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09-30-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,674
Posted By The Chemist

Ease of setup - nobody's going to argue that a...

Ease of setup - nobody's going to argue that a hydraulic system is easier to set up than a cable system
No system bleeding required, but you still get the self adjustment advantages inherent in a...
09-25-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 488
Views: 136,288
Posted By The Chemist

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Certainly don't see too many roads like this in Shanghai!
09-25-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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4th consecutive weekend riding metric century or longer...
09-22-22, 09:11 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 13,427
Posted By The Chemist

Or in a similar vein, parts that were bought for...

Or in a similar vein, parts that were bought for form over function. I've unfortunately done that a few times recently, not least of which was in pedals, where I wasted money not once but twice...
09-18-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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09-17-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 950
Posted By The Chemist

In the summer I prefer to ride in the evening as...

In the summer I prefer to ride in the evening as the summer sun is brutal.

In the other seasons I prefer to ride at lunch time on weekdays (I work from home so this is the best time to ride) and...
09-16-22, 04:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,674
Posted By The Chemist

There's also cable actuated hydraulic disc...

There's also cable actuated hydraulic disc brakes, where the entire hydraulic system is contained within the brake caliper. Get many of the benefits of hydraulic brakes with the ease of setup of...
09-10-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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09-05-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 13,427
Posted By The Chemist

Yeah, the OpenRun Pro version is fantastic. Very...

Yeah, the OpenRun Pro version is fantastic. Very good sound quality, plenty loud enough to hear my music even at speed, great battery life, and comfortable enough to wear for hours. No worries about...
09-05-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 13,427
Posted By The Chemist

Hmm, this is an interesting point, though I don't...

Hmm, this is an interesting point, though I don't generally have a problem hearing the beeps from my Bryton Rider 750. I might just give this a try to see if it improves my awareness as I just bought...
09-05-22, 03:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By The Chemist

Bryton Rider 420 is a great computer....

Bryton Rider 420 is a great computer. Inexpensive, fully functional, and fantastic battery life. The only reason I'm not still using mine (I gave it to my daughter) is that it's not compatible with...
09-05-22, 03:28 AM
Replies: 596
Views: 13,427
Posted By The Chemist

Agreed. I use QR with disc brakes and I haven't...

Agreed. I use QR with disc brakes and I haven't had a single issue with wheel alignment. No fiddling required.
09-04-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 852
Posted By The Chemist

I use external cam QRs with vertical dropouts,...

I use external cam QRs with vertical dropouts, and I agree with this - my rear wheel doesn't shift at all, and never has.
09-04-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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09-03-22, 06:34 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 786
Posted By The Chemist

Fitness bike = more road oriented hybrid bike.

Fitness bike = more road oriented hybrid bike.
09-02-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 13,427
Posted By The Chemist

I've used many kinds of mirrors too, and I prefer...

I've used many kinds of mirrors too, and I prefer the Varia. Seeing cars further back than you can see in a small mirror (up to 140m - no way you'll see that far back in a tiny 5cm diameter mirror,...
09-02-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 786
Posted By The Chemist

A flat bar fitness bike that I've converted to a...

A flat bar fitness bike that I've converted to a 1x11 gravel / touring type bike with drop bars and discs and a Dahon folding bike.
09-01-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 488
Views: 136,288
Posted By The Chemist

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09-01-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 13,427
Posted By The Chemist

Somebody has definitely never used one. It's a...

Somebody has definitely never used one. It's a great tail light to start with, and once you've actually used the radar functionality you'll realize how much more aware it makes you of your...
09-01-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,437
Posted By The Chemist

Sorry, I thought you had started this thread for...

Sorry, I thought you had started this thread for some reason.

Still, my point about you making insulting comments still stands. Comments like this "Because work done by unskilled laborers making...
09-01-22, 06:24 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,437
Posted By The Chemist

Says the guy who started this thread to make...

Says the guy who started this thread to make insulting comments about India. Pot, meet kettle.
09-01-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,340
Posted By The Chemist

Dahon Boardwalk: ...

Dahon Boardwalk:
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09-01-22, 06:15 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,437
Posted By The Chemist

I've had excellent experience with my Schwalbe...

I've had excellent experience with my Schwalbe tires made in Indonesia.

But somehow, given your evident prejudices, you probably wouldn't go for those either - if you are even able to realize that...
08-24-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,511
Posted By The Chemist

My last set of Schwalbe Marathons lasted over...

My last set of Schwalbe Marathons lasted over 8000km, and would have lasted even longer if I hadn't been forced onto my trainer for a month of riding thanks to the COVID lockdown here in Shanghai...
08-23-22, 06:15 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,076
Posted By The Chemist

Check out my location. I live in China. I know...

Check out my location. I live in China. I know better than most that the Chinese can make good products. Unfortunately, it's undeniable that there is a pretty widepread view that Chinese products =...
08-22-22, 03:08 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,076
Posted By The Chemist

I have Sensah SRX Pro 1x11 on my bike and it's...

I have Sensah SRX Pro 1x11 on my bike and it's great. Very precise shifting for a price well below that of Shimano or SRAM. And they're legit, too, given that State bicycles uses them as their OEM...
08-14-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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08-12-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 458
Posted By The Chemist

Yep. I have two Brytons (a 420 and a 750) and...

Yep. I have two Brytons (a 420 and a 750) and they've both been great. Only bought the 750 because I needed something with Garmin Varia support, otherwise I'd still be just using the 420.
08-09-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,437
Posted By The Chemist

These are definitely the way to go. You get many...

These are definitely the way to go. You get many of the advantages of hydraulic brakes (dual piston, self adjustment, better lever feel) with the ease of setup of cable brakes (no bleeding required!)...
08-09-22, 04:51 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,761
Posted By The Chemist

Shanghai is pretty much pancake flat, so the only...

Shanghai is pretty much pancake flat, so the only climbing that I do is up onto bridges. The longest climb (i.e. biggest bridge) that I do is only about 500m in length, with a grade of only 5-6%...
08-07-22, 05:53 PM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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08-07-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,525
Posted By The Chemist

I used to use mirrors, but this year I switched...

I used to use mirrors, but this year I switched to the Garmin Varia radar and I much prefer it.
08-02-22, 09:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 908
Posted By The Chemist

What's wrong with the gearing ranges? I upgraded...

What's wrong with the gearing ranges? I upgraded to 11 speed from 9 speed, and I got an 11-36 cassette which is basically the same as the 11-32 9 speed cassette I was using previously, but with one...
08-01-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By The Chemist

If the shorts are slipping it sounds like they're...

If the shorts are slipping it sounds like they're too big for you, but yes, bibs do a better job holding everything where it should be. I switched to bibs last year and I'd never want to go back to...
07-30-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,126
Posted By The Chemist

That's my bike. Only original parts on it from...

That's my bike. Only original parts on it from when I bought it new are the frame, spacers on the steerer tube, the stem, and the seatpost. Everything else has been replaced, sometimes more than once...
07-30-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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A wet one today! Rode through two separate periods of...
07-27-22, 08:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 982
Posted By The Chemist

Absolutely not cotton here in Shanghai. It would...

Absolutely not cotton here in Shanghai. It would be absolutely drenched within minutes with the high summer humidity, and not comfortable. Synthetics only here.
07-27-22, 03:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By The Chemist

I had a grip shifter on my Dahon, and my daughter...

I had a grip shifter on my Dahon, and my daughter had a grip shifter on her bike. We both disliked them, and I have since replaced both with trigger shifters (Shimano 7 speed on mine, Microshift 6...
07-24-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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07-23-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,543
Posted By The Chemist

I have a B17 on my Dahon and a C15 on my Giant....

I have a B17 on my Dahon and a C15 on my Giant. They're both great, but I prefer the C15 primarily because it's weatherproof and I don't need to worry about covers when it rains.
07-23-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 1,507
Views: 345,110
Posted By The Chemist

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Installed new colour-matching bar tape.
07-23-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 4,522
Views: 348,097
Posted By The Chemist

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07-23-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 9,984
Posted By The Chemist

The entire hydraulic system is self contained...

The entire hydraulic system is self contained within the caliper. The cable is run just as you would for a mechanical disc brake, but it is used to pull on he hydraulic master cylinder, which then...
07-22-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 850
Posted By The Chemist

They do. I have both a Rider 420 and a Rider 750...

They do. I have both a Rider 420 and a Rider 750 and I love them both. Bought the 750 so I could get a Varia otherwise I'd probably still just have the 420, but the 750 is (or at least was when new)...
07-22-22, 06:41 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 9,984
Posted By The Chemist

I recently converted my bike from rim brakes to...

I recently converted my bike from rim brakes to cable actuated hydraulic discs (my frame had a disc mount so I just installed a new fork with a disc mount) and all I can say is that I won't go back...
07-20-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,129
Posted By The Chemist

I ride a "road" bike (well, a hybrid bike that I...

I ride a "road" bike (well, a hybrid bike that I converted to drop bars). Tire pressure is 60psi (700x35).
07-14-22, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 413
Posted By The Chemist

I swear by Schwalbe Marathons. I put over 8000km...

I swear by Schwalbe Marathons. I put over 8000km on my last set with just one flat in all that time (and that was near the end of their life when they were wearing out), and I've just replaced them...
07-14-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,446
Posted By The Chemist

I do all of my own maintenance and wouldn't...

I do all of my own maintenance and wouldn't consider myself a mechanical neophyte, and I still prefer 1x. There's a lot to be said for mechanical simplicity even if you don't have a problem turning...
07-13-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,446
Posted By The Chemist

I agree with this. I have a 1x11 setup on my bike...

I agree with this. I have a 1x11 setup on my bike with a 46t chainring and an 11-36 cassette, and it's basically perfect for the riding I do.
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07-12-22, 03:55 AM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 380,702
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