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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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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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Jul
28
answered What are the downsides of a twisted wheel?
Jul
28
comment Chain rings slip when crank is turned
Not to mention that in case of such severe spindle failure, one of the cranks would rotate while the other won't. It would simply yield a complete diferent set of symptoms.
Jul
25
comment How to start a grassroots DH race?
I would add Racing Categories, Medical Assistance, Course preparation, Timing method.
Jul
25
comment Can I replace my bicycle's dynamo with batteries?
@PaulWeber: I suggest you edit the question to include the motives you state in this last comment.
Jul
25
comment Can I replace my bicycle's dynamo with batteries?
Yes @RoboKaren. That's why I would't worry. I've been playing with lamps, bulbs, leds, batteries, and ac since I was 10. I have disassembled may cheap led flashlight/torches and all of them had a resistor in series with the led, wich simplifies using the circuir on any DC source with the same voltage. Even have replaced kripton bulbs with ready made LED equivalents and no problem has arised.
Jul
23
answered Can I replace my bicycle's dynamo with batteries?
Jul
21
answered How can I tell if I have properly patched a tube? (specifically a 2" mt. bike tube)
Jul
21
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.
Jul
21
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.
Jul
21
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.