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bio website velostrigiformes.tumblr.com
location Portland, ME
age 28
visits member for 2 years, 5 months
seen Sep 10 at 16:31

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.


Aug
15
comment Where can I get a Job that involves bicycles?
Advocacy, policy, and planning are going to be big areas of real jobs in the coming years!
Aug
10
comment Can I run a SRAM road rear derailleur with downtube shifters?
The cable pull ratio changes between certain gears (if I remember correctly, they start pulling more cable towards the low end of the cassette.) From what I've gathered it makes for a strange experience if they work at all. Good question, though.
Aug
3
comment What is the right (best) bike for me?
There is a TON of extraneous and unnecessary information in this question! Would you mind boiling it down so that it is a bit more useful to others?
Jul
29
comment Road bike getting punctured often on poor roads
Also this too: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/14858/…
Jul
29
comment Road bike getting punctured often on poor roads
Also this: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/5558/…
Jul
29
comment Road bike getting punctured often on poor roads
bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/6753/…
Jul
23
awarded  Pundit
Jul
21
comment Does having machined brake surface on rims matter?
The idea is a set of universal wheels for disc-equipped and rim brake bikes, no? Would it be an even split between disc usage and rim usage? Or would you be using them primarily on one bike with the option of swapping over?
Jul
20
comment Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
@trailmax I don't know if I should clarify, but I assure you I'm not 'against' suspension in any way. I used to collect coins...you don't know fun until you've dug through buckets of wheat pennies looking for die errors. We all get tickled somehow.
Jul
20
comment Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
@cherouvim Do you live in a carbon-fiber house? The questioner was worried about injury without suspension and I thought my comment pertinent. Suspension is nice, but anybody can do without. If one can't coexist with the idea of riding off road without full suspension, they're missing out.
Jul
19
comment Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?
FWIW people were mountain biking for years before suspension was even a thing. They didn't have bulletproof undercarriages or exorbitant hospital bills, either.
Jul
18
comment Finding Correct Size Wheel for Bike
Alternatively, your hub is probably still in decent shape. It might be nice to buy some decent rims and build up wheels to your exact need.
Jul
18
comment Finding Correct Size Wheel for Bike
Also, what kind of riding do you do with your bike? Do you tour with it at all?
Jul
18
comment Finding Correct Size Wheel for Bike
The rim width is listed as 20mm (but they don't specify whether it is exterior width or interior width...vendors rarely do and I don't know why.) It is likely the exterior width, in which case fitting a 35mm wide tire might challenging - in my experience rims of that width tend to top out at 32mm before it balloons the tire out too much and makes seating it difficult.
Jul
16
comment Should thighs touch the stomach to reduce flab?
In short, riding with the saddle too low will wreck your knees. I'd talk to someone with experience in physical training to de-flab.
Jul
14
comment damage to carbon road frame at the seat stay and drop out junction
How is the dog?
Jul
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
@Daniel R Hicks I was trying to say that crimp-in style nuts are the cheap alternative and was using braze-on in the generic sense of attachment points for parts and accessories. Brazed or welded fittings are totally ideal.
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
I think you'll be better off with a clamp-on cage. I've never drilled holes in bicycle tubing, but jack-nuts will lock a threaded nut into the hole more permanently than just tapping threads into the walls of the tubing. (Cheap bikes have similar provisions for braze-ons, as opposed to welded-in fittings.)
Jul
11
comment Replacing 42/52 crankset to 39/52 - will it make a difference?
sheldonbrown.com/gears