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Mountain biker since 1999, I ride Cross Country and Downhill and anything in between. I also commute by bike some days(home to work and vice versa) in a very hilly city.

Started competition riding in 2008 national level in Honduras, Central America. I usually perform most of the maintenance and even major repairs in my bikes or friend's bikes. I own a small collection of bikes consisting of a road bike, one hardtail, three full suspension XC bikes and a DH bike. All of them except the road bike where assembled completely by me and none has ever fallen apart! ;)


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answered How can I tell if I have properly patched a tube? (specifically a 2" mt. bike tube)
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comment What features of a mountain bike's geometry gives it different characteristics?
@DanielRHicks: The more "downhill oriented" a bike is designed, the slacker the head tube angle. Seems counterintuitive, but consider that these bikes tend to have larger travel forks and the slack angle positions the fork better for bump absorption at speed.
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comment What effect does head tube angle have on a bicycle?
Is this a mountain bike or one with suspension? The angle difference you mention is very small, you'd need to be a very sensitive rider to actually notice the effect. IF this is a bike with suspension fork or a double suspension bike: Consider that the mere fact of having a working suspension produces head tube angle changes larger than 0.5degrees while riding, an no body seems to have problems with that, so, I would'nt worry over such a small difference.
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comment Is it ok for the trunk bike rack to rest against the glass of a hatchback?
+1 For cleaning glass and feet before use. Rubber feet work better being clean and used directly. Plastic(ish) feet work beter cleaning and covered, as you say, with a sock or even better, some pieces of old inner tube.
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comment Is it ok for the trunk bike rack to rest against the glass of a hatchback?
If you use it on good smooth roads, and with lghtweight bikes and you are a careful driver, then yes. Just clean the glass and the glass-touching part of the rack before use. But if the streets are like moon surface (like my country) I would look for another type of rack. Either a Roof Rack or a hitch mounted rack. Personally I had a Toyota Sprinter Carib and had the glass problem with my rack. Ended cutting the rack and using parts to make a customized one adding a few pieces of EMT tubbing.
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revised What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?
added 828 characters in body
Jul
18
answered Are there any cleats (for SPD-SL) that convert the pedal to a regular flat platform for regular shoes?
Jul
18
comment Can a guy wear a woman's helmet safely?
I agree on that you better try them, diferent shapes can render a helmet unwearable. My oblong head would never fit a round helmet (BMX Style) because they would squish my head front-to-back while nothing would stop 'em from wiggling side to side. Test several to get the best fit!
Jul
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Loose pedals on Norco MTB
Jul
14
comment How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
Yet another suggestion: Even if you live in a flat area, if you can find a long stretch of a road that is straight and happens to have regular winds in certain direction, ride fast against the wind! (For example here in my country there is a windmill farm with a stright road across, almost every morning the wind blows in the same direction, and in the afternoon, it blows in the oposite direction)
Jul
14
comment How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
@user12879: Indeed. I thougt of this a while ago, but my plan was (is) to use it on the neighborhood streets, not on the open road. Naturally, not to be used on windy days. Also the said parachute is really small, would not extend past the rear wheel, and when "deflated" would not hang low enough to get caugth in the wheel either.
Jul
14
comment How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
What about a parachute? I have seen runners and soccer players training with a small parachute attached to their back. Creating air resistance would allow you to train on flat terrain. A small parachute can be easily made out of a piece of nylon cloth and thin rope.
Jul
11
answered How do I keep a bike feeling “new”?
Jul
11
revised What can I use for a DIY cable end?
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Jul
9
answered What can I use for a DIY cable end?
Jul
9
comment What can I use for a DIY cable end?
Actually a crimpable connector would look pretty cool.
Jul
7
answered Theoretical question about double drivetrain (both-sides drive)
Jul
4
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
4
answered Howto design a route in Google Maps on the pc and navigate on the android device
Jun
30
comment Why isn't my suspension bouncy?
@Alexander: yes, it can be helpful for some types of riding, however, they are more limited than frame suspension.