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location Wisconsin
age 27
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seen Feb 4 at 19:43

My programming experience includes:

  • Java (High school AP exam in 2003 - far from an expert)
  • Embedded C (college robotics and embedded systems courses)
  • Matlab (did lots of numerical analysis and system design back in college)
  • VB (very minimal)
  • MUMPS (Caché Object Script - the only language I've coded professionally. Go ahead, make jokes!)

The things I love doing:

  • riding bicycles
  • building bicycles
  • indoor rock climbing
  • making bulleted lists

Mar
6
awarded  Yearling
Apr
11
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
I looked up the word, mnemonic, and the definition is considerably broader than I had previously thought, so kudos.
Apr
10
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
+1 again, not a mnemonic, per se, but I like it!
Apr
10
comment What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?
You've got my +1 because I love physics, but as a stickler for the details, I've gotta point out that the OP asked for a mnemonic. I like "Right is right, and left is wrong."
Apr
10
comment Does a helmet-mounted light affect the safe functionality of the helmet?
Unfortunately, Lezyne never responded to the e-mail that I sent. If they do respond in the future, I'll come back and post the response.
Apr
10
awarded  Commentator
Apr
10
comment Looking for the right bike
@DanielRHicks - one could, of course, go to some bike shops and test ride the different styles of bike. It will be the best and fastest way to get a feel for the different styles. If you buy used, or borrow a bike, you're only getting a feel for that one style. Andrew, a good shop will let you ride all of the different styles and help you choose the style that is right for you. Also, Jimirings mentioned 29ers are expensive, but I think the Trek Marlin is about $600, and a lot of folks swear by them for commuting.
Apr
10
answered Tubeless fatbike setup, does valve choice matter?
Apr
10
answered greasing closed bearings on the outside
Apr
4
answered Packaging a bike for flying with a bike bag
Mar
26
comment What is the correct language for talking about cyclocross?
"CX-ing" works well in print, or if you've got some King flair on your bike, you could call it "Chris-Crossing." Ha... Shakespeare was also a fan of corny puns, you know.
Mar
26
comment Early Klein Mountain Bike - need suggested component rebuild ideas
Do you have a local bike shop that could take a look at it? It is impossible to assess a bike for repair without actually seeing the bike. I recommend that you bring it in and have them take a look at it. Most good bike shops will at least put it in the stand and assess it for free.
Mar
21
comment Which kind of tube valve is the best?
This is actually the opposite of the truth. A schrader valve requires the pin to be pushed mechanically (it's normally held closed by a small spring). Therefore the valve is open the entire time that the pump is attached. The reason that the schrader takes longer to pump from 100 to 110 is because you are losing air between strokes of the pump whereas the presta valve is only open when the pressure in the pump exceeds the pressure in the tire, so you are not losing air between strokes.
Mar
21
awarded  Critic
Mar
21
comment Does a helmet-mounted light affect the safe functionality of the helmet?
@nhinkle Lezyne, the maker of the light in your photo, has a 'contact' link on their website. I've just sent an e-mail asking if they have done or know of any scientific testing that has been done to this effect and I will post their response here when I receive it.
Mar
18
comment What's the correct term for a 700x23c disc wheel?
@Robin Ashe searches for 700x23 disc wheel will probably throw a lot of time-trial/triathlon style wheels into the results. These will still be fairly pricey as the UCI just began allowing disc brakes on cyclocross bikes in the 2011-2012 season, so they are still a bit of a novelty. You could always scrounge up a disc brake compatible hub with the same number of holes as your old wheel, and build it into the rim you've already got if it's in good shape.
Mar
12
awarded  Supporter
Mar
12
comment Retrieving Loose Nipple from Inside Rim
my advice... remove your seat post, pour a handful of loose ball bearings into the seat tube, and replace the post. Then, put some baseball cards in your spokes. You won't hear the nipple any more. Otherwise, you'll have to remove the tire and rim strip and fish that sucker out. Kind of a pain since you're running tubeless, so my vote's for the bearings and cards.
Mar
12
comment How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?
Measure your ride in smiles instead of miles. If you get to work on time, you rode fast enough. If you didn't then you should leave earlier tomorrow. If you don't intend to race, then how fast you ride to work is less relevant than whether you enjoy riding to work and benefit physically and mentally from it.
Mar
12
comment Getting used to narrower handlebars
Did you switch bikes from one that has flats to one that has drops? Or did you switch the bars on the bike you had? This is important, because the head tube angle on bikes made for flat bars tends to be more slack than the headtube angle on bikes made for drops. A road bike will generally be somewhere between 70 and 74 degrees while a mountain bike might be between 65 and 72 degrees. The head tube angle has a big effect on the steering and stability of the bike. That doesn't mean you can't switch, but it's something to consider.