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11-22-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By badger1

This.

This.
11-21-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,224
Posted By badger1

There, you see? Here we are, well into page 2....

There, you see? Here we are, well into page 2. All it takes is persons of goodwill, willing to post 'points' that have been repeated ad nauseam on here in sundry threads, and 2 pages will quickly...
11-21-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 425
Posted By badger1

Pffft ... these bars are just lame; pale...

Pffft ... these bars are just lame; pale imitations of the real thing*, and sold at inflated prices.

*Bike Snob NYC: The First (and Last) Annual BSNYC/RTMS Cockpit of the Year Award: The Finalists...
11-21-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,224
Posted By badger1

Really, we must.

Really, we must.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,084
Posted By badger1

Got it the first time round (post #26).:thumb:

Got it the first time round (post #26).:thumb:
11-20-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 142
Posted By badger1

If the 'Giro shape' suits your head -- it does...

If the 'Giro shape' suits your head -- it does mine -- can't go wrong with a Synthe. I think they're still available. Excellent quality and adjustability; very light; very well ventilated. I have the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 900
Posted By badger1

Agree ... the 'party line' (and apparent...

Agree ... the 'party line' (and apparent inconsistency given my experience) from Specialized is odd.

If the answer you received had to do with fitting a FS (any) to a non-FS Specialized frame,...
11-20-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 950
Views: 257,871
Posted By badger1

Heh! If I were younger/fitter/less fragile that...

Heh! If I were younger/fitter/less fragile that would be a done deal. Unfortunately, I'm a little skeered of snow/ice no matter the tire width.:o
11-20-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 752
Posted By badger1

Agreed. It is interesting to noodle around...

Agreed.

It is interesting to noodle around exploring how this is set up. One can access 'Viathon' via Walmart.com, but aside from placing an order everything else (intentionally?) directs one to...
11-20-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 752
Posted By badger1

Why not simply go to the source? ...

Why not simply go to the source?
https://www.viathonbicycles.com
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 900
Posted By badger1

Not doubting at all the veracity of your report...

Not doubting at all the veracity of your report of what your source said, but what was said strikes me as total nonsense. There is absolutely no way that Specialized (the company) would have supplied...
11-19-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 752
Posted By badger1

Correct. They have started (rationally) small,...

Correct. They have started (rationally) small, three bikes, each with a common frame: hardtail mtb 29er; 'gravel' bike; and 'road' bike.
11-19-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 5,129
Posted By badger1

Sir Bedevere: ...and that, my liege, is how we...

Sir Bedevere:
...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped.

King Arthur:
This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to...
11-19-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 752
Posted By badger1

livedarklions (sorry, meant to quote!) ... and...

livedarklions (sorry, meant to quote!) ... and they (Walton grandsons) are I believe also responsible for the new bike line (Viathon).

Not surprising, given their very strong and productive mtb...
11-19-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 752
Posted By badger1

https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1187905-ge...

https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1187905-get-your-next-carbon-bike-walmart-ok-i-ll-start.html
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,084
Posted By badger1

Add some LIGHTWEIGHT MEILENSTEIN OBERMAYER wheels...

Add some LIGHTWEIGHT MEILENSTEIN OBERMAYER wheels to that low/midrange crabon bikecycle and you'll be flying. Switching from Not-Bibs to bibs is good for another few mph.

Just sayin'.:)
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,535
Posted By badger1

Nah. For once, I wuz serious (Serious Poster™).:)

Nah. For once, I wuz serious (Serious Poster™).:)
11-16-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 950
Views: 257,871
Posted By badger1

Wheelset? Nothing too exotic: I want aluminum,...

Wheelset? Nothing too exotic: I want aluminum, with excellent hubs and a low weight. LBS is recommending these, which are certainly a possibility and not too expensive....
11-15-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,107
Posted By badger1

Flat-bar gravel bike? Readily available at your...

Flat-bar gravel bike? Readily available at your local Specialized dealer. Stock, and ready to go, with 38mm Tracer Pro tires. Mine (below) has had a tire change, but that doesn't change the character...
11-15-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By badger1

Fortunately, push-back is coming, as was...

Fortunately, push-back is coming, as was inevitable.

My main hope is that the push-back against electric dirt bikes (a.k.a. e-mtbs) being permitted on trails restricted to non-motorized vehicles...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 53,014
Posted By badger1

Re. warranty, here is the exact language (U.S....

Re. warranty, here is the exact language (U.S. and Canada).

"Lifetime Warranty on Specialized-branded frames and framesets: Specialized warrants the structural integrity of the frame or frameset...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 53,014
Posted By badger1

I can offer some limited comment here, fwiw. My...

I can offer some limited comment here, fwiw. My bike came with FS 1.0 -- the progressive spring version. The factory defect I noted above aside, it worked as advertised and certainly did noticeably...
11-15-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 950
Views: 257,871
Posted By badger1

Yes, and no, not really. The main gain is...

Yes, and no, not really.

The main gain is lower weight. The FS on your bike, with correct tire pressure and bike fit/set-up, will swamp any (if any) tiny gains in flex/vibration damping offered by...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 53,014
Posted By badger1

You could very well be right re. the pricing; as...

You could very well be right re. the pricing; as I said, just speculating with no direct knowledge! I've never actually asked -- don't look a gift horse in the mouth and all that.

I would have...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 53,014
Posted By badger1

'I don't know' re. other Specialized bikes is my...

'I don't know' re. other Specialized bikes is my general answer. What I do know is this: my '19 Sirrus X Comp (flat bar road bike) came stock with a FS 1.0 cartridge; it was/is the Diverge version...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 53,014
Posted By badger1

FWIW, I think (I do not know) that the $350ish...

FWIW, I think (I do not know) that the $350ish (US) amount for a new FS cartridge may refer to the FS 2.0 one, which is entirely different as many here will know, with proper full-hydraulic damping....
11-13-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,456
Posted By badger1

Well, you have me beat in the oldie stakes, but...

Well, you have me beat in the oldie stakes, but only by two years! I still ride mtb as much as I can -- it's my 'first love' in cycling -- but now stay with non-technical singletrack. At 68, I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,535
Posted By badger1

This. That aside, perhaps folks here don't...

This.

That aside, perhaps folks here don't realize, as said above by sdmc530, that the 'sons [grandsons?] of Walmart' are themselves very, very dedicated cyclists -- especially mtb -- and have...
11-13-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 950
Views: 257,871
Posted By badger1

We've got 'early-onset' winter up here -- ugh;...

We've got 'early-onset' winter up here -- ugh; that's what's done me in! I can usually ride through November and often well into December. Oh well; there might be some warmer stretches yet.

Still...
11-11-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,737
Posted By badger1

I had and used the insert when I first got the...

I had and used the insert when I first got the frame, along with two different lenses. Stayed with it one script change, but by the next exam my eyes had pretty much stabilized -- apparently this...
11-10-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,673
Posted By badger1

Yep. Pretty simple, imo. I have three derailleur...

Yep. Pretty simple, imo. I have three derailleur drivetrains, on my three bicycles: 3x9; 2x10; and now 1x11.

They all work, flawlessly, and have done so over the years that I have had them....
11-10-19, 04:01 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,737
Posted By badger1

To me, yes. To you, or others, who knows? ...

To me, yes. To you, or others, who knows?

Your money; your decision. I require prescription lenses. My Rudy Project Rydons are brilliant in every respect: very light, durable (six+ years now), and...
11-10-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By badger1

"Fairly recent"? ...

"Fairly recent"?

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/search?keyword=Cypress+DX
11-08-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

Btw, speaking of Rush a while back, I don't think...

Btw, speaking of Rush a while back, I don't think (?) anyone has mentioned Neil Peart's connection with cycling?...
11-08-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

This is how good threads should work.

This is how good threads should work.
11-08-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

Vide post #86...

Vide post #86 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=86) .
Do try to keep up.:thumb:
11-08-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

Indirect connection, but fun fact: Edith Piaf and...

Indirect connection, but fun fact: Edith Piaf and her lover Louis Gérardin (Piaf's letters to him are nsfw).
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 66,312
Posted By badger1

We woke up to +/- 30cms on the ground this a.m. ...

We woke up to +/- 30cms on the ground this a.m.
#awesomeshovel(s)

Sad.
11-07-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

Taste is funny, innit? I adore Dylan, the Byrds,...

Taste is funny, innit? I adore Dylan, the Byrds, but can't stand U2 -- Bono, in particular. Rush? I know they're Canajun, but ... meh. Each to their own, says I.

Me? Some faves, in no particular...
11-07-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

Not to mention 'Have you ever seen the rain ...' ...

Not to mention 'Have you ever seen the rain ...'

Fogerty weren't no Mose Allison (whole 'nother thing, I know, but still and yet ...), but he was a damn fine rockabilly songwriter, imo.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 66,312
Posted By badger1

I am old. Old and decrepit. Doesn't 68 qualify?

I am old. Old and decrepit. Doesn't 68 qualify?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 66,312
Posted By badger1

I, for one, do not post in 50+.

I, for one, do not post in 50+.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 66,312
Posted By badger1

ageist.

ageist.
11-07-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

'Zackly! This thread ... lots of pining over...

'Zackly!

This thread ... lots of pining over long-gone youth. I started buying 'records' for myself in '62, age 11, with Bob Dylan's self-titled first album. The other two standouts in memory for...
11-07-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

:) Here's another favourite. ...

:)

Here's another favourite.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF0PYQ8IOL4
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 66,312
Posted By badger1

That's me. My stuff is in a very...

That's me. My stuff is in a very conservative/diverse/low risk managed portfolio -- defined contribution pension fund. Didn't get hit too badly in the Last Big One, and the risk managers have (I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 66,312
Posted By badger1

Heh ... work. We (faculty) technically have a...

Heh ... work. We (faculty) technically have a four-week 'vacation' period in July/August, but other than that ... work, and even then ... work. My post is a combined teaching/administrative one, so...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 66,312
Posted By badger1

Yes. But as per datlas, how to get out?

Yes. But as per datlas, how to get out?
11-07-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 10,733
Posted By badger1

Clue: Cinelli fan. ...

Clue: Cinelli fan.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/231x380/clapton_colombo_7b315825d71ba3f2f47ed01b878b40161f1048fa.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 66,312
Posted By badger1

Your wife certainly stuck it better than I did! ...

Your wife certainly stuck it better than I did!

I toyed with the idea of teaching law, but decided to move right away and back into linguistics/history of the language/communication theory and...
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