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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?
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.
Oct
24
asked Bicycles on Farms?
Oct
11
comment Where can I find out more about this bike with a spoke-less back wheel?
fascinating - I wonder how the rim responds when hitting obstacles like potholes? Spokes provide a way to restore the rims shape, allowing a lighter weight rim. I would imagine a rim for this would want to be much stiffer since it is essentially being flattened by the two bottom rollers. And how easy would it be to change the tire on?
Sep
27
comment How can I make my bike (and myself) visible at night?
I've heard a recommendation of melting paraffin or hot glue around the light to keep water soaking in to seams, but I have not actually installed one.