On 8/21/2021 6:36 PM, Joy Beeson wrote:
> On Sat, 21 Aug 2021 10:53:12 -0400, Frank Krygowski
>> On 8/21/2021 12:05 AM, Joy Beeson wrote:
>>> Friday, 20 August 2021
>>> My objections to running wires through the frame are mostly esthetic,
>>> but I found a practical reason yesterday.
>>> On the Sprawlmart-AWL-Aldi tour, I stopped at the Sprawl3 McDonald's
>>> for a four-bite chicken Happy Meal, with buffalo dipping sauce and
>>> (for a small upcharge) a large glass of unsweetened tea.
>>> I parked under a window through which I could see a vacant table, but
>>> when I sat down, I found that the window was so high off the walkway
>>> that all I could see were my brake cables.
>>> As long as the brake cables didn't move, I knew that nobody had been
>>> messing with my bike.
>> I use these
>> or homemade versions of the same. It's usually sufficient for situations
>> like the one you describe.
> For making the bike visible over a low wall?
Nope. For not having to worry about the bike being hidden behind a low
wall. Snatch and grab thieves would be visible as they tried to figure
out why the bike won't roll.
For making the bike visible behind a low wall, a helium balloon would be
more effective than cables. You can let it extend much higher than brake
cables. And it makes the uphills SO much easier!
> After the discussion of the Stopblock, the blog goes on to praise the
> Flickstand for touring -- I would never tour without fenders; on a
> tour, you haven't got the option of staying home when it rains.
I agree about fenders, which is why I've never used a Flickstand.
- Frank Krygowski