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09-25-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 754
Posted By Ironfish653

It's not really an 'up' stroke; in practice, it's...

It's not really an 'up' stroke; in practice, it's more pushing forward over the top of the stroke, and pulling back across the bottom. Pulling up with one leg while pushing down with the other is...
09-20-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 5,769
Posted By Ironfish653

“Fixing Flats” is always a dirty, physical job,...

“Fixing Flats” is always a dirty, physical job, particularly if it’s the rear wheel, and if you’ve got one of those tire/rim combinations that don’t give up without three tire levers and a fight.
I...
09-20-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 248
Posted By Ironfish653

classicmds I think you're trying to read a little...

classicmds I think you're trying to read a little too much into the instructions. I don't think there's any bike that has 2" of axle that sticks out past the frame. That's a lot of extra axle.
You...
09-19-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 535
Posted By Ironfish653

Lots of different layers. That, and having...

Lots of different layers. That, and having multiple pieces, so you can tune your outfit to the conditions.
I like to 'start cold' as I tend to warm up pretty significantly once I'm under way, and...
09-17-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 573
Posted By Ironfish653

’Boom Era’ 1970-1980s ten-speeds typically come...

’Boom Era’ 1970-1980s ten-speeds typically come with 40cm width drop bars, which will feel very, very different from the ~560mm straight bars on your MTB.
Steering, in particular will need to be...
09-17-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,219
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ve used a Mountainsmith lumbar pack (like a big...

I’ve used a Mountainsmith lumbar pack (like a big fanny pack) as a commuter bag, in lieu of a dedicated bike pack, or a two-strap backpack. I wore it a little higher than I would for hiking, at the...
09-15-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 395
Posted By Ironfish653

Those are 650c’s, but they’re also glue-on...

Those are 650c’s, but they’re also glue-on Tubulars, which makes them a different animal than the clincher tires we’re all more familiar with.
The 26” markings are, IIRC, a Dutch/German naming...
09-14-21, 10:53 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 5,769
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t get the whole “I Carry Every Tool I Own...

I don’t get the whole “I Carry Every Tool I Own “
I don’t do unsupported touring in the backcountry, so I don’t need to do major repairs by the side of the road. Usually what I’m more concerned...
09-14-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,157
Posted By Ironfish653

Hard to get a car with a dead starter up on...

Hard to get a car with a dead starter up on ramps, LOL. Try something really low like a Pontiac Firebird (and SBC starters are both bigger and heavier than you'd expect)

Can't say why you had so...
09-14-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,157
Posted By Ironfish653

Having had both vehicles, I'd actually give the...

Having had both vehicles, I'd actually give the nod to the Element. The Flex is a big, big car, but it's primary mission is as a three-row people hauler. With the rear seats folded, it's pretty...
09-12-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,157
Posted By Ironfish653

Great concept, it’s only real weakness is fuel...

Great concept, it’s only real weakness is fuel mileage (although it’s not far off similar SUVs) and the 4WD needs it’s scheduled maintenance but it’s a good vehicle. Typical Honda build quality and...
09-11-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By Ironfish653

KLEIN absolutely owned it in the 1990's. Fades...

KLEIN absolutely owned it in the 1990's. Fades for daaays.
Honorable mention goes to Cannondale around Y2K, Especially seems like the Euro/Export bikes got some really flash graphics....
09-11-21, 01:53 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,029
Posted By Ironfish653

Buncha stuff tonight: Started converting the...

Buncha stuff tonight:
Started converting the MTB back to trail use, from the commuter duty it's been pulling the last few years. Took off the rack and mud guards, and the light kit, and swapped out...
09-03-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By Ironfish653

I think that notion comes from the early days of...

I think that notion comes from the early days of suspension forks, where oil-bath dampers weren't closed by more than a basic wiper seal, and leaving them stored inverted could lead to oil leaking...
09-03-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,387
Posted By Ironfish653

I see the setup wizard has arrived. :thumb:

I see the setup wizard has arrived. :thumb:
09-02-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,292
Posted By Ironfish653

Lot of suburban arterial roads are horrible for...

Lot of suburban arterial roads are horrible for cycling; 2-3 lanes in each direction, 50-55mph operating speed, and curbs on both sides (no shoulder) plus frequent traffic lights so the cars are...
08-29-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By Ironfish653

Haha, dude's got jokes. I don't think people...

Haha, dude's got jokes.
I don't think people realize how flat parts of the Mid-Atlantic/East Coast are. Trainers' the only way to train for a climb longer or higher than a highway overpass.

@...
08-29-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,846
Posted By Ironfish653

On a bike that old, there's so many "ifs" that...

On a bike that old, there's so many "ifs" that it's hard to say exactly what
it's going to need. A bike that's been abandoned in a shed for a decade or two is going to need different things than one...
08-26-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,504
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ll jump in here, because, like the OP, I’m a...

I’ll jump in here, because, like the OP, I’m a late in life arrival to drop bars. Also, started on vintage road bikes.
The typical 40cm ‘classic’ road drops are definitely something that takes some...
08-25-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By Ironfish653

Depends a lot on the condition of the bike before...

Depends a lot on the condition of the bike before you went fording with it.

Bare minimum, shoot some WD40 into the tubes via the bottle cage bolt holes, and leave it out in the sun for a day. Oil...
08-24-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By Ironfish653

Ok. Well, now we're getting somewhere, but not...

Ok. Well, now we're getting somewhere, but not anywhere close to where we thought you were going, based on the responses you got to your original post.

Drop bar (road bike) brake levers have...
08-24-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By Ironfish653

1. Yes 2. No. You really need to tell us...

1. Yes
2. No.

You really need to tell us what you're trying to do, so that we can give you some actual guidance, instead of continually asking open ended questions about the parts of a brake...
08-23-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By Ironfish653

You need to give a few more details about what...

You need to give a few more details about what you’re trying to do.
On a modern (1990s or newer) bike, drop-bar brake levers, whether brake-only, or an integrated brake/shifter’STI’ unit, have a...
08-23-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 296
Posted By Ironfish653

Running 1.95”-2.1” on 17mm (external) rims was...

Running 1.95”-2.1” on 17mm (external) rims was ‘the’ setup for XC bikes in the 26’er era.
You just can’t go too crazy low with the tire pressure, but that’s more to prevent pinch-flats than to keep...
08-23-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By Ironfish653

Yup, adding to the pile-on here. Going from...

Yup, adding to the pile-on here. Going from threadless to quill involves more than just trimming the steerer tube. You will have to replace the headset, with a threaded topnut, and extensively modify...
08-23-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,594
Posted By Ironfish653

It’s a dumb question, because only the air squats...

It’s a dumb question, because only the air squats have a peripheral relationship to cycling, but I’ll play along.

Pushup: 5 x10. I have a fully separated shoulder, so any more than 10 in a row...
08-22-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 557
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm familiar with what can happen to aluminum,...

I'm familiar with what can happen to aluminum, especially when in the presence of other metals, in a conductive environment, but we're talking about bicycles here, not subsea assets. ( I've never...
08-22-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 549
Posted By Ironfish653

Contemplate Rule #5. That is the Way.

Contemplate Rule #5.

That is the Way.
08-22-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,260
Posted By Ironfish653

As long as you're moving forward, with any...

As long as you're moving forward, with any sufficient speed ( whether cycling, or on foot) airflow usually carries most of it away.
If you're locked in a head-to-head Sprint with another...
08-21-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,919
Posted By Ironfish653

The correct number of bikes is always N+1, with N...

The correct number of bikes is always N+1, with N being the number of bikes you currently own.

Right now, there are 7 in my garage, three of them are mine;

'98 Softride for general fitness...
08-21-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,090
Posted By Ironfish653

You’re on your own; there is no “Part That Does”....

You’re on your own; there is no “Part That Does”.
All bikes have seat posts, but only some have a rack. The only one that mounted ‘fifth-wheel’ style came with a dedicated rear rack.

Even with a...
08-20-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 557
Posted By Ironfish653

Agree with the above posters. Surface oxidation...

Agree with the above posters. Surface oxidation on the exposed aluminum. Aluminum oxidation is not the same as rust
The bike also looks like it was stored with the wheel removed, and the fork tips...
08-20-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,090
Posted By Ironfish653

Holy Bolt-ons, Batman! There's a lot of stuff...

Holy Bolt-ons, Batman! There's a lot of stuff attached to that bike!

IIRC, the rack-mounted tag-a-long might have been from Blackburn, or Topeak, but it did require using their specific rack.
If...
08-07-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 599
Posted By Ironfish653

Hah. I absolutely did read that wrong. (it was...

Hah. I absolutely did read that wrong. (it was even off the same site, too) I know what draft-legal TRI is, but it's not really a thing that I'm into, so I had to look up the rules.
It seems that...
08-06-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 599
Posted By Ironfish653

In an Ironman type triathlon (140 or 70.3 miles)...

In an Ironman type triathlon (140 or 70.3 miles) , riders are not allowed to follow closer than 3 bike lengths to another rider, unless passing, or you can receive a time penalty for drafting. The...
08-06-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 599
Posted By Ironfish653

That's the first line of my post, but it's not...

That's the first line of my post, but it's not what I said. A TRI bike leg is all about efficiency; speed is a byproduct. Rider position (saddle position and aero bars) are the biggest contributors...
08-05-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 503
Posted By Ironfish653

I was thinking more about the long-and-low stems...

I was thinking more about the long-and-low stems that were de rigueur for early 90's hard tails to keep the front ends down, even with the early 50mm forks, like the 150mm-0* ATAC on my Tomac, or the...
08-05-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 599
Posted By Ironfish653

^^^ This ^^^ Unless you're already...

^^^ This ^^^

Unless you're already competitive in your bracket (or close to it) flash wheels aren't going to do much for you. Have you already optimized your position for aero bars? Since you use...
08-04-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By Ironfish653

If it's an older bike, like 1970-1980s post it...

If it's an older bike, like 1970-1980s post it in the Classic and Vintage forum (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/). The more knowledgeable types are in there.
08-04-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 503
Posted By Ironfish653

I don't mean to pile on, but that bike isn't...

I don't mean to pile on, but that bike isn't meant for a suspension fork. It's more of a 'fitness hybrid' or 'flat-bar road bike' It might have a straight handlebar and disk brakes, but it's more of...
07-24-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,215
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: 1,558
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: 8,267
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: 1,310
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: 398
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: 579
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: 2,711
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: 536
Posted By Ironfish653

ftfy :thumb:

ftfy :thumb:
06-29-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 536
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: 432
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...
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