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07-12-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 915
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: 313
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...
07-05-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,993
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: 402
Posted By Ironfish653

ftfy :thumb:

ftfy :thumb:
06-29-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
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: 271
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...
06-13-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 869
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,...
06-12-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 912
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: 1,918
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...
06-06-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,237
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...
06-01-21, 11:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,947
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, 10:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,209
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: 1,947
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...
05-27-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,209
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...
05-17-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,560
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, 03:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,257
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: 1,198
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, 03:55 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,560
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: 4,560
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. ...
05-13-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,560
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: 4,560
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, 08:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ironfish653

sha90 do you just want a step-through frame, or...

sha90 do you just want a step-through frame, or do you have a mobility issue that would keep you from using a conventional diamond-frame bike? As it's been mentioned before, the big brands like...
05-11-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,411
Posted By Ironfish653

You are. To a non-cyclist, spandex / bibs +...

You are.
To a non-cyclist, spandex / bibs + jersey, on a drop-bar bike = Lance Wanna-be, doesn’t matter if it’s team Kit, club kit, or just off-the-rack.

You assume they’re savvy to the...
05-11-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,885
Posted By Ironfish653

I hate getting into these ‘magical thinking’...

I hate getting into these ‘magical thinking’ threads, but I’m bored, so here goes:

Physics: Once you’re up and rolling at a given speed, (bike) weight plays very little part in how much effort it...
05-10-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,343
Posted By Ironfish653

Not exactly; It’s more about cadence / effort on...

Not exactly; It’s more about cadence / effort on ‘flat’ roads or long, shallow climbs: ‘Mashing’ is pushing a bigger gear, at a lower rpm, and higher peak effort; ‘Spinning’ is the opposite, a...
05-10-21, 01:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 962
Posted By Ironfish653

Was this the fork you were upset that you...

Was this the fork you were upset that you couldn’t find in a 3-year-old NOS TREK blue paint scheme, even though the same low-end hybrid fork was still in production, just in the OE Suntour black?
...
04-29-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 916
Posted By Ironfish653

It's not Fuji, but here's my '76 Bridgestone...

It's not Fuji, but here's my '76 Bridgestone rebuild:This was about $170 worth of parts; tires and tubes were the biggest single item at $50; going with gumwalls will probably be closer to $75, for...
04-29-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,306
Posted By Ironfish653

Buy a couple of city councilmen or state...

Buy a couple of city councilmen or state delegates.
Grassroots is great and all, but you gotta get the policymakers on your side if you want to make real progress.
04-29-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 916
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd probably go ahead and swap out the freewheel...

I'd probably go ahead and swap out the freewheel to a 'modern' Shimano HG freewheel. Even though you have friction shifting, the ramped teeth on an SIS freewheel, along with a modern 8-sp chain (KMC...
04-28-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 849
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 The 53t SR chainring on my '76 is like...

+1

The 53t SR chainring on my '76 is like this. I have to have the FD cage about 8mm above the teeth to make it work correctly.
It's been commented on, and I've adjusted it down, but then it...
04-28-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,166
Posted By Ironfish653

What is it about BikeForums that causes people to...

What is it about BikeForums that causes people to jump to the most arcane correlation-is-causation magical-thinking conclusion from nothing but a single picture or anecdote?

" Look how big that BB...
04-28-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,301
Posted By Ironfish653

They fly, but they don't really like to. You're...

They fly, but they don't really like to. You're more likely to run one over than get hit by one in the air.
Unless you ride at highway speeds, it's a non-issue.
What's most likely to happen is...
04-25-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,678
Posted By Ironfish653

Nope, for a lot of BikeForums, there are only...

Nope, for a lot of BikeForums, there are only three mountain bikes; full-jounce 29ers, department store Huffy's and the '85 Schwinn High Sierra. Suspension development started and ended with the...
04-25-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,678
Posted By Ironfish653

If you're doing sprints on the road, then, yeah,...

If you're doing sprints on the road, then, yeah, there's no benefit to suspension. If you're climbing on a trail with rocks, roots, or otherwise uneven ground, then suspension can 'round off the...
04-23-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 801
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, Microshift is relatively comparable to...

Yes, Microshift is relatively comparable to Shimano. They don't make really high-end stuff like Ultegra and Dura-Ace, but what they do make is very good, and well regarded for the money. Sort of...
04-07-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,427
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd say that's a fair description. Japanese...

I'd say that's a fair description. Japanese engineering of the era was capable of brilliant work (Honda CB750, anyone?) But overall, it was deliberate to the point of conservative
Case in point,...
03-29-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 646
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd take a look at Hilton Head, SC.. Great...

I'd take a look at Hilton Head, SC..
Great restaurants, beaches, and very bike friendly; in fact there are bike paths, trails and dedicated bike lanes covering pretty much the whole island. The...
03-27-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,323
Posted By Ironfish653

Another +1"for Zenni ; If you've got a copy of...

Another +1"for Zenni ; If you've got a copy of your prescription, and pick your upgrade options judiciously, you can get a pair made for about what you'd pay for decent 'off-the-rack' sunglasses.
03-25-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 8,053
Posted By Ironfish653

Corporate Inertia. The bikeshare companies could...

Corporate Inertia. The bikeshare companies could get a write-off whether they donated or scrapped them; Donating them would require contacting the co-ops and community groups (it would probably take...
03-25-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 8,053
Posted By Ironfish653

So basically, your model is to have the bikes...

So basically, your model is to have the bikes manufactured locally. (Assembled from components) and delivered to the stores complete and ready to ride?
I appreciate where you're heart's at, but...
03-25-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 8,053
Posted By Ironfish653

The biggest thing with department store bikes is...

The biggest thing with department store bikes is that the assembly is such a roll of the dice. Retail assembly is usually done by piece-rate contract assemblers, rather than store employees, and...
03-22-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 621
Posted By Ironfish653

Why the "air quotes?". Are you looking for an...

Why the "air quotes?". Are you looking for an actual trailer, or something like a trailer, that's not really a bike trailer?
If it's an actual bike trailer, the THULE Chariot line is the top of the...
03-21-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 402
Posted By Ironfish653

Typically, rims are sized by their inside width,...

Typically, rims are sized by their inside width, usually in millimeters. What you've got as a "1.1 inch" is probably a 24mm, which is a pretty 'standard' 26" MTB rim.

Back in the day, a...
03-18-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 661
Posted By Ironfish653

I know that, but 1" threadless stems are not all...

I know that, but 1" threadless stems are not all that easy to come by these days, and if you're looking for a specific rise and reach, there's a lot more options in 31.8"

Sounds like the OP is...
03-18-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 661
Posted By Ironfish653

Most threadless stems are able to be used as...

Most threadless stems are able to be used as either +/- rise / drop. The Mutant isn't one of those, however. If you're not planning on using the bike for anything more than light-duty casual riding,...
03-09-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,144
Posted By Ironfish653

What if you’re wearing a Lycra jersey and MTB...

What if you’re wearing a Lycra jersey and MTB baggy shorts? Do I get to offend everybody?
03-09-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 456
Posted By Ironfish653

Rather than try to source all the parts...

Rather than try to source all the parts individually, I’d just look for a 20” kids’ MTB; and take the rear wheel, RD, and shifter.
You should be able to find one for less than $50 on your local...
03-09-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By Ironfish653

In that case, probably little difference besides...

In that case, probably little difference besides the wheels and tires. That, and the gearing it’ll come with, if you’re starting with a mostly complete bike. Sometimes, inexpensive ‘casual’ MTB style...
02-18-21, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 504
Posted By Ironfish653

A complete bike is usually an easier sell, but...

A complete bike is usually an easier sell, but you can typically make more money parting it out; it just takes longer.
​​​​​​You have to find buyers who are looking for the parts you have, and...
02-17-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,090
Posted By Ironfish653

My saddle (Ronin Evo) has a $300 bike...

My saddle (Ronin Evo) has a $300 bike https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_1597_4c860e4556c9bb6ac863cba9556c6eb9f6712028.jpg
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