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10-30-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By Synack42

Well, I can definitely see changes to the heatmap...

Well, I can definitely see changes to the heatmap in my area from this year. My daily workout routine is pretty visible, including variations made due to road construction this summer. (There are a...
10-21-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 333
Posted By Synack42

No experience with Carver, however I recently...

No experience with Carver, however I recently built a rigid 26er using a Sunlite fork: https://www.modernbike.com/sunlite-rigid-mtb-fork-26-black

Super inexpensive and I have no complaints so...
10-17-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,260
Posted By Synack42

Yea, definitely cheaper to buy one complete. I...

Yea, definitely cheaper to buy one complete. I did a frame up build last time though on a BD frame, just for the fun of it.

https://i.imgur.com/EgzD2Zeh.jpg
10-15-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By Synack42

Well, this is a niche/boutique example... But...

Well, this is a niche/boutique example... But Detroit Bikes (local to me) makes a special police only model that I totally would love to have solely based on looks...
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10-15-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 650
Posted By Synack42

I'm a huge fan of these Sunrace friction shifters...

I'm a huge fan of these Sunrace friction shifters for refurbishing old bikes. I've used them on a couple drop to flat bar conversions as well. They work with everything and they're cheap.
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10-15-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,440
Posted By Synack42

I personally have three 26ers in rotation: an...

I personally have three 26ers in rotation: an older hardtail MTB with knobbies for singletrack (which doesn't get used nearly enough), another hardtail with more street friendly tread and less trail...
10-02-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By Synack42

Quick detach saddle bag suggestions?

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a quick detach saddle bag that clamps onto the saddle rails? I've been using a Bell branded bag and the Velcro strap has been pretty horrible. I ended up...
09-30-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,261
Posted By Synack42

Don't know what I think about the pulsing, I'd...

Don't know what I think about the pulsing, I'd probably find it annoying unless there is sufficient ambient light. I do like the downtube lightstrip though -- I guess it's not very practical being...
09-30-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,181
Posted By Synack42

Thanks! Good eye, it's an old Ross Gran...

Thanks! Good eye, it's an old Ross Gran Eurosport. The canti brake levers in the pic were a steal -- $4 brand new on Amazon at the time. As for the shifters, they are Sunrace SLM10's. I put those on...
09-24-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,181
Posted By Synack42

Nice -- the plateaus definitely drove me nuts...

Nice -- the plateaus definitely drove me nuts quite a few times during the past year.

As for the gravel bike -- I've been seriously tempted to convert my 27 to 700C and try to fit some slightly...
09-23-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,181
Posted By Synack42

Congrats on the weight loss. Cutting out the...

Congrats on the weight loss. Cutting out the sugar like that was huge for me in the beginning. I just got down to 180 myself; I might try to drop a couple more pounds and start to figure out what my...
09-16-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,619
Posted By Synack42

I guess I'm still curious as well. I could...

I guess I'm still curious as well. I could totally understand an old chain that is out of spec wearing down the cogs and not skipping, then after installing new chain it no longer "meshes" and...
09-15-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,619
Posted By Synack42

Sorry about the long hiatus, took me a while to...

Sorry about the long hiatus, took me a while to get around to looking at this again. I ended up swapping the wheelset from my daily driver, no change... Swapped out for another used rear derailleur I...
09-06-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,619
Posted By Synack42

Does this cassette look too far gone?

I recently installed this used wheelset on a project bike. I've noticed that I get quite a bit of chain skip when pedaling under heavy load, like in strong headwind or especially from a stop. ...
09-04-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,725
Posted By Synack42

...and now I'm adding to the ever expanding bike...

...and now I'm adding to the ever expanding bike wish list on amazon... :)

(Attempting to justify in conversation... But they're alloy, and they match my headset!!! :lol:)
09-04-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,725
Posted By Synack42

I just did a retro-esque 26" MTB build and picked...

I just did a retro-esque 26" MTB build and picked up some "Giant Pro Alloy MTB Pedals" from a LBS last minute. I'm very happy with them so far. Super smooth bearings...
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09-01-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By Synack42

Thanks! I took it out on an 18 mile ride...

Thanks! I took it out on an 18 mile ride yesterday, pretty much my normal exercise route. Almost all pavement, a brief sidewalk stretch that can double as a pump track (avoids a five lane traffic...
08-30-19, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By Synack42

I built a rigid 26er... for giggles...

So I got into cycling earlier last year as a way to lose weight and keep calories in check. Started off with a cheap Magna from Craigslist, was fixing it constantly (but actually enjoying the whole...
08-28-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By Synack42

Well, that'd explain my allen key confusion. ;-)...

Well, that'd explain my allen key confusion. ;-)

I realize this is pretty low end... Probably considered disposable/non-serviceable? Think just flushing it with WD and following up with chain...
08-28-19, 05:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By Synack42

Dumb SRAM RD maintenance question...

Just curious if anyone has ever serviced the jockey wheels on an old SRAM 3.0 8 speed rear derailleur. The top pulley on mine is a bit gritty and I'd like to clean and re-grease. I'm feeling a bit...
08-15-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,963
Posted By Synack42

Another vote here for a Topeak Joe Blow. Love...

Another vote here for a Topeak Joe Blow. Love mine, I honestly never even bother firing up my compressor. The hand pump is faster, quiet and has a gauge.
08-15-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,192
Posted By Synack42

Heh, since there is so much interest in elevation...

Heh, since there is so much interest in elevation here... I pulled up the rides from all four riders that posted it. All of them report different elevation changes (though the GPS route is...
08-14-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,192
Posted By Synack42

Not to completely derail this thread, but I...

Not to completely derail this thread, but I dusted off my vintage 27 1/4" steel rim/frame 10 speed franken-hybrid monstrosity... :lol: Apparently I am faster on a road bike... Maybe I can hang with...
08-14-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,192
Posted By Synack42

I can believe it. They were following the water...

I can believe it. They were following the water for the most part and everything in between is nothing but farms. Really, this part of the state is ridiculously flat. (It's a very scenic area at...
08-14-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,192
Posted By Synack42

:lol: That'd be the metro Detroit area. The...

:lol: That'd be the metro Detroit area. The entire lower peninsula of Michigan is pretty flat -- Let's just say if I ever encountered real hills I'd be totally unprepared!
08-14-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,192
Posted By Synack42

Well, if anyone is curious -- They ended up...

Well, if anyone is curious -- They ended up uploading their ride on Strava as well. Was pretty obvious to figure out with the flyby feature.

"You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you...
08-13-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,192
Posted By Synack42

...I do have a couple of blacked out jerseys...

...I do have a couple of blacked out jerseys myself. Maybe I should start wearing them more often to blend in -- my flats would probably give me away though. :)
08-13-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,192
Posted By Synack42

Different jerseys. Though I don't want to mess...

Different jerseys. Though I don't want to mess with them if they are a team and training either.
08-13-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,192
Posted By Synack42

Asking to join a ride in progress?

This might be an odd question, but would it be rude to ask to join a smaller group ride while they are already moving?

I'm more of a "lone wolf" cyclist, but I ride 15 miles daily and can do so in...
07-23-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,181
Posted By Synack42

Congrats on your weight loss; Yes, the plateaus...

Congrats on your weight loss; Yes, the plateaus are extremely frustrating. Honestly I ran into quite a few along the way. I never really dug too deep into it, I'm assuming it could be chalked up to...
07-20-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,181
Posted By Synack42

Sorry, huge screenshot from the phone... Actual...

Sorry, huge screenshot from the phone... Actual intake is ~1600. The app by default will take whatever you burn and put it back into the budget. (I really try to avoid dipping into that additional...
07-19-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,813
Posted By Synack42

Thanks everyone. I've got 30 miles on it since...

Thanks everyone. I've got 30 miles on it since redoing it and it seems to be doing well. Also noticed more noises afterwards, needed to regrease the sleeve bearing in the rear derailleur jockey...
07-18-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,813
Posted By Synack42

Honestly forget the brand off the top of my head....

Honestly forget the brand off the top of my head. Super generic/cheap riveted 28/38/48 with 170 crank arms.

The bike is nothing special at all honestly. I just happen to really like the frame...
07-18-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,813
Posted By Synack42

Honestly didn't even cross my mind. It's an older...

Honestly didn't even cross my mind. It's an older Diamondback Outlook, nothing fancy including the stock crankset. Would it be safe to assume it is JIS? (ISO would really only come into play with...
07-18-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,813
Posted By Synack42

Heh, that's kinda where I was going in the back...

Heh, that's kinda where I was going in the back of my mind I suppose. What kind of mileage should you expect afterwards with a cup and cone setup? I've got ~1,500 miles logged so far this year for...
07-18-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,813
Posted By Synack42

Cup and cone versus cartridge BB

Just curious on thoughts about switching to a sealed cartridge bottom bracket from my current cup and cone setup. I noticed some grit on my well worn setup the other day. I ended up pulling...
07-18-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,181
Posted By Synack42

Thanks everyone! At the moment I'm trying to...

Thanks everyone!

At the moment I'm trying to stay around 1600 calories daily with one hour minimum on the bike/15 miles. I usually burn ~800 calories during the ride but I honestly try to avoid...
07-16-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,181
Posted By Synack42

Counting calories and cycling really does work...

Just need to share... Around April last year I weighed just over 330 lbs. Started to notice diabetic symptoms and the doctor confirmed I was type 2. Ended up with three different prescriptions...
07-07-19, 07:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,850
Posted By Synack42

Mainly an old Diamondback Outlook and an old Trek...

Mainly an old Diamondback Outlook and an old Trek 4300, both 26ers. (WTB All Terrain 26x1.95 on one and cheap Goodyear 26x2.125 on the other. I do have a Frankenbike hybrid with old-school 27x1-1/4...
07-02-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,850
Posted By Synack42

Curbs and "Ungraceful Dismounts" ;-)

Just need to share my disdain for curbs today ;-).

I've taken a few spills (albeit "gentle") in the past year and a half since I started riding again. Seems like every time I have an embarrassing...
06-17-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By Synack42

Yea, Strava is probably the easiest way to go for...

Yea, Strava is probably the easiest way to go for logging and viewing stats. I really like to geek out with the data though. Personally I use this Bike Computer...
06-07-19, 06:02 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,742
Posted By Synack42

This is going to look horrible compared to...

This is going to look horrible compared to everything else in this thread... But this bike basically turned my health around completely. $30 on Craigslist a year ago -- Down from 330+ lbs to 207...
06-07-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 540
Posted By Synack42

Franken-road bike build

I honestly picked this bike up complete, just to part it out. (The father-in-law needed a new wheelset on his old 10 speed.) I had the donor bike laying around the garage for a couple of weeks and it...
06-03-19, 05:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,113
Posted By Synack42

Personally I find that aspect of cycling very...

Personally I find that aspect of cycling very entertaining, probably goes along with a car guy constantly tweaking and upgrading their project. Except the RJ version is an extremely cheap hobby and...
05-30-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,868
Posted By Synack42

I did have an audible chuckle with that... I'm...

I did have an audible chuckle with that... I'm always finding myself jumping off the edge of the pavement into loose gravel or up driveways onto sidewalks (legal here) trying to yield to cars. I'm...
05-22-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,930
Posted By Synack42

The frame I ride is probably a bit too large for...

The frame I ride is probably a bit too large for myself (honestly love it from a riding position though).

Whenever I come to a stop I usually just leave the right foot on the pedal (raised forward...
05-22-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,113
Posted By Synack42

Seth's bike hacks RJ the bike guy Kev...

Seth's bike hacks
RJ the bike guy
Kev Central
Singletrack Sampler
BKXC
GMBN/GCN
Duke of MTB (local to me, makes it interesting)
05-21-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,154
Posted By Synack42

This thread is kind of a confidence booster for...

This thread is kind of a confidence booster for myself... I've never rode with a group before; Solo I average 14-15 MPH over a 1-1.5 hour ride. I thought I was too slow to be in a group.

(26er...
04-02-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,470
Posted By Synack42

Congrats on the weight loss, and learning to ride...

Congrats on the weight loss, and learning to ride the first time -- as an adult. That must have been strange; People say you never forget and it's true. I picked it up again myself last year, after...
03-21-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,666
Posted By Synack42

I got back into biking last year, weighing around...

I got back into biking last year, weighing around 330 (~5' 10") at the time honestly... (Down to 230 now, I must be doing something right...)

Anyways, I actually picked up a $25 Magna...
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