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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.


May
8
answered Is this an abnormal rate of spoke breakage?
May
8
comment Is this an abnormal rate of spoke breakage?
My guess is your wheel is not tensioned correctly. This can be just low overall tension on the spoke or a warped rim that is being pulled into shape with resulting VERY uneven tension. Of course check that nothing is rubbing against (rear derailleur going to far, etc) spokes.
May
7
answered Formula to calculate Single Speed Chain Length from Chainring Size, Cog Size, and Chainstay Length
May
2
comment Metallic vibration sound while cornering - hybrid/CX tires
You might find some slicks and replace your tires to see if it's the knobs that are making the noise. I rode my CX bike around a bit yesterday and there is a "buzz-ripple" when I corner on asphalt. Could probably tell with just replacing your front, so if you have a road wheel around you could do a quick check (make sure brake pads line up).
May
1
answered Running one wheel with clincher and one with Tubular
May
1
comment What is the braking (stopping) distance for bicycles?
I also factor in my "outs"; on the bike I often have the shoulder and if I really need it, the ditch next to the shoulder. Commuting often means riding a bit closer in with the traffic than you might like...if you do leave a bigger gap, it becomes even more dangerous as the car behind you swerves around to take the space you've left.
May
1
comment Is it possible to date Shimano components?
I wasn't being sarcastic...as the technology moves it way down, the weight of the component changes. I think that might be one of the only ways to accomplish the task.
Apr
30
comment Is it possible to date Shimano components?
I would think you could get fairly accurate based on weight for most components.
Apr
30
answered Metallic vibration sound while cornering - hybrid/CX tires
Apr
29
answered Will a bike stand that holds one wheel damage my bike?
Apr
29
comment Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?
This might be worth looking at if you are looking to do a conversion of your current single speed. cxmagazine.com/…
Apr
29
revised Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?
typo of you're where I meant your
Apr
28
answered Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?
Apr
25
answered Watts per wheel on my cyclocross
Apr
24
comment What can I do to help me sustain frequent long-ish rides?
It will take your body more than the two weeks to start adjusting (this is a GOOD thing, you're getting in better shape). There are folks that will swear by various nutrition guidelines to assist, but IMO, just eat healthy and keep at it. Your body will get used to the abuse in a couple more weeks. If you feel especially sore/fatigued, take a rest day mid week. Soon you won't need one. Happy Riding.
Apr
22
answered Can Garmin Edge 500/510 and 800/810 be charged while riding?
Apr
12
comment Is it OK to use coffee or other drinks to clean road rash?
I'd also avoid the milk; basically, if the drink has calories, it's probably not a good candidate for wound rinsing. Interestingly enough, urine is a good field expedient as it's sterile.
Apr
8
comment Which is the most stringent bicycle helmet certification?
@DanHulme, I disagree. Granted a helmet will not do much good in a car-vs-bike at speed, but I've had a couple of significant crashes where I am convinced the helmet helped. One of these I received a concussion, looking at the helmet I'd probably have been leaking gray matter without it. I suspect the reason for lack of this type of testing is that it would be VERY expensive.
Apr
8
comment Which is the most stringent bicycle helmet certification?
In looking at the various standards, all are missing doing any real tests of how the helmet would hold up (and protect my head) during an actual crash. I consider a "crash" to be a moving event, what they test I would call a "fall".
Apr
2
answered Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres?