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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.


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
Sep
20
comment How to choose between a race bike like a Madone and a classics bike like a Domane
Saddles and pedals. Think test ride. Setting someone up for a quick test ride, it's easy to move their pedals (which match their shoes!) and easy to change saddle height. Putting the saddle itself on can be somewhat of a pain, so you put one. Also...a bike without pedals looks like a bike. A bike without a saddle looks incomplete.
Sep
13
comment Attaching crank arm with Shimano SLX M660
Not for your exact model, but all the same parts and a decent reference: bike.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/Alfine/FC-S500/…
Sep
13
comment Attaching crank arm with Shimano SLX M660
The reason for plastic here is that you'd rather ruin the (cheaper) nut than the (more expensive) bottom bracket. Properly installed, the plastic is more then enough...the tool that you use for installing the nut only lets you do a tiny bit more than "hand tight".
Sep
10
comment Choosing the right wheel size in my cycle computer
Depending on the tire, the size can vary quite a bit. Rolling out is the best method. Recheck if you change to different tire.
Sep
7
comment How to clean white handlebar tape?
BTW: this works for other color wrap as well...it's surprising how much better black (non-cork) wrap looks after a good clean.
Sep
7
answered How to clean white handlebar tape?
Sep
6
comment 34.9mm front derailleur on steel frame?
My $0.02 on derailleur shims: I don't like them. They can make it difficult to get everything tuned and they slip in use. If it's a $$ issue, you gotta do what you gotta do...if not, spend a few bucks on the right size derailleur.
Sep
6
comment Do bar-ends with brake levers exist?
Are you talking about bull-horn bars? If so, you can get TT brakes...other types will work, but these will fit right into the bar ends.
Aug
31
comment How much does nipple choice affect wheel weight/stiffness?
For the wheel builders out there: I had someone bring me a rim with which he had attempted to do something similar...his first step was to, one at a time and in order, completely loosen every spoke.
Aug
29
comment How can you recognize a department store bike?
My first glance is at the rear derailleur. If it's held on with a nut, be wary. They save money using a simple nut and bolt here (and elsewhere) rather than machining threads into the dropout. This not only says low quality, you will have a hard time trying to upgrade it.
Aug
28
comment Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?
@Starx yes, you may need some new hydraulic lines, but unless you have a weird setup (hydraulic front, cable rear), the brake levers are not Left/Right specific.
Aug
28
comment Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?
If your mechanic can't make the switch, find a new mechanic.
Aug
27
comment How does stiffness in carbon frames increase speed?
The two somewhat opposing things (stiffness versus comfort) is partially why carbon can be really good in a bike; with the right weaves in the right directions in the right places (and hard to get all this just right) you can have stiff in one direction and comfort in another. To see a real good combination of both, try a bamboo bike like the Boo.