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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.


Oct
17
comment Replacing needle bearing threaded headset with an ordinary one
Once upon a time I tried hammering an ISO crown race onto a JIS fork :( Lesson learned.
Oct
16
comment Replacing needle bearing threaded headset with an ordinary one
No worries. I'm sure if the stack height is comparable you'll be in good shape. I like to provide answers for any hypothetical situation that may arise, but it is always good to have a simple solution!
Oct
16
comment Fixing damage to brake rim surface
It couldn't hurt. You're not going to be able to damage the rim unless you have above average hand-sanding endurance.
Oct
16
comment Fixing damage to brake rim surface
Your brake pads will do a great job at smoothing everything out. All rims will wear out over time, but if it's shallow scoring you won't have any problems.
Oct
16
answered Replacing needle bearing threaded headset with an ordinary one
Oct
16
comment Do I need to face my new frame?
An elevated section is exactly the reason to have a head tube faced. Head tube reamers/facers align themselves against the inner surface of the head tube at the top and bottom of the tube. If there is an elevated or irregular section on the lip, the blades shave it off so that it is perfectly square to the steering axis (i.e. it doesn't simply smooth it out.)
Oct
16
comment Replacing needle bearing threaded headset with an ordinary one
This is a threaded headset? Are there any spacers between the upper race and the locknuts?
Oct
15
comment Definitive reference for tire widths?
Question: How much are you willing to spend on a tire? What kind of riding do you do?
Oct
15
comment Definitive reference for tire widths?
It does seem odd, considering the tire rubs against the stays without fenders even installed. Not all touring bikes are created equal, sadly.
Oct
13
comment Plastic screw with ripped-off head stuck in the frame
@Vorac meta.bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/832/… discusses exactly this.
Oct
10
comment Plastic screw with ripped-off head stuck in the frame
@Vorac bicycles.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment I wanted to provide information that I didn't think constituted a complete answer (but I guess technically we shouldn't be discussing community behavior/site policies? I don't know.)
Oct
10
comment Plastic screw with ripped-off head stuck in the frame
Pick up a screw extractor kit from a hardware store. They're inexpensive and extremely handy. I'd worry that melting the plastic would cause it to stick to the threads of the braze on.
Oct
10
comment Change the angle of the arc of downtube / stem shifter lever to make it an alternative thumb shifter?
Also, do you already own these shifters, or are you planning on buying them to modify them?
Oct
10
comment Change the angle of the arc of downtube / stem shifter lever to make it an alternative thumb shifter?
So, do you have a cable/housing stop that will work with these?
Oct
9
answered I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer of this bike
Oct
9
comment I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer of this bike
k2bike.com/index.php?page=search
Oct
5
comment Full carbon fiber 29er suspension mountain bike from AliBaba
Doubly true for anything carbon fiber.
Oct
4
comment Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward
I wouldn't ride it. Were the fork to fail (which is a very real possibility) you're guaranteed a trip into the pavement. Bring it to a bike shop - it is easier to fix than broken bones.
Oct
4
comment Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward
To my eyes that fork looks bent! Better bring it by a bike shop to have them check!
Oct
4
comment Is it cost efficient to Convert a Huffy Mens mountain bike to a road bike like the one I rented at Orange Peel in CO?
Right on...by the time you buy new brakes, seats, tires, drivetrain components, etc... you'd be better off buying something used (or new at a good price.)