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bio website blog.bitratchet.com
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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.


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.
Sep
27
comment How can I make my bike (and myself) visible at night?
I've heard those take some effort to affix and waterproof, but they look super cool.
Sep
27
comment How do you prevent your lights switching on in your bag?
I find that a pill bottle (not a hard yellow plastic one, but a soft white one) is easy to cut with scissors and often fits a bike light with some creativity.
Sep
27
comment Is a tire patch kit really necessary for urban commute?
commuting in the rain and near industrial parks, I get flats frequently. I ride with tuffies, pump, tube, patches, spare shifter cable, multi-tool and a chain tool. I've had to use all these things on my 8mi commute.
Sep
27
comment Is a tire patch kit really necessary for urban commute?
I gave away a tire iron to a stranded local while on a group ride the other weekend.
Sep
14
revised Securing sliding bar grips without hair spray?
sharing recent success
Sep
14
wiki
Sep
13
comment Keeping your feet dry (or do you not even care?)
I'll def try that this fall!
Sep
11
comment Alternatives to trailers for transporting young children
I followed some of the commentary on bikeportland.org and iirc this proposition fizzled out and in fact the original proposer commented that he regretted drafting the proposal.
Sep
10
answered Keeping your feet dry (or do you not even care?)
Sep
10
comment Keeping your feet dry (or do you not even care?)
I find that SmartWool socks wear out quickly. There are stronger made socks out there.
Sep
9
comment Food costs compared to Gasoline riding cross country USA
Jason has a good point - many of us on car road trips eat as much as if we were cycling. The math to me looks like fuel_cost = food + driving?gas:0; unless you are disciplined to live off celery and carrots during a car trip.
Sep
9
comment Do your legs get tired faster when riding a recumbent trike compared to a upright bike?
recumbent legs can take a while to develop, but essentially, if you have your gearing right, you're using your higher cadence and less force per stroke, which certainly trains you towards more endurance. Many recumbent riders choose shorter cranks for this purpose, it is easier to keep a higher cadence with shorter cranks.
Sep
9
comment What items should be in a bare-minimum first-aid / emergency kit?
multiple contact numbers written down is very helpful if you are stunned, in shock, or someone else is making the call
Sep
9
comment What items should be in a bare-minimum first-aid / emergency kit?
While I like gauze pads, I find that rolls of gauze and that rubberized textile wrap is pretty convenient, as I find skinned knees shed bandages really quickly, and adhesive tape tears off your hair.
Sep
9
comment What items should be in a bare-minimum first-aid / emergency kit?
Daniel, you are a continuing source of inspiration. Taping your contact information to your bike is exactly something I should do.
Sep
9
comment What items should be in a bare-minimum first-aid / emergency kit?
I often offer my bandaids to families that are curbed and nursing a wee scraped knee. Easy to run low on bandaids. I keep vinyl gloves in my seat bag for when I need to monkey my chain, but I'm curious if anyone would put on greasy gloves to help me out :-)
Sep
9
comment Securing sliding bar grips without hair spray?
Thanks! Great idea for another free too -- I'll drop a plastic knife into my bike toolbox, I shoulda thot of that one.