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bio website peeron.com
location Berkeley, CA
age 41
visits member for 3 years, 6 months
seen Feb 26 '13 at 21:43

Hacker and Cyclist, been writing perl code for since the mid 90s, cycling as an adult for 10 years or so. Sold my car on 2/10, full time cyclist now!


Dec
27
comment Cheap alternatives to avoid tire punctures
Are tubeless tires actually better for this?
Sep
7
comment What should I carry on day trips for emergencies?
That's about covers my kit, except that I still carry a hand pump (catalog.alamedabicycle.com/product/…). I find it works quite well even with presta valves, and the high volume/high pressure modes actually allow filling a new tube to a reasonable air pressure in no time.
Jun
21
comment Does the chain direction make a difference?
If it's long enough after the question is asked, you can post the answer you figured out.
Jun
18
comment Non U-Lock that can be mounted for carrying?
I wouldn't lump the cable locks with the heavy chains. Since the chain doesn't need the metal to be flexible, it can be made from much harder and stronger steel than cables. The weakest part in chain locks is usually the lock itself, and if you get a tiny U-lock, that's pretty secure. Might be as heavy as your bike, but it is much better than a cable.
Jun
18
comment Non U-Lock that can be mounted for carrying?
Cable locks take about 5 seconds to cut with a small tool, I wouldn't lock anything I care about with one of those.
Jun
18
comment Non U-Lock that can be mounted for carrying?
Might also be worth noting that since it folds so small, it might fit in much more places than even the smallest U-locks.
Feb
16
comment Why are battery-powered lights so popular?
I actually have 2 sets of lights for 3 bikes - all the bikes have mounts for the lights installed, so depending on what I'm riding that day, I can just toss the lights on that bike. No need to readjust the mounts.
Feb
16
comment Safety data: Which is safer, head/tail lights which blink or emit a steady beam?
I'm not sure I'd say "usually" - I think in most places in the US where a light is required, a blinking light counts as well.
Feb
11
comment Terminology index
It's already the top question in the 'faq' tab, on the questions page. Not sure if there's a way to 'feature' a question.
Feb
11
comment How much does bike price correspond with maintenance needs?
Heh, fair - I usually take it in every few months (3-4 or so). My daily commute is about 15mi, plus whatever else I ride around town for errands and friends. My routine stuff that I do is clean the chain deeply, adjust the brakes and derailleurs.
Jan
31
comment How bad is road salt for my bike?
I have ridden my bike through many winters, and haven't had it at all destroyed by the process. I'm sure there are ways to help protect it, but as long as you clean it periodically, the bike didn't seem to suffer. (Trek 1200c, 5 years of Boston winters).
Jan
26
comment How do I efficiently shift gears on a road bike with downtube shifters?
I've seen DC do it, and it's kinda horrifying and cool at the same time.
Jan
24
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
It's called track standing, and while a useful skill, careful when you do it at lights. It makes it a LOT harder for cars to know what you're doing, and I've often seen people inch forward into the actual intersection (or other lanes) without really noticing.
Jan
14
comment Will my road bike fit in the racks on a public transit bus now that I have put fenders on it?
Ha - I never did try taking your folder on the buses. I think I'd opt to fold it and either take it on the bus or store it under it. I don't like how short the wheel-bar is on the rack, though I guess it's not that bad if you hook it PAST the stem on the frame, instead of to the wheel.
Jan
13
comment How do you deal with flats in the winter?
I would still walk to some shelter, where I could then fix the flat in ~0F instead of -20F :)
Jan
3
comment Installing a lock mount on a carbon fiber frame
Trying this, using a set of clamps from twofish. It holds okay, and seems stable enough. Just a bit too much of a hassle to put it on and take it off the bike. We'll see if I get used to it, or just end up leaving it in my bag.
Dec
20
comment Listening to audio without obstructing ears
I've used similar covers in the past, and found them to be absolutely useless. YMMV, of course.
Dec
3
comment Training on a bike path
Looks like the question got truncated? Could you please edit it to complete your question?
Nov
17
comment What headset/radio products exist for bike-to-bike communication?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice-operated_switch - basically, instead of having to push a button to transmit, you just speak into the mic, and it'll automatically start transmitting for you. Useful on the bike, where you don't want your hands to be busy with buttons while riding.
Nov
12
comment What advanced cycling skills are useful for a commuter or city rider?
Interesting. I was commuting for 5 years in Boston, throughout the year, from Belmont to Back Bay. Oddly enough, I haven't really had any bad experiences with drivers there, while on the bike - they were always much nicer to me on a bike than when I was driving :)