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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.


Jun
11
comment Reusable gloves for bike repairs?
Thanks for the edit, @Baumr!
Jun
10
comment Reusable gloves for bike repairs?
careful with kitchen gloves: brake/shift cables that are frayed will tear those, and plain nitrile gloves quite easily
May
31
comment Babies on Bakfietsen: How young is too young?
thank you, Katie! Great info
May
3
comment How do I make my pannier bag less smelly?
that sounds interesting, thanks Daniel
May
1
comment How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
@amcnabb cinch it loosely, leave at least a few inches open at the front and back. If you want a form to cinch the tarp around, use the top half of a milk jug. At some point, the bike needs to get maintained, and also, it's likely going to be left out in the elements when parked street-side during a shopping trip. I don't see airflow under a tarp as real problem.
Apr
30
comment How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
I like it. Ground splashing is a good point. That might be aliviated by placing the tires of the bike on the tarp as you start to cinch it up, then at least you could cover the drive side for the bike.
Apr
29
comment How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
post a picture or link to picture, pls
Mar
24
comment How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?
^^^ a friend of similar height or inseam, presumably.
Mar
24
comment Why do I have to keep changing positions?
Also, what are you doing for a pre-ride warm up and post ride recovery...and are they consistent? As a commuter, I don't bother, but when I was increasing my commute for endurance extension, I would have benefitted from a quick jog, some stretching before the ride, and definitely stretching after the ride before I actually got home, where I wouldn't get distracted from doing that.
Mar
24
comment Why do I have to keep changing positions?
I notice that how much I sleep, my hydration level, and how much alcohol intake the previous day can all affect my riding comfort and energy level. I'm fortunate to have a road bike, a cargo bike and a lwb recumbent, so I have plenty of different positions, esp when my back is acting up.
Jan
13
comment Removing Seat Post rusted into downtube
@heltonbiker - this method is described by Leonard Zinn
Jan
7
comment Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel
Well if the axle were broken, wouldn't one side of the threads rotate independently of the other? I took it out, and had to hold the axle bold under the freewheel with a crescent wrench and the opposite cone and bolt together. So, it didn't obviously feel broken. Interesting possibility, I hadn't considered it, thanks.
Jan
4
comment Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel
Thanks, I'll give it a try. I'll have to dust off my cone wrenches.
Jan
4
comment Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel
Thanks, I'll give that a try.
Dec
4
comment What makes a folding bicycle so difficult to ride?
I rode a mile alongside a British couple that started on they're Friday's from San Diego in June, and were cruising thru Bellingham WA in October, still on tour.
Dec
3
comment What is a good way to keep my tires from going flat easily?
I've only had one flat with my SMP's, they shed rock and glass readily, I totally like them. The flat I got was when striking a roofing nail squarely in the middle and it jabbed right thru the Kevlar belt in the middle. Unlikely, but simple to fix.
Dec
3
comment What makes a folding bicycle so difficult to ride?
The ergonomics of folding bikes vary as much as full full sized diamond frames. Consider these varieties: the Dahon makes a folding 3-speed "marine" bike, optimized for salty conditions; Strida makes a triangle shaped bike that's really quick to fold, great for multi-modal transit commuting; while Bike Friday will do a bike fit and produce a bike you can tour a continent on.
Dec
2
comment Possible to repair a pushed in braze-on?
sounds like an operation to undertake with bike upside-down
Dec
2
comment Low Top Tube Xtracycle Donor Frame?
I like this frame design, and I like the Neko's frame design. They make me think that should look at early 29er frames because I don't need disk. However the market on hardtail 29er frames seems pretty slim.
Dec
2
comment How to prevent my bike from tipping over when using just one pannier?
You can also use a lonely toe cage strap for either a wheel strap or a brake strap as well. These are pretty cheap at bike coops, or possibly available for tip at a bike shop.