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Senior Software Engineer with 9 years of professional experience. Currently coding in Java and C#.

Oct
4
comment Is there such a thing as frame failure?
Just a note on the failure of carbon frames... My friend / team-mate broke his carbon framed mtn bike clean in half during a race. We were wondering why his lap was taking so long, when here he comes jogging out of the woods with his bike over his shoulders. Broken in 1/2, the 2 sides just held together by the cables. The manufacturer gave him a replacement frame in the end, but it does happen!
Sep
22
comment Long sleeve vs. short sleeve jersey
+1. I too progress from short-sleeve to adding arm warmers, or a long-sleeve base-layer with a short-sleeve jersey over it. Arm warmers are cheaper and more versatile, since jerseys tend to be a bit pricey.
Sep
17
comment What are good sites/places to buy/sell bike parts for older bikes?
Retrobike is cool. There needs to be a US version!
Sep
17
comment Practical benefits of expensive jockey wheels?
I'd never heard the term "jockey wheels" before, but eventually realized they are what I usually call "derailleur pulleys". Figured I would leave this note here for anyone else that gets the regional terminology differences confused.
Sep
16
comment Why should I not coast while training (even after intervals)?
haha, that's right... "Sorry officer, I couldn't stop for that light... if I did, I might cramp up and fall over in the middle of the intersection!" :)
Sep
14
comment Can a steel fork be unbent?
I think this will depend on how bent they are. Are we talking 2 degrees or 200 degrees of an angle?
Sep
14
comment Bicycle Storage Indoors
I would guess that no, it doesn't hurt. There was a discussion on that here: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/4204/… and my bikes have been hanging on hooks like that for a few years without harm. My 2 mountain bikes are in the 24-26 pound range, and that isn't a whole lot of weight for the wheels to have to hold up, really.
Sep
14
comment What are the most effective exercises to improve stamina and speed on my cycle to/from work?
+1 for intervals. I got a heart rate monitor that can be programmed to do intervals, and will beep at you when your heart rate is too low during the 'on' part of the interval, or too high during the 'off' part. It was a big help.
Sep
14
comment Bicycle Storage Indoors
edited my post to add pictures of my bikes hanging
Sep
13
comment Bicycle Storage Indoors
I'll try to take a picture of my bike on the rack later today when I get home to give a better idea of what I mean...
Sep
13
comment Adjust reach on Ultegra ST-6510 levers?
Thanks for the info. I'll try playing with the position on the bars and see if I can make that work. I just got new cables anyway, so will be re-cabling the entire bike in the next couple days, so I'll have the bar tape off anyway. Perfect time to fiddle with the lever positions. The way they are now, with my hands in the drops, the pads of my middle and index finger touch the side of the brake lever, and just barely around the front. Its not hard to brake from the hoods, but i have to stretch my fingers to get them around the levers from the drops.
Sep
11
comment Are revolights a good idea?
+1 for the link. I'd never seen this before. Looks really interesting! That said, I'm not sure it would be "better" than a standard light setup, without any empirical evidence, or having seem it from the point of view of the rider and a car at distance.
Sep
10
comment What is the name of the part, often seen on BMX bicycles, that allows an additional rider on the back the bike?
Please mark one of these answers as "accepted" (the check box below the up/down vote arrows). This is proper StackExchange etiquette.
Sep
10
comment Can a greasy chain cause the chain to come off the rings?
In addition to the answers below, if this is on a new bike, then after a few hundred miles the cables and housings will break-in and possibly stretch a bit, causing shifting problems. Usually after re-adjusted after initial break-in, then they stay much better.
Sep
9
comment Avalanche upgrade cartridge for Boxxer, or tune existing?
Yeah, progressive springs would be nice. You might need the double adjustability as you originally said. Depending on the cost difference, I'd probably lean toward the Avalanche kit, since you will get that adjustability, as opposed to having the cartridge retuned and still having the single adjustment. If you eventually loose or gain weight, or want to re-tune for different events or terrains, you will be able to compensate with the Avalanche. Since you've ridden the R2C2 , have you considered selling your RC and getting the R2C2? That might be more cost effective than the Avalanche upgrade.
Sep
8
comment Can a front wheel have a different number of bearings on each side?
If you put 9 back in one side, is there enough gap left to fit 1 more? I assume putting 10 in one side doesn't leave a lot of gap...
Sep
7
comment Securing sliding bar grips without hair spray?
Substitute anything plastic and rigid in place of the flathead... possibly a ball-point pen, if it isn't too thick, or a plastic butter knife, Popsicle stick might even be sturdy enough... My point was more that glass cleaner works in place of hairspray, etc.
Sep
7
comment What makes a bike stay upright when moving?
+1. A bike's natural ability to stay upright when you "ghost ride" one, or send it off rolling without a rider, is largely due to the rake (or caster) of the front wheel. If it was mounted vertically (your wheel axel was directly below the head tube, and the head tube was vertical) then the bike would fall over fairly easily. This is similar to the caster of a car's front wheels, which helps stability and to center the steering wheel on its own (let go of a car steering wheel in a turn and it comes back toward center) and the dihedral of an aircraft wing which helps it from rolling over.
Sep
7
comment What is the name of the part, often seen on BMX bicycles, that allows an additional rider on the back the bike?
+1 for Kibbee's comment, specifically they are NOT designed for someone to stand on. They are designed for trick riding (grinds, etc.)
Sep
7
comment Adjusting saddle angle on a road bike (drop bars)
Another great point. Both my MTB saddles have the groove, but this road bike seat doesn't. I marked Adam's answer as 'accepted' because sliding the seat forward a bit on the rails did help in my particular case, but saddle replacement with a more comfortable one is definitely a good option too.