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07-11-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 833
Posted By Banzai

I run an Alfine on my Pugsley, precisely because...

I run an Alfine on my Pugsley, precisely because of issues like this. And because at the end of winter, I was typically replacing the rusted derailer. My Pugsley sees on and off road miles, and they...
07-11-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 56
Posted By Banzai

Trade fat (26x4.0) for 29er

Title says it all. I have a Pugsley that sees most of its use in winter, but I'm thinking of selling it and getting something with 29x2.3-2.5 tires. Why?

Fat tires don't "float". I weigh about...
02-12-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,122
Posted By Banzai

My studded 35mm tires do nothing in the mashed...

My studded 35mm tires do nothing in the mashed potatoes the OP described. They just founder and fishtail.

Without my Pugsley, Iíd be stuck.
02-12-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,114
Posted By Banzai

Canít say how much I hate salt. I have to budget...

Canít say how much I hate salt. I have to budget 30 min on to the end of every ride for a complete rinse, then oil on the chain. Last week I decided not to after a ride, and the result two days later...
01-11-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,100
Posted By Banzai

Budgeting cleanup time into every...single...ride...

Budgeting cleanup time into every...single...ride is an enormous hassle, and the biggest disincentive to winter cycling.
And cleaning the bike outside, with water, when itís 10F really sucks too.
01-10-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,100
Posted By Banzai

My Pugsley used to be black. It's gray/white from...

My Pugsley used to be black. It's gray/white from salt right now. Ridiculous.
12-31-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,100
Posted By Banzai

Salt. It kills components more than anything, and...

Salt. It kills components more than anything, and we use more now than ever, just so drivers donít have to slow down as much.
My list of winter cycling hazards:
1) Drivers
2) Parked cars.
3)...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-13-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,858
Posted By Banzai

The single best thing you can do to winterize a...

The single best thing you can do to winterize a bike is full coverage fenders, because salty road spray wrecks equipment. However, there arenít really any full coverage fenders for fat bikes.

So...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-08-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By Banzai

Makes sense to me. I was just thinking that after...

Makes sense to me. I was just thinking that after you have gigantic chunk-o-rubber tread blocks, plus the mass of the tire itself, things like TPI would kind of vanish into the background, as opposed...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-07-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By Banzai

High TPI fatbike tires

Seems redundant?

Why spring for 120 TPI when the tire is already a gigantic heavy chunk of rubber? I see the difference on thinner and more supple tires, but a fatbike tire is anything but. Then...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,993
Posted By Banzai

I donít know the ratios on a Nuvinci, but the OP...

I donít know the ratios on a Nuvinci, but the OP is worried about spinning out on a downhill.

Thatís my last concern with my IGH bike. My first concern is will it get me and the groceries or the...
10-26-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,035
Posted By Banzai

I do Keens in the summer, and Keens with wool...

I do Keens in the summer, and Keens with wool socks the other morning at 36deg F. Actually one of the stiffest soles, but also wide, and they slip a lot on some pedals.
10-26-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,035
Posted By Banzai

I wear all kinds of ďregularĒ shoes for winter...

I wear all kinds of ďregularĒ shoes for winter riding or casual bar hopping, and the thing I care the most about is lace retention.

After that I guess it depends on the pedal.
09-23-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 900
Posted By Banzai

Same. I switched to 23s, which measure just shy...

Same. I switched to 23s, which measure just
shy of 26mm. The 25s gave me barely 2mm clearance in the fork (no problem in back), but 3mm is my minimum.

Industry standard has always been 4mm. Fat...
09-22-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 900
Posted By Banzai

As a CAAD9 owner, I vote upgrade. The crank...

As a CAAD9 owner, I vote upgrade.

The crank is BB30, a standard for which spindles are no longer being produced. Cannondale has moved on to BB30A, which uses a wider bottom bracket shell. Iím...
09-18-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,637
Posted By Banzai

Pedestrians donít kill people. Drivers kill...

Pedestrians donít kill people.

Drivers kill scads of people.

Any questions?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,546
Posted By Banzai

Sorry. I didnít realize we werenít allowed to...

Sorry. I didnít realize we werenít allowed to answer the OPs question or discuss in any way.
09-14-19, 06:31 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 14,542
Posted By Banzai

My experiences above were in Minneapolis.

My experiences above were in Minneapolis.
09-13-19, 05:04 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 14,542
Posted By Banzai

I wish I knew anymore. I'm like the OP, and...

I wish I knew anymore.

I'm like the OP, and prefer for a variety of reasons to support the LBS. I've lived a lot of places that didn't even have one, or if they had, it was one really bad one. So...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,546
Posted By Banzai

In wind tunnel tests, Kinlin XR31T performed near...

In wind tunnel tests, Kinlin XR31T performed near identically to the AL33, but does so at half the price and lower weight, I believe.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 42,099
Posted By Banzai

We used to ask this question about cx bikes. ...

We used to ask this question about cx bikes.

The answer was mostly yes.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,584
Posted By Banzai

Kinlin XR31T rims test just as well in the wind...

Kinlin XR31T rims test just as well in the wind tunnel at half the price.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10,289
Views: 2,833,033
Posted By Banzai

I don't like it. Looks like a Scott. I did...

I don't like it. Looks like a Scott.

I did think the CAAD12 was a pretty bike. I'll keep my CAAD9 though.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,332
Posted By Banzai

Or the Praxis bottom bracket. You know what...

Or the Praxis bottom bracket.

You know what I don't have to do with a threaded BB? Keep a press on it overnight while it cures.

I say this as a person who has done all those things to solve the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,332
Posted By Banzai

So, with original BB30, there was a thriving...

So, with original BB30, there was a thriving market of threaded ďsleevesĒ that could be glued or fitted to the bottom bracket shell to convert to 68mm English threaded.

Then, Cannondale came out...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,549
Posted By Banzai

Iíve always really wanted to like All City bikes....

Iíve always really wanted to like All City bikes.

Every model Iíve ever looked at has been...off...somehow, in some weird yet critical way. And, on top of that, costs just a little bit more than I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,218
Posted By Banzai

Jan Heine, the plump tire evangelist, says 3mm...

Jan Heine, the plump tire evangelist, says 3mm minimum spacing all around for safety.

Industry standard has historically been 4mm.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10,289
Views: 2,833,033
Posted By Banzai

My CAAD9 has been treating me right for 9-10...

My CAAD9 has been treating me right for 9-10 years now.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 10,289
Views: 2,833,033
Posted By Banzai

CAAD13? Iíve never seen a Cannondale with welds...

CAAD13? Iíve never seen a Cannondale with welds that chunky. What is it really?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 21,789
Posted By Banzai

I like 52-36 because the percentage jump is...

I like 52-36 because the percentage jump is smoother than with 50-34. Itís a smoother transition for my legs.

HOWEVER, when I went to a 52t chainring, I also bought a cassette with a 12t smallest...
08-26-19, 08:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,255
Posted By Banzai

Why? You want your front brake to be more...

Why? You want your front brake to be more powerful. It does most of your braking.

On my race bike, the rear is set up ďsoftĒ as more of a slowdown brake, while the front is set to really stop me.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,332
Posted By Banzai

Youíre missing the point, and really stretching...

Youíre missing the point, and really stretching the false equivalency here.

I own both, and have installed both. Guess which provides more trouble free performance while also being much easier to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,332
Posted By Banzai

And yet doesnít require the consumer to go to...

And yet doesnít require the consumer to go to measures like those commonly prescribed for BB30 in order to get satisfactory results.

Also, you are oversimplifying in your effort to create an...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,602
Posted By Banzai

My heavier bike is only slower because of the...

My heavier bike is only slower because of the tires on it. With fast tires I go as fast as my light bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,908
Posted By Banzai

Depending on the size increments, most people...

Depending on the size increments, most people ďfitĒ at least two sizes, with a stem length and saddle setback chosen to get the triangle of contact points balanced correctly.

The only limfac is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,857
Posted By Banzai

Dura Ace. The only thing that made my SRAM...

Dura Ace.

The only thing that made my SRAM front shifting performance improve was when I put Shimano chainrings on the crank.

And Ultegra front shifting was revelatory compared to any FSA or...
08-26-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,797
Posted By Banzai

I build 700c Alfine hub wheels 2x because of hub...

I build 700c Alfine hub wheels 2x because of hub flange diameter. Itís better that way.
08-26-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,255
Posted By Banzai

Get a disc fork and ďmulletĒ the bike.

Get a disc fork and ďmulletĒ the bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,332
Posted By Banzai

BB30 was always a solution in search of a...

BB30 was always a solution in search of a problem. But the solution to press fit bottom bracket creak is a threaded bottom bracket.

I have a BB30 bike, and did all the work with loctite and curing...
08-22-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 405
Posted By Banzai

Alfine 8 outer receiver unit

So hereís the dilemma: apparently the outer receiver unit for the SG-S7001 Alfine 8 is no longer produced. Itís that little noodle looking doofer that the housing end goes into and which slides into...
08-20-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 849
Posted By Banzai

They probably told you that meaning that a wider...

They probably told you that meaning that a wider tire wouldn't be optimized for the "aero" benefits of the rim pairing. OR if you told them about your fork clearances, they might be concerned about a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,801
Posted By Banzai

Iím not having any issues with choosing a tire,...

Iím not having any issues with choosing a tire, or something like that.

I was just pedaling along, thinking about how the numbers are more meaningless than ever. And hence, how meaningless the...
08-20-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,846
Posted By Banzai

I used to live somewhere that really didnít have...

I used to live somewhere that really didnít have a bike shop, and also places with maybe only one nearby, and not too great, so I ordered a LOT online.

I was so excited to move somewhere that had...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 28,636
Posted By Banzai

Dick breaks are the answer to braking problems on...

Dick breaks are the answer to braking problems on CF rims, if weíre talking about nice road bikes that really never see crap conditions.

However, since my nice road bike has alloy rims, and also...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,801
Posted By Banzai

Tire sizing madness

I know it's been hashed out before, but it still drives me bonkers.

The accepted wisdom anymore seems to be that 25mm is the "sweet spot" for performance, the place where rolling resistance gains...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,814
Posted By Banzai

The tire should deform under your weight. If it...

The tire should deform under your weight. If it doesnít, the pressure is too high. Proper tire deformation contributes to lower rolling resistance than a tire that is hard as a rock.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 29,474
Posted By Banzai

Really? I kind of feel like Ti is pretty dead....

Really? I kind of feel like Ti is pretty dead. Fewer offerings on the market, and not a lot of widespread ďbike lustĒ for it.

I personally know more people with bike lust for a new steel roadie...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,605
Posted By Banzai

Iím certain this is apocryphal, but I read...

Iím certain this is apocryphal, but I read somewhere on the interwebz that Eddy Merckx said that a properly designed/fit bike should have a 110mm stem.

Of my two primary bikes, one has a 90mm, one...
08-13-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 824
Posted By Banzai

Yeah, I know how to tow them around on a trailer....

Yeah, I know how to tow them around on a trailer. I just haven't paired the trailer with this particular bike. Currently it's hitched to a bike with vertical dropouts and a standard QR setup. I just...
08-13-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 824
Posted By Banzai

Good point. I guess I was just getting stuck...

Good point.

I guess I was just getting stuck on the fact that they feel so darn heavy when Iím lugging them around!
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