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Jed has maintained an all-weather bicycle commuting lifestyle, and is approaching his first ten thousand miles on his bike. Having started is IT career in 1994, he is now a Java programmer in Ferndale, WA.


Nov
6
comment Cleaning Cable Housing?
Good point about ordering housing in bulk, I re-cable my domestic fleet with enough frequency that investing in a reel of bulk housing would be worthwhile.
Nov
6
accepted Cleaning Cable Housing?
Nov
6
comment Cleaning Cable Housing?
getting the housing dry in a timely manner might be a time waster as well, good point, compressed air might not do a good enough job.
Nov
6
comment Cleaning Cable Housing?
Would not have assumed soap to be corrosive. Is this particular to the teflon or other housing liners?
Nov
5
comment Adjusting rear derailleur - shifts to lower gear, but not to higher
neat tip on how to check the feel of the cable housing
Nov
5
asked Cleaning Cable Housing?
Nov
2
comment What am I supposed to do when my chain falls off?
I pack a chain tool when commuting. I've also learned to pack some thin rubber gloves for just such occasions.
Nov
2
comment Pins and needles in my fingers after long rides
I would rand the fitting higher. Changing the handlebar height might not be as effective as changing the bar height plus the seat position. A seat tilted forward or seat too far forward might be putting the riders center of gravity too far forward and not allowing the legs to take up enough weight.
Nov
2
comment Pins and needles in my fingers after long rides
This thread on BF has a number of ideas for and against moving seat position bikeforums.net/showthread.php/…
Nov
2
comment Runny nose while biking
Re: decongestants, nasal sprays, I'd avoid prolonged use. I find that a saline solution applied with a neti-pot is all that's necessary to shrink my sinuses in about 20 minutes.
Nov
2
comment Runny nose while biking
In general, I'm a notorious proponent of the snot-rocket technique. I find that when I wear a scarf or neck gaiter over my nose that this tends to increase my nose running.
Oct
31
comment I keep getting flats
I would slowly pass the tire past my ear, but small leaks often sound similar to the sound of the inner tube rubbing against my whiskers :-)
Oct
31
comment What is the name of those Old Timey Bikes?
Iddn't this cute? hiwheel.com/antique_replicas/mini_hiwheel.htm
Oct
31
comment I keep getting flats
Neil points out a good technique for bit and small punctures. For the leaks I can't readily spot, I keep a bottle of foaming hand soap next to my bike tools. I get a cup of water, dab my hands wet and soap up the tire when inflated. The culprit will bubble...the bubble grows rather slowly in the case of a slow leak.
Oct
26
comment Bamboo Bike Frames
Some bamboo links of interest: bamboosero.com and calfeedesign.com/products/bamboo and I believe developing economies are favoring bamboo bicycles as well bamboobike.org/Home.html
Oct
26
comment Bicycles on Farms?
Here's a bunch of interesting examples of farm trailers: bikecart.pedalpeople.com/gallery.html Most of them have 26-29 inch wheels, which is a feature I had not previously considered.
Oct
26
comment Bicycles on Farms?
I assume he would want to start with a bike that had a 22x34T gearing. I presume that a Pug would have such a gearing, if not lower?
Oct
26
comment Bicycles on Farms?
Handling a load in muddy conditions would be a typical scenario. I've ridden my XC with my son on the back up some steep soggy lawns and thank goodness for a 22x34 gearing. I can imagine that hauling a trailer up a muddy slope might be just as hard, if not harder, because each dip would bog the trailer down more strongly than the larger tired bike. I do like how much more stable the long wheel base of my XC handles in snow and ice (yes, studs), so I certianly see merit in a fat tired Yuba.
Oct
26
comment Bicycles on Farms?
I had not considered a singlewheel, rather the first type of trailer that I thought of was the long aluminum trailers a-la Bikes at Work bikesatwork.com/bike-trailers/features.html However my concern with those is with them getting catching center-high or grinding on the tow bar or trailing edge.
Oct
26
comment Bicycles on Farms?
Springs are an interesting idea, next time I see him, I'll ask if bruising is a concern.