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Forum: Commuting
10-29-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Posted By Darth Lefty

Yeah, comfort is a myth! :rolleyes: I...

Yeah, comfort is a myth! :rolleyes:

I noticed you've been on this site for 13 years - or at least you were here before 13 years ago. Welcome back!

Every major brand has bikes like the one you...
10-29-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 321
Posted By Darth Lefty

The pandemic fitness craze pretty much wiped out...

The pandemic fitness craze pretty much wiped out the supply of kid bikes. Places like Woom are doing preorders.

A real Schwinn Stingray adjusted for inflation would cost $600 today.

Good luck!
10-29-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 31,933
Posted By Darth Lefty

We are now on page 8 of a 15 month old thread....

We are now on page 8 of a 15 month old thread. Parsing the first post is silly.

One item of note is that premium tires start to disappear, while you can still get cheaper ones in the size you...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 574
Views: 51,457
Posted By Darth Lefty

You guys in the plains are suffering a real mood...

You guys in the plains are suffering a real mood swing by Ma Nature
...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-20, 04:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

Let's talk a bit about maintenance. ...

Let's talk a bit about maintenance.

Suspension forks have oil and grease and o-rings, so they do benefit from maintenance. If they go too long without it, they will break down the lubricants and...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

This is fun. I just took the Judy Silver...

This is fun. I just took the Judy Silver (inexpensive trail fork, air spring and chrome steel stanchions) off my hard tail and replaced it with a clapped-out DVO Diamond (premium heavy duty trail /...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

So should all the other parts, probably. I...

So should all the other parts, probably.

I definitely want to convey that Suntour forks, especially, are not a dire mess. Yes they are heavy and yes they lack features. But they are sturdy,...
10-28-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By Darth Lefty

It doesn't have to be an exercise in putting...

It doesn't have to be an exercise in putting existing components in a heavily styled frame and UI. Harley has a real engineering department
10-28-20, 12:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 402
Posted By Darth Lefty

QR141 is the quick release version of Boost,...

QR141 is the quick release version of Boost, which is now endemic on mountain bikes that are not quite expensive enough to have cartridge bearing hubs and thru axles. It’s also conveniently close to...
10-28-20, 12:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 402
Posted By Darth Lefty

QR141 is the quick release version of Boost,...

QR141 is the quick release version of Boost, which is now endemic on mountain bikes that are not quite expensive enough to have cartridge bearing hubs and thru axles. It’s also conveniently close to...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

So what kind of bike takes a suspension fork? The...

So what kind of bike takes a suspension fork? The answer is, they usually come with it. That seems glib but it's true. In the mass market there are several kinds of bikes aimed at commuting, and the...
10-27-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 714
Posted By Darth Lefty

The idea of a cyclocross bike as an all purpose...

The idea of a cyclocross bike as an all purpose bike goes back a long way, I had an old Cannondale from the 90s that was just such a bike and the surly crosscheck is another example. But now, gravel...
10-27-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 349
Posted By Darth Lefty

There is an entire subset of off-road tandem...

There is an entire subset of off-road tandem mountain bikes. The most common American model is the Ventana ECDM. The company is located in California and they also make a fat tandem. Their biggest...
10-27-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By Darth Lefty

This is not their first foray. They bought a...

This is not their first foray. They bought a company that makes toddler sized E balance bikes a couple of years ago. Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in their latest big bike ride documentary rode...
10-27-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 151
Posted By Darth Lefty

I have a long Mudhugger. It's very effective at...

I have a long Mudhugger. It's very effective at keeping spray off your body. It dumps it on the bottom bracket, though. I saw that coming and bought a front large Mucky Nutz I intended to put by the...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

Honorable mention goes to the Specialized Future...

Honorable mention goes to the Specialized Future Shock, a suspension steerer. This cropped up first in 2018 Roubaix models and has since appeared on the Diverge gravel bike, Sirrus hybrid, and Turbo...
10-27-20, 12:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 669
Posted By Darth Lefty

The local racing organization has been operating,...

The local racing organization has been operating, though in a workaround mode. They were putting on mountain bike TT’s but a lot of them got pushed due to the smoke. Their firs cyclocross event this...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

Rockshox started in 1989 and was an instant hit,...

Rockshox started in 1989 and was an instant hit, bringing scaled-down motorcycle forks to mountain bikes. In 2002 they had hit hard times and were eaten by SRAM, along with a few other legacy...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

SR Suntour is the corporate successor to a couple...

SR Suntour is the corporate successor to a couple of Japanese companies that were popular during the 1970's bike boom. Now they make a lot of piston-cylinder parts, not just forks but also shocks and...
10-26-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 262
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thanks everyone. We are slowly settling on she...

Thanks everyone. We are slowly settling on she has an elliptical and I'll have a trainer with Zwift and we will share a TV
Forum: Commuting
10-26-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

Mountain bike suspension forks come in a lot of...

Mountain bike suspension forks come in a lot of sizes and brands but they have some fairly universal characteristics. They have a one-piece lower fork leg assembly forged in alloy, with sliders for...
Forum: Foo
10-25-20, 11:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 778
Posted By Darth Lefty

I got mine secondhand with over 100k but no...

I got mine secondhand with over 100k but no serious problems in that time. Since then it’s had several. It howled when braked in reverse, somehow it shattered the pads. The transmission cracked 5th...
10-25-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Posted By Darth Lefty

The original cast appeared again in TV series...

The original cast appeared again in TV series this year, the Goes Wrong Show, shown in the USA on Amazon Prime. It’s been picked up for a second season. Recommended!
Forum: Foo
10-25-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 778
Posted By Darth Lefty

I had a 90's Ranger, a 1983 Toyota, and a 2007...

I had a 90's Ranger, a 1983 Toyota, and a 2007 Taco. I loved the Taco, a TRD Sport in speedway blue. Miss it. Needed more towing.

Right now I have an F150. I can't recommend it. I have a pretty...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

Suspension forks absorb impacts to the front...

Suspension forks absorb impacts to the front wheel, instead of sending them through the handlebars into your body.

Do you need this? There are pros and cons. On the pro side, this improves...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By Darth Lefty

Suspension forks on commuter bikes

My nerd eye has turned upon suspension forks lately, mostly with a focus on mountain bikes. What I've learned does not square with the Bike Forums conventional wisdom, which seems to have been...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-20, 01:14 AM
Replies: 574
Views: 51,457
Posted By Darth Lefty

Holy cow, the weather in the plains! Bundle up...

Holy cow, the weather in the plains! Bundle up you guys
10-25-20, 12:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By Darth Lefty

Where is the hole? No discs or even disc...

Where is the hole?

No discs or even disc tabs.

MTBR has a Vintage subforum, perhaps go there. Someone might want components. Vintage Trek site has GF catalogs to help with ID. I’m not finding...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,194
Posted By Darth Lefty

This is why Italian motorcycles (and sports cars)...

This is why Italian motorcycles (and sports cars) have such tiny mirrors.
10-24-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 4,177
Posted By Darth Lefty

Threads like these I’m still surprised people...

Threads like these I’m still surprised people don’t learn how to do this when they were, like, eight or ten, and there are actually classes and even practice
10-24-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 388
Posted By Darth Lefty

I know that earlier this year I saw a multiple...

I know that earlier this year I saw a multiple hole crank set for tandem rear that was in several popular kid lengths. I will have to see if I can dig it up again.
Edit: Thorn, from SJS in England,...
10-24-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 146
Posted By Darth Lefty

Given it's a smaller brand, you might be waiting...

Given it's a smaller brand, you might be waiting a while for an answer. Reviewers are going to pay more attention to the Honzos which are the fancy top end hard tails, and to the Units which are...
10-24-20, 12:37 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 31,933
Posted By Darth Lefty

I was pretty surprised when the new 5010 and Mojo...

I was pretty surprised when the new 5010 and Mojo 4 showed up in 27.5. The Salsa Rustler last year too.

All of these are “poppy playful” bikes
10-24-20, 12:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By Darth Lefty

Or if you don’t want to fix a lot of flats, do...

Or if you don’t want to fix a lot of flats, do forty
10-23-20, 11:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,252
Posted By Darth Lefty

Chrome makes cycling shoes in several styles. I...

Chrome makes cycling shoes in several styles. I have their chucks. They have a stiff sole, an elastic band on the tongue to tuck the laces, and a fairly microscopic reflective patch on the heel.
...
10-23-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 495
Posted By Darth Lefty

The post I first wrote here was in very poor...

The post I first wrote here was in very poor taste and I hope none of you saw it. Sorry.

If there's a market for an air pump it should be sold alongside tubeless, which does not play well with CO2.
Forum: Foo
10-23-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 360
Posted By Darth Lefty

I also have a glider kit in the garage waiting...

I also have a glider kit in the garage waiting for someday to come. It’s a DJ Aerotek Monarch, a lightweight balsa HLG with a 1.5 m span. I had one before, I don’t remember what happened to it. But I...
Forum: Foo
10-23-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 360
Posted By Darth Lefty

Dynajets are pulse jets. They have a valve on the...

Dynajets are pulse jets. They have a valve on the front that opens to let in more fuel/air with the vacuum created by the previous charge exiting the tail pipe, and then it draws that column of air...
Forum: Foo
10-23-20, 12:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 360
Posted By Darth Lefty

In the early 90’s I briefly had a junior record...

In the early 90’s I briefly had a junior record in AMA free flight Catapult Glider.

Technology takes no prisoners when it comes to hobbies. Lithium batteries, brushless motors, piezo gyros, GPS...
Forum: Foo
10-23-20, 12:26 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,306
Posted By Darth Lefty

A bar I used to frequent had man cards with...

A bar I used to frequent had man cards with various offenses listed, and would punch it for you, like points on your license or your Totin’ Chit
Forum: Foo
10-23-20, 12:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 317
Posted By Darth Lefty

About fifteen years ago at lunch on New Year’s...

About fifteen years ago at lunch on New Year’s Eve, I ate a Dave’s insanity sauce habanero burger at a pretty fancy restaurant in Scottsdale. This was before all the spicy fast food burgers got...
10-22-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By Darth Lefty

I think it was Bugs Bunny that called it an...

I think it was Bugs Bunny that called it an "unreasonable facsimile." If you understand what those features are for and then look at how they've been used on the Walmart bike, you can see they've...
10-22-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By Darth Lefty

They look fine. People spill more ink on more...

They look fine. People spill more ink on more expensive bikes, and I think most people reading your post are in the US market where these brands are not sold.
10-21-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 647
Posted By Darth Lefty

I've had both and my analogy would be different,...

I've had both and my analogy would be different, but probably pretty close. The SUV part is probably pretty apt, but average hard tails are more in the compact car mold than the sports car mold....
10-20-20, 10:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 262
Posted By Darth Lefty

So I've found several accounts of people using...

So I've found several accounts of people using the treadmill shoe sensors for an elliptical. Nothing "smart," though
Forum: Commuting
10-20-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 574
Views: 51,457
Posted By Darth Lefty

I don't know when I'll be out there again, we had...

I don't know when I'll be out there again, we had some family medical things happen and right now I'm full time daycare as well as full time work from home. But I scored a clapped out looking DVO...
10-20-20, 12:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 523
Posted By Darth Lefty

Campagnolo 10 speed ergos also make the right...

Campagnolo 10 speed ergos also make the right pull or close enough for a 7 speed or 8 speed Shimano SIS system. They were a little north of $100/pair with cables from England. Though I heard...
10-19-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By Darth Lefty

I wonder if a full suspension road tandem would...

I wonder if a full suspension road tandem would be pretty good because the seat posts seem like a much worse solution. But no one does it.

The parallelograms are oriented much better than the...
10-19-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,355
Posted By Darth Lefty

Ask him to show you, he probably wants an excuse....

Ask him to show you, he probably wants an excuse. You'll need these:
...
10-19-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By Darth Lefty

I wonder why Soft Ride didn't make it. It doesn't...

I wonder why Soft Ride didn't make it. It doesn't seem any weirder than a lot of other 90's things, some of which won out. It does seem to be only one product that didn't evolve. If they had added...
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