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Forum: Foo
05-18-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,698
Posted By Darth Lefty

Brand name has here has been six bucks (US) a (US...

Brand name has here has been six bucks (US) a (US customary units) gallon. About ten percent off that at Costco
05-18-22, 05:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 274
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's not a stupid question to ask if it's...

It's not a stupid question to ask if it's quantifiable why one brake feels different from another. But this isn't the main reason, just as everyone is saying.

The force you apply at your finger...
05-17-22, 09:58 PM
Replies: 18,852
Views: 2,307,549
Posted By Darth Lefty

Stupid frustrating little outing today. Got the...

Stupid frustrating little outing today. Got the Expert TG out, haven't ridden it in a year. Rode about a mile in and feel the front tire folding over in a turn. Flat. Find the next level spot. Gosh,...
05-17-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 600
Posted By Darth Lefty

lol Ridgecrest is windy because Trona sucks and...

lol Ridgecrest is windy because Trona sucks and Inyokern blows
05-16-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 600
Posted By Darth Lefty

I don't know that one. But are you a turtle? ...

I don't know that one. But are you a turtle?

I grew up in north Phoenix when it was far less settled, I had a job for five years in Ridgecrest (which astute occupants note is at the bottom of a...
05-16-22, 12:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Posted By Darth Lefty

XS road bikes with full size wheels are always...

XS road bikes with full size wheels are always just kind of awkward. Salsa makes a 24 inch wheel drop bar Journeyman. Surly has some of their XS road bikes with small wheel options.

I know you...
05-16-22, 12:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 184
Posted By Darth Lefty

The Tiagra 4600 and 4700 and Sora 3000 flat bar...

The Tiagra 4600 and 4700 and Sora 3000 flat bar levers I think are all only different in color and have a flip chip for the cable anchor to give them short or long pull so you can use them with any...
05-15-22, 09:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 184
Posted By Darth Lefty

I understand, but M8000 has hydraulic disc brakes...

I understand, but M8000 has hydraulic disc brakes and so your brakes will be something entirely else. I don’t think there are any cable brake levers that do I-spec
05-15-22, 09:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 727
Posted By Darth Lefty

exactly why I didnít post anything about grade....

exactly why I didnít post anything about grade. Lol. The Costco hill has a really steep part but I donít know what the grade is. I do know the local light rail has one of the steepest railroad grades...
05-15-22, 05:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 184
Posted By Darth Lefty

Sweet frame. What a deal! With a derailleur...

Sweet frame. What a deal!

With a derailleur chain it's not absolutely crucial for the chain line to be perfect. They can tolerate doubles or triples, after all. With the 135 rear end you might...
05-15-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,347
Posted By Darth Lefty

I don't feel like SNPA tastes the same either.

I don't feel like SNPA tastes the same either.
05-15-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 68,826
Views: 11,107,160
Posted By Darth Lefty

Klein Rascal, single speed MTB, size small.....

Klein Rascal, single speed MTB, size small.. Oddball parts and high price, but there can't be a lot of these in the world
...
05-15-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 727
Posted By Darth Lefty

Our local well-known climb is called ďthe Costco...

Our local well-known climb is called ďthe Costco hill,Ē which is 400-500 feet depending on where you start. People do repeats on the steepest part which is 250 feet in half a mile with no major...
05-15-22, 02:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,347
Posted By Darth Lefty

1. Plenty of time to enjoy the scenery on the way...

1. Plenty of time to enjoy the scenery on the way to your destination
2. hone essential survival skills like dodging
3. concussions prepare you for later habitation in memory care
4. Sow your...
05-14-22, 10:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 989
Posted By Darth Lefty

How beautifully blue the sky the glass is...

How beautifully blue the sky
the glass is rising very high
continue fine I hope it may
but yet it rained just yesterday
i think that it may storm again
i hear the country wants some rain
but...
05-14-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 311
Posted By Darth Lefty

Tektro brakes are all over the place on the...

Tektro brakes are all over the place on the bottom builds of good MTB's so you will be able to find opinions. I'm sure some a lot more negative than mine. They're hardly XT, after all. And more...
05-13-22, 11:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 311
Posted By Darth Lefty

My Timberjack came with Tektros and they have...

My Timberjack came with Tektros and they have been completely worry free for four years now. I installed a set on my Stormy and they've been fine too. If I was thinking up something bad to say, there...
05-13-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 600
Posted By Darth Lefty

Itís all scrub brush and two-lane blacktop and...

Itís all scrub brush and two-lane blacktop and rocks. I guess you I donít know why you would do this when you could ride around Lake Tahoe and go north from there. The scenery is over the pass
05-13-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 149
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thereís a lot of cross compatibility of this pad....

Thereís a lot of cross compatibility of this pad. Itís pretty much the industry standard for non-fancy calipers. From a CRC/Nukeproof pdf:

...
05-13-22, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 149
Posted By Darth Lefty

Itís just a matter of which compound you like. If...

Itís just a matter of which compound you like. If you donít know, choose a different one and try it.

I donít think the aftermarket savings of an Amazon letter salad brand are enough to justify it....
05-12-22, 11:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 451
Posted By Darth Lefty

our guys called this Sticker, sweep, spray paint,...

our guys called this Sticker, sweep, spray paint, stash, ****can. I can see how it would work for co op inventory.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 125
Posted By Darth Lefty

My Chrome shoes seem to be pretty bulletproof

My Chrome shoes seem to be pretty bulletproof
05-11-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thinking only in terms of ratios, "29ers" have...

Thinking only in terms of ratios, "29ers" have from 28t (26er fat bike) to 36t (29er xc bike). 11 speed trail bikes that had a 42t rear granny were 30-32t in the front, usually. You need to move one...
05-11-22, 08:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 598
Posted By Darth Lefty

Speaking as an engineer who deals with o-rings...

Speaking as an engineer who deals with o-rings pretty often... There's a lot to know about o-rings but you don't need to learn it for this.

Just take the disassembled pump to the hardware store...
Forum: Foo
05-10-22, 11:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 515
Posted By Darth Lefty

That's really committed. Hondo isn't going...

That's really committed. Hondo isn't going there... Just put some Dead stickers on it.
05-10-22, 10:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By Darth Lefty

This video doesn't have any really epic stunts or...

This video doesn't have any really epic stunts or wild locations, but thanks to all the social media kids, the vibe is really fun and friendly.
05-10-22, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By Darth Lefty

Hans Rey has a trailer on his FB page with more...

Hans Rey has a trailer on his FB page with more Hans Rey content and outtakes
05-10-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By Darth Lefty

ok, the bakfiets wheelie is Ali Clarkson (trials)...

ok, the bakfiets wheelie is Ali Clarkson (trials)

Other credited riders
RJ
Nay Whaaaat
Lil Spartan
Send It Brad (does a wheelie with handlebars not attached to bike)
05-10-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By Darth Lefty

New Danny Mac video "Do A Wheelie!"

A lot of cool little tricks in this one - rail to rail jump on one tire, trampoline flip in a manual, and some talented guest stars including Viola Brand (artistic cycling), Hans Rey (observed...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,924
Posted By Darth Lefty

gaucho777 (CA) ____________________ 456.5 mi ...

gaucho777 (CA) ____________________ 456.5 mi
Darth Lefty (CA) __________________ 410.5 mi as of 5/9
Atvar (ITA) _______________________ 320 mi (515,41 Km)
ThermionicScott (IA) ______________ 119...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,013
Posted By Darth Lefty

I did get one more lap on Friday, because the day...

I did get one more lap on Friday, because the day care had a mother's day tea party at pick up time and she got them. That's probably my last commute, per se, for quite a while.

Once last week and...
Replies: 42
Views: 1,281
Posted By Darth Lefty

Plenty of people put 1.5 inch slicks on 26ers for...

Plenty of people put 1.5 inch slicks on 26ers for commuting. Iím sure there are still 100 options of tires in that size. It does help to put on a bigger hybrid crankset like 48 38 28. With the 42 32...
05-08-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 514
Posted By Darth Lefty

Road bikes are shorter frames than mountain bikes...

Road bikes are shorter frames than mountain bikes so your position on the hoods of the types you are shopping is about the same as it is on your Trek.

You could try renting something. Some places...
05-08-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 514
Posted By Darth Lefty

You are not crazy. Bike companies had been...

You are not crazy. Bike companies had been increasing gear range for quite a while, as the number of speeds increased. Not all that range was strictly necessary. Some of it was off the bottom and...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By Darth Lefty

Iíve used the one at work on a day when my bike...

Iíve used the one at work on a day when my bike got dirty enough I felt iffy about stashing it inside. They get very hot in summer and during my brief stint with a recumbent trike I had to put it on...
05-07-22, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 514
Posted By Darth Lefty

All the things being recommended are cultivars of...

All the things being recommended are cultivars of road bikes (curly handlebars, no suspension). Have you used, or do you think you will like, drop bars? Are you ok going without the suspension fork...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-22, 10:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By Darth Lefty

Then he put on his fenders - a rather tight...

Then he put on his fenders - a rather tight pinch,
But if Santa could do it then so could the Grinch
Forum: Commuting
05-06-22, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,690
Posted By Darth Lefty

Surprised to find a couple of very late oranges...

Surprised to find a couple of very late oranges today!
Forum: Commuting
05-05-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 634
Posted By Darth Lefty

You can get lockers and duffel bags with a little...

You can get lockers and duffel bags with a little fan built in. They are for moto racing leathers and nomex and other such things. But then arenít you still blowing the smell around?

Can you ride...
05-05-22, 03:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,119
Posted By Darth Lefty

I bought a new mountain bike, one a city bike in...

I bought a new mountain bike, one a city bike in a contest, one kid bike, and bought a gravel bike used. The mountain bike was great. It was a diamondback, a full suspension model. Bought through...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-22, 01:08 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,013
Posted By Darth Lefty

Today might have been my last chance for a bike...

Today might have been my last chance for a bike commute for a while. Kiddo is moving to full time in his "program" one town over. I needed to WFH so I skipped it... c'est le guerre
Forum: Commuting
05-05-22, 12:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,049
Posted By Darth Lefty

Phoenix, man. I grew up there. About ten years...

Phoenix, man. I grew up there. About ten years ago I visited my parents out there around Labor Day and they were having a record streak of >110F days. At night it was cooling off to 90. My Dad wanted...
05-03-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 17,155
Posted By Darth Lefty

Someone better let Lockheed know. How do you...

Someone better let Lockheed know. How do you think they'll take the news?
05-03-22, 10:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 412
Posted By Darth Lefty

I can't recall ever having cleaned brake pads on...

I can't recall ever having cleaned brake pads on any vehicle I've ever owned
Forum: Commuting
05-02-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,013
Posted By Darth Lefty

After getting mostly skunked the last few weeks,...

After getting mostly skunked the last few weeks, on this first workday of bike month, I did get a short lap in
Forum: Foo
05-02-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 308
Posted By Darth Lefty

There's clearly a lot of real engineering going...

There's clearly a lot of real engineering going on not discussed in the video because of the audience.

You can make a good approximation of helical pitch on a cylinder form with the shape of the...
05-02-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 299
Posted By Darth Lefty

I was working for the navy (civilian) at the time...

I was working for the navy (civilian) at the time they were retiring Tomcats and putting in Super Hornets. The conops for the Phoenix made it a huge missile, and then the Tomcat was like its own...
05-01-22, 10:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 299
Posted By Darth Lefty

Did any of those guys go on to the Pathfinder or...

Did any of those guys go on to the Pathfinder or Helios solar plane programs? Itís a similar look. The Helios had a problem familiar to airships, it was big enough that different parts of it could be...
05-01-22, 09:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 846
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thatís definitely a weird one. My suspicion if...

Thatís definitely a weird one. My suspicion if something like this turned up at work would be a problem with the batch of steel. Itís hardly your fault. Throw it away and buy a new one and forget...
Forum: Foo
05-01-22, 06:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 579
Posted By Darth Lefty

The job was in Huntsville, 350 miles inland,...

The job was in Huntsville, 350 miles inland, which often longs to be considered part of TN. Tornadoes are much more a concern.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixie_Alley

You might argue most of...
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