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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.


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.
Dec
10
comment What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?
I'm hesitant about the "yelling" approach that seems to be getting a lot of votes. Many drivers will take this as a personal affront and as stated elsewhere, a car outweighs a bike by a LOT. While the whistle seems to be overused by those that carry them, I've not seen any bad reactions to them and drivers DO hear them.
Dec
6
comment Which brake is most expendable?
Seriously, don't remove either. Your weight savings is negligible and the reduction in safety is huge.
Dec
6
answered Can I use Shimano trigger shifter with my X3 SRam gears?
Dec
6
answered front derailleur slipping?
Nov
26
comment Who has right of way at a staggered crossroad
The very heavy car may not have the de-jure RofW, but he definitely has the de-facto. If car hits bike, bicyclist loses just about 100% of the time. Even if you are in the right, pedal with caution.
Nov
12
comment What can I do to keep my knees warm?
I'm a big knee warmer fan as well. Amazon has the cannondale ones for pretty cheap right now. amazon.com/gp/product/B003ES5DMK/ref=oh_details_o04_s01_i00
Nov
1
comment Benefits of toe grips/toe straps
I'm always curious about the "no power on the upstroke" as I've pulled out of pedals (with occasionally BAD results) when I've really put down the hammer. I wonder if what I'm doing is just less efficient so not something the pros do when tested. Agree with your prefs.
Oct
31
comment Why choose a traditional frame over an aerodynamically streamlined frame?
@DanielRHicks - the aero bikes do provide a very measurable difference over "standard" frames.
Oct
24
comment How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?
These answers seem a bit at odds with how I turn, especially at speed. Perhaps I'm just not reading the answer right? This video more or less describes how I turn: youtube.com/watch?v=q9wq160yYdw ...weight on the outside, not inside.
Oct
19
answered What effect does head tube angle have on a bicycle?
Oct
15
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
12
answered Is it safe to ride on an unevenly bulging tyre?