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01-21-23, 11:05 AM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

Nothing wrong with valuing aesthetics over...

Nothing wrong with valuing aesthetics over performance, especially if one doesn't care about or isn't going to realize the advantage. I have a three-bar "klunker" that looks cool and is a blast to...
01-21-23, 10:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 637
Posted By Rolla

Agreed on the Campy lever shape. I dislike the...

Agreed on the Campy lever shape. I dislike the size of the Sram Force shifter paddles on my canti CX bike -- when in the curve of the drop, braking with index and 2nd finger, the paddle hits my...
01-20-23, 10:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 724
Posted By Rolla

The Masked Rider, by Neil Peart (late drummer of...

The Masked Rider, by Neil Peart (late drummer of the band Rush) is a surprisingly good read about his bicycle travels in West Africa.
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01-19-23, 09:22 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

Guess I have to spell it out for you, since...

Guess I have to spell it out for you, since you're so obtuse:

Climbing hills on a singlespeed, while not always the best choice, will nevertheless not "explode your knees" if you do it.

Better...
01-19-23, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 489
Posted By Rolla

Good to see some love for a brick-and-mortar...

Good to see some love for a brick-and-mortar shop. Try borrowing a truing stand from Amazon!
01-19-23, 07:15 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

:rolleyes: Oh, the hyperbole. It's not the best...

:rolleyes: Oh, the hyperbole. It's not the best tool for every job, but I've ridden singlespeeds for 40 years without any knee issues whatsoever.
01-19-23, 06:28 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

And some people just like higher quality and more...

And some people just like higher quality and more versatility than a $225 singlespeed provides.
01-19-23, 03:57 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

When I buy something I buy it for myself, not the...

When I buy something I buy it for myself, not the next guy. I don't view my possessions as inventory, so resale value is rarely a consideration. I've found that focusing too much on getting what you...
01-18-23, 02:42 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

Lol. Gotta love the guys who spring for a Custom...

Lol. Gotta love the guys who spring for a Custom Shop PRS with hand-wound Lollars only to run it through a dozen stomp boxes and a hi-gain Randall.

/hijack
01-18-23, 01:29 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

When it comes to ride characteristics, things...

When it comes to ride characteristics, things like wheelbase and tire choice probably make a more palpable difference than frame material to most riders. As an analogy, in acoustic guitar forums...
01-18-23, 12:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 724
Posted By Rolla

I thought Being Gary Fisher: An Autobiography was...

I thought Being Gary Fisher: An Autobiography was entertaining, although I'm not crazy about the magazine-style format.

Samuel Abt writes about cycling well. His 1985 book, Breakaway, is kind of a...
01-18-23, 12:01 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

The one that is most ...

The one that is most ...
01-17-23, 10:08 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,191
Posted By Rolla

This is why cool kids shouldn't tease the dorks...

This is why cool kids shouldn't tease the dorks in middle school; it scars them for a lifetime.

In truth, fixed gear riders often go brakeless or front-only simply because their track frames...
01-16-23, 04:38 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,258
Posted By Rolla

The first one or the 1000th one? ...

The first one or the 1000th one?



They're exactly the same, and you're a genius for not falling for Big Cycling's nefarious scheme.
01-16-23, 12:28 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

You mean the business model under which bike...

You mean the business model under which bike manufacturers build frames and then put components on them that are made by parts manufacturers? Yeah, that's not the "majority" of the industry, it's the...
01-16-23, 11:26 AM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

How fortunate to have so many forks come through...

How fortunate to have so many forks come through that are identical except for their brake configuration and to have the time to remove and weigh them.



We need a spit take emoji.
01-15-23, 06:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 997
Posted By Rolla

420. See above.

420.



See above.
01-15-23, 05:56 PM
01-14-23, 09:33 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Weird flex, but OK.

Weird flex, but OK.
01-14-23, 03:59 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

Two good points here. One is that when you...

Two good points here. One is that when you amortize the purchase over the length of ownership, even an expensive bike is fairly reasonable, especially compared to some other sports/hobbies I can...
01-14-23, 02:00 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

A 14K bike may well be "worth it" to someone else...

A 14K bike may well be "worth it" to someone else for any number of perfectly legitimate reasons, but if a bike is too precious for me to use as intended, it defeats the purpose; I don't ever want a...
01-13-23, 09:06 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

Ha. You do little else here.

Ha. You do little else here.
01-13-23, 05:41 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

Keep repeating the mantra: I am the real cyclist....

Keep repeating the mantra: I am the real cyclist. All others are posers. I am the real cyclist. All others are posers. I am the real cyclist. All others are posers. I am the real cyclist. All...
01-13-23, 05:38 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Hell if I know. Because it's human nature to be...

Hell if I know. Because it's human nature to be critical? Because basic utility isn't everyone's measure of desirability?

The fact is, nobody should care if other people like or dislike the things...
01-13-23, 10:22 AM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,162
Posted By Rolla

I've never encountered someone so tortured by...

I've never encountered someone so tortured by what other people do with their money. You pretend to know their motivation for buying expensive bikes, and it's always the same: "to show off." Your...
01-12-23, 09:42 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Try to keep up, Corky. You want someone to "help...

Try to keep up, Corky. You want someone to "help people like me accept this as music," so ask him to explain it.
01-12-23, 09:05 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Then you're an actor. Seems like if you really...

Then you're an actor. Seems like if you really wanted to "accept" his music, you'd talk about it with him.
01-12-23, 08:59 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

If his music offends his dad, it's doing its job....

If his music offends his dad, it's doing its job. The kids are alright.
01-12-23, 04:05 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Evidently, this persecution complex is contagious.

Evidently, this persecution complex is contagious.
01-12-23, 03:59 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Can't argue with that kind of ironclad evidence. ...

Can't argue with that kind of ironclad evidence. :rolleyes:
01-12-23, 03:38 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

You and that wolf kid keep making this ludicrous...

You and that wolf kid keep making this ludicrous assertion, yet neither of you can ever point to an example of it actually occurring. Are you guys a pair of socks or are you having some kind of...
01-12-23, 01:42 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,911
Posted By Rolla

Bikepackers often use bar ends...

Bikepackers often use bar ends (https://bikepacking.com/news/paul-chim-chim-bar-ends/), although sometimes they're in the middle (https://sqlab-usa.com/collections/innerbarends) of the bar.
01-12-23, 01:06 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

If you don't know the difference, it's not the...

If you don't know the difference, it's not the college papers that are stupid.



Don't you have some clouds to yell at?
01-12-23, 11:58 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,183
Posted By Rolla

Bust out the scissors and sewing machine and go...

Bust out the scissors and sewing machine and go nuts.
01-11-23, 03:33 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Noooo!! You got sucked into the vortex! ...

Noooo!! You got sucked into the vortex!

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01-11-23, 02:05 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

A shifting mechanism that required the rider to...

A shifting mechanism that required the rider to let go of the handlebar was the "zenith of bikes"? How absurd.



If your cables are "flapping in the wind," something is very wrong with your...
01-11-23, 01:43 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

Really? Show me the "plenty." The only time...

Really? Show me the "plenty." The only time anyone mentioned "serious cyclist" was YOU, in post #23.

It's more like you have interpreted people's preference for discs to mean they were saying...
01-11-23, 12:54 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Agreed, but a sign of quality is not the same as...

Agreed, but a sign of quality is not the same as a measurement of quality.



Absolutely. But I think the larger point here is that whether a given bike has a thousand claims or none at all, it's...
01-11-23, 12:27 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

I think warranty claims are a poor measure of...

I think warranty claims are a poor measure of overall bike quality, anyway. For one thing, lots of claims are dismissed due to user error. For another, a warranteed seatpost isn't necessarily...
01-11-23, 10:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 593
Posted By Rolla

I'm sure a Hungarian robot can weld a frame just...

I'm sure a Hungarian robot can weld a frame just as well as a Taiwanese robot can.
01-10-23, 10:13 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

I'd like to try that one. Pennsylvania grows a...

I'd like to try that one. Pennsylvania grows a LOT of rye, so they ought to know how to make it!
01-10-23, 07:37 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

My favorite is Reservoir, but it's hard to find...

My favorite is Reservoir, but it's hard to find outside of Virginia. I'm also a fan of Rabbit Hole, Whistlepig, and Rittenhouse.
01-10-23, 05:34 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

Well, it's 5:30 here. I'm fixing a rye whiskey on...

Well, it's 5:30 here. I'm fixing a rye whiskey on the rocks. I suggest y'all join me.
01-10-23, 05:31 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

The other problem is those who take every random...

The other problem is those who take every random opinion as a personal insult directed at them, and then wallow in the grave injustice they think they've suffered.
01-10-23, 05:23 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,911
Posted By Rolla

Could be, but nobody said "bolt upright." Please...

Could be, but nobody said "bolt upright." Please do a better job of responding to what is actually said, rather than altering it for your rhetorical purposes.
01-10-23, 04:02 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

For me, it's this: ...

For me, it's this:
...
01-10-23, 03:58 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,724
Posted By Rolla

Gross generalizations are seldom accurate. The...

Gross generalizations are seldom accurate. The "cycling community," like all communities, consists of the entire array of luddites, middle-of-the-roaders, and cutting-edgers. The widespread...
01-10-23, 02:21 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

Undoubtedly, but that need is hardly limited to...

Undoubtedly, but that need is hardly limited to disc brakes.
01-10-23, 02:05 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 16,746
Posted By Rolla

If you ever ride a QR bike with discs, you'll...

If you ever ride a QR bike with discs, you'll understand why thru-axles are a godsend. Precisely and consistently locating the axle in the frame makes aligning the rotor with the caliper nearly...
01-10-23, 01:49 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,911
Posted By Rolla

That certainly seems to be the case with me,...

That certainly seems to be the case with me, which is why I disagree with this earlier assertion:



When things get hairy, I want my head up, my shoulders squared, my arms wide, my fingers...
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