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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
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.
May
15
comment Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?
+1 for real world examples.
May
14
comment Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear
Is the crankset the same? Some cranksets "sink deeper" in the bottom bracket, so if you have a different crankset, that might be an issue. Besides, even the same crankset sinks differently around different bottom brackets, due to spindle taper. If that is the case, do you think it's possible to tighten the bolt a bit more? That would bring the crankset closer to the front derailer.
May
10
comment Why is cycling on a road so much faster than cycling on a cycle path?
If we agree that, by design, road surfaces are constructed smoother than bike paths (which seems to describe reality worldwide), then I think this is the best answer. +1