Let's have a good discussion about the "great streetcar conspiracy" or the "great streetcar myth" or whatever you call it. I'll start with this http://marketurbanism.com/2010/09/23/the-great-american-streetcar-myth/
>>946928 People on those things do the craziest shit. It's usually some dumb bitch with a purse dog hanging from one handlebar and her helmet hanging from the other, trying to text and do her nails at the same time while riding the wrong way on a one-way street and swerving all over the place.
The only thing I like about them is that they serve as a traffic calming tool to keep the cagers under control.
>>946928 Used them when I spent 3 months in Paris, promptly decided they were awesome.
Why? Because I come from a city where cycling is thought of as a low-speed, family-friendly leisure activity that takes place in congested parks on weekends, and all cycling 'infrastructure' and policy was designed with that in mind.
As a vaguely interesting aside, a friend of mine is friends with the sort of highly-educated folk that run policy thinktanks here. Their big idea for getting people to adopt bicycle commuting?... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Because we inconvenience them slightly when they have to over take us? Because they are fat and unfit and jealous of us? Because we remind them how pathetic they are for needing a two ton cage for short commutes?
>>944509 My front brake (no rear) is mounted on my right hand barend, flipped so the lever is forward. Similar to what is in the pic only on more of a forward bullhorn type of setup instead of a swept back style
>I'm sitting in traffic on a two-lane highway >it's about to merge into one lane >everyone politely waiting in right lane >asshole comes flying through the left lane >I inch out into the middle of both lanes so that he can't pass the line of people waiting >he slows down but goes to the left intending to go around me >I pull directly out into... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The general rule in a rear-end is that the driver of the car behind is always at fault, as they didn't stop in time. That means they were either not paying attention and failed to break, or travelling too fast to stop in time. In this particular instance the latter would seem to apply.
So for the summer I'm looking to build up baby's first (decent)roadu racu and I'm looking at groupsets.
I'm thinking of putting the new 4700 set on an older road frame and use it for commuting/light/medium/sanic riding but I'm not sure if I should pull the trigger or just keep my cock in my pants and save for 105.
Give it to me straight /n/, does weight matter aside from hills and acceleration/braking? It shouldn't matter for riding on flat ground, since you aren't trying to change speed or elevation, what matters then should be rolling resistance and aerodynamics. Why do people spend a lot to shave grams off bikes?
A heavier rider at the same height generally means they're stronger (unless they're just fat) so the increased strength helps to offset the extra weight for climbing and accelerating, however if you're larger you could have more aerodynamic drag. Extra weight on a bike doesn't necessarily contribute anything (can sometimes be greater strength, better aerodynamics, or greater efficiency due to being stiffer) so dropping weight there may be better than dropping rider weight (unless they're fat).
In addition to climbing and accelerating less weight... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Braking does affect how fast you go can on the downhills. The faster you can brake before a corner, the more time you spend at higher speed. Being heavier will also decrease your cornering limits somewhat, although you do have a higher top speed, all else being equal.
what does /n/ think of my modz? I bought 2 big ass Polish surplus bags off of ebay for ~$30 and clipped them together to use as panniers for groceries and shit. I used gardening mesh to keep the bags out of the wheels and chain. It works well, I just wish it looked better. I can haul a lot of weight now.
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