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Forum: Fatbikes
03-19-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,897
Posted By Dschmale

Older thread, bumping for my impressions having...

Older thread, bumping for my impressions having ridden my first fat-bike. I don't ride fast on trails. I'm a wimp. For one ride I hit frequently though, through two miles of power lines in my...
Forum: Fatbikes
03-19-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,055
Posted By Dschmale

Got a Fat Bike for the summer and I'm hooked!

A friend of mine WON a very decently equipped fat bike from his tool dealer. It was free and he's moving, so he's letting me hold and ride it for the summer. I'm hooked! How did I not own one of...
03-19-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

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Fat bikes with hydraulic brakes, front suspension and lock-outs are yummy...
03-19-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

Put a proper seat on the road bike and installed...

Put a proper seat on the road bike and installed a new (old) pannier rack. The rack places the load lower and will keep the damn bags from swinging into the spokes like the mountain bike rack. I...
03-18-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

Rode some more this weekend. Took the rack and...

Rode some more this weekend. Took the rack and panniers off it and it flies. The skipping rear derailleur turned out to be the panniers hitting the spokes! Climbing gear was just a coincidence...
03-18-19, 06:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,453
Posted By Dschmale

My assumption that my buddy is less conditioned...

My assumption that my buddy is less conditioned than me is pretty sound. Though who knows, maybe I'm conditioned differently. I'm much lighter and much stronger, for sure. He doesn't exercise at...
03-15-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,453
Posted By Dschmale

My thinking the whole time was "where is that...

My thinking the whole time was "where is that easy gear!?" though it's pretty clearly a conditioning issue. Trying the commute a few days next week, which should go a ways towards freshening up the...
03-15-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

Thank you sir! That's high praise. I too prefer...

Thank you sir! That's high praise. I too prefer the Singletrack job but wanted something different and more visible. I think the contrast to the matte black turned out nicely. It's not for...
03-14-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,453
Posted By Dschmale

Out of shape or bad gearing?

I took my new rig out for it's inaugural 21 miles after not much activity - cycling included - for many months. I know that I'm out of shape but a friend of mine, who is certainly in worse shape,...
03-14-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

Put 21 miles on it Sunday. Looked like a proper...

Put 21 miles on it Sunday. Looked like a proper dork in my yellow safety vest but everyone else riding that early was similarly dressed. We shared waves when passing.

The bike rode great for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-19, 06:27 AM
Replies: 588
Views: 52,082
Posted By Dschmale

Haha. Yeah. The seat and the rack are a...

Haha. Yeah. The seat and the rack are a necessity, unfortunately. Wife and I are trying for a second kid and 10-12 hours/week in a traditional saddle has me concerned at the moment. Need to find...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,014
Posted By Dschmale

How excited is everyone for daylight saving time?

How excited is everyone here for daylight savings time? My commute is down right dangerous on some dark mornings if it’s been windy or raining. Lots of downed limbs and debris that litter the trail...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-19, 05:03 PM
Replies: 588
Views: 52,082
Posted By Dschmale

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Tattoos...
03-04-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 699
Posted By Dschmale

So an update. I was set on 28s so i went ahead...

So an update. I was set on 28s so i went ahead and ordered them and figured I'd make it work somehow, and did. Of course, going to a 28 did indeed cause an increase in diameter. Went from a 700x23...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 26,517
Views: 16,285,989
Posted By Dschmale

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The new commuter

My new commuter. Spray paint...
03-03-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 929
Posted By Dschmale

Before lasik, I rode with ski goggles designed to...

Before lasik, I rode with ski goggles designed to accommodate eyeglasses when it was really cold. Unfortunately, you’re probably not going to find much else. If you’re wearing a helmet and balaclava...
03-03-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

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Rollin

Set up the derailleurs and went for a...
03-01-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 612
Posted By Dschmale

Possible to decrease brifter “throw” length?

I’ve searched and found only adjustments to the shifter/brake lever reach. Is it possible to adjust the throw, or distance required to shift? It seems like I really have to push the things far on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 681
Posted By Dschmale

I'm fortunate to have a route that's through my...

I'm fortunate to have a route that's through my neighborhood, then a trail until the last 3 miles, and those are largely residential streets. Google has been an awesome tool. I tried the route once...
02-28-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 711
Posted By Dschmale

Thank you. Seems like they’re including a spare...

Thank you. Seems like they’re including a spare just in case. That’s thoughtful.
02-28-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 711
Posted By Dschmale

What the hell is this part???

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Mystery thing

Threaded at one end with a...
02-28-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

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The darkness.

I rode it! Sort of. Tire...
02-28-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

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Loose assembly...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,378
Posted By Dschmale

Maybe try something really different, focused...

Maybe try something really different, focused almost entirely on power generation. If you have access to a spin bike, do some simulated Wingate sprints a few times a week. It doesn't get much...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 681
Posted By Dschmale

You guys are awesome. Thank you for the...

You guys are awesome. Thank you for the thoughtful responses. Replacing the tires and doing a final assembly on the bike tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted if it all goes horribly wrong.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 681
Posted By Dschmale

Learning to ride again - any advice?

Hello everyone. Super new here. At 35, I've still never owned or ridden a road bike. I'm coming from BMX and mountain bikes. The only gears I've used in years were grip-shifted. I recently went...
02-27-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 115,081
Posted By Dschmale

Yeah man, it's a crap-shoot. Good to hear you...

Yeah man, it's a crap-shoot. Good to hear you made it through. You'd probably get messed up good falling against a railing or something there; or worse yet, falling off. I've bombed a ton of those...
02-27-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 219
Views: 115,081
Posted By Dschmale

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Ready, set, go!


I commute until about 20...
02-26-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

Pictures! Here's my Beater that I crashed...

Pictures!
Here's my Beater that I crashed yesterday. It's a 90s TREK 930 single-track mountain bike that I put 26x1.95 road tires on, spray painted, sticker bombed and set-up. I love it for a...
Forum: Introductions
02-26-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Dschmale

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My first flatland bike. This thing was wicked....
Forum: Introductions
02-26-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Dschmale

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My last flatland rig. Recently sold :-(...
Forum: Introductions
02-25-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Dschmale

Thanks man. Yes, I've done my fair share of bike...

Thanks man. Yes, I've done my fair share of bike maintenance on my various mountain and BMX bikes so changing a tube is no big deal. I just don't want to do it to frequently, especially as i get...
02-25-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,265
Posted By Dschmale

Beautiful bike. The fenders compliments it...

Beautiful bike. The fenders compliments it nicely.
02-25-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 699
Posted By Dschmale

I figured there would be a considerable increase...

I figured there would be a considerable increase in diameter. I may just go as wide as I can in the rear (I carry a lot of gear when I commute) even if that means going over 28, and do what I can in...
02-25-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 699
Posted By Dschmale

Going up a few mm in tire... change in height?

I'm looking to step up from a 23 to a 28 tire. I imagine without going to a wider rim, there is likely to be some increase in overall tire diameter but will it be significant? I have enough lateral...
02-25-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

Holy hell did I have a morning. Got a hair up my...

Holy hell did I have a morning. Got a hair up my ass to ride my bike to work on my old mountain bike with 2” street tires. 11 miles on a bike that slows down down hills. Winds were crazy. Cold too. ...
02-24-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

Bought a cheap BikesDirect scratch and dent to...

Bought a cheap BikesDirect scratch and dent to try out a “proper” road bike. $250 bought me an aluminum frame, carbon fork, aero bars and a shamino 105 drivetrain - save for the Tiagra front...
02-24-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,584
Posted By Dschmale

Doug’s 2019 build and ride

Getting into the hobby via commuting and will document my progress here for anyone who’s interested. I’m in terrible shape right now so this should indeed be interesting, if not entertaining!

I...
Forum: Introductions
02-24-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Dschmale

I picked up a BikesDirect bike to see if the...

I picked up a BikesDirect bike to see if the commuting sticks. Got a tremendous deal on it. It’s a 2009 model Dawes 2300, from their scratch-and-dent, that I had an additional $50 credit applied to....
Forum: Introductions
02-23-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Dschmale

Oh yeah, I picked up a rack today for my truck. I...

Oh yeah, I picked up a rack today for my truck. I had been lugging my bikes around in my minivan in the past. My Xterra is lifted and has front and rear bumpers and a tire carrier. It’s too tall for...
Forum: Introductions
02-23-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Dschmale

Hello, commuter here

Hello everyone. I used to pride myself on my hilly, 4 mile commute that I traversed on a 24” steel BMX. It was fun and kept me in great shape. Now I work a deskier job further away, have gotten out...
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