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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 (twelve years ago) link

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

http://www.bikemania.biz/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Pinhead_Components

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

in before snark

"saddle" excuse me

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

what do you wear on the bike

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

jeans.

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

Hi dere:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/biondino/drugcheat.jpg

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

Nice.

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

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

"experience is that..."

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

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

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

well i love knog products so whatever

cutty, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 02:28 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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.

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/3610/teamcrapfn6.jpg

Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2008 15:51 (twelve years ago) link

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

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

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

http://www.webexhibits.org/colorart/i/riley-Dominance-Portfoli-01.jpg

Laurel, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:20 (twelve years ago) link

VITAMIN COTTAGE

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

FUNERAL PYRE STYLEE?

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

(not with me on it, mind)

Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2008 18:48 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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.

Thanks!

Mark C, Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:01 (twelve years ago) link

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

http://www.pedros.com/products_bikecare.htm

Ed, Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:26 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link

What is yr new bike Mark C?

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

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

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

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

Hunt3r, Friday, 23 May 2008 16:07 (twelve 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.

http://www.niagaracycle.com/images/sbsimages/140540.jpg

Hunt3r, Saturday, 24 May 2008 01:03 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link

no free lawyering

cutty, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:31 (twelve 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 (twelve 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!

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/7941/bikebureaunfrontlb2.jpg

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:41 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link

Bullhorns!

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

would like that bike

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

altho i don't really dig the straight forks

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

can you jailbreak these things

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

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

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

I've had my eye on https://www.bakfiets.com/ - 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 (eleven months ago) link

seven months pass...

you guys, i now have the most recent post on the 5 or 6 most-recent iltrmb board. where are my people? they have aged-out, moved away, found sweeter fora. or i am, as long i have known, unfun.

but cycling is fun, keep hope alive.

i came to praise covatech duoderm extra-thin 4x4 sheets. i'm sure 4 out of 5 cycling doctors recommend it for those suffering from rubber-side-down incompetence. wash, debride, disinfect, rinse, stick and BE AMAZED. if you're really terrible and you gouged so deep and wide that stitches aren't possible, it's still pretty great, you'll just have fucktons of something called "exudate" for a couple days, which will blow out your dressing sheet to 70% well before the usually recommended 3-7 day exchange period. and also the goo/exudate that floods out is dire. the whole sheet becomes like a soggy, super-fatty piece of un-crisped goose skin. so i know this is yr 2000 tech

*it should be noted this injury was not due to cycling, but my new whole-body workout sideline of "rollerskiing." that shit is ~dangerous~. also, really fun compared to running, but man. it def deserves its own thread, which i will undoubtedly start sometime somewhere. i have yet to meet anyone who does it in denver. so i started a FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/960730114364491/, trying to find anyone who does it. seems like skimo people should be a bit of a fit, because you can doublepole your lats from a 40.5" to 43"+ coatsize in like 5 months, but i don't know too many skimos. i reached out minimally to friends, but no real interest besides "sounds interesting."

fatmantis out

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:07 (three months ago) link

I ordered a new bike. I've been really slack post tendon resection which is bad for me. Decided to try and go in a more bike packing direction, I want to recapture some of the fun I had as a teenager biking across Ireland and France. Just waiting for a delivery date and looking at some nice weekend routes I can do.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 29 May 2020 01:34 (three months ago) link

Was never a big presence on this board but by coincidence I have started cycling daily for the first time in about 3 years just last week on my old single speed. So out of shape. Was humbled by a hill I used to do on my commute on friday, felt bad. But I'm just going to keep keep trying to get at least half an hour a day and work my way back up

Rik Waller-Bridge (jim in vancouver), Friday, 29 May 2020 02:47 (three months ago) link

woohoo keep chipping away jim, it'll come back. i hear vancouver is cycling paradise.

i need to visit bc someday.

can't wait to hear about new bike day, ed. really sorry to hear about tendon resection, i didn't know they do that. they must, like, reattach it somehow? i had my clavicle resected by a cm, but no fastening is needed for that, the a/c joint just scars itself back together and it's pretty normal, fwiw.

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Friday, 29 May 2020 03:13 (three months ago) link

i was test riding cargo e-bikes before this all started. going to pick that up again later in the summer.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 29 May 2020 03:16 (three months ago) link

I snapped the tendon off the front of my foot and they had to go rooting around in my calf to pull in down. They then strapped it back on with some kind of surgical tape and then months in various casts whilst it healed properly. Luckily I didn’t need any donor tissue but they did have some on standby in case I did.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 29 May 2020 03:18 (three months ago) link

I’m really excited to try this route in the spring.

http://www.adventurecyclingvictoria.com/rides/eildon-mansfield-yarra-ranges

If I extend it a bit I can cycle straight out of my front door and make a nice three days of it. (Plus shout ‘can you feel the serenity’ as i coast through Bonny Doon)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 29 May 2020 03:28 (three months ago) link

gorgeous, so calm and placid looking, at least in the pics.

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Friday, 29 May 2020 04:28 (three months ago) link

jesus! xxp

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 29 May 2020 05:48 (three months ago) link

I cannot recommend snapping one’s tibialis anterior tendon.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 29 May 2020 09:40 (three months ago) link

I’m learning that this bike packing game is not quite like my touring of old. For starters bikepackers seem to like riding with flat pedals and what look like skate shoes or hiking boots. Which is a bit of a revelation as I spent a good deal of my teenage touring days staying in Irish cow barns and I never truly got the muck out of my cleats.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 29 May 2020 09:46 (three months ago) link

even hobos need new ways to be fashionably hobo. I draw the line at handlebar bags because those are seriously bullshit, wtf. Cmon.

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Friday, 29 May 2020 19:33 (three months ago) link

woohoo keep chipping away jim, it'll come back. i hear vancouver is cycling paradise.

it really is, which makes neglecting to cycle even more unforgivable. kind of back to being addicted now and annoyed I'm too busy this weekend to be able to spend much time on the bike

Rik Waller-Bridge (jim in vancouver), Friday, 29 May 2020 20:46 (three months ago) link

Detective work. I found a photo from a 2016 forum post that seems to show 32mm knobbies on a 2017 Synapse, and it looks like Mavic Aksium has worked with 32mm since 2016, so I'm gonna try some dirt.

lukas, Friday, 29 May 2020 21:30 (three months ago) link

even hobos need new ways to be fashionably hobo. I draw the line at handlebar bags because those are seriously bullshit, wtf. Cmon.

― inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Saturday, 30 May 2020 5:33 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

Aw, I always liked my carradice handlebar bag which had all my daily necessities in them, except for the on bike packet of biscuits which went in the front right pannier.

It also had a transparent map pocket on top. Something that seems to have gone the way of the dodo because we all have GPS now. Which is a crying shame, maps contain so much more possibility.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 29 May 2020 21:39 (three months ago) link

ah, i suspect i’m just an outlier, irritated by bar weighting. also i’m old and sometimes mtb in lycra and other old tymey stuff, and my old prejudices persist.

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Saturday, 30 May 2020 01:02 (three months ago) link

I am used to weird handling thanks to the stupid long stem on my current bike.

Also I very much see the bar Bag as old times, however I see rapha make one now so I guess we have gone full circle.

Anyway bike initially will be very vanilla. 700X30 wheels and my current speedplays. I wasn’t quite ready to got 650b right off the bat. Although it is Force 1 AXS which is pretty exiting, also it seems crazy that you can get a 1x with more gears than my first few bikes, more useable gears than many of my bikes and almost more range than triples I’ve had.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 30 May 2020 01:22 (three months ago) link

Also I’m going to have to learn how do I shot tubeless.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 30 May 2020 01:23 (three months ago) link

i've gotten pretty acquainted with a local adventure/bike packing frame manufacturer. the chief rides 2x, a few of his buddies ride 1x, and i've told him i can't settle for less than the 640% that i get on my ancient but lovely 3x9. i can do that on a 2x11 now i think, but it requires some fettling and fancying. for a while i'd have needed di2, but i think no longer. the amount of gear specialization that's out there now is so incredible.

btw the chief wrote up his most recent event: https://www.bicycling.com/racing/a32433034/what-its-like-to-do-atlas-mountain-race/?fbclid=IwAR0Z8pX7_dIIw0-4777Vm9K0UfmeeqQmxf-OkmCKeQSpwVstBlbs9qxOWkU.

tubeless is easy and great. if you don't have a compressor, a pressure bottle is helpful when you have to mount up new tires, that's what i have. i think some pumps have integrated ones now, i guess. aside from seating new mounts, the only annoyance of tubeless at all to me, and it's totally not a big deal, is peeling dry latex out if you've left it alone for months, and topping off yr sealant every couple months. i use orange shot, it's fine.

(i seriously wouldn't bother with tubeless at road widths/pressures, it's not that much a benefit imo, but that's not a popular opinion with everyone).

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Saturday, 30 May 2020 02:22 (three months ago) link

still cycling away but (as ed knows from the slack) I’ve been struggling with shoulder/neck issues, which have recurred following the injury I sustained last august when trying to ride from the bottom of scotland to the top (!) on an ill-fitting bike. sucks. and I can’t even get a bike fit for obvious reasons -
shouldn’t have put it off over winter.

thinking about taking up pilates (and getting physio when I can) AND eventually getting proper fits on all my bikes. can still ride about 35-40 miles but that’s max before it flares and tightens :/

||||||||, Sunday, 31 May 2020 14:03 (three months ago) link

I shot tubeless on my bikepacking gravel bike (christened the goblin) - it is so awesome. fiddly, with a learning curve but once it’s setup... ahhhhh bliss

||||||||, Sunday, 31 May 2020 14:04 (three months ago) link

My bike now has a ship date but not for a couple of weeks (boo). However we did just buy my wife a new electric town bike and boy is it fun. I stole it to visit a rival electric car charging site that is being built across town (and to search for organic parsnips). It’s a lot of fun effortlessly pedalling at 25km.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 6 June 2020 22:09 (three months ago) link

i toooo have recently acquired a bikepacking bike lol

gbx, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 01:31 (three months ago) link

starting to plan my next bikepacking trip

scampo simmonite (||||||||), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 08:22 (three months ago) link

here's mine last summer, in full splendor
https://i.imgur.com/9GUoZqc.jpg

scampo simmonite (||||||||), Sunday, 21 June 2020 20:54 (three months ago) link

New bike is here and setup.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBz7gTTAOO1/?igshid=5mtbm2r95nbp

Learning a bunch of New things: tubeless, electronic shifting, disc brakes hydraulics. It amazes me that the big rear cog is bigger than the big ring on my road bike.

Next is to get myself in the position to bikepack.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:46 (three months ago) link

should I buy one of these so-called "mountain" bikes

specific fry such as scampo (||||||||), Thursday, 2 July 2020 21:01 (two months ago) link

nice Ed. tubeless scares me.

and yes, mountain bikes are fun, get it.

lukas, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 02:14 (two months ago) link

I've solved my biggest tubeless woe which was getting enough sealant into the back tyre to make it seal. I got a Stans syringe doodad to inject the sealant. This seems like a 100% necessary tubeless item.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 07:14 (two months ago) link

tubeless is the bommmmmmmmb

puncture the other day on the rear. no worries - keep riding, seals itself, no drama

per aspera ad scampo (||||||||), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 07:28 (two months ago) link

I inject mine using an old 60ml stans sealant bottles

per aspera ad scampo (||||||||), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 07:29 (two months ago) link

What do you have in you luggage?

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 09:28 (two months ago) link

for daily rides, I carry a stupid amount of stuff really (all stuffed into the frame bag) - frame pump, tube, multi-tool, lube, patch kit (with patches, tire boot, painkillers, presta-schrader adaptor), cable ties, etc

for bikepacking, all of the above plus: terra nova wild country zephyros 1; alpkit mattress; decathlon three season down sleeping bag; flip flops; fujifilm X100; etc

top tube bag = battery pack; wallet; sweets/nuts

per aspera ad scampo (||||||||), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 10:21 (two months ago) link

sleeping bag goes into the handlebar bag. it's only a small 1.5l lomo bag. might upgrade it to the 14l apidura expidition bag.

tent gets stuffed into bottom of the seat pack. mattress, down jacket, some off-bike wear in there too and toiletries

frame bag fit to bursting with spares, tools, etc.

per aspera ad scampo (||||||||), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 10:23 (two months ago) link

think I'll throw some 43mm bruce gordon rock n' road tyres on for my summer bikepacking... unless I get that mtb

maybe dishy rishi will give us all a 500£ handout on weds I can put towards that

per aspera ad scampo (||||||||), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 10:25 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Ed how is yr bike going? Did you see the Petervary vid i threw up, it’s a pretty good take on your “what’s in yr luggage?” q above, eh?

In case you’re gettin ready to ride https://atlasmountainrace.cc/ 👍

retail rage is for suckers (Hunt3r), Friday, 31 July 2020 14:21 (one month ago) link

Bike is going great. Although I haven’t left the city, because I am not allowed. Just doing loops around town and up and down the bouley at the moment. Planning what my first long rides should be, there’s a nice unsurfaced climb up the back of kinglake which I want to go back to. Originally I was thinking my first overnight would to a B&B, but given the situation wild camping might be the only way to get out of town this year.

I guess the major revelation is running such a big (30mm) tyre, it makes everything feel much less fraught.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Saturday, 1 August 2020 01:11 (one month ago) link

that is a good feeling. I ride a lot of asphalt on a tubeless 2.1” at 25/28psi in between trails and theyre slow but so comfy.

are u in Melb? does it still have all the trolley tracks? those could be deadly i should think, i’d def want like 43mm sneaks.

retail rage is for suckers (Hunt3r), Saturday, 1 August 2020 03:45 (one month ago) link

Life in Melbourne means learning how to deal with tram tracks. I’ve only once stacked on a railroad crossing and that was as a 12 year old coming out of Cherbourg ferry port on a tour, a great lesson in never doing that again.

I’m going to explore some bigger noblier rubber at some point. These wheels can take up to 40mm so I might go there when the slicks wear out.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Saturday, 1 August 2020 04:23 (one month ago) link

I think I am coming to the conclusion that the 44T ring is too big for me with the 10 rear cog (and the 12 and the 14). The ghost of Sheldon Brown nuggets I could be happy with a 38T Ring or maybe even smaller.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Monday, 3 August 2020 11:46 (one month ago) link

So you mean that you can _never_ realistically need a gear as big as 44-10.

I was gonna use and link bikecalc, because it’s great for this use and i use it like twice a week these days— aaaand today’s it’s either down or gone and i will die if i can’t have it. *sob* seriously i hope it’s not dead.

Erm so yeah 44 is not small but 1x only gives u one chance.

Not a technological match, but on my nexus 7 commuter i always tried to make gear 5 (which is the1:1) my “low threshhold power-speed,” loaded, on a flat, windless, surface— on that bike. I think that was a 38-16?

retail rage is for suckers (Hunt3r), Monday, 3 August 2020 15:16 (one month ago) link

I'm pretty unfit right now and I can always switch back, but my desire to totally drill it on the the flat or on descents is pretty minimal right now. The biggest pain is I think SRAM now makes you take off the crank to change the ring now.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Saturday, 8 August 2020 01:08 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I've seen a good price on an S-works tarmac SL6 frameset and it's taking all my willpower not to raid my garden landscaping fund to buy it....

||||||||, Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:52 (one month ago) link

dream bike for me

||||||||, Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:52 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

HI can y'all help us please?

we are not serious Bike People or street racers or anything

but we want to get exercise use out of our bikes even at a time when hauling them down to the street and braving the dangers and hassles of NYC riding is just not viable, for various reasons.

we started to look at indoor "bike trainers" but got a little bit of sticker shock, and overwhelmed by all the features and competing websites with a million different lists. we don't know the market, we don't have our bearings. we were kind of imagining just like, some kind of metal stand that you could set a bike on, and pedal away while you listen to podcasts. but would that work? is all the 'trainer' resistance hardware necessary in order to get a real workout? we can't tell or understand. the review sites don't show you the price until you click through. it's just all very overwhelming. basically we're wondering what name or product category we should even be googling here. any guidance is greatly appreciated.

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