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10-26-10, 11:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By mlh122

yeah it's a pretty cheap bike so I'm sure it's a...

yeah it's a pretty cheap bike so I'm sure it's a manufactured wheel. I like the ideas about the sandpaper and the washers, what size of washers should I get, I could go measure the thickness of the...
10-25-10, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By mlh122

Moving from bolt-on wheel to quick release?

i've been helping my dad fix up an old bike. it had a bolt-on rear wheel but the front is quick-release. his rear wheel had a busted spoke and someone rode it for a long time with the broken spoke...
04-22-10, 05:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
Posted By mlh122

maybe i underestimate physics or something but...

maybe i underestimate physics or something but you must really be nailing those turns if that sound is tire screeching on pavement. have you tried different surfaces? ie the sound should be different...
04-22-10, 05:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,627
Posted By mlh122

I've heard that BD is mostly good with a few...

I've heard that BD is mostly good with a few horrible experiences here and there. I prefer to buy bikes either at my favorite LBS (which is quite a drive, as my closest one is more BS than bike...
04-22-10, 04:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 884
Posted By mlh122

edit: sorry for the big rant, if you don't want...

edit: sorry for the big rant, if you don't want to read all of the below, i can summarize with this: "avoid department stores, their bikes tend to be of such low quality they can be unsafe, get an...
04-22-10, 01:21 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,242
Posted By mlh122

I'd like to put in a vote for mountain bikes....

I'd like to put in a vote for mountain bikes. When I ride my road bike it is definitely faster and smoother, but if i accidentally hit a pothole or a rock or something it can really throw off my...
08-06-09, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,238
Posted By mlh122

I was in the same boat, I only have 1 bike, so it...

I was in the same boat, I only have 1 bike, so it sorta needs to do everything. I have a Trek 4500 so it came with some super knobby tires, great on dirt but pretty bad on concrete. So i swapped them...
08-06-09, 05:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,354
Posted By mlh122

Maybe I measured my inseam wrong, but I'm 5'10.5"...

Maybe I measured my inseam wrong, but I'm 5'10.5" with a 34" inseam, my LBS was really convinced i needed a 21" MTB frame. At the time i had a 17" frame which felt way too small even with a setback...
08-06-09, 05:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,741
Posted By mlh122

I've had some major issues with the flat plastic...

I've had some major issues with the flat plastic platforms. the ones with no tread on them. those combined with casual shoes that also have little to no tread. especially if i go through a puddle or...
08-06-09, 05:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,273
Posted By mlh122

I take my chances regarding bike theft, I have a...

I take my chances regarding bike theft, I have a good lock and I try to lock as many removable components depending on what i'm locking to. So far I refuse to do the uglify thing. It's like "i bought...
08-06-09, 04:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 757
Posted By mlh122

I think i'd shop around, for $175 you might be...

I think i'd shop around, for $175 you might be able to get a nice new Fuji or Schwinn (from a bike shop not walmart..), last year my wife got a brand new Trek 3700 with a warranty and a front shock,...
11-13-07, 09:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 632
Posted By mlh122

PDX: Special Report: Who's to blame - drivers or cyclists?

Portland, OR. KATU news did an article and video on how blame is distributed in bike vs. car accidents.

http://www.katu.com/news/11219826.html
Forum: Foo
10-20-07, 11:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 770
Posted By mlh122

It depends on who you're dealing with. If it's...

It depends on who you're dealing with. If it's someone that you'll get annoyed with if you spend another 15 minutes with afterwards, then booty call. If its a take-home-to-mom,...
Forum: Foo
10-20-07, 10:47 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,873
Posted By mlh122

My wife is a mechanic and says Snap-On tools are...

My wife is a mechanic and says Snap-On tools are high quality, but not without equal, and they cost a LOT more than tools of similar quality by other brands. The thing is when a tool has just broken...
10-20-07, 10:34 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 40,817
Posted By mlh122

Performance Bike Shop Portland, Or: friendly...

Performance Bike Shop Portland, Or: friendly staff, not very technical though, 1 mechanic on staff who is very busy, good prices, occaisionally great prices, and staff are nice and try hard to help....
09-15-07, 11:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 637
Posted By mlh122

i have a "mudflap" which blocks a lot of the...

i have a "mudflap" which blocks a lot of the rocks. It doesn't block as much as my Avenir front fender did, but the Avenir broke off when I cased a small jump. the mudflap won't break off. you could...
Forum: Foo
09-15-07, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 349
Posted By mlh122

wireless mice that take batteries tend to eat...

wireless mice that take batteries tend to eat them up fast. I like the wireless mice that sit on (or rest next to) a cradle that recharges them when not in use. or at least get 2 sets of rechargable...
Forum: Foo
09-14-07, 08:01 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,190
Posted By mlh122

I wouldn't be able to deal with it if I caught it...

I wouldn't be able to deal with it if I caught it being stolen. I've accidentally taken other people's lunches before, because a lot of people reuse the same safeway or winco grocery bags, but one's...
Forum: Foo
09-13-07, 08:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,190
Posted By mlh122

I've had my lunch stolen before, but this time it...

I've had my lunch stolen before, but this time it was my only food for the day. I had no cash on me for the vending machines, my co workers also didn't have cash to loan me (we all have direct...
Forum: Foo
09-13-07, 04:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,190
Posted By mlh122

Stolen lunch, 12 hour shift :(

frraack i'm on a 12 hour shift (corporate office environment) and I go to the communal refrigerator to obtain my skillfully crafted foodstuffs and wha?! all my lunch/snacks is gone! :mad: been here...
09-12-07, 07:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 880
Posted By mlh122

I think its more "how" you ride and not "what"...

I think its more "how" you ride and not "what" you ride. I had a bike with Acera/Acera drivetrain and I took so/so care of it, and rode easy/medium XC trails, and a lot of road on it. It worked fine,...
Forum: Foo
09-10-07, 10:56 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,752
Posted By mlh122

I started being a computer nerd in typing class...

I started being a computer nerd in typing class in 7th grade, where it said "type the paragraph 5 times" then i learned about copy and paste :p so i would type the first paragraph perfeclty, and...
Forum: Foo
09-07-07, 04:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 765
Posted By mlh122

oh i had another buyer, that left me a negative...

oh i had another buyer, that left me a negative feedback THE SAME DAY that the auction ended.

my listing said "i ship same day as the payment is received". I emailed him saying wtf? he said "you...
Forum: Foo
09-07-07, 04:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 765
Posted By mlh122

2 things: 1) if he hasn't bid on your item...

2 things:

1) if he hasn't bid on your item yet then secretly put him on your "not allowed to bid" list, then just don't worry about it, unless he has a friend bid on it for him :rolleyes: if he...
08-30-07, 01:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,317
Posted By mlh122

good point, would also help in wrecks though hehe.

good point, would also help in wrecks though hehe.
Forum: Foo
08-30-07, 01:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 936
Posted By mlh122

sleep aids would be best to go to sleep right...

sleep aids would be best to go to sleep right now. i get up at 4am every day so it sucks at 8 to 11pm when i should be asleep but can't. sleeping pills/benadryl work well but if you need something...
08-30-07, 12:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,166
Posted By mlh122

+1 just build another bike out of the spare...

+1 just build another bike out of the spare parts, that way you don't have a box of parts that aren't being used. Enough parts to make a bike might as well be a bike and an unridden bike is like a...
08-30-07, 12:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,317
Posted By mlh122

A motorbiker at my work has one of those jackets...

A motorbiker at my work has one of those jackets with titanium plates all through the back/chest/arms... if they make a breatheable one I think it would sell well in the commuter stores.

edit:...
08-30-07, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By mlh122

You can find the spring, maybe try all your LBSs...

You can find the spring, maybe try all your LBSs or a local bike collective if you have one. Actually at a local bike collective you might be able to find a cheap replacement entire Der. for $4. if...
08-29-07, 05:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 408
Posted By mlh122

Well, both... just coasting it will emit 1 click...

Well, both... just coasting it will emit 1 click per rev. from the rear hub area pretty reliably. When pedaling I would get 2 or 3 louder clicks from the BB area, as well as feel them in the left...
08-29-07, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 635
Posted By mlh122

Attacked cyclist wants more security on trail

This trail goes through many very very bad neighborhoods. often times bordered by a 8ft concrete wall on oneside and a tall fence on the other. It's prime mugging area. I doubt they'll put any...
08-29-07, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 555
Posted By mlh122

I started learning for the same reason. I brought...

I started learning for the same reason. I brought my bike in to the LBS for my free maintenance, the shifting had gone a little off and needed some fine tuning, well they held it for a week, then i...
08-29-07, 09:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 408
Posted By mlh122

Freehub roughness?

I had some bearing issues (Shimano FH-M475 rear hub) so i tore it down to repack (turns out the driveside race was dry!) but while i had it apart, all the bearings out, i spun the wheel while holding...
08-29-07, 08:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,447
Posted By mlh122

i got rid of my kickstand because 1) it made...

i got rid of my kickstand because
1) it made an annoying boioioioiinggg noise every time i hit something. and
2) i went off a smallish jump (~1foot?) and the kickstand popped down and i didn't...
08-26-07, 01:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By mlh122

E-Type BB and F.Der to Regular BB and F.Der?

I have a creaky sealed 73 / 110.5 E-Type BB that I'd like to replace. I'm having trouble finding a 73 / 110.5 E-type BB. I don't like the E-type F. Derailler either. I have found 73/110.5 regular...
08-23-07, 12:00 PM
Replies: 1,643
Views: 149,187
Posted By mlh122

Stephen King: "The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass" ...

Stephen King: "The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass"

Brian "Head" Welch: "Save Me From Myself"
08-14-07, 08:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,168
Posted By mlh122

We bought a 16" Kona Smoke at Bike Gallery in...

We bought a 16" Kona Smoke at Bike Gallery in portland. its awesome for commuting. I've taken it on a few easy dirt trails and it does well on those too.
08-14-07, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 558
Posted By mlh122

there's a few ways to try saddles. 1) just...

there's a few ways to try saddles.

1) just start buying saddles and trying them, expensive and can be slow.
2) buy a few different saddles at once, keep one, return the others (or sell them on...
08-08-07, 07:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,161
Posted By mlh122

well you don't "need" gears as many people go...

well you don't "need" gears as many people go singlespeed, and the singlespeeders don't "need" freewheels as many people go fixed gear, and fixed gear riders don't "need" brakes as the fixed gear...
08-02-07, 02:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,434
Posted By mlh122

Trek 4500 5 yrs? $460 + about $300 in...

Trek 4500
5 yrs?
$460 + about $300 in upgrades over time
Blue
Married
Pacific Northwest
...

Please take my noob knowledge for what it's worth. But it's my understanding that brands make a...
08-02-07, 09:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,411
Posted By mlh122

yep if "problem" = minor inconvenience, then I...

yep if "problem" = minor inconvenience, then I think bikers by far cause more "problems" just by delaying a driver 5 seconds to slow down and go around. But if "problem" = injuries, deaths, $$$ in...
08-02-07, 08:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,411
Posted By mlh122

Who causes more problems? News Poll

KATU News in Portland, Oregon held a poll asking "Who causes more problems on the road, motorists, or cyclists?" and receiving a lot of responses:

http://www.katu.com/news/8769412.html
Forum: Foo
08-02-07, 08:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,166
Posted By mlh122

Even worse are the people that don't flush. i was...

Even worse are the people that don't flush. i was in the restroom standing 2 urinals away from another guy, and a third guy was in one of the stalls finishing up a particularly noisy issue. Then guy...
08-01-07, 03:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,997
Posted By mlh122

I was disappointed by a 3700 too. It was almost...

I was disappointed by a 3700 too. It was almost as bad as my walmart bike :(

I ride my 4500 twice as hard as i rode the 3700 and it's holding up fine, no problemo :beer:

it's also lighter,...
Forum: Foo
07-30-07, 07:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 867
Posted By mlh122

at least they were walmart bikes. If you were...

at least they were walmart bikes. If you were working for a Trek or Specialized dealer and being told to destroy bikes that just need a seatpost or a cable, it would be much more of a tragedy. Can...
Forum: Foo
07-30-07, 07:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By mlh122

IMO, the new linuxes are pretty easy. if your...

IMO, the new linuxes are pretty easy. if your computer hardware doesn't have anything really wierd going on, then installing it and getting linux up and running and surfing the net, checking email,...
07-26-07, 03:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By mlh122

I've never built one but I've taken off/put back...

I've never built one but I've taken off/put back on/adjusted almost all the parts on a few different bikes. I don't think it would be too tough. I've heard for starting out you can save some money on...
07-24-07, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 591
Posted By mlh122

I've never not been able to ride anything because...

I've never not been able to ride anything because I didn't have a full suspension. Anything I can ride on FS i could ride on HT, just more painfully :eek:nutz!:eek:

for me, FS isn't worth the...
07-24-07, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 744
Posted By mlh122

The frame looks decent, the fork and deraillers...

The frame looks decent, the fork and deraillers are not great but should hold up to light/medium punishment. I'm not a fan of Tektro discs, and dunno anything about the rear shock. I say take the...
07-24-07, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By mlh122

I remember the case and the guy, I hope he lost....

I remember the case and the guy, I hope he lost. Correction, I hope he incurred massive amounts of legal fees, then lost.
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