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09-09-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 4,764
Posted By subgrade

My "mileage" in this regard may differ from many...

My "mileage" in this regard may differ from many yet it is what it is:

I ride 95% solo, and when not, it's leisure rides with beer and such. So there is no need to "fit in".
That said, I own a...
08-26-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,140
Posted By subgrade

At birth.

At birth.
08-26-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,690
Posted By subgrade

Maybe compare the geometry figures of your Van...

Maybe compare the geometry figures of your Van Nicholas to some CF flat bar hybrids, like the aforementioned Specialized Cirrus or Diverge, Trek Fx, or Scott Metrix etc. If the figures are close...
08-26-21, 05:24 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,346
Posted By subgrade

1" can probably still be dealt with, but 2" too...

1" can probably still be dealt with, but 2" too big is certainly an issue when your ride is longer than 1 hour, or you're pushing the limits on an at least somewhat technical bit of trail. Going on...
08-26-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,862
Posted By subgrade

What is this "coasting down after climbing the...

What is this "coasting down after climbing the hill" you all are talking about? Where I live, most of the hills are actually river valleys, thus all the climbs come after the descents.
08-11-21, 12:54 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,270
Posted By subgrade

Shimano Deore XT RD-M772

Shimano Deore XT RD-M772
08-11-21, 12:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 740
Posted By subgrade

Good luck with death metal and similar genres...

Good luck with death metal and similar genres where the bass drums usually play 1/16 or 1/32 notes 😄
06-30-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 190
Posted By subgrade

Sure you can ride it. It's not a structural...

Sure you can ride it. It's not a structural issue, just a functional one - the fork isn't going to fall apart, it just won't work well.
06-27-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,125
Posted By subgrade

Someone correct if I'm wrong, but I've never come...

Someone correct if I'm wrong, but I've never come across 29 inch bicycle wheels. 29 inches refers to the approximate tire outside diameter, but 29er tires use the same 622mm diameter rims as 28...
06-18-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,613
Posted By subgrade

Shimano Deore XT derailleurs have a ceramic...

Shimano Deore XT derailleurs have a ceramic bushing for the guide pulley and a cartridge bearing for the tension pulley. I think Ultegra has the same.
06-14-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,613
Posted By subgrade

On a related topic - what adverse effect comes...

On a related topic - what adverse effect comes from a worn tension pulley? Obviously, a worn guide pulley does negatively affect shifting precision and speed. But I suspect that with the tension...
05-27-21, 12:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,427
Posted By subgrade

Loop-outs aren't hard and the stepping off comes...

Loop-outs aren't hard and the stepping off comes naturally, in my experience. And sure, it makes sense to practice them before wheelies, but that's also the natural course of events - you'll almost...
05-25-21, 12:15 AM
Replies: 293
Views: 8,878
Posted By subgrade

Right, but not THAT simple, since no turn...

Right, but not THAT simple, since no turn trajectory has a constant turning radius. At the very least in the beginning and in the end phase of the turn the radius of the curve changes gradually from...
05-08-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,100
Posted By subgrade

It depends on the specific frame in question, but...

It depends on the specific frame in question, but generally a bigger size frame will have a taller head tube and also a longer top tube, which sort of negate each other as far as upright-ness goes.
04-23-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,066
Posted By subgrade

As long you're not pushing the limits, any...

As long you're not pushing the limits, any semi-slick type tire will do as long as you're at least halfway competent in bike handling.
04-23-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,929
Posted By subgrade

I suppose BMX is pretty safe in general, but as...

I suppose BMX is pretty safe in general, but as with anything, bad accidents can and do happen sometimes. A few years ago a BMX rider around here suffered a fatal injury, falling on his handlebars...
04-22-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,521
Posted By subgrade

XC hardtails are neither heavy nor complicated...

XC hardtails are neither heavy nor complicated looking.
04-20-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,585
Posted By subgrade

1. How old are you? - 40 2. Fitness level...

1. How old are you?
- 40

2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
- 6

3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- 2, if compared to someone like Danny MacAskill; 8 if compared to general population.

4. Typical...
04-06-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,560
Posted By subgrade

Probably copper or cherry (dark red). I also like...

Probably copper or cherry (dark red). I also like some hues of navy (dark blue).
For me the no-go are all the pastel colors that seem to be all the rage lately (both the Allied and the Engin posted...
04-06-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,530
Posted By subgrade

I fail to see any substantial difference -...

I fail to see any substantial difference - whether you're trying to beat your time over a set course, or trying to improve your average speed is essentially the same, only you don't have to ride the...
03-30-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,530
Posted By subgrade

2 mph less than last fall.

2 mph less than last fall.
03-30-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,496
Posted By subgrade

As loud as the AirZound - definitely. ...

As loud as the AirZound - definitely.



I don't have one as I have no use for it; the youtube reviews say it's continuous 7-10 seconds, or 30-40 toots. Plenty for one ride, and you can top it...
03-28-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,496
Posted By subgrade

No, but it is difficult to believe you can...

No, but it is difficult to believe you can generate as much air pressure by squeezing a rubber bulb with your fingers as a pressurized container.
03-25-21, 12:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,238
Posted By subgrade

Coaster hubs are silent 🙂

Coaster hubs are silent 🙂
03-24-21, 04:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 16,533
Posted By subgrade

I have some no name barends, similar to these:...

I have some no name barends, similar to these: https://www.bikester.co.uk/rfr-bar-ends-bar-end-adjustable-trekking-black-363547.html The crucial point is that they are adjustable by rotating them...
03-24-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,143
Posted By subgrade

I tried a ZTTO cassette last year, never again....

I tried a ZTTO cassette last year, never again. It worked alright at the beginning, but it seemed to be made of cheese - it was not only skipping, but also very visibly worn after just 1K miles, not...
03-24-21, 01:47 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,842
Posted By subgrade

Hydraulic disc brakes are generally the better...

Hydraulic disc brakes are generally the better option, unless you're touring and need to be sure everything on your bike can be easily fixed roadside. Some people will say hydraulics require a lot of...
03-24-21, 01:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,905
Posted By subgrade

I have had a fair share of dumb mishaps over the...

I have had a fair share of dumb mishaps over the time. Here are some of them that I remember most:

- while still a kid, switching my hands (right hand to left grip and vice versa) while riding....
03-18-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,139
Posted By subgrade

Not sure about that, as air suspension forks use...

Not sure about that, as air suspension forks use Schrader valves and have pressures well over 100 psi.
03-11-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By subgrade

If there was no such noise before the kickstand...

If there was no such noise before the kickstand installation it is likely that you misaligned the wheel when reinstalling it. However, it might be also due other reasons. Going by your description,...
03-05-21, 04:14 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,461
Posted By subgrade

That add I mentioned just popped up again :D I...

That add I mentioned just popped up again :D I stand corrected, it's a Madone SLR7, still looks like a pretty good deal!
...
03-03-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2,125
Views: 823,983
Posted By subgrade

As long as you don't load the front end heavily...

As long as you don't load the front end heavily with cargo, there should be no problem riding as it is. There is no reason why one couldn't ride an unlocked suspension fork on asphalt, it just lowers...
03-03-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 2,125
Views: 823,983
Posted By subgrade

My current fork is a NCX, not a NEX (that one got...

My current fork is a NCX, not a NEX (that one got destroyed in a crash two years ago and I replaced it with what was readily available). It's not a big step up, but still noticeable: it's about a...
03-03-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,461
Posted By subgrade

Ha, I did get ads on Facebook for brand new Trek...

Ha, I did get ads on Facebook for brand new Trek (high end road and full-sus MTB, may have been Emonda SLR9 and Top Fuel 9.9) bikes for $79 :lol:
03-03-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By subgrade

Maybe you're just not pedalling as hard and long.

Maybe you're just not pedalling as hard and long.
03-01-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 9,678
Posted By subgrade

These days those few of my rides that aren't...

These days those few of my rides that aren't solo, are just leisure rides with my friends, none of whom ride bikes for exercise. That means mostly leisurely pace, long pauses with beer, etc.
All of...
03-01-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,461
Posted By subgrade

Can you be sure the parts aren't fake though?...

Can you be sure the parts aren't fake though? I've seen some videos made featuring fake Shimano parts, and to an untrained eye they looked real enough, as long as they're not inspected side by side...
02-28-21, 04:00 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,365
Posted By subgrade

Plot twist: they're Zimbabwean dollars

Plot twist: they're Zimbabwean dollars
02-28-21, 03:54 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,365
Posted By subgrade

Absolutely. That would actually improve my health...

Absolutely. That would actually improve my health and one gets used to it quite soon, so it's a win-win.
02-25-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,523
Posted By subgrade

You might try looking also for Shimano Alivio...

You might try looking also for Shimano Alivio M4000 or Deore M590 which are both 3x9 systems - some places seem to still carry them.
But if your problem is the thumb lever moving without doing...
02-25-21, 12:02 AM
Replies: 2,125
Views: 823,983
Posted By subgrade

That was my line of thinking too. However, since...

That was my line of thinking too. However, since Manitou has the reverse arch, it could in theory be possible for the wheel to contact the crown before contacting the arch, so DorkDisk has a fair...
02-24-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 2,125
Views: 823,983
Posted By subgrade

Of course, I would measure if I could, but it's...

Of course, I would measure if I could, but it's not possible when buying online.
Yes, I guess I would be able adjust the sag and thus also the A-C. However, the main question is if the wheel clears...
02-24-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 2,125
Views: 823,983
Posted By subgrade

Didn't want to make a seperate thread, and since...

Didn't want to make a seperate thread, and since this one seems to be a fairly active one and contains talk on replacement suspension forks, I thought I'll ask here: has anyone tried using a 100mm...
02-22-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,953
Posted By subgrade

My comment was addressed to the OP, sorry if I...

My comment was addressed to the OP, sorry if I was unclear.

Of course, thats all a matter of personal taste, but that turquoise/celeste/whatever you want to call that pastel blue/green tone is...
02-22-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 589
Posted By subgrade

That might be a 1x conversion on the cheap, with...

That might be a 1x conversion on the cheap, with the front derailleur functioning as a chain retention device.
02-22-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,953
Posted By subgrade

Not if it's this color.

Not if it's this color.
02-22-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By subgrade

I too would be wary of a stranger who stares me...

I too would be wary of a stranger who stares me in the eyes and smiles for no perceptible reason. Pretty much no one up here does that.
02-19-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 723
Posted By subgrade

You won't get from 26 to 18 or even 16 lbs in a...

You won't get from 26 to 18 or even 16 lbs in a cost-effective way. It might be doable, but at that point all the lightweight replacement parts would cost as much or more than a new, lighter bike....
02-19-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,159
Posted By subgrade

You probably won't notice much if any difference...

You probably won't notice much if any difference between one Deore series and another Deore series RD. However, the Deore M590 shifters will definitely make difference over the Acera ones - they will...
02-19-21, 04:19 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,477
Posted By subgrade

Average ride distance is probably around the 20...

Average ride distance is probably around the 20 mile mark, as the daily commute is 12 mile roundtrip, but during the non-winter months I do one to two rides a week upwards of 40 miles. The yearly...
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