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web programming student, former code monkey of a HUGE international legal company that got too big for its own good...


Apr
24
awarded  Yearling
Mar
13
answered Removing old fashioned saddle from seatpost
Mar
13
comment Why aren't most suspension bikes extremely long travel?
Yes, @Snixtor I can't ride unless it's hardtail (I can, but I prefer their control in quick cuts over suspension, like ice skates on ice vs long skis in snow) and even with front shocks I like them harder. I went in and asked how to get them even tighter and the shop owner was already surprised how hard they were, maybe I ride front heavy, but they feel squishy to me...
Mar
13
comment How tight should my front quick release lever be?
I have seen people pop the bolt straight out of the nut so "as tight as you can" might be a little much. You definitely want it snug but you don't want to damage the parts either. "#6 Wind the nut in half a turn." is about right. And, as with @Batman, I like to keep it close to the forks rather than back. But I guess as long as you know why you are doing it and know what works with your riding style either is fine.
Mar
13
awarded  Constituent
Mar
11
awarded  Caucus
Aug
14
answered Why did my tire just blow up?
Aug
14
answered My stem keeps moving side to side even thought I tighten it
Aug
14
comment cheap bike tools or “can I just use generic hardware store tools instead?”
although the majority of my tools are from random hardware stores (I have axle pegs that require an extension and a 19mm socket, but those and the ratchet are all from wherever), there are a few things that you just can't compromise on. Flat wrenches (cone wrenches) are one of these. If you buy the $5 set, you can use them 3 or 4 times before they blow out, the metal they use is just to soft. I have had my Parks Tool wrenches for years and used too many times to count. Same with chain tools. You CAN bust off a freewheel with a closed crescent wrench if you are in a pinch though.
Aug
14
comment Why are roadies concerned about weight?
Weight does have a lot to do with easier travel, as @tisek explains, but I have always wondered why riders who are riding to "stay in shape" or "in training" worry about weight, which is where I thought this question was going to go. I figure, it is better to ride a heaver bike to train then switch to your ultra-light bike for a race. If you are commuting and using it for transportation, yeah, less weight less effort, less sweat when you get to the office ;-)
Jul
1
awarded  Notable Question
May
18
comment Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?
I was about to post a hypothetical scenario about this, but you have an actual story. I fully agree with this, I ride motorcycles and there is a big reason why there are no seat belts on a motorcycle, because being strapped in would be a lot worse in a crash, you can not be thrown clear of the bike. In a trailer, the child is protected by the frame in a roll.
May
18
comment shaving your legs, arms, or both?
Having hair in a cut as it heals makes the scar form with hair in it, but this hair is not attached to anything, it feels really weird when you pull them out! Other than that, I heard that having no hair helps reduce the effects of road rash, but I have only gotten road rash where I dont have hair (shoulders, palms, ribs) so I dont know. I wear shin guards, most of the time, so I dont have to worry about shaving my legs...
May
18
comment Brake cable housing too long?
Actually, the housing looks like it is coming in at too much of an angle rather than straight, look at the right side of the housing entering the adjuster, it is shoved back a little.
May
18
answered Brake cable housing too long?
May
6
comment Is it ok to use a 9spd link on a 10spd chain?
My chain broke. I was going full speed standing up, and for some reason, the chain slipping or breaking will launch you over the bars. Happened a few times with me, but this was on an old road with tons of gravel on the asphalt.
May
5
comment How do I remove the freewheel side of a flip flop hub?
oh, @alex - it is the FR6, you can BARELY see it with the shadow in the picture, but there is a 3rd notch on there (and I am assuming the 4th is hidden by the frame) so my guess is that it is a Dicta, my personal favorite due to its thinner profile! [1]: bit.ly/10bbtt4 "Dicta Freewheel"
May
5
comment How do I remove the freewheel side of a flip flop hub?
I worked in a bike shop, and if someone came in with the wheel off the bike, we would just take it off for free. If the wheel is off and you dont have the nuts on the axle, it takes less than a minute to take that free wheel off. Place the tool in a bench press, insert the wheel, and spin!
May
5
answered BMX gearing - for road / commuting
May
5
comment Is there anything I can do to prevent snakebites (pinch flats)?
When I went from 25-35 psi to 100 psi tires, my pinch-flats went away (BMX tires, so not the same requirements/capabilities as MTB/road). The problem was that I was still using nylon mags so they kept blowing the bead. Make sure your tire AND rims match and can BOTH handle the PSI you are using.