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Forum: Commuting
11-20-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 229
Posted By Darth Lefty

Frame material was not a deciding factor in my...

Frame material was not a deciding factor in my last commuter/MTB buy. The bike that had the features I wanted and was in-stock at a good value was aluminum. It gets locked up just the same as it...
Forum: Commuting
11-20-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 159
Posted By Darth Lefty

I have a much different bike, but the WTB tires...

I have a much different bike, but the WTB tires that came on mine were OEM-spec and very much NOT full tubeless, with no butyl layer, even though WTB do make a tubeless version. I set them up...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By Darth Lefty

It may just be marketing. Also, I've noticed...

It may just be marketing.

Also, I've noticed in the past that website never touches the question of tread life. Any improvements there, they will not catch.
Forum: Commuting
11-19-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 268
Posted By Darth Lefty

Contacts? Lasik?

Contacts? Lasik?
Forum: Commuting
11-18-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 1,751
Views: 57,719
Posted By Darth Lefty

As I approached the ostensibly-pedestrian...

As I approached the ostensibly-pedestrian overpass, coming down it was a cop car in full searchlight mode: a park ranger. “You seen a guy running around in a hospital gown?”
11-18-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Posted By Darth Lefty

Are you sure it wasn't worn out from its previous...

Are you sure it wasn't worn out from its previous thirty years of use?

FC-M371 has steel chain rings, uses square taper, costs about $35, available in silver or black and "hybrid" or "MTB" gearing
11-17-19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,324
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'm 42 this year. I first joined up on Bike...

I'm 42 this year. I first joined up on Bike Forums because I was cleaning up and servicing my Dad's Paramount.I went through a phase where I was trolling CL daily for cool old road bikes, and I've...
11-17-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,019
Posted By Darth Lefty

Doing something hard for no reason might have...

Doing something hard for no reason might have been a good idea before I had any character, but now with a deplorable excess thereof, I can skip it
11-16-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,027
Posted By Darth Lefty

Call your shop. Mine told me someone-or-other was...

Call your shop. Mine told me someone-or-other was making them keep their shirts indefinitely
Forum: Commuting
11-16-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1,751
Views: 57,719
Posted By Darth Lefty

Three or four weeks ago I installed a new front...

Three or four weeks ago I installed a new front tire on my bike with the plan to eventually install the former front on the rear. Last weekend I went to install the rear, couldn't find any of the...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,253
Posted By Darth Lefty

I am just not buying this specific scenario. The...

I am just not buying this specific scenario. The supposed attacker is not going to be surprised by a bike light that's been on for your entire approach, and you're not going to remember to turn it on...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,253
Posted By Darth Lefty

How many thousands of people are you going to...

How many thousands of people are you going to blind in traffic before you get to the one who might have wanted to steal your bike?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 493
Posted By Darth Lefty

You'd think if they made their warranty better...

You'd think if they made their warranty better they'd be bragging about it
11-15-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,027
Posted By Darth Lefty

Also should note this got me into the store at...

Also should note this got me into the store at the same time as my wife so we got to talk about what kind of bike the 5yo will get for his 6th bday... I see through your marketing tricks, Trek, I'm...
11-15-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,027
Posted By Darth Lefty

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11-14-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,019
Posted By Darth Lefty

I never thought about it before, but now having...

I never thought about it before, but now having done so for a minute, I'm sure that all the rear shifting stuff is on the right because that's the side the freewheel screws on.
11-14-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,019
Posted By Darth Lefty

How did lefties get along before with 2x? Did...

How did lefties get along before with 2x? Did they only shift the front? Of all the imaginary problems you could think up...

<--- not actually a lefty
Forum: Touring
11-14-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,841
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thank you. What a nifty thing...

Thank you. What a nifty thing https://uniorusa.com/shop-bicycle-tools/pocket-spoke-and-freewheel-remover-wrench/

I wonder if anyone has followed this with a similar dingus for thru axles or xD...
11-14-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 548
Posted By Darth Lefty

Try not to think about how many different models...

Try not to think about how many different models and versions of RD Shimano must have in production RIGHT NOW. I wouldn't be surprised if it were a hundred
Forum: Touring
11-14-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 487
Posted By Darth Lefty

I was shopping with cargo in mind when I bought...

I was shopping with cargo in mind when I bought my current bike. (I have not actually made it out on a bike camping trip - we've mostly been doing family RV "camping" the last few years.) Some of the...
11-14-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,659
Posted By Darth Lefty

All of the things you say you hate about that...

All of the things you say you hate about that bike are there to support the features you've removed. What a strange case of willfulness you have.
11-14-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 172
Posted By Darth Lefty

It depends on the commute. I'm commuting on a...

It depends on the commute. I'm commuting on a MTB. It's a short ride (7 mi round trip), I have trails between me and work, and more nearby. In a couple of years when my smallest kid is large enough...
11-14-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 663
Posted By Darth Lefty

^^^yup, it is a brand that has not yet betrayed...

^^^yup, it is a brand that has not yet betrayed us... that said they have been pushing some stupid advertising where they drop some bowling balls on two plates of sheet metal joined by either a 1"...
11-14-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 172
Posted By Darth Lefty

Well, he did say commuting.

Well, he did say commuting.
Forum: Commuting
11-14-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1,751
Views: 57,719
Posted By Darth Lefty

You can also get shielded cables that have a...

You can also get shielded cables that have a plastic tube that houses the tensioned cable runs, and special ferrules to hold that tube at the cable stops. I bought some by mistake a few years ago.
...
Forum: Foo
11-14-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 576
Posted By Darth Lefty

I just got a call that I'm in trouble with NASA

I just got a call that I'm in trouble with NASA
11-14-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 172
Posted By Darth Lefty

That's because they are. Preferences (or...

That's because they are. Preferences (or marketing) have brought the current regular Stumpjumper to where it's just a little beyond the 2014 EVO, so the now-EVO is further beyond it into enduro-bike...
11-14-19, 12:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,059
Posted By Darth Lefty

Gizmodo? What time warp is this?

Gizmodo? What time warp is this?
11-13-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 181
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's pretty unlikely you can move the brake pads...

It's pretty unlikely you can move the brake pads up far enough. But it's a MTB so the bottom bracket is high enough you can just put 1.5-1.75 slicks on it, like commuters have been doing forever.
Forum: Foo
11-13-19, 06:09 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,574
Posted By Darth Lefty

The original formulation of the Drake equation...

The original formulation of the Drake equation posits a civilization lifespan of 10,000 years
11-13-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,483
Posted By Darth Lefty

Just wait til you discover maraging steel

Just wait til you discover maraging steel
Forum: Foo
11-13-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,574
Posted By Darth Lefty

When I was a kid everyone was worried we would...

When I was a kid everyone was worried we would incinerate/poison ourselves with atomic weapons and power. Now it's not even really a part of the conversation but it's still way more terrifying to me...
Forum: Foo
11-13-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,153
Posted By Darth Lefty

A sense of dread as we're singing this song ...

A sense of dread as we're singing this song
Cause it's starting to turn out completely all wrong
And it's time that we ended because it's too loooong
And it just doesn't make any sense!
...
Forum: Foo
11-13-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,153
Posted By Darth Lefty

I gotta fill time, Three minutes' worth of...

I gotta fill time,
Three minutes' worth of time,
Oh how will I fill so much time? Ooh-ooh
I'll throw in a solo,
A solo, a solo,
A solo, a solo here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWi5jdgTUJs
Forum: Commuting
11-13-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 1,751
Views: 57,719
Posted By Darth Lefty

Meanwhile in the Central Valley of CA, we are...

Meanwhile in the Central Valley of CA, we are having near record highs. (link to National Weather Service Sacramento Facebook page) The ski weather bloggers are barely talking about storms, they just...
11-13-19, 12:53 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,483
Posted By Darth Lefty

Well this is a fun thread. Perhaps you should...

Well this is a fun thread. Perhaps you should call it hydra?

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11-12-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,537
Posted By Darth Lefty

This is a fashion question, IMO. To keep the sun...

This is a fashion question, IMO. To keep the sun out of your eyes and focus your vision, you don't need to pay out the wazoo. Want this year's model, special coatings, hi index glass, a little...
Forum: Foo
11-12-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,574
Posted By Darth Lefty

There are three things that keep me from atheism,...

There are three things that keep me from atheism, they are

Existence
Life
Consciousness

The conditions that allow life and consciousness here could allow them anywhere in the vast universe,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-12-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 931
Posted By Darth Lefty

This would be fun to put in the RV! I like...

This would be fun to put in the RV!

I like the frame, it's like something Surly would come up with if they were going to do it. Conflicting feelings about the complete, tho. It has a lot of VO...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1,751
Views: 57,719
Posted By Darth Lefty

Ten thousand! ...

Ten thousand!
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Forum: Commuting
11-12-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 909
Views: 37,656
Posted By Darth Lefty

augustgarage (CA) __________ 8343.3 (9128.3...

augustgarage (CA) __________ 8343.3 (9128.3 total) [175/187]
Bizman (PA) ________________ 7447 (7943 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) _______________ 5649 (8921 total)
mgw4jc (NC) ________________...
11-11-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 172
Posted By Darth Lefty

Bike geometry can be faddish. But you can be sure...

Bike geometry can be faddish. But you can be sure that a Stumpjumper, the most popular model from one of the biggest companies, is not going to be offensive. The fork got a bit more raked out, but...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 1,237
Views: 131,203
Posted By Darth Lefty

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Snout was on the left. Now down. For some reason...
11-11-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 957
Posted By Darth Lefty

...and it's a double not triple FD?

...and it's a double not triple FD?
Forum: Commuting
11-11-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1,237
Views: 131,203
Posted By Darth Lefty

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From the seat of a bicycle, one creature I have never...
11-10-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,389
Posted By Darth Lefty

My memory is tickling me about a motorcycle road...

My memory is tickling me about a motorcycle road in Socal but it's just not there...

Meanwhile I found this. MTB Project has 115 hits for Skyline, though I bet a lot of them are different segments...
Forum: Touring
11-10-19, 12:34 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,580
Posted By Darth Lefty

I think many of them still exist in the bottom of...

I think many of them still exist in the bottom of the camping junk box in everyone's garages.

But seriously... I recall seeing some only a few years ago. At the Winco grocery store, no less. I...
11-08-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,855
Posted By Darth Lefty

Great! Now who has a Nexave Di2 bike?

Great! Now who has a Nexave Di2 bike?
11-08-19, 05:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 874
Posted By Darth Lefty

1. wide open throttle 2. bright enough (at...

1. wide open throttle
2. bright enough (at least 300lm)
3. bright enough with occasional blink (if this is your only forward light, good for oncoming traffic after dark). My Cygolite has this but...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 1,237
Views: 131,203
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's a subset of telescope (like spotter scope or...

It's a subset of telescope (like spotter scope or spy glass or Hubble). Distinction of a monocular is smallness and low magnification. This one does not have a prism and is heavy AF for its size, the...
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