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Forum: Commuting
12-06-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 10,364
Posted By Darth Lefty

Well, this happened ...

Well, this happened


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12-05-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 363
Posted By Darth Lefty

I haven't looked at the current Warbird build to...

I haven't looked at the current Warbird build to make sure but it's very likely the current Journeyer came up a level to replace the lowest build on the Warbird. In prior years the top Journeyman and...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,446
Posted By Darth Lefty

gaucho777 (CA) __________________ 1,105.8 mi ...

gaucho777 (CA) __________________ 1,105.8 mi
Chinghis (CA) _____________________ 760 mi (667 total)
Darth Lefty (CA) __________________ 744.4 mi as of 12/2
Atvar (ITA) _______________________ 643...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-03-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,589
Posted By Darth Lefty

I went to buy for Christmas and learned some...

I went to buy for Christmas and learned some things.

Lampwork torches breathe hard. Boro glass is like this...


So that's as hot as metal work, larger flame if you are doing a figurine...and...
12-03-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 443
Posted By Darth Lefty

Most of our long range members in the commuter...

Most of our long range members in the commuter subforum settle in on some kind of drop bar bike. Thatís what lets you push hard for a while and not make drag. But thereís the normal variety, as you...
12-02-22, 12:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By Darth Lefty

You can get custom poles made too.

You can get custom poles made too.
Forum: Touring
12-01-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 569
Posted By Darth Lefty

I've even seen a multi tool that goes in the...

I've even seen a multi tool that goes in the hollow crank spindle

I do not understand the strapped-on tube thing at all. How is it not ruined when you go to use it?
12-01-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 615
Posted By Darth Lefty

Fascinating. Are they giving you editorial...

Fascinating. Are they giving you editorial control or is this going to be hagiography? If the latter are you getting access? Are you going past the steel era? Dealing with racing history or just...
12-01-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 190
Posted By Darth Lefty

Better, way better than average quality for a...

Better, way better than average quality for a promo bike.

Condition, though. Someone rode it a lot and had a bunch of accessories scratching it up
Forum: Commuting
11-30-22, 06:53 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 10,364
Posted By Darth Lefty

Unplanned double round trip. Rode home about 1:30...

Unplanned double round trip. Rode home about 1:30 to pick up truck to ferry 8yo to his afternoon program. Could not find truck key! Called program and told them he wasn't coming, called school and...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-22, 02:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By Darth Lefty

Have not used that specifically butÖ ...

Have not used that specifically butÖ

Traction compound is legit. It was common when I started R/C car racing in the early 1990ís but was banned when I returned to it in the early 2000ís. Just lots...
11-29-22, 09:15 PM
Replies: 453
Views: 22,413
Posted By Darth Lefty

No, the latter includes the cardboard. The crap...

No, the latter includes the cardboard. The crap has to go in the box :-p
11-29-22, 09:02 PM
Replies: 453
Views: 22,413
Posted By Darth Lefty

Just for reference. What is the volumetric...

Just for reference. What is the volumetric capacity of the large flat rate box?

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Forum: Commuting
11-29-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 10,364
Posted By Darth Lefty

Frost on the grasses and the bridge this morning ...

Frost on the grasses and the bridge this morning

...
11-28-22, 11:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 582
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'm not convinced this is worse than the original...

I'm not convinced this is worse than the original equipment, except that it seems to be about 3x more zip ties than required to do the job. Maybe he's worried about twisting them
11-28-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 3,742
Posted By Darth Lefty

Mountain bikes were hybrids of BMX cruisers and...

Mountain bikes were hybrids of BMX cruisers and touring bikes, right?

No cross pollinization from mountain bikes on this one but it ticks pretty much all the boxes
...
11-27-22, 11:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By Darth Lefty

NYTimes: The Exceptionally American Problem of Rising Roadway Deaths

Lots of stuff in this article relevant to bicycles. American roadway deaths dropped like everyone else's due to seat belts and airbags. But every other rich country followed it up with roadway...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-22, 11:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Darth Lefty

Is that one available at retail right now? I was...

Is that one available at retail right now? I was going by the Shimano website's lineup chart
Forum: Commuting
11-26-22, 11:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Darth Lefty

??? 132mm

??? 132mm
11-26-22, 10:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 407
Posted By Darth Lefty

I mean that it’s a solved problem. There are...

I mean that it’s a solved problem. There are garbage ones and ok ones from Shimano and Tektro and there are Pauls for raffish misanthropes with too much money. The day of XTR versions was long ago...
11-26-22, 07:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 407
Posted By Darth Lefty

V brakes hardly warrant this level of nerdout

V brakes hardly warrant this level of nerdout
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 975
Posted By Darth Lefty

For tubeless we ought to be using these ...

For tubeless we ought to be using these


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Forum: Commuting
11-25-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By Darth Lefty

The whole point of the regular Marathon tire is...

The whole point of the regular Marathon tire is thick armor. Literally thick, 3mm thicker on top of some regular armor. Of course it's not going to ride as well. Especially not the skinny ones where...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-22, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Darth Lefty

You seem to be making a pretty good case to...

You seem to be making a pretty good case to freshen up the bike you have with a Nexus 8 wheel. Same ratios so probably same gearbox as the Alfine 8. Coaster or not, your choice. (The link says "v...
11-24-22, 01:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 983
Posted By Darth Lefty

I certainly donít think any city is making any...

I certainly donít think any city is making any worthwhile amount of money on traffic tickets for bikes. I also doubt anything happening anywhere in CA happens on the same scale as NYC. But cities do...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Darth Lefty

What spacing is it? 120 or 126? Does it have a...

What spacing is it? 120 or 126? Does it have a coaster brake? Alfine does not have a coaster brake option. The Nexus 7 does but only at 126mm spacing.

Since you seem willing to nerd out, the...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-22, 01:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Darth Lefty

The kind of bike you describe isn't typically...

The kind of bike you describe isn't typically expensive enough to have a Rohloff or a Pinion from a major manufacturer. Priority has a Pinion bike but I think it's a little more hybrid-ish than...
11-22-22, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Posted By Darth Lefty

I guess the theme here is - you have a bike....

I guess the theme here is - you have a bike. Don't go buying trouble. The time for these decisions is when you get a new bike. Going through this bike like the Ship of Theseus is going to be more...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-22, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 224
Posted By Darth Lefty

I tolerate the little adapters. Don't want to run...

I tolerate the little adapters. Don't want to run the compressor at 7am but the little Ryobi inflator isn't too loud
Forum: Commuting
11-21-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,446
Posted By Darth Lefty

gaucho777 (CA) __________________ 1,015.6 mi ...

gaucho777 (CA) __________________ 1,015.6 mi
Chinghis (CA) _____________________ 760 mi (667 total)
Darth Lefty (CA) __________________ 707.4 mi as of 11/5
Atvar (ITA) _______________________ 643...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-22, 02:04 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 10,364
Posted By Darth Lefty

WFH this week. Kids are all on vacay but wife...

WFH this week. Kids are all on vacay but wife isn't.

I'm able to go for a bike ride in the morning. Today in hindsight I probably could have gone at sunrise. But I waited until everyone was up and...
11-21-22, 10:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,498
Posted By Darth Lefty

Style is a valid reason for doing things. BF...

Style is a valid reason for doing things. BF seems to have a hard time with this. Obviously there comes a point where you have to admit that hiking Everest in your Italian suit was not a good idea....
11-20-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 684
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's sporting goods. It's reasonable for things...

It's sporting goods. It's reasonable for things to be compatible for a few years to keep things running. It's not reasonable for thirty years. Most people don't maintain interest that long or they...
11-20-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Posted By Darth Lefty

Servo Wave is a Shimano trademark about how they...

Servo Wave is a Shimano trademark about how they have arranged the leverage on their brake levers. It goes back to the 90's long before hydraulic brakes. They didn't say it much in the 2000's but...
11-19-22, 11:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,158
Posted By Darth Lefty

Maybe next month finally. I've disinvited myself...

Maybe next month finally. I've disinvited myself from group rides for a long time due to my bum ticker, but I got a new heart med specific to my condition that so far is amazing. But this was only...
11-19-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,474
Posted By Darth Lefty

Bicycles are just rife with fussy adjustments....

Bicycles are just rife with fussy adjustments. Itís really frustrating sometimes when you just want to go ride. The people who are nostalgic for it are the same people who miss adjusting the points...
11-19-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,139
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'll see your "actually" and raise you a wiki...

I'll see your "actually" and raise you a wiki link
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_production_during_World_War_II
11-18-22, 09:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,433
Posted By Darth Lefty

I really, really wanted to. But life right then...

I really, really wanted to. But life right then went into a mode where I needed money for kids and bills more than for supplementary bike toys. Emerging now but have not revisited. Needed to bring my...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-22, 08:12 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 10,364
Posted By Darth Lefty

Wow, that is a lot of tolerance you need to spend...

Wow, that is a lot of tolerance you need to spend all at once.

I'm sick and WFH for a couple days but also I'm trying a new heart med, Camzyos. It seems to be working great. So I'm in the weird...
11-18-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 854
Posted By Darth Lefty

The tools to install a fork are hardly...

The tools to install a fork are hardly complicated. I think just a pipe cutter and a file would do it. Something to hammer in the star-fangled nut.

The rigid forks available for MTBís are really...
Replies: 12
Views: 4,894
Posted By Darth Lefty

I've written in a few other places here about my...

I've written in a few other places here about my ongoing travails.

From the mid-late 2010's my symptoms worsened.

Diisopyramide was widely available but Norpace CR (brand name, time release)...
11-17-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,452
Posted By Darth Lefty

Why isnít it a 23.5 ton Jag?

Why isnít it a 23.5 ton Jag?
11-17-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,139
Posted By Darth Lefty

A couple of days ago there was an airshow crash...

A couple of days ago there was an airshow crash in Dallas. A fighter plane smacked into the back of a B-17 Flying Fortress and knocked it to pieces. Everything fell on the ground in a fireball. This...
Forum: Touring
11-16-22, 09:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,030
Posted By Darth Lefty

When I was camping on my moto, by far the worst...

When I was camping on my moto, by far the worst deal for a tent site was the KOA by the west entrance of Yosemite
Forum: Commuting
11-16-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 10,364
Posted By Darth Lefty

Tundra_Man neoprene socks! I had no idea they...

Tundra_Man neoprene socks! I had no idea they existed.

Remember the major source of winter enjoyment is 1) achievement and 2) schadenfreude. You have to be miserable enough for 1 and they have to...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 10,364
Posted By Darth Lefty

When I first got out the bike there was a nip in...

When I first got out the bike there was a nip in the air so I went and found my rain coat which doubles as a windbreaker. But the second kid got up and I needed to do a couple chores and by the time...
11-16-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,139
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'm not really finding the alleged best bike path...

I'm not really finding the alleged best bike path in the nation either on Google Maps or Strava Heatmap. Failing to see bike forums relevance. It pretty much looks like the commission found the edge...
11-16-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,139
Posted By Darth Lefty

The smallness of La Guardia was a major design...

The smallness of La Guardia was a major design driver for the 727's complex flaps. The earlier 707's and their Convair and Douglas counterparts couldn't go there. The biggest planes that can go there...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-22, 02:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,166
Posted By Darth Lefty

Legitimate utility is subjective. I live in the...

Legitimate utility is subjective. I live in the burbs and have a crew cab F150. I can take kid seats three abreast in the back, Vespa in the bed, bikes in the travel trailer.

This is not LCF
11-15-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 855
Posted By Darth Lefty

Reach is a factor just like wrist angle. I have...

Reach is a factor just like wrist angle. I have Salsa Bend 23 bars on my gravel bike. They are reachy, so they work ok replacing the drop bar, but on a current long reach trail bike they'd be too...
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