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07-11-20, 12:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 917
Posted By Darth Lefty

I like it. You could use a simpler arrangement of...

I like it. You could use a simpler arrangement of a vacuum sealer with the hot ďwetĒ chain in the bag, or maybe rigging a brake bleeder to a more solid lid and gasket on the crock pot. But what does...
07-10-20, 10:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,471
Posted By Darth Lefty

Kiddo made a 0mph capsize and managed to find the...

Kiddo made a 0mph capsize and managed to find the top of a low post with his two front teeth. Heís a year or two early to lose those, but itís not definite that heís keeping his first set yet. I...
07-09-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 729
Posted By Darth Lefty

maybe so, but I only ever get one of those when I...

maybe so, but I only ever get one of those when I buy a set, whereas I have at least half a dozen T25 Bits because that’s what comes in a box of screws
07-09-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 730
Posted By Darth Lefty

If it were frowned on enough, it wouldnít be for...

If it were frowned on enough, it wouldnít be for sale
07-09-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 729
Posted By Darth Lefty

I understand why they did it. BMW donít focus on...

I understand why they did it. BMW donít focus on making their bikes convenient for a shade tree mechanic. They often use three or four parts where a Kawasaki might have one, as well, and they have...
07-09-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 413
Posted By Darth Lefty

Kind of, but thatís not all weíre saying. We want...

Kind of, but thatís not all weíre saying. We want you to get the best out of what you have, too. Thatís why we are asking what you think is lacking, and talking about changing springs, adjusting...
07-09-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 350
Posted By Darth Lefty

I wish there were an equation or some guidance...

I wish there were an equation or some guidance for this that we could use as amateurs. Threads like this are frustrating. We had a good one in the tandem forum a few months ago, one person advocated...
07-09-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 729
Posted By Darth Lefty

As a guy who built his own deck one time, I...

As a guy who built his own deck one time, I agree!

youíre also never going to round out the Torx by using the 3/16 instead of a 5 mm because itís the only one you can find right now

They are...
07-08-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,342
Posted By Darth Lefty

My perception is that bicycles have a Christmas...

My perception is that bicycles have a Christmas and New Yearís bump, one for gifts and one for resolutions. The most desperate retail sales seem to happen in mid winter
07-08-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 358
Posted By Darth Lefty

The saddle in the pictures does look a little bit...

The saddle in the pictures does look a little bit strange, but Iím not sure if itís just the color of the cover. Anyway, itís just a regular bike saddle, so you can replace it with anything you like....
07-08-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 358
Posted By Darth Lefty

you donít need one until one day you do, and you...

you donít need one until one day you do, and you have to save the best ones for the professionals so their supply doesnít run out, Because we could have made enough and saved them, but we didnít....
07-08-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,291
Posted By Darth Lefty

Worst thing about it is trying too hard for...

Worst thing about it is trying too hard for iconoclasm
07-08-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,512
Posted By Darth Lefty

I think itís fantastic that you can reach into...

I think itís fantastic that you can reach into your pocket and grab your phone and look up a manual for any part on any bike at any time.
07-08-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,199
Posted By Darth Lefty

For a lot of those guys, fitness is their hobby....

For a lot of those guys, fitness is their hobby. They may be playing soccer or ultimate or racquetball or lifting weights three times a week and eating a diet plan and so on and so on. Or they may...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 137
Posted By Darth Lefty

Just about any average bike can tow a trailer. ...

Just about any average bike can tow a trailer. If you want a flat out race bike then you might check if the gears are low enough, or if the manufacturer says not to do it.
07-07-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 413
Posted By Darth Lefty

ďRabbitĒ is the bounciest setting. Are you sure...

ďRabbitĒ is the bounciest setting. Are you sure youíve got it set up to your best advantage? Itís not a turd, just not fancy.
07-07-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,271
Posted By Darth Lefty

Iíve started getting some of that from Fitbit,...

Iíve started getting some of that from Fitbit, which I havenít used in a while. Obviously scam...

...
07-07-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 573
Posted By Darth Lefty

I have wanted to use the Apex 1 drive train on a...

I have wanted to use the Apex 1 drive train on a project and it seems like the crankset is an odd duck. The arms are very wide for a road bike, giving it a large Q factor, like a MTB crank. But it...
07-06-20, 08:20 PM
07-05-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,471
Posted By Darth Lefty

Off we go. Note pink Spawn at left, thatíll be...

Off we go. Note pink Spawn at left, thatíll be the 3yo girlís when she can reach the ground.

...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 699
Posted By Darth Lefty

- nah, it's fine - that's a good reason

- nah, it's fine
- that's a good reason
Forum: Commuting
07-03-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 699
Posted By Darth Lefty

Iíd go a size smaller on the tires, personally....

Iíd go a size smaller on the tires, personally. My MTB doubles as my commuter so it wears 2.8 knobs but if I had a dedicated commuter again itíd have 1.5 ish tires
07-02-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,471
Posted By Darth Lefty

The last part arrived today and I finished the...

The last part arrived today and I finished the bike. I rode around myself for a few hundred feet adjusting the shifter, and then we were ready to go for a bike ride. Heís definitely pretty stretched...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Posted By Darth Lefty

I had one of those for a while on a previous...

I had one of those for a while on a previous commuter. I wonder what happened to it, must be in one of my boxes of bike parts
07-01-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By Darth Lefty

$50. What a deal! Itís kind of like being given a...

$50. What a deal! Itís kind of like being given a puppy, isnít it?
Forum: Commuting
07-01-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 15,657
Posted By Darth Lefty

My employer announced a 30 day pause in their...

My employer announced a 30 day pause in their reopening plans, based on the ski jump of cases in the last month, and that was before the announcement today that public businesses in CA must shut...
07-01-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Darth Lefty

Shimano 12-speed is not the budget win that...

Shimano 12-speed is not the budget win that 11-speed was.

The bike also has the noted fork upgrade and a substantial wheelset upgrade.

I am 100% certain none of this would matter to me and I'd...
06-30-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 302
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's a $2000 bike, yes, but probably more than...

It's a $2000 bike, yes, but probably more than half of that is the name-brand Bosch system.

Unfortunately there are no 8-speed clutch derailleurs or NW chain rings. All of those are for 10 speed...
06-30-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By Darth Lefty

Dividing The Great, a light and fast read about...

Dividing The Great, a light and fast read about an Englishman's trip down the GDMBR, about twenty years ago.

Bike Snob Abroad, about recent cycling culture
06-30-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 137
Posted By Darth Lefty

Look for a used Burley or Chariot from the last...

Look for a used Burley or Chariot from the last decade or so.

5 is awkward, they are not really great at riding yet but they don't fit in the accessories any more. You can maybe put the 1yo in a...
Forum: Foo
06-30-20, 12:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 628
Posted By Darth Lefty

Oh poor guy. Iím sorry.

Oh poor guy. Iím sorry.
06-29-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 577
Posted By Darth Lefty

The big change in road bikes has been GPS and...

The big change in road bikes has been GPS and power meter training, and Strava, which is Facebook for GPS and power meter training.

In mountain bikes, bikes got bigger and more stable. Rear...
06-29-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 640
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'd get a Roscoe or X-Caliber (same frame...

I'd get a Roscoe or X-Caliber (same frame different build), or a Rangefinder.

I wonder if the bike boom is still really going on. That was May, June has been... fraught. But with states shutting...
06-29-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 640
Posted By Darth Lefty

Most of your wish list is on most bikes at your...

Most of your wish list is on most bikes at your price this year. Stop planning, go buy and ride!
Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,033
Posted By Darth Lefty

I didn't get the Zen rewards out of it that were...

I didn't get the Zen rewards out of it that were promised, but it's a good skill to keep you out of the bike shop
06-28-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,124
Posted By Darth Lefty

The problem with your wish list is that it...

The problem with your wish list is that it contains several items that didn't come together at the affordable level until the last five years or so. Most people who have those bikes aren't tired of...
06-27-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,645
Posted By Darth Lefty

Because birds can't count Kildeer in Arizona...

Because birds can't count

Kildeer in Arizona do the same injured-wing bit
06-27-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 222
Posted By Darth Lefty

Indeed it did just tap out the other side. Thanks...

Indeed it did just tap out the other side. Thanks everyone who contributed ideas
06-27-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,471
Posted By Darth Lefty

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06-27-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,471
Posted By Darth Lefty

I missed kiddo's birthday by a week, but it's...

I missed kiddo's birthday by a week, but it's coming together. I need a skewer for the rear wheel and tape for the rear rim, and then a tuneup, and then he's off. The cassette and hub are 8s while...
Forum: Commuting
06-27-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 455
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's way easier and cheaper to trade in your bike...

It's way easier and cheaper to trade in your bike for one that has discs to begin with. If your bike has the tabs for the disc caliper then it's certainly possible. But there are more parts involved...
06-27-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,645
Posted By Darth Lefty

All the magpies in the northern hemisphere are...

All the magpies in the northern hemisphere are related, though there are local species or subspecies. Near my old home there was a neighborhood flock of yellow billed magpies. They didn't ever do...
06-27-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,645
Posted By Darth Lefty

I was buzzed by a bald eagle on the way to the...

I was buzzed by a bald eagle on the way to the polls on Election Day in 2016. Other than seeming ominous it was much like the OP’s encounter.

A few months after that I was riding to work in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,083
Posted By Darth Lefty

Poor guy. Poor family. What a ****ty end to the...

Poor guy. Poor family. What a ****ty end to the story.
06-26-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 222
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thanks everyone. I'll give it a shot

Thanks everyone. I'll give it a shot
06-26-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 222
Posted By Darth Lefty

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/640x480/aa523322_123e_4d9e_bbe9_499971d96f59_39e5cc0a61978ce2efbded75cf055d91a27c9348.jpeg
Photo thereof
06-26-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 222
Posted By Darth Lefty

Half cartridge BB service

I pulled this out of my kid's Hotrock, which I am rebuilding with slightly better parts. I am planning to replace it but sort of slacked off on the project and want to get him on the road. I can...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,033
Posted By Darth Lefty

My Dad and grandad taught me, because they sure...

My Dad and grandad taught me, because they sure weren't going to do it for me!

BikeForums members tend to make things complicated. Can I use any old oil on my chain? No, you must use dry lube, or...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By Darth Lefty

I am not saving money on bike commuting. Maybe...

I am not saving money on bike commuting. Maybe gas. The third kid and suburb living are really counter to the idea of saving money.
06-25-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 960
Posted By Darth Lefty

You make it sound like he's a grownup who knows...

You make it sound like he's a grownup who knows what he wants. Just go a little less low end this time
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