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07-29-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 637
Posted By Happy Feet

It is practically the same (there is a 1T...

It is practically the same (there is a 1T difference total between the two sets) which was necessary for the vertical dropout because I could not tension the chain.

First I found a magic gear...
07-29-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 637
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...
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,356
Posted By Happy Feet

Just joined exped portal. Left Coast Dale, though...

Just joined exped portal. Left Coast Dale, though I haven't posted yet.
I have a Dodge Caravan I've been using for some years "as is" and am now committing to "vanlife" and just picked up a 2002...
07-26-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,784
Posted By Happy Feet

Practically speaking: If you run disc brakes...

Practically speaking:

If you run disc brakes no problem but rim brakes will require adjustment for the smaller rim size, if possible.

You also have to consider your bottom bracket height when...
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,356
Posted By Happy Feet

Looking good! Very curious to see how it turns...

Looking good! Very curious to see how it turns out as I've considered a similar idea as a fun project for a while myself.

I hear you about the heat. Currently working on a new 4x4 overlander build...
07-25-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 860
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.
...
07-23-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 860
Posted By Happy Feet

Precisely. If people could just add the caveat...

Precisely. If people could just add the caveat "for me"...

I bought a nearly 30 year old bike and gave it a 2x2 drive train. Was it worth it? To me it was. I had a lot of fun building, and enjoy...
07-22-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 301
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: 311
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....
07-19-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Posted By Happy Feet

Weird. Why don't you go to your own homepage...

Weird.
Why don't you go to your own homepage that you are spamming bike forums with and read the review of mtb glasses you wrote? You could probably read some recommendations you already made there.
Forum: Fatbikes
07-16-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

Well, as you keep responding to my posts I'll...

Well, as you keep responding to my posts I'll respond to this and then we can keep it at that.

A. Never said anything bad about a nice bike... ever.
My push back is always when YOU say something...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-16-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

Nice and comfy... yeah, what most people look for...

Nice and comfy... yeah, what most people look for in off road biking :rolleyes:
Forum: Fatbikes
07-15-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

Well great. Basically flat, smooth, easy trails...

Well great. Basically flat, smooth, easy trails that could be done with far more inexpensive bikes than the ones you pump. Thanks for that. The fact that you think you need the newest most expensive...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-14-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

Meh. Nice dodge on the "post some pics"...

Meh.

Nice dodge on the "post some pics" angle. The advanced riding all that new expensive gear allows- We'll just take your word for it 😉

As to spewing misinformation.
Continually posting into...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-13-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
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
07-13-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

Wow.. that's amazing. You must feel very...

Wow.. that's amazing. You must feel very intelligent realizing that :rolleyes:

Honestly. Do you think so little of the people on this forum that you believe you have some sort of secret superior...
07-12-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,158
Posted By Happy Feet

This wouldn't even be that hard to make....

This wouldn't even be that hard to make. Apparently the nullwinds link posted earlier has the front wheel fairing, an integrated teardrop shaped seat bag would not be that hard to make/source and...
07-12-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,158
Posted By Happy Feet

As someone who also likes to tinker in the shop I...

As someone who also likes to tinker in the shop I always appreciate your inventions, rudamentary as they are. I get that they are "proof of concept" designs more than a finished product. Sadly,...
Forum: Touring
07-11-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,284
Posted By Happy Feet

This has been my experience with black bears as...

This has been my experience with black bears as well. Some sharp "HEY"s in a stern voice to get their attention and off they go. We live on the side of a mountain and have them routinely in our...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-09-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

Well, it would be me and everyone else stuck...

Well, it would be me and everyone else stuck there too then. I feel you are stuck being a fanboy for every new gimmick that comes along, trading up and then disparaging the bike you just finished...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-08-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
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, 11:58 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

No. This was just a couple of years ago and...

No. This was just a couple of years ago and nothing has improved since then. When one builds a bike for "adventure" and already has proven, perfected and mass produced 32h and 36h design, going low...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-08-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
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
07-08-21, 12:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

It seems the 1120 still comes with 28h wheels. We...

It seems the 1120 still comes with 28h wheels. We talked about that quite a bit a couple of years ago in the touring sub forum. There were a number of complaints about spokes breaking back then. Not...
07-06-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By Happy Feet

The top bike is a design often called an E Stay...

The top bike is a design often called an E Stay (elevated chain stay) and was popular for a time around the 1980's-1990's. An interesting design that allowed the chain to be completely removed but...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-05-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,236
Posted By Happy Feet

I ride a 2017 Specialized Fatboy I bought used...

I ride a 2017 Specialized Fatboy I bought used for $700. It does ok.
Forum: Fatbikes
07-05-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 46,135
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: 46,135
Posted By Happy Feet

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

http://i.imgur.com/8vgsfY9h.jpg (https://imgur.com/8vgsfY9)
07-05-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,172
Posted By Happy Feet

Sometimes you just know you're gonna use that...

Sometimes you just know you're gonna use that dropper

http://i.imgur.com/kAqHLftl.jpg (https://imgur.com/kAqHLft)
Forum: Touring
07-04-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By Happy Feet

Maybe with the advances in 1x drivetrains they've...

Maybe with the advances in 1x drivetrains they've worked out some of the kinks and have migrated to 2x systems (pun intended).

I know that the main problem I have with cross chaining is binding...
07-03-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,751
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...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 11:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,270
Posted By Happy Feet

Really! Mountain biked at Alpine Ski Resort...

Really!

Mountain biked at Alpine Ski Resort today in Fernie from 9am till 2:30pm and Temps hit 99f (the hill closed at 3 due to heat).

Despite the heat, which during the day is just oppressive,...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,270
Posted By Happy Feet

I'm in the NP system right now. Paddleboard and...

I'm in the NP system right now. Paddleboard and mountain bike road trip. So far Jasper, Banff, Waterton, today in Fernie then up through Kootenay to Yoho. Everything is open as far as bike camping is...
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 08:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,356
Posted By Happy Feet

How are you securing the canvas to the foam?...

How are you securing the canvas to the foam? Paint, like a canvas canoe? Interested in more pics of your build as I've considered this for a winter's project.
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,270
Posted By Happy Feet

Depending on the route, and how you intend to re...

Depending on the route, and how you intend to re supply, check to make sure services will still be open when you cross.

In 2016 I crossed the Canadian west in September. I'd hoped for an Indian...
06-25-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,298
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: 7,298
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: 7,298
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, 09:47 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,298
Posted By Happy Feet

We are straying a bit from bike shops but that...

We are straying a bit from bike shops but that study seems to say a couple of things.

a. No change in diet
b. absent that, exercise was needed to reduce weight.
c. and that the caloric imbalance...
06-25-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
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...
06-24-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,627
Posted By Happy Feet

While I will avoid the more academic discussion...

While I will avoid the more academic discussion as to what constitutes cross chaining, in common precautionary parlance for triples, it refers to shifting into the opposite spectrum of cassette cogs...
06-23-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Happy Feet

Perfect! Shift boss covers. I don't know why I...

Perfect! Shift boss covers. I don't know why I couldn't think of that 😕

Thanks!
06-23-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Happy Feet

Quick question regarding dt post covers

Just converting an older Spesh Allez to FG and after removing the DT shifters I have the posts remaining. I know there are doodads type covers to make that look nicer but can't find them online or...
06-22-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,172
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: 1,172
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: 595
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, 08:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 469
Posted By Happy Feet

I think the 26 market is small. As with most...

I think the 26 market is small. As with most things people go for what's new and trending, even if the application would suit something other. Its a general fear of uncertainty or standing out and...
06-16-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,423
Posted By Happy Feet

Maybe... HTFU?

Maybe... HTFU?
06-16-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,298
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...
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