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bio website voidptr.info
location Washington
age 30
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seen Jun 3 '12 at 0:30

I'm programmer in Washington state. I've done a bit of mountain biking, a bit of road biking, a couple of road races, and about 3000 miles of touring (down the pacific coast from northwest Washington to San Diago, then inland to Phoenix). I enjoy riding tandems as well as single bikes.


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comment Does this chainring need to be replaced?
You should get a new chain at least twice as often as you change your casette. If you do, you'll end up buying a lot fewer cassettes.
Mar
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answered Friction in the free hub?
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comment Friction in the free hub?
How often do you coast when you race?
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comment What kinds of kickstands are good for touring?
@Marc Yeah, that's what I was trying to describe. I've found that even on a loaded tandem a single strap is sufficient. It keeps the front wheel straight and prevents the bike from rolling forward or backward significantly.
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comment What kinds of kickstands are good for touring?
Well, as I've mentioned other places, I tour on a tandem. We load it up with panniers and a bob trailer. Generally, we lean the bike against a tree, wall, or picnic table. Honestly, the picnic table is my favorite. To keep it stable, I like to secure a velcro strap between the bottom tube of the frame and the front wheel. This keeps it from rolling and keeps the front wheel from turning side to side. I call it a parking strap. :-)
Feb
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comment What kinds of kickstands are good for touring?
For what it's worth, I think kickstands are a waste of precious weight on a touring bike. Of course, my view might just be colored by the fact that you probably couldn't get a kickstand to work reliably on loaded touring tandem.
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comment How do self-adjusting hydraulic disc brakes work?
Wow, that is exactly what I wanted to know, thank you!
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accepted How do self-adjusting hydraulic disc brakes work?
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comment Which durable Chain Breaker?
I found the Shorty really inexpensively on chainlove.com. It was cheap and is well built. I really don't like cheap tools, because if your tool breaks on you, you're hosed. I think it's worth looking for something high quality with all the features you need for a reasonable price. I can't definitively say cutter's stuff is best, but it's certainly good.
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answered Which durable Chain Breaker?
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comment Which durable Chain Breaker?
I agree with Neil, park tool products have always worked well for me. I actually bought the park tool starter kit, which has almost all the tools you need to maintain bikes.