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bio website about.me/kenhiatt
location Woodinville, WA
age 47
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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.


Jan
28
answered Do I need a separate dishing tool for building wheels with park tool TS-2.2 truing stand?
Jan
26
awarded  Yearling
Jan
25
answered Do new wheels usually come with freehubs?
Jan
24
answered Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?
Jan
20
comment Why does my right Achilles hurt when I use my Sidi S Pros
A $300 shoe that doesn't work is not worth it. I'd recommend a Physical Therapist that knows bicycling over a podiatrist but that is in part to knowing some really good PTs and not being that impressed with the docs. Regardless, if you can't get the shoes to work, and they are the source of the pain, sell them or give them away...if you keep them you will continue to wear them.
Jan
20
comment How to avoid turning the spokes while tuning the wheel
If you use penetrating oil, then you must clean the threads of the spoke afterwards (I like a spray degreaser followed by a good wipe) and reapply spoke prep (I will use blue loctite in a pinch...others think this an evil practice).
Jan
20
comment How to avoid turning the spokes while tuning the wheel
If they are Aero spokes, there are tools to hold them. Other spokes will spin a bit before the rotational (?) tension is less then the grip of the nipple; this is okay/to be expected for about a half to 3/4 turn. If blue or green loctite was used you may have to break that loose. If red loctite was used, start over.
Jan
20
comment Bicycle lights- Indicating in the dark
There are similar things out there already. Some pretty cool DIY types can be found at Instructables.
Jan
14
comment Approximately where is the center of mass of a mountain bike?
What are you investigating?
Jan
9
comment Should cassette “wiggle”
The scratch marks are also normal. If burrs, hit them lightly with a file. In extreme cases, these can become gouges leading to a bit of movement in the cassette in which case you should consider replacing.
Dec
25
comment Fixed (inside) front disk brake adjustment
I'm just learning MTB's, but this looks to be a good video to supplement Mikes answer below: youtu.be/XAUTCZ3gIyU
Dec
25
comment Fixed (inside) front disk brake adjustment
This is a mountain bike with Shimano parts: amazon.com/Victory-Jackpot-Dual-Suspension-Mountain-26-Inch/dp/….
Dec
24
comment installing brand new cartridge brakes, something seems fishy
It's all a big conspiracy designed to foil those of us that want to ride our bikes in reverse. It started with that "freewheel" (free...ya right) and has continued with the brakes.
Dec
24
comment How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?
I can tell a lot about the rim by inspection combined with a straight-edge, but I've built a bunch of wheels and repaired several as well. Per Alex, take to a wheel builder and ask him to talk you through the inspection and truing.
Dec
24
comment How often should I change brake cables and housing?
Dry lube is good for making smooth action but will not act as a cleaning agent which is how I use it in this case. Here, the lighter the better, but if it's dry, it will not help.
Dec
21
answered How often should I change brake cables and housing?
Dec
20
comment Any experience about radially-laced hub flanges actually breaking?
Most of my front wheels are radial laced, many of my rear wheels are radial on non-drive. About 2/3 of these are wheels that I've built. All are road or cross (and I've beat the crap out of the cross) and I've had no problems.
Dec
12
answered How to mount SRAM snaplock?
Dec
11
comment Extending integrated carbon seat tube
Agree with Zen. Note that some companies sell a piece that will fit OVER a cut integrated seat tube. Check with your LBS.
Dec
10
comment What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?
And an aside to your aside, if you have an especially bright front light, consider covering it with your hand as you pass other bikers (last 50 - 100'). Otherwise the light will ruin their night vision and unless they have an equally bright light, they will be pedaling by braille for the next couple of minutes.