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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
27
comment Loud free hub suddenly become quiet
It's the pawls riding over the catches that make noise. If you hub was previously "loud" and is now quiet, something is likely keeping them from dropping energetically into the catches. I'd disassemble your hub and inspect/clean/relube.
May
24
answered quads feel over used while in an aero position
May
21
comment What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?
Also worth looking at is what type of bike/riding you are doing. For instance, I'm much more likely to need a chain tool on a MTB ride than on a road ride.
May
16
comment Evaluate hill gradient
The only way I could get this (relatively pricey) thing to work was to stop my bike. I'd recommend a GPS gizmo instead.
May
9
comment Squeaky rear wheel when rotating
That sounds like plastic or rubber rubbing on the tire. Is anything dangling from the rack/fender?
May
8
comment Disabling back-pedal brake
I'd read through this and then carefully disassemble the brake. I suspect you will be able to determine how to disable. sheldonbrown.com/coaster-brakes.html
May
8
comment Is this an abnormal rate of spoke breakage?
"one of the connectors the spokes are linking to the rim" are you referring to the spoke nipples?
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?