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Forum: Commuting
08-21-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,602
Posted By Darth Lefty

There's been a noise from the rear of my bike....

There's been a noise from the rear of my bike. Today I had a moment at lunch to look at it. It was happening regardless of gear or pedaling, so I looked for a stick in the mud guard or wound around...
08-21-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 22,095
Posted By Darth Lefty

find the volume of a red rubber ball The...

find the volume of a red rubber ball

The physicist dipped the ball in water and measured its displacement

The mathematician measured the diameter and calculated the volume

The engineer...
Forum: Commuting
08-21-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,496
Posted By Darth Lefty

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Forum: Commuting
08-20-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,602
Posted By Darth Lefty

I cleaned up that kiddie bike ...

I cleaned up that kiddie bike

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Forum: Commuting
08-19-19, 11:32 PM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,602
Posted By Darth Lefty

This morning I picked up some trash on the trail...

This morning I picked up some trash on the trail that had been there over the weekend. It looked like a homeless had maybe traded up their tote bag for a backpack. Some kid's Yosemite homework, and a...
08-19-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 781
Posted By Darth Lefty

Aren't most tires of any sort made of natural...

Aren't most tires of any sort made of natural rubber? Butyl is for keeping air in.

Edit: about half of production is natural rubber, the other half is styrene-butadiene.
Forum: Commuting
08-19-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 1,122
Views: 112,303
Posted By Darth Lefty

Someone harvested the rear wheel assembly from...

Someone harvested the rear wheel assembly from the kiddie bike. The front tire is now off the rim. The frame, amazingly, is intact. It was too heavy to carry and detour out to a trash can while...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 736
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'm commuting through a school zone now during...

I'm commuting through a school zone now during dropoff. The school is on a corner of one entry to my neighborhood so I can't avoid it without a mile detour out the other. People definitely behave...
08-19-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
Posted By Darth Lefty

If the price is not such an object then maybe you...

If the price is not such an object then maybe you could consult with a custom specialist like Zinn or someone who makes CF bikes from tubes like Calfee. There are not many production bikes this big....
08-19-19, 12:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 428
Posted By Darth Lefty

I have a plus tire front suspension mountain bike...

I have a plus tire front suspension mountain bike with some packing pretensions. It’s a great all around bike. I commute on it... 5km. I can’t imagine trying to go faster than a single speed for 24km...
08-18-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By Darth Lefty

Some Head Shoks were air and oil, some coil and...

Some Head Shoks were air and oil, some coil and oil, some coil and rubber.

If you look at the spec for this bike in 1997 (the CAAD3 year) it was MC60 which had a coil around a rubber part that...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 702
Views: 26,630
Posted By Darth Lefty

augustgarage (CA) __________ 5526.4 (6133.5...

augustgarage (CA) __________ 5526.4 (6133.5 total) [116/128]
Bizman (PA) ________________ 4791 (5135 total miles YTD)
mgw4jc (NC) ________________ 3404
dschue5 (MN) _______________ 3010 (5211...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,602
Posted By Darth Lefty

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I feel like sometimes I complain a bit much...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,147
Posted By Darth Lefty

I have no direct experience with those but they...

I have no direct experience with those but they seem like they're for retrofitting hydraulic calipers onto an existing cable system. If you are building from the ground up you have native options.
08-18-19, 12:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 482
Posted By Darth Lefty

If you like that Contend I see there’s a fatter...

If you like that Contend I see there’s a fatter tire version coming out in September
08-18-19, 12:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By Darth Lefty

For that budget I’d buy a rigid fork hybrid, not...

For that budget I’d buy a rigid fork hybrid, not a MTB.

If I wanted a MTB I’d budget north of $1000 for a bike with a hydraulic damping fork and a dropper post. Probably the bottom build on a...
08-18-19, 12:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,549
Posted By Darth Lefty

But then why is it called marine grease?

But then why is it called marine grease?
08-18-19, 12:10 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,607
Posted By Darth Lefty

Find a smaller dirtier shop...

Find a smaller dirtier shop...
08-17-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By Darth Lefty

It was a $1000 bike in the late 90's. There...

It was a $1000 bike in the late 90's.

There are tons of slick (or at least lightly treaded) tire options from most companies. Most of them will have cruiser tires at 2+" and commuter tires at...
08-16-19, 11:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 832
Posted By Darth Lefty

If you think of these bikes like their single...

If you think of these bikes like their single counterparts, the Cannondale is a road bike, the Samba is a touring bike or a really nice hybrid, the Trek is a comfort bike. So, the Trek is a big step...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,602
Posted By Darth Lefty

This summer I've been able to ride my bike more...

This summer I've been able to ride my bike more and more days, for July it was pretty much every day. But now we have a new wrinkle. Thursday and my every other working Friday, my wife wants me to...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 703
Posted By Darth Lefty

For the puncture sealing, you can get the same...

For the puncture sealing, you can get the same from putting tubeless sealant in your tubes.
08-15-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By Darth Lefty

There was a seller on Amazon who was packing...

There was a seller on Amazon who was packing these cassettes with a knockoff of Wolftooth's Roadlink.
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 985
Posted By Darth Lefty

Dang! Hope a good cleaning is all it needs

Dang! Hope a good cleaning is all it needs
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 1,122
Views: 112,303
Posted By Darth Lefty

I showed it to my wife like it was a big mystery,...

I showed it to my wife like it was a big mystery, she just said, "Kids are stupid."
08-15-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 356
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'd love to give it a try. It looks like a real...

I'd love to give it a try. It looks like a real monster truck. This MTB subforum is not as active as others, look here:

https://forums.mtbr.com/26-27-5-29-plus-bikes/trek-full-stache-1074347.html
Forum: Foo
08-14-19, 11:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,245
Posted By Darth Lefty

"What's for dinner?"

"What's for dinner?"
Forum: Commuting
08-14-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 1,122
Views: 112,303
Posted By Darth Lefty

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Forum: Commuting
08-14-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,445
Posted By Darth Lefty

That's a good point I hadn't thought of. I like...

That's a good point I hadn't thought of. I like the focus on the one you linked too, bike lights don't have that. I wonder how wide it can spray. The 2-head Ravemen that I linked above has a high...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 10:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,445
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'll still have the original 300 light, now moved...

I'll still have the original 300 light, now moved to my helmet.

This is the 2-element light I was looking at, from that MTBR thread. ...
08-13-19, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By Darth Lefty

It also just occurred to me that your hard tail...

It also just occurred to me that your hard tail is probably a 26" wheel bike, and you might be running tire pressure pretty high for the street. Try bigger tires and lower pressure - Schwalbe makes...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,445
Posted By Darth Lefty

By the time I buy a head unit, battery pack and...

By the time I buy a head unit, battery pack and charger I'm up to the price of a 2 beam self contained USB light anyhow. So that's what I'm going to do. Just trying to decide which.
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,602
Posted By Darth Lefty

I saw a trash bag that I've been seeing for a...

I saw a trash bag that I've been seeing for a week and looped back to pick it up and take it to a can in a nearby park. I can tell why no one has touched it... it had a "PLEASE" cardboard sign next...
08-13-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By Darth Lefty

That bike spans a lot of years and has changed a...

That bike spans a lot of years and has changed a lot in that time so it's hard to have a solid opinion without knowing more. But generally I think a trail bike wouldn't make a good commuter. It would...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,445
Posted By Darth Lefty

Last winter as I was commuting on MTB trails in...

Last winter as I was commuting on MTB trails in the dark, and really unhappy with my 6yo Cygolite handlebar light seldom shining where it was needed, I asked on MTBR for recommendations. I also...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,602
Posted By Darth Lefty

Yesterday I, my wife, and my 5yo fell ill with a...

Yesterday I, my wife, and my 5yo fell ill with a stomach bug. Today is supposed to be his first day of kindergarten. I didn't feel up to riding yet and my wife needs to decide in the next half hour...
08-11-19, 10:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 976
Posted By Darth Lefty

It isn't really. The "MTB"' features are 26" fat...

It isn't really. The "MTB"' features are 26" fat tires and a flat handlebar. Other than that it's pretty much just like the equivalent road model.
Forum: Commuting
08-11-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,445
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thanks for the reminder that autumn is coming. I...

Thanks for the reminder that autumn is coming. I was going to move my 300 lm spot light to my helmet, and put a brighter floodlight on my handlebars.
08-11-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 976
Posted By Darth Lefty

Recommend you contact a tandem vendor for a...

Recommend you contact a tandem vendor for a hub... and advice on the rest of the wheel. If you can’t find an old standard hub, it’s possible to use a newer boost or super boost hub that has end caps...
08-11-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By Darth Lefty

This is not the first thread that you posted...

This is not the first thread that you posted about upgrading this bike’s shifting. At this point, I’m going to say go ahead and do it. Because you’re not going to be happy until you do. We’ve all...
08-11-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By Darth Lefty

Haha, I was just at Muir Woods yesterday. Ironic...

Haha, I was just at Muir Woods yesterday. Ironic name. They'd never let you ride a MTB there, it's a hiker shrine. This doesn't look anything like the MTB's people were grinding up to nearby Mt...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,602
Posted By Darth Lefty

I’m in SF today too. Family outing. It’s nice!

I’m in SF today too. Family outing. It’s nice!
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,015
Posted By Darth Lefty

I see enough decent medium bikes on your local...

I see enough decent medium bikes on your local Craigslist that you could be up and running again for $100-200 and still save up for that special bike you really want. Just avoid anything too big or...
Forum: Foo
08-09-19, 12:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,245
Posted By Darth Lefty

Earth has a lot of things going for it. It's at a...

Earth has a lot of things going for it. It's at a range from the sun and rotating at a speed that most of the water remains liquid most of the time. (The water was delivered by asteroid; Venus was...
08-08-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,860
Posted By Darth Lefty

When you cut the outer layer, that’s when the...

When you cut the outer layer, that’s when the spiders inside are released
08-08-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,298
Posted By Darth Lefty

Is this like birdwatching when if you doubt for a...

Is this like birdwatching when if you doubt for a moment that the eagle is a buzzard then it becomes a buzzard?
08-08-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,009
Posted By Darth Lefty

:D That's a good catch!

:D That's a good catch!
08-08-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,966
Posted By Darth Lefty

Are you talking about the kid who started the...

Are you talking about the kid who started the argument with the OP, or the OP who started the argument on the Internet?
Forum: Commuting
08-08-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,310
Posted By Darth Lefty

My fool brain took five seconds trying to figure...

My fool brain took five seconds trying to figure out if I'd ever heard of a material called metalthe. Don't make any bike parts! That stuff is the devil. Does it seem like an especially harsh billet?...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,015
Posted By Darth Lefty

I disagree... I think the spring-only forks on...

I disagree... I think the spring-only forks on inexpensive bikes are pretty harmless and even good if you're having fun with the bike. They absorb a small hit or land a wheelie just fine. My 1990-ish...
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