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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).


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".
Nov
28
comment Rear wheel not centred, presses against one of the brake pads (Rohloff hub, Magura rim brakes)
@gerrit most probably this bolt has some standard thread pitch (most probably M5, which means 5mm outer thread diameter). If a bottlecage bolt fits, it is M5. Then you could buy any M5 bolt with correct length on a hardware store, and use it with one or two washers. The bolts don't need to look the same, they just need to work the same.
Nov
27
answered Rear gears don't turn anticlockwise
Nov
27
comment Rear gears don't turn anticlockwise
Was the wheel normal before you took it from the bike? Or you took it BECAUSE it got stuck? Was it sudden? Was the bike stored, out of use, for a long time? Possibly it took some rain? More details are needed!
Nov
26
comment Rear wheel not centred, presses against one of the brake pads (Rohloff hub, Magura rim brakes)
@Mac : that is the main reason the Surly Troll had not become my dream-bike... Nowadays I think Rohloff needs a rigid (unsprung) chain tensioner screwed to the derailer hanger, OEM2 or speedbone-type torque plate, and vertical dropouts, never-to-touch-the-brake-setup-again.
Nov
26
comment New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it?
In a singlespeed chainline the outer part being dirty is not a great problem, since this dirt woultn't wear the chain. The problem is dirt on the legs, and that is a good reason for the chain not to be soaked in lube.
Nov
26
answered New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it?