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bio website middledavids.com
location Franklin, IN
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seen Feb 27 '13 at 13:33

In terms of cycling:

  • 4200 miles over the past year, mostly on a 2002 Trek 2200 Road Bike with various "Frankenbike" additions (Chris King Headset, Deore MTB rear derailleur since I couldn't find a long cage to replace my broken Ultegra after a crash, etc...) Favorite rides last year were the RAIN and Hilly Hundred, looking forward to them both again this year as well as working on some longer Randonneur rides.

  • My second favorite ride is an old KHS Hybrid with a Trail-a-bike that my 8 year old daughter loves to ride and sing. (She's a master of most of Queen's repertoire as well as Train and a number of others...) We got in about 800 miles together last year and are looking for a used tandem this year as she's outgrowing the trailer rig.

  • As of 2012, my two older daughters (16 & 15) are budding roadies, with us having put everything we could find on CraigsList and visited Mr. Amex to get them each a Specialized Dolce. Family rides are now set to get interesting!

In life, I'm a 44 year old former Rugby player who still carries about 235 pounds and should be 220. Maybe this season I'll get there. My wife and I own a small business (Candle Manufacturer) and work way too many hours, but at least it's ours. We're hosting a weekly CIBA (Central Indiana Bicycling Association) ride this year that starts/ends at our shop where we have bathroom/mechanic stand/pump/tools, etc.


Feb
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awarded  Popular Question
Aug
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awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
27
comment New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?
I've heard people changing their chains at 2000 miles, but I use one of those chain measuring tools and it was within tolerance even at 5000 miles. I guess I thought 2000 was a bit like changing the oil on your car at 3000 - used to be the standard but most new car manuals say 5000 or even 7500 miles is fine with new tolerances, etc. Maybe the new rule for me is change them together once a season or every 5000 miles or so. Thanks.
Feb
26
comment New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?
Hmm. I would have thought the new chain would be a tad shorter, but the shifting is flawless. The only problem is those skips on the maiden voyage. Unfortunately, it's raining bad today, so I can't give it another try... I'll bring it into my favorite shop over the weekend if I don't get it sorted. Thanks.
Feb
26
comment New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?
Thanks for the Sheldon Brown article - I hadn't thought to check his site. If it adds anything to the conversation, I hadn't really noticed any wear - just thought it was time - the chain measurement tool was still (barely) in spec, and there is no obvious wear on the cassette, nothing like in the pics on Sheldon's site.
Feb
26
comment New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?
I replaced both cassette and chain in the Summer of '11, about 5000 miles ago. I thought I would get more miles from the cassette, and think I have done in the past.
Feb
26
asked New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?
May
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comment Does an SPD-SL AND SPD compatible pedal/shoe exist?
I faced a similar challenge, and agree with Ken's recommendation, but wanted to add that I'm pretty sure my next pair of pedals are going to be speed play. In 3600 miles over the past 12 months, I just don't need the MTB style shoes that I have, and think that the more 'cushy' sole leads to foot pain that I could avoid with more stiff road shoes. If you truly need to walk in your bike shoes, go SPD, but if not, the Speedplay have "platformers" that can clip on easily and give you a "real" pedal for when you need to run down to the quick mart in street shoes.
Apr
14
comment Alternative Chain/DriveTrain DeGreasers
I'll admit that the Amazon deal is quite a bit less than I was paying my FLBS for the Park Tool stuff, but I can also get a Gallon of Citrus degreaser at Lowe's for about $8, hence the question, since if it's 8-10x the price, I want to be sure it's necessary.
Apr
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answered Why are 10 speed chains so expensive?
Apr
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asked Alternative Chain/DriveTrain DeGreasers
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Apr
5
revised How do I maximize my upper body workout from riding?
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answered How do I maximize my upper body workout from riding?
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Apr
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answered Keeping a leather saddle in good condition