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location Portland, ME
age 28
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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.


Jul
1
comment Why does the chain misalign in the lower pulley when shifting to the small front cog?
Chainlines can differ from build to build. Maybe it's possible that, while Sram allows for the chain to cross completely, it will pull the chain off of the tension pulley if the chainline is too far inward.
Jun
28
comment I have a foreign bike, and don't know what pressure to pump it to
FWIW they're 700c in the US, too.
Jun
24
comment What advise for using spacers on MTB rear forkend
So if you were to mount this to a 135 mm rear dropout you'd need to fill in 9.5 mm on each side which would leave ~13.5 mm to protrude through the dropout and thread through the lock washer and nut...how thick are the lock washer and nut?
Jun
24
comment Turtles on Trails
This is an interesting question. Interacting with wildlife is a tough subject to address with an all encompassing answer, but it is worth exploring.
Jun
22
comment What are the benefits of nickel-plated chains?
They're also easier to clean since the plating is so smooth.
Jun
21
comment How can I remove the bottom bracket from this old road bike?
@anaheim Good work on this. Would you mind writing up your comment as an answer? That way whenever this question is queued up it will have the correct procedure in the answers and not at the bottom of the comments. Be sure to include the details!
Jun
21
comment How do I know whether my bike can use disk brakes?
*unless he acquires hydraulic discs...
Jun
21
comment How do I know whether my bike can use disk brakes?
There are long pull and short pull versions of mechanical discs, so he shouldn't need to buy new levers at all.
Jun
20
comment Is it possible to make a larger bike fit a smaller person?
Can you stand over the top tube with flat feet?
Jun
20
comment Where do stolen bikes go?
It would probably only be sold as parts if they were all high end brand name bits. Stupid bike thieves will ride it around town; casual bike thieves would likely sell themselves; but a professional surely has someone to fence them (in another city, most likely.)
Jun
20
comment After biking to a client's home, is it reasonable to change my tallit katan while standing on the driveway?
Related (possible duplicate or merge) bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/308/…
Jun
18
comment How do you make the handlebar stem straight?
One thing I do to help get the stem straight is use a nylon strap (anything will do really) to secure the front wheel to the down tube. It isn't flawless, but it keeps the wheel from flopping around.
Jun
17
comment Quick release saddle bolts?
I take it you're not in the US...bummer.
Jun
17
comment Quick release saddle bolts?
I don't have an exact replacement, but this website has all manner of hardware including cam levers with metric threading: mcmaster.com/#cam-levers/=n8bs5o ... you may be able to find something appropriate.
Jun
15
answered Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?
Jun
15
comment I'm worried about my derailleur snapping. The chain isn't running around the bottom pulley, it's running next to it
Pictures or a bit more description of the condition of your bike. Is it newish? Has it been abused? To me, this sounds like you may have bent the derailleur tab or the derailleur tension arm (either will need to be tended to.)
Jun
14
comment What causes uneven wear on cleats?
I'm not sure this is an answerable question as it would be impossible to know all of the variables that go into wearing your right cleat versus your left cleat. I think your guess is as good as any. Maybe reword to ask about cleat wear in general? How to prevent wear?
Jun
14
comment What do I need to know before buying a bike off of Craigslist?
That is definitely a duplicate.
Jun
12
comment Spoke nipple broke, should I replace more than one?
It's a slippery slope. If you're not careful you'll be building a brand new wheel. What is your commitment level to this wheel? Do you commute/race/tour/offroad?
Jun
12
comment Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel
That sounds awesome! I don't know exactly what to expect, but as with any change it'll take some getting used to. I remember before disc brakes were ubiquitous many bikes were fitted for a disc in the front only and presumably everyone got on fine. Until Surly makes a Disk-Check, one ought to work.