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bio website velostrigiformes.tumblr.com
location Portland, ME
age 28
visits member for 3 years
seen Mar 13 at 4:58

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.


Sep
24
comment Crank arm snapped: what could have caused it?
Aluminum parts (cranks, handlebars, stems...) don't last forever, sadly.
Sep
22
comment For road riding, are mountain bikes safer than road bikes?
I'd like to suggest that you look at the Surly Long Haul Trucker. It is a classic touring bike, overbuilt (so it is very durable), it comes with 26" and 700c wheel options so you size it correctly. The tire clearance is also quite large so you can experiment with different width tires. Overall it is a great value!
Sep
21
comment For road riding, are mountain bikes safer than road bikes?
Two "road" bikes can be as dissimilar as a road bike and a mountain bike. Try looking at touring bikes or hybrids: they're sturdy, fast, and easy to handle. If you're staying on paved road or gravel trails it is the way to go.
Sep
19
comment May I ignore the frame damage (or should I get a budget carbon frame)
You might reword the title to reflect that you're looking to verify whether your current frame is shot. Otherwise, you're asking two (tangentially) questions here.
Sep
19
revised Different tire and rim widths front and back - Why? Should I replace one?
Edited for grammar, spelling. Edited title to replace misused terminology.
Sep
12
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
You might also consider upgrading your brake pads for something like Kool-Stop salmons or similar.
Sep
12
comment What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?
A mudflap on your front fender will make a world of difference screening junk from your BB and crankset, but also your shoes!
Sep
12
comment What chain is this?
That chain is a KMC Z chain which come in a few different sizes. As @DWGKNZ says, any 6/7/8 speed chain replacement will work. Here: (parktool.com/blog/repair-help/chain-length-sizing) is an article on how long to leave your chain.
Sep
12
comment Leaking Slime inner tube valve after opened for first time since install
FWIW I've tried slime tubes more than once and I have come to the conclusion that they are indeed a waste of money (and super messy to boot.)
Sep
10
comment SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment
The best advice I can think up is to head to a shop where they have an identical derailleur to compare it to (and show you in person any damage before offering to swap it out.) Otherwise there are three components of concern here: front derailleur, chain, and chainrings...it has got to be one of the three.
Sep
10
comment SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment
Is it possible there is a twisted link in your chain???
Sep
6
comment Mountain vs. Road 10 Speed Drivetrain Compatibility
Are you keen on running the wider q-factor (width between your feet) of a mountain crank? Also, what kind of bottom bracket do you have? What shifters do you use? I'm fairly certain that front shifting cable pull is the same between SRAM mountain and road components.
Sep
4
comment GT Chuck 1.0 component transfer to full full suspension frame
Do you mean "ala 29er"?
Sep
2
comment Can I change a 3speed sturmey archer to a derailleur system?
At least, that is what I think you're angling at.
Sep
2
comment Can I change a 3speed sturmey archer to a derailleur system?
What you're talking about is called hybrid gearing (using a derailleur/freewheel on an internal gear hub.) Here is some relevant writing on the matter: sheldonbrown.com/org/otb.html
Sep
1
answered What is the purpose of this braze-on?
Aug
31
comment What is the purpose of this braze-on?
If it's a touring bike I'd say that it is most likely a guide for generator hub wiring.
Aug
31
comment How do I remove a quill stem?
There's your answer.
Aug
31
comment Are all ready-made wheels sold “cassette compatible” only?
To that end, is there a reason you don't want to have the existing hub rebuilt?
Aug
31
comment Are all ready-made wheels sold “cassette compatible” only?
Also, getting a wheel made isn't cost prohibitive in most cases.