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07-29-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 678
Posted By Happy Feet

I would suggest looking at geared hill climbing...

I would suggest looking at geared hill climbing builds and see what they are doing there in that price range. It is a pretty well established discipline (especially in the UK) and while the drive...
07-25-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 924
Posted By Happy Feet

Thanks :) Fwiw, I wasn't trying to derail...

Thanks :)

Fwiw, I wasn't trying to derail the OPs thread by going in a different direction, just illustrating that we should do what makes us happy and not worry about how what others think.
...
07-22-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By Happy Feet

Congratulations, you already own a gravel bike....

Congratulations, you already own a gravel bike. Drop bars and 1x gearing doesn't make it any more or less capable for gravel. A gravel bike should have: 1. clearance for wide enough tires to suit...
07-20-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 315
Posted By Happy Feet

Dropper post. Of course, it would help if...

Dropper post.

Of course, it would help if you said what kind of conditions 6ou plan to ride in. There is a world of difference between a basic trail bike and a full on technical downhill bike....
Forum: Fatbikes
07-13-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,254
Posted By Happy Feet

I actually live on the BC coast and usually do...

I actually live on the BC coast and usually do North Shore type riding. Two weeks ago I did a paddleboard/fatbike road trip that crossed the Rockies five times to visit six National Parks. Next month...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-08-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,254
Posted By Happy Feet

No. The folks with broken spokes on 1120 28h rims...

No. The folks with broken spokes on 1120 28h rims would disagree.

And who exactly with + size tires and/or suspension on off road bikes thinks 32h wheels are too "stiff". How would they note that?...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-08-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,254
Posted By Happy Feet

I definitely think there is a place for the...

I definitely think there is a place for the "best" technology when it comes to bikes and that is when one is riding competitively. If you have already optimized the motor then any advantage one gets...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-05-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 46,198
Posted By Happy Feet

http://i.imgur.com/Qk3U3tEh.jpg...

http://i.imgur.com/Qk3U3tEh.jpg (https://imgur.com/Qk3U3tE)
Forum: Fatbikes
07-05-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 46,198
Posted By Happy Feet

http://i.imgur.com/8vgsfY9h.jpg...

http://i.imgur.com/8vgsfY9h.jpg (https://imgur.com/8vgsfY9)
07-03-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,755
Posted By Happy Feet

One can look at the modern iteration of...

One can look at the modern iteration of technology as progress in performance (braking, shifting) but regression in the sense of user cost and repairabiliry.

Modern bikes I think will become...
06-25-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,308
Posted By Happy Feet

You don't really have to guess at this stuff. ...

You don't really have to guess at this stuff.
This shows average intake over 52 years and recommended intake by age group (starts at :16 of the embedded video).
The average moderately active male...
06-25-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,308
Posted By Happy Feet

Say what? a simple look at NA culture shows...

Say what?
a simple look at NA culture shows many people eating more for one meal than their daily total requirement. To suggest most obese people eat close to calorie neutral is to have been absent...
06-25-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,308
Posted By Happy Feet

Yes, it's a little more complex than that. Anyone...

Yes, it's a little more complex than that. Anyone who does endurance sport, for example, sees that exercise reduces weight over time.

However, people who ride a bike moderately, several times a...
06-25-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By Happy Feet

:( I hates a bike thief! I just took my...

:( I hates a bike thief!

I just took my Allez out for a ride last night and am liking it! I'll post pics soon.
In the mean time I also read about mounting a bell on one boss so I'm going to...
06-25-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 963
Posted By Happy Feet

+1 for the above. I have GP 5000's. They...

+1 for the above.

I have GP 5000's. They replaced my 4000's when they wore out. I wouldn't switch one for the other before that. I just see it as the next gen of that series with whatever upgrade...
06-22-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,191
Posted By Happy Feet

One area where you notice a dropper (or lowered...

One area where you notice a dropper (or lowered saddle) is steeper downhill and technical downhill switchbacks.

Downhill, the lower saddle allows you to get your butt down and back without hooking...
06-21-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,191
Posted By Happy Feet

+1 regarding steepness. I raise and drop my...

+1 regarding steepness. I raise and drop my saddle every climb/decent I do at my local hill which is all gravity flow.

The dropper helps quite a bit if you also run your saddle high for climbing...
06-21-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 596
Posted By Happy Feet

Just to clarify, You have a lower chainring...

Just to clarify,

You have a lower chainring but don't use it but want to swap out cassettes so you can climb better?

If so it's a lot of swap for what you probably already have. If you are...
06-16-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,308
Posted By Happy Feet

I would put the warning on. For these things I...

I would put the warning on.
For these things I weigh the potential outcome. Having a guy say "I know that" vs having a guy totally screw up the bike frame.
It is no exaggeration to expect modern...
Forum: Touring
06-06-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,137
Posted By Happy Feet

Ah... the ol' cliff hanger.

Ah... the ol' cliff hanger.
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,997
Posted By Happy Feet

I don't use a down bag. Haven't since the 1980s. ...

I don't use a down bag. Haven't since the 1980s.
As stated: in a damp climate, multiple nights with a wet down bag can be a downer. I'm usually following an itinerary and can't afford sitting for...
06-01-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,987
Posted By Happy Feet

It's a first/second generation atb made to slot...

It's a first/second generation atb made to slot into the merging market before genre specific bikes were made.
There were good atb's like Ritchey's and Gary Fishers and then a bunch of hob knobbed...
05-30-21, 09:21 PM
05-26-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,175
Posted By Happy Feet

I don't think there is any correlation between...

I don't think there is any correlation between the amount of time manual mtbrs spend riding on trails and how much time they spend maintaining them so why would anyone expect different from e mtbrs....
Forum: Touring
05-26-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,948
Posted By Happy Feet

I like my solar panel just fine. It rides well...

I like my solar panel just fine. It rides well across the back of my rear rack, charges a battery that in turn charges my electronic gear. USB light, ipod, cellphone.

I do other forms of camping...
05-26-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,175
Posted By Happy Feet

This may be true but one could argue that good...

This may be true but one could argue that good full suspension technology has also really changed the natural landscape in more ways than e bikes might.

I could show major construction projects...
05-26-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,270
Posted By Happy Feet

Never let the facts get in the way of a good...

Never let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory ;)

Perhaps the OP is thinking of the Raleigh Chopper? Again, the British don't consider themselves European but what the heck... run...
05-25-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,856
Posted By Happy Feet

Look at compressionless housings for the brake...

Look at compressionless housings for the brake cables. One pack should have enough length to do both brakes.
I recently found these and probably won't use the traditional ones again for a build...
05-24-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 730
Posted By Happy Feet

I spent a couple of summers working on the...

I spent a couple of summers working on the prairies for a grain farmer who used J.D. 12 -14 hours a day, mostly on a 4240.
I remember he and a neighbour engaging in good natured debate. The other...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,948
Posted By Happy Feet

Reliable can also be determined either by the...

Reliable can also be determined either by the frequency of failure or problems once failures occur.

Perhaps a Rohloff IGH may fail less often but if it does, you will have a long wait until it...
05-24-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,069
Posted By Happy Feet

Especially a steep hairpin switchback. Up hill...

Especially a steep hairpin switchback. Up hill riding is it's own sport in some ways.
05-21-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 293
Views: 7,633
Posted By Happy Feet

You own post dude! You even bolded it. Are...

You own post dude! You even bolded it.

Are now suggesting I was turning in those videos without using the handlebars? Did you look at the videos?

Never let facts get in the way of a good...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 08:46 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,252
Posted By Happy Feet

In another 15 years someone will post in to say...

In another 15 years someone will post in to say they fast while touring.
I personally like to ride from city to city, stopping at hospitals along the way to receive intravenous therapy. It's a...
05-21-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 293
Views: 7,633
Posted By Happy Feet

Where countersteering has a place is setting up...

Where countersteering has a place is setting up steep banking turns and correcting rear wheel loss of traction like drifting. Going around a corner and your rear wheel starts to slide out - counter...
05-20-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,229
Posted By Happy Feet

Nice and simple. I like the front suspension...

Nice and simple.

I like the front suspension fork. If there was one thing that limits my 2x2 it's being rigid (having beefed up the brakes already). But it is also a 1" headtube. I haven't given...
Forum: Fatbikes
05-19-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,333
Posted By Happy Feet

He only speaks for himself. I would say that in...

He only speaks for himself. I would say that in the last couple of years tire diameter, and wheel size, is the primary consideration of people who are "into fat bikes." The trend going towards wider...
05-19-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,995
Posted By Happy Feet

Perhaps, If you put the lock at the bottom of the...

Perhaps, If you put the lock at the bottom of the chainring where the chain exits there isn't much room for cranking though. Just another lower weight idea. I wouldn't do it on a delicate chainring....
05-18-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,995
Posted By Happy Feet

I own a frame lock for one bike but also learned...

I own a frame lock for one bike but also learned that a small padlock between the chainrings and chain itself (crankset area) stops the bike in the same way and is smaller/lighter to carry on the...
05-18-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 293
Views: 7,633
Posted By Happy Feet

I though when we learned as kids to ride with no...

I though when we learned as kids to ride with no hands we also learned about steering by shifting body weight. As with the video above, I recall needing a wide berth to make turns and sharp turns...
05-17-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,998
Posted By Happy Feet

We've already dealt with that exact thing. I...

We've already dealt with that exact thing.

I have no personal stake in the discussion. I don't sell bicycles. I don't care why people do what they do or buy what they buy. I'm even ok if, at the...
05-17-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,998
Posted By Happy Feet

If you disagree state why and we can debate....

If you disagree state why and we can debate. Calling a position ridiculous as a way to discredit it is an ad hom8nen attack.

My experience with cycling spans 50 years and is in several...
05-17-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,998
Posted By Happy Feet

Wow, a discussion forum that can't tolerate...

Wow, a discussion forum that can't tolerate discussion. Anyone is free to review my posts to see if I have been "trollish". Then look at a few of those complaining, including a moderator, and see.the...
05-17-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,998
Posted By Happy Feet

I am putting thought into what I'm writing. It's...

I am putting thought into what I'm writing. It's ok to disagree with what I'm saying but I'm not resorting to ridiculous examples like some.

Again, we agree on most things. The amount of effort...
05-17-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,998
Posted By Happy Feet

The goal in exercise is not to work against...

The goal in exercise is not to work against resistance???

That's a new one.

And then you cap off an attempt to call my ideas silly by posting a silly example yourself.
05-17-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,430
Posted By Happy Feet

I'm still enjoying mine. But then again, I only...

I'm still enjoying mine.
But then again, I only ride 3-4 times a week so I may not know what I'm talking about.
This from Friday.

http://i.imgur.com/YA9SefZh.jpg (https://imgur.com/YA9SefZ)
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,219
Posted By Happy Feet

That basket thing gave me some grief at the time....

That basket thing gave me some grief at the time. It turned out I could not route the longer stays past the pannier racks.

Originally I built the bike as a gravel grinder so experimented with 1x....
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,164
Posted By Happy Feet

Mama mia. When it rains... Glad to hear he...

Mama mia. When it rains...

Glad to hear he is recovering.
One positive is that they are very good these days at fixing some of the things that cause them. I'm the senior F/A at work and about 6...
05-12-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,427
Posted By Happy Feet

An e mtb is one type of e bike I might eventually...

An e mtb is one type of e bike I might eventually buy, for times when I want to focus on downhill technical riding and not uphill cardio workouts.

I see no difference in riding an e mtb up an...
05-12-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,998
Posted By Happy Feet

I've said several times that the original premise...

I've said several times that the original premise is specious. The comparison should not be between a huffy and a Tarmac, or a S works and a bike pulling a trailer. That's not really arguable. But I...
05-11-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,681
Posted By Happy Feet

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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