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10-27-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 4,243
Posted By Ironfish653

Not really. Tire size, and good (if...

Not really. Tire size, and good (if unintentional) bike handling. A loose grip / semi-active riding posture will let the bike move a little on rough terrain, without 'fighting' against the rider....
10-27-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 385
Posted By Ironfish653

How many types are there? Most kid/pet/cargo...

How many types are there? Most kid/pet/cargo trailers are NDS dropout. They have one for that. The 'hitch' comes as part of the trailer, not the axle, that changes from brand to brand.
The BOB...
10-20-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 4,243
Posted By Ironfish653

Heavy bikes don’t have to be slow, but it helps.

Heavy bikes don’t have to be slow, but it helps.
10-20-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 496
Posted By Ironfish653

A Cannondale “2.8” frame is literally that, 2.8...

A Cannondale “2.8” frame is literally that, 2.8 lbs, so there’s your weight saving right there.

Seriously, though, what is this steel bike you’re looking to upgrade? Depending on frame size and...
10-14-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,011
Posted By Ironfish653

Polished Cannondales :p ...

Polished Cannondales :p


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10-08-20, 03:36 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

I think that a lot of people who are only...

I think that a lot of people who are only familiar with inexpensive ‘ATB’ style mountain bikes don’t realize that there were high-performance 26” MTBs.

Weight on the front wheel is how you get...
10-06-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

Both bikes pictured in this thread might be blue,...

Both bikes pictured in this thread might be blue, but they are definitely not the same. :lol:

A bike like this is still pretty capable off-road, though definitely harder to ride, than a modern...
10-06-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

The best you know is the best you’ve tried, eh?

The best you know is the best you’ve tried, eh?
10-06-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

wow, you must be really tall! Here’s a...

wow, you must be really tall!

Here’s a Zaskar in it’s original trim, to illustrate what the period XC setup looked like


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10-06-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

The 90s represented the first generation of high...

The 90s represented the first generation of high performance mountain bikes, as opposed to the more relaxed, cruiser-like ATBs of the 80s. Suspension was still in it’s early phases, so being fast...
10-06-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

Moisture Since you’re new to the world of...

Moisture

Since you’re new to the world of mountain bikeing, and riding a suitably vintage steed, get a copy of Mountain Bike! (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1860815.Mountain_Bike_#) by...
10-06-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes it was; XC is shorthand for Cross-Country,...

Yes it was; XC is shorthand for Cross-Country, which means up, and down, and was the predominant form of MTB racing in the 1990s, often referred to as the NORBA era, after the US sanctioning body.
...
10-05-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 352
Posted By Ironfish653

Go for it. You know they’re going to try it...

Go for it. You know they’re going to try it regardless. (At least I would have at that age).

Keep in mind, “proper” freestyle bikes have 14mm axles so don’t go for ‘pro’ level parts, cause they...
10-05-20, 01:19 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

The Zaskar was a good bike. In 1996. When 26x1.95...

The Zaskar was a good bike. In 1996. When 26x1.95 was the typical tire size and 80mm was a long-travel fork. Long-and-low was what worked on the NORBA style courses of the day, biased towards...
10-04-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,003
Posted By Ironfish653

It protects your butt from feeling whatever...

It protects your butt from feeling whatever you’re banging your rear wheel into.

Learn how to get your shift your weight off the saddle and use your legs to “ride light”. Works for riders of...
10-03-20, 11:44 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,691
Posted By Ironfish653

TLDR: NORBA geometry makes an effective 26” XC...

TLDR: NORBA geometry makes an effective 26” XC bike. Who knew?
09-19-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 8,660
Posted By Ironfish653

Why not? Neither of them was in GC contention,...

Why not? Neither of them was in GC contention, so it didn't make a difference to the overall race. These two are nominally domestiques, but with Bernal gone, there's no one to ride for but the...
09-17-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By Ironfish653

Cane Creek non-aero brake hoods are the ones for...

Cane Creek non-aero brake hoods are the ones for that Weinmann / Dia-Compe ‘red dot’ lever.
They are designed to fit over that little ferrule that sits on top of the lever housing, that’s what gives...
09-17-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 536
Posted By Ironfish653

Maybe something like the Sunseeker Eco-Delta...

Maybe something like the Sunseeker Eco-Delta would fit what you're looking for: it's a RANS-style semi recumbent (like sitting in a lawn chair) so you're still fairly upright, the controls and...
09-16-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 722
Posted By Ironfish653

The 'Traditonal' names came from a size...

The 'Traditonal' names came from a size designation based on the outside diameter of the wheel/tire. 700A, 700B, and 700C all measured (nominally) 700mm in diameter, with A being the widest tire,...
09-14-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,169
Posted By Ironfish653

:50: There's always one...........

:50: There's always one...........
09-11-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,169
Posted By Ironfish653

Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Your bike...

Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Your bike already has a triple on it, so it can be made to climb pretty well. The easiest way to make your bike climb 'easier' is to swap out the rear cassette for...
09-10-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,169
Posted By Ironfish653

While the idea of a clean-sheet build has a...

While the idea of a clean-sheet build has a certain 'I made it myself' appeal, unless you've got a really specific plan, or a couple key 'signature' components, we've seen a lot of first-time...
09-08-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,159
Posted By Ironfish653

I think the advantage to Gear Inch is as a...

I think the advantage to Gear Inch is as a comparative value, for two reasons: One, it's a relatively simple number. Use one of the gear calc programs, and you get a table that's populated by 2-digit...
09-01-20, 01:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By Ironfish653

Continental Ultra Sport...

Continental Ultra Sport (https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1176210-continental-ultra-sport-ii-tires.html#post20989035). Performs way better than a $20 tire ought to. Great bang...
09-01-20, 12:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 401
Posted By Ironfish653

Everybody’s physiology is a little different, and...

Everybody’s physiology is a little different, and what works for most, may not work for some. Also, some people aren’t bothered by little changes, and for some, it causes great discomfort.

SPDs...
08-30-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 501
Posted By Ironfish653

Shimano 600 ‘Tricolor’ pegs it as early 1990s, so...

Shimano 600 ‘Tricolor’ pegs it as early 1990s, so the dawn of the internet. It wasn’t in the online catalog, because there wasn’t one yet. Those kinds of bikes weren’t exciting enough to get people...
08-30-20, 01:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 501
Posted By Ironfish653

There probably weren’t a whole lot of them sold...

There probably weren’t a whole lot of them sold to begin with. “House brand “ bikes like Novarra, Performance and Nashbar didn’t get the kind of market penetration of something like TREK or...
08-27-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 764
Posted By Ironfish653

Well, since you want to build an ‘upright’ townie...

Well, since you want to build an ‘upright’ townie / path -bike; you’ve at least got some idea of where you want to end up.

When you’re doing this kind of a mod/build, try to look for a bike that’s...
08-17-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 628
Posted By Ironfish653

I’m pretty solidly Gen-X, the phone and the...

I’m pretty solidly Gen-X, the phone and the sports watch are on me all the time, bike or not.
I also wear a RoadID, so the wallet doesn’t usually come along, unless there’s going to be a lunch stop...
07-12-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,159
Posted By Ironfish653

That's the liberating part about being a Dirty...

That's the liberating part about being a Dirty Heathen; No orthodoxy to subscribe to.



My steel road bike IS my carbon bike :D Better?
...
07-08-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,159
Posted By Ironfish653

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Besides the obvious issue of riding a damp clay singletrack on 32mm slicks, what else is wrong with this bike?
Let’s see; flat pedals, downtube friction shifters, and who the heck still uses a...
07-06-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 13,356
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ve heard hair shirts get really itchy when they...

I’ve heard hair shirts get really itchy when they get wet, too. Care to elaborate?

Seriously; it’s a tool. It only works if you know how to use it, and then only if you actually do. (use it)
07-06-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,983
Posted By Ironfish653

“they, They, THEY!!!!” Omg, guys, loosen up the...

“they, They, THEY!!!!” Omg, guys, loosen up the tinfoil. No big conspiracy.

25.4 (not 26.0, unless you’re French) was the clamp size when bikes were based around the 1” threaded headsets.
...
06-30-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 13,356
Posted By Ironfish653

I would have to agree with you. I ride both flats...

I would have to agree with you. I ride both flats and clipless, depending on the bike, and the ‘mission’.
None of the assortment of injuries and battle damage I’ve picked up through the years have...
06-30-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 13,356
Posted By Ironfish653

Makes sense, you spent the majority of your ride...

Makes sense, you spent the majority of your ride starting from a stop, so to prevent clip-in incidents, don’t use clipless pedals.

Much like another thread where’s the rider is debating...
06-30-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 13,356
Posted By Ironfish653

Are we doing this again? Seems like every...

Are we doing this again?

Seems like every few months somebody discovers a ‘ Hidden Truth’ about clipless pedals to confirm their preference for flats, and the rest of us are either industry dupes,...
06-30-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By Ironfish653

Most likely it’s just their 6061, the only things...

Most likely it’s just their 6061, the only things that would make it ‘custom’ would be OD, wall thickness and butting, just like steel tubes.

More important, what do the welds look like? A nice,...
06-28-20, 01:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,375
Posted By Ironfish653

Like any other suspension system, it needs to be...

Like any other suspension system, it needs to be set up properly.

Designs like the Thud and the Kinect have adjustable springs, so that you can dial in the spring rate. Ideally you want to only...
06-27-20, 11:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,375
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t think the Rinsten spring has any...

I don’t think the Rinsten spring has any performance benefits, and it’s major comfort benefit seems to be low cost, compared to something like a Thudbuster.

I also think that the spring can...
06-27-20, 02:22 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,607
Posted By Ironfish653

The rabbit holes of minutiae that this forum will...

The rabbit holes of minutiae that this forum will go down.............

Cost and Weight.

Lighter weight bikes are typically preferred, as they’re easier and more efficient to ride.

Light...
06-18-20, 02:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By Ironfish653

Since you’re getting the 2” hitch, I’d strongly...

Since you’re getting the 2” hitch, I’d strongly recommend looking in to one of the tray-type racks, rather than a hanger style. It’s a lot easier to get the bikes on and off, and it accommodates...
06-06-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 466
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 on the hitch rack. Unless you’re only going...

+1 on the hitch rack. Unless you’re only going to use it once or twice a year, and just across town; 4 bikes is a big ask for a strap-down trunk rack. I find that kids’ bikes, especially 20”,...
06-01-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,107
Posted By Ironfish653

There were a lot of little things done to make...

There were a lot of little things done to make indexed shifting work well, like ramped cogs and beveled/ flared chain plates, that really improve friction shifting, too.

Possibly one of the best...
05-31-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t think you’ll need to replace a whole lot...

I don’t think you’ll need to replace a whole lot of parts; the front wheel will probably need to be trued; a shop should be able to do that for a nominal fee. Having nice, true wheels will make it...
05-31-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,554
Posted By Ironfish653

I actually prefer a high-volume tire, like...

I actually prefer a high-volume tire, like 1.95-2.1” on my commuter bike, especially since that kind of riding typically involves lots of surface transitions. Based on RWGPS data, my primary...
05-30-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 327
Posted By Ironfish653

One way to upgrade older bikes like yours, on a...

One way to upgrade older bikes like yours, on a budget is to look for a donor bike that has the kind of components you want, and swap it over to your 'project' bike. Mid-2000's 9-speed road bikes...
05-27-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,311
Posted By Ironfish653

Weak sauce, rookie! :lol: ...

Weak sauce, rookie! :lol:

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05-24-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,550
Posted By Ironfish653

I did. Typical bike owners are most people...

I did.

Typical bike owners are most people who own a bike.
The typical REI bike customer is an outdoor enthusiast who also likes to ride bikes. They most likely only have one bike, (maybe two)...
05-23-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,129
Posted By Ironfish653

Typical Guideline is that the kiddo be big enough...

Typical Guideline is that the kiddo be big enough to hold their head up steadily, about 10 mos -1 yr depending. There are extra neck-bolster pads you can get, and Chariot (Thule) makes a...
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