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12-06-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,522
Posted By Happy Feet

Front brake. No real need for a rear as your legs...

Front brake. No real need for a rear as your legs do that.
A front brake is a reasonable addition in three situations.

1. When you need to stop faster than the legs can allow.
2. Need to slow...
12-04-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 3,101
Posted By Happy Feet

Uh... Someone who talks about being trained...

Uh... Someone who talks about being trained specifically for a situation expecting people who haven't to react as if they did.. What could go wrong?

Contextually, the only correct part in that is...
12-02-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,286
Posted By Happy Feet

My choice, Broccoli, was not one of the poll...

My choice, Broccoli, was not one of the poll options.
12-02-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,522
Posted By Happy Feet

Interesting. I was going to comment that I don't...

Interesting. I was going to comment that I don't find FG creates better cadence/technique in itself. There's nothing magical about it.

What it does is immediately inform the rider of poor...
12-02-21, 01:06 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,522
Posted By Happy Feet

Those other examples of efficiency relate to real...

Those other examples of efficiency relate to real world conditions. Trying to create a narrow set of parameters as you suggest, fixed cadence, energy, terrain etc... becomes somewhat abstract.

But...
12-01-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,522
Posted By Happy Feet

And I would say, anticipate not being very good...

And I would say, anticipate not being very good to start. Things like the lack of ability to coast, pedal position when starting off etc... is something one needs to get used to, especially if one...
12-01-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,522
Posted By Happy Feet

I would also say there is a difference between...

I would also say there is a difference between freewheeling and FG downhill. If the hill is moderate you can let the cranks spin for you, as Phil describes, and ride out the acceleration. But, as...
11-30-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,522
Posted By Happy Feet

I think we are basically saying the same things...

I think we are basically saying the same things in different ways.

FG is "harder" because of two reasons, one of which is shared with SS and one that is not.

The shared difficulty is one gear....
11-30-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,522
Posted By Happy Feet

Interesting question. Do we see efficiency as the...

Interesting question. Do we see efficiency as the ability to go faster/further over a set period time or to go the same distance with less effort. The goals in racing and recreational riding being...
11-30-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 364
Posted By Happy Feet

Thanks for the link. I was just in Old Montreal...

Thanks for the link.
I was just in Old Montreal and the university district for a week in Nov and checked out a lot of bikes in the city.
A pretty good scene going on there :)
11-29-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,522
Posted By Happy Feet

If we consider efficient to be defined as...

If we consider efficient to be defined as performing work with the least amount of effort, then I would have to say FG is not more efficient than a freewheel, SS or geared.

Over any length of...
11-28-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By Happy Feet

Why not look at what other riders in your area...

Why not look at what other riders in your area are using. That would be far less expensive than trying a number of random pedals in hopes of finding something that works. If they can do it you can...
Forum: Touring
11-27-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 935
Posted By Happy Feet

First.. time. I'm still in the traditional work...

First.. time. I'm still in the traditional work paradigm wherein I get a set number of holidays each year. These I divide into 1-4 week clumps and from there look at what trips will fit into the time...
Forum: Touring
11-24-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,079
Posted By Happy Feet

I would like to see the design idea too. ...

I would like to see the design idea too.

Someone mentioned using the bike as a pole. I did this (sort of) one trip as an experiment.

I used a cheap Canadian Tire 2 man tent ($29) and an A frame...
11-23-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Happy Feet

No... lots of plant based foods can be eaten raw....

No... lots of plant based foods can be eaten raw. Just think about salad.

Some foods though, are hard to digest raw, like grains, but many people (not me) sprout them instead of cooking.
Forum: Touring
11-23-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,787
Posted By Happy Feet

Thanks for that reply TiM, I have to think about...

Thanks for that reply TiM, I have to think about what you wrote for a bit.

Off the top though, if we use the 1.9 ratio as a limit, what would the best combination be to allow the climbing of steep...
Forum: Touring
11-23-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 407
Posted By Happy Feet

Clear Gorilla tape. ...

Clear Gorilla tape.

https://www.gorillatough.com/product/crystal-clear-gorilla-tape/
11-22-21, 05:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Happy Feet

I've been vegetarian (eat eggs and cheese) for 20...

I've been vegetarian (eat eggs and cheese) for 20 years now and participate in a number of outdoor endurance activities. There is no "need" for meat to create performance.

All of the major fast,...
Forum: Touring
11-22-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,787
Posted By Happy Feet

From the looks of it they were designing an air...

From the looks of it they were designing an air brake system for bikes. I wonder if they could have imagined current hydraulic brakes and electronic shifting.
Forum: Touring
11-22-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,787
Posted By Happy Feet

The goal would be a loaded touring bike based on...

The goal would be a loaded touring bike based on a converted rigid mtb I already have. Steel frame, easy to cold set. As it is I have what I want in terms of bikes for regular road touring and off...
Forum: Touring
11-21-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,787
Posted By Happy Feet

Not as complex but I have wanted to make a...

Not as complex but I have wanted to make a project bike with an IGH drive and a front derailer for a while now.

Rohloffs are nice but quite pricey. Instead, I could see a SA hub mated to a double...
11-21-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,303
Posted By Happy Feet

says probably every future Darwin award winner...

says probably every future Darwin award winner...
11-19-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,416
Posted By Happy Feet

I ride mtb with flats and road predominantly...

I ride mtb with flats and road predominantly clipless. No problems with either.

Of course you need to improve technique but equipment wise I would say make sure your flats have pins or some other...
11-19-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 3,623
Posted By Happy Feet

I don't know how many is "too many" but I have...

I don't know how many is "too many" but I have determined that two is the minimum required for mountain biking, if, as you say, I want to ride both up and down the hills.
...
11-17-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,303
Posted By Happy Feet

I do something similar when wanting maximum...

I do something similar when wanting maximum visibility on tour at night.

One steady white out front for seeing, another white strobe pointed down at the ground. This creates a pool of light on the...
11-17-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 3,549
Posted By Happy Feet

Marketing only works if you buy into it. I...

Marketing only works if you buy into it.

I don't acknowledge the bicycle industry as an authority on which bikes I ought to own. It just produces the products I have chosen to buy.
11-15-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,268
Posted By Happy Feet

Another less direct reason to choose FG might be...

Another less direct reason to choose FG might be if thinning a stable of bikes to just those that add variety and don't duplicate. I keep trying to do that (hah hah!) with little success but still......
Forum: Fatbikes
11-14-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 677
Posted By Happy Feet

Most has been covered already. Always note the...

Most has been covered already. Always note the tire to tube position when removing from rim so you can look at the specific tire area when you find the leak in the tube.

If you do that, sometimes...
Forum: Touring
11-13-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,291
Posted By Happy Feet

Well.. I can see why saddlesores needed to take a...

Well.. I can see why saddlesores needed to take a break from banging his head against the wall.

Part of the reason you may think people hold such polarized positions is that engaging in...
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,291
Posted By Happy Feet

Nobody misses your point. You have argued...

Nobody misses your point. You have argued consistently throughout this thread that it is harder than most people think to weld steel bicycles and others have said it's more common than you would...
Forum: Touring
11-10-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,291
Posted By Happy Feet

The thing that makes me chuckle about the fear of...

The thing that makes me chuckle about the fear of welding steel frames is the plethora of aftermarket steel fabrication involving bike frames that have been welded in various forms and configurations...
Forum: Touring
11-01-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 850
Posted By Happy Feet

I can wear my waterproof overboots on flat pedals...

I can wear my waterproof overboots on flat pedals sometimes but not with pins. These are Shimano S1000R H20s overboots on Pearl Izumi touring shoes that have both clips and a tread for walking.
...
10-27-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,268
Posted By Happy Feet

I ride all three methods described: Geared, SS,...

I ride all three methods described: Geared, SS, FG. Each has it's place.

FG is not for everyone but then again, neither s cycling.

One error in thinking that FG is too hard or dangerous to...
Forum: Touring
10-25-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,257
Posted By Happy Feet

Good discussion. I have a Velo Orange...

Good discussion.

I have a Velo Orange touring saddle, very similar to the Brooks Flyer (a knock off I think) and it is comfortable for what we would used to call 10 speed type riding (aero). I...
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,365
Posted By Happy Feet

Yep. If someone wants to talk about what they...

Yep.
If someone wants to talk about what they prefer in bikes that's all well and good.
Start a positive thread about your bike choices and talk about all the reasons for them.
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,365
Posted By Happy Feet

fify

fify
Forum: Touring
10-16-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 755
Posted By Happy Feet

I believe this is the situation you are...

I believe this is the situation you are describing. I just run a longer strap to the seat tube and it is very stable that way.

https://live.staticflickr.com/865/41323846922_20d8293ca0_b.jpg...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,254
Posted By Happy Feet

Ok. From the post I thought you were referring to...

Ok. From the post I thought you were referring to something someone said here.

Other than "don't use a crappy one" I have no strong feelings either way. It's not a piece of safety gear, like a...
Forum: Touring
10-13-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,254
Posted By Happy Feet

Curious who the dogmatic posters are as so far it...

Curious who the dogmatic posters are as so far it seems people are six of one half dozen of the other do what you want.

My suggestion for a sturdy/functional kickstand is that most of the times...
Forum: Touring
10-13-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,254
Posted By Happy Feet

That was a good explanation. I used to use...

That was a good explanation.

I used to use one but now don't. If I were to use one again it would be an old style double kickstand but my trend is a little more lightweight to justify the added...
10-12-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,688
Posted By Happy Feet

Was this person roller blading on a mountain bike...

Was this person roller blading on a mountain bike trail? Pretty sure that's what we are talking about.

If not, and it was say, a MUP in a populated area, you are just as likely to get taken out by...
10-12-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,688
Posted By Happy Feet

People don't refer to leash laws as a weapon to...

People don't refer to leash laws as a weapon to use against their neighbours because, in general, they feel no need to. They get along.
As I said before. Laws only become a necessary tool when...
10-12-21, 12:14 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,688
Posted By Happy Feet

Relax. It's a discussion forum. We are discussing...

Relax. It's a discussion forum. We are discussing a subject. Sorry some views may not be similar to yours but still, no need for theatrics and such.

What I wrote spoke to taking personal...
10-10-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,688
Posted By Happy Feet

I think entitlement is a two way street and...

I think entitlement is a two way street and reflexively refering to arbitrary rules instead of common sense is the domain of a society that cannot government itself. Some people like to bash people...
10-09-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,926
Posted By Happy Feet

Wow, way too much quotes to answer right now but...

Wow, way too much quotes to answer right now but ar least we are getting somewhere. I get that you are hung up on the term harder. Theoretically, if one puts in 200watts on one, and 200watts on the...
10-09-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,926
Posted By Happy Feet

Read post 188. it's all there. Faster, harder,...

Read post 188. it's all there. Faster, harder, longer distance... just various ways one compensates for the ease afforded by efficiencies.

What you are trying to argue is that, all things being...
10-09-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,926
Posted By Happy Feet

Sure. Sure. Sure. My consistent points: If...

Sure. Sure. Sure.

My consistent points: If the goal is exercise, and not cycling for cycling sake, beyond a certain point, a more efficient bike provides mechanical advantages that you pay a...
10-09-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,926
Posted By Happy Feet

At first we were just talking about running....

At first we were just talking about running. These points are all the same ones I have consistently made in this and other threads.

So you have something substantive to add? You agree with that...
10-09-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,926
Posted By Happy Feet

This is an interesting graphic for a different...

This is an interesting graphic for a different reason as well, looking at it from a different perspective.

If the goal is utility riding - going to the store/cafe, commuting etc... is there any...
10-09-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,926
Posted By Happy Feet

Yes it does and I don't disagree but you tend to...

Yes it does and I don't disagree but you tend to be arguing in terms of theory instead of practicality. I understand the theoretical ways that varying forms of exercise and machinery can be equated...
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