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location Porto Alegre, Brazil
age 36
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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).


Oct
25
comment How to clean rubber and plastic parts with sticky, thick teflon-based lube stains?
@DanielRHicks Gonna try some silicone spray this weekend and post some feedback, thanks!
Oct
25
comment How to clean rubber and plastic parts with sticky, thick teflon-based lube stains?
The teflon lube, as soon as applied months ago, evaporated and left the characteristic wax-like teflon coating inside the working surface of the shifter. But with use, the edge of the shifter was a bit sticky, since some lube was coming out. When I disassembled and started cleaning, the brushing just spread the wax-like, somewhat dirty teflon over the rubber surface. The rubber itself seems fine, but it's dirty with teflon. It's not impossible, though, that it penetrated the rubber a bit, but I would like to try to clean it with a proper method so that I can know.
Oct
10
comment Tires for 28' city bike (622x19C) to reduce rolling resistance?
I used a pressure that provided enough cushioning without the tire bulging or bottoming out easily. That means the narrower tire had higher pressure. Usually I ride at 20 mph (30km/h) cruising speed.
Sep
23
comment Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel
@user29020 I refer to tire rubber... My mistake, I'm correcting it, thanks!
Jul
26
comment Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
@sixtyfootersdude: That's what I said, "your most likely to get seriously injured with a full suspension".
Jul
20
comment Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
Fun is when you are at 40mph+ down a fire road on an 1.95 tire XC hardtail, and suddenly an eroded rock garden appears around the corner and you think "OMG, I'm dead"... And you manage to float inside it somehow and emerge ALIVE at the other side... Now THAT is fun!
Jul
19
comment Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
Excellent answer. +1
Jul
19
comment Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
And no: you're most likely to get seriously injured with a full-suspension that with a hard-tail if your risk-tolerance is high...
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.
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!
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
May
10
comment Why is cycling on a road so much faster than cycling on a cycle path?
Exactely the same thing in Brazil. (by the way, isn't this answer actually a comment?)