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location Ottawa, Canada
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seen Aug 8 '11 at 21:33

Jerome Lavigne is a commuter, tourer and randonneur.

Currently riding a steel Marinoni Sportivo with Shimano Ultegra up front and XT in the back, no-nonsense 32-spoke DT swiss wheels with 28mm Armadillo tires, plus dynamo hub lighting and a Brooks B-17 saddle for that randonneur look.

Formerly a resident of Vancouver, BC, he has traded the long, wet west coast cycling season for the much shorter but drier season in eastern Canada.


Apr
11
comment Choosing a bike for errands
@Neil: please let the community be the judge as to what is "vague". If you have specific suggestions how to make this less "vague", then please post them.
Apr
11
comment Choosing a bike for errands
@Neil: the question had two upvoted answers and zero close votes...
Apr
9
comment What's the deal with the axle of my wheels? (or, why is one gear so much smaller than the other?)
How many cogs (gears) are on each? Can you identify the pictures so we know which is which?
Apr
7
comment Mount additional water bottle on bike frame with only one water bottle mount
Aha - the Minoura Extra Cage clamps (or some facsimile) is what I used: nordicgroup.us/cageboss/#6._Minoura_Extra_Cage_Clamp-Band_Set
Apr
6
comment Mount additional water bottle on bike frame with only one water bottle mount
And once upon a time you could buy (cheap) clamps at bike shops specifically designed to do this. I used a set on my first touring bike.
Apr
6
comment Mount additional water bottle on bike frame with only one water bottle mount
I'll give you +1 if you clean off all that grime and take a picture that lets us see the details... =)
Apr
3
comment Randonneuring: Which UK 400k is appropriate for a new rider?
@Duncan: I was looking at the time buffer built up on a 600km and comparing that to a 400km. On a 600km, you wouldn't normally sleep until the 350km mark because that's when you have a decent time buffer built up. If you apply that to the 400km (since the time limits are based on the same 15km/h minimum speed), taking a nap around the 350km mark doesn't make much sense unless you can't go on. With only 50km to go, you should be able to finish in less than 3 hours.
Mar
30
comment Adjusting rear derailleur - shifts to lower gear, but not to higher
can you put the note about using a 7-cog cassette with an 8-speed shifter into the body of your question? That's very important information!
Mar
25
comment Cheap energy sources for electronics during touring with low amount of sun energy?
Leave the laptop at home and immerse yourself in the touring experience: scenery, local attractions, meeting new people.
Mar
25
comment Which endurance tires for touring?
@hhh: added a link to an image on wikipedia. The blue layer in the cross-section is made of kevlar (this may be a Schwalbe, hard to tell). Different manufacturers may use other materials, but it's basically an extra layer to keep glass and other debris from working through. Not 100% effective, but can often slow down the onset of a puncture. You won't see this from just looking at the tire, but it may make the casing feel stiffer.
Mar
24
comment Can mountain biking shoes be used with road bikes? What are the pros and cons?
Plus road shoes don't usually allow recessed cleats. This is why I use MTB shoes.
Mar
22
comment How can I avoid crashes on my urban commute? Tramlines and CBD sections especially
I was going to answer until I followed your link for "hook turns" (wasn't what I expected)... Sounds like a hazardous environment to cycle in!
Mar
9
comment Correct way to pedal
If it's on the weld then odds are high it could be a defect. Have you contacted the frame manufacturer? I had a similar problem once and they replaced the entire frame free, plus labour to reassemble the bike.
Mar
7
comment Correct way to pedal
It's much more likely that your frame broke for another reason, rather than pedaling style. Broken frames are not uncommon and can be caused by manufacturing defects, wear & tear, or weakness caused by previous crashes. The poster of the linked question has broken 4 frames all in the same area. Where did your frame break?
Mar
6
comment When to change derailleur pulleys?
+1 that's a nice link. I agree that unless there's excessive tooth wear (not the case based on the pictures) or friction in the bearings (take off the chain and the pulleys should spin freely) then there's no point replacing these.
Mar
3
comment Replace Brompton folding pedal - what tool is needed?
@Neil - it's likely current, saw some folding pedal replacement bolts for sale that have 24mm hex heads.
Mar
3
comment Replace Brompton folding pedal - what tool is needed?
@Neil: don't confuse a 24mm socket with an allen key... you're not likely to find bolts on any bicycle that need such a large key!
Feb
27
comment Explaining the effects of frame geometries
Just wanted to point out that the frame has a big impact on how the bike fits the rider (you mentioned it was "superficial"). You can indeed make many small adjustments to adjust the fit of any frame, but at some point the frame is going to limit how well you fit the bike. Too small a frame and you won't be able to get a long enough stem, long enough seat post or enough seat setback, and toe overlap becomes a bigger problem. Too large has the opposite problem.
Feb
26
comment What are important items for a touring first-aid kit?
Yes, this stuff is amazing. Some helpful German tourists patched me up with this after a bad touring crash. Allowed my wounds to heal but still flexible enough to let me keep riding.
Feb
26
comment Fixie Rear Wheel Slippage Problem
@Ben, my apologies, I thought you were taking moments using the axle as the center (so it wouldn't even enter the equation). I get your formula now and it makes sense, interesting how the chain tension is factored out so easily. Can you really model a chain as a single tangential force at the top of the cog? In practice, the chain tension is spread across every tooth that contacts the chain...