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04-17-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By Ironfish653

That’s kind of a weird take on it, since pad...

That’s kind of a weird take on it, since pad material really doesn’t matter to the caliper / wheel cylinder.

More likely, since hydraulic brakes require you to use a system-specific lever and...
04-17-21, 02:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 178
Posted By Ironfish653

Narrow 26” rims were pretty common on 90’s XC...

Narrow 26” rims were pretty common on 90’s XC bikes; it was how you could tell it was a ‘race bike’. Wide rims were for kids bikes and downhillers.

1.6-1.75” is a pretty good all-around size, but...
04-14-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 85
Posted By Ironfish653

Any suspension fork is excess weight if you ride...

Any suspension fork is excess weight if you ride around with the lockout on all the time. A Headshok, though, is considerably lighter than most conventional forks.

You’re correct that it’s most...
04-07-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 943
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd say that's a fair description. Japanese...

I'd say that's a fair description. Japanese engineering of the era was capable of brilliant work (Honda CB750, anyone?) But overall, it was deliberate to the point of conservative
Case in point,...
03-29-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 422
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd take a look at Hilton Head, SC.. Great...

I'd take a look at Hilton Head, SC..
Great restaurants, beaches, and very bike friendly; in fact there are bike paths, trails and dedicated bike lanes covering pretty much the whole island. The...
03-28-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,397
Posted By Ironfish653

Full-wrap prescription lenses can be kind of...

Full-wrap prescription lenses can be kind of funky to make, depending on the prescription, the shape of the frame, and the material used for the lens itself.

This is a pair of Wiley-X that I had...
03-27-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,397
Posted By Ironfish653

Another +1"for Zenni ; If you've got a copy of...

Another +1"for Zenni ; If you've got a copy of your prescription, and pick your upgrade options judiciously, you can get a pair made for about what you'd pay for decent 'off-the-rack' sunglasses.
03-25-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,834
Posted By Ironfish653

Corporate Inertia. The bikeshare companies could...

Corporate Inertia. The bikeshare companies could get a write-off whether they donated or scrapped them; Donating them would require contacting the co-ops and community groups (it would probably take...
03-25-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,834
Posted By Ironfish653

Well, it takes about the same amount of labor to...

Well, it takes about the same amount of labor to manufacture a cheap bike as it does a 'good' bike. The only thing you can control is the cost of the materials used.
That Schwinn Ranger 26, and my...
03-25-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,834
Posted By Ironfish653

So basically, your model is to have the bikes...

So basically, your model is to have the bikes manufactured locally. (Assembled from components) and delivered to the stores complete and ready to ride?
I appreciate where you're heart's at, but...
03-25-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,834
Posted By Ironfish653

The biggest thing with department store bikes is...

The biggest thing with department store bikes is that the assembly is such a roll of the dice. Retail assembly is usually done by piece-rate contract assemblers, rather than store employees, and...
03-24-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By Ironfish653

All kinds of reasons here. The reason motos have...

All kinds of reasons here. The reason motos have the brake on the right is that for the most part (vintage Brit iron excepted) the throttle is on the right, so the clutch HAS to go on the left. ...
03-23-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By Ironfish653

Well taken; However, the BikeForums knowledge...

Well taken; However, the BikeForums knowledge base tends to think of things from the perspective of 700c road bikes. 26" MTB tires are a whole other kettle of fish.

Case in point: I had asked a...
03-22-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By Ironfish653

Why the "air quotes?". Are you looking for an...

Why the "air quotes?". Are you looking for an actual trailer, or something like a trailer, that's not really a bike trailer?
If it's an actual bike trailer, the THULE Chariot line is the top of the...
03-21-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By Ironfish653

Typically, rims are sized by their inside width,...

Typically, rims are sized by their inside width, usually in millimeters. What you've got as a "1.1 inch" is probably a 24mm, which is a pretty 'standard' 26" MTB rim.

Back in the day, a...
03-18-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 451
Posted By Ironfish653

I know that, but 1" threadless stems are not all...

I know that, but 1" threadless stems are not all that easy to come by these days, and if you're looking for a specific rise and reach, there's a lot more options in 31.8"

Sounds like the OP is...
03-18-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 451
Posted By Ironfish653

Most threadless stems are able to be used as...

Most threadless stems are able to be used as either +/- rise / drop. The Mutant isn't one of those, however. If you're not planning on using the bike for anything more than light-duty casual riding,...
03-18-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,354
Posted By Ironfish653

If by 'aggressive' do you mean 'head down, all-or...

If by 'aggressive' do you mean 'head down, all-or nothing speed merchant' than your '26er in 700c high heels' would work, i guess, but it'd be a lot of weird compromises and workarounds just to have...
03-18-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,354
Posted By Ironfish653

90's XC bikes are aggro as F. 'NORBA' Geometry...

90's XC bikes are aggro as F.
'NORBA' Geometry was typically 71* / 73* what's so slack about that?

It seems like BF doesn't know that there was a couple of decades between the Schwinn High...
03-17-21, 04:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,256
Posted By Ironfish653

​​​​​ Sure, you take someone who's already pretty...

​​​​​ Sure, you take someone who's already pretty highly conditioned, and stick them on Zwift, where they learn how to climb and sprint, and really put the power down, but they don't develop any bike...
03-12-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By Ironfish653

Complete bikes are always easier to sell. You...

Complete bikes are always easier to sell. You have the potential to make more money parting it out, but also a big risk of ending up with an incomplete pile of half-sold parts nobody wants.
...
03-12-21, 12:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 525
Posted By Ironfish653

High effort, high rpm and low ground speed are a...

High effort, high rpm and low ground speed are a hard combination to make work, especially on a bike path.
The easiest way, is to ride up hills, or the same hill, over and over.
A Single-speed or...
03-09-21, 10:34 PM
03-09-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,622
Posted By Ironfish653

What if you’re wearing a Lycra jersey and MTB...

What if you’re wearing a Lycra jersey and MTB baggy shorts? Do I get to offend everybody?
03-09-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 292
Posted By Ironfish653

Rather than try to source all the parts...

Rather than try to source all the parts individually, I’d just look for a 20” kids’ MTB; and take the rear wheel, RD, and shifter.
You should be able to find one for less than $50 on your local...
03-09-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Ironfish653

In that case, probably little difference besides...

In that case, probably little difference besides the wheels and tires. That, and the gearing it’ll come with, if you’re starting with a mostly complete bike. Sometimes, inexpensive ‘casual’ MTB style...
03-09-21, 04:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Ironfish653

What are the actual bikes ( frames) you actually...

What are the actual bikes ( frames) you actually want to use? There is no single ‘road bike’ or ‘MTB’ geometry.
A ‘70s ten-speed and an ‘80s ‘Marin’ style ATB will have similar, relaxed geometry,...
03-04-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 816
Posted By Ironfish653

Kenda K40 is a vintage-looking gumwall that's...

Kenda K40 is a vintage-looking gumwall that's usually easy to find, for between $12-15.
Sometimes you can find Duro or CSTs for less than$10, but it's usually for the funny color"fixie" tires
03-04-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,813
Posted By Ironfish653

/OT That's curious. I have the same trimmer,...

/OT
That's curious. I have the same trimmer, but mine was made in the US.
Of course, I got mine from an OPE dealer, not a discount tool store, so that might be why.
03-04-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,035
Posted By Ironfish653

Do Buells count? (Asked in the spirit of...

Do Buells count?
(Asked in the spirit of contrarianism)
02-25-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By Ironfish653

5-8sp chain is all the same size, so you can use...

5-8sp chain is all the same size, so you can use whatever. I like KMC Z-51 for older 5-6sp drivetrains.

If your chain is as worn out as you say, you will probably need a new freewheel, as a worn...
02-23-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By Ironfish653

Buy the nicest bike that fits your budget, even...

Buy the nicest bike that fits your budget, even if it isn't the newest.
​​​​​​Unless it's been obviously abused or neglected, a 10-year-old 105 bike will be nicer than a new Claris bike. Just...
02-21-21, 01:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 934
Posted By Ironfish653

Flat resistance is a bit of a toss-up. Some...

Flat resistance is a bit of a toss-up. Some people want maximum flat prevention at any cost. I rarely get flats, so it's much less of a concern for my tire choice.
There is a definite difference in...
02-18-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 711
Posted By Ironfish653

Go old-school: Control Tech 'Jimi' Canti's. ...

Go old-school: Control Tech 'Jimi' Canti's.
Because billet.



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02-18-21, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 445
Posted By Ironfish653

A complete bike is usually an easier sell, but...

A complete bike is usually an easier sell, but you can typically make more money parting it out; it just takes longer.
​​​​​​You have to find buyers who are looking for the parts you have, and...
02-17-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,853
Posted By Ironfish653

My saddle (Ronin Evo) has a $300 bike...

My saddle (Ronin Evo) has a $300 bike https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_1597_4c860e4556c9bb6ac863cba9556c6eb9f6712028.jpg
02-17-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,537
Posted By Ironfish653

Wow, projection much? If you really want to get...

Wow, projection much?
If you really want to get pedantic, derailleurs aren't indexed, the 'shiftors' are. I also know that you can change gears without a derailleur or a shift lever, at all.

And,...
02-16-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,537
Posted By Ironfish653

Lighten up, Francis. No one here is yelling...

Lighten up, Francis. No one here is yelling except you.
We're discussing deraillieurs; take your downtube shifters and go here: (indexed) Downtube shifters should make comeback...
02-11-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,714
Posted By Ironfish653

It exactly is a 1950's bike. An industrial...

It exactly is a 1950's bike. An industrial 1950's bike, that you'd use to get around a big factory or a shipyard, where it'd be a really long walk (and they hadn't invented golf carts yet)
Their...
02-11-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,191
Posted By Ironfish653

Most of the time, unless you're trying to build a...

Most of the time, unless you're trying to build a very specific spec, or 'centerpiece' component, or you've got several of the major components already on hand (or for very cheap) it'll cost 30%-50%...
02-07-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,191
Posted By Ironfish653

More important than who made the frame, it's...

More important than who made the frame, it's important to look at the components, as an indicator of a bike's place in the lineup, and how it would compare to other brands. A bike fitted fitted with...
02-05-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Posted By Ironfish653

Those pins are to help lift the chain from the...

Those pins are to help lift the chain from the small ring to the larger ring. They’re part of what makes indexed front shifting work
( Also from the smallest ring to the middle on a triple).
...
02-04-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 20,104
Posted By Ironfish653

Significantly more upright. The Diverge is short...

Significantly more upright. The Diverge is short front-to-back like an Allez, but it’s higher, giving a more upright rider posture, rather than the full tuck of the Allez.

You can ride a Diverge...
02-03-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,837
Posted By Ironfish653

There’s nothing ‘light’ about a Bridgestone...

There’s nothing ‘light’ about a Bridgestone Superlight. It’s put together well, but man, is it overbuilt! Typical belt-and-suspenders engineering common to a lot of Japanese designs of the era. My...
02-03-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,537
Posted By Ironfish653

Have there been improvements? Yes, but not so...

Have there been improvements? Yes, but not so much at the bottom end of the market. Functionally, the last big shift was the Suntour Slant Parallelogram in the 1970s.
There is some ‘trickledown’...
02-01-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Posted By Ironfish653

The Bad Boys are 650B, and, they have very...

The Bad Boys are 650B, and, they have very similar geometry to the CAAD-3/4 XC bikes, which is not a bad thing. It’s a bike that likes to be ridden fast and aggressively, and doesn’t mind being...
02-01-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Posted By Ironfish653

26” and 29” BMX are a silly amount of fun. For an...

26” and 29” BMX are a silly amount of fun. For an 80’s BMX kid like me, they’re a cool throwback, since I still like to hoon around, even on my city bikes.
If I had a pump track anywhere near me,...
01-31-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Posted By Ironfish653

I like the Bad Boy, especially the ‘1’ with the...

I like the Bad Boy, especially the ‘1’ with the belt drive IGH and the Lefty.
I happen to like the Lefty ‘fork’. It’s a really clever piece of engineering, and a tie-back to some of the really...
01-31-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,015
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ve done some night group rides in the city...

I’ve done some night group rides in the city where we’ve run extra, colored blinkies in addition to the usual headlight and rear flasher. Mostly on the side, though; bar ends, fork tips, seat stays,...
01-27-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 746
Posted By Ironfish653

Like Veganbikes said, pick either a stem or seat...

Like Veganbikes said, pick either a stem or seat post; both is hard to make work right, especially on a bike that wasn’t designed with any suspension.

As to what kind; it depends on how you sit...
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