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bio website lessthandot.com
location Southeastern, PA
age 33
visits member for 3 years
seen Dec 1 at 23:58

I'm primarily a C# developer, with a lot of interest in agile methodologies, test-driven development and pair programming.


Nov
22
comment What is the widest range 9 speed cassette?
Thanks - I thought this was the case but wanted to be sure. Looking for more granny, I'm used to pushing 42/17 and doubt I'll go above that too often (or below for that matter, but I figure I'll appreciate it on snowy days).
Mar
10
comment Retrieving Loose Nipple from Inside Rim
Figured this would work too. I'll give it a shot next time I take the tires off (they're set up tubeless so it is kind of a chore). Its not as loud when I'm on the bike the bike as it is when the bike's in the stand so I think I can live with it for a while. Maybe I'll get lucky and it will get stuck again.
Mar
1
comment Are aluminum or steel chainrings more resistant to bending?
"The advantage of steel anyway is that it can be safely unbent as long as the deformation is not too dramatic." +1 for that - my brother bent his steel ring 1/2 mile into a ride we planned for weeks and drove 2 hours for. If it was aluminum it probably would have ruined our day.
Nov
29
comment Singlespeed Hub - Rear Axle Swap
Finally got this done last night and it was a snap - only problem was the axle nuts from the old hub were gone so I had to use some nonsense from sears w/ washers (had the shop order me some proper nuts to use eventually). Thanks again for pointing me to the info on the old-new hub :)
Nov
27
comment Why not have the gears inside the bottom bracket?
Zerode has one for sale currently: zerodebikes.com/page/Bikes. Super expensive IIRC, but the design looks solid and I could see it trickling down eventually.
Oct
15
comment Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides
Heh, that's lucky. Look out for gravel rail-trails you can use as the "backbone" for your ride too. There are a couple around me that make planning this type of ride much easier.
Oct
12
comment How would the “pros” bike this commute?
Looks like roughly 5 miles. With a reasonable amount of hills, 5 miles on the road normally takes me about 20 minutes, and I'm relatively slow. I think you should be able to do it in under 45 to start for sure - but probably a lot faster if the terrain is flat.
Oct
9
comment Do tubeless tires offer significant benefits for a cyclocross bike?
I was trying to find out whether or not tubeless tires offered significant benefits for a cross bike. The articles I linked below eventually convinced me to give them a try and I literally just put a new stans wheelset on my bike. Once I've gotten a few rides in on them in different conditions I will probably elaborate below and accept the answer.
Oct
5
comment Singlespeed Hub - Rear Axle Swap
Thanks! Couldn't find that page on the old-new hubs. I've got cone wrenches, so I will take apart the old hub, and see how confident I feel after that messing with the newer one.
Sep
26
comment for a single-speed conversion, is it always necesary to change bottom bracket?
Thanks for clearing it up guys, only ever used a freewheeling SS here :)
Sep
26
comment for a single-speed conversion, is it always necesary to change bottom bracket?
I suspect that you're more likely to drop a chain (which can be more dangerous on a fixie) running that kind of setup than you would with track-style dropouts or an eccentric BB.
Sep
14
comment Cantilever Brakes - Cyclocross
Those TRP mini-V brakes are pretty excellent! AFAIK if you want to run normal V brakes (this was my goal at first) you need some sort of adapter that changes the amount of cable your levers pull - not sure if this is an issue for all levers or just mine (shimano 105s, couple years old).
Sep
12
comment Do tubeless tires offer significant benefits for a cyclocross bike?
That's about where I ended up after consulting a couple friends and local shop (I go elsewhere for wheels so they have no reason to steer me wrong). I still like this answer - it was good to get a more race-focused opinion, in case I ever start finishing competitively and want to step things up a notch ;)
Sep
6
comment Best bike for neck in straight position?
The seating position on a hybrid bike is much more like that of a comfort-oriented mountain bike than a road bike. The gearing is typically similar also, though big chain rings up front are typically larger because there is less need for clearance. Just watch out for the 'fitness-oriented' hybrids like the trek FX - the ones I've seen in the wild don't have adjustable stems and tend to lean the rider forward into a more aggressive position. A mountain bike with hybrid tires would probably be another good choice.
Sep
6
comment Best bike for neck in straight position?
What makes you think the hybrid would be a problem in the hilly city? Are you concerned the upright stance would make climbing too difficult?
Sep
6
comment Do tubeless tires offer significant benefits for a cyclocross bike?
I'd probably agree if it was a dedicated racing bike, but I don't know that tubulars really fit the utilitarian nature that I'm after. But maybe I'm just irrationally scared of carrying a tire instead of a tube. I'll certainly consider this - can you recommend a tubular wheelset in the $700 range for comparison?