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location Woodinville, WA
age 47
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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
23
answered What is the difference between “front” and “rear” disc brake?
Jul
23
comment difference in aero bar design
I'd personally leave off the clip-ons, ride the road bike with road bars until/if you are ready for a Tri bike. You'll give up a few seconds, but you will be much more comfortable. You might keep an eye on craigslist and at your LBS's for deals on Tri bikes and test ride a couple, they are worth it if you get serious about being competitive, but even with a good fit, they are not as comfortable as a well-fit road bike.
Jul
23
answered Why the wobbly/loose cassette?
Jul
23
answered difference in aero bar design
Jul
15
comment Switch to a larger sprocket on child bike with coaster brakes
Picture of the rear cog and the chainring for the two bikes? As noted, on some kid's bikes the cost would be prohibitive, but others use more common parts. With a pic or two we could give more specific advice.
Jul
12
comment What is a nipple driver and would I use one to replace a broken spoke?
The only time I use a nipple driver is when I'm building a wheel from scratch, but even then it's a convenience and not a necessary tool.
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
I have two bikes (both bamboo, so that may be a factor in maintaining grip) that I use the plastic style and they work fine. They are a pain to install correctly...you have to get them on pretty tight, but once set they work well.
Jul
9
comment Finding Elevation Change, any method
For known route, MapMyRide web app will show elevation as a graph.
Jul
8
comment Cause of spalled cones?
Second the pictures request. From description I would guess that the hub was over-tightened at some point and possibly that you have one bearing ball that is out of spec (too big).
Jul
8
comment How Can I Increase My Braking Power?
If you have a wobble in the wheel it's out of true. True it (or take it to your LBS to have it trued), then you can adjust the brakes properly.
Jul
2
comment Aero spokes strength on a family bicycle
If you are concerned with weight/safety, go with a 3x or 4x pattern. With kid seat behind, you should probably do both sides of the rear with a cross pattern (non-drive side is often done radial) and consider doing the front with at least 2x (3x is better).
Jul
1
comment Why Are The Fingers Attached On Some Cycling Gloves?
On some gloves there are little flaps at the fingers (look like tiny pockets). These serve the same function.
Jul
1
comment Why does the chain misalign in the lower pulley when shifting to the small front cog?
I second WTHarper; stop by your LBS and have your hanger alignment checked.
Jul
1
answered Is it safe to re-use old spokes when re-lacing?
Jul
1
answered Why is wearing a skin suit in the Tour de France risky?
Jun
28
comment Is it safe to ride while taking mucinex (guaifenesin)?
The -D version is not completely clear for "in-competetion" in the DRO, it's conditional and may require you to be below a particular level or have a waiver (if using with a waivered diuretic). WADA lists it as a stimulant. Bottom line, if you are competing in a sanctioned event, do your research.
Jun
27
answered Is it safe to ride while taking mucinex (guaifenesin)?
Jun
21
comment What type of tires have tubes inside?
It sounds like you are running tubular tires on a clincher wheel. If so, this is probably not that safe. Pictures of both (with tire off of rim)?
Jun
19
comment smallest cog of cassette rubbing on seatstay
Is the hub/axel/skewer all assembled correctly?
Jun
18
comment How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?
Great answer. Specifically (for road) I would go with Force or Ultegra (or even Apex or 105) for the shifters and derailleurs. Then finish it with a nice long lasting cassette and chain (the race cassettes and chains are the bits the REALLY don't last long).