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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.


Jul
17
comment Is it possible to estimate road grade while riding?
I've found this to be about useless for me...any amount of forward motion and the bubble moves too much to be of any use. YMMV.
Jul
15
comment Clip-on to temporarily convert Look pedal to stand-on style?
Alternative: get some tri-shoes...With a bit of practice you can get in and out of these without unclipping (the shoe stays clipped into pedal)...leave these on the bike when you get to your destination. Get a decent set of flip-flops that you can velcro to your flat kit.
Jul
15
answered Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill
Jul
13
comment Are eliptical chainrings effective?
I did some "web-research" on this a couple years ago. After quite a bit of reading, it really boiled down (for me at least) to: "opinions differ". Studies that seemed to be driven by the companies offering the rings claim huge success. Not a lot of independent studies.
Jul
13
answered Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?
Jul
13
answered Which rotor, Steel or Titanium comes with Avid CODE brakes?
Jul
12
comment Determining which derailleur hanger is compatible with a frame
Would love to know if there is a free resource. Large high volume bike shops have access to a pretty complete reference site (I've got a link at home, I'll try to remember to paste it in later)...but it's too pricey for individuals ($50/month if memory serves). Best bet is to call your manufacturer and see what the "official" hanger to use is.
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").