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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).


Jan
12
answered Adivce on what to do next with crunching / slipping gears
Jan
12
comment Adivce on what to do next with crunching / slipping gears
Surely the best thing to do is to go back to the shop and demand some extra attention. I think they will not oppose to do so, if you don't wait too long to do it. +1
Jan
9
comment Maintaining an old bike properly
A 6 year old bicycle by no means can be considered old. There are people riding 20+ years old bycicles without a problem. But, besides time, bycicles surely can "age badly" if we don't take proper care. If you apply the given suggestions, you'll be surprised with the great results and how nice the bike will feel.
Dec
21
comment Disc brake pads are loose in the calipers, is this a problem?
If it is spring type, you could take the pads out and bend the spring open a bit, so that it applies more force to keep the pads away from the disc. I had Deore mechanical and I did it once in a while, it worked.
Dec
19
revised What things should I look for when purchasing a fixed gear bike?
added 3 characters in body
Dec
19
comment What things should I look for when purchasing a fixed gear bike?
@Angelo the reasons you brought are valid, but you are, IMO, "punishing" a general-purpose candidate based on specialized performance (racing, cargo-hauling). For an all-rounder and commuter, a fixie is very very fine (fast and non-tiring) if you travel light on fair weather, even on hilly terrain, but perhaps I wouldn't think so or even believe so If I hadn't one.
Dec
19
comment What things should I look for when purchasing a fixed gear bike?
Take a look at the Surly Steamroller. If you like it (not find it too heavy), you could not go wrong with it! I think you could buy a kit instead of the whole bike, too.
Dec
19
comment What things should I look for when purchasing a fixed gear bike?
The way you put, you can never go right: or you get a fake-less-than-something-road-bike, or you get a super-rocket-unrideable-except-over-a-snooker-table. Have you heard of street fixies, like the excellent Surly Steamroller, just for an example? I ride a conversion, and have outsmoked a lot of fellow riders from many different "ghettos", 'cause the bike is just fine!
Dec
19
answered What things should I look for when purchasing a fixed gear bike?
Dec
18
answered Which way do I orient my bike tire's tread direction? and why?
Dec
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
13
answered Single speed chainline
Dec
12
answered Safest way to slow down a bike quickly if both sets of brakes fail
Dec
6
answered Recumbent Accessories
Dec
4
comment Rear wheel not centred, presses against one of the brake pads (Rohloff hub, Magura rim brakes)
Very glad to know that worked! Good luck and good rides with your bike!
Dec
1
answered How does a bike's weight affect the overall experience of owning it?
Nov
30
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
30
comment Do 29 inch wheels make a difference?
Perhaps edit your question, like "What difference do 29 inch wheels make?". Question as it is makes difficult to give an useful answer.
Nov
28
comment How do I measure a fork for suitability?
Also, rake affects rideability a bit, but it does not affect rim/hub compatibility with the fork.
Nov
28
comment Rear wheel not centred, presses against one of the brake pads (Rohloff hub, Magura rim brakes)
Also, you could mark my answer as accepted if you want :o) Just check the little green "V".