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08-20-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,897
Posted By AlmostTrick

"Please share this when I'm killed by someone...

"Please share this when I'm killed by someone driving a car"

If you look at statistics, chances are high that no one will need to share it for you.
08-20-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,897
Posted By AlmostTrick

Sure we do. (I'm in the same minority as...

Sure we do. (I'm in the same minority as Brocephus)

We're not part of the problem being discussed.
08-20-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 481
Posted By AlmostTrick

As OP I want to make it clear that I like my...

As OP I want to make it clear that I like my brakes (yep, both of 'em) and enjoy not crashing. Any post about adding a brake is misguided if directed at me.

Over speeding the legs downhill can end...
08-18-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 481
Posted By AlmostTrick

What will happen when your feet/legs can no longer keep up?

I've been wondering about this for a while. Fixed gear bike, going down a long steep descent, feet attached to the pedals. No brakes or not using brakes. Bike and pedals keep speeding up, eventually...
08-18-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 415
Posted By AlmostTrick

Caliper brake(s) gives the best leverage for...

Caliper brake(s) gives the best leverage for slowing down a fixed gear. Handlebars should be chosen based on comfort and application.
08-16-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,502
Posted By AlmostTrick

I rode through a flooded section on my work...

I rode through a flooded section on my work commute several days in a row. Water was over the BB and wheel bearings. It took about 2 minutes to get through. I rode past cars that were stalled out...
Forum: Foo
08-15-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,750
Posted By AlmostTrick

My favorite write up regarding CC debt: ...

My favorite write up regarding CC debt:

https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/04/18/news-flash-your-debt-is-an-emergency/
08-15-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,947
Posted By AlmostTrick

Maybe take responsibility for your safety,...

Maybe take responsibility for your safety, instead of passively hoping the "cagers" give you the space you desire.
08-12-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,825
Posted By AlmostTrick

"when the product senses that the bicycle is at...

"when the product senses that the bicycle is at rest for ten seconds, it will extinguish all LEDs and enter into sleeping state to save battery power"

So when you're waiting for a break or light...
08-12-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,499
Posted By AlmostTrick

On shorter hills you can sometimes power up in a...

On shorter hills you can sometimes power up in a higher gear to get it over with quicker. You won't know until you try!

On longer hills enter with some speed and downshift as needed. Being able to...
08-11-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,687
Posted By AlmostTrick

So much fear over an activity that statistics not...

So much fear over an activity that statistics not only show is relatively safe, but actually adds years to our lives.
Forum: Introductions
08-10-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By AlmostTrick

Welcome to the board. Sorry to hear of your...

Welcome to the board. Sorry to hear of your disability, but glad you are carrying on as best you can. Keep posting. I look forward to seeing pics of some of your builds once you get 10 posts.
08-10-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,895
Posted By AlmostTrick

There has been a wide variety of advice given...

There has been a wide variety of advice given here. Some very good, some flat out unhelpful, and some downright hilarious!

"See a marriage counselor" has been advised a lot. Really? A couple...
08-09-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,895
Posted By AlmostTrick

Ride to her work together. Come by later and ride...

Ride to her work together. Come by later and ride home with her.
08-09-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 629
Posted By AlmostTrick

Great write up on hub driver spacing and how it...

Great write up on hub driver spacing and how it came to be.

https://www.slowtwitch.com/Tech/Cassette_How-To_-_Part_2_3257.html
08-09-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,310
Posted By AlmostTrick

Never mind the bike. Anyone who got $8000 for...

Never mind the bike. Anyone who got $8000 for their 2000 Camry is the winner.
08-09-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,827
Posted By AlmostTrick

Since you said "I" am flying past people, it...

Since you said "I" am flying past people, it sounds like you are doing your mid 20's while riding solo. That's really impressive! Especially since while waiting for your reply to my question about...
08-07-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,695
Posted By AlmostTrick

That silliness can go on forever. Who are you to...

That silliness can go on forever. Who are you to tell the OP what to do? (or not do)

Mods, Dump this mess in the helmet thread already. Thanks.
08-06-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 743
Posted By AlmostTrick

Marin makes nice bikes. Here's my Lucas Valley...

Marin makes nice bikes. Here's my Lucas Valley that I enjoyed for about 8 years. Zero issues. I sold it for a good price, but now wish I had kept it....
08-06-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,687
Posted By AlmostTrick

Right. Besides, anyone who wears two helmet...

Right. Besides, anyone who wears two helmet mirrors, (one on each side) is a not only a safety fanatic but obviously proud to ignore the fashion rules. Both A-OK in my book! :lol:
08-06-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,695
Posted By AlmostTrick

I stop and ask them if their handlebar helmet has...

I stop and ask them if their handlebar helmet has mips. When they say "what?" I explain that mips handlebar helmets offer greater protection.
08-06-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,687
Posted By AlmostTrick

Sometimes I do too. (tldr) Other times I'll...

Sometimes I do too. (tldr) Other times I'll quickly find and read the "new" unquoted thoughts in the post to see what he's writing about. Either way, it's hardly difficult to deal with.

But, if...
08-05-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,687
Posted By AlmostTrick

True. Yet there are plenty of ways to increase...

True. Yet there are plenty of ways to increase it.




This is interesting. Back when I first stepped up my riding in busy and higher speed traffic I could easily imagine all kinds of scenarios...
08-05-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,687
Posted By AlmostTrick

The thing is, pretty much everyone knows someone...

The thing is, pretty much everyone knows someone who was killed in a car wreck and almost no one thinks twice about getting in a car. I used to frequent car forums and don't recall ever seeing a...
08-05-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,687
Posted By AlmostTrick

+2 A common mistake those with fear of...

+2

A common mistake those with fear of traffic make is to ride meekly, doing everything they can to "stay out of the way of cars"... even when there is not enough space to safely do so. This could...
08-04-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 9,636
Posted By AlmostTrick

I believe it is extremely uncommon for a driver...

I believe it is extremely uncommon for a driver to willingly, knowingly, attempt to physically injure a cyclist. Most injuries happen when the motorist (or cyclist) isn't being properly attentive, or...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 506
Posted By AlmostTrick

Yay! How many in the group? Men and women?

Yay! How many in the group? Men and women?
08-03-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 876
Posted By AlmostTrick

Lots of (most?) BMX bikes have top tubes almost...

Lots of (most?) BMX bikes have top tubes almost in line with the seat stays. Doesn't seem to be a weak design or they'd be cracking up all over the tracks.
08-03-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 9,636
Posted By AlmostTrick

I don't disagree. If someone else wants to camera...

I don't disagree. If someone else wants to camera up and dedicate their time to reporting harassers to the authorities I say good for them. Doing that would just add to my stress levels... and...
08-02-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 9,636
Posted By AlmostTrick

I get angry for a bit and then quickly remind...

I get angry for a bit and then quickly remind myself of the much larger percentage of motorists who safely and quietly interacted with me on my ride.

Ignoring the harassers is the best. They are...
08-02-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,687
Posted By AlmostTrick

When I decided to cycle commute to work on busier...

When I decided to cycle commute to work on busier higher speed roads than I was used too, I shared your fears. That was over 13 years and 40,000+ miles ago. What worked for me was training. I highly...
08-01-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By AlmostTrick

McMaster Carr.

McMaster Carr.
08-01-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,028
Posted By AlmostTrick

Meh. Nothing bad is gonna happen if you aren't...

Meh. Nothing bad is gonna happen if you aren't jumping/bashing the bike around. Even if it does start to bend or crack, you'll notice long before deadly failure with regular visual checks. This is...
08-01-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 617
Posted By AlmostTrick

Whatever you do, don't try to burn it off... ...

Whatever you do, don't try to burn it off...

https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/470515-i-set-my-rear-wheel-fire.html
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,127
Posted By AlmostTrick

After tending to fit/comfort, I wonder if the...

After tending to fit/comfort, I wonder if the minute differences in weight and aero would even be noticeable. :foo:
07-31-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,028
Posted By AlmostTrick

That clearance, and the overall geometry of the...

That clearance, and the overall geometry of the bike is now much closer to how it was built when it left the factory. Don't admire for a second how it rode when it was crunched up.



+1.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 14,864
Posted By AlmostTrick

Thanks for laying it all out in simple to follow...

Thanks for laying it all out in simple to follow steps. I regret that we didn't have an internet available to get training advice like this when I was younger.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 23,088
Posted By AlmostTrick

All you wannabe's jumping on the multi-ring...

All you wannabe's jumping on the multi-ring bandwagon. :rolleyes: 1x is not some new fad, it's retro. :p
07-27-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,406
Posted By AlmostTrick

The tight packs in many types of racing ruins it...

The tight packs in many types of racing ruins it for me. It's no longer who is "fastest" when so many other factors come into play.

Time trails beat group races, and drag racing beats Nascar.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,276
Posted By AlmostTrick

The only thing "obvious" is that clipless is a...

The only thing "obvious" is that clipless is a scam. :innocent:
07-27-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,028
Posted By AlmostTrick

I had a shop use a similar "tool" on an...

I had a shop use a similar "tool" on an Electroforged Stingray (the Midget) that had a mildly bent fork. Worked like a charm and never had an issue after the fact. The shop owner loved the bike and...
07-25-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,622
Posted By AlmostTrick

That's the way I understand it too. Except I'd...

That's the way I understand it too. Except I'd much rather have the Wabi's road geometry on the road, than the BB's track geometry.
07-25-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,028
Posted By AlmostTrick

In your case I'd consider finding a shop that has...

In your case I'd consider finding a shop that has one of these. Or make one. Those Pure Fix frames/forks are not flimsy, they can handle it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIY0e7wM4jg
07-25-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,028
Posted By AlmostTrick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ka_cmYi1Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ka_cmYi1Y
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-19, 05:17 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 23,088
Posted By AlmostTrick

No, no. Bandwagons all had singles long before...

No, no. Bandwagons all had singles long before doubles ever hit the scene.

But yeah, If I were racing in Le Tour I'd conform and have a double like the rest of the crowd.



Agreed. And not...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 23,088
Posted By AlmostTrick

Simplicity. Never having to shift or trim a FD....

Simplicity. Never having to shift or trim a FD. Not having to carry unnecessary weight. Daring to not follow the crowd.

I can ride any of my routes on a fixed gear. Why in the world would my...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,463
Posted By AlmostTrick

Your floor and rug look immaculate. You must wash...

Your floor and rug look immaculate. You must wash and dry your tires before bringing the bikes in!



This sounds quite interesting. Can you post a photo or two please? Thanks!
07-19-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,368
Posted By AlmostTrick

I started riding fixed about 4 years ago. Now at...

I started riding fixed about 4 years ago. Now at 58, I enjoy it enough that I have 3 FG bikes.
07-19-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,380
Posted By AlmostTrick

I too follow the see food diet. In my case, the...

I too follow the see food diet. In my case, the only foods I want to eat just happen to be vegetarian. (30 years now) I start with a healthy breakfast and seldom go more than a few hours without some...
07-19-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,827
Posted By AlmostTrick

Understood. It seems unusual and odd to me, but...

Understood. It seems unusual and odd to me, but low cadence obviously works for you.

Mid 20's is fast. Like advanced group ride while drafting fast. Are you doing this in a group, or solo? What is...
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