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02-25-24, 11:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,500
Posted By PDKL45

Commonly, the next year's bike models are...

Commonly, the next year's bike models are released in Summer-Fall (so 2024 models were released in mid-late 2023)



It depends on your local market. In some places, quite a bit of new inventory...
02-21-24, 10:11 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,495
Posted By PDKL45

Just ignore women alone in general. Don't...

Just ignore women alone in general. Don't slipstream them, try to get ahead and ride away from them, don't look at them and really, don't stop and talk to them. Even stopping a few hundred meters in...
02-21-24, 06:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 818
Posted By PDKL45

Some that I listen to (some every episode, others...

Some that I listen to (some every episode, others not so much):

Bikes or Death (Long distance bikepacking & bikepacking racing, cool intro song)
Phil Gaimon (occasional podcasts)
The Guitar Ted...
02-08-24, 01:17 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,220
Posted By PDKL45

I was riding a local route in Korea, in the...

I was riding a local route in Korea, in the reverse direction to the ways it's usually ridden, and I got to the summit of a long climb to see a local pro team up there, but the younger guys who...
01-23-24, 07:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,719
Posted By PDKL45

I saw a duck just fall out of the sky dead a few...

I saw a duck just fall out of the sky dead a few weeks ago, when things were getting really cold in December. It was flying I guess, and then all of a sudden it wasn't. Fell down on a small rural...
01-08-24, 11:20 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,875
Posted By PDKL45

They never made an announcement about anything,...

They never made an announcement about anything, just introduced higher prices to UK subscribers without any warning. Then, when people woke up to what was going on, it seemed that they had instituted...
01-08-24, 04:00 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,875
Posted By PDKL45

I don't mind the cost so much, but the way they...

I don't mind the cost so much, but the way they went about increasing the price about a year ago was preposterous. They were inept at being sneaky and then tried to clarify their new policy with a...
10-19-23, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,261
Posted By PDKL45

You could also do a 650b conversion and throw...

You could also do a 650b conversion and throw 650x47 WTB Horizons on one, or the Byways for rougher gravel. Even find some wildly expensive but feathery light Rene Herse 650b tires in 47-50.
09-14-23, 11:32 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,298
Posted By PDKL45

Taiwan isn't exactly unknown, and neither are...

Taiwan isn't exactly unknown, and neither are Vietnam, Malaysia and Mainland China. The Giant factory isn't exactly hiding out either, like Maxway and Merida. They all have their names on them, just...
09-01-23, 03:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 967
Posted By PDKL45

Are you looking for tour rentals? I believe that...

Are you looking for tour rentals? I believe that Giant has an extensive rental network in Taiwan, with Fastroads and Toughroads, maybe Roams?
08-30-23, 05:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,206
Posted By PDKL45

Aliexpress is fine for certain things. But that...

Aliexpress is fine for certain things. But that pricing thing is silly, it's just to spoof the algorithm (it's awful anyway) and to generate clicks. There will be an UNO seatpost for $17 or something...
08-29-23, 08:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,390
Posted By PDKL45

Even things like shoes matter. I seem to get by...

Even things like shoes matter. I seem to get by just fine with MTB type Shimano SPD pedals and shoes on my road bikes, but you can have a shoe fitting with arch support etc. to reduce foot hot spots....
08-29-23, 06:49 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,390
Posted By PDKL45

That weird reverse snobbery is not uncommon...

That weird reverse snobbery is not uncommon around online forums. "With absolutely no regard for my scrotum--which I am prepared to chafe so badly it glows in the dark--I wear cut off jeans with...
08-24-23, 07:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,072
Posted By PDKL45

666 ISO! I know, that was my exact first thought...

666 ISO! I know, that was my exact first thought when I saw it was a 660 mm rim, the missed opportunity. Because you know it's going to be demonized anyway, you may as well go all out.
08-18-23, 12:23 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,541
Posted By PDKL45

People tend to fixate on bike fit and other...

People tend to fixate on bike fit and other things, sometimes ignoring practical considerations like health. Providing yourself with a very upright position on a bike can have enormous benefits if,...
08-16-23, 11:54 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,541
Posted By PDKL45

Analog Cycles has some 0 mm stems: Stems...

Analog Cycles has some 0 mm stems: Stems (analogcycles.com) (https://analogcycles.com/collections/stems) The guy has issued a Fatwah vis a vis low trail and word is, it made Jan Heine cry: Debunking...
08-02-23, 10:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By PDKL45

Thanks for that. I have been watching brake...

Thanks for that. I have been watching brake bleeding tutorial videos at the University of Youtube, and I think it should be okay. I've been doing my own wrenching this year, after relying on shops...
07-25-23, 06:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,876
Posted By PDKL45

It can be incredibly frustrating, when people...

It can be incredibly frustrating, when people just don't get it. Friends of my father (I'm the last of the Gen-Xers; you're between him and I) had an accident with a bike in the city near him and...
06-25-23, 08:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,202
Posted By PDKL45

There, I think 9, 10 and 11 speed chainrings work...

There, I think 9, 10 and 11 speed chainrings work with 9, 10 and 11 speed chains (I may be incorrect here, please correct me if I am), but 8 speed is slightly different in terms of inner chain width....
06-25-23, 06:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,202
Posted By PDKL45

Also, for anyone wanting to work out their...

Also, for anyone wanting to work out their gearing, this (https://www.gear-calculator.com/) is the most helpful calculator I know of.
06-25-23, 06:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,202
Posted By PDKL45

Have a look at the drivetrain on this...

Have a look at the drivetrain on this (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/fastroad-ar-1-2023) bike. It's not available in the US--it's one of those ones that Giant releases in Australia first--but the...
04-25-23, 06:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,271
Posted By PDKL45

I'd just keep the Revolt and the RTC520 and sell...

I'd just keep the Revolt and the RTC520 and sell the Big Trail. Why go through all the rigmarole of selling bikes, setting up new ones etc.? Also, there, in my opinion, your used Revolt and RC520,...
04-04-23, 07:43 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,449
Posted By PDKL45

Bathing a chain in petrol or some other solvent...

Bathing a chain in petrol or some other solvent as a degreaser. It washes out the deeply packed factory grease and ensures a noisy chain that requires frequent oiling.

Edit: I was thinking of the...
03-29-23, 04:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,707
Posted By PDKL45

The problem is actually quite serious for brand...

The problem is actually quite serious for brand managers. We all wear and use things made in China, and not all "knock-offs" are mere copies. Sometimes the factory that produces products for (insert...
03-28-23, 07:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,356
Posted By PDKL45

I think it looks awesome...

I think it looks awesome...
03-26-23, 10:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,920
Posted By PDKL45

You probably won't go faster, but I can say from...

You probably won't go faster, but I can say from experience (yesterday's ride mainly) that life is too short for Schwalbe Marathons. They turn your bike into something that feels like a dumptruck,...
03-23-23, 08:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,134
Posted By PDKL45

Also, if you're in the US, check Marin Bikes,...

Also, if you're in the US, check Marin Bikes, they might have something up your alley:

https://www.marinbikes.com/bikes/type/fitness-transit
03-22-23, 02:29 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 7,662
Posted By PDKL45

OP's running Schwalbe Marathons which I find...

OP's running Schwalbe Marathons which I find instantly turn your bike into a dumptruck. They're tough and incredibly rigid with that fat rubber band in them and IMO, need to be rock hard for decent...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-23, 11:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,032
Posted By PDKL45

Cues just released. Looks awesome IMO. The...

Cues just released. Looks awesome IMO. The Preamble would have been 3000 level probably....
01-31-23, 05:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,113
Posted By PDKL45

It's cool alright. So if I was OP, I would be...

It's cool alright. So if I was OP, I would be looking to make the orange bike into something like that. OP's idea of a hippie bike seems to be more like a utility grocery getter/bikepacker I think,...
01-20-23, 09:28 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 12,326
Posted By PDKL45

Exactly, but people often get defensive when it...

Exactly, but people often get defensive when it comes to drinking and see your choice not to drink as you being sactimoniously judgemental, when all you've said is "no thanks, I don't drink" after...
01-18-23, 11:52 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 12,326
Posted By PDKL45

If anyone thinks cycling is bad, try AFL...

If anyone thinks cycling is bad, try AFL (Australian Rules) football...

But the thing for me is that when I drank, I always thought I was the type of person who would wake up at 5:00am to go for a...
Forum: Touring
01-18-23, 10:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,353
Posted By PDKL45

I like that guy's videos as well, I'm enjoying...

I like that guy's videos as well, I'm enjoying his Tour Divide series at the moment.

Francis Cade often credit card tours, and he has some great stuff on his channel. Him and his mate Justin just...
01-03-23, 06:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,279
Posted By PDKL45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnTNj2mvY-4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnTNj2mvY-4
12-22-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,497
Posted By PDKL45

It gets wild. There was a thread about clothing...

It gets wild. There was a thread about clothing in a Facebook cycling group I'm in that got kinda crazy, with people throwing around angry accusations about others gatekeeping what "real" cycling...
12-15-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,772
Posted By PDKL45

Chain Reaction cycles recently really annoyed me...

Chain Reaction cycles recently really annoyed me regarding shoes. With their house brand, DHB, they ram it down your throat that you MUST buy them a size smaller than your normal size. I bought size...
12-15-22, 07:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,433
Posted By PDKL45

I got myself some new shoes, the DHB camo laceups...

I got myself some new shoes, the DHB camo laceups from CRC, along with toe covers and some chains to last me through 2023, as well as a new cassette. The main gift is spousal clearance to ride,...
12-13-22, 09:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,212
Posted By PDKL45

Aliexpress is filled with shifters, seven speed...

Aliexpress is filled with shifters, seven speed or otherwise. I'd just throw one of those on and be done with it.
10-27-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 449
Posted By PDKL45

The Path Podcast has returned: The Path Podcast –...

The Path Podcast has returned: The Path Podcast – The Path Bike Shop (https://www.thepathbikeshop.com/pages/the-path-podcast)

Gnar Couch: The Gnar Couch Podcast (podbean.com)...
08-25-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Posted By PDKL45

The new Soma Gullwing lets you go back and forth...

The new Soma Gullwing lets you go back and forth with just a swap of the bars:

The Soma Fab Blog: The Soma Gullwing Bar: The Answer to One of the Most Asked Questions on Bike Forums...
07-21-22, 10:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,603
Posted By PDKL45

I'm assuming it's posted by an algorithm, rather...

I'm assuming it's posted by an algorithm, rather than an actual human. For what reason I don't really know, if it's not trying to leave spam links. The original text is here: News - Bicycle...
06-14-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,614
Posted By PDKL45

They're really common in Korea, especially the...

They're really common in Korea, especially the mid-range Escape hybrids, those things sell like hot cakes. Still, when they say the biggest bike manufacturer in the world, they mean OEM manufacturing...
06-10-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,947
Posted By PDKL45

I think it's a pic of a tweaker nest, the...

I think it's a pic of a tweaker nest, the "stupid" frame that is. Dismantling bikes and buggering about with parts keeps the hands moving while on meth, hence a bunch of stolen bikes being reduced to...
06-05-22, 05:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,172
Posted By PDKL45

Emphasis mine. It's such a good point. If I...

Emphasis mine.

It's such a good point. If I am on Bike Forums, it's because I chose to come here and I'm not really going to immediately decide I made the wrong choice and click away. If I'm in...
06-05-22, 02:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,172
Posted By PDKL45

You would be much better off appealing to the...

You would be much better off appealing to the YouTube algorithm IMO. Google how to do that. I get so sick of vlogspam that I go out of my way to avoid watching videos from links like that, on general...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,777
Posted By PDKL45

Yeah, I have the hinged ones. I had been using...

Yeah, I have the hinged ones. I had been using the thumb hooks from Aliexpress, which are also sort of decent, but they don't have the degree or ergonomic shaping that the hinged ones do; they were...
Forum: Touring
05-09-22, 04:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 20,382
Posted By PDKL45

I like Francis Cade and his mate Bike Fit James a...

I like Francis Cade and his mate Bike Fit James a lot, very fun and informative videos. But! And there's a big but. They assume people have entirely healthy necks and backs, which is not always the...
05-03-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,565
Posted By PDKL45

Hit and runs aren't all that uncommon around...

Hit and runs aren't all that uncommon around here, but this one seems fairly anodyne. It's the ones that lead to a massive argument that are really questionable.
03-13-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,997
Posted By PDKL45

Check Analog: Stems (analogcycles.com)...

Check Analog: Stems (analogcycles.com) (https://analogcycles.com/collections/stems) The guy is obsessed with long frames and high, short stems with drop bars; he is NOT a fan of low trail bikes. In...
03-03-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,997
Posted By PDKL45

Soma Condor 2 fits the bill and would probably be...

Soma Condor 2 fits the bill and would probably be better for a carbon steerer.

Condor 2 Handlebar | SOMA Fabrications (https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/condor-2-handlebar)
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