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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
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?
Oct
6
answered Time Trial/ Tri Aero Wheels Query
Oct
6
comment Time Trial/ Tri Aero Wheels Query
Question could use an edit, but it sounds like a legit one if I'm reading it correctly: "Is there reason not to use TT wheels as your primary road bike wheel?"
Sep
30
comment Lowest Gear Out of Whack
If you are having to click twice to get it to move, you probably have dirt in the cable housing. If the end of the cable is in good shape, you can clean it by putting a couple of drops of oil on the cable and drawing it through and back a couple of times.
Sep
29
answered Can I leave headset spacers above and below the stem
Sep
25
awarded  Fanatic
Sep
24
comment Can I replace a 9spd freehub with a 7spd one?
You might save yourself some money and see if your current hub just needs some cleaning. It only takes a little bit of gunk to make one of the pawls stick...once they all stick, you now longer have a freewheel, you have a push bike. Most hubs are fairly easy to take apart, then some citrus solvent, a light coat of oil, and you are back on your way. (Note: oil around pawls, grease elsewhere...more or less).
Sep
21
awarded  Custodian