Posted By asmac

OK, I don't know who's right here but MIT seems...

OK, I don't know who's right here but MIT seems to support the idea that aluminum destroys grinding wheels: Grinding Aluminum (http://web.mit.edu/course/other/machineshop/Grinder/aluminum.html)...
04-03-18, 12:11 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 16,466
Posted By asmac

"On your left" is a bike thing and generally...

"On your left" is a bike thing and generally meaningless and/or confusing to other trail users. I agree that audible warnings are only useful insofar as people can hear them and many people -- my...
04-02-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,368
Posted By asmac

It sounds like you might want something similar...

It sounds like you might want something similar to "light touring" or "adventure" bikes built by Salsa, mostly of steel. The Marrakesh is interesting insofar as it has flat and drop bar variants with...
04-01-18, 02:10 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,993
Posted By asmac

You keep repeating yourself. Odd since what I...

You keep repeating yourself. Odd since what I wrote is pretty much exactly what the article says. I could even be accused of plagiarism. What is it that you object to?
03-30-18, 05:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,787
Posted By asmac

Like I said, I'm not an engineer. I was under the...

Like I said, I'm not an engineer. I was under the impression (that you have corrected) that soft metals such as aluminum would clog up and even break a grinding wheel.
03-30-18, 03:32 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,993
Posted By asmac

10-year-old cyclist off the legal hook after jogger runs into rear wheel

The jogger was injured when he ran into the girl's rear wheel when she and her friends were riding three-abreast against traffic.


Kamloops man sues 10-year-old girl after jogging into her bike |...
03-30-18, 03:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,787
Posted By asmac

Sadly I'm not an engineer but I wish someone who...

Sadly I'm not an engineer but I wish someone who is would come up with a lock that provided a layer of aluminum over a hardened steel core. Would that not be impervious to most everything, including...
03-24-18, 06:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,777
Posted By asmac

Sorry to rain on your parade but this was the...

Sorry to rain on your parade but this was the result of pure, unbridled capitalist zeal. There is now an effort to regulate this industry as top players have gone broke....
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