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bio website about.me/kenhiatt
location Woodinville, WA
age 47
visits member for 3 years, 9 months
seen Jun 24 at 16:56

I'm a bit pusher who occasionally turns a wrench on bikes. I enjoy building and maintaining wheels. My main ride is currently a 2011 Argon-18 Krypton with SRAM Force, Hawk Racing BB, and Hawk Racing Wheels.


Aug
7
revised Why do track cyclers start slow?
Title had minor grammatical.
Aug
6
answered When does a trackstand “officially” ends (or how to measure its duration?)
Aug
6
comment When does a trackstand “officially” ends (or how to measure its duration?)
I do find it interesting when the ref/judge walks up behind to "sprinters" and starts walking with them as the slowly progress.
Aug
6
awarded  Critic
Aug
5
answered when does the pace bike leave in Keirin?
Aug
3
comment Help Me Understand My Bicycle's Gears
Nice Answer! I would add that when I talk with people, especially those new to "these fancy bikes", I try to steer them away from "27 speed", "20 speed", etc and rather to 3x9, 2x10, etc. I think this, mixed with a gear picture (nice ASCII one above BTW), gives a better feel for how the gearing can be used.
Jul
30
comment How do I descend faster on the straightaway?
I'd like to invite the hub skeptics to head up a local hill for some empirical experimentation...I've done this (though not with what I'd call scientific thoroughness) and I'm convinced (as are several elite and near elite athletes in the area). Unfortunately with the web we are scattered to far to make gathering an easy solution. I'll add this though: I personally think there is a marked difference when climbing as well.
Jul
28
comment How do I descend faster on the straightaway?
@ttarchala my buddies and I have done roll tests, get two riders next to each other on two sets of wheels, get moving at moderate (~20 mph) speed next to each other. Roll out and see which bike ends ahead. Then switch as body position, etc affects. Not perfect, but will show which hubs are better...and good hubs will win by big margins. Aero on descent...here you are looking at small wattage (spokes and rim shape) vs big wattage (gravity) and gravity trumps turbulence in this case...IMO.
Jul
28
comment Armor and helmet for ultra-safe commuting (womens size)?
Ditto. Add into that if you are wearing a full face you will not be aware enough of your surroundings. If you are wearing full armor, you will not be nimble enough to ride safely. In most cities you can commute safely on roads, trails, talk to your local bicycle advocates and "test" some of the routes on weekend or non-peak times.
Jul
28
answered How do I descend faster on the straightaway?
Jul
27
comment Padded saddle VS padded shorts
But try to explain to a new rider that "really, the less padded saddle is going to feel better". I suspect lots of people never fully embrace cycling because any long ride on those over-cushioned saddles leaves them with a pain in the butt.
Jul
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What do I need to know when replacing my cassette?
Jul
25
comment Would a military helmet make a safe alternative to a bicycle helmet?
...and the things are dang-awful heavy. Even an inexpensive "skater" (but check for DOT approved) is much better alternative.
Jul
25
comment Jammed Giant brand U-Lock. Unable to insert key
stupid lock tricks...putting the lock in firm contact with something that is vibrating heavily (a running M113 is what comes to mind, but since I'm not in the Army anymore, alternatives must be sought)...then try to work the key in and turn.
Jul
25
answered What do I need to know when replacing my cassette?
Jul
24
answered Bicycle slipping gears on middle sprocket gears 4-7
Jul
24
comment How do you evaluate a wheelset?
Mike's answer has a lot of good stuff (I event +1'd it). But I fundamentally disagree on the most critical aspect of the wheel...I say hubs. Grab a bunch of good wheels, spin them (equally), buy the one that stays spinning the longest. I build wheels and also don't like (absurdly) low spoke counts...I want a wheel that will last. But if it's going to last, I want it to have a hub that will make it a joy to ride.
Jul
21
answered Front wheel inexplicably misaligned
Jul
21
answered Cramping While Riding
Jul
17
comment Is it possible to estimate road grade while riding?
I use the Edge 800 and 500...both do a decent job of giving you the grade. It's not perfect and it's not instant, but it's good enough for use while riding. Both give better (and close match to maps) with the data once loaded into the computer.