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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).


Apr
17
comment How much of the saddle rail is suiteable to use
In my experience there is no problem to go beyond the marks in either direction (some rails don't even have the marks) but it would be interesting to hear from someone else if those "limits" are actual safety limits or just loose recommendations...
Apr
16
comment Repurpose old android phone (without cell phone plan) as cycle computer with GPS tracking?
+1 Very nice considerations. I cannot help but say, though, that along with all these extremely nice features comes the "price" of dependency. In some circumstances, when magic stops happening, and there is not a lo-tech backup alternative (offline, paper-based, etc.) this can be an issue. It applies mostly to navigation/localization, but may apply to monitoring and logging too. Well, just a thought.
Apr
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Repurpose old android phone (without cell phone plan) as cycle computer with GPS tracking?
Apr
16
comment How can I increase the highest gear ratio?
Could you find out how many cogs, and how many teeth each one, you have in the rear, the same for the back, end include this information in your question? Then we will be able to give you much better advice! :o)
Apr
15
answered I want to buy a fixed gear bike. Which one should I buy?
Apr
15
answered What is the advantage of a reverse arch suspension fork?
Apr
13
answered Speed On a Road Bike
Apr
12
comment How to avoid knee pain when cycling
I noticed that moving the chair around using leg flexion (pulling you closer to the desk by your feet pulling the ground back) can cause specific discomfort if you do that often...
Apr
12
comment GPS with maps for touring / using an iPhone
eTrex is in fact a product line. THE entry-level eTrex (yellow one) is quite minimalistic, and unfortunately the price slope is quite steep from one model to another. Not to say that sometimes you get a lot of functionality you don't want (and pay for it) just to get one extra feature from the next model in the line...
Apr
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
11
answered Repurpose old android phone (without cell phone plan) as cycle computer with GPS tracking?
Apr
11
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
11
comment Smartphone mounted on handlebar: Will vibrations during cycling damage it?
Agreed. I'd go with a snug hard-foam "case" (a foam block with a hole carved on it) where you insert the phone, while the foam case itself is firmly attached to the bike. Some foams (like those used in swimming pool noodles) have intrinsic damping properties. Any kind of rattling should be absolutely avoided.
Apr
9
comment Sun protective clothing interfering with bike mirror
A vague suggestion would be to replace your current setup for a larger, further-from-the-head mirror, this with a similar field of view.
Apr
8
comment Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
@Kibbee That's why I mention different ways of carrying the child depending on age, and also the concept of speed limit (the limit below, for example, a given bike won't tip over)
Apr
8
comment Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
As with other statistics, cycle-related or not, sometimes a not-so-clear methodology can make thinks appear more safe or more dangerous that they seem. Typical example: helmet use. So even if statistics are found, the multitude of contexts mentioned by @DanielRHicks must be taken into consideration.
Apr
8
revised Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
added child-seat tag
Apr
8
comment Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
I agree, and I don't mind any deserved downvotes. But anyway I think people looking for safety info while carrying children on bikes will welcome any extra information/speculation/consideration. This is a very important topic, and although (inexistent?) norms can orient a proper behavior, the final method is ultimately chosen by the adult, preferrably through a well-informed decision, so the more information the better.
Apr
8
answered Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
Apr
7
comment Rack (+ Pannier) for a bike with disc brakes
Old derailer pulleys' axles (those little cylinders) make pretty spacers for that application.