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bio website burpen.com
location Pittsburgh, PA
age 25
visits member for 3 years, 7 months
seen Dec 8 '13 at 13:10
  • 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.

Apr
11
comment What's the deal with the axle of my wheels? (or, why is one gear so much smaller than the other?)
I added an entry for "hub" in the terminology index which will hopefully help. Needs some photos, though...
Apr
11
comment What's the deal with the axle of my wheels? (or, why is one gear so much smaller than the other?)
Is this a question about the hub type, as opposed to the axle type? It doesn't seem to be clear.
Mar
27
comment Quick release wheels on kids bikes?
This question may be helpful to you if you opt to convert non-QR wheels to QR.
Mar
22
comment Identify the components of this bike
I'm not sure anyone will be able to identify the handlebars' make/model from a video, but if you're looking for the name of that style of handlebar, it's "pursuit" or "bullhorn". The wheel appears to be an HED H3 or something similar.
Mar
4
comment Tandem for limited space?
+1 I've always wondered how tandems work with small cars (or don't work). Seems like if you had to, you could remove both wheels to make it less wide, but I wish I knew the actual dimensions.
Mar
3
comment How do I replace road bike hoods?
Never mind... according to Sheldon's glossary, "hoods" can refer to either. I find that highly confusing.
Mar
3
comment How do I replace road bike hoods?
+1 for dishwashing soap. Just did wonders for me.
Mar
3
comment How do I replace road bike hoods?
I think you are thinking of the brakes themselves, not the brake hoods. The hoods are the rubber pieces, not the metal parts underneath.
Feb
21
comment How should I restore braze-on brake cable housing guides?
I found a shop fairly near to me that does do brazing, so I'm going to check them out.
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
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
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
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
11
comment A test ride for a new bicycle
@ChrisW I think by "spots for racks" sillyyak meant pannier rack eyelets.
Feb
9
comment What bike+equipment for a long daily urban commute?
@ChrisW Clipless pedals have a bit of a learning curve, so you will definitely want to practice for a week or two. You will almost definitely fall over at least once (everyone does), which you don't want to do when you're on your way to work. I would wait on it if at all possible (practice your route with regular pedals first to test the water).
Feb
6
comment How should I clean salt out during Winters?
@HH01 By "hot wax" I mean paraffin wax (the stuff that candles are made of). You heat up the wax and then dip the chain in it. Wax is supposed to be very good at repelling dirt, but from what I read, it's not a very good lubricant. So it may last longer, but oil will make the chain run more easily.
Feb
6
comment Name for the thing attached to spokes to remove tires?
"SOL" means "Sh*t Out of Luck", as in you are in a very bad situation.