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07-19-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 834
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: 31
Views: 834
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: 31
Views: 834
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: 31
Views: 834
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: 31
Views: 834
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: 8
Views: 376
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: 8
Views: 376
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: 1,341
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: 1,341
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: 446
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: 7,819
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: 469
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: 1,839
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: 1,608
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: 4,241
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: 1,839
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: 104
Views: 10,179
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: 1,401
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: 2,481
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...
03-21-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,165
Posted By Synack42

Heh, I'm really cheap about it: ...

Heh, I'm really cheap about it: https://www.lowes.com/pd/West-Chester-Extreme-Large-Mens-Polyester-Gloves/1000462115

Definitely not insulated, but keeps the wind chill down and I can still use...
03-10-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By Synack42

White Lightning Clean vs Epic (...trying to avoid the wax film...)

So I'm probably doing it wrong over here... Last year I picked up some White Lightning Clean Ride (dry, wax based). It works, but my chain and derailleur jockey wheels always get a good amount of...
03-10-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 482
Posted By Synack42

Well, if anyone is curious, I did finally get...

Well, if anyone is curious, I did finally get around to fixing it up. (Ended up waiting until the garage started to rise above frostbite levels...)

The Sunrace FDM2A (FDM2A.MTS0.E00.HP) was a good...
02-04-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 482
Posted By Synack42

Front derailleur cage rusting, cracking... replacement time?

Was messing around with the salvaged project bike again, Finally warmed up enough to test it out on the road.

The rusty chain has been driving me nuts, I picked up a KMC Z51 and was going to...
02-04-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 981
Posted By Synack42

Yep, that's the one. I think I'm going to give...

Yep, that's the one. I think I'm going to give it a shot. Seems like it would be a good intro to group rides.

And yea, I've been totally trapped on the stationary lately with the awesome...
01-25-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Synack42

Thanks -- Honestly not too sure, I'd be...

Thanks -- Honestly not too sure, I'd be interested in finding a place around me though. I'm north of Detroit and the only co-op I've found online seems to be more downtown (it's a bit of a hike). I...
01-25-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 650
Posted By Synack42

Thanks -- The grips really are awesome if you do...

Thanks -- The grips really are awesome if you do any kind of tinkering around at all: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00288JF26 I've had really good luck with alcohol or WD taking off and installing...
01-24-19, 11:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 650
Posted By Synack42

Thanks, funny thing is this actually does have a...

Thanks, funny thing is this actually does have a 1 1/8" headset on it... I've thought about a threadless conversion. The old fork is totally fine for my riding though, mainly pavement and really...
01-24-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 650
Posted By Synack42

My curbside project bike

Hey, I can post photos now, and I can't resist...

Just sharing this for giggles, it's a curbside 2008 Diamondback Outlook from what I've gathered. When I got it it was just the frame, crankset and...
01-24-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,408
Posted By Synack42

Very cool offer -- I'd definitely be interested...

Very cool offer -- I'd definitely be interested if any are still available. (I've actually lost enough weight at this point where I'd probably be able to pull it off...)

If they don't work out...
01-24-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 981
Posted By Synack42

2019 Blue Water Ramble

Just curious if anyone here participates in the Blue Water Ramble. I've totally never participated in any group events but this one looks pretty neat and I'm right down the road from it. Would this...
01-24-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Synack42

Thanks for the info -- Honestly didn't even think...

Thanks for the info -- Honestly didn't even think about the cold temps and the viscosity. I'll probably hold off until it gets a bit warmer and see if it that alone helps; I've been stuck on the...
01-24-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Synack42

Threaded headset questions

So my winter project has been fixing up a 2007ish Diamondback Outlook. It was a curbside find, basically just frame fork and crank.

I've got it put together again with odds and I'm liking it...
01-08-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,753
Posted By Synack42

[/left]Same thing here, I'm down to 250 but even...

[/left]Same thing here, I'm down to 250 but even when I was ~330 I preferred a more narrow saddle.

A local LBS here has a literal barrel of Giant Connect saddles for $10 a pop. All of my bikes...
11-05-18, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By Synack42

Thanks everyone -- I'll probably just leave this...

Thanks everyone -- I'll probably just leave this wheelset on the other bike with the slightly wider frame. Just did some Sheldon Brown reading, didn't realize there were so many variations.

It...
11-04-18, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By Synack42

Heh, I totally didn't think of the obvious there...

Heh, I totally didn't think of the obvious there ;-).

I did end up playing musical wheels out there again and threw them on the other clunker that had the 7 speed freewheel and it was a much nicer...
11-04-18, 07:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By Synack42

Frankenbike - 5 speed freewheel to 7 speed freehub swap

So, this may sound crazy, but I've almost put 800 miles on a $10 Craigslist pickup this year (2012 Magna Glacier Point). I'm totally a clyde, working on fixing that... 330+ down to 272 lbs anyways......
10-22-18, 10:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,473
Posted By Synack42

Heh, Michigander here too; The weather has been...

Heh, Michigander here too; The weather has been lousy. Felt like winter riding yesterday complete with jacket and gloves...

As for loosing weight, since June I'm down to 275 from 330+. Riding has...
10-02-18, 10:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,138
Posted By Synack42

I'm in the same boat, trying to get in as much...

I'm in the same boat, trying to get in as much time in before sunset.

If I still have some daylight left I end up using both lights from a "Schwinn 30 Lumen Quick Wrap LED Bike Light Set" -- found...
08-02-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 994
Posted By Synack42

Honestly just registered on the forum to say...

Honestly just registered on the forum to say congrats!

My story is actually identical. A few months ago I was ~330 lbs with the same blood sugar... Picked up an old Magna of all things on...
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