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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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Ed, Sunday, 4 May 2008 19:46 (eleven years ago) link

in before snark

"saddle" excuse me

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Monday, 5 May 2008 00:38 (eleven years ago) link

what do you wear on the bike

cutty, Monday, 5 May 2008 00:44 (eleven years ago) link


Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Monday, 5 May 2008 00:47 (eleven years ago) link

Hi dere:

Mark C, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:12 (eleven years ago) link


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

wilter, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:30 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

"experience is that..."

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 00:34 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

wilter, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 01:18 (eleven years ago) link

well i love knog products so whatever

cutty, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 02:28 (eleven years ago) link

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

gbx, Thursday, 8 May 2008 21:11 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

cutty, Friday, 9 May 2008 16:39 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link


cutty, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:32 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link


Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:48 (eleven years ago) link

(not with me on it, mind)

Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:48 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

What is yr new bike Mark C?

wilter, Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:11 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Hunt3r, Friday, 23 May 2008 15:31 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Hunt3r, Friday, 23 May 2008 16:07 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

no free lawyering

cutty, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:31 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link


Mark C, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:53 (eleven years ago) link

would like that bike

ledge, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:54 (eleven years ago) link

altho i don't really dig the straight forks

ledge, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:54 (eleven years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:47 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

thx for cautionary advice- taken to heart, truly.

Hunt3r, Friday, 14 September 2018 03:09 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

want to buy

nukeproof digger pro

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Saturday, 9 March 2019 22:38 (one year ago) link

v nice. for how i go, if it won't take 50s, i'd pass tho.

we are all sooo spoiled with the variety available imo.
td3 takes 50+ on 27.5. def my style.

when i texted the honch of rodeo that i _must_ have over 2" and so couldn't go td2 last summer, he said "this fall" and... he was good to his word. dunno if i'll ever afford it.

Hunt3r, Sunday, 10 March 2019 03:40 (one year ago) link

I like the look of both of those. I’ve been eying up the latest iteration of the Salsa Warbird. Of course it would require me to have a right foot more firmly attached to my leg than it currently is.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 10 March 2019 04:23 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

think I might get this instead now........

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:18 (one year ago) link

i like how it do, and i’m legit impressed with the thoroughness of that evans cycle responsiveness. questioners go fairly deep and evans seems to legit at least give a fuck.

Not sure i want thru axle for a multi purpose long range bike. For a trail bike def, for an xc bike probly, but a core adventure bike? not sure. Then i go, why NOT? and i guess... good point really. Going 2x is correct here imo.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 19:14 (one year ago) link

what’s the downsides with thru axle ? lack of replacement parts in far flung / rural locales ?

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 19:56 (one year ago) link

thats what i meant by “good point,” the basis of my reservation is not well-supported. They are def better with suspension, marginally better for steering control, and i’m not aware of failure issues. For deep site exploration and adventure they may be hard to fix/replace- but harder than dics? no. Plus i’m premium and shipping is free.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:01 (one year ago) link

discs obv

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:02 (one year ago) link

I’m going to sound really old but I remember when Evans was F.W. Evans was just one shop in the Cut by Waterloo station. They built frames and I had a touring bike of them in flam green.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:06 (one year ago) link

at least they are doing questions session right? 🙂

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:14 (one year ago) link

Definitely, they are probably the least worst big chain by some margin although that experience is ten years out of date.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:37 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

i saw this and tho it’s not my kind of color scheme or whatever, this bike and this look is just insanely hot and well done imo.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 27 April 2019 00:32 (eleven months ago) link


gbx, Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:36 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

bikebrag- i was lucky and got the chief guy of above venture to ride with me, it was shittons of fun.

my preciousssss got some generous shine along the way.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 27 July 2019 03:22 (eight months ago) link

That is dope

Your bike is a glorious beast I love it

gbx, Saturday, 27 July 2019 20:56 (eight months ago) link

TY. fwiw i had to get a new shock, and i did not enjoy having to go to 100mm from 80mm. the bike still feels awesome, but a little more mtb-like than before. I think i can reduce the travel and crown height back.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 27 July 2019 21:38 (eight months ago) link

I just got a 650b wheelset 😎

gbx, Saturday, 27 July 2019 21:39 (eight months ago) link

👍. Nice! I do think if i replace the ‘goose, it will be a 700/650b multi fit frame like the rodeolabs, or similar to your ride? i’m trying to remember your frameset but spaced it.

guy on traildonkey had 26.5x50mm Nanos here, and it was rigid, and... that trail was an insane jackhammerfest. He is a muuuuch better linefinder than i on descents. That road/trail is 3600’ of pretty insane. a rarely ridden testcase to prove how much you just dont give a phuk about “flow.” part joke, part test, part awesome.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 27 July 2019 23:15 (eight months ago) link

every bit of circumference was good there- my two biggest criticisms of classick 26” are- 1. not roll-y enough for obstacles, and 2. scarcity of great tires/rims. on issue 2 im amost at hoarder stage to keep that ‘goose loose.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 27 July 2019 23:18 (eight months ago) link

hipster bullshit but I ain't care

gbx, Sunday, 28 July 2019 00:30 (eight months ago) link

Ha Hunter that's awesome.

I realized a few days ago that I have room for another bike.

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Sunday, 28 July 2019 00:58 (eight months ago) link

gbx damn, nope it's v. cool imo. i have non-dropper seatpost/saddle combo that i use for light singletrack/groady rides- thompson/cambium. only dif to yours is that my post has the layback swerve on it. i've never heard of hunt/mason, but after perusing how they do online, daaaaamn those are nice looking. 28/28 and wide is v on target imo.

lukas i'm "anti-" n+1 in principle, but my behavior is a... problem. still if i was u i'd get another bike then.

Hunt3r, Sunday, 28 July 2019 03:06 (eight months ago) link

anyone got any experience with panaracer gravel kings? I am trying to decide between the SK and non-SK version

im led by donky (||||||||), Sunday, 28 July 2019 12:45 (eight months ago) link

have not but have heard goodbye things

gbx, Sunday, 28 July 2019 15:24 (eight months ago) link

dude i was riding with that day made a video- it's for rodeolabs, but ay, this feel, fullscreen:

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 18:10 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

what type of mtb is this ? a cross-country/hard tail ?

самокритика me, daddy (||||||||), Monday, 2 September 2019 10:14 (seven months ago) link

Yes, with 29" tyres I would say.

The Pingularity (ledge), Monday, 2 September 2019 12:33 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

saw the bianchi aria e-road in the flesh today.... kinda.... want one ?

stoffle (||||||||), Saturday, 5 October 2019 19:13 (five months ago) link

I larfed the no ebikes sign at 3100m in the middle of nowhere yesterday. Shows up here at 53 secs.
In 5 years there will be no such signs- the industry will unitize bikes and e-bikes/mopeds. the counter effect might be larger areas of public land made off limits both, who knows.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 5 October 2019 22:00 (five months ago) link

anyone got any thoughts on electric cargo bikes for hauling kids among other things (i'm that guy now)?

i'm looking at things like and

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 10 October 2019 03:32 (five months ago) link

I don't have one, so can't offer an informed opinion, but as soon as I'm in a position to bike commute again, I wanna get a cargo e-bike. I have a few friends in portland/chicago that have invested and they're all super stoked on them. CT likes them:

this is the one i'm lusting after:

gbx, Thursday, 10 October 2019 16:23 (five months ago) link

cargo moto-bikes are cool tho not sure the moto is necessary for me now. like commuter motos make total sense to me so you dont sweat at all, but like, i dont need to make the scene at sprouts or safeway, so pedal for real, bitch.

Hunt3r, Thursday, 10 October 2019 16:32 (five months ago) link

yeah, but if i got that UA shorty, I would use it for commuting and then doing errands after work or w/e, so the no-sweat thing would still be attractive

gbx, Thursday, 10 October 2019 16:43 (five months ago) link

yup that's convenient. looking at that motocargo, i wonder how much sustained power that can really drop for like 30 secs, i mean 750w plus a person at 200-250W would be fast enough to be fucking awesome even with groceries. even unfaired that's gotta be low 30s? i know they have some rules about limiters and stuff, but it's america and NO LIMITS FOR ME.

Hunt3r, Thursday, 10 October 2019 16:50 (five months ago) link

can you jailbreak these things

be goose, do crimes (||||||||), Thursday, 10 October 2019 16:52 (five months ago) link

i think the class 3 ebikes are capped at 28mph?

gbx, Thursday, 10 October 2019 16:52 (five months ago) link

the powered thing is attractive to me because i have a husky boy son

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 10 October 2019 17:59 (five months ago) link

I've had my eye on - have seen one in action with 2 kids at a local forest school group - but I'd have to win the lottery or get extremely lucky in the second hand market.

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 10 October 2019 18:30 (five months ago) link

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