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07-06-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 83
Posted By Rolla

"Nobody cares," because it's not "ruining"...

"Nobody cares," because it's not "ruining" anything.


...
07-06-22, 11:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 83
Posted By Rolla

So wear protection if you're paranoid about it; I...

So wear protection if you're paranoid about it; I don't see why its popularity is relevant.
07-06-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 90
Posted By Rolla

Attach the tensioner where the derailleur used to...

Attach the tensioner where the derailleur used to be. I like the Surly Singulator (https://surlybikes.com/parts/singleator).



Yes, but as mentioned, a narrow-wide chainring will better keep the...
07-05-22, 10:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 212
Posted By Rolla

I haven't found any finishing tape that sticks...

I haven't found any finishing tape that sticks nearly as well as electrical tape, unrefined and inelegant as it may be.
07-05-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 410
Posted By Rolla

I carry tire fix-it stuff, a pump, a multitool,...

I carry tire fix-it stuff, a pump, a multitool, and safety meeting supplies.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 205
Posted By Rolla

Bike thieves are looking for the easiest bike to...

Bike thieves are looking for the easiest bike to steal. The brand, condition, size, etc. have almost no bearing on the likelihood of theft. If it's vulnerable, it's gone. If it's fortified, they'll...
07-05-22, 01:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 567
Posted By Rolla

Then I guess I'll never know my "fitness age." ...

Then I guess I'll never know my "fitness age." Darn it all to heck.
07-05-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 117
Posted By Rolla

I do my own calculations and then compare the...

I do my own calculations and then compare the result to what the websites come up with. At the very least, run the numbers through a couple of different calculators and take the average.
07-04-22, 10:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By Rolla

I had a bike that had about 2mm of chainring...

I had a bike that had about 2mm of chainring clearance, and the frame flexed enough under heavy pedaling that the teeth scratched through the paint on the chainstay. Id definitely figure out how to...
07-04-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,102
Posted By Rolla

Some people wear masks outside due to allergies...

Some people wear masks outside due to allergies and/or pollutants. 💡
07-04-22, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Posted By Rolla

Geometry specs are generally available online. ...

Geometry specs are generally available online.



Fixed or not, clearance wouldn't be my focus. I'd rather be stretched than cramped, but that's me. Personally, I'd just hold out for the right...
07-04-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 737
Posted By Rolla

Depends on their typical level of activity. For...

Depends on their typical level of activity. For the sedentary, an e-bike may well give them the best workout they've ever had.
A conditioned cyclist won't exert nearly as much on an e-bike as they...
07-04-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,102
Posted By Rolla

"Le Tour" is on a closed course, ridden by...

"Le Tour" is on a closed course, ridden by professionals.



Many of those places have better bike infrastructure and healthcare.



This is at least encouraging.
07-03-22, 11:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 865
Posted By Rolla

Wrapping bars is absolutely one of my most...

Wrapping bars is absolutely one of my most favorite aspects of bike maintenance! I think yours looks pretty good, tbh. But when you're ready to tackle it again, I would highly recommend starting from...
07-03-22, 08:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 869
Posted By Rolla

My shop gives a 10% discount on any accessories...

My shop gives a 10% discount on any accessories or clothing purchased at the same time as the bike, one year of free adjustments (wheel truing, hub adjustments, tightening of bolts), and one...
07-03-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 590
Posted By Rolla

Just amused by the irony lol. No offense intended.

Just amused by the irony lol. No offense intended.
07-03-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 590
Posted By Rolla

:foo:

:foo:
07-03-22, 03:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 361
Posted By Rolla

I've personally used their cassettes and have...

I've personally used their cassettes and have installed their shifters on several others' bikes. No issues whatsoever; they play well with other brands' drivetrain parts.
07-03-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 590
Posted By Rolla

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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07-03-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 151
Posted By Rolla

I'm guessing that 40 years ago, you probably...

I'm guessing that 40 years ago, you probably couldn't find a fixed gear bike in Beaver Falls or Intercourse or Wherever, PA. Since this inexplicable distrust of bike shops seems to be a theme with...
07-03-22, 02:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Posted By Rolla

I wouldn't buy a smaller frame, no matter the...

I wouldn't buy a smaller frame, no matter the purpose or style of the bike. Proper positioning will make the bike more controllable and the ride more comfortable; I'd want both on a fixed gear bike....
07-03-22, 02:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 545
Posted By Rolla

Melt it down and turn it into something useful,...

Melt it down and turn it into something useful, like a beer can.
07-03-22, 02:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,326
Posted By Rolla

No professional outside of BMX rides a 4130...

No professional outside of BMX rides a 4130 chromoly frame. And that Kent is not 4130 chromoly. Now, you can rationalize buying the thing any way you want to, but the myth that riding a heavy bike...
07-03-22, 11:34 AM
07-03-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,904
Posted By Rolla

So it's decided then.

So it's decided then.
07-03-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,326
Posted By Rolla

That's why all the pros ride cheap, heavy, steel...

That's why all the pros ride cheap, heavy, steel bikes when they train.



Nah, it's not snobbery, it's just knowing better. And it's "their."
07-03-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 239
Posted By Rolla

You probably just need more air, like from a...

You probably just need more air, like from a compressor or one of those chambered tubeless tire pumps. You should hear the tire "pop" three or four times when the bead seats.
07-02-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 778
Posted By Rolla

Neon beige.

Neon beige.
07-02-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,102
Posted By Rolla

Exactly. And for us bald/shaved guys, it's kind...

Exactly. And for us bald/shaved guys, it's kind of a must, unless you want weird tan lines on your head. I also like having a visor available when I want it.
07-02-22, 03:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,732
Posted By Rolla

Kinda/sorta, I guess... I think the Molokos are...

Kinda/sorta, I guess... I think the Molokos are more like Jones H-bars.
...
07-02-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 590
Posted By Rolla

Not surprising. One of Yokozuna's hybrid...

Not surprising. One of Yokozuna's hybrid cable/hydro disc brake models is also sold under the Juin Tech and Crust brands. I've been using their cartridge V-brake pads for years.
07-02-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,102
Posted By Rolla

Online tough-guy posturing is probably among the...

Online tough-guy posturing is probably among the most harmless ways to compensate for one's real-life impotence. Still laughable, though.
07-02-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 99
Posted By Rolla

There are freehub bodies that accept both 11- and...

There are freehub bodies that accept both 11- and 12-speed cassettes, like the DT Swiss, Sram XO XD or Double Time XDR units. You'd build/buy a wheel using the hub that corresponds with the freehub,...
07-02-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 441
Posted By Rolla

They certainly can, but thoroughly bedding-in the...

They certainly can, but thoroughly bedding-in the pads and keeping the rotors free of contaminants are the best preventatives.
07-01-22, 09:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,102
Posted By Rolla

Wear a wicking cycling cap under your helmet (not...

Wear a wicking cycling cap under your helmet (not cotton). The material helps move sweat from the skin so it can evaporate, and the edge of the brim directs sweat away from your face.

...
07-01-22, 09:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 441
Posted By Rolla

Don't be afraid to go thicker. I've had...

Don't be afraid to go thicker. I've had brakes/rims that required the thickness of a quarter to get enough toe-in to silence them, even with salmon Kool Stops.
07-01-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,904
Posted By Rolla

Science and engineering are great. But this is...

Science and engineering are great. But this is more like, "I don't like the feel of electronic shifting, so please explain it to me until I do."
I just don't think every emotional response requires...
07-01-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 241
Posted By Rolla

Order your Five Tens from Zappos.com, who offers...

Order your Five Tens from Zappos.com, who offers free returns. Get them in two sizes -- one in your regular size, and one a half-size larger. You'll probably go with the larger ones. Return the other...
07-01-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,904
Posted By Rolla

When people say "don't overthink it," this is...

When people say "don't overthink it," this is what they're talking about. Try electronic shifting. If you like it, use it. If you don't, don't. A studied analysis won't change anything. When did we...
07-01-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 441
Posted By Rolla

Cleaning the braking surface with steel wool and...

Cleaning the braking surface with steel wool and rubbing alcohol can help, as can de-glazing the pads.
06-30-22, 09:05 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,904
Posted By Rolla

I don't think our preferences need to be...

I don't think our preferences need to be validated by data (or anything else, really). For example, even though I know that multi-gear drivetrains have lots of advantages, I still prefer to ride a...
06-30-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 835
Posted By Rolla

Since you have firsthand experience with them, I...

Since you have firsthand experience with them, I would think you could answer this question better than anyone.
06-30-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,904
Posted By Rolla

Since you seem quite confident and comfortable...

Since you seem quite confident and comfortable with your reasons for rejecting it, why do you feel the need to "get" it?
It's not for you; maybe just leave it at that.
06-30-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,732
Posted By Rolla

Yup. Here are a couple of them: ...

Yup. Here are a couple of them:

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06-30-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By Rolla

Vertical dropout are the problem -- not the LBS....

Vertical dropout are the problem -- not the LBS. I can't imagine why you'd think they would tell you this if it wasn't true.
06-29-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,572
Posted By Rolla

Given that you recently expressed a desire to see...

Given that you recently expressed a desire to see the president fall into traffic, I’d say that delighting in others’ misfortune is on-brand for you.

Maybe you’ll get lucky and this thread will be...
06-29-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 101
Posted By Rolla

1. Put your nuts on the stem. 2. Extend...

1. Put your nuts on the stem.
2. Extend dominant leg backwards.
3. Buy new tire.
06-29-22, 02:28 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 117
Posted By Rolla

Box 2 vs WI Freewheel: Box 2 ftw!

I recently did a drivetrain replacement on one of my singlespeeds. It has a White Industries ENO set-up, so I replaced the chainring with one of their new, splined, narrow-wide units, and installed a...
06-29-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 134
Posted By Rolla

I've always liked those bikes, and that's a sweet...

I've always liked those bikes, and that's a sweet example. My only gripe is the EBB, but some folks like them.

$300 is a helluva score!
06-29-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 361
Posted By Rolla

The low likelihood of a patch sticking there...

The low likelihood of a patch sticking there wouldn’t be worth the trouble to me. Try it and see; maybe use it for an emergency spare, but I’d be wary of depending on it for more than that. There...
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