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11-17-22, 06:34 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,417
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm sorry you have a set of broken, budget model...

I'm sorry you have a set of broken, budget model brakes on your bike. Did you know that decent quality replacements are not that expensive?
You're Welcome :thumb:

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11-17-22, 03:00 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,417
Posted By Ironfish653

A lot of casual cyclists like the OP, when they...

A lot of casual cyclists like the OP, when they bought their last bike 30+ years ago, didn't know the proper terminology for all the components on their ten-speed "racing" bike, so asking nicely for...
11-17-22, 01:25 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,417
Posted By Ironfish653

​​​​​​ I think you keep missing the part where...

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I think you keep missing the part where we explained that you have really cheap brakes on your bike.

V-brakes are bog simple to set up; As you've noticed, there's really only the spring...
11-15-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,417
Posted By Ironfish653

Which is why, when you mount them under your...

Which is why, when you mount them under your chain stays, you call them "U-brakes"
But only us whippersnappers remember these :lol:
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11-15-22, 09:03 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 1,598
Posted By Ironfish653

$50 seems to be about the going rate for a set of...

$50 seems to be about the going rate for a set of barcons; whether it's new-production like MicroShift (which are quite nice, and have a friction mode) or used, which are now subject to the "vintage...
11-15-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,417
Posted By Ironfish653

You have to do that with any cable brakes to take...

You have to do that with any cable brakes to take off the wheel. You should not have to re-adjust anything afterwards.[/QUOTE]

I think he's talking about the straddle cable; which is exactly how...
11-13-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,741
Posted By Ironfish653

I think it'd be ok to just let it go. KLEIN was a...

I think it'd be ok to just let it go. KLEIN was a boutique brand, and it still carries a lot of cachet, especially in vintage MTB circles. Making it TREK's mid-level aluminum line would dilute that,...
11-13-22, 06:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,741
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t know about making the KLEIN brand a...

I don’t know about making the KLEIN brand a “‘mid-line TREK, but with flashy paint “ kinda misses the point of the original brand.

KLEINs had the high-zoot paint because they were super-premium...
11-07-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 742
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm with you. I've got a '70s Bridgestone as my...

I'm with you. I've got a '70s Bridgestone as my 'townie' bike, and an old NightSun kit that doesn't see much action anymore. Time to start shopping porteur racks ;)
11-05-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,251
Posted By Ironfish653

The thing is, we're relying on all the vehicles...

The thing is, we're relying on all the vehicles one might encounter to appropriately identify and react to your presence, every time, under any conditions. They're getting better, but autonomously...
Forum: BMX
10-29-22, 11:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,656
Posted By Ironfish653

I did something similar with an old KLEIN MTB I...

I did something similar with an old KLEIN MTB I picked up over the summer: I actually used bars for a 150-cc class MX bike. (7/8" moto bars are 22.2mm :thumb:) I wanted mid-rise, a crossbar, and a...
10-25-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 439
Posted By Ironfish653

Yeah, Magura' s pretty much the only game in...

Yeah, Magura' s pretty much the only game in town.
The HS33 is the only one that got the radial master cylinder, the others all have the old-style lever.

​​​​​​On a budget? Maybe watch ebay...
10-24-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 761
Posted By Ironfish653

I've been at 160 mph on a 1100cc Superbike...

I've been at 160 mph on a 1100cc Superbike (moto). It had regular Shrader valves on it, too, but I did not experience any loss of air pressure.

I wonder how much faster that bicycle was going,...
10-24-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,216
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 to the advantage of low traffic at night. ...

+1 to the advantage of low traffic at night.

I used to ride to work frequently when I was on 2nd shift (2p-11p) The midnight ride home was far less stressful than the daytime ride in; even in the...
10-23-22, 02:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 576
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 for the Chester's; they're pretty much the...

+1 for the Chester's; they're pretty much the go-to 'budget'-upgrade

PNW Components makes some nice stuff, if it's a little bit $$$, but they're having a sale right now. The "Range" composite is...
10-18-22, 05:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,083
Posted By Ironfish653

This has been around on a couple of the...

This has been around on a couple of the automotive / moto forums over the years as well, and the simple version is:
The EU requires brakes on much smaller trailers that the US; so the EU spec allows...
10-17-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,074
Posted By Ironfish653

Ugh, minivans are so awful to drive, though :(. I...

Ugh, minivans are so awful to drive, though :(. I mourn the slow extinction of the affordable, mid-size estate wagon in the North American market.

I have all three types of rack, and they all have...
10-16-22, 06:09 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,216
Posted By Ironfish653

Upgraded my OG Night Sun with 12v LEDs, from...

Upgraded my OG Night Sun with 12v LEDs, from 5w/20w to 25w/50w, and the battery from that giant Ni-cad to a Li-ion pack that fits in the seat bag and lasts 3x as long.
Bright enough now, even if the...
Forum: BMX
10-16-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 866
Posted By Ironfish653

I think that's why 26ers like the Big Ripper are...

I think that's why 26ers like the Big Ripper are so hot right now. They're big enough that you can use them as an everyday "grown-up" bike, but still able to throw it around at the park or the pump...
10-16-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 540
Posted By Ironfish653

Nope, no way. The OP is obviously building a...

Nope, no way.
The OP is obviously building a 559-wheeled high -racer. Or a 650c TT bike. Or a racing wheelchair. Or an exact replica of Rolf Hammerdog's 1997 UCI World Championship winning XC bike....
10-15-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 540
Posted By Ironfish653

No offense, guys, but when someone comes in...

No offense, guys, but when someone comes in asking a really non-specific question about a really niche product (and 26" tubs are a niche within a niche) it's hard not to wonder if they really know...
10-15-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,227
Posted By Ironfish653

Good advice here: "This is your first bike, not...

Good advice here: "This is your first bike, not the last" is a favorite of mine. You don't have to find the "perfect-forever-bike-for-all-the-things" first time out of the gate. You may find it's...
Forum: BMX
10-15-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 866
Posted By Ironfish653

Since you haven't actually seen anyone ride a BMX...

Since you haven't actually seen anyone ride a BMX bike in the 30+ years they've been around,; whether it's racing or freestyle, you usually ride standing on the pedals. The seat is primarily for...
10-15-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 540
Posted By Ironfish653

Are you sure you know what you're asking for?...

Are you sure you know what you're asking for? Tubulars, also known as "Sew-Ups" consist of a lightweight casing that has literally been stitched closed around an equally lightweight inner tube,...
10-08-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 4,080
Posted By Ironfish653

OP 's idea of bike theft sounds like someone...

OP 's idea of bike theft sounds like someone who's never stolen anything.

Just sayin'. :innocent:
10-08-22, 11:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 658
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, it's a far better idea to swap out the...

Yes, it's a far better idea to swap out the wheels, brakes, (and don't forget the cassette) so that you can run your Paselas in 622x38 instead of 630x32. Makes far more economic sense.

Seriously,...
10-08-22, 02:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 658
Posted By Ironfish653

Agreed, but co-ops are scarce in a lot of places,...

Agreed, but co-ops are scarce in a lot of places, and "good" 27" bikes are harder and harder to find on the used market. Whatever you find may not be any different/ better than what's on there now. ...
10-07-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 729
Posted By Ironfish653

Why the need for carbon? Since its a rim-brake...

Why the need for carbon? Since its a rim-brake 26er, its either an inexpensive bike, or old, since high-end 26ers went disc brake about Y2K.

Only carbon, rim-brake 26 wheels I can come up...
10-07-22, 02:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 658
Posted By Ironfish653

Decent 27" wheels are not hard to find, nor are...

Decent 27" wheels are not hard to find, nor are they very expensive. In fact, most of them come with 126mm freewheel hubs, so it's a straight swap for your vintage "ten-speed "

Here's a nice set...
10-02-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 974
Posted By Ironfish653

Hi JadeVamp1986 what you're proposing is pretty...

Hi JadeVamp1986 what you're proposing is pretty ambitious; taking an inexpensive bicycle as a base and building something to perform the role of a small car or large motorcycle. There's not a "kit"...
10-01-22, 09:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,107
Posted By Ironfish653

You're all wrong: THIS is a Pinnacle : ...

You're all wrong: THIS is a Pinnacle :
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10-01-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 708
Posted By Ironfish653

As a late-in-life arrival to road bikes, after...

As a late-in-life arrival to road bikes, after the better part of 4 decades on MTBs, "max pressure -5 psi" seems awfully high, especially for 1.95"-2.1" tires.
I mean, 20-30 is just fine for rocks...
09-30-22, 12:22 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 4,080
Posted By Ironfish653

The value would be in the components. Id venture...

The value would be in the components. Id venture to say that high-end bikes that get stolen are more likely to be broken up for parts than less expensive models.
just because the paint job looks...
09-29-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 536
Posted By Ironfish653

There's a lot of different "flat" bar shapes, and...

There's a lot of different "flat" bar shapes, and a lot of different bike layouts that they go on besides just "straight" MTB bars and upright "comfort" hybrids

I've had good success with...
09-22-22, 11:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 866
Posted By Ironfish653

Not to derail the thread, but other than possibly...

Not to derail the thread, but other than possibly the Klein -specific BB on the early bikes, there's no reason the "defunct niche brand" Quantum couldn't be brought up to 'modern' 10-sp, rim brake...
09-22-22, 07:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 866
Posted By Ironfish653

That's a weird comparison. It almost sounds like...

That's a weird comparison. It almost sounds like you're trying to decide which bike to buy, rather than which one to keep?:foo:
The KLEIN was a state of the art bike 20 years ago, the Tarmac was...
09-22-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 866
Posted By Ironfish653

What color is the KLEIN?

What color is the KLEIN?
09-21-22, 05:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By Ironfish653

The BiekForumz answer would be NO, but that's...

The BiekForumz answer would be NO, but that's because MTBs were only invented in 2010.

Seriously, though, the pretty standard setup for XC race bikes in the 1990s was 48-52mm (1.95"-2.1") on...
09-20-22, 11:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By Ironfish653

Could be paint buildup in the threads at the...

Could be paint buildup in the threads at the bottom of the insert; could be the threads at the bottom of the hole didn't get fully tapped. Either way, running a chasing tap down the holes should sort...
09-20-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By Ironfish653

Here's a place to start: Bike Tires Direct:...

Here's a place to start: Bike Tires Direct: Gravel Tires 700 x 40 (https://www.biketiresdirect.com/search/gravel-tires?fltr=3755+3777&so=i)

I like a fish-scale or 'file' tread for an all-arounder,...
09-20-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 750
Posted By Ironfish653

Also, if you have a particular brand or era...

Also, if you have a particular brand or era you're looking for, like "Pre- TREK" era Klein bikes or Cannondale ST's, for example; you can do some research (FB owners' groups are a good place) to find...
09-20-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By Ironfish653

While Jobst Brandt literally wrote the book, he's...

While Jobst Brandt literally wrote the book, he's not the only one who ever engineered a bicycle wheel.

Two possible reasons for All-City to go with a tall NDS flange:
The "practical" would be...
09-20-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 619
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm not sure that I've had a bike that had enough...

I'm not sure that I've had a bike that had enough brakes to lock (skid) the front wheel on dry pavement, and I'm not sure why that would be a performance goal to chase.

Pretty much all of my...
09-19-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,436
Posted By Ironfish653

​​​​​​ A lot of the flared, swept drop bars...

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A lot of the flared, swept drop bars like the Beacon (and also the Salsa Woodchopper / Cowchipper) and other "Gravel / Adventure style bars position the hoods so they're actually pointed...
09-18-22, 11:43 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 12,682
Posted By Ironfish653

Ok, see here I said: "A lot of Traditional...

Ok, see here I said: "A lot of Traditional Cyclists take the act of riding a bicycle very seriously"

​​​​​​Most of us understand that while we take cycling seriously (most of the time) not...
09-17-22, 07:08 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 12,682
Posted By Ironfish653

A lot of Traditional Cyclists take the act of...

A lot of Traditional Cyclists take the act of riding a bicycle very seriously; you have to go and do your miles; The Work is the Reward (Puritans, again, lol)
E-bikes get people out riding...
09-17-22, 02:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 388
Posted By Ironfish653

​​​​​I agree, but not for the reasons I think you...

​​​​​I agree, but not for the reasons I think you have. The OP bike in question is an old Rock Hopper, which, I suspect OP is trying to make like a modern MTB.
A 1x makes sense if you ride trails...
09-16-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 388
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd suggest running your current gear range...

I'd suggest running your current gear range through something like Bike Calc's (https://www.bikecalc.com/gear_inches) gear-inch program, so you have an idea of how your proposed new 1x will compare....
09-16-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,436
Posted By Ironfish653

There's a lot of different "straight" bar shapes,...

There's a lot of different "straight" bar shapes, and a lot of different bike layouts that they go on. Some of them, like the sit-up-and-beg 'comfort' bikes, are quite slow. Ease of use is their...
09-16-22, 08:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,436
Posted By Ironfish653

.[/QUOTE] Neutral position is wherever the...

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Neutral position is wherever the normal, unforced alignment of your wrists when your arms are extended.


Everyone knows that this should align perfectly with a set of properly...
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