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bio website velostrigiformes.tumblr.com
location Portland, ME
age 28
visits member for 2 years, 3 months
seen Jul 23 at 1:22

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.


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?
Dec
5
comment How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?
I don't remember... there was some thread a while ago and someone mentioned that the terminology differed.
Dec
3
comment How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?
Also, I think I remember hearing that the US and the UK use the term vice differently: a bench-mounted clamping vice is the way to do it.
Dec
3
comment How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?
A vice is the way to do it. +1 for a well equipped LBS.
Dec
1
comment What is a good bike for college?
@jimirings Not to mention dodging cars and golf carts over and over!
Nov
30
comment What tools do I need to replace my bottom bracket?
You could also buy any one of a number of bicycle repair manuals (Zinn and Park Tools are two of my favorites.)
Nov
25
comment New headset cups loose against the frame
I've done it with wobbly fork crown races. It works, but it'll be a lifetime fix.
Nov
22
comment Reverse center pull cantilever brakes (how to set up and issues)
Interesting...photos would be great!
Nov
20
comment New headset cups loose against the frame
This is a great reference: sheldonbrown.com/headsets.html
Nov
20
comment New headset cups loose against the frame
Do you have access to calipers to measure the ID of those cups?
Nov
14
comment Can bicycling cause runner's knee?
Unless you're riding the entire way standing up with a backpack on... Have you injured yourself before? Have you had any back injuries? Also note that most people don't fit into any bike fit model perfectly...you may need to peruse our questions and resources pertaining to bike fit. There are literally volumes written on bike fit and 2.5 months may not be enough time to have worked out the kinks. Don't lose heart (also don't injure yourself!)
Nov
14
comment Can bicycling cause runner's knee?
I'd say that it probably isn't the route. More likely it is your bike fit (and your bike has to fit correctly in order to pedal correctly.) Have you read any information on correct fit and posture? (Read this too: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/5739/…)
Nov
9
comment How does this hub come apart?
Do you know a brand/model?
Nov
8
comment Cantilever brakes for older narrow fork bosses (55mm)?
This might better serve as a comment instead of an answer.