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  • BS in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Works as a programmer at an RF electronics company. Currently on a RF matrix router project with several sub-projects involving a touchscreen and webserver on an embedded Linux module.
  • Strongest in Java. Has some experience with PHP, C, C++, bash, and others. Dabbles in Android.

Feb
21
accepted How should I restore braze-on brake cable housing guides?
Feb
20
comment What does the term pannier really mean? Does how the bag is hung matter?
+1 for distinction between bike/motorcycle terminology.
Feb
20
comment Locking your bike in public areas
@Neil Good parenthetical point. See youtube.com/watch?v=J7zb8YXrmIA :)
Feb
20
comment What does the term pannier really mean? Does how the bag is hung matter?
@hhh Yes, I think so.
Feb
20
answered What does the term pannier really mean? Does how the bag is hung matter?
Feb
20
answered Map during touring?
Feb
19
comment Restoring an old xUSSR bicycle for commuting… Feasible? Silly?
This isn't really an answer, so I'm posting it as a comment... It really depends on the price of the components you get to replace the old ones. For example, you can spend $30 on a single lightly-used generic wheel at your LBS/ebay, or you can spend $150+ on a brand-new one. Do all your math beforehand. One thing I will also point out is the condition of the paint/frame is critical in determining cost/labor of restoration. Re-painting a frame is either expensive if you have a shop do it ($200ish or more) or time-consuming if you do it yourself (stripping paint by hand, masking, priming, etc.).
Feb
19
comment How do Traffic Lights Notice Bicyclists?
I've never had to actually lay my bike down to trigger one of these, though I think it isn't the same everywhere. Usually just a wheel over them works, and of course you can always move up and let a car go over the coils if that doesn't work. I don't really worry about being able to trigger a green light, because where I live, state law allows you to disregard a traffic signal as malfunctioning if it does not turn green after an unusually long amount of time, provided it is safe to do so.
Feb
17
awarded  Student
Feb
17
asked How should I restore braze-on brake cable housing guides?
Feb
16
comment how to choose inner tubes
@Benson Thanks, that's something I didn't think about when I initially answered. The risk of pinch flats is enough to convince me— I changed my mind and my answer based on your insight.
Feb
16
revised how to choose inner tubes
changed mind about mismatched tube sizes
Feb
16
revised Why are battery-powered lights so popular?
clarification
Feb
16
awarded  Commentator
Feb
16
comment Why are battery-powered lights so popular?
@sleske Yeah, hence the Caveats :). It depends on how you want to use your bikes/lights. I can see why some people would prefer to have a permanent system that is always available.
Feb
16
answered Why are battery-powered lights so popular?
Feb
15
answered How to maintain platform pedal bearings?
Feb
15
answered how to choose inner tubes
Feb
15
awarded  Suffrage
Feb
15
answered What do you do to make positive you remember your water bottle?