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03-04-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 877
Posted By mack_turtle

Look up "The Black Bibs". get some "liner" shorts...

Look up "The Black Bibs". get some "liner" shorts for comfort, then put whatever over-shorts you want over them. I have a few pairs of synthetic fabric "board shorts" with pockets from thrift stores...
03-04-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 725
Posted By mack_turtle

a fat bike or beach cruiser might be fun and...

a fat bike or beach cruiser might be fun and novel, but they might get cumbersome to ride for more than a few miles. a beach cruiser is typically for casual, leisure-pace riding. it's good exercise...
Forum: BMX
03-04-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,216
Posted By mack_turtle

I know that. what year is it now?

I know that. what year is it now?
03-04-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,365
Posted By mack_turtle

I was considering the Garmin Edge 530 and the...

I was considering the Garmin Edge 530 and the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt and went with the Wahoo. the reviews and direct comparisons tell me that both are similar quality products, but some of the features of...
03-04-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,042
Posted By mack_turtle

Toe Go pedals: a sign that the FUTURE is here!

https://toegopedals.com/

I ordered three pairs!
03-04-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 489
Posted By mack_turtle

BMX (freestyle) bikes use u-brakes and some of...

BMX (freestyle) bikes use u-brakes and some of them work very well. I never had a problem with Fly, Diatech Hombre, or Odyssey Evolver calipers. I could consistently modulate or instantly lock up my...
03-04-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 725
Posted By mack_turtle

I didn't say it was universal. based on my...

I didn't say it was universal. based on my experience, most people won't do what you described. kudos to the very few who do, but most people who buy a bike that cheap and ride it a lot will neglect...
03-03-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 725
Posted By mack_turtle

since you're not concerned with "going fast" and...

since you're not concerned with "going fast" and you want stable control on downhill for hard, mixed surfaces, I'd look for a "fitness hybrid" or something like a touring/ gravel bike. flat handle...
03-03-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 725
Posted By mack_turtle

that is a reasonable budget for a USED bike....

that is a reasonable budget for a USED bike. there's very little on the market for new bikes that is even close to decent for that price. bare minimum for a decent new bicycle that's not from a...
03-03-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,092
Posted By mack_turtle

I am so confused. are you saying your dad punched...

I am so confused. are you saying your dad punched you in the mouth when you were nine?
03-03-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 971
Posted By mack_turtle

note: the bike in question is a flat bar bike....

note: the bike in question is a flat bar bike. that's why the reach seems long.
03-03-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,030
Posted By mack_turtle

BB- and headtube-specific tools are probably...

BB- and headtube-specific tools are probably rarely worth the investment for a home mechanic unless you process a LOT of bikes. on my current mtb, I installed the BB myself without facing the BB...
03-03-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,030
Posted By mack_turtle

The only time I've paid someone to work on my...

The only time I've paid someone to work on my bike was the time I had a shop lace up a BMX wheel to a freecoaster hub when I was perhaps 15. there were no internet tutorials around 1996 to help me....
03-01-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 783
Posted By mack_turtle

are you a skilled machinist with access to...

are you a skilled machinist with access to equipment that can machine out the cones within tight enough tolerances to fit a cartridge bearing?

even if you do, it seems a bit silly. pack the...
03-01-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,103
Posted By mack_turtle

for that kind of riding, you can't go wrong with...

for that kind of riding, you can't go wrong with Odyssey plastic pedals. just like 99.9% of the rest of the market, they are not made in the US. but you have a ton of color options and they feel good...
03-01-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,103
Posted By mack_turtle

I really doubt any of the pedals mentioned in...

I really doubt any of the pedals mentioned in this thread are US-made. US companies, sure. very little is manufactured in North America anymore.

Not sure what OP is looking for, but for my needs...
03-01-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,523
Posted By mack_turtle

what exactly is the decal on the rim supposed to...

what exactly is the decal on the rim supposed to be imitating? Vassago?
02-28-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 9,720
Posted By mack_turtle

solo or small groups. the larger the group is,...

solo or small groups. the larger the group is, the more chance there is of getting held back by someone with a mechanical failure or someone setting the pace too fast or straggling because they are...
02-28-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
Posted By mack_turtle

Sounds like a BSA BB. I didn't bother to mention...

Sounds like a BSA BB. I didn't bother to mention alternatives because I've found those to be rare. If OP is in Europe or looking at vintage bikes, that might be a different story. In my six years...
02-28-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,267
Posted By mack_turtle

Former REI employee here. The Safari didn't...

Former REI employee here. The Safari didn't change much from year to year. Novara/REI don't make brand new models every year, so the Safari was the same bike for several years. I worked there...
02-27-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
Posted By mack_turtle

most bikes can take whatever crankset and...

most bikes can take whatever crankset and compatible BB that goes with the crankset. match the width of the frame's BB shell and the appropriate type of crankset for your bike.
Forum: Touring
02-27-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By mack_turtle

I think The Path Less Pedaled on Youtube has...

I think The Path Less Pedaled on Youtube has reviewed some pedals. that guy rides in Crocs so he knows a thing or two about flat pedals.
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By mack_turtle

If you like and trust Shimano pedals, I'd look...

If you like and trust Shimano pedals, I'd look into their flat pedal offerings. the M8140 model looks stout!
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By mack_turtle

if I read that correctly, you're asking how...

if I read that correctly, you're asking how bearing life and durability compares between flat pedals and clipless pedals. the difference between these two types of pedals is how your foot stays on...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By mack_turtle

bearing life has nothing to do with the way the...

bearing life has nothing to do with the way the pedal attaches to your foot.
02-26-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,228
Posted By mack_turtle

justinschulz9 I know you got a lot of snarky...

justinschulz9 I know you got a lot of snarky answers because your question was not specific enough, but I'm really curious about what you really are looking for. can you provide more specifics?
02-26-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,587
Posted By mack_turtle

I've said this dozens of times: IME perhaps HALF...

I've said this dozens of times: IME perhaps HALF of the reason why cycling hurts me is bike fit. everything else is my body conditioning. most cyclists have poor core strength and tight hamstrings....
02-26-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,733
Posted By mack_turtle

https://www.bikecalc.com/gear_inches yeah,...

https://www.bikecalc.com/gear_inches

yeah, 64 gear inches is where I start for road-ish riding. I think my current gear is 62 GI, which is a little low but I ride this bike off-road quite a bit....
02-26-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By mack_turtle

can you share a photo of the end of the...

can you share a photo of the end of the freewheel? remove the wheel and the axle nut or skewer that's in the way. or share a photo of a product photo of the exact same item.
...
02-26-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By mack_turtle

I am fairly certain that's a freewheel. the...

I am fairly certain that's a freewheel. the correct tool to which you've been referred does not engage the lock ring that you're looking at, but the deeper ring inside it. when you get ahold of one...
02-26-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,733
Posted By mack_turtle

totally subjective. I might go lower if the...

totally subjective. I might go lower if the terrain was hillier or the traffic required more stops and starts. the important part is that YOU experiment to find out what works best for YOU.
02-26-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,776
Posted By mack_turtle

I agree with the above, except when it comes to...

I agree with the above, except when it comes to Canyon. Take a look at their size designations and the geometry associated with those. It's totally silly.
02-25-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 309
Posted By mack_turtle

most bike shops and dedicated DIYers should be...

most bike shops and dedicated DIYers should be able to put a new coil in a crank arm. look up "how to repair pedal threads" and you'll find dozens of guides to fixing it. you might be able to tap new...
02-25-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By mack_turtle

the park tool for removing a freewheel is only...

the park tool for removing a freewheel is only needed to remove it. freewheels thread back on without tools. grease on the threads is a good idea. don't cross-thread it.

agreed that buying that...
02-25-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,733
Posted By mack_turtle

the question is a bit vague without specifying...

the question is a bit vague without specifying wheel/tire size.

I never had problems with 700Cx32mm tires with a 39/17 combo. the top speed is a bit low but I'm not racing anyone. accelerating...
02-25-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By mack_turtle

Like I said, the Park Tool site answers your...

Like I said, the Park Tool site answers your question: https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/freewheel-removal-and-installation

There's no point in trying to tighten the lock ring unless you...
02-25-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,586
Posted By mack_turtle

https://eehouse.org/fixin/formfmu.php pretty...

https://eehouse.org/fixin/formfmu.php
pretty darn accurate.
what's your current exact chainstay length?
02-25-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,317
Posted By mack_turtle

I wonder if Moonmen Bikes...

I wonder if Moonmen Bikes (http://www.moonmenbikes.com/) has some expertise here.


that will never work. there's not yet any craft breweries and beard oil makers on that planet yet.
02-25-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By mack_turtle

it appears to me that one of the plastic spacers...

it appears to me that one of the plastic spacers that go between the cogs on the freewheel has broken off. without that spacer, you can't tighten the lock ring. it's possible to find a replacement...
02-25-21, 06:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By mack_turtle

You need to determine if you have a freewheel or...

You need to determine if you have a freewheel or cassette hub. They are not cross-compatible. Then you will need the correct tools to remove and install the new part. The correct tool will depend on...
02-24-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By mack_turtle

here's a good start...

here's a good start https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/609030-how-much-freewheel-wobble-ok.html
02-24-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 613
Posted By mack_turtle

use the bottom bracket as your primary reference...

use the bottom bracket as your primary reference point for everything. try to get the effective reach (distances from the BB to the handlebar) and stack to be close to the same. the two bike might...
02-24-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,317
Posted By mack_turtle

but when it does, think of all the KOMs you'll...

but when it does, think of all the KOMs you'll have!
02-24-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By mack_turtle

you need to figure out if you have a freewheel or...

you need to figure out if you have a freewheel or a cassette. those are two totally different things that do the same thing. look that up. based on the data I can find, it looks like the 2010...
02-24-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,317
Posted By mack_turtle

Obviously I've never done it, or even seen it. It...

Obviously I've never done it, or even seen it. It sounds like riding on Mars is only slightly safer than riding on Earth. I assume you use around 3 inch bombproof tires, but it would seem to me the...
02-24-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,147
Posted By mack_turtle

put the new chain on and give the bike a...

put the new chain on and give the bike a test-ride. if any of the cogs skip under the new chain, replace the cassette. that's all there is to it.
02-24-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,317
Posted By mack_turtle

first bicycle on Mars

when the first human explorers reach Mars, what kind of bike should they bring? why?
02-24-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,776
Posted By mack_turtle

what specific Canyon bike(s) are you looking at? ...

what specific Canyon bike(s) are you looking at?

I just checked the sizing for an Exceed hardtail and Canyon says I should get a small. I am 175cm tall with a 84 cm (actual) inseam and they say I...
02-24-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,148
Posted By mack_turtle

I put a Road ID on my Garmin watch band with...

I put a Road ID on my Garmin watch band with emergency contact info. I always carry my ID, insurance card, and a credit card in a pocket somewhere that it can't easily fall out.
02-24-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,258
Posted By mack_turtle

I pull my Fox fork apart and replace the foam...

I pull my Fox fork apart and replace the foam rings and replace the bath oil once a year. I use wipers twice before replacing if they still look clean and not torn up. I should probably do it twice a...
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