499 reputation
27
bio website xenotropic.com
location Berkeley, CA
age 37
visits member for 2 years, 10 months
seen Aug 12 at 21:21

I'm an attorney in Berkeley, California, with mod4 LLP. I bike around town, and occasionally go on longer tours: August 2005 in Ireland and France; summer 2010 in Ecuador; summer 2012 a biking honeymoon with my wife in Europe, which I wrote up for Adventure Cyclist Magazine.


Aug
12
comment Strange logo on the frame
Is there a serial number on the bottom bracket?
May
9
comment Name that frame! (Likely Japanese, likely made in 1986, with known serial number, likely a Bianchi)
Here's a 1989 Brava with an "IS" serial number (also ending in "86", interestingly). The photo is hard to see but I think might have pointy head lugs. Fork is uni instead of lugged though. bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/…
May
1
comment Name that frame! (Likely Japanese, likely made in 1986, with known serial number, likely a Bianchi)
First, respect! For trying to identify this bike for at least four years forums.roadbikereview.com/retro-classic/name-frame-212595.html. I spent a while looking and, while the serial number points towards Bianchi, the pointy head tube lugs do not -- Bianchi, then and now, almost always had a clean head tube for the big Eduardo Bianchi logo. This site forums.roadbikereview.com/retro-classic/… lists Limited; Brava; and the Sport SX as the three Ishiwata (Japanese steel) frames of the 80s. Pictures of all three show no-point head tube lugs.
May
1
comment odd noise on new disc brakes
My Avid BB7's make a bit of a thumpity-thumpity noise under heavy braking from the vents, but nothing I'd call "grinding". Are the pads getting gouged or torn up?
Feb
19
answered Can I change the rear cassette on a folding bike?
Feb
4
comment derailleur P-screw/B-screw does absolutely nothing
If you look at the Park Tool page you linked, in the pictures where it says "Higher tension setting" and "Lower tension setting", is the end of your B-screw seated on a ridge of the derailleur hanger like theirs is? Sometimes the screw can miss that ridge, or the ridge gets rounded or sheared off. Also, just validating that: (a) I've had this problem and (b) yes, the B-screw is the thing that fixes it. Also, stay cool. Hard to fix stuff while raging :^)
Oct
17
awarded  Yearling
Sep
10
comment Bicycle Computer Mount for Small Diameter Handlebars
Or electrical tape.
Sep
3
answered Active Cycle Touring Blogs
Sep
3
comment How do you distinguish a touring bike from a speed/road bike?
+1 to "better heel clearance for rear bags". Having longer chainstays for this reason is a key difference in touring frame design, and is important if you plan on taking larger panniers. Also, while you mention wider tires, it's important to note that a touring bike will have a wider fork and more width by the seatstay bridge to accommodate this. Many "speed" bikes will only accommodate tires up to 25mm or so, which impedes any conversion to a touring bike.
Mar
20
revised Long Distance Navigation
edited body
Mar
20
comment Long Distance Navigation
Thanks -- fixed.
Mar
20
revised Long Distance Navigation
edited body
Mar
14
answered Long Distance Navigation
Feb
12
comment Product selection help: wheelset for vintage(ish)steel roadbike
Agreed; specifically, Mavic MA2 or MA40 rims (and probably whatever they are laced to) would fit the bill.
Feb
12
answered Identifying bottom bracket
Dec
18
revised Ideal pants for bicycle commuting the rain
added additional info
Dec
14
accepted What kind of panniers is this tubus rack flange for?
Dec
13
comment Map during touring?
I can sort of imagine, but a picture would be neat.
Dec
10
comment What kind of panniers is this tubus rack flange for?
Thanks. I was figuring it was something German.