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Forum: Foo
09-25-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 69
Posted By Darth Lefty

The fact is, every single thing up there is a...

The fact is, every single thing up there is a highly engineered part. The toilet is no different, it's just more fun for the press to cast stones at than, say, rocket engines... which are just pumps,...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By Darth Lefty

My first reaction was negative, but not about the...

My first reaction was negative, but not about the price. The price isn't out of line for the market. (Compare to Specialized Turbo Vado.)

What I didn't like:
no obvious way to carry luggage -...
09-24-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By Darth Lefty

You are correct, I miswrote ...

You are correct, I miswrote
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Forum: Commuting
09-24-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 485
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'm looking through this thread and the only...

I'm looking through this thread and the only thing I'm seeing you can't already buy is clipless Uggs for Archwhorides
09-23-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By Darth Lefty

I hope not. Water would be bad. Joking...

I hope not. Water would be bad.

Joking aside... Yes any air in the system would migrate to the high point. In normal orientation the high point is the caliper lever. Any air is supposed to migrate...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 470
Posted By Darth Lefty

In history times, people used to ride things...

In history times, people used to ride things called horses, which are like e-bikes but made of meat, to fancy dress parties all the time. Will there be a servant there when you arrive to take your...
09-23-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 146
Posted By Darth Lefty

I guess you'll have to mope around til your moped...

I guess you'll have to mope around til your moped comes in
09-22-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 715
Posted By Darth Lefty

In the 90’s, just like everything else. Everyone...

In the 90’s, just like everything else. Everyone was so worried about jobs going to Mexico they didn’t notice them going to China
09-22-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 203
Posted By Darth Lefty

Both of those bikes are extremely adequate

Both of those bikes are extremely adequate
09-22-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 686
Posted By Darth Lefty

Sorry I missed you in Folsom. Glad you are...

Sorry I missed you in Folsom. Glad you are enjoying your stay in California’s elbow. The Johnny cash trail is a funny story. When I first came here the city Council hated that all anyone knew about...
Forum: Commuting
09-22-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 470
Posted By Darth Lefty

You know the part in Nutcracker where Herr...

You know the part in Nutcracker where Herr Drosselmeyer arrives?
09-22-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 379
Posted By Darth Lefty

So the labels look right for photos

So the labels look right for photos
09-20-20, 01:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By Darth Lefty

I’m pretty happy with 1x11 on my budget trail...

I’m pretty happy with 1x11 on my budget trail bike. I don’t think I’ll upgrade the drivetrain on the bike I’ve got. I’d rather shop for a better fork. But when it comes time to get a new bike I’ll...
09-19-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By Darth Lefty

Yeah, too ambitious. A few years ago before the...

Yeah, too ambitious. A few years ago before the cheaper 1x RD's came about, these were going on some 1x10 bikes with the Sunrace 40t in the rear. Thought I'd try it...
09-19-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By Darth Lefty

A bridge too far for 1x with X5

I was setting up a budget 1x system and screwing down this B screw to clear a 42T when it wandered off the stop. The side force bent the boss in the knuckle, and removing it with the side load...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 24,744
Posted By Darth Lefty

There was a down tree on my ride today too....

There was a down tree on my ride today too. Nothing to do with the paving; we just have a lot of weak half-dead trees in the SRA from a decade of mostly drought. They haven't rotted much due to the...
09-18-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,788
Posted By Darth Lefty

Aw, man! ...

Aw, man!


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Forum: Commuting
09-18-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 24,744
Posted By Darth Lefty

It’s my day off, but part of my ride was along my...

It’s my day off, but part of my ride was along my commuting path. The bike trail improvements continue. In a few places they have torn it out and repaved it, others are like this with a fresh coat of...
09-17-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 414
Posted By Darth Lefty

I hate you. ...I mean, cool find!

I hate you.

...I mean, cool find!
09-16-20, 11:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By Darth Lefty

If only they’d do it my way I wouldn’t get to...

If only they’d do it my way I wouldn’t get to explain about obscure French and British and Schwinn sizes, while failing to mention that American standard wheels are the tire size minus four inches...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 24,744
Posted By Darth Lefty

I did a round trip today. The bike trail is being...

I did a round trip today. The bike trail is being repaved, and it’s closed. I ignored the signs, but came up on the crew. One of them had dropped a Weedwhacker a little ways up trail, and I told him...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,102
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'd like to say yes but it would be fatuous. In...

I'd like to say yes but it would be fatuous. In order to claim it you'd need it to be only a part of a minimalist lifestyle. I'm squarely a suburbanite.
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1,337
Views: 168,318
Posted By Darth Lefty

Two finds today. First I stopped to pick up a...

Two finds today. First I stopped to pick up a socket but it was some kind of refrigerant fitting. Next I found an entire weed whacker... the owners were a quarter mile ahead working on the MUP and I...
09-16-20, 12:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 731
Posted By Darth Lefty

Some of us are nerds but you don’t need to be....

Some of us are nerds but you don’t need to be. This happens to be what I’m learning more about right now so I’m eager to natter about it. I feel like there’s a lot of ill will about cheap suspension...
09-15-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 731
Posted By Darth Lefty

Yes, but not at this price. The lockout feature...

Yes, but not at this price. The lockout feature on inexpensive Suntour forks might or might not provide any damping - the HLO on the Marlin 6 does not (per Suntour's "cartridge function chart" on...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 541
Posted By Darth Lefty

Must be nice. The weather here seems to have...

Must be nice. The weather here seems to have started to cool down but we're not really going outside much.
09-15-20, 01:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By Darth Lefty

In the USA people use “bear bells” but they’re...

In the USA people use “bear bells” but they’re really for warning hikers and horseback riders TBH. Essentially like sleigh bells but more cowbell shaped. A local bike club worked with a kid to make...
09-15-20, 12:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 814
Posted By Darth Lefty

There a guy who’d come through here from time to...

There a guy who’d come through here from time to time and post photos of mamacharis from the Philippines. A bit different than the ones in this thread. They had 20 inch front wheels and Stingray...
09-14-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 274
Posted By Darth Lefty

If you decide you want to keep at it and can...

If you decide you want to keep at it and can spend a little, see Dirty Sixer mountain bikes and KHS Flite 747 road bikes.
09-14-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 731
Posted By Darth Lefty

They do. You’re fine. He’s saying he thinks your...

They do. You’re fine. He’s saying he thinks your budget is too low. A Procaliber or Stache really is better than an X-Caliber / Roscoe which really is better than a Marlin. But the Marlin is ok to...
09-14-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By Darth Lefty

There is a third event, Big Air. It's a single...

There is a third event, Big Air. It's a single jump for the biggest and best trick. I can't find a highlights video, so here's a recorded livestream.
...
09-13-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,562
Posted By Darth Lefty

I thought for a moment to quiz him about the...

I thought for a moment to quiz him about the "antique" mountain bikes remark, but you know, whatever he wants. Bikes are pretty much all 19th century devices with steady improvements in materials.
09-13-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,562
Posted By Darth Lefty

Right!

Right!
09-13-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By Darth Lefty

Like any trick sport, ski, skate, or BMX versions...

Like any trick sport, ski, skate, or BMX versions included, it's judged on difficulty and precision. I don't think there's a formal points system per trick like there is in figure skating. From...
09-13-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By Darth Lefty

The drone camerawork is pretty incredible too, if...

The drone camerawork is pretty incredible too, if you enjoy appreciating that sort of thing. Watch it chase them through the deeply banked corner in the slopestyle course...
09-13-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By Darth Lefty

Audi Nines 2020 (slopestyle and freeride)

BikeForums is pretty road-bike focused but I thought I'd start a thread if anyone wants to ooh and ahh over the big sends at the Audi Nines 2020, a slopestyle and freeride event that happened last...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By Darth Lefty

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existential_crisis#H...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existential_crisis#Handling
Forum: Foo
09-12-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,244
Posted By Darth Lefty

^^^ That's kind of how the national guard works,...

^^^ That's kind of how the national guard works, you know... but the fact they're named Chinook is indeed a bitter irony
Forum: Foo
09-12-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,539
Posted By Darth Lefty

ooga-booga I grew up on the west side of the...

ooga-booga I grew up on the west side of the country, so perhaps I'm spoiled. I grew up in Phoenix, my mom's dad lived in Cortez, and my dad was an avid backpacker, so we went all over AZ & CO.
Forum: Foo
09-12-20, 12:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,195
Posted By Darth Lefty

Drunks go to parties! That 13 steps cracked...

Drunks go to parties!

That 13 steps cracked me up. Donuts work in a non-beer environment.

Three 805’s and a Manhattan, today. More than usual. Something must be bugging me
Forum: Foo
09-11-20, 11:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,244
Posted By Darth Lefty

All clear here in the elbow. Well, smoky. We...

All clear here in the elbow. Well, smoky.

We had a scare a few months ago with a fire that started down by Keifer landfill and burned a few miles to the back of Prairie City OHV. But the same...
09-11-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 825
Posted By Darth Lefty

So when did bottle cage bosses at 2.5" become a...

So when did bottle cage bosses at 2.5" become a standard?
Forum: Foo
09-10-20, 11:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,348
Posted By Darth Lefty

I taught this one to my kid: one, two, skip a...

I taught this one to my kid: one, two, skip a few, 99,100
Forum: Foo
09-10-20, 11:37 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,539
Posted By Darth Lefty

kevmk81 I'm kind of surprised you’re looking all...

kevmk81 I'm kind of surprised you’re looking all the way to Denver. That’s a hell of a drive in one day and half the country is closer than that. Isn’t the traditional Chicago family vacation to head...
Forum: Foo
09-10-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,539
Posted By Darth Lefty

My last backpacking was about 15 years ago,...

My last backpacking was about 15 years ago, before my heart diagnosis. Once that fledged, I figured my hikes were over. I had a surgery 18mo ago that really improved my heart but screwed up my...
Forum: Foo
09-10-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,195
Posted By Darth Lefty

“You’d better be prepared for the jump into...

“You’d better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It’s unpleasantly like being drunk.”

“What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?”

“You ask a glass of water.”
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,899
Posted By Darth Lefty

^^^ I thought those had solid tires.

^^^ I thought those had solid tires.
09-10-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 825
Posted By Darth Lefty

Can I ask the question a different way? In the...

Can I ask the question a different way? In the 70s they were out of fashion. Why? My Dad’s Paramount has no shifter or bottle bosses, but it does have cable stops. In the 80s they went whole hog,...
09-10-20, 12:07 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 4,599
Posted By Darth Lefty

Nope. In the thick of it here in California’s...

Nope. In the thick of it here in California’s elbow
09-10-20, 12:06 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,432
Posted By Darth Lefty

Oldies but goodies ...

Oldies but goodies

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7pg8cVSM4M_PEltGHI6oIccFpZxVazBa
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