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09-20-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 114
Posted By Ironfish653

Something to hide? Doubtful. He rode with a PM...

Something to hide? Doubtful. He rode with a PM for the first part of the stage, until he swapped bikes for the climb. He still had his radio, (unlike Lemond in 89) so he knew he'd been putting time...
09-19-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 541
Posted By Ironfish653

Totally makes sense. I claim no knowledge of UCI...

Totally makes sense. I claim no knowledge of UCI regs, but I know a thing or two about jigs and go/no-go gauges. That jives pretty well with what I saw.


In the clip, he’s measuring the...
09-19-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 541
Posted By Ironfish653

I caught a quick video clip from scrutinering I...

I caught a quick video clip from scrutinering I one of the highlight reels; A UCI inspector using some sort of gauge to measure the height of the tips of the extensions to the arm rests, and the...
09-19-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 6,511
Posted By Ironfish653

Why not? Neither of them was in GC contention,...

Why not? Neither of them was in GC contention, so it didn't make a difference to the overall race. These two are nominally domestiques, but with Bernal gone, there's no one to ride for but the...
09-17-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By Ironfish653

Cane Creek non-aero brake hoods are the ones for...

Cane Creek non-aero brake hoods are the ones for that Weinmann / Dia-Compe ‘red dot’ lever.
They are designed to fit over that little ferrule that sits on top of the lever housing, that’s what gives...
09-17-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By Ironfish653

Maybe something like the Sunseeker Eco-Delta...

Maybe something like the Sunseeker Eco-Delta would fit what you're looking for: it's a RANS-style semi recumbent (like sitting in a lawn chair) so you're still fairly upright, the controls and...
09-16-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 638
Posted By Ironfish653

The 'Traditonal' names came from a size...

The 'Traditonal' names came from a size designation based on the outside diameter of the wheel/tire. 700A, 700B, and 700C all measured (nominally) 700mm in diameter, with A being the widest tire,...
09-16-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 666
Posted By Ironfish653

And that is the shame of being a cyclist in the...

And that is the shame of being a cyclist in the US. bikes have been viewed as recreation, not transportation for the last half a century; Americans just like their cars too much.

There are very...
09-16-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 547
Posted By Ironfish653

I think, based on what I’ve observed here, and my...

I think, based on what I’ve observed here, and my own observations, is that most new cycling enthusiasts (as opposed to people who just own a bike) is how much the frame contributes, besides just as...
09-16-20, 06:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 293
Posted By Ironfish653

That IS an 820. Wouldn’t take much to lower the...

That IS an 820. Wouldn’t take much to lower the stem and put the bar-ends back where they’re supposed to go. And provided it’s solid, starting with a $40 bike leaves a lot of room in the build budget...
09-15-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By Ironfish653

The biggest things with trikes, is that they...

The biggest things with trikes, is that they don't lean when you go around a corner, which is pretty critical to keeping a two-wheel bike from flipping over when you go around a curve....
09-15-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 293
Posted By Ironfish653

Melvang I dont know where you are in Iowa, but...

Melvang I dont know where you are in Iowa, but this one came up on a quick spin of the CL wheel. https://iowacity.craigslist.org/bik/d/solon-trek-820-mountaintrack/7195958523.html
It's the right...
09-15-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 293
Posted By Ironfish653

Why 650? Why not 26" ? 650B is still not all...

Why 650? Why not 26" ? 650B is still not all that common outside the 'gravel' sector, and 650c (skinny) road tires are more or less obsolete.

I'd look for an 800-series TREK MTB, in a 15" frame...
09-14-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,746
Posted By Ironfish653

:50: There's always one...........

:50: There's always one...........
09-13-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,083
Posted By Ironfish653

Funny, I zeroed in on the 'Buell' sticker on the...

Funny, I zeroed in on the 'Buell' sticker on the swingarm before I read your caption. Recognized the 'pull-shock' suspension from the S-1/X-1 Sport bikes.
Very, very cool find!
09-13-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 666
Posted By Ironfish653

sha90 "Mamachari" is the Japanese version of the...

sha90 "Mamachari" is the Japanese version of the 'Dutch Bike' or city bike. Mainly different in that they tend to be small-wheel bikes, since in Asian urban environments, space is at even more of a...
09-13-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 365
Posted By Ironfish653

It'd be hard to get what you'd need for the...

It'd be hard to get what you'd need for the budget you've got laid out. To save the 3x8, you'd need to swap to a 'road' mechanical brake caliper, to go with the STI levers. To keep the hydros, youd...
09-13-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,746
Posted By Ironfish653

But if you’re talking about an OE wheelset on a...

But if you’re talking about an OE wheelset on a 7/8/9-sp era bike, like the OP we’re responding to, it’s more than likely NOT a 11-sp wheel.
I’d find it highly unlikely that a mid-range Y2K...
09-12-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 784
Posted By Ironfish653

Toeclips and retrogrouchyness. (which i guess are...

Toeclips and retrogrouchyness. (which i guess are the same thing) Because 1985 was the peak of bicycle technology, BMX is for punk kids who need to grow up, and those hippies riding their bikes down...
09-11-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,746
Posted By Ironfish653

Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Your bike...

Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Your bike already has a triple on it, so it can be made to climb pretty well. The easiest way to make your bike climb 'easier' is to swap out the rear cassette for...
09-11-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,746
Posted By Ironfish653

Ah, I see you've been introduced to the...

Ah, I see you've been introduced to the compatibility curve. In terms of Shimano (I don't use Campy or SRAM) the compatibility follows the number of 'speeds' in the cassette. If you have a 9-sp...
09-10-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,746
Posted By Ironfish653

While the idea of a clean-sheet build has a...

While the idea of a clean-sheet build has a certain 'I made it myself' appeal, unless you've got a really specific plan, or a couple key 'signature' components, we've seen a lot of first-time...
09-10-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By Ironfish653

IMHO, Kid's bikes are built with the same...

IMHO, Kid's bikes are built with the same components as adult bikes, including the tubing sets, so they're often a little over built, compared to a full-size bike.

The question for the OP, is why...
09-09-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 784
Posted By Ironfish653

For a budget upgrade, I like the plastic-bodied...

For a budget upgrade, I like the plastic-bodied BMX pedals like the Animal 'Hamilton' or Odyssey 'Twisted'
Light-ish, decent grip, and serviceable bearings. You can find them all day long for $20,...
09-08-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 815
Posted By Ironfish653

Elbeinlaw I see why your hitch guy might be a...

Elbeinlaw I see why your hitch guy might be a little gun-shy; that Airstream bumper is more of a 'roll pan' than the box-beam you find on the back of most travel trailers. It'd be a custom job, and...
09-08-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,314
Posted By Ironfish653

I think the advantage to Gear Inch is as a...

I think the advantage to Gear Inch is as a comparative value, for two reasons: One, it's a relatively simple number. Use one of the gear calc programs, and you get a table that's populated by 2-digit...
09-01-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 260
Posted By Ironfish653

Usually, bike racks aren’t offered on typical...

Usually, bike racks aren’t offered on typical rentals. Hertz says that a 4-bike carrier is available for certain vehicles, but you’d have to call them for the details.
If you have a good trunk-mount...
09-01-20, 01:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By Ironfish653

Continental Ultra Sport...

Continental Ultra Sport (https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1176210-continental-ultra-sport-ii-tires.html#post20989035). Performs way better than a $20 tire ought to. Great bang...
09-01-20, 12:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By Ironfish653

Everybody’s physiology is a little different, and...

Everybody’s physiology is a little different, and what works for most, may not work for some. Also, some people aren’t bothered by little changes, and for some, it causes great discomfort.

SPDs...
08-30-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 592
Posted By Ironfish653

MTBs went through a lot of evolution during the...

MTBs went through a lot of evolution during the 1990s, particularly with regard to suspension design, with everyone trying to find the ‘better mousetrap’ so there were a lot of evolutionary dead ends...
08-30-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 438
Posted By Ironfish653

Shimano 600 ‘Tricolor’ pegs it as early 1990s, so...

Shimano 600 ‘Tricolor’ pegs it as early 1990s, so the dawn of the internet. It wasn’t in the online catalog, because there wasn’t one yet. Those kinds of bikes weren’t exciting enough to get people...
08-30-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By Ironfish653

If you ride a lot of fast, loose surfaces you’d...

If you ride a lot of fast, loose surfaces you’d want a bigger tire for more float in the soft stuff, rather than digging in. But that really depends on where you ride, and how you ride, so I can’t...
08-30-20, 01:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,061
Posted By Ironfish653

Only if you make more than 0.33 Horsepower. ...

Only if you make more than 0.33 Horsepower.
You’re not a dragster. Unless you routinely spin out on your 25s, tires won’t have any effect on power transfer.
Same for braking; skids under braking...
08-30-20, 01:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 438
Posted By Ironfish653

There probably weren’t a whole lot of them sold...

There probably weren’t a whole lot of them sold to begin with. “House brand “ bikes like Novarra, Performance and Nashbar didn’t get the kind of market penetration of something like TREK or...
08-29-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 678
Posted By Ironfish653

7/8/9-speed spans roughly from the early 1990s to...

7/8/9-speed spans roughly from the early 1990s to the late 2000’s, when the ‘flagship’ groups like 105 and XT progressed from 7 to 9 speeds. Bikes from this era have ‘modern’ features like full...
08-27-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 678
Posted By Ironfish653

Well, since you want to build an ‘upright’ townie...

Well, since you want to build an ‘upright’ townie / path -bike; you’ve at least got some idea of where you want to end up.

When you’re doing this kind of a mod/build, try to look for a bike that’s...
08-18-20, 12:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By Ironfish653

What you’re asking for isn’t really that...

What you’re asking for isn’t really that difficult. Once you get the handlebars figured out (25.6mm MTB ‘riser’ bars would work well) you’ll need a set of 3x8 MTB shifters. 8-speed is pretty...
08-17-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 572
Posted By Ironfish653

I’m pretty solidly Gen-X, the phone and the...

I’m pretty solidly Gen-X, the phone and the sports watch are on me all the time, bike or not.
I also wear a RoadID, so the wallet doesn’t usually come along, unless there’s going to be a lunch stop...
08-02-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 462
Posted By Ironfish653

Been setting up a lot of 20” kids’ bikes this...

Been setting up a lot of 20” kids’ bikes this summer, both for my kiddos and their friends.
Most of them have cup-and-cone headsets and hubs that can easily get out of adjustment, given the typical...
07-24-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By Ironfish653

Hard to tell if that's a mod, or a 'factory'...

Hard to tell if that's a mod, or a 'factory' adapter. It's an old Rocky Mounts (https://rockymounts.com/collections/racks-and-accessories) carrier, though. IIRC, Rocky Mounts were the first ones to...
07-24-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,645
Posted By Ironfish653

Very few bikes are designed so that you can put...

Very few bikes are designed so that you can put you foot down, without getting off the saddle. This is a concern that is voiced by a lot of new riders, but the truth is that you set up a bike for...
07-21-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By Ironfish653

The cantilever rear dropouts were the weak link...

The cantilever rear dropouts were the weak link of the early frames (the 2.8 appeared in the late 80's) but by 1994 Cannondale was hitting the peak of their powers, so I wouldn't be concerned with a...
07-15-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,449
Posted By Ironfish653

My biggest beef with the mast-type racks is that...

My biggest beef with the mast-type racks is that they're designed around adult-sized, level-top-tube 'Diamond Frame' bikes. Small (kid's) bikes, 'ladies' frames, or unusual frame shapes, like many...
07-14-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 321
Posted By Ironfish653

Pedals typically are sold in pairs; being that...

Pedals typically are sold in pairs; being that the right pedal is left-hand threaded. Most pedals you will find are 9/16” size; that’s pretty much the standard. Some kids bikes and very, very...
07-12-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,914
Posted By Ironfish653

That's the liberating part about being a Dirty...

That's the liberating part about being a Dirty Heathen; No orthodoxy to subscribe to.



My steel road bike IS my carbon bike :D Better?
...
07-10-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,914
Posted By Ironfish653

Nope, not lugged. Or welded. Not even steel. I...

Nope, not lugged. Or welded. Not even steel.
I told you I was a heretic. :innocent:
07-10-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,914
Posted By Ironfish653

Thanks :thumb:it was intended as a...

Thanks :thumb:it was intended as a tongue-in-cheek post; I’m on vacation and brought this one with me, I was riding what appeared on the map to be a nice wide gravel MUP, that, after a few miles, got...
07-09-20, 01:04 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,914
Posted By Ironfish653

Trying hard? Lighten up, Francis. About 90% of...

Trying hard? Lighten up, Francis. About 90% of that bike below the headset is OE.
07-08-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,914
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, it is: a Suntour V-GT. Shimano levers,...

Yes, it is: a Suntour V-GT. Shimano levers, though. And a mini pump behind the water bottle mount. I’m a heretic that way.
07-08-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,914
Posted By Ironfish653

Not to worry; my Strava was running. I only...

Not to worry; my Strava was running. I only stopped long enough to take a picture and kept going.

I have my bike with me on vacation, so I went for a ride on an MUP, that, after a couple water...
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