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Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 533
Posted By Banzai

What sub forum am I reading?

What sub forum am I reading?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,142
Posted By Banzai

/thread. I was going to say something...

/thread.

I was going to say something similar, but this is so much better. :roflmao:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 570
Posted By Banzai

First two bottles on a century are water. Crazy,...

First two bottles on a century are water. Crazy, I know.

Then, 50/50 water/Gatorade dilution.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 519
Posted By Banzai

General rule to start is “sit bones + 2cm” for...

General rule to start is “sit bones + 2cm” for width.

This, however, will vary by the shape of the saddle, and by your riding posture.
06-24-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,236
Posted By Banzai

I’ve reached the point where I hate the word...

I’ve reached the point where I hate the word “gravel” when utilized in connection with cycling. Hate, hate, hate. Just so sick of it.

The other day I violated all the laws of cycling physics by...
Forum: Fatbikes
06-22-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,464
Posted By Banzai

55 watts is an embarrassingly large percentage of...

55 watts is an embarrassingly large percentage of my power output.
Forum: Fatbikes
06-21-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,464
Posted By Banzai

Just because you CAN do a century on a fat bike,...

Just because you CAN do a century on a fat bike, doesn’t mean you have to.
Forum: Fatbikes
06-19-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 791
Posted By Banzai

All of this may be true, but the fact that Surly...

All of this may be true, but the fact that Surly itself is essentially no longer producing a lot of the parts that are pretty fundamental to this bike says that the writing is on the wall.
Forum: Fatbikes
06-18-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 791
Posted By Banzai

I did a cursory search for Marge Lites and Rabbit...

I did a cursory search for Marge Lites and Rabbit Holes. Came up pretty much empty, due to products being discontinued.

Given the unique offset of the Pugs, not just any old rim will do.

4”...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,715
Posted By Banzai

When I do the “A” ride, I can’t hang on riding my...

When I do the “A” ride, I can’t hang on riding my cross bike with 32mm slicks. I can just do it on my road bike with 25mm tires and a racier group.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,514
Posted By Banzai

Um, I'm with him on this. Presta caps are useless...

Um, I'm with him on this. Presta caps are useless and not cool...I chuck mine when a new tube goes on.

That video was actually pretty fun. Almost makes me want to bust out my LiveStrong jersey...
Forum: Fatbikes
06-17-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,181
Posted By Banzai

Probably because this is just about the slowest...

Probably because this is just about the slowest sub-forum here. I think the only one that's slower is "Fixed Gear Freestyle" or whatever the heck it is.

This fat bike fad might be about to...
Forum: Fatbikes
06-17-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 791
Posted By Banzai

The Pugsley’s obsolescence

This is little more than a rant/lamentation about the obsolescence of my Pugsley.

Since Surly no longer makes Marge Lite or Rabbit Hole rims, future wheel builds are pretty much out of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By Banzai

You should actually just return it. Fabric has a...

You should actually just return it. Fabric has a 60 day trial guarantee.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By Banzai

For a while the Line was only available in the...

For a while the Line was only available in the narrow width. Considering that almost zero percent of the population meets the recommended size, I wonder who they sold them to?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By Banzai

Fabric saddle widths?

I've long subscribed to the "sit bones + 2cm" guideline for saddle width. However, I was shopping Fabric saddles, and their recommendations are somewhat wider. They recommend their 134mm wide saddles...
06-07-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,975
Posted By Banzai

Top end bicycles have significantly outstripped...

Top end bicycles have significantly outstripped normal economic inflation over the past decade.

Whether you think the money is worth it or not doesn’t obviate this fact.
06-05-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,249
Posted By Banzai

The NEW Performance Bike

It looks like Performance was purchased, and the website is running again under their new ownership.

Anyone know anything about it now?

I'll be honest, I didn't know how much I'd miss...
05-16-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,223
Posted By Banzai

“Gravel bike” is the new marketing term for the...

“Gravel bike” is the new marketing term for the older, less-sexy “touring bike” label.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,740
Posted By Banzai

Eddy raced with a 52-13? Maybe 53-13? Point...

Eddy raced with a 52-13? Maybe 53-13?

Point being, a mere mortal like myself doesn’t need a taller gear than Eddy.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,740
Posted By Banzai

I used to put money and time into modifying my...

I used to put money and time into modifying my cranks to 52-36.

Now it’s standard in a lot of places. Hooray for me!

Typically run a 12-27 cassette. 52-12 is all the taller I need
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,579
Posted By Banzai

Let’s not forget that the 1x was SRAM’s marketing...

Let’s not forget that the 1x was SRAM’s marketing solution for the fact that they couldn’t design competitive front shifting.
Forum: Commuting
05-02-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,295
Posted By Banzai

That was going to be my point. Depending on where...

That was going to be my point. Depending on where you live, you may want/need winter tires. Winter tire options in 650b are virtually nonexistent. That’s what stopped me from doing a conversion.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-27-19, 11:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,888
Posted By Banzai

Goodness! Brompton fan boys get so upset! All...

Goodness! Brompton fan boys get so upset! All bent out of shape, suggesting I would need to buy the company to change them, when I’m merely stating my personal opinion on why I won’t buy one.

I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-24-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,888
Posted By Banzai

Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m getting at....

Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m getting at. Brompton could space at 135 and allow for stock/standard drivetrain components without compromising the design. They just choose not to.
So I choose not to...
04-23-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 9,496
Posted By Banzai

Unless you’re talking about the geometry...

Unless you’re talking about the geometry challenges inherent in very small frames, the whole “women specific” thing was always marketing. They do up charge nicely for it though, don’t they?

Most...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,888
Posted By Banzai

If the Brompton ran a 135 rear hub, I would buy...

If the Brompton ran a 135 rear hub, I would buy one.

But, alas...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,412
Posted By Banzai

Smaller tire or bigger fender. Lots squeezed into...

Smaller tire or bigger fender. Lots squeezed into a tight spot there.

Also, fender setup is as much art as science. Lots of tugging and fudging, bending and shaping and adjusting. Mechanically...
Forum: Fatbikes
03-24-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,627
Posted By Banzai

Can’t really put up with more than 20 miles or so...

Can’t really put up with more than 20 miles or so on my Pugsley.

You can ride 100k on nearly anything...but just because you can doesn’t mean you should... ;)
Forum: Commuting
03-02-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,344
Posted By Banzai

If you use Alfine, the chain tensioner works...

If you use Alfine, the chain tensioner works fine, and you can just use vertical dropouts. Since you want a derailer hanger, why not?
Forum: Commuting
02-15-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,053
Posted By Banzai

45Nrth tires are made by Innova, which used to be...

45Nrth tires are made by Innova, which used to be regarded as garbage.

But now that they have a cooler name and better marketing, they’re the new hotness.
02-13-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By Banzai

I wouldn't ride fixed in winter. There are times...

I wouldn't ride fixed in winter. There are times when I really need to stop pedaling and neutralize the pedals. Winter roads can sometimes present similar challenges to mountain biking.
Forum: Commuting
02-12-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,971
Posted By Banzai

Oh, and the Axioms are just one giant bag. The...

Oh, and the Axioms are just one giant bag. The Performance panniers have some smaller pockets as well...very handy.
Forum: Commuting
02-12-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,971
Posted By Banzai

I have Axioms. The Performance ones are...

I have Axioms.

The Performance ones are better, but alas, no more. The Axioms have a hard reinforcement (as they should), which is screwed to the attachment hardware through from the outside. The...
02-12-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By Banzai

I'm running a KMC rust resistant chain right now,...

I'm running a KMC rust resistant chain right now, after several winters with normal chains.

Definitely worth it.

It allows me to be less fastidious about constant cleaning and lubing in the...
02-11-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By Banzai

Good to know. The UK cyclechat forum has a near...

Good to know. The UK cyclechat forum has a near 50 page thread full of people replacing the Alfine 11 multiple times before giving up. MTBR has very little positive either.

However, almost all of...
02-11-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,793
Posted By Banzai

I’ve run that tire now for 3 winters, and they’ve...

I’ve run that tire now for 3 winters, and they’ve been fine.

But that looks awful.
02-10-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By Banzai

Alfine 11 S7001 questions

The cycling-interested corners of the internet are littered with stories about Alfine 11 problems, from extremely finicky setups, to outright malfunctioning and extremely poor reliability. The...
Forum: Fatbikes
11-30-18, 03:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,731
Posted By Banzai

Love the Birchwood jersey, by the way. And...

Love the Birchwood jersey, by the way.

And you must be a beast, racing cross on a Pugs. I’m half as fast as my usual not-very-fast self when I ride my Pugs.
11-26-18, 10:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Banzai

Seems to be working ok now. The wire inside the...

Seems to be working ok now. The wire inside the connector looked a bit snarled and catywompus (technical terms), so I pulled it apart, clipped, twisted, and re-connected the little connector piece. I...
11-24-18, 09:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Banzai

I'll take a look at the connectors, and hopefully...

I'll take a look at the connectors, and hopefully that fixes it up.
11-24-18, 10:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Banzai

Alfine/B&M light shorting

Last night I was riding, and my B&M light wired to an Alfine hub kept intermittently giving out and reverting to the stand-light, as if no current was reaching it. I think that maybe there was water...
Forum: Fatbikes
11-24-18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,140
Posted By Banzai

If I was doing actual MTBing, or racing the dirty...

If I was doing actual MTBing, or racing the dirty Kanza, I wouldn't run fenders either. But, I run them all the time on my commuter/utility bike, in a variety of conditions, including some light...
Forum: Fatbikes
11-23-18, 02:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,731
Posted By Banzai

Pugsley has very common MTB standards though. Was...

Pugsley has very common MTB standards though. Was once a must in order to source parts, still nice if you don’t want to buy stupidly expensive fat bike specific components. Also nice if you want to...
Forum: Fatbikes
11-23-18, 12:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,731
Posted By Banzai

Huh? Fat bike tires are ridiculously expensive....

Huh? Fat bike tires are ridiculously expensive. Some cost as much as auto tires. When I bought my Pugsley frame, shortly after it was discontinued, it cost as much as a tire.

A conspiracy theorist...
11-22-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,067
Posted By Banzai

I’ve found that if I’m not using clipless or some...

I’ve found that if I’m not using clipless or some retention system, I’m constantly hitting my heels on the chain stays. My feel just don’t like pedaling that wide.
11-21-18, 10:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,618
Posted By Banzai

To be fair, studs totally suck on anything that's...

To be fair, studs totally suck on anything that's not ice...
11-21-18, 09:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,618
Posted By Banzai

I rode these for part of one winter. Went to...

I rode these for part of one winter. Went to studded Schwalbe Marathon Winters and never looked back.
11-21-18, 09:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,067
Posted By Banzai

I've owned a fat bike for 3 years, and for 3...

I've owned a fat bike for 3 years, and for 3 years I've though about selling it. There are a couple of days a year where it is really useful, but even then my bike with 700x35 studs will get by. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-18, 03:05 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,980
Posted By Banzai

Not enough smaller than a full-size road bike to...

Not enough smaller than a full-size road bike to be worth adopting an orphan wheel size with limited options.

I don't have a ton of storage space, but vertical storage on wheel hooks pretty much...
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