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01-31-23, 05:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,910
Posted By PDKL45

It's cool alright. So if I was OP, I would be...

It's cool alright. So if I was OP, I would be looking to make the orange bike into something like that. OP's idea of a hippie bike seems to be more like a utility grocery getter/bikepacker I think,...
01-20-23, 09:28 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 5,601
Posted By PDKL45

Exactly, but people often get defensive when it...

Exactly, but people often get defensive when it comes to drinking and see your choice not to drink as you being sactimoniously judgemental, when all you've said is "no thanks, I don't drink" after...
01-18-23, 11:52 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 5,601
Posted By PDKL45

If anyone thinks cycling is bad, try AFL...

If anyone thinks cycling is bad, try AFL (Australian Rules) football...

But the thing for me is that when I drank, I always thought I was the type of person who would wake up at 5:00am to go for a...
Forum: Touring
01-18-23, 10:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 938
Posted By PDKL45

I like that guy's videos as well, I'm enjoying...

I like that guy's videos as well, I'm enjoying his Tour Divide series at the moment.

Francis Cade often credit card tours, and he has some great stuff on his channel. Him and his mate Justin just...
01-03-23, 06:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,353
Posted By PDKL45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnTNj2mvY-4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnTNj2mvY-4
12-22-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 716
Posted By PDKL45

It gets wild. There was a thread about clothing...

It gets wild. There was a thread about clothing in a Facebook cycling group I'm in that got kinda crazy, with people throwing around angry accusations about others gatekeeping what "real" cycling...
12-15-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,217
Posted By PDKL45

Chain Reaction cycles recently really annoyed me...

Chain Reaction cycles recently really annoyed me regarding shoes. With their house brand, DHB, they ram it down your throat that you MUST buy them a size smaller than your normal size. I bought size...
12-15-22, 07:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 882
Posted By PDKL45

I got myself some new shoes, the DHB camo laceups...

I got myself some new shoes, the DHB camo laceups from CRC, along with toe covers and some chains to last me through 2023, as well as a new cassette. The main gift is spousal clearance to ride,...
12-13-22, 09:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 553
Posted By PDKL45

Aliexpress is filled with shifters, seven speed...

Aliexpress is filled with shifters, seven speed or otherwise. I'd just throw one of those on and be done with it.
10-27-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By PDKL45

The Path Podcast has returned: The Path Podcast –...

The Path Podcast has returned: The Path Podcast – The Path Bike Shop (https://www.thepathbikeshop.com/pages/the-path-podcast)

Gnar Couch: The Gnar Couch Podcast (podbean.com)...
08-25-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 215
Posted By PDKL45

The new Soma Gullwing lets you go back and forth...

The new Soma Gullwing lets you go back and forth with just a swap of the bars:

The Soma Fab Blog: The Soma Gullwing Bar: The Answer to One of the Most Asked Questions on Bike Forums...
07-21-22, 10:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,135
Posted By PDKL45

I'm assuming it's posted by an algorithm, rather...

I'm assuming it's posted by an algorithm, rather than an actual human. For what reason I don't really know, if it's not trying to leave spam links. The original text is here: News - Bicycle...
06-14-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,829
Posted By PDKL45

They're really common in Korea, especially the...

They're really common in Korea, especially the mid-range Escape hybrids, those things sell like hot cakes. Still, when they say the biggest bike manufacturer in the world, they mean OEM manufacturing...
06-10-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 825
Posted By PDKL45

I think it's a pic of a tweaker nest, the...

I think it's a pic of a tweaker nest, the "stupid" frame that is. Dismantling bikes and buggering about with parts keeps the hands moving while on meth, hence a bunch of stolen bikes being reduced to...
06-05-22, 05:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,193
Posted By PDKL45

Emphasis mine. It's such a good point. If I...

Emphasis mine.

It's such a good point. If I am on Bike Forums, it's because I chose to come here and I'm not really going to immediately decide I made the wrong choice and click away. If I'm in...
06-05-22, 02:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,193
Posted By PDKL45

You would be much better off appealing to the...

You would be much better off appealing to the YouTube algorithm IMO. Google how to do that. I get so sick of vlogspam that I go out of my way to avoid watching videos from links like that, on general...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,782
Posted By PDKL45

Yeah, I have the hinged ones. I had been using...

Yeah, I have the hinged ones. I had been using the thumb hooks from Aliexpress, which are also sort of decent, but they don't have the degree or ergonomic shaping that the hinged ones do; they were...
Forum: Touring
05-09-22, 04:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 16,943
Posted By PDKL45

I like Francis Cade and his mate Bike Fit James a...

I like Francis Cade and his mate Bike Fit James a lot, very fun and informative videos. But! And there's a big but. They assume people have entirely healthy necks and backs, which is not always the...
05-03-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 915
Posted By PDKL45

Hit and runs aren't all that uncommon around...

Hit and runs aren't all that uncommon around here, but this one seems fairly anodyne. It's the ones that lead to a massive argument that are really questionable.
03-13-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,882
Posted By PDKL45

Check Analog: Stems (analogcycles.com)...

Check Analog: Stems (analogcycles.com) (https://analogcycles.com/collections/stems) The guy is obsessed with long frames and high, short stems with drop bars; he is NOT a fan of low trail bikes. In...
03-03-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,882
Posted By PDKL45

Soma Condor 2 fits the bill and would probably be...

Soma Condor 2 fits the bill and would probably be better for a carbon steerer.

Condor 2 Handlebar | SOMA Fabrications (https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/condor-2-handlebar)
03-03-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,882
Posted By PDKL45

You're going to struggle to find an 80 mm stem at...

You're going to struggle to find an 80 mm stem at 45 degrees.

Why not just go for one of the Ergotec 90 mm stems? A few of these would work just fine.

Products - Ergotec...
03-03-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 825
Posted By PDKL45

If anyone finds this thread through Google,...

If anyone finds this thread through Google, looking to insert a 1 1/8 straight steerer tube into a Merida or similar bike with a tapered headtube and tapered steerer tube, look closely at the...
01-06-22, 10:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,866
Posted By PDKL45

Where I am, there are a couple of Walmart type...

Where I am, there are a couple of Walmart type bike brands, one of which has a shop in even the smallest of towns. Cheap bikes, but the guys in those shops know their way around them just fine. The...
12-05-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,051
Posted By PDKL45

Tea and coffee will result in urination, which...

Tea and coffee will result in urination, which isn't a huge issue for me, and I frequently take a thermos of black coffee. You can make cycling energy mix with broken up chocolate, crushed pretzels...
10-21-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By PDKL45

And it's still only October. Looks like it's...

And it's still only October. Looks like it's going to be a long winter.
09-10-21, 11:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By PDKL45

For road bikes, look at something like this: ...

For road bikes, look at something like this:

https://www.axiomgear.com/products/racks/streamliner-racks/streamliner-road-dlx/

It attaches via the rear QR skewer and the seatstay bridge eyelet.
08-16-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By PDKL45

I have a rigid fork with a straight steerer, so...

I have a rigid fork with a straight steerer, so that's no problem. I'm in South Korea, and postage is covid-affected right now, but thanks for the offer.
08-11-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,120
Posted By PDKL45

The thing is, Clydesdales are completely awesome...

The thing is, Clydesdales are completely awesome and there's absolutely nothing in me that doesn't like being compared to them. If it was a label like MAMIL, that makes me want to punch whoever is...
08-04-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,040
Posted By PDKL45

With 9 speed chains you should get 3-4 chains per...

With 9 speed chains you should get 3-4 chains per cassette and 3-4 cassettes per set of chainrings. When the chain gets to 2,500 kms, put a chain checking tool on it, because chances are it's getting...
07-02-21, 11:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 814
Posted By PDKL45

I just ordered 700x32c folding bead Gatorskins...

I just ordered 700x32c folding bead Gatorskins instead of the Paselas. Same weight, give or take 50 grams or so, and a bit more more suited to my bike.

I had a hell of a time last night after work...
06-28-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,813
Posted By PDKL45

At this point in time, it's almost worth buying...

At this point in time, it's almost worth buying an entire new bike to harvest the drivetrain. Due to the way Shimano and SRAM offer heavy discounts to large clients who bulk buy components for...
06-27-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,813
Posted By PDKL45

The only thing that has me slightly concerned is...

The only thing that has me slightly concerned is replacement parts. Complete bikes are readily available near me, but Shimano parts can't be had for love or money.
06-09-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,059
Posted By PDKL45

Thank you very much, that's exactly what I was...

Thank you very much, that's exactly what I was looking for.
06-06-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,290
Posted By PDKL45

I'm from around the world and I don't see this as...

I'm from around the world and I don't see this as petty criticism. It's more of a hyper focused group almost laughing at themselves for their preoccupation with gear, when someone well-known but a...
04-15-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,665
Posted By PDKL45

Can you go to $500 in terms of budget? Something...

Can you go to $500 in terms of budget? Something like a Giant Escape, a Trek FX or a Specialized Sirrus should have a $500 price point version, and they're going to be immeasurably better than...
04-14-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,673
Posted By PDKL45

The FX 6 is a flat bar road bike (fitness bike) I...

The FX 6 is a flat bar road bike (fitness bike) I think. I just got my own fitness bike and it's a revelation after a heavy steel touring bike.

A couple of points:

Pedals - You are never bound...
04-13-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,646
Posted By PDKL45

Do you have access to all of those bikes? It's...

Do you have access to all of those bikes? It's becoming cliché, but just grab whichever is available to you right now. They're all decent bikes that will be great fitness machines for you and in...
03-31-21, 12:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,097
Posted By PDKL45

Anyone run the SKS S Board and S Blade set? I...

Anyone run the SKS S Board and S Blade set? I have a new Merida Speeder and I just ordered a pair of those for it. All of the bikes on the internet had a hidden rear fender mounting hole in the rear...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 12:35 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 17,942
Posted By PDKL45

There's a Facebook group for the AWOL and Sequoia...

There's a Facebook group for the AWOL and Sequoia that's full of photos of cracked frames and tales of woe. One theory over there is that the seatstays were significantly thin, allowing for too much...
02-17-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,744
Posted By PDKL45

Those peletons are crazy. For the price of one,...

Those peletons are crazy. For the price of one, you could have a real bike to ride outside, an indoor trainer with zwift hookups and a zwift subscription.
02-12-21, 03:32 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,388
Posted By PDKL45

Anyone else follow Strava Wankers on Instagram?...

Anyone else follow Strava Wankers on Instagram? That account is basically a compendium of stupid strava entries.
01-08-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 26,462
Posted By PDKL45

The guy was still adapted to burning...

The guy was still adapted to burning carbohydrates, rather than fat. If he was properly in ketosis he could have done a hard effort burning fat. If--and the big thing here is that if--you are...
12-27-20, 02:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,498
Posted By PDKL45

Hi OP: Why not look at a fitness bike like a...

Hi OP:

Why not look at a fitness bike like a Giant Fastroad, a Merida Speeder, a Trek FX, a Specialized Sirrus or something similar. Basically a flatbar roadbike.

Even with a flat bar, the...
12-18-20, 12:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,523
Posted By PDKL45

Specialized HQ Bike Theft

Edit: This was another thread I started which the mods merged here which is why the link is reposted here.

The Big S was hit by a daylight robbery...
12-04-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,704
Posted By PDKL45

But to get back on track, if there are safeguards...

But to get back on track, if there are safeguards in place, you cannot really go wrong with a $10 bike. It's worth more, and the auction will probably go higher.

Still, even you can get some for...
11-19-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,918
Posted By PDKL45

Sure, I bought my AWOL fully intending to replace...

Sure, I bought my AWOL fully intending to replace the wheels with a hand built set, but it's the cycling civilians, the non bike freaks, who I feel for in that scenario. They buy themselves "a good...
11-19-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,938
Posted By PDKL45

There may not be a huge amount of difference...

There may not be a huge amount of difference between Claris and Sora, but I haven't had a lot of experience with Claris. One thing that is fairly obvious is that Sora has really benefitted from...
11-18-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,938
Posted By PDKL45

What I meant is that with square taper bottom...

What I meant is that with square taper bottom brackets, the square holes in the crank arms, especially on the left crank arm, can sometimes be rounded out. If the square taper spindle is formed of...
11-18-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,938
Posted By PDKL45

I haven't checked, but Hollowtech II, as opposed...

I haven't checked, but Hollowtech II, as opposed to square taper, would be worth the extra to me. Square taper arm-spindle interfaces may wear and may develop play over time, while Hollowtech II is...
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