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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.


May
22
comment Burley Flex Connector, square tube vs round tube, does it really matter?
Can you include pictures? I'm pretty sure I know what you're talking about, though.
May
4
comment Interrupter (cross) brake lever cable guide wedges?
I've noticed and been annoyed by that too! I think my Tektro levers have a bit less of a gap, though.
Mar
21
comment loose spoke that will not screw back in
Are you turning the spoke or the nipple? Are you turning it the right way? Have you read any pertinent how-to's? (sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/truing.html)
Mar
16
comment Bicycle Storage: Does Kvartal method need studs (or other suggestions)?
I'd also stick something to the wall where the saddle contacts the paint so as to not have bits of white paint stuck to your saddle...maybe a piece of fabric or something? (Latex paint has a tendency to stick to stuff and peel off the wall if you're not careful.)
Mar
12
comment Shimano MF Z012 replacement Freewheel?
I've found IRD and some Shimano cassettes to be of respectable construction. They're not as refined as cassette technologies, but they're out there. (Though, I suppose when it comes down to it modern freewheels won't obtain the same quality as older ones simply because they're considered an outmoded technology. It's the way of the world, I suppose.)
Mar
9
comment Sheldon Brown's writing?
I think Sheldon would encourage people to read everything with a critical eye and to make up their own minds about what works for them.
Mar
1
comment Mountain Biking Websites
You're asking for websites about mountain biking? Like, product reviews, forums, and the like?
Feb
25
comment What are the advantages of a custom frame for a touring bike?
What is your experience touring?
Feb
13
comment How can I prevent or mitigate the front wheel coming off the ground when climbing steep hills?
I second the pedaling smoothly approach. Good form saves lots of trouble.
Feb
9
comment How to mark a tire
Just brainstorming... but indelible labels on the inside of the tire might be an option. You could use a punch-type label maker that makes raised lettering and stick that to the inside of the tread (I should think the thickness of the label wouldn't be noticeable and the adhesive wouldn't damage the rubber too badly, but I've never done it.) Do you really need to be able to read the label with it mounted on a wheel?
Jan
27
comment Upgrading a GF Tarpon to 650B wheelset
650b wheels for rim brakes aren't terribly uncommon. They're used in smaller sized road bikes and for rando/touring bikes and are gaining in popularity. You won't see big fat rims on them, but if you're riding big fat tires you're already one foot into the world of disc brake-equipped mountain bikes.
Jan
26
comment What kind of crank extractor do I need
It's probably an 8mm hex bolt with the black plastic cap attached. It should come right out leaving the crank in place.
Jan
26
comment What kind of crank extractor do I need
Remove the crank bolt and dust cap. That is what one would really need to see (i.e. the end of the BB spindle... square, spline...)
Jan
23
comment What kind of pump/attachment do I need for this? (picture)
That sure looks like a schraeder valve to me. You're sure the pump head is set up correctly?
Jan
20
comment Folding bike for commuting and touring
These folks use Bromptons for touring: pathlesspedaled.com It's all in the setup (they carry a bunch of really silly stuff, though.)
Jan
19
comment Does this abandoned 1976 Murray Alpine 26 I found have any significance or worth?
It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, but in my experience some people love old junk.
Jan
19
comment How deep does snow have to be before it becomes unrideable?
Just ride on it! You'll know after ten minutes whether it was a good idea. Falling on snow is not so bad.
Jan
18
comment Good Quality Road Platform Pedals?
@RISwampYankee I actually use both clipless and platform pedals. Maybe 3/4 of my rides are on platform pedals, but I definitely do more miles in clipless. However, I really don't like flip flop pedals: they're half as good as regular platforms and heavy and clumsy as clipless pedals.
Jan
18
comment How do I install a fixed gear cog on a screw-on freewheel hub?
@Batman How is a lockring not strictly necessary? What else would keep the cog from unthreading?
Jan
17
comment Upgrading Bicycle Gearing
There are lots of considerations here, not limited to rear dropout spacing (for a 6sp freewheel it could be 120 or 126mm); shifter indexing (I've never heard of modding a modern Campy brifter to work with anything but 8 or 9 sp); possible wheel selection (you'll find that tires in 27" are limited). It may be more cost effective to buy what you're really looking for.