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  1. In a word, YES your climbing skills will improve...

    In a word, YES your climbing skills will improve if you keep riding them and lose some weight.

    IME, I'm no longer hanging the equiv of 3 full milk jugs off the side of my bike ... and I'm riding...
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    From my experience, there's a lot of truth here. ...

    From my experience, there's a lot of truth here.

    I've exclusively worn 2010-11 Bont Vaypors (synthetic) for 3.5 seasons. They've held up exceptionally well and still look / feel like a million...
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    Enough already. OP is looking for validation of...

    Enough already. OP is looking for validation of "cool" brands that aren't Trek, Speci and Giant.
  4. I'm liking the "search" feature. ...

    I'm liking the "search" feature.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/949489-what-brand-chain-you-using-your-10-12-speeds.html...
  5. If you look closely enough, you can see the crack...

    If you look closely enough, you can see the crack on the seat tube right at the FD tab in the pic you shot a week before the accident. Just saying.

    Just kidding - duh. Happy shopping! You...
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    Hell yeah I'm foisting. That's what foisters...

    Hell yeah I'm foisting.
    That's what foisters do.
    I'm a foister, baby.
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    Are you sure it wasn't hit by something while...

    Are you sure it wasn't hit by something while hanging on your garage wall for years?

    Does it look like the impact occurred from the side rather then the top or bottom?

    Maybe an errant smack...
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    Robbyville remember, one or two grams here and...

    Robbyville remember, one or two grams here and three or four there eventually add up to kg's.
  9. Good to see that I'm not alone in liking to add...

    Good to see that I'm not alone in liking to add cool WW bits to my bike.

    That said, I lost >20lbs two years ago. I've been noticeably faster this year and last.

    However, I suspect the last...
  10. Absolutely love that stem comparo link ... I've...

    Absolutely love that stem comparo link ... I've singlehandedly nearly worn it out over the years!
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    I've been happily riding Schwalbe Ultremo 23c...

    I've been happily riding Schwalbe Ultremo 23c clinchers for the past >5 years ... Ultremo, R.1, EVO, ZX and now One.

    I'm a firm believer in their value proposition. They've been more than...
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    Beat it like it owes you money afterwards.

    Beat it like it owes you money afterwards.
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    +1 for the MyFitnessPal (or similar) app, which...

    +1 for the MyFitnessPal (or similar) app, which is free. It was eye-opening to see how much I was really eating each day. Not to mention, how many (and how few) calories my favorites contributed to...
  14. ...and I think he was yelling at one of the many...

    ...and I think he was yelling at one of the many riders that shouldered him in the sprint right before he ultimately veered into the pavement.
  15. I'm with RollCNY, Machka and c0lnago - Nothing to...

    I'm with RollCNY, Machka and c0lnago - Nothing to hero worship here w/Talansky. Nice job gritting it out. That's all.

    I found Ms. Macur's fluff piece a horribly one-sided, jock-sniffing account...
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    I'm all for lightweight tubes, but prefer...

    I'm all for lightweight tubes, but prefer standard weight tubes in my saddle bag so I don't have to pay much attention fixing flats out on the road.
    With folks waiting on the roadside with an...
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    Sounds like the Uno is too much of a good thing...

    Sounds like the Uno is too much of a good thing ... prob won't fit 2 tubes, 2 CO2 cartridges and an air chuck.

    I'll check out the Dual. I like the way it mounts further away from the post.
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    Lenzyne's Micro Caddy (40ci) is bigger than my...

    Lenzyne's Micro Caddy (40ci) is bigger than my Pearl Izumi Tailgate (~30ci), so that's out. I'm looking for smaller.

    Like bbattle wrote, the PI Tailgate is indeed a good bag ... space for a...
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    OP is from '12, but the question remains the...

    OP is from '12, but the question remains the same... what's some of the better micro / small saddle bags or wedges out there right now? So far, the Topeak Micro Wedge heads my list.

    And I want...
  20. Just wanted to give kudos to Garmin for replacing...

    Just wanted to give kudos to Garmin for replacing my rather old Garmin Edge 500 for free when the two mounting tabs broke. Their goodwill warranty goes above and beyond in my book. It's much...
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    Just wanted to give kudos to Garmin for replacing...

    Just wanted to give kudos to Garmin for replacing my rather old Garmin Edge 500 for free when the two mounting tabs broke. Their goodwill warranty goes above and beyond in my book. It's much...
  22. Yes, I think so ... happened to me twice in the...

    Yes, I think so ... happened to me twice in the same place (only two times I've been on that road) with huge overhead wires.
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    Can you rent something for a couple of rides? ...

    Can you rent something for a couple of rides? Try both the 29er and 27.5er...

    Honestly, the brief parking lot test ride was the weirdest. I went 29er on faith, but didn't have 27.5 in the mix...
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    Coming froma road bike to the 29er was awfully...

    Coming froma road bike to the 29er was awfully weird, but it works great. Don't be scared off.

    You going to ride technical stuff or not? You going FS or ht?
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    As an Addict homer (sz XS) myself, I went with a...

    As an Addict homer (sz XS) myself, I went with a Scale 29er (sz S). I know exactly where you're coming from!

    Not being a MTB expert, I totally overthought FS vs HT and 26" vs 29". If 27.5" had a...
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