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location Porto Alegre, Brazil
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I ride non-stop since I am 4, my father gave me one bike each 4 years until 18. Since then I am changing components and assembling new bikes. Now I have seven, including tandem, home-made recumbent, fixed gear, city-bike with generator and internal-gear-hub, freeride full-suspension.

I have been bred on XC mountainbike (raced a bit), and enjoy technical terrain, as well as light freeride, randonneuring, and touring. I also like to try to smoke my friends and acquaintances on group rides (and so do them).

I tend to do my own assembling and mainteinence, and am known among friends for a natural willingness to solve mechanical problems "in the field", even those not on my bike. I like to read about deep intricacies in bicycle mechanics, being a strong fan of a lot (but not all) of Sheldon Brown approaches.

Recently, I am engaged on bike as transportation, bike advocacy, and political-related-bike-issues, and participate in a lot of local groups, mostly nightbikers, weekend rides (not club rides) and Critical Mass.

My short-term bike-related goal is to have equipment and energy to commute all-year round (my winter is very rainy), and my long term goal, more like a dream, is to be full-time involved with bikes, professionally (most probably designing/manufacturing or selling stuff).


Jul
14
comment What defines a “compact” road bike?
@DanielRHicks The mixte frame is an interesting case, since it has the sloped top tube that gives more clearance, while having its seatstays relatively high at the seatclamp, thus not having as much influence on exposed seatpost length and flex. Some say those parallel tubes running from headtube to rear axle are extra weight without that much extra structural strength, but the resulting DESIGN is surely remarkable no matter what!
Jul
14
comment What defines a “compact” road bike?
Having assembled a classic (non-slope) frame of a larger-than-recommended size for me, I'd say a sloped top tube has AT LEAST the (rather understated) benefit of MORE SEATPOST FLEX, thus softening road harshness a lot (I didn't realized I would miss this so much). So, a compact frame might be a good choice not only for racing-performance reasons, but also for long-distance riding at a slower pace...
Jul
11
comment Why do some road bikes cost more than motorbikes? Are they grossly overpriced?
Agreed, and I'd add to it that, beyond a certain level, you need to throw A LOT more money to get not-so-much additional benefit, so the "price vs features" is not linear at all between entry-level and top-level, creating an abyss if you shift these exponential curves to compare a low-end "lo-tech" product with a high-end "hi-tech" one.
Jul
1
answered Why does the chain tension vary as pedals are turned?
Jun
22
awarded  Notable Question
Jun
20
revised Differences between symetrical and asymetrical brake pads for cantilever / v-brakes
added 22 characters in body
Jun
20
answered Differences between symetrical and asymetrical brake pads for cantilever / v-brakes
Jun
18
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
16
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
12
answered Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel
Jun
9
answered How to fix a stripped pedal crank
Jun
7
comment Advantages and Disadvantages of Bibs vs Shorts?
@NeilFein take a look at this answer, I think it applies to bibs: "wear something skin tight under my upper layers" (bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/13487/2355)
Jun
7
comment Advantages and Disadvantages of Bibs vs Shorts?
+1, and bibs potentially prevent sore nipples.
Jun
5
comment Worth it to touch up my bike?
I do the same, based in the following principles: 1) the bike is already scratched anyway, so perfection is not a goal anymore (or shouldn't be, it's a BIKE after all). 2) the paint that is already in the non-scratched parts is the best your bike can get. Removing it or painting over most probably won't improve anything. 3) Bikes have a life of their own. Scratches and nail polishes add to their personality. 4) Some nail polishes are actually flashier than the original painting!
Jun
2
answered Twist shifter spacing between 6 & 7
May
24
answered How do you evaluate a chamois (padding in shorts) before buying?
May
21
awarded  Popular Question
May
20
comment Fixed Gear Chainring Centering
Remind that these tight-and-loose spots may be caused by chainring, cog or the very chain being "off-center". If you spin the pedals with the bike upside down and there is not a regular pattern of tight-and-loose, perhaps even more than one part is off-center. That tends to happen more with cheap parts.
May
17
comment Good locks seem awfully heavy
At cafes, people usually keep looking at the bike, and cafes usually are in relatively safer neighborhoods, I think.