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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.


Aug
20
comment How do I know the model of my Shimano Torney SIS Index Rear Derailleur, I have a Vertical Henox T3 bike?
Picture(s) would help.
Aug
20
comment How often should I check rear derailleur adjustments?
Aaron mentions the hanger, but I would add it as a bit that should be looked at anytime you have drive train issues. A bit hanger can through everything out of whack and you often don't realize you did something to bend it. Other than dirt, this is the first thing I suspect when there is RD issues. Downside, you need a special tool to really line it back up...for this, visit your LBS and they should be able to check for cheap.
Aug
7
comment What are the benefits of nickel-plated chains?
Nice answer, but I would put a caveat on equating wear to km or miles ridden. If you ride only on roads in Southern California you will get a much higher "distance-life" for a given chain than you would in the Pacific NorthWest. Also, the type of chain needs to be factored into any distance-life equation, a race chain won't last near as long...e.g.: SRAM PC 1091 versus the 1030, the 1030 will last 2 -3 times longer and still be in good shape.
Aug
4
comment Shimano 105 5600 derailleur compatability with 105 5700 11-28 casette
On almost all bikes the 105 5600 der. will clear 28 teeth. Around here the most common cassette is the 11-28 (lots of hills in the PNW)...you may need to drive the tension screw in further.
Jul
24
comment Why the wobbly/loose cassette?
Rereading the question, I noticed the wording "11-sprocket well seated". Note my answer, if the final sprocket is not above the freewheel, you will not get compression.
Jul
24
comment Why the wobbly/loose cassette?
Just encountered a bike today that had a mix of 9 speed and 10 speed drivetrain components and inspection showed a loose cassette (it was a 10 speed). Shim (space) fixed the cassette. Doubt this had anything to do with the 9/10 mix, but I guess it could have.
Jul
24
comment What is the difference between “front” and “rear” disc brake?
Aussie style brakes...yep, I had included that and then took it out as it seemed a bit wordy and possibly confusing to some.
Jul
23
comment How is the width of drop bars measured?
I'd add that you don't necessarily want to match the width of your shoulders to the width of the bars. Find the bar width that is most comfortable for you in your primary riding position (usually on the hoods for road and in the drops for track).
Jul
23
comment difference in aero bar design
I'd personally leave off the clip-ons, ride the road bike with road bars until/if you are ready for a Tri bike. You'll give up a few seconds, but you will be much more comfortable. You might keep an eye on craigslist and at your LBS's for deals on Tri bikes and test ride a couple, they are worth it if you get serious about being competitive, but even with a good fit, they are not as comfortable as a well-fit road bike.
Jul
15
comment Switch to a larger sprocket on child bike with coaster brakes
Picture of the rear cog and the chainring for the two bikes? As noted, on some kid's bikes the cost would be prohibitive, but others use more common parts. With a pic or two we could give more specific advice.
Jul
12
comment What is a nipple driver and would I use one to replace a broken spoke?
The only time I use a nipple driver is when I'm building a wheel from scratch, but even then it's a convenience and not a necessary tool.
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
I have two bikes (both bamboo, so that may be a factor in maintaining grip) that I use the plastic style and they work fine. They are a pain to install correctly...you have to get them on pretty tight, but once set they work well.
Jul
9
comment Finding Elevation Change, any method
For known route, MapMyRide web app will show elevation as a graph.
Jul
8
comment Cause of spalled cones?
Second the pictures request. From description I would guess that the hub was over-tightened at some point and possibly that you have one bearing ball that is out of spec (too big).
Jul
8
comment How Can I Increase My Braking Power?
If you have a wobble in the wheel it's out of true. True it (or take it to your LBS to have it trued), then you can adjust the brakes properly.
Jul
2
comment Aero spokes strength on a family bicycle
If you are concerned with weight/safety, go with a 3x or 4x pattern. With kid seat behind, you should probably do both sides of the rear with a cross pattern (non-drive side is often done radial) and consider doing the front with at least 2x (3x is better).
Jul
1
comment Why Are The Fingers Attached On Some Cycling Gloves?
On some gloves there are little flaps at the fingers (look like tiny pockets). These serve the same function.
Jul
1
comment Why does the chain misalign in the lower pulley when shifting to the small front cog?
I second WTHarper; stop by your LBS and have your hanger alignment checked.
Jun
28
comment Is it safe to ride while taking mucinex (guaifenesin)?
The -D version is not completely clear for "in-competetion" in the DRO, it's conditional and may require you to be below a particular level or have a waiver (if using with a waivered diuretic). WADA lists it as a stimulant. Bottom line, if you are competing in a sanctioned event, do your research.
Jun
21
comment What type of tires have tubes inside?
It sounds like you are running tubular tires on a clincher wheel. If so, this is probably not that safe. Pictures of both (with tire off of rim)?