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bio website twitter.com/theraab
location Los Angeles, CA
age 25
visits member for 3 years
seen Aug 7 '11 at 2:10

I'm an alumnus of UC Santa Barbara where I was on the cycling team. I also broadcasted sports for KCSB-FM 91.9 while I was there. I love working on bikes and making wheels. I have helped many of my friends with all kinds of repairs, and I hope I can help you get your bike working well, too.


Aug
4
comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
If there are hubs I can get that would work on the bike that I can lace to proper-sized clincher rims, I can store the original wheels and use clinchers without destroying them. But I need to know where to look to find comparable hubs to start the process.
Aug
4
comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
Yeah, I know. I really home I'm not sounding rude with my comments -- I have no intention to -- I just want to stay as true as possible to the original while making it possible for me to have the be able to repair the inevitable flat without having to get a friend to follow me around in a car with spare wheels with already-set glue jobs. And since wheelsets can be expensive, I don't want to get the wrong one and be SOL.
Aug
4
comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
where should I look for NOS parts? Should I look to lace my own wheels (which I have done on numerous occasions) or should I look for whole wheels? Would whole wheels be likely to have old, worn spokes which would render them basically useless? Should I go to bike cooperatives to look there? So many questions! Naturally, I'm very interested to know.
Aug
4
comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
the bike has an aluminum frame, and I want to replace as few parts as possible. I want to get it working properly again because it had been sitting, unused in his attic for most of my life, with most of its use coming before I was born. I don't want to force anything, and I don't want it to look tacky. I think I would get more pleasure out of riding this bike, given its history and sentimental value, than I would riding a carbon bike with dura ace or sram red.
Aug
4
comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
@zenbike I have no intention of making permanent changes. I understand what this bike is, but at this point I'm not looking to sell it to a collector, I'm looking to ride it. Sure, I could sell it and get a pretty decent road bike with modern technology, but that's not the point of the gift. I plan to keep the current wheels but ride on other wheels.
Aug
3
comment Electra Shifter (Revoshift) is hard to turn
@ʍǝɥʇɐɯ When my dad and I were riding bikes this morning, we were approaching a red light. I clipped out with my right foot to put it on the curb, but a road hazard I saw only at the last moment required that I swerve left. The sharp swivel of the handlebar at about 0.5mph caused me to tip over, and I ended up on the ground. It so happened that I had forgotten my gloves this morning. I had some minor scrapes on my left leg and forearm, but I'm lucky my hands were okay. So, yeah, gloves are important. Take it from someone who knows....
Aug
3
comment Electra Shifter (Revoshift) is hard to turn
@chrisw electronic shifting setups are likely to be prohibitively expensive for this purpose. They cost upwards of US$1500, and to my understanding, the shifting mechanisms mimic their cabled counterparts.
Jul
31
comment isn't a fixie without a full chain guard a safety hazard?
I am confused about how the chainguard protects the chain from wear. If you're talking about dirt, the chain guard only protects from one side -- and that's the side that is farther away from the tire that can kick up dirt and water and other grime.
Jul
29
comment Electra Shifter (Revoshift) is hard to turn
Go to your lbs with your wife and have her try bikes with any shimano trigger shifter. If she can shift comfortably, swap out the part. If she can't, it's back to the drawing board. Good luck!
Jul
28
comment Electra Shifter (Revoshift) is hard to turn
The answer I put is based on it being a 7-speed bike (one gear in the front and seven in the back). That's what I found the Electra Townie 7D to be, but if I'm wrong, please let me know so I can answer your actual question.
Jul
27
comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
Welcome to the community. What exactly is your question?
Jul
23
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
@DanielRHicks let us continue this discussion in chat
Jul
22
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
and if you're really in MN, it's not even 5pm. If I am mistaken about the threading, I'd like to know.
Jul
22
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
@Daniel Doesn't it have something to do with pedaling direction and that you're pedaling forward, so you want the pedals to tighten forward and not loosen from friction?
Jul
22
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
@Daniel at that point you're swearing at yourself because you've already stripped the threads trying to pull your cranks off, and it only got worse when you tried to fix that with a tap. Time to get a new bike!
Jul
22
comment What kind of handlebar should go on a fixie to sell it?
@meagar it was a project for me to build -- especially the lacing of the wheels -- but when I moved back home after college, there was no real space for it. So I have to let it go.
Jul
21
comment What kind of handlebar should go on a fixie to sell it?
I have a white chain and white brake lever. I was supposed to get white pedals and straps, but my lbs's supplier was backordered. I built it because I thought I could, and I really wanted a reason to lace a 36-spoke crow's foot front wheel and a 3-leading 3-trailing rear wheel. It was plenty of work, but it was a ton of fun to do.
Jul
21
comment Should a chain be replaced even if it's not stretched?
@zenbike You may be dissatisfied with this answer, but I believe people use 2000 miles because it's conventional knowledge, like getting an oil change for your car at 3000 or 5000 miles. These figures may not represent exactly when you actually need to replace these things, but they protect you against complications that may arise from ignoring their importance.
Jul
15
comment What to use to clean your chain (and cogs)?
You can even use a disposable plastic water bottle with a regular mouth. I keep the chain in after dumping out the degreaser (I prefer citrus degreaser) to fill it up and rinse it with water. After I drain the water, I cut the bottle open and pull out the chain.
Jul
14
comment Bottom bracket making noise, should it be fixed now or can I wait until regular maintenance?
I was typing an answer that covered the same main points when I saw the red bar notice that the question had just been answered. That said, if the bike is that new, your bike may very well be under warranty, so take it in as soon as possible.