Do you ever find yourself in this situation?
You need to know something pertaining to bicycles, something specific like the proper foot pounds of tension for a freewheel or the proper chain stay length for the use of panniers, but there is just no one you can ask. Sure we can bug the three or four people we know who understand bikes back and forth, but do they really have enough time and energy to field all of these questions?
Well you are in
lunch luck; man I’m hungry. Introducing a site called Bicycles.Stackexchange.com! This site is part of a larger collection of sites that I will go into later. Essentially it is a Q&A website dedicated to bicycles where you can ask questions and get meaningful answers. The thing that makes this site different from let’s say Yahoo.Answers is that both questions and answers get up and down voted based on usefulness and compliance with the rules of StackExchange. This ensures that good questions and answers float to the top of the list while bad ones sink down. Couple this with a community that cares about giving good meaningful information and you have a recipe for a smart knowledge base for bicycle questions and answers ranging from the difference between full and fingerless gloves to how to properly calculate wheel diameter.
Bicycles.Stackexchange.com is just a small part of a much bigger network. In their words:
I encourage you guys to log on and share your knowledge with the world. Who knows, maybe you could teach the next Lance Armstrong what clipless pedals are.