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location Woodinville, WA
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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.


Jul
12
answered Handlebars for an upright seated position
Jul
11
comment What is the trick to riding on sand?
I'll leave this to the more experienced sand riders, but my limited experience shows that the inverse of my instinct works...when you hit the sand, go faster.
Jul
11
answered Relationship between punctures and tube pressure
Jul
10
answered Difference between “Track Frame set” and a “TimeTrial/Triathalon frame set”
Jul
6
comment Should I listen to music when I bike?
I should have mentioned that very few of the folks on the internet like the "decide for yourself". They want to enforce what they think is right for your safety.
Jul
6
answered Should I listen to music when I bike?
Jul
5
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
4
comment Chain fell out of rear derailleur when wheel off.
Can you add a picture? As noted, this shouldn't be possible.
Jul
4
comment Onguard U-lock jammed
I like teflon for once parts are moving, but to get into the rusted up crevices, creep is the stuff. trizolube.com/TRIZOL_WEBSITE/CREEP.html or amazon.com/Blaster-16-PB-Penetrating-Catalyst-oz/dp/B000I2079E/… both will do a lot to get things unstuck.
Jul
3
answered Onguard U-lock jammed
Jul
3
comment Front wheel getting misaligned while climbing hills
From the narrative, it's a loose stem. Loose headset would not cause misalignment (other bad things, yes).
Jul
3
comment How to tell what length of chain to get?
Specifically, if you the 1% on the gauge 'just' drops, and you started with 100 links, your old chain will be one link longer than your new chain. (In practice, most of the chains I fit onto backs run a few more than 100 links...but I find this visualization good when I start drawing pictures of what's actually happening when the chain "stretches").
Jul
2
comment Using a new chain on worn out sprocket?
Listen to Daniel. Spend the $10 on a gauge and check your chain once a week or so (you don't really need to check that often, but it fits right in to with a weekly wipedown and lube).
Jul
2
comment How to tell what length of chain to get?
The above link is a great explanation...you may want to go to your local bike shop and ask them to talk you through it. Most (even some of the big ones) will do this for free, especially if you buy the chain there...bike mechanics usually like to spread the know-how. Worth keeping in mind that it's relatively easy to shorten a chain that is too long, but making one longer...not so much.
Jul
2
answered How do I test ride a bike that I'm looking at buying?
Jul
1
answered How to determine size of freewheel?
Jun
29
comment Bead Separated from Fabric
This can happen if the (as you surmised) the brakes are rubbing against the tire. make sure your brake pads are centered on the braking surface and don't touch the tire. If they don't fit on the braking surface, err below rather than touching tire (but you should also swap out the pads if this is the case).
Jun
29
comment How to fit a Storage Options bike cam helmet mount
It may still work in your helmet, but as you've discovered, you will need to get it below the visor (or remove the visor...most will pop off and back on...I think this is true for the Venti, but I don't have one handy to look at).
Jun
29
answered How to fit a Storage Options bike cam helmet mount