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I need a bike seat (no quick release) that won't get stolen and doesn't look too nice

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Sunday, 4 May 2008 19:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

locking seat post clamp and/or and extension cable for you lock

Ed, Sunday, 4 May 2008 19:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

in before snark

"saddle" excuse me

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Monday, 5 May 2008 00:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

what do you wear on the bike

cutty, Monday, 5 May 2008 00:44 (ten years ago) Permalink


Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Monday, 5 May 2008 00:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hi dere:

Mark C, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:12 (ten years ago) Permalink


My boss gave me a KOM jersey which i have never worn and will never wear.

wilter, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love the Astana colours, and for some reason when Vino was ridiculous last year it made me want his jersey all the more. Thanks to ebay, I now have one.

Mark C, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've got a Team Bianchi jersey and knicks from a couple of years ago that is mah fave team outfit.

wilter, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

I want a Holdsworth jersey (my local bike shop is where the renowned marque was born) but they're all really expensive.

Mark C, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 00:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

astanas kit is nice- nice jersey

now that im not racing for anybody, i am trying to find cheap but good riding gear that is without any adverts or affiliations of any kind. ive got like 12 years of orange and purple and blue kit. oh and one set of maroon and gold collegiate stuff from racing for du.

my experience unofficial bike racer rules hold that you may not wear pro jerseys lest ye be mocked. scrub bike racers are ridiculous like this, but i conformed. dint want to get 'ooooh, fanboy!' or 'are you mark cavendish in that high road gear? because man have you become FAT.'

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 00:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

"experience is that..."

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 00:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah a friend of mine who is a very serious sprinter earned the nickname Coasty coz he always gets around in this nasty old team coast jersey.

wilter, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 00:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

hunt3r, craft is the best at making the kind of gear you are looking for. it's relatively cheap. you are a lawyer.

cutty, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 01:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

also, hunt3r OTM about wearing pro team kit. i never would although i REALLY like the slipsteam/chipotle argyle crazyness. i would wear the socks in my home i think.

cutty, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 01:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

As i've mentioned before somewhere, this mob's factory is right near me, they make some good gear and the 2nds are hell cheap.

wilter, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 01:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

..not that that really concerns you ppl in the northern hemisphere very much.

wilter, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 01:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

well i love knog products so whatever

cutty, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 02:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

i just got this. First tech-y jacket I've purchased in like ten years.

gbx, Thursday, 8 May 2008 21:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

i wish id had that on my hut trip, the fullbore shell was way too much at 45 degrees

"The rear zip pocket stashes some carb gels or car keys without making you feel off-balance"

ha dood how big is yr keyring and gel flask!?

Hunt3r, Thursday, 8 May 2008 22:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

why plain solid colors appeal to me. i figure thats like half of the stuff ive had, the rest worn out crashed out lost.

Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2008 15:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think craft is the best at solid colors, none too offensive

cutty, Friday, 9 May 2008 16:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

When you first took that photo, did it induce a seizure? It's like a Bridget Riley painting.

Laurel, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:20 (ten years ago) Permalink


cutty, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

i forgot to throw socks armwarmers and gloves on pile

i do have other, non team gear, but thats the detritus of a misspent early adulthood

Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:47 (ten years ago) Permalink


Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

(not with me on it, mind)

Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is it also really bad to wear Campagnolo clothing (because it looks cool) when your bike is all Shimano?

Bocken Social Scene, Saturday, 10 May 2008 01:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

It depends how much the opinions of lycra fascists matter to you! I think you'll get away with it.

Mark C, Saturday, 10 May 2008 08:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

In anticipation of my flash new bike actually arriving, can someone tell me what exactly is the grease with which I need to grease my eggbeater threads? I am baffled by all the various kinds of lubricant bikes require - a quick lesson would be great.


Mark C, Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I use Pedro's syngrease for all my greasing needs and their synlube for the chain. Oranjpeelz degreaser is good too.

Ed, Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

anybody here ever use a carradice bike bureau? inspired by the ile msgr bag thread, im looking to get a friendlier commuter pannier. i use a single ortlieb classic, and its great- on the bike. i want something that looks non-bikey and is shoulderable, with minimal lashing fuss.

i looked at arkel briefcase and commuter bag, but the former is too big and expensive, and the latter looks to bikey and has stow issues on the shoulder strap, but im listenin'.

Hunt3r, Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

What is yr new bike Mark C?

wilter, Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Walter, it's an unnecessarily highly specced bike I can only justify because a tax break means I get it for 40% off - it's the Focus Cayo Pro.

Mark C, Friday, 23 May 2008 15:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

looks great. when will it be in then? bettya cant wait

Hunt3r, Friday, 23 May 2008 15:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

It was supposed to come end April, latest is that it'll come end May. I'm actually really nervous about riding it because it's not going to feel nearly as soft as my Trek. But yeah, I can't wait. I might just stroke it for a bit.

There's altogether too much carbon on that thing. I'll probably shatter it when I try and put the pedals on.

Mark C, Friday, 23 May 2008 15:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

might just stroke it for a bit

ahem, easy now

so anyway, i was looking at buying one of the carradice bags direct. i figured it would cost $50 or so to ship it by slow boat, but its looking more like $100. that sure seems like an awful lot.

Hunt3r, Friday, 23 May 2008 15:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

ROWR. if this had a shoulder strap, i think id get it.

Hunt3r, Friday, 23 May 2008 16:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

this basil preston laptop bag is approaching my ideal in appearance and apparent function. i cant find a single review anywhere. nor a picture of attachment mechs. any info appreciated.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 24 May 2008 01:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

I am wondering if I should start looking at alternative bikes - the Focus still isn't in stock, and it's almost two months since I ordered it. If I were to go for something else, do you think Wiggle would feel morally obliged to give me some kind of discount/upgrade if I had to choose a different machine?

Mark C, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 11:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

i dont know about their moral obligation, but obv its in their best business interest to satisfy their customer in the face of unreasonable delay. did they advise you that there would be such a delay?

what are your damages?

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

btw i bought that basil bag w/ no performance review. hope its not a pos.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

no free lawyering

cutty, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah and its england. ive got a copy of chitty on k's right here on my desk tho, so solicitors and barristers watch out.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

ok i had ordered a bag from carradice but it was on hold until i approved the shipping cost. i then figured i would cancel as it looked like shipping would be exorbitant. carradice just advised shipping from uk is affordable after all, and i really wanted their bag in the first place. gah!

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think i need some new handlebars (i have flat ones now, but my wrists start hurting on longer rides). i'm not sure if i should get flat ones with bar ends or just get drops?

Jordan, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

my old commuter had flats/barends and they were very good for alternate hand position. my current bike has drops, and i love having the hoods, but i almost never use the drops because the bar has a very deep bend.

also, refitting with drops gets pricey real fast if you want brifters

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:43 (ten years ago) Permalink


Mark C, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

would like that bike

ledge, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

altho i don't really dig the straight forks

ledge, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

omg yes at both of those giros, thank you!! Do you think they will be too warm for 30-50*F temps?

"Jiggle It" - 2 in a Zoo (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 21 March 2014 20:59 (four years ago) Permalink

i'd say not too warm, that article on the uppermost giros says they are warmer weather gloves, 50 deg +. the winter version i have no idea.

a nation filled with lead (Hunt3r), Friday, 21 March 2014 21:04 (four years ago) Permalink

fuuuuck I want these Ambient City gloves so bad!! I wonder if I can find them for less than $70

"Jiggle It" - 2 in a Zoo (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 21 March 2014 21:20 (four years ago) Permalink

they are on ebay new with tags, "buy it now" size m for $30.

a nation filled with lead (Hunt3r), Friday, 21 March 2014 21:25 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Oh my Rapha Pro Team jacket down from £220 to £130, all sizes and colours in good stock. Just got my first paycheck since my promotion. Must resist. Or must I? It wouldn't get worn for six months but then it'd get worn, like, a lot, right?

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 08:15 (four years ago) Permalink

Cozen, tell me about your PTJ?

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:15 (four years ago) Permalink

Bought jersey and bibs instead (not Rapha). Much more sensible. Lusting the new Brooks Cambium saddle in slate.

i reject your shiny expensive consumerist stereo system (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 15:41 (four years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Have a feeling that wife has bought me a Brooks Cambium for Christmas.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 13:25 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

She did. Beautiful.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 25 December 2014 12:49 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

kind of out of season now that it's warming up, but i wear caps under my helmets quite a bit (and no other time). i was not able to score a team cap last year with my kit, i was too late, so ive been looking for caps. because im lazy, i just looked at amazon for old trade team replica caps.

what is the coolest replica cap? also, did a team ever actually use the iconic yellow clement cap? i don't think so.

if not a trade team, i like all of the castellis, pretty much, i mean:

i'm partial to the old panasonic caps, but i ended up buying two caps of other 80s squads to replace my utterly destroyed euskatel cap.

irl sweatpants (Hunt3r), Monday, 27 April 2015 18:55 (three years ago) Permalink

pretty into the La Vie Claire cap

the most painstaking, humorless people in the world (lukas), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 16:14 (three years ago) Permalink

renault is pretty badass.

saw this old pic with what looks like a painters cap with CO state emblem, that's a very very good look imo for that application, but probably would not hold up under a helmet

irl sweatpants (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 16:40 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Child transportation ideas, please.

I'll be needing to take Nora to the nursery at work from September. If I go direct, which I will with her, it's a 1.5 mile route, mostly down a straight but reasonably busy road (busy with people going to campus).

Trailer looked good until a friend said he'd never use one on the road because motorists don't see them.

Child seat seems OK.

Would like a cargo bike but they're expensive.

Ideas and thoughts?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 8 June 2015 13:59 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's a tough situation. Buddy of mine dropped his kids at care in his trailer, and got hit by a car while pulling the empty trailer on the way home, that pretty much ended the trailer concept for him. I don't recall what his next solution was.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Monday, 8 June 2015 15:33 (three years ago) Permalink

I have new tyres. Challenge Strada Bianca. Exciting.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:30 (three years ago) Permalink

lol I'm rocking a Gatorskin on the back sand a cheapo $12 generic thing on the front; I'm waiting for it to go so I can replace it but tbh am in no rush to drop $45 on a new tire.

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:49 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm investing in a Brooks saddle but there are about 80 or 100 different models! What the FUCK do I pick!?

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 01:42 (three years ago) Permalink


WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 01:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Cambium for the win.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 05:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Being serious, though, I've had a Cambium since Christmas. Not only is it beautiful, it's incredibly comfortable, takes less care than traditional Brooks saddles, and matches my bike better, too.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:16 (three years ago) Permalink

The only thing I know is that B17 is the popular one. I ride a medium amount (7-10 miles a day) and use it almost exclusively for commuting around the city and not so much for recreational use or long-distances. I've got a road bike with riser bars so I'm a little more upright than dropped bars but I'm certainly not sitting straight up like a cruiser.

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 14:14 (three years ago) Permalink

The Cambium I have is the C17, so the equivalent of the B17.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:14 (three years ago) Permalink

it's so heavy, i'd only ever put it on my utility/commuter, but it's so expensive i'd never risk having it nicked = despite being a lovely sleek thing, lol no way brooks.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 20:42 (three years ago) Permalink

My bike is v much not remotely about speed these days. Though I did set some PBs yesterday on a stretch I've done hundreds of times, which was unusual.

Just got a nice Carradice Pocket Roll bag. Lovely. And will be full of flapjack on our Bristol-to-Exeter ride next weekend.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 19 June 2015 13:08 (three years ago) Permalink

Sort of wanker but I kind of want the Miltag 'Ride' kit:

sous les paves, Friday, 19 June 2015 15:37 (three years ago) Permalink

that is cool

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Friday, 19 June 2015 16:12 (three years ago) Permalink

Hadn't seen the cap before!

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:24 (three years ago) Permalink

I want a Ringtail vest and cap.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Think we've decided to just go for it and get a cargo bike. Any advice?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 6 July 2015 12:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Right on time, produce this - - which is a useless heap of crap.

Commenter graham_f parks his Bullitt bike next to me at work, actually; he's been all my source of info so far. And he is fucking outrageously fast; loads of KOMs round Dartmoor. Not set on the Bullitt, though.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 7 July 2015 12:01 (three years ago) Permalink

my garmin 500 is now over 5 years old! that seems hard to believe, that i've been living here in the future, with flying cars and robot assistants for so long.

anyway, i pre-ordered a new 520, so the 500 just needs to hold out a few more weeks.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 7 July 2015 19:44 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

never actually bought that Brooks but I'm going to in the next few weeks now that I have my tax return and I'm gonna be riding so much more! I'm still leaning towards the B17 or the Cambium C17 -- any more input from anyone?

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 22 February 2016 22:26 (two years ago) Permalink

ooh the more i read abt the cambium the more i love it

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Just put new rails on my cambium (they were slightly bent after the car crash ages ago). I adore it.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 24 February 2016 06:22 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm worried the texture will cause too much friction and eat through my jeans real fast :( I always bike in slacks or jeans

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 25 February 2016 18:21 (two years ago) Permalink

if it's any consolation my brooks saddle has murdered so many pairs of jeans in the last few years

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 25 February 2016 18:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Like just the regular smooth leather one? really?? rn I'm using some synthetic Origin-8 saddle. It's okay I guess

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 25 February 2016 19:17 (two years ago) Permalink

I want a C13 for my best bike

cozen, Thursday, 25 February 2016 22:10 (two years ago) Permalink

xp. actually now that I think of it I have a really sloppy mount and dismount style and my saddle is old as hell and has a crazy kink in it so this probably goes some way to explaining the damage it causes my jeans

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 25 February 2016 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I think i have one high country adventure left in me an the trails up high are still clear. The ride goes to 4000m but has a shit ton of hikeabike- basically most of mining road from 3400m to 4000m at 17% thats collapsed over time til now you cant ride it. This concept is so close to what i imagined during my rin this morning, but yeah, better. The little sling cup that holds the post is brilliant, i rather think i can improvise that with my fine duct tape skeez.

I scored a bday pres to me- i wanted to replace my 25y/o lugged carbon frame on my dirtdrop bike, and i found a lovely 15 y/o mongoose/sandvik frame. My 97 dean ti was also built by sandvik, so now my roadie and my dirtdrop will be half-brothers. great welds and geometry, both. ‘goose came with a good shape v. light air/oil shock, think i may leave it on for now and take the dirt drop over this- look at the pics tab.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Sorry by “this concept” i meant the carry device, obviously.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Fwiw, the ride “concept.”

the trail in prev link is the second big descent in the profile, the hikeabike clumb follows it.😮

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:51 (two months ago) Permalink

jaysum that looks pointy

also i like the look of that carry system but i'm less certain about schlepping a mtb up some via ferrata, yikes

gbx, Friday, 14 September 2018 01:55 (two months ago) Permalink

All my bros are unable to join so far, and while pre injury Hunt3r would go solo at that no hesitation, my current profile advises me to wait for an ally. otoh i could end up the george mallory of iltrmb which is a pretty rad way to leave remains lol/not lol.

Hunt3r, Friday, 14 September 2018 02:41 (two months ago) Permalink

as the official brain medico of iltrmb i would strongly advise/prefer that you not end up the george mallory of this website, ty

gbx, Friday, 14 September 2018 02:45 (two months ago) Permalink

And yeah youve seen my pic from my prev trip up that hike- no ferrata at all- its just 17% loose scree at 12k ft which for me is not climbable on the bike, but was totally rideable down.

I’m on stamsted’s twitter and thought about asking him for THE LORE of how to do Argentine-style slogs, but he probably would advise riding it or shouldering it and running or whatever superhuman legends do. (stamsted won montezumas back in the day, and i think the very very nearby grays peak 14er was in that loop set back then).

gbx, come on up and do this eh? 🙂

Hunt3r, Friday, 14 September 2018 03:07 (two months ago) Permalink

thx for cautionary advice- taken to heart, truly.

Hunt3r, Friday, 14 September 2018 03:09 (two months ago) Permalink

after watching doc crash reel, its amazing and selfish the risks ppl feel compelled to take, or at least ok with taking- that’s always in my head.

no mallory in me.

Hunt3r, Friday, 14 September 2018 03:11 (two months ago) Permalink

i'm a fat cat 6, there's no way i'm pulling that off! let's do the pony xpress next spring instead

gbx, Friday, 14 September 2018 04:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Did the ride, it was long fun and very hard. That hikeabike-y bit from 11200ft to 13100ft, which was a firm 1.3 hours on fresh legs, was 2.3 hours and fucking exhausting after already climbing 5000ft on road and dirt. I was super glad to have done the test piece, because I know I had it, but conditions from fatigue were radically more challenging.

SO i'm in the gear thread because my ride pal had on of those adventure bikey style top tube baglets for phonecam and goodies. i realized i want that. his is magnetic closure and says he's never dislodged gear (i think its a Serfas). he mounted it back against he seatpost, rather then the more typical stem junction. i hate accessing saddle bags, and don't wear cycling jerseys on my mtb rides usually. i need one that will hold a phone, a tube, a co2, maybe a clif bar and a gel. for me that's good for 3-4 hours. if i need more, i'll have a water pack that i can load.

Do you all have top tube bags, and if so what do you recommend?

My recommendation to you all using trails is: . i really love this thing, you can turn it off, soft, or loud. loud is pretty damn loud and a rough descent. i have been riding with my kid's hs mtb team, and saw a coach with one. it is perfect for high-volume, blind corner-y places.

Hunt3r, Thursday, 20 September 2018 21:00 (two months ago) Permalink

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