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bio website velostrigiformes.tumblr.com
location Portland, ME
age 27
visits member for 2 years
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I'm fascinated with bicycles...with how they work, how they're built, how they're used, and what they have to offer. I'm pursuing an MS in Civil Engineering specifically to design and construct cycling infrastructure for transportation planning.

I have worked with several bike-share programs providing free access to bicycles for students, workers, and retirees. In addition, I volunteer as a bicycling safety advocate with local schools.

I appreciate lugged steel, leather saddles, Bridgestones, and pink bar tape.

My next big goal is a cross-country ride from Maine to California.


Jan
20
comment Folding bike for commuting and touring
These folks use Bromptons for touring: pathlesspedaled.com It's all in the setup (they carry a bunch of really silly stuff, though.)
Jan
19
comment Does this abandoned 1976 Murray Alpine 26 I found have any significance or worth?
It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, but in my experience some people love old junk.
Jan
19
comment How deep does snow have to be before it becomes unrideable?
Just ride on it! You'll know after ten minutes whether it was a good idea. Falling on snow is not so bad.
Jan
18
comment Good Quality Road Platform Pedals?
@RISwampYankee I actually use both clipless and platform pedals. Maybe 3/4 of my rides are on platform pedals, but I definitely do more miles in clipless. However, I really don't like flip flop pedals: they're half as good as regular platforms and heavy and clumsy as clipless pedals.
Jan
18
comment How do I install a fixed gear cog on a screw-on freewheel hub?
@Batman How is a lockring not strictly necessary? What else would keep the cog from unthreading?
Jan
17
comment Upgrading Bicycle Gearing
There are lots of considerations here, not limited to rear dropout spacing (for a 6sp freewheel it could be 120 or 126mm); shifter indexing (I've never heard of modding a modern Campy brifter to work with anything but 8 or 9 sp); possible wheel selection (you'll find that tires in 27" are limited). It may be more cost effective to buy what you're really looking for.
Jan
10
comment Do I really need to use primer first?
If you're painting aluminum, you definitely need a primer.
Jan
3
comment Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel
I've been lusting after the Straggler before I even knew it existed. Some day...
Jan
1
comment Way to fix outward dent in rim?
If you only "think" you can feel the dent (and it isn't noticeable) it might be easier to just leave it. Like you said, the rims are on the way out.
Jan
1
comment Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel
Surly now makes a disc-equipped CX bike: surlybikes.com/bikes/straggler !
Dec
31
comment Why are there metal shavings in my brake pads?
I had a real bad problem with this using Yokozuna pink pads on Velocity Synergy rims. I switched to Kool Stop dual compound pads and it is way less noticeable.
Dec
31
comment Can I pedal my bicycle backwards to move it backwards?
Hey, what do you mean "out of eagerness"? Are you actually keen on building such a bike, or were you just curious?
Dec
30
comment Can I pedal my bicycle backwards to move it backwards?
I suppose with an idler pulley mounted in a strategic place (and maybe a 9 speed chain) you might be able to run the chain in a figure-8 allowing you to move forward by pedaling backwards. Stranger things have happened.
Dec
30
comment Can I pedal my bicycle backwards to move it backwards?
Before the ubiquity of derailleurs there were bikes that ran one gear forwards and a climbing gear backwards. (Called a Retro-Direct en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retro-direct) I'd recommend befriending/becoming a machinist.
Dec
28
revised Combination of different Shimano braking components
Made the title specific to braking components rather than Shimano components in general.
Dec
28
comment Combination of different Shimano braking components
To be fair, new levers aren't prohibitively expensive, nor are they hard to come by. universalcycles.com/shopping/index.php?category=1594 Additionally, used levers from canti-equipped mtbs are pretty ubiquitous.
Dec
17
comment Do studded tires make less than ideal railroad crossings worse?
I've not had problems with Schwalbe Marathon HS396's over three winters worth of RR tracks. The benefits probably outweigh the risk in most cases.
Dec
13
comment How to securely connect cable to AXA Quattro dynamo?
If you're using the spec'd parts the wire isn't the problem. There is either a push in connection somewhere or there is a screw that secures the wire. Did you install this yourself or did a shop do it?
Dec
9
comment Vintage Peugeot tends towards the left when riding
Do you mean that the bike pulls to the left when you're riding?
Dec
7
comment Gap between lower headset cup and fork. Is this likely to be a problem?
What did the LBS say? Are they insisting that it is supposed to look like that?