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06-25-22, 11:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,146
Posted By Darth Lefty

There was but finding a good suspension fork for...

There was but finding a good suspension fork for 26” with V bosses and QR isn’t that easy either any more.
06-25-22, 11:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 390
Posted By Darth Lefty

on Bikeforums?!? (Clutches pearls) You should...

on Bikeforums?!? (Clutches pearls) You should have seen how much response I got posting in the “professional cycling” sub about the Olympic freestyle events
Forum: Foo
06-24-22, 05:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 577
Posted By Darth Lefty

Some years ago there was a guy who invented a...

Some years ago there was a guy who invented a brake for a tablesaw that was triggered by making contact through the finger with the ground. It was pyrotechnic driven like an airbag. It resulted in...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 138
Posted By Darth Lefty

I like the bite valve on Camelbacks better than...

I like the bite valve on Camelbacks better than Ospreys but I have definitely have them leak out when the hose end is sitting below the bladder. That’s why it has the manual valve, which I usually...
Forum: Foo
06-20-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 4,490
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's funny when people blame "the government"...

It's funny when people blame "the government" like it's a monolith. The EPA and the DOT are NOT on the same page. The FDA and the Dept of Agriculture aren't either.
Forum: Foo
06-19-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,252
Posted By Darth Lefty

“Self driving automobile” is the same phrase...

“Self driving automobile” is the same phrase repeated twice with roots in Germanic via old English for the first half and a confusing mush of Latin and Greek via French for the back half.
Forum: Foo
06-19-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 719
Posted By Darth Lefty

If you’re doing Linux you’re not buying that...

If you’re doing Linux you’re not buying that computer anyway.
06-18-22, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By Darth Lefty

it means the pull per shift of Campy 10 speed...

it means the pull per shift of Campy 10 speed Ergos is about the same as Shimano 7/8 speed brifters or down tube shifters so you can put 10 speed Ergos on a Shimano 14 speed that had like RSX or Exage
06-18-22, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By Darth Lefty

Edited prior post. SRAM “2:1” hardware is Shimano...

Edited prior post. SRAM “2:1” hardware is Shimano SIS compatible (Shimano MTB up to 9 speed and road up to 10 speed). But that’s not going to be an issue as none of those will reach a 46 or 52 cog....
06-18-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By Darth Lefty

For some time now (since SRAM “1:1” up to 9 speed...

For some time now (since SRAM “1:1” up to 9 speed and later “X-actuation” 11-12 speed, and Shimano 10-12 speed) most nicer MTB derailleurs have needed more cable per shift. The leverage ratio of the...
06-18-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By Darth Lefty

That’s the kind of helpfulness that keeps people...

That’s the kind of helpfulness that keeps people out of bike shops.
06-18-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By Darth Lefty

If it’s not what andrewclaus said above then it’s...

If it’s not what andrewclaus said above then it’s very likely the high limit adjustment.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNG7g83lI-s
06-18-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By Darth Lefty

Rather drastic for adjusting the FD, don’t you...

Rather drastic for adjusting the FD, don’t you think?
Forum: Foo
06-18-22, 12:50 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 4,490
Posted By Darth Lefty

Just think of the opportunity cost of posting to...

Just think of the opportunity cost of posting to BikeForums!

I’m feeling pretty shackled and spendy. We have a very high mortgage because we really needed to get our spectrum kids into a school...
06-18-22, 12:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By Darth Lefty

My solution in nearly your shoes was to put the...

My solution in nearly your shoes was to put the twins in a Bob stroller and the kiddo on his balance bike. When kiddo tapped out I could hang his bike on the handlebar of the stroller and he could...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,301
Posted By Darth Lefty

They don't though. M9050 is gone and M8050 is...

They don't though. M9050 is gone and M8050 is dying on the vine while 9100 and 8100 don't have Di2 versions. And that's all there was. SRAM is eating their lunch again.

With the idea of a "budget...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-22, 07:12 PM
Forum: Foo
06-15-22, 10:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 641
Posted By Darth Lefty

The official origin story is that a guy at...

The official origin story is that a guy at Raytheon had a chocolate bar in his pocket that melted
Forum: Foo
06-15-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 641
Posted By Darth Lefty

obligatory xkcd.com ...

obligatory xkcd.com

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Forum: Foo
06-15-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 641
Posted By Darth Lefty

Maybe there will be enough voices in your head...

Maybe there will be enough voices in your head you can finally call it white noise and tune it out
Forum: Commuting
06-15-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 5,128
Posted By Darth Lefty

Short lap today, with the MTB on the dog walking...

Short lap today, with the MTB on the dog walking trails along the MUP. Nice
Forum: Commuting
06-14-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 733
Posted By Darth Lefty

If you can scout a route with less stopping and...

If you can scout a route with less stopping and less climbing that is a good bet. It doesn’t just pause your time, it exhausts you.

Also good if everything on your bike is working properly. Drag...
06-14-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 194
Posted By Darth Lefty

Plus… works really well for current bikes with...

Plus… works really well for current bikes with front suspension. Secure and the bikes are easy to get in and out. Inexpensive. You can fit five bikes in a shorty crew cab truck which makes it great...
Forum: Foo
06-13-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 386
Posted By Darth Lefty

The thing I love most about getting in my car is...

The thing I love most about getting in my car is fussing with the menu screens for three or four minutes to optimize my ten minute drive
06-13-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,731
Posted By Darth Lefty

Just go ride your bike. See what you don’t like....

Just go ride your bike. See what you don’t like. Spend first on getting comfortable and well equipped.

I really like both the things you want but I wouldn’t swap them from new unless the original...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-22, 11:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By Darth Lefty

You can buy your way out of it somewhat. Pricier...

You can buy your way out of it somewhat. Pricier bike components are usually anodized, stainless, or nickel plated, or at worst chrome plated and powder coated. Cheaper ones might be black oxide...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-22, 10:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 557
Posted By Darth Lefty

I think back in that era all the 1890s boom bikes...

I think back in that era all the 1890s boom bikes were being tossed into smelters for the arms race leading to the Great War.
Forum: Foo
06-11-22, 07:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,252
Posted By Darth Lefty

The contemporary Viking 1 lander was lost in 1982...

The contemporary Viking 1 lander was lost in 1982 when it was mistakenly told to point its antenna down.

The first Soviet lander to finally make it to Venus in 1967 was quickly rebranded an...
06-10-22, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By Darth Lefty

I had a similar Diamondback and liked it fine....

I had a similar Diamondback and liked it fine. It’s true they’ve barely updated it, but it was right up to date and a good design when they launched it in I think 2016. They’ve kept the build up to...
06-10-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 630
Posted By Darth Lefty

If you go triple front with a hybrid crankset,...

If you go triple front with a hybrid crankset, and 36t rear, you can get a 26/36 bottom gear. Look at Surly Disc Trucker for reference.
Shopping list...
Sora triple FD
Sora triple left brifter...
06-09-22, 08:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,574
Posted By Darth Lefty

Everything was proprietary once.

Everything was proprietary once.
Forum: Foo
06-08-22, 12:27 AM
Replies: 9,744
Views: 1,546,325
Posted By Darth Lefty

That dude in the stairwell is lucky the opposite...

That dude in the stairwell is lucky the opposite wall held up and didn’t drop the camera
Forum: Foo
06-08-22, 12:22 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 4,490
Posted By Darth Lefty

6.15 for premium at Costco today. Shudder to...

6.15 for premium at Costco today. Shudder to think what the shell station is charging
06-07-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By Darth Lefty

On top of that, many of the trails already exist...

On top of that, many of the trails already exist and many of them are nice. This really is a great town to own a bicycle in. The house prices are off the charts, though!

The El Dorado Trail is my...
06-06-22, 07:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 745
Posted By Darth Lefty

When you make a post to Foo, Anubis, the god of...

When you make a post to Foo, Anubis, the god of dogs who chase cyclists, weighs your heart. If he finds it is not light as a feather he reports you to the moderation team.
06-06-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 963
Posted By Darth Lefty

"No" vote from me on barcons. They hit my knees....

"No" vote from me on barcons. They hit my knees. If anything turns it into a "gravel bike" it's that. Never mind what Tomac did. He was racing in a weird era where they tried weird stuff.

I really...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-22, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 557
Posted By Darth Lefty

The first Zeppelin launched in 1900. By contrast,...

The first Zeppelin launched in 1900. By contrast, these are full of hot air :)
06-06-22, 12:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 860
Posted By Darth Lefty

Un-armored version has been great to ride on but...

Un-armored version has been great to ride on but a magnet for thorns in the dry season.
06-05-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 19,027
Views: 2,357,578
Posted By Darth Lefty

12 miles around Folsom on the Paramount today.

12 miles around Folsom on the Paramount today.
06-05-22, 05:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Darth Lefty

To do this at a lower price, you need a shift in...

To do this at a lower price, you need a shift in the business model of making the product, not the distribution on this side of the ocean. Most bikes sold direct are single configurations with...
06-04-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 713
Posted By Darth Lefty

I really believe that if it wasn’t for late 60s...

I really believe that if it wasn’t for late 60s muscle bikes, the 1970s bike boom wouldn’t have happened either.

And yeah probably a five speed stingray would be something like 700 bucks today. Or...
06-03-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 937
Posted By Darth Lefty

Vlogging could go in the bloggers subforum

Vlogging could go in the bloggers subforum
Forum: Commuting
06-02-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 15,558
Posted By Darth Lefty

Every year or two I give drop bars another try......

Every year or two I give drop bars another try... then stop. Most recently I converted my single speed commuter from dirt drops to swept flat bars (Salsa Cowchipper to Salsa Bend). They have a...
06-02-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thank you for that hint. Looking at some other...

Thank you for that hint. Looking at some other photos I'm sure you are right
06-02-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By Darth Lefty

“JB” aluminum. What is this thing?

Spotted in the wild. I couldn’t find the owner to ask.

...
06-01-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 972
Posted By Darth Lefty

My dad signed up voluntarily in 53 with a deal...

My dad signed up voluntarily in 53 with a deal that let you move up your number and get a 2 year stint. He just missed Korea and went to a field hospital unit that spent his whole stint in Honolulu....
Forum: Commuting
06-01-22, 01:46 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 5,128
Posted By Darth Lefty

Didn't school just get out? Due to my boys...

Didn't school just get out?

Due to my boys both going to a clinic one town over and occasional summer camps, my commuting schedule is pretty much boned for the summer. Any laps I get will be...
06-01-22, 12:35 AM
Replies: 19,027
Views: 2,357,578
Posted By Darth Lefty

As mentioned elsewhere, was trying to ride each...

As mentioned elsewhere, was trying to ride each of the bikes during Bike Month and today was the Paramount's turn. Today was my birthday and I rode alongside the g5yo twin down to the school where...
06-01-22, 12:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 138
Posted By Darth Lefty

Not well. Triple FD's have a specially shaped...

Not well. Triple FD's have a specially shaped cage for the two shifts and the upper shift is usually optimized for the teeth difference between the middle and top rings

Shimano tech docs still...
05-31-22, 05:19 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 13,246
Posted By Darth Lefty

Dad‘s Paramount is a year older than me. It’s...

Dad‘s Paramount is a year older than me. It’s been at the bottom of the tangle for a few years. I resolve that for a bike month I would ride all the bikes that I have, and this is the last one.

...
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