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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! ;)


Dec
18
comment Carbon fork torque
I would measure both the fork and the hub to check if one of them is too much out of spec.
Dec
12
comment Are road bike seats interchangeable?
While I completely agree with Batman's and Daniel R Hicks' anwsers, I testify that getting a second saddle+seatpost is a great way of sharing a bike that will frequently be used by two people of reasonably similar body geometry. I being a male, used to share a bike with my sister, so I had another seatpost with a wider and more padded saddle wich was placed more towards the front in the post. With the quick release, the bike was readjusted in matter of seconds. (In those days, there wheren't woman's saddles availables in my country)
Dec
12
comment How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?
I really think you will get good answers and suggestions if you re write the question more properly.
Dec
12
comment How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?
The wording on this question is too bad, it seemingly encourages bad habits in other riders. The core question about rear brake only trechnique is valid, but please, for health reasons, remove the lazy part.
Dec
9
comment Is the same effort required to maintain a set speed using different sized chainring / cog combinations with same ratio
Single speed is more efficient because you don't deal with the friction in the jockey wheels / pulleys.
Dec
4
comment Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?
@Batman: Indeed, now that you mention it, I once bougt a rear shock that was brought to my country via air cargo, and it came with enough pressure to be used (Sag was almost exactly where I needed it). I think that anecdote answers my own question.
Dec
2
comment Can I put the speedometer sensor for my cycle computer on my rear brake line?
If a spedometer IS designed to have the sensor mounted in the rear wheel, it should be packed with a mounting bracket that does put the sensor close to the spokes. Nowadays the sensor is to be installed with zipties, (I Have the bontrager trip 2), so, it is only matter of putting a "spacer" between the sensor and the chain|seat stay and tie it. If it's not included, I would make it out of a small plastic block, or rubber. (e.g. A rubber heel from an old boot)
Nov
28
comment Croozer bike trailer optimalisation for less tire detoriation
Knowing next to nothing on trailers, I would try installing tires made of very hard rubber (high durometer number), as this trailer has no brakes, it needs almost no traction. Hard rubber tires should last longer and be cheaper too.
Nov
27
comment How to select gearing for descent?
@Vorac: Indeed, XC and DH complement each other and what you learn in one makes its way into the other. Sometimes I get asked "you do ride DH, right?" while on XC group rides...
Nov
21
comment How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?
Probably correct calibration eliminates the feedback loop. Ideally the trailer should brake just so to slow down a little less than the bike, so the force on the lever doesn't cease to exist. i.e. the trailer won´t be able to brake so hard that it pulls the bike back. ShemSeger's scheme can be calibrated by means of regulating how far from the lever's pivot the force is applied. (torque = force x radius).
Nov
21
comment How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?
Wouldn't it be easier if the lever is on the trailer side? The force excerted on the lever would be the same but cable/hose routing would be a little bit easier.
Nov
21
comment How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?
+1 for the clever scheme to avoid telescoping tongue!
Nov
21
comment Does anyone make a split seat clamp?
Great suggestion! Since they are made of steel (a rether soft one) they easily accomodate a wide range of tube diameters, also they can be modifíed to further adapt to even other diameters whith a file and a little effort.
Nov
21
comment How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?
This idea just popped in my mind: If you have cable brakes, there are brake lever that can actuate two cables at once. With one of those, you can leave one cable for the on-bike brake (I suggest rear one) and the other can be routed to a connector that allows to engage/disengage a cable brake sistem on the trailer.
Nov
19
comment How long should brake pads last?
Also, please describe "problems" more in detail. Is is lack of stopping power? Abnormal sounds?
Nov
18
comment Who else makes H-bar Loop Handlebars?
Indeed, @ShemSeger. I guess there must be some kind of patent issue combined with low demand. That is why I suggest getting a couple mid-priced aluminum moustache handlebar and getting them to a shop capable of welding a piece of one into the other.
Nov
18
comment Who else makes H-bar Loop Handlebars?
Not related, but you may find an alternative here: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/1195/…
Nov
18
comment Who else makes H-bar Loop Handlebars?
@ShemSeger: I see your point. Is it possible in your location to have it custom made in a metal-working shop? I don't think it's going to be that expensive. Maybe starting with a "moustache" handlebar, wich should have the handling geometry you look for (hand angled backwards and behind the stem clamping point) and getting the "loop" from a sacrificial second handlebar.
Nov
12
comment Experiences of the Cannondale Headshok system?
There are an entire generation of people who don´t know anything made prior to 2000 hehe.
Nov
11
comment Why use multiple materials on chainrings?
@Jean-BernardPellerin: Least experienced riders are prone to make mistakes when shifting, for example crosschaining. These may result in faster wear or damage on a chainring made of a more delicate (expensive) material, so in this context, depured means the rider has identified an corrected his/her technique faults.