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Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 4,786
Posted By AlmostTrick

Carbon fiber: It's not all it's cracked up to be....

Carbon fiber: It's not all it's cracked up to be. ;)
04-12-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 70
Posted By AlmostTrick

Looks good, enjoy!

Looks good, enjoy!
04-12-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 229
Posted By AlmostTrick

It depends how they sized the chain at the...

It depends how they sized the chain at the factory, you won't know until you get it / try it. Anyway, a new SS chain is not expensive.
04-12-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 397
Posted By AlmostTrick

They are. Agreed that animals are a...

They are.



Agreed that animals are a bigger threat than distracted motorists. Especially on my morning commutes in the dark. And it doesn't even need to be a deer. (which I see often) A raccoon...
04-12-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 397
Posted By AlmostTrick

Right. I don't believe it's dangerously common in...

Right. I don't believe it's dangerously common in my area but can and does happen.

Regarding your dangerous motorcycle buzz did you see it coming? Were you maintaining space to your right to glide...
04-12-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 397
Posted By AlmostTrick

Riding on secluded gravel roads and trails where...

Riding on secluded gravel roads and trails where no-gooders can prey on others with little fear of being seen or caught carries risks too. Some of us feel safer on semi busy / busy roads.
Forum: Foo
04-12-21, 05:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 164
Posted By AlmostTrick

Right, it never worked for the Skipper on...

Right, it never worked for the Skipper on Gilligan's Island.

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Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 04:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 385
Posted By AlmostTrick

Many here seem ok with cut rate China carbon...

Many here seem ok with cut rate China carbon fiber frames. Chrome Moly steel seems a safer bet. Please post pics of the frame itself when you get it and then the build.
04-12-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 454
Posted By AlmostTrick

So now we're up to 3 bikes? Good. When we get to...

So now we're up to 3 bikes? Good. When we get to 6 or so I'm in.
04-10-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By AlmostTrick

Back in the stone age. :fred:

Back in the stone age. :fred:
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 4,786
Posted By AlmostTrick

The OP's concern is not uncommon. By far most of...

The OP's concern is not uncommon. By far most of the "Is this scratch / nick / cigarette burn safe to ride" threads on BF are for CF frames and parts. Even if one may not fear serious injury/death...
04-08-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 61
Igh
Views: 1,595
Posted By AlmostTrick

I've not seen a study or test showing an IGH...

I've not seen a study or test showing an IGH outperforming Derailleur systems as far as energy in/energy out efficiency. If any did, it seems racers would be using them. I'm open to learning more.
04-08-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 61
Igh
Views: 1,595
Posted By AlmostTrick

They work just fine, but are less efficient than...

They work just fine, but are less efficient than derailleur systems. (more power lost to drag) Then too they are extra weight. Depending on the hub most have wide gearing spaces, and some have...
Replies: 21
Views: 611
Posted By AlmostTrick

No, just no. That's a $150 bike tops when in...

No, just no. That's a $150 bike tops when in excellent condition needing no parts or repairs. $75 tops as is. As for the bag being worth $40, I doubt it. Seller can list it separately and find out...
04-06-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 673
Posted By AlmostTrick

For me, especially in the conditions you mention,...

For me, especially in the conditions you mention, I would find first usually too low and third too high on a 3 speed. With 5-8 speeds I would find the 3 near the center to be almost always perfect.
04-06-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By AlmostTrick

I've seen plenty of single speed bikes (1/8"...

I've seen plenty of single speed bikes (1/8" chain) without master links. Both old and new. I'm convinced they came this way from the factory. Probably cheaper that way. Just use a standard chain...
04-06-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 2,922
Posted By AlmostTrick

If I ever get a cell phone I'll refer back to...

If I ever get a cell phone I'll refer back to this thread to find out what to do with it while on the bike! ;)
04-05-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By AlmostTrick

No. They are always specific to the exact type of...

No. They are always specific to the exact type of chain. There is a wide variety of them, especially in 3/32.
04-04-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 796
Posted By AlmostTrick

Just because some people are satisfied with...

Just because some people are satisfied with tilting the bike forward or strapping the front wheel to the down tube doesn't mean everyone is. I've often found both methods lacking in certain...
04-02-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 311
Posted By AlmostTrick

Using your arms for protection when falling is a...

Using your arms for protection when falling is a valid method for reducing or avoiding other serious injuries. It all depends on how you use them. See martial arts breakfalls for proper technique.
04-01-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 892
Posted By AlmostTrick

The cyclist has the potential to control his or...

The cyclist has the potential to control his or her own destiny to a great extent. Understanding threats and staying situationally aware and in the moment is primary. If one didn't notice a potential...
Forum: Foo
03-30-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 747
Posted By AlmostTrick

We have one in each of our cars and use them...

We have one in each of our cars and use them regularly. Especially when our dog is in the car who I never want to lose to a car thief. They rest in the channel between the passenger seat and drive...
03-28-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 892
Posted By AlmostTrick

I agree, it's more about practicality and...

I agree, it's more about practicality and convenience than safety.

The wise cyclist keeps themselves aware of everything going on around them. If I was hit from behind at a stop sign (or anywhere...
03-28-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 673
Posted By AlmostTrick

Coolness factor / looks. Please post pics when...

Coolness factor / looks. Please post pics when you get it done.
03-27-21, 04:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,512
Posted By AlmostTrick

Another bike that got a fun name. Oh the horrors!...

Another bike that got a fun name. Oh the horrors!

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03-27-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,512
Posted By AlmostTrick

I've put names on the down tubes of several bikes...

I've put names on the down tubes of several bikes that came without any decals. It personalizes my bike and is fun.

What I find curious is the level of animosity that some show in these threads...
Forum: Foo
03-26-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,170
Posted By AlmostTrick

Ahhh, the old beat the market strategy. The one...

Ahhh, the old beat the market strategy. The one that even the (so called) "experts" can't do regularly or consistently. Good Luck!
03-22-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,621
Posted By AlmostTrick

Very few expect to see a UFO land in front of...

Very few expect to see a UFO land in front of them. Are you saying that if it happened people wouldn't be likely to see it? I'm pretty sure everyone would.

I think it's the other way around....
03-20-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By AlmostTrick

Superman strength! The rod on the stand with...

Superman strength!

The rod on the stand with the orange bike was plain steel rod from the hardware store, and was actually quite easy to bend. But I had to do it over a round form of the proper...
03-17-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 672
Posted By AlmostTrick

The Placebo Effect with these types of "tests"...

The Placebo Effect with these types of "tests" are strong. I wonder what the results would be if one didn't know what tubes were in the tires. Tublito's are definitely the fastest. :p
03-17-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,226
Posted By AlmostTrick

Ok, the formula is not a good rule. Knowing this...

Ok, the formula is not a good rule. Knowing this do you folks limit your max HR to any level, or just go ahead and ride all out when you feel like it and your max HR is whatever it is? (that's what I...
03-16-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By AlmostTrick

A few of the stands I made using wood from scrap...

A few of the stands I made using wood from scrap shipping pallets at work. The tire hoop is a steel rod bent to shape, and really decreases the tendency to tip. The "hook" style that attaches to the...
03-15-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,456
Posted By AlmostTrick

I once showed up for a mountain bike group ride...

I once showed up for a mountain bike group ride as a newbie with my $400 Bikes Direct MTB and platform pedals. No one said a word about the bike but they assigned a rider to "hang back" with me....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 939
Posted By AlmostTrick

Depends on the color.

Depends on the color.
03-07-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 780
Posted By AlmostTrick

Considering that people who lean towards the...

Considering that people who lean towards the introvert end of the spectrum make up about 25% of the population in general, it's likely that there are more extrovert leaning cyclists... even if the...
03-03-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 980
Posted By AlmostTrick

I'd take the fixed with a lower gear on the flip...

I'd take the fixed with a lower gear on the flip side of the hub for dealing with headwinds.
02-27-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,045
Posted By AlmostTrick

Running is harder for me but I still like to do...

Running is harder for me but I still like to do it semi regularly to maintain the ability. There are real life situations where it could come in handy, and not just for when being chased by bears! 5k...
02-25-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,484
Posted By AlmostTrick

Not only does a mirror work, but if safety is the...

Not only does a mirror work, but if safety is the goal it works much better.

A proper mirror allows for effortless and ongoing real time monitoring of situations behind as they develop......
02-24-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 916
Posted By AlmostTrick

Yep, had one for about 8 years and commuted to...

Yep, had one for about 8 years and commuted to work on it regularly. It was nice. I especially liked the unusual tubing shape, the top and down tubes were semi triangular. I think mine was a 2005,...
02-24-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By AlmostTrick

I used to have this issue years ago, sometimes...

I used to have this issue years ago, sometimes even getting signed out while composing a post. Clicking "remember me" fixed it.
02-23-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,336
Posted By AlmostTrick

No, but maybe for a trillion.

No, but maybe for a trillion.
02-23-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,230
Posted By AlmostTrick

Wait, so it can be a gravel ride even when there...

Wait, so it can be a gravel ride even when there is no gravel? Seems like you'd need another bike for that.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-23-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,615
Posted By AlmostTrick

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02-23-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,484
Posted By AlmostTrick

Riding farther left also gives you and drivers...

Riding farther left also gives you and drivers better sight lines, enabling both to "see" each other sooner at crossings and in other situations. And of course being in the lane means you are more...
02-22-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,211
Posted By AlmostTrick

This. Too pretty to ride? Never. Too pretty...

This.

Too pretty to ride? Never. Too pretty to ride in the muck? Of course!
And it doesn't have to be high end or even "pretty" by anyone's standard. I have some cheap bikes that I choose to keep...
02-22-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By AlmostTrick

I grease 'em. Or better still use anti seize...

I grease 'em. Or better still use anti seize compound. Never had any come loose, and never heard of it happening. Best of all I never had heads stripped out when attempting to remove because they...
02-22-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,253
Posted By AlmostTrick

Wow, that sure is a lot of views! Now off I go to...

Wow, that sure is a lot of views! Now off I go to see if my wife's been searching "replacing studs".
02-20-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,107
Posted By AlmostTrick

I think the steel interferes with the magnetic...

I think the steel interferes with the magnetic pull. I wanted a compass stem cap badly but most of the reviews were poor so I gave up on the idea. Stem Captain even had more than one version with the...
02-19-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,107
Posted By AlmostTrick

Hot.

Hot.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,491
Posted By AlmostTrick

COVID has increased price of carbon road bikes

Thanks for the update, I still don't want one.
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