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06-04-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By FastJake

If you can push yourself on the road you'll do...

If you can push yourself on the road you'll do fine (assuming you have the technical skills). You don't need uninterrupted 5000' climbs. In fact, interval workouts are probably more beneficial. If...
05-27-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,076
Posted By FastJake

Looks good! How do you like that Rock Shox...

Looks good!

How do you like that Rock Shox fork? I've been thinking about trying one since it seems like the only decent 26" V-brake fork that can still be purchased new.
05-27-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,920
Posted By FastJake

Around here, unless specifically allowed,...

Around here, unless specifically allowed, bicycles are NOT allowed on private farm roads, horse trails, etc. So we ride elsewhere or risk getting in trouble for trespassing.

Just like gas powered...
05-27-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,920
Posted By FastJake

Triple use DOES mean triple wear, by definition....

Triple use DOES mean triple wear, by definition. Unless you want to argue they're going to ride slower on an e-bike than on a regular one. :rolleyes: If someone is riding 3x further than they...
05-26-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,920
Posted By FastJake

Late to the, uhh, "party" but here's my two...

Late to the, uhh, "party" but here's my two cents: I think e-bikes are not allowed on the MTB trails around here, but I'm not 100% sure. I can definitely see the benefit for road use in terms of a...
05-20-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 352
Posted By FastJake

2013 Trek Fuel 9.9 EX - any good today?

A friend of a friend is selling one of these in my size for $900, which seems like a reasonable price considering MSRP was something like $8400.

However, I'm concerned this is just another...
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,294
Posted By FastJake

This has been said a few times but I can't stress...

This has been said a few times but I can't stress it enough: stay on the least busy roads possible (within reason.) Fewer cars means less chance of getting hit by one. Besides that, it's also much...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,344
Posted By FastJake

I'm pretty sure the sit bone area is not supposed...

I'm pretty sure the sit bone area is not supposed to go numb... In any case, my butt is very much broken in. I can ride 200 miles in a day on a plastic saddle without pain or significant discomfort....
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,344
Posted By FastJake

Thanks everyone. I'll still probably use warm...

Thanks everyone. I'll still probably use warm water, but try to limit it to the area where I sit.

It doesn't typically get hot where I live and I don't sweat much, so last summer's riding didn't...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,344
Posted By FastJake

If I push on the saddle top with the palm of my...

If I push on the saddle top with the palm of my hand, it flexes. So the tension seems right. Or at least in the ballpark. What I need to do is re-shape the leather itself to "fit" me. Right now it's...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,344
Posted By FastJake

I want to give it a fair shot by changing its...

I want to give it a fair shot by changing its shape (break in). The pictures I've seen of broken-in saddles look very different compared to a new one, and mine still looks 100% brand new...

Those...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 622
Posted By FastJake

I currently use Kool Stop pads and holders...

I currently use Kool Stop pads and holders similar to the ones shown above. I'm planning to wear them down to the metal... Because I'll only scratch the rim once, and then I'll replace them. You can...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,008
Posted By FastJake

If I remember correctly, the Pari-Motos really...

If I remember correctly, the Pari-Motos really are paper thin. Rene Herse tires have a thicker layer of rubber on the tread which makes them last a lot longer and (probably) get fewer flats.

I've...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,806
Posted By FastJake

As was mentioned above, your bars are quite a bit...

As was mentioned above, your bars are quite a bit higher than the saddle. Lowering them as much as you can while keeping the riding position comfortable will likely increase your speed.



Just...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,344
Posted By FastJake

How to break in rock hard Berthoud saddle?

Sorry, I know, another leather saddle break-in question.

I bought my first leather saddle last year, a Berthoud Aravis, because they're supposed to be "the best." I put on over 1000 miles and it...
03-08-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By FastJake

Front hubs are easy. SONdelux SL Wide-Body! ...

Front hubs are easy. SONdelux SL Wide-Body!

Come to think of it, I might have a DA7400 freewheel hub in a box somewhere... And those are at least decently well sealed. It seems like seals that...
03-08-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By FastJake

High Quality fixed (freewheel) hub with quick release?

Are there any new options for a hub like this? Any old high quality hubs I should keep my eyes open for?

My commuter is a fixed gear and I've used a slew of old hubs over the years. I was happy to...
03-02-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,995
Posted By FastJake

Ah, the classic, "that's not how I use MY bike,...

Ah, the classic, "that's not how I use MY bike, so it's wrong." I live in the US and also greatly prefer to start rides from my front door when it's feasible. Please get out of my thread with your...
03-01-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By FastJake

It's worth noting that there are (probably)...

It's worth noting that there are (probably) literally millions of Shimano MTB rear derailers made since the late 1980s that will also work and may allow a larger max cog than your 105, which might be...
02-28-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By FastJake

Usually people are going the other direction,...

Usually people are going the other direction, using brifters or other "road" shifters with MTB rear derailers to get more range.

But anyway, 5700 is 10-speed so it'll work, no questions asked....
02-27-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,995
Posted By FastJake

Thanks! This is what I was curious about. I need...

Thanks! This is what I was curious about. I need to do more reading on that Microshift group and compare everything to my old 2x8 stuff.
02-25-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,885
Posted By FastJake

Depends on your weight, the terrain, and your...

Depends on your weight, the terrain, and your riding style. For me, yes, it's definitely ok.
02-25-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,167
Posted By FastJake

One to three grand for a MTB that weighs...

One to three grand for a MTB that weighs 31-35lbs? :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:
Forum: Foo
02-22-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,669
Posted By FastJake

Same here. But taking a break for a couple...

Same here. But taking a break for a couple minutes is so much better than wasting away hour after hour.

I really appreciate everyone's replies and advice.
Forum: Foo
02-22-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,669
Posted By FastJake

Today is a night and day difference. Maybe...

Today is a night and day difference. Maybe actually typing this out was the wake up call I needed? I hope so. Ok, back to work!
Forum: Foo
02-19-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,669
Posted By FastJake

Fortunately I never liked dope and don't smoke...

Fortunately I never liked dope and don't smoke anything. But I've seen what it can do to people. And I'm starting to feel just as lazy as those people! Alcohol is my vice, but I gave it up for a...
Forum: Foo
02-19-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,669
Posted By FastJake

Thanks. "Private" is why I posted here rather...

Thanks. "Private" is why I posted here rather than posting on my personal Facebook page or coming clean to my boss (which I've considered, and seems like a terrible idea.) I certainly don't expect...
02-19-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,167
Posted By FastJake

Suspension I'll give you. Though it's heavier...

Suspension I'll give you. Though it's heavier than it used to be.

"Better engineered parts" is too vague to mean anything. Today's MTBs seem more disposable than ever, so I hope you didn't mean...
Forum: Foo
02-19-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,669
Posted By FastJake

Why can't I stay motivated at work? Help me.

I've noticed this since my first professional job but it's slowly gotten worse and I worry it's reaching a breaking point. I'm an engineer, 33 years old. I do an absolute bare minimum of work not to...
02-18-21, 11:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,167
Posted By FastJake

1000% false. Your comparison of your old, cheap,...

1000% false. Your comparison of your old, cheap, nearly bottom-of-the-barrel MTBs to very expensive new ones is pointless. They used to make nice, lightweight, expensive bikes too. And now most of...
02-18-21, 11:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,885
Posted By FastJake

Yeah, I also run tubes. I forgot about the...

Yeah, I also run tubes.

I forgot about the tire migrating on the rim until someone else mentioned it. Watch for it at low pressures or you could end up with a destroyed tube. It gets worse as the...
02-17-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,125
Posted By FastJake

An absurd dramatization. In reality it's like a...

An absurd dramatization. In reality it's like a Honda Civic versus a Honda Civic with slightly larger tires. Those larger tires have pros and cons.
02-17-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,885
Posted By FastJake

I don't like to pinch flat or bang rims on hard...

I don't like to pinch flat or bang rims on hard objects so I keep my pressure high enough to avoid those things. I weigh as much as the OP and run about 15-20psi in a 2.2" tire.
02-17-21, 12:16 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,167
Posted By FastJake

Then the advice for these people should be to...

Then the advice for these people should be to find a nice used bike, not increase their budget. If they don't want to listen, that's their problem.

I would not recommend anyone buy a brand new...
02-17-21, 12:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,578
Posted By FastJake

I have never liked riding on the shoulders of...

I have never liked riding on the shoulders of highways, texting or not. Surely there are plenty of small paved or gravel roads in Idaho that have almost no traffic. You don't *only* have to MTB.
02-16-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,573
Posted By FastJake

Who do you work for, Trek or Specialized? ...

Who do you work for, Trek or Specialized?

"It's more than six months old? Quick! Throw it in the trash before it robs you blind and sleeps with your daughter!"

Keep drinking that Kool Aid. I...
02-15-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,125
Posted By FastJake

I agree with you, and I'm still riding my old 26"...

I agree with you, and I'm still riding my old 26" bikes. But 26" wheels have been made "obsolete" by mainstream manufacturers. You aren't likely to find any decent new bikes that use them. But there...
02-15-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 437
Posted By FastJake

I'm still not much good at it without being...

I'm still not much good at it without being clipped in. Search for it with "BMX". It's one of the first tricks to learn. I can't think of how to explain it via text.
02-15-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,105
Posted By FastJake

I built mine three years ago after riding or...

I built mine three years ago after riding or owning just about every other kind of MTB and circling back to the old 26" hardtail. A variety of full suspension bikes, 29er, "plus" bike, none of them...
02-14-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,105
Posted By FastJake

I certainly like mine, but it's possible to make...

I certainly like mine, but it's possible to make a great (or terrible) frame from any of the common materials. Corrosion-proof and no need for paint are nice features.
02-13-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,995
Posted By FastJake

Hmm, more support for Microshift. How does it...

Hmm, more support for Microshift. How does it compare to, say, SRAM? I rode a brand new bike with NX 1x11 and was predictably disappointed with it. Typical SRAM higher effort and less precision than...
02-13-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 700
Posted By FastJake

I really like my Patagonia Houdini but the...

I really like my Patagonia Houdini but the regular price is $100... Maybe there is a cheaper alternative. It squishes down into its own attached bag smaller than my fist.
02-13-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,238
Posted By FastJake

Geometry depends on the trail and riding style....

Geometry depends on the trail and riding style. Some of the new bikes handle slow and clumsy to me. Better tires? LOL. I'm not riding on 25 year old tires. You know they still make 26" tires, right?...
02-13-21, 12:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,103
Posted By FastJake

For what it's worth, back in 2015 I bought a full...

For what it's worth, back in 2015 I bought a full carbon cyclocross frame/fork for like $500 on one of those China sites. Raced it for several seasons and had zero issues. Super light frame and fork,...
02-13-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By FastJake

Actually test fit the tires (inflated) on...

Actually test fit the tires (inflated) on whatever rims you have before going out and buying new rims. 2.4" may fit (depending on how accurate the actual width is...) but I've never personally seen...
02-13-21, 12:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,374
Posted By FastJake

"It's stupid to spend a few hundred bucks...

"It's stupid to spend a few hundred bucks upgrading this bike. Instead you should spend $1500 on a new bike."

Huh? For what it's worth, 26" rim brake is my preferred MTB type. Yes, I've ridden and...
02-12-21, 11:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,238
Posted By FastJake

Jeez, how much do you have to spend these days...

Jeez, how much do you have to spend these days not to get a boat anchor? I've ridden some of these modern ~30lb bikes and they feel like total slugs compared to my ancient 26" rim-brake hardtail....
02-12-21, 11:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,874
Posted By FastJake

Nice work! A bit off topic but are there...

Nice work! A bit off topic but are there replacement bushings available for these? They wear out, causing wobble in the fork (rocking under braking like a loose headset) which only gets worse over...
02-12-21, 10:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,995
Posted By FastJake

To be a bit more specific I'm mostly trying to...

To be a bit more specific I'm mostly trying to pin down weight differences between 1x and 2x. I've ridden 1x on several different bikes and know I would be satisfied with it from a riding perspective.
02-12-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,995
Posted By FastJake

I've avoided Microshift as it always seemed like...

I've avoided Microshift as it always seemed like cheap knockoff stuff, but it's been years since I've built up a MTB. Sounds like this is worth considering. It certainly checks all the boxes.
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