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bio website velostrigiformes.tumblr.com
location Portland, ME
age 28
visits member for 2 years, 4 months
seen Aug 28 at 15:46

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.


Feb
13
comment How can I prevent or mitigate the front wheel coming off the ground when climbing steep hills?
I second the pedaling smoothly approach. Good form saves lots of trouble.
Feb
9
comment How to mark a tire
Just brainstorming... but indelible labels on the inside of the tire might be an option. You could use a punch-type label maker that makes raised lettering and stick that to the inside of the tread (I should think the thickness of the label wouldn't be noticeable and the adhesive wouldn't damage the rubber too badly, but I've never done it.) Do you really need to be able to read the label with it mounted on a wheel?
Jan
27
comment Upgrading a GF Tarpon to 650B wheelset
650b wheels for rim brakes aren't terribly uncommon. They're used in smaller sized road bikes and for rando/touring bikes and are gaining in popularity. You won't see big fat rims on them, but if you're riding big fat tires you're already one foot into the world of disc brake-equipped mountain bikes.
Jan
26
comment What kind of crank extractor do I need
It's probably an 8mm hex bolt with the black plastic cap attached. It should come right out leaving the crank in place.
Jan
26
comment What kind of crank extractor do I need
Remove the crank bolt and dust cap. That is what one would really need to see (i.e. the end of the BB spindle... square, spline...)
Jan
23
comment What kind of pump/attachment do I need for this? (picture)
That sure looks like a schraeder valve to me. You're sure the pump head is set up correctly?
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.