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bio website about.me/kenhiatt
location Woodinville, WA
age 47
visits member for 3 years, 7 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.


Jun
18
answered How do you make the handlebar stem straight?
Jun
8
comment How do you ride on a road that doesn't have a bicycle lane?
Since you live in Washington, I'd recommend joining Cascade and taking their commuting class. See: cascade.org/Home and cbcef.org/bike-commuting.html
Jun
7
comment What could be the reason for chain skipping
Was thinking it might have been the upper pulley making contact, but this doesn't seem to be the case.
Jun
7
comment What could be the reason for chain skipping
Another pic showing the derailleur might help. Doubt its the freewheel.
Jun
4
answered Spoke length with NOVATEC GOLD PISTA hubs and H PLUS SON SL42 rims
Jun
4
comment Bicycling and a Right Turn Only Lane?
I like this answer with the addition that you should do what minimizes the chance for a car to hit you (#1 priority) while trying to keep good car-bike relations going on (lower priority, but ultimately important). Be clear with your actions so cars know what you are doing.
Jun
4
comment how to fix gear ring that over-jumps
The "more pressure...chain over-jumps" makes me think not enough tension on the chain. Too long chain or weak rear derailleur.
Jun
3
comment Separate hex keys vs. combined multi-tool for bike adjustments?
FWIW, I think the ball ends are evil. They make the larger keys very slightly easier to use, but on the smaller (<= 3mm) ones you will just quickly round out the bolt.
Jun
3
revised Can I get a wheel dished without the bike?
added 4 characters in body
Jun
3
answered Should/can I return a new bike that seems too big?
Jun
3
comment Safety of fixies
I disagree. If a fixie has brakes and you ride it sanely, foot retention is not a must...even if someone types in in all caps. I actually recommend speed plays myself, but consider straps and cages to be dangerous to the uninitiated.
May
30
comment Safety of fixies
Nice looking bike...you may want to skip the pedal straps for the first couple of rides.
May
30
answered Safety of fixies
May
30
comment How to replace a tube with only one quick stick?
Good list, once you get more practice, I'd remove 5 (I like an non-inflated tube) and 8 (use a towel wringing motion to roll the tube into place).
May
30
comment How to replace a tube with only one quick stick?
I use a single Pedro tire lever and can change most road tubes in about 3 minutes without rushing (remove from bike; change tube; inflate; back on bike). The key is repetition. If you want to get good at changing tubes, practice at every commercial break while watching TV.
May
29
comment Differences Between Shimano Ultegra & 105 Drivetrains
Take a test ride on both a 105 and an Ultegra. You will feel a difference, but not much of one (and try Force and Apex while you are at it!).
May
29
answered how to convert my 21 speed mountain bike into a road/cycling bike?
May
29
comment how to convert my 21 speed mountain bike into a road/cycling bike?
Take a minute and clean up your question. We aren't sticklers for grammar and spelling, but the more effort you put into it, the better the response will be.
May
28
comment What bike do I have?
A picture or three will likely help here.
May
28
answered Loud free hub suddenly become quiet