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04-22-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,331
Posted By subgrade

XC hardtails are neither heavy nor complicated...

XC hardtails are neither heavy nor complicated looking.
04-20-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,116
Posted By subgrade

1. How old are you? - 40 2. Fitness level...

1. How old are you?
- 40

2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
- 6

3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- 2, if compared to someone like Danny MacAskill; 8 if compared to general population.

4. Typical...
04-16-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,464
Posted By subgrade

Just chiming in to say that I find that saying...

Just chiming in to say that I find that saying about there being no bad weather, just bad equipment, to be utter BS. The right equipment/clothing, etc. just makes the bad conditions tolerable, but...
04-06-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,249
Posted By subgrade

Probably copper or cherry (dark red). I also like...

Probably copper or cherry (dark red). I also like some hues of navy (dark blue).
For me the no-go are all the pastel colors that seem to be all the rage lately (both the Allied and the Engin posted...
04-06-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,810
Posted By subgrade

I fail to see any substantial difference -...

I fail to see any substantial difference - whether you're trying to beat your time over a set course, or trying to improve your average speed is essentially the same, only you don't have to ride the...
03-30-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,810
Posted By subgrade

2 mph less than last fall.

2 mph less than last fall.
03-30-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 976
Posted By subgrade

As loud as the AirZound - definitely. ...

As loud as the AirZound - definitely.



I don't have one as I have no use for it; the youtube reviews say it's continuous 7-10 seconds, or 30-40 toots. Plenty for one ride, and you can top it...
03-28-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 976
Posted By subgrade

No, but it is difficult to believe you can...

No, but it is difficult to believe you can generate as much air pressure by squeezing a rubber bulb with your fingers as a pressurized container.
03-25-21, 12:52 AM
03-24-21, 04:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 13,033
Posted By subgrade

I have some no name barends, similar to these:...

I have some no name barends, similar to these: https://www.bikester.co.uk/rfr-bar-ends-bar-end-adjustable-trekking-black-363547.html The crucial point is that they are adjustable by rotating them...
03-24-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,179
Posted By subgrade

I tried a ZTTO cassette last year, never again....

I tried a ZTTO cassette last year, never again. It worked alright at the beginning, but it seemed to be made of cheese - it was not only skipping, but also very visibly worn after just 1K miles, not...
03-24-21, 01:47 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,214
Posted By subgrade

Hydraulic disc brakes are generally the better...

Hydraulic disc brakes are generally the better option, unless you're touring and need to be sure everything on your bike can be easily fixed roadside. Some people will say hydraulics require a lot of...
03-24-21, 01:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,519
Posted By subgrade

I have had a fair share of dumb mishaps over the...

I have had a fair share of dumb mishaps over the time. Here are some of them that I remember most:

- while still a kid, switching my hands (right hand to left grip and vice versa) while riding....
03-18-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,526
Posted By subgrade

Not sure about that, as air suspension forks use...

Not sure about that, as air suspension forks use Schrader valves and have pressures well over 100 psi.
03-11-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By subgrade

If there was no such noise before the kickstand...

If there was no such noise before the kickstand installation it is likely that you misaligned the wheel when reinstalling it. However, it might be also due other reasons. Going by your description,...
03-05-21, 04:14 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,850
Posted By subgrade

That add I mentioned just popped up again :D I...

That add I mentioned just popped up again :D I stand corrected, it's a Madone SLR7, still looks like a pretty good deal!
...
03-03-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2,109
Views: 783,312
Posted By subgrade

As long as you don't load the front end heavily...

As long as you don't load the front end heavily with cargo, there should be no problem riding as it is. There is no reason why one couldn't ride an unlocked suspension fork on asphalt, it just lowers...
03-03-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 2,109
Views: 783,312
Posted By subgrade

My current fork is a NCX, not a NEX (that one got...

My current fork is a NCX, not a NEX (that one got destroyed in a crash two years ago and I replaced it with what was readily available). It's not a big step up, but still noticeable: it's about a...
03-03-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,850
Posted By subgrade

Ha, I did get ads on Facebook for brand new Trek...

Ha, I did get ads on Facebook for brand new Trek (high end road and full-sus MTB, may have been Emonda SLR9 and Top Fuel 9.9) bikes for $79 :lol:
03-03-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By subgrade

Maybe you're just not pedalling as hard and long.

Maybe you're just not pedalling as hard and long.
03-01-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 7,168
Posted By subgrade

These days those few of my rides that aren't...

These days those few of my rides that aren't solo, are just leisure rides with my friends, none of whom ride bikes for exercise. That means mostly leisurely pace, long pauses with beer, etc.
All of...
03-01-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,850
Posted By subgrade

Can you be sure the parts aren't fake though?...

Can you be sure the parts aren't fake though? I've seen some videos made featuring fake Shimano parts, and to an untrained eye they looked real enough, as long as they're not inspected side by side...
02-28-21, 04:00 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,396
Posted By subgrade

Plot twist: they're Zimbabwean dollars

Plot twist: they're Zimbabwean dollars
02-28-21, 03:54 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,396
Posted By subgrade

Absolutely. That would actually improve my health...

Absolutely. That would actually improve my health and one gets used to it quite soon, so it's a win-win.
02-25-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By subgrade

You might try looking also for Shimano Alivio...

You might try looking also for Shimano Alivio M4000 or Deore M590 which are both 3x9 systems - some places seem to still carry them.
But if your problem is the thumb lever moving without doing...
02-25-21, 12:02 AM
Replies: 2,109
Views: 783,312
Posted By subgrade

That was my line of thinking too. However, since...

That was my line of thinking too. However, since Manitou has the reverse arch, it could in theory be possible for the wheel to contact the crown before contacting the arch, so DorkDisk has a fair...
02-24-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 2,109
Views: 783,312
Posted By subgrade

Of course, I would measure if I could, but it's...

Of course, I would measure if I could, but it's not possible when buying online.
Yes, I guess I would be able adjust the sag and thus also the A-C. However, the main question is if the wheel clears...
02-24-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 2,109
Views: 783,312
Posted By subgrade

Didn't want to make a seperate thread, and since...

Didn't want to make a seperate thread, and since this one seems to be a fairly active one and contains talk on replacement suspension forks, I thought I'll ask here: has anyone tried using a 100mm...
02-22-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,303
Posted By subgrade

My comment was addressed to the OP, sorry if I...

My comment was addressed to the OP, sorry if I was unclear.

Of course, thats all a matter of personal taste, but that turquoise/celeste/whatever you want to call that pastel blue/green tone is...
02-22-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By subgrade

That might be a 1x conversion on the cheap, with...

That might be a 1x conversion on the cheap, with the front derailleur functioning as a chain retention device.
02-22-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,303
Posted By subgrade

Not if it's this color.

Not if it's this color.
02-22-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 583
Posted By subgrade

I too would be wary of a stranger who stares me...

I too would be wary of a stranger who stares me in the eyes and smiles for no perceptible reason. Pretty much no one up here does that.
02-19-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 542
Posted By subgrade

You won't get from 26 to 18 or even 16 lbs in a...

You won't get from 26 to 18 or even 16 lbs in a cost-effective way. It might be doable, but at that point all the lightweight replacement parts would cost as much or more than a new, lighter bike....
02-19-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,576
Posted By subgrade

You probably won't notice much if any difference...

You probably won't notice much if any difference between one Deore series and another Deore series RD. However, the Deore M590 shifters will definitely make difference over the Acera ones - they will...
02-19-21, 04:19 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,058
Posted By subgrade

Average ride distance is probably around the 20...

Average ride distance is probably around the 20 mile mark, as the daily commute is 12 mile roundtrip, but during the non-winter months I do one to two rides a week upwards of 40 miles. The yearly...
02-17-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,058
Posted By subgrade

I ride stock saddle, and have never had cycling...

I ride stock saddle, and have never had cycling shorts, also never used any special cream. So that would amount to roughly.... zero.
02-12-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 825
Posted By subgrade

1) go around if possible 2) if it's the short &...

1) go around if possible
2) if it's the short & sharp (about 1ft wide) kind - bunnyhop
3) if it's the hump variety - get out of the saddle, lift the front slightly
02-02-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,576
Posted By subgrade

The current Altus has Shadow design (no clutch...

The current Altus has Shadow design (no clutch though), so there's that.

My ex-GF's bike has Alivio MC20 drivetrain (2000-2004, so no less than 16 years old), and it still works great. So if your...
01-28-21, 01:50 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,029
Posted By subgrade

I reckon the main issue might be grease/lube...

I reckon the main issue might be grease/lube thickening which can lead to drivetrain problems like stiff chain, freehub seizing up etc. Suspension could be affected too, and I have noticed an effect...
01-25-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,029
Posted By subgrade

As a year round commuter, I feel pretty...

As a year round commuter, I feel pretty comfortable down to -10C, for 1-1.5 hr long rides. I have ridden a couple times at -20C, but at that point some special gear becomes necessary, which I don't...
01-21-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,589
Posted By subgrade

Just make sure the wide range cassette with the...

Just make sure the wide range cassette with the 10T cog fits your freehub. I believe only SRAM XD and Shimano MicroSpline freehubs do this.

Regarding towing the sailboat, this video might contain...
01-21-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,153
Posted By subgrade

The difference in measured distance between my...

The difference in measured distance between my cycle computer and Strava is pretty substantial, around 2%. Since I have a wired computer from a brand I have had only good experience with (Sigma), and...
01-19-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,913
Posted By subgrade

Bright daylight: front off, flashing rear. ...

Bright daylight: front off, flashing rear.
Overcast, foggy, dusk, etc.: flashing front and rear.
Dark: steady front, flashing rear.
(steady rear if riding with someone close behind me).


That...
01-18-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,228
Posted By subgrade

I think I'll take that over riding a recumbent in...

I think I'll take that over riding a recumbent in city traffic.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,529
Posted By subgrade

I've been working from home since the end of...

I've been working from home since the end of October; with no need to commute and the cold and dark season my monthly mileage has suffered a lot while my weight has gone up by 8kg. So I have also...
01-13-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 564
Posted By subgrade

Have you checked the derailleur cable/housing?...

Have you checked the derailleur cable/housing? Your description of the problem sounds either like gunked up or frayed cable that doesn't move freely inside the housing or a bent derailleur hanger, or...
01-07-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 848
Posted By subgrade

I usually start at the second stage and then...

I usually start at the second stage and then proceed right to the fourth. Can't say I've ever enjoyed roadside flat repair, too.
01-06-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,217
Posted By subgrade

Maybe it's just me, but what's the rationale...

Maybe it's just me, but what's the rationale behind having an expensive high quality headset (apart from feeling good about having expensive parts on your bike)? Headsets are such simple pieces of...
01-06-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,720
Posted By subgrade

1989-2000; 2004-2008; 2013-present. That makes...

1989-2000; 2004-2008; 2013-present. That makes 12+5+8=25 years.
01-06-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,931
Posted By subgrade

Wait, are you saing you felt too drunk to ride...

Wait, are you saing you felt too drunk to ride bikes so you drove back home? :twitchy:
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