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06-17-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 7,832
Posted By Ironfish653

Sort of, but not quite; not a lot of overlap...

Sort of, but not quite; not a lot of overlap between 26ers and tubeless.
Mainstream availability of Tubeless goes with the shift in first-line MTBs to the “Big Wheel” era (29/27.5)

Kinda like 1”...
05-25-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 276
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm pretty sure those aren't bolt holes; the...

I'm pretty sure those aren't bolt holes; the countersink appears to be the wrong way, towards the inside of the rings, as opposed to the face.

Generally, "bash guards" mount to the chainring...
05-23-22, 07:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By Ironfish653

Congratulations, you've created a Funny Bike!...

Congratulations, you've created a Funny Bike! Well done, Columbus; Welcome to 1987! (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1183324-picture-your-favorite-vintage-time-trial-bicycles-why.html)
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05-22-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By Ironfish653

Unlike tire sizes, which are as much a name as an...

Unlike tire sizes, which are as much a name as an actual size, most bike components are sized by their actual measurements

Your Derailleur is a 31.8, because that is the outside diameter of the...
05-22-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 447
Posted By Ironfish653

Motorized bicycles, Mopeds and Motor Scooters are...

Motorized bicycles, Mopeds and Motor Scooters are not the same things, and there are things that you can and can't do with one or the other, depending on your jurisdiction.

In VA, where my...
05-19-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 384
Posted By Ironfish653

So, we're trying to correlate brake performance...

So, we're trying to correlate brake performance by analyzing pad shape?

I would think design factors like caliper type / # of pistons, MC style (radial / axial) and rotor size would make a much...
05-19-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 570
Posted By Ironfish653

Not exactly 'uninformed' but 559 MTBs were and...

Not exactly 'uninformed' but 559 MTBs were and are most commonly referred to as 26" probably from their Schwinn / Klunker origins. Nobody has ever, outside of the pedantics at BiekForums, referred to...
05-12-22, 03:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 300
Posted By Ironfish653

What, a Hybrid? Yeah, the 80's BMX and early...

What, a Hybrid?

Yeah, the 80's BMX and early 90's IBOC Mongoose is not the same Mongoose that made this bike.

They changed ownership in the late 1990's and became another downmarket maker of...
05-11-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 300
Posted By Ironfish653

Probably a Mongoose, looks like it in the one...

Probably a Mongoose, looks like it in the one available photo, anyhow. Could be modern production, not 'classic' 1990's 'Goose. Mongoose was one of those brands like GT and Nishiki that kinda...
05-10-22, 04:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 992
Posted By Ironfish653

The cheap ones, to be sure, but pretty much all...

The cheap ones, to be sure, but pretty much all the telescoping style posts. "Maybe" on a cruiser or a very upright 'Comfort" bike, or if you really want one of those tractor-spring 'Granny'...
05-10-22, 07:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 992
Posted By Ironfish653

Don't get me wrong, it's a very inexpensive...

Don't get me wrong, it's a very inexpensive bike, and it definitely shows: steel handlebar, threaded headset, bolt-on freewheel rear hub, (and suspension seatposts suck, period).
It's for sure...
05-09-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 992
Posted By Ironfish653

Kinda depends on what kind of bike you're looking...

Kinda depends on what kind of bike you're looking for, and what you're planning on doing with it.

TREK, Giant and Specialized are some of the biggest brands; hard to go wrong there.
2nd tier...
05-09-22, 08:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 992
Posted By Ironfish653

I wouldn't be so quick to bash it; It's really...

I wouldn't be so quick to bash it; It's really not bad for a $250 bike. it's the AL version of the steel-framed Ranger that they've been making for ages.
I've had a couple of them pass through my...
05-08-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By Ironfish653

I imagine you must be going crazy, Headshok's...

I imagine you must be going crazy, Headshok's been out of production for almost 20 years now. Long time to look for a part they never made.

Curious why you'd need a spacer; Headshok stems pretty...
05-08-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By Ironfish653

1-1/8" (31.8mm) on both ends is pretty much the...

1-1/8" (31.8mm) on both ends is pretty much the standard for every bike that's been built in the last 20 years. At least as far as threadless headsets go.

1" (25.6mm) threadless only existed for...
05-07-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 507
Posted By Ironfish653

KMC 'X-9' series, or SRAM 'PC-9##' chains do just...

KMC 'X-9' series, or SRAM 'PC-9##' chains do just fine. You'll have to try hard to spend more than $30 for one, and with some looking, you can probably nab one for under $20.
Nickel or Bright...
05-07-22, 10:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 267
Posted By Ironfish653

Also a problem faced by heavy touring / ADV motos...

Also a problem faced by heavy touring / ADV motos on soft surfaces as well. I used to carry an electrical junction box cover...
05-05-22, 03:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 726
Posted By Ironfish653

There's a lot of things that can be attributed to...

There's a lot of things that can be attributed to that. The big two would be Conditioning and Bike Fit.
We don't know what kind of bike the OP rides, or what size it is. All we can offer is...
04-28-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,392
Posted By Ironfish653

I can't really compare the early bikes, but I've...

I can't really compare the early bikes, but I've got a CAAD-3, and I've rented a couple of 2017-2018 spec Synapses for events, so I can somewhat compare. The modern bike is definitely smoother, but...
04-25-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 57,938
Posted By Ironfish653

Weird flex, but okay..... I mean, my Ariat...

Weird flex, but okay.....

I mean, my Ariat rigging boots and my Brooks Cadence running shoes cost more than my Pearl Izumis but they'd be pretty crap to wear as cycling shoes. I wouldn't want to...
04-24-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,287
Posted By Ironfish653

It’s a tough one; there’s ‘restoring a bike’ and...

It’s a tough one; there’s ‘restoring a bike’ and restoring a bike to functionality.
This is a case of the latter.
It’s hard, when you’re working on someone else’s bike (especially as a favor) not...
04-24-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 171
Posted By Ironfish653

Both Sheldon and Bike Forums are very...

Both Sheldon and Bike Forums are very conservative with regard to tire width v rim width, with a big blind spot around ‘old school’ MTB setups. In the 1990s ‘NORBA’ era, 1.95” tires on 17-19mm rims...
04-20-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 3,150
Posted By Ironfish653

I tend to avoid SIDEWALKS as possible, since it's...

I tend to avoid SIDEWALKS as possible, since it's usually faster and smoother on a street surface. However, here in the suburbs, there are a lot of 4 and 6-lane 'arterial' roads with 45mph limit...
04-19-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 652
Posted By Ironfish653

Very, very few people run 180mm cranks, even the...

Very, very few people run 180mm cranks, even the ones who ride XL frames. Most mfgrs kit their bikes out to fit “90% of people, 90% of the time”.That’s why bikes rarely come stock with 180s.
The...
04-19-22, 12:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By Ironfish653

In the 6-7-8 transition era, freewheels were a...

In the 6-7-8 transition era, freewheels were a lot more common on mid range bikes. Freewheels click, so Shimano made their 600 cassette hubs (and the 105, RSX, and RX-100 that followed) very quiet,...
04-18-22, 11:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 652
Posted By Ironfish653

* I don’t know if you actually noticed the...

* I don’t know if you actually noticed the changes, or if because your Frame Geometry Calculator told you there was a change, so it must be significant.


What problem with the bike are you...
04-18-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 339
Posted By Ironfish653

If all you want is a bottle carrier, Zefal has a...

If all you want is a bottle carrier, Zefal has a cage that mounts with Velcro straps. Same aisle you got the bike from.

You can also use plain old Hose Clamps from the hardware store to mount a...
04-17-22, 11:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 718
Posted By Ironfish653

Pretty much any rack system, the weak parts are...

Pretty much any rack system, the weak parts are going to be the flexible rubber and plastic bits like wheel straps that go first. You'll loose functionality before the frame breaks down structurally....
04-16-22, 10:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Posted By Ironfish653

Pretty much any utility tire in the 37-40mm range...

Pretty much any utility tire in the 37-40mm range will be fine.
Any of the Schwalbe Marathon family, or the Conti Contact / Contact Plus would serve you well. Also some of the budget tires like the...
04-16-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 718
Posted By Ironfish653

A “rust converter” like Rustex and Enrust or a...

A “rust converter” like Rustex and Enrust or a phosphorizing agent like Ospho would be the best option to extend out the life of your rack.

Scrape off the loose paint and any rust flakes , and...
04-15-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,020
Posted By Ironfish653

Tubeless setups don’t like sitting for extended...

Tubeless setups don’t like sitting for extended periods of time. Between shipping, distribution, and sitting on the sales floor, it may be months before the bike goes in to use with its eventual...
04-15-22, 07:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 917
Posted By Ironfish653

Zefal makes one that mounts with a couple Velcro...

Zefal makes one that mounts with a couple Velcro straps. I have them on my kids’ bikes, that don’t have mounts. Also works on bikes that don’t have round tubes, if you have to mount it in a...
04-14-22, 11:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,077
Posted By Ironfish653

No real specific pack to recommend, but some...

No real specific pack to recommend, but some features to look for;. I don't have a specific cycling pack, just a few multi-purpose ones.

A sternum strap (on the front, between the load straps) ...
04-13-22, 12:46 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,506
Posted By Ironfish653

Stop moving the goalposts. Either you understand...

Stop moving the goalposts. Either you understand what a “bandit” is, or you don’t.

What is “bandit” behavior? Any or all of: Taking the start / finish line, or otherwise knowingly joining the...
04-12-22, 09:39 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,506
Posted By Ironfish653

Usually, the participants are not insured by the...

Usually, the participants are not insured by the event. Normally, the registration includes a waiver with some form of “Hold Harmless” clause, that if you crash out and hurt yourself, you won’t sue...
04-11-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,506
Posted By Ironfish653

True, it wasn’t your ​​​​​​ time and money that...

True, it wasn’t your ​​​​​​ time and money that put the event on, why should you care?

Course control, rest areas, after-events, rider ‘swag’ I know BF considers that kind of thing gauche, but...
04-11-22, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By Ironfish653

The simplest thing is to replace the...

The simplest thing is to replace the chainring,1-for-1. Adding a second ring to the crank will require, at minimum, new bolts, and spacers, if the crank will support 2x at all.
You may be able to...
04-11-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,506
Posted By Ironfish653

As an Event Organizer, I take this very...

As an Event Organizer, I take this very personally.
I have two events that I and my family play a pretty major role in putting on every year. It is a much bigger effort in time and money than many...
04-11-22, 01:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By Ironfish653

Unless the goal for the bike is to be as...

Unless the goal for the bike is to be as disposable as possible, it's not usually worth the time or money to keep overhauling cheap pedals once they start grinding or getting "clicky"

I like the...
04-10-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 265
Posted By Ironfish653

Any 8-speed chain will work. 6/7/8-sp uses the...

Any 8-speed chain will work. 6/7/8-sp uses the same chain, so no need to hunt down NOS 7-sp.

KMC Z-series or SRAM PC-800 series. You may find different models, like PC-830, PC-850, but that...
04-09-22, 07:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 318
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 on the threadless adapter; in addition to...

+1 on the threadless adapter; in addition to higher, you’ll also want to go out a little farther.
modern threadless stems come a lot more length and angle options than quills, and most have...
04-09-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,506
Posted By Ironfish653

Unless your riding buddies are the event...

Unless your riding buddies are the event organizers, all their ‘clout’ won’t protect you if you get found out. You’ll either get A) bounced out, and B) possibly barred from entering future events. ...
04-09-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,382
Posted By Ironfish653

A dog bolting off-leash on an MUP is a different...

A dog bolting off-leash on an MUP is a different scenario than encountering a loose dog on the road. Sometimes you don’t have more than a couple seconds to react; the dog might bolt at the last...
04-09-22, 04:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 595
Posted By Ironfish653

You can get screen protectors with...

You can get screen protectors with anti-reflective (AR) coatings that can reduce / eliminate the glare and reflections caused by bright sunlight.
​I'm not a big fan of the built-in screen...
04-09-22, 03:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By Ironfish653

>incoming thread derail :trainwreck: Wow,...

>incoming thread derail :trainwreck:


Wow, okay......
I should have been more clear, that I wasn't just replying directly to your post, but to a number of comments whenever trailers come up,...
04-09-22, 02:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By Ironfish653

PoorBob the Surly Straggler would be a good bike...

PoorBob the Surly Straggler would be a good bike to pattern your build off of. Drop bar, 1x, big tires (comes in 700 or 650B). Pitched as a do-it-all all-surfaces kinda bike. Steel frame, but lots...
04-09-22, 01:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 236
Posted By Ironfish653

Why is this a poll? A poll is a measure of...

Why is this a poll? A poll is a measure of opinion, derailleur design is a matter of fact.

MTB fds are typically for triple cranks, generally with a big ring between 42t-46t.
Road FDs come in...
04-08-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,521
Posted By Ironfish653

I didn’t say there was anything wrong with BD...

I didn’t say there was anything wrong with BD bikes (and at the mid-tiers it’s a lot of the “same parts, different stickers).
BD has kinda the same approach as Performance/Nashbar/Supergo did in...
04-08-22, 08:50 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 4,268
Posted By Ironfish653

If you can’t / don’t know how to change a tube,...

If you can’t / don’t know how to change a tube, then carrying one would be kind of pointless, I suppose. (But better have an alternate way to get yourself home)

But if you know you might need...
04-07-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,521
Posted By Ironfish653

Thats really BD’s design/pricing model; You get...

Thats really BD’s design/pricing model; You get 105 for the big stuff like derailleurs and controls, but the frame and finishing kit is more like what you’d find on a Sora bike. Not bad, but not as...
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