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07-24-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,439
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd recommend having at least two pairs, that...

I'd recommend having at least two pairs, that would give you time to get yesterday's pair washed and dried before you wear them again.
Wild camping means you'll have to get creative to find places...
07-22-21, 08:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 704
Posted By Ironfish653

Between the demands of competition (ie; what...

Between the demands of competition (ie; what works and what doesn't) and UCI rules, there's not much 'special' about aTdF race bike. GCN does tech rundowns on some of the big team bikes, and it's...
07-18-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,788
Posted By Ironfish653

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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So, a rigid XC bike with fat slicks? Well done, Columbus.
07-12-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 937
Posted By Ironfish653

That looks like pretty standard water ingress....

That looks like pretty standard water ingress. Kri contrary to your design philosophy, the type of seal in the axle ( which is what we're looking at) is not 100% watertight, at least not on it's own....
07-09-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ve seen a few of those around going by ‘V-Wing’...

I’ve seen a few of those around going by ‘V-Wing’ or ‘Sport Wing’
The hooks should be near the ends of the arms, and the bikes hang by the tops of their wheels. (Think about picking your bike up by...
07-06-21, 02:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 424
Posted By Ironfish653

I think the bar style is only a small part of it....

I think the bar style is only a small part of it. Stem length, saddle-to-bar reach, and the relative height between the saddle and the bars all play a role in how the bike feels to handle.

I...
07-05-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,076
Posted By Ironfish653

It all depends on how much of it you use. Yeah,...

It all depends on how much of it you use. Yeah, the components are cheap and heavy, but looking at those welds, we're not talking about KLEIN / Cannondale-style construction. Is there something...
06-30-21, 04:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 421
Posted By Ironfish653

ftfy :thumb:

ftfy :thumb:
06-29-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 421
Posted By Ironfish653

That was actually a pretty normal XC setup in the...

That was actually a pretty normal XC setup in the 26” era; 1.95” tires on 17-19mm rims.
You can’t go crazy low with the air pressure (although I guess tubeless would mitigate that) but that’s more...
06-27-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By Ironfish653

KMC Z-series, or SRAM PC-8XX , 8-speed chain is...

KMC Z-series, or SRAM PC-8XX , 8-speed chain is the same as 6-sp. They come in gray, black, silver or nickel-plated, depending on your chosen level of bling.

I guess if you want to keep it...
06-26-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 300
Posted By Ironfish653

This. The tube goes up into the tire, which...

This.

The tube goes up into the tire, which is then seated into the rim.
I mean, it’s a little more nuanced than that, but it seems like OP is trying to fit the tube into the rim groove, and...
06-25-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 514
Posted By Ironfish653

The tire options are probably as good as they...

The tire options are probably as good as they ever were; I mean, you didn't have UltraSports, or Marathons in the 70's, although the Paselas have been around for a dog's age. Everyone was riding...
06-25-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 514
Posted By Ironfish653

I haven't seen my bikes, or dry land, for that...

I haven't seen my bikes, or dry land, for that matter, in going on two months now. Snark is all I've got left.
06-25-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 514
Posted By Ironfish653

Easy, there; the OP asked for guidance, not a...

Easy, there; the OP asked for guidance, not a string of pedantic "if-then" assumptions. You'd think this place is full of mountain bikers, as much as y'all love to go off-piste and into the weeds...
06-24-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 464
Posted By Ironfish653

Kuat racks aren't really that much more expensive...

Kuat racks aren't really that much more expensive than other high-end racks, but the metallic gray paint and orange anodized hardware definitely make them stand out more than an all- black THULE or...
06-20-21, 11:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,069
Posted By Ironfish653

Clever witticisms aside, it’s typically 30-50%...

Clever witticisms aside, it’s typically 30-50% more expensive to build a bike by purchasing a frame and all new components separately.
When you look at cost of bigthings like the frame, wheels and...
06-19-21, 11:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 665
Posted By Ironfish653

Welp, that sucks. Anyone who's turned enough...

Welp, that sucks. Anyone who's turned enough wrenches has been there.

I'd try to cut a slot into it and back it out before drilling it out. Trying to drill out anything smaller than a 3/8" - 6mm...
06-17-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 394
Posted By Ironfish653

It looks like your Pug is an early 80's style...

It looks like your Pug is an early 80's style 'ATB', so it's likely to have a lot of BSA/ISO standard parts, rather than the more isoteric French stuff. Depending on what kind of shape it's in, many...
06-14-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,942
Posted By Ironfish653

Most of the No Drop rides I’ve been in on haven’t...

Most of the No Drop rides I’ve been in on haven’t been like Rydabent’s ‘keep everyone together and adhere to a rigid speed limit’.
It’s more of a ‘No sprints or attacking’. The group might speed up...
06-13-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 939
Posted By Ironfish653

Have you looked at vendors of prescription sport...

Have you looked at vendors of prescription sport glasses?
https://www.zennioptical.com/p/kids-sport-protective-goggles/7433?skuId=743316

Technically, these are intended for prescription glasses,...
06-13-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,751
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd be more likely to bet on a mechanical fit...

I'd be more likely to bet on a mechanical fit issue rather than corrosion as well; yeah, it's ten+ years old, but it's a bicycle, not a subsea asset. I rebuilt a couple of bikes that had been left...
06-12-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 943
Posted By Ironfish653

I think the OP comment is a little naïve, and a...

I think the OP comment is a little naïve, and a little self-centered. "Why doesn't everyone have what I need in stock, right now?"

If you're going to be making a go of being a full-time cycle...
06-11-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,942
Posted By Ironfish653

‘No Drop’ can mean a number of different things,...

‘No Drop’ can mean a number of different things, depending on the size of the group and the territory you’re covering.
A group of 6-10 riders on the open road may be able to hang together, with ‘No...
06-11-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 7,745
Posted By Ironfish653

I don't think it's a deliberate corporate attempt...

I don't think it's a deliberate corporate attempt to eliminate the indie shops, rather than just an industry-wide lack of supply. Without supply to sell, you can't do a whole lot of business....
06-11-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,092
Posted By Ironfish653

I've tried setting up 'spin bikes' like my road...

I've tried setting up 'spin bikes' like my road bike, even to the point of bringing a tape measure and beam level to the gym with me, (for the sake of science) and it just doesn't feel 'right' ...
06-06-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,271
Posted By Ironfish653

It must be that Puritanical streak Americans have...

It must be that Puritanical streak Americans have that keeps feeding into the " MoAr ReZiStAnCe Is BeTtEr WeRkOuT" narrative we keep seeing here.

Random11 Flat resistance is going to give you a...
06-05-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,035
Posted By Ironfish653

I don't think anyone here has ever, or would ever...

I don't think anyone here has ever, or would ever recommend a rigid carbon fork for 'actual' mountain biking. The OP's bike, with it's slick tires, low saddle, and extra-high trekking bars looks like...
06-01-21, 11:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,986
Posted By Ironfish653

A Hooptie is just the urban equivalent for...

A Hooptie is just the urban equivalent for 'beater' although the classic definition is a 'B'-body GM, like a Buick or Olds, something that would have been a 'nice' car, once.

What you're...
06-01-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,035
Posted By Ironfish653

[/QUOTE] Same. The only bikes I've had...

[/QUOTE]

Same. The only bikes I've had 'break' have been steel.
I'm too heavy to rock the Spinergy Rev-Xes any more, but my 25-year-old SoftRide is still going strong, and I certainly don't pull...
06-01-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,986
Posted By Ironfish653

Bruh. That grey-and-black one (item 'D') looks...

Bruh. That grey-and-black one (item 'D') looks like my first 'geared' bike: a Murray 'Baja' ATB. Right down to the plastic thumb shifters and the gray plastic disc chainring guard.
I feel...
06-01-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,266
Posted By Ironfish653

Hah ha; Okay, Boomer :rolleyes:

Hah ha; Okay, Boomer :rolleyes:
06-01-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,266
Posted By Ironfish653

[/QUOTE] Hey, I applaud the ability to throw...

[/QUOTE]

Hey, I applaud the ability to throw out a wall of text like that. That would take me long enough that my ADD would kick in and I'd delete it and walk away without finishing the post....
05-31-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,986
Posted By Ironfish653

:foo: That yuuge clearance at the fork bridge,...

:foo: That yuuge clearance at the fork bridge, plus the mismatched hubs tell me this is most likely an old 27" bike with 26" wheels.
Drivetrain looks like 'department store ten-speed' c.1980s, the...
05-28-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,222
Posted By Ironfish653

You initiate a wheelie (or manual) by shifting...

You initiate a wheelie (or manual) by shifting your weight back and cranking down on the pedals. The pedaling force pushes the bike forward under you by driving the wheel ; while shifting your weight...
05-27-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 936
Posted By Ironfish653

My 9-year old pretty much can run the...

My 9-year old pretty much can run the neighborhood on her own. There’s only two entrances to the development, and no through traffic, plus a decent cohort of kids her age, so she’s usually with a...
05-27-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,266
Posted By Ironfish653

Wow, this is a Boomer thread if ever there was...

Wow, this is a Boomer thread if ever there was one.
Generation X (me) who’s rapidly approaching 50, came up in the 1980’s. Our first ‘real’ bike was a BMX; in our teens and 20’s ( in the 1990’s) we...
05-24-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,242
Posted By Ironfish653

Most of the time, the equipment operators are...

Most of the time, the equipment operators are primarily paying attention to the operation of their equipment, and not collateral traffic tangentially passing the work area. While you should be aware...
05-24-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,256
Posted By Ironfish653

GPS on phone apps are always a crapshoot. To...

GPS on phone apps are always a crapshoot.

To save bandwidth and power, the ‘tracking’ is fairly granular, so the points aren’t super close together, so if you make a couple turns really close...
05-17-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,583
Posted By Ironfish653

Quote (Originally by Ironfish653)--- But, but,...

Quote (Originally by Ironfish653)---
But, but, the bike lane is for BIKES! There shouldn’t be anyone or anything besides bicycles in the bike lane.
---End Quote---

---Quote (Originally by...
05-16-21, 04:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 237
Posted By Ironfish653

Something like a Rivendell Clem Smith, or the Gus...

Something like a Rivendell Clem Smith, or the Gus Boots Willsen; fat tire step-throughs.
Clem is a proper step-thru, Gus has a dropped TT, but the water bottle cage is underneath, instead of on top...
05-16-21, 03:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,281
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t actually have Shimano chains on any of my...

I don’t actually have Shimano chains on any of my bikes; they’re either KMC or SRAM. No problems with Shimano cassettes/freewheels, or FSA, Suntour, or Sugino chainrings (don’t have any Shimano...
05-16-21, 02:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,215
Posted By Ironfish653

It’s hard to give a hard-and-fast rule on exactly...

It’s hard to give a hard-and-fast rule on exactly when a tire is ‘too old’ (as opposed to worn out) and needs to be replaced.
For a 40-year-old original tire, I’d say if they hold air: Ride them as...
05-15-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,982
Posted By Ironfish653

Does the car have the same gear as the bike? ...

Does the car have the same gear as the bike?

The real question of this thread is; “Is riding a bicycle resistance training?” I would posit that it is not (at least not a wheeled bike, on the...
05-15-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,982
Posted By Ironfish653

200lb rider going up a hill on a 30lb bike; ...

200lb rider going up a hill on a 30lb bike; Yeah, this guy looks like he’s done for
...
05-15-21, 03:55 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,583
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, running is a violation of The Rules: Rule...

Yes, running is a violation of The Rules: Rule #42, to be exact.

Runners, like those Dirty Heathens on mountain bikes have no purpose violating the sanctity of the Bike Lane

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05-15-21, 02:47 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,583
Posted By Ironfish653

But, but, the bike lane is for BIKES! There...

But, but, the bike lane is for BIKES! There shouldn’t be anyone or anything besides bicycles in the bike lane.
It’s too dangerous to ride in the street without the fear of pedestrian incursions. ...
05-15-21, 02:38 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,102
Posted By Ironfish653

Everybody’s going to have a little needs as far...

Everybody’s going to have a little needs as far as far as stretching or the need to stretch before or after a ‘workout’

I think regular stretching is good, especially if you only ride a couple...
05-13-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,583
Posted By Ironfish653

Wow, I would hate to live where you do; that...

Wow, I would hate to live where you do; that there’s so much traffic that bikes and cars and runners are constantly having to make thre-way passes all the time.

I think some of the issue here...
05-13-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,583
Posted By Ironfish653

Maybe you could ask a runner, instead of...

Maybe you could ask a runner, instead of projecting what you do or don’t know on them?

Running on the asphalt is far preferable to concrete sidewalks; it’s smoother, fewer cracks, bumps,...
05-12-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 986
Posted By Ironfish653

Yeah, that makes sense, given the state of bike...

Yeah, that makes sense, given the state of bike inventories at the present.

We also see the opposite around here, what I call ‘over-researched’ customers, who are convinced they need a certain...
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