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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! ;)


Aug
29
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
@adey_888: Had you edited your answer and written there what you stated in the comment would have made your answer significantly better.
Aug
28
comment phantom leak that fixed itself?
Adding to Vorac's comment: if that didn't show any micro puncture, re-install the tube and pump it up to the highest safe pressure marked on it and submerge the valve part on water. A faulty valve will not leak but under high pressure.
Aug
28
comment Cleaning Carbon Black off a Bicycle
I regularly clean my rims with kitchen soap and a dish and cookware washing pad (the green ones that are roughly 4"x6"). If I do it soon enough it doesnt require much scuffing and avoids this black paste buildup.
Aug
27
revised Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
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Aug
27
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
@CareyGregory: Thanks for your feedback. I placed the only example I have numbers for, and it happens to be a mixed case, bcause it's from an MTB ridden on asphalt. I have ridden the same roads on a (very) old road bike, and I know my treshold is around the same speed but my "aero" speed is much higher due to less rolling resistance, unfortunately, I don't have a computer on all my bikes. I will edit when I get better references.
Aug
26
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
Can you please clarify if you are asking about Road Racing or MTB racing? Since strategies can differ vastly among these disciplines.
Aug
26
answered Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
Aug
23
comment Risks/problems of a short chain
Fear from re adding links to a chain is overrated. If done properly with a good chain tool. If you are on a budget, just do it. If not or your fear is too much, buy another chain and cycle with peace of mind. I never install my chains with chain connectors, but that's another option for you. Nothing is wrong with using more than one in a single chain. Just add together the piece you removed first, then re-shorten the chain in the other end of the longest uncut part.
Aug
23
comment Risks/problems of a short chain
What if at some point the old chain was broken and repaired by removing a couple of links and you don't remember by now? Personally I would prefer to do the large/large measurement method.
Aug
22
comment Homemade bicycle degreaser liquids
Commuting in a reasonably clean city should not cause your chain to get too dirty that fast. Consider using a thiner oil or even a dry lube on your chain so dirt doesn´t stick that much to it. You won't have to clean it so frequently. And less dirt and grime stuck on chain's lube means less grinding wear.
Aug
18
awarded  Yearling
Aug
18
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Tubeless conversion on schrader valve rims
Aug
12
comment Most effective upgrades on Road bike
@headeronly: +1 for "riding up grades > buying upgrades".
Aug
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Lowrider style bent forks techniques
Aug
1
answered Slipping when pedalling
Aug
1
comment Slipping when pedalling
This is indeed one possibility. What happens is that a couple of links are too tight toghether, so when they pass through the rear gears and the chain is curved, these links retain the angled position when they leave the rear cog. But right after that, the tension from the pedals straighten them out, producin this "less than one tooth skip". It can happen to a chain of any age that was installed with a chain cutter but was not "relieved" from the presure, or the chain link may have been deformed somehow.
Jul
29
comment MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?
There are forks that are designed for dirtjump, and they are in the range of 80mm. Please, never use a XC fork for stunts or dirtjump, the travel may be the same, but they aren't built the same way.
Jul
29
answered Replace asymmetrical BB with symmetrical cartridge and spacers?
Jul
29
comment How to train front braking technique?
I know you ask specifically for front brake technique, but I recomend reading this: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/9790/…
Jul
28
revised What are the downsides of a twisted wheel?
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