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Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,553
Posted By Iride01

I don't know which riders you were looking at,...

I don't know which riders you were looking at, but straight doesn't necessarily mean locked. I ride pretty comfortably with my arms straight. As my elbows go from just straight to locked, the...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By CliffordK

We may no longer be fighting WWII, but there is...

We may no longer be fighting WWII, but there is still shipbuilding in the USA.
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By guy153

There will always be some welding jobs that it...

There will always be some welding jobs that it doesn't make sense to outsource because you can't ship a whole bridge, railway station or complete system of pipes from China. There are also people who...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By unterhausen

There are definitely people welding all day at...

There are definitely people welding all day at their jobs. Sure, a lot of machinists do it as part of their jobs too. But there are more "welding" shops in this area than "welding and fabricating"...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By CliffordK

One of the things about "trades" is that one can...

One of the things about "trades" is that one can be certified with book smarts. Or one can have street smarts.

In the computer industry, one can read about computers all one wishes, but one needs...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By guy153

The other day we had an electrician come round to...

The other day we had an electrician come round to replace a fusebox. He kept trying to do what he had quoted as a two hour job too quickly. He kept rushing, dropping things, swearing, falling off his...
10-17-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 444
Posted By rsbob

many shops have a device you sit on to measure...

many shops have a device you sit on to measure the distance between your sit bones which makes all the difference in finding the right seat versus rolling the dice. Then you will know what size...
10-17-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,335
Posted By balto charlie

You haven't been down south or out west I assume....

You haven't been down south or out west I assume. Or even Michigan these days
10-17-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 444
Posted By martianone

Saddle comfort is a component of bike fit. ...

Saddle comfort is a component of bike fit.
before getting another saddle, make sure your bike fits well.
somtimes a small adjustment (cm or less) makes a difference
Forum: Framebuilders
10-17-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

So this is drifting to what's a trade. Doing the...

So this is drifting to what's a trade. Doing the same process all day? If we can call framebuilding a trade (beware arguments that start with a qualifier...) and if we then ask a builder how much...
10-17-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 444
Posted By Mulberry20

The perfect saddle is somewhat of a crapshoot....

The perfect saddle is somewhat of a crapshoot. Two things to avoid in your search are 1) High Price, no correlation at all to comfort or durability. I have Fabric Scoops and they are among the most...
10-17-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 444
Posted By Flip Flop Rider

30 years? I have ridden moon saddle for...

30 years?

I have ridden moon saddle for years and love it. Only thing is you cannot ride no hands with no nose on the saddle. It takes a while to get used to but once you are, it's sweet
10-17-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 444
Posted By unterhausen

Welcome to the forum, I hope you find a saddle...

Welcome to the forum, I hope you find a saddle that works for you
Forum: Framebuilders
10-17-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By Nessism

I never said or suggested that welding is an...

I never said or suggested that welding is an unimportant skill, I simply said that I don't think it's a trade in of itself.
Back when ship building was a big industry there were guys that did...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-17-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By CliffordK

There are still certified welders in the aircraft...

There are still certified welders in the aircraft industry, piping industry, heavy construction, etc. Bridges?

Often somewhat specialized, and perhaps some multi-process. Also, using more...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-17-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By Nessism

Back on topic...as far as "welding being a...

Back on topic...as far as "welding being a trade," I'm of the belief that it's NOT. Specifically, in order for it to be a "trade" someone would have to be able to make a living welding all day long,...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-17-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By CliffordK

I bought a multi function power supply a while...

I bought a multi function power supply a while ago, and use it for stick welding every once in a while.

Stick welding is great for pumping out a lot of power and thicker materials. The first...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-17-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By Geepig

Welding, like anything, can be an art, the only...

Welding, like anything, can be an art, the only prequisite for art is the element of original thought. A trade or craft is nothing to be ashamed off, quite the opposite - if you can achieve a high...
10-16-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,155
Posted By fourfa

106g for a roll of 5mm thick WT tape. In the past...

106g for a roll of 5mm thick WT tape. In the past I've tended to double-wrap plain old Cinelli cork tape (62g each or 124 total), at which point the WT is actually cheaper. Not sure how the thickness...
10-16-20, 05:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By redcon1

I understand. My wife has a Liv (Giant) Thrive...

I understand. My wife has a Liv (Giant) Thrive CoMax1, Flat bar 11-speed with 105 drivetrain and hydraulic brakes. The specs list the 11-speed shifters as Shimano SL-RS700. Perhaps you can source...
10-15-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By SpectrumTi

I would consider a Selle SMP Well M1. 163mm. Of...

I would consider a Selle SMP Well M1. 163mm. Of course, your butt ultimately chooses the saddle.
10-15-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,155
Posted By pipeliner

This is coming from an old guy with worn out...

This is coming from an old guy with worn out wrists and hands from a lifetime of manual labor... If you aren’t running carbon bars, do yourself a favor and get some. Same with a carbon fork. The...
10-14-20, 06:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By Pop N Wood

Wrap back bars can sometimes cause knee clearance...

Wrap back bars can sometimes cause knee clearance issues.

I had to go to a stem riser on my ebike for that reason,
Forum: Framebuilders
10-13-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By Fastfingaz

and that's why they call it stick rod ,,,,,,, Lol

and that's why they call it stick rod ,,,,,,, Lol
10-12-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By Rolla

Sram Apex rear shifter, VO Grand Cru short-travel...

Sram Apex rear shifter, VO Grand Cru short-travel brake levers, ESI xl grips, butted aluminum Jones bar, plus cables and housing. Retail would be $250 - 300. You could certainly do it for less,...
10-12-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By Rolla

OP, as you consider converting to flats, I'd...

OP, as you consider converting to flats, I'd encourage you to try a Jones H-bar, if you haven't. I never liked their looks and was skeptical about the 45º sweep, but then I bought one. I'm 60, and...
10-12-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By tyrion

One problem with getting a new bike is that there...

One problem with getting a new bike is that there are shortages and not a great selection.
10-12-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By msu2001la

You can definitely put a flat bar on the...

You can definitely put a flat bar on the Topstone. It's not that crazy... Specialized sells a flat-bar version of their gravel bike, the Diverge if you want to see a visual of what this is.

I'd...
10-12-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By Thomas15

My friend, 10 years from now, when I'm 72, I hope...

My friend, 10 years from now, when I'm 72, I hope I'm having a similar conversation which would indicate that I'm still serious about riding my bicycles. I do hope you are able to find a satisfactory...
10-12-20, 04:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By Pop N Wood

Spoken like a young man. Things change as...

Spoken like a young man.

Things change as you get older. Your bars will get higher and gearing lower. Eventually, when you are one foot in a wheel chair, you may even end up on a recumbent.
...
10-11-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By Maelochs

Okay .... get serious, then. if it were me...

Okay .... get serious, then.

if it were me I would get geometry charts for both bikes. I would figure out exactly what dimensions---stack and reach, pedal to seat, seat post to bars ... i would...
10-11-20, 08:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By shelbyfv

The Topstone is a nice bike. Unless you have a...

The Topstone is a nice bike. Unless you have a deformity or injury there's no reason you should not be able to become comfortable/ adapt to it. Your bars are level with your saddle, a very upright...
10-11-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By blakcloud

I am a big fan of conversions. One of the reasons...

I am a big fan of conversions. One of the reasons is that if you dislike the outcome you can always change it back. As mentioned there is a small outlay of cash for the conversion but it can be done...
10-11-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By Maelochs

The Quick will lose the length of the...

The Quick will lose the length of the bars---probably 70-100 mm--off the total reach if you perform the conversion. I can't find the geometry charts for the two frames (honestly didn't try...
10-11-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By tyrion

If you're pretty sure the flat bars on the...

If you're pretty sure the flat bars on the Topstone would put you into a comfortable position, and you like all the other aspects of the Topstone, I'd go ahead and convert it to flat bars. Probably...
10-11-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By hsuBM

Everything Shelby said plus- get rid of the idea...

Everything Shelby said plus- get rid of the idea of pedals like those dangerous traps. Either get plain platforms or SPD’s with the shoes.
10-11-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By shelbyfv

Given all that's going on with spacers and the...

Given all that's going on with spacers and the stem, I assume the Quick is too small? You already have the Topstone bars level with the saddle, you won't get a flat bar to work for you w/o more...
10-10-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By fishboat

As Iride mentions, if you're new to riding..you...

As Iride mentions, if you're new to riding..you need to toughen up your butt..it takes miles..after 3-5 rides things should get better.

Other than that, you sound like a classic customer for a...
10-10-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By Iride01

Have you just started back riding with this bike...

Have you just started back riding with this bike after being off a bike for some time? There is something to be said for just letting your butt get used to it.

When I started back doing three and...
10-10-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By freeranger

The Terry Liberator X is 163mm wide. My wife just...

The Terry Liberator X is 163mm wide. My wife just got one (it's listed as a woman's saddle) and it's firm and supportive, but not brick hard. I wouldn't hesitate to ride one if I needed the width....
10-10-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By fishboat

I too need/ride a 160mm wide saddle. I've...

I too need/ride a 160mm wide saddle. I've experimented with quite a few in recent years..the Romin evo being one, and no joy. The most comfortable saddles I've ridden have no padding at all. The...
10-09-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I don't know of a simple answer to this, almost...

I don't know of a simple answer to this, almost every cyclists issue at one time or another. I've given away a couple of cardboard boxes of saddles over the years. Performance Bike had a policy of no...
10-08-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've also found over the past 25 years that I...

I've also found over the past 25 years that I need a certain amount of padding in the saddle. Not much, just a very certain amount. Less than that and my butt never breaks in, more than that isn't...
10-07-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By Mojo31

Look at the PowerComp or Power Expert saddles....

Look at the PowerComp or Power Expert saddles. They come in 168. I find mine pretty much disappears now that I’ve lived with it about two months living with it. Could also look at the Roman Evo gel...
10-07-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By Road Fan

I'm not sure the padding needs to be in the...

I'm not sure the padding needs to be in the shorts versus in the saddle, but you could see if Specialized makes a saddle with the dmension of that Romin but a "higher" comfort rating. Specialized...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-04-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By guy153

It depends what you're welding and what kind of...

It depends what you're welding and what kind of joint it is. You will always see discoloration from the heat but full penetration is indicated by some actual lumpiness from some melting of the metal....
Forum: Framebuilders
10-04-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,394
Posted By v2505

what do you look for on the back that shows good...

what do you look for on the back that shows good penetration? I just built a handcycle for my so, and never welded before. I have to agree it must be an artform. My welds were ugly but they seem...
10-02-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,045
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes! This is the way I ride all the time. ...

Yes! This is the way I ride all the time. Assume the driver is always going to make the worst possible move and be prepared for ANYTHING.

I also do a lot of traffic directing, communicating with...
10-01-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 458
Posted By reverborama

30 days of biking leads to 6 months

Due to COVID I have been working from home since mid-March and have pretty much canceled all social events for the spring, summer, and fall. The upside was I felt I could complete the 30 days of...
09-30-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 362
Posted By Iride01

I remember at a similar age I started riding for...

I remember at a similar age I started riding for health and exercise. 4 and 5 miles were an achievement then. Keep riding and you'll think nothing of a riding another century ride soon.

Don't...
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