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09-25-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By Darth Lefty

Here's an old (2006!) MTBR post by a guy who tore...

Here's an old (2006!) MTBR post by a guy who tore down one of those Scott bikes. The bottom pivot is concentric with the bottom bracket and just rides steel on steel. Pretty much all current bikes...
09-25-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's funny to see what they are getting right and...

It's funny to see what they are getting right and wrong at this stage. The rear suspension market is now totally dominated by various four-bar linkages, with some kind of rocker to control the...
09-25-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Darth Lefty

Swag officially lost summer 2018. Made MY19 a...

Swag officially lost summer 2018. Made MY19 a gamble for manufacturers whether they would make and spec new bikes for WT or for 29/27.5 plus... the WT won. Not everyone is on board, clearly, but...
Forum: Foo
09-24-21, 11:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 572
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'm sure everyone can remember when the only way...

I'm sure everyone can remember when the only way to get an ipod cable was to get one that said Apple on it. But that doesn't matter any more. The lawsuits are ten years behind the reality again.
...
09-24-21, 10:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 805
Posted By Darth Lefty

I took apart a Camelbak Podium water bottle spout...

I took apart a Camelbak Podium water bottle spout and I don't think I need to do it again. The little flange that holds the spout in did not 100% survive (you can see the tear) but it holds more...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,142
Posted By Darth Lefty

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1825 (3328...

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1825 (3328 total YTD)
Welshboy (UK)______________________ 1,601
Atvar(ITA) __________________________ 584 (939,96 Km)
Darth Lefty (CA) ____________________...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-21, 11:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 443
Posted By Darth Lefty

PDW has a bell that replaces a headset spacer

PDW has a bell that replaces a headset spacer
09-23-21, 11:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 564
Posted By Darth Lefty

I’ve done blind stoker events a few times and...

I’ve done blind stoker events a few times and prior experience is key. I think an average person who might ride a bike occasionally for fun will be fine. They’ll just go along with it. Anyone who...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 13,360
Posted By Darth Lefty

Right by the dam and bridge I just posted about,...

Right by the dam and bridge I just posted about, there is a fish hatchery. The bridge has nice bike trail underpasses, on both sides, arranged in a way to encourage people to use the west side. I...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,786
Posted By Darth Lefty

Where are you located? In a month or so here the...

Where are you located? In a month or so here the midwesterners will be posting about the weather. Down here in California's elbow I miss only a few days a year due to weather. We have about 300 days...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,786
Posted By Darth Lefty

Just logically, is car share or rental a problem...

Just logically, is car share or rental a problem on inclement weather days? You may not be the only person with this plan.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 13,360
Posted By Darth Lefty

WFH schedule boogered this week by life events. I...

WFH schedule boogered this week by life events. I was looking at a short lap today, so on the return leg I went the wrong way and all the way up the Hazel Bridge to the Nimbus Dam overlook before...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 680
Posted By Darth Lefty

Quite some time ago I was using one of those...

Quite some time ago I was using one of those Walmart (Schwinn? Bell? one of those) bags that works kind of like a stuff sack on a plastic hoop with a mount that clamps to the handlebars and braces...
09-22-21, 08:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Darth Lefty

I like Salsas (clearly) and the Spearfish /...

I like Salsas (clearly) and the Spearfish / Horsethief seems like a fine bike. It's one I would definitely consider on my next go-round whenever that happens.

But it's a popular category and it's...
09-22-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 784
Posted By Darth Lefty

No drive side photo? What, you afraid of a little...

No drive side photo? What, you afraid of a little TDAP shot?

I'd like to try riding one just once. Seems like the problem would be you would have to control your speed to stay in each gear. If you...
09-22-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 258
Posted By Darth Lefty

I can certainly agree there's more to it. One of...

I can certainly agree there's more to it. One of the things I learned from various cut-up-the-chinarello articles is that a cheap CF frame or fork is basically the CF equivalent of hi-ten... put...
09-22-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 258
Posted By Darth Lefty

"feels dead" = damping accomplished by the CFRP....

"feels dead" = damping accomplished by the CFRP. But it's really stiff.

"feels lively" = flex, when you have thinner stronger steel there's less of it, the extra strength lets it flex further...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 13,360
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's a weird time in my life right now. Some...

It's a weird time in my life right now. Some things seem so stable and some are so hard. It's a big help to tune out and pedal and just not think about anything consequential. This morning I had a...
09-20-21, 12:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 687
Posted By Darth Lefty

The Krampus tires are 2.6 with the suspension...

The Krampus tires are 2.6 with the suspension fork OR 3.0 for the rigid. The KM gets 27.5x2.8 on the suspension fork and 27.5x3 on the rigid. All Dirt Wizards.

According to a recent post on MTBR,...
09-19-21, 11:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 228
Posted By Darth Lefty

Get the new tool, this time clean it, sell it...

Get the new tool, this time clean it, sell it off. Or borrow, or buy used
Forum: Commuting
09-17-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 13,360
Posted By Darth Lefty

I had a weird couple of people yesterday. ...

I had a weird couple of people yesterday.

Riding about 10:30 to a dentist appointment there was a guy in a bike lane who was beckoning across the street. I looked; there was no one. He was next to...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,142
Posted By Darth Lefty

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1777 (3268...

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1777 (3268 total YTD)
Welshboy (UK)______________________ 1,601
Atvar(ITA) __________________________ 584 (939,96 Km)
Darth Lefty (CA) ____________________...
09-16-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 960
Posted By Darth Lefty

On a tandem it's sixty miles. Really what an...

On a tandem it's sixty miles.

Really what an odd straw man. Like one bike company says in their ad copy, "You can ride your bike wherever the hell you want"
09-15-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By Darth Lefty

First you would need to make sure they use the...

First you would need to make sure they use the same type of oil. If you look at Hope RX4 calipers for instance they have different versions with different seal rings. Then you would need to make sure...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 13,360
Posted By Darth Lefty

Full lap today. I've mislaid about 15-20...

Full lap today.

I've mislaid about 15-20 minutes in my morning routine and haven't found them yet
Forum: Foo
09-14-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 473
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'm wondering whether to tell my 7yo and if he...

I'm wondering whether to tell my 7yo and if he could relate. Not that he gives a rip about Weekend Update or Celebrity Roast. Norm voiced Glumshanks, a long-suffering henchman on Skylanders, one of...
09-13-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's weird that there would be a steel rigid...

It's weird that there would be a steel rigid Rockhopper in Y2K but the paint and components both say Y2K. 99 and earlier bikes were solid color. It's a fun head scratcher! But close enough unless...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 13,360
Posted By Darth Lefty

Lots of people out on bikes this morning. This is...

Lots of people out on bikes this morning. This is normal and seasonal.

Not normal - I passed someone on a contraption that resembled an Elliptigo but built into a nasty Amazon-quality e-scooter...
09-12-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 64,072
Views: 9,891,146
Posted By Darth Lefty

Lugged Trek 990, 22" ...

Lugged Trek 990, 22"

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/d/represa-trek-990-steel-frame-bicycle/7377370435.html
09-12-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 543
Posted By Darth Lefty

Looking at the warranty, if it's the same as it...

Looking at the warranty, if it's the same as it was when you bought the bike, I think you would be counting on their generosity to cover it, because you have several strikes. Fatigue failure really...
09-12-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 543
Posted By Darth Lefty

We've seen how vintage Raleigh brazing is... ...

We've seen how vintage Raleigh brazing is...

How was US customer support of Raleighs from England? Just honestly curious. My impression is that during the bike boom cheap bikes flooded into the...
09-12-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By Darth Lefty

Decals look like 2012, maybe. ...

Decals look like 2012, maybe.

https://www.google.com/search?q=specialized+myka+disc+2012&tbm=isch

The Shimano components may have a date code you can look up if it's important.
...
09-11-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By Darth Lefty

He said why. He wants to ride the brake and he's...

He said why. He wants to ride the brake and he's worried about it overheating.

Why he cast himself as an iconoclast for this, I dunno.
09-11-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 64,072
Views: 9,891,146
Posted By Darth Lefty

Couple of cool old mountain bikes on my local...

Couple of cool old mountain bikes on my local Craigslist

Barracuda A2E with a White Bros fork https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/d/clarksburg-barracuda-a2e/7375660623.html

'88 Trench Goat in...
09-11-21, 05:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Darth Lefty

Yes. So far as I could tell they were all about...

Yes. So far as I could tell they were all about the Assioma pedals. This idea is specific to the new Duo Shi axle assemblies. Thread title should have said Favero, the company name, sorry about that....
Forum: Commuting
09-11-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 589
Posted By Darth Lefty

You might be right. But they’re not showing sold...

You might be right. But they’re not showing sold out on the website. They’re not listed any more.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,878
Posted By Darth Lefty

Spesh is a great big company that has done some...

Spesh is a great big company that has done some tone deaf things in the past.

Mike's (and its bought-out predecessors) is a smaller company that I have been happy with.

Who to support? Well,...
09-10-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's obviously native 160 and would need a great...

It's obviously native 160 and would need a great big adapter to 203. Adapter will probably fit in the space, it goes forward. It's about the price of a chicken dinner with a cocktail to try it. Other...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,142
Posted By Darth Lefty

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1697 (3112...

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1697 (3112 total YTD)
Welshboy (UK)______________________ 1,601
Atvar(ITA) __________________________ 584 (939,96 Km)
Darth Lefty (CA) ____________________...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 13,360
Posted By Darth Lefty

I was thinking that I was skunked for the whole...

I was thinking that I was skunked for the whole week, but today I managed a short lap. A sharp thunderstorm passed through last night and it was humid; for just one day it's a welcome change from the...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 589
Posted By Darth Lefty

Feeling like you are daring us, I looked; your...

Feeling like you are daring us, I looked; your main photo is focused on the garage door and not the bike, and the dirty BB area isn't doing you any favors.

You could tag it AS SEEN IN ZOOM...
09-10-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 437
Posted By Darth Lefty

Explain the situation back to the race director. ...

Explain the situation back to the race director.

Or maybe beg the 8yo into the kids race and leave the 10yo to get dusted and see the cool bikes and get a taste of racing?
09-09-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 538
Posted By Darth Lefty

Racing bikes do like to go fast. Enjoy it. ...

Racing bikes do like to go fast. Enjoy it.

Reba is good. It's a nice chassis with average guts. All the parts have a part number, and it can be upgraded. This makes it a step up on the various...
09-09-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Darth Lefty

I have a pair of T400's and a really old pair of...

I have a pair of T400's and a really old pair of something I think is older than M520's.

M520's are a good candidate to try since nearly everyone who has thought "I should try clipless pedals"...
09-09-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Darth Lefty

So after a lot of time wasting research here is...

So after a lot of time wasting research here is my candidate list. None of them from a current high MTB group. All trekking, urban, non-group or otherwise oddball. I also identified another SPD-SL...
09-08-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 633
Posted By Darth Lefty

They’re never really balanced because one side is...

They’re never really balanced because one side is attached to the frame by housing and the other isn’t. Ideally the housing isn’t a factor but really it’s firmed up in compression. If you really...
09-08-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'm clicking around looking for which bodies this...

I'm clicking around looking for which bodies this might work on. I have not clicked through all the mountain pedals first but looking for ones that use the same insert. The compatibility map on the...
09-08-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Darth Lefty

another SPD power meter idea - Favero Duo Shi + Shimano trekking pedal body

I am maybe not the first person to notice this. I certainly have not been everywhere on the Internet looking. I'm going to try it. I already have the pedals, but not the Favero axles. The $$ is a...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Darth Lefty

Loctite under the band clamp?

Loctite under the band clamp?
Forum: Commuting
09-08-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By Darth Lefty

Ida know! <runs away>

Ida know!

<runs away>
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