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10-17-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 228
Posted By Darth Lefty

If there's one thing not lacking in MTB it's...

If there's one thing not lacking in MTB it's number of brands!

This guy analyzes the rear suspensions of new bikes. If you click through his blog for the last few years you can make a pretty good...
10-17-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 425
Posted By Darth Lefty

They lasted a little bit longer in downhill. For...

They lasted a little bit longer in downhill. For a few years, seven or eight years ago, some companies were trying to have 29 inch cross country bikes, 27.5 trail bikes, and 26 downhill bikes.
...
10-17-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 203
Posted By Darth Lefty

Really, your sticking point is Shimano. Familiar...

Really, your sticking point is Shimano. Familiar situation for anyone on the mountain bike side these last 10 years.

SRAM 1x11 will support up to a 46t rear and e13 makes a 9-46 cassette and...
10-17-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 775
Posted By Darth Lefty

Just shift your perspective from “Classic &...

Just shift your perspective from “Classic & Vintage” to “Old & Economical” and find another one.
10-16-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By Darth Lefty

Been done, successfully lampshaded in first post

Been done, successfully lampshaded in first post
10-16-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 228
Posted By Darth Lefty

I’d get a Canfield Lithium but only because...

I’d get a Canfield Lithium but only because that’s the bike I want.

I have a hard tail. Bought it due to budget and family duties (kid seats, towing). I don’t want a bike that climbs like a hard...
10-16-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 505
Posted By Darth Lefty

Mine exploded and killed me.

Mine exploded and killed me.
10-16-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 1,890
Posted By Darth Lefty

ABS by the way is absolutely a given for e bikes....

ABS by the way is absolutely a given for e bikes. It’s a mystery to me why it’s not already here especially on commuter e bikes. It’s proliferated on motorcycles, even small ones, where it’s not...
10-16-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 1,890
Posted By Darth Lefty

Analog bikes will continue to follow the fad and...

Analog bikes will continue to follow the fad and bust of the latest bike type.

E bikes will get more complicated. All the gadgets you’re imagining will come to pass and then get cheaper. They will...
10-15-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By Darth Lefty

I took a shuttle recently whose vertical rear...

I took a shuttle recently whose vertical rear rack hooked on the handlebars at an angle and held the bikes tires-out.
Forum: Commuting
10-15-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By Darth Lefty

Hiplok D1000 eats angle grinder blades

https://hiplok.com/d1000/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/airlok/hiplok-d1000-anti-angle-grinder-bike-lock

"graphene ceramic" clad to foul the blade. Still has a steel core for the bolt...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 7,903
Posted By Darth Lefty

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1996 (3616...

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1996 (3616 total YTD)
Welshboy (UK)______________________ 1,601
Atvar(ITA) __________________________ 584 (939,96 Km)
Darth Lefty (CA) ____________________...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 14,926
Posted By Darth Lefty

Lame week in bike commuting which is a shame...

Lame week in bike commuting which is a shame because October is great for riding. Work meetings too close to ride times, kid getting busted, etc. Got two short laps. Definitely not going to hit 1000...
10-15-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 80
Posted By Darth Lefty

Red Bull Rampage 2021

Falling with style!

Winning run, posted just a few minutes ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVYbmBS8ws4&ab_channel=RedBullBike
10-15-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By Darth Lefty

Big companies can also pretend to be small with...

Big companies can also pretend to be small with small brands. That's got to be why there's a hundred different brands of MTB's with slightly different rear suspensions and nearly identical websites...
10-15-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 125
Posted By Darth Lefty

Middle group parts usually have more durable...

Middle group parts usually have more durable finishes and seals as you note, and that keeps out the weather and keeps in the grease. There’s nothing about them that confers extra strength.

For...
10-14-21, 11:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 463
Posted By Darth Lefty

You are right. I was thinking of the siping. Here...

You are right. I was thinking of the siping. Here is a cookie.
10-14-21, 11:37 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,720
Posted By Darth Lefty

I thought Treks were made by Paramount but the...

I thought Treks were made by Paramount but the most recent one was Prime Video
10-14-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 181
Posted By Darth Lefty

No, but it's hardly the only thing of its kind in...

No, but it's hardly the only thing of its kind in the world, just the first one that came to mind.

If you do get a Zee make sure it's the right bottom bracket version, the 68/73mm and not the 83...
10-14-21, 12:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 463
Posted By Darth Lefty

On a Minion DHF/DHR2 combo the ramps are in...

On a Minion DHF/DHR2 combo the ramps are in opposite direction front and rear so the rear bites in pedaling and the front bites in braking
10-13-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 181
Posted By Darth Lefty

Oh... freeride is a MTB downhill subcategory,...

Oh... freeride is a MTB downhill subcategory, doing tricks on more natural features, somewhere between outright downhill racing against the clock and slopestyle which uses very groomed courses....
10-13-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 181
Posted By Darth Lefty

That's about the price of that stuff brand new....

That's about the price of that stuff brand new. Back ordered though.

Maybe you could do the "krampug" thing with a Wednesday frame
10-13-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 181
Posted By Darth Lefty

Zee is the Shimano free ride crank with steel...

Zee is the Shimano free ride crank with steel pedal inserts and BB axle. It's got near Boost chain line but it does not have NW teeth, intended for use with a bash guard.

If you think pinch bolts...
10-13-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,740
Posted By Darth Lefty

The newest victim is 27.5+ MTB tires. The same...

The newest victim is 27.5+ MTB tires. The same marketing departments that called 3 inch tires plush and forgiving in 2015 were backing down to 2.8's by 2017 and called them vague and wobbly starting...
10-12-21, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 114
Posted By Darth Lefty

There was one guy who had an imperfect run and...

There was one guy who had an imperfect run and knew he was out of contention and he shot his bike up the ramp. Not in a poor sport kind of way, it was more like a kiss goodbye. It flew what looked...
10-12-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 114
Posted By Darth Lefty

I was curious, watching the Olympics BMX...

I was curious, watching the Olympics BMX freestyle, what their bikes weigh. They looked like pretty solid chromoly frames. I've seen a trials video where the guys say they don't like a too light bike...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 302
Posted By Darth Lefty

The ebay listling looks legit, though expensive....

The ebay listling looks legit, though expensive. It's >ten years old and cost around $1000 brand new. Within your budget you could be shopping new bikes from budget mail order brands.

Can't...
10-11-21, 11:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 654
Posted By Darth Lefty

If you have that inside a tire like with a too...

If you have that inside a tire like with a too undersize tube it will burst on a puncture rather than just leaking and it’ll be hard or impossible to patch.
10-11-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By Darth Lefty

I have the Ryobi inflator and have not been happy...

I have the Ryobi inflator and have not been happy with it. It’s fine for bike tires but not really needful unless you are doing a family ride and have ten tires to hit. When you hook it up to a truck...
Forum: Foo
10-11-21, 10:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 947
Posted By Darth Lefty

Cars in general seem pretty much the same to me...

Cars in general seem pretty much the same to me for the last 25 or 30 years. Unibody, plastic bumper covers, crumple zones and shoulder belts and airbags. DOHC fuel injected straight fours with...
10-11-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 657
Posted By Darth Lefty

Because "we" aren't very many?

Because "we" aren't very many?
10-11-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 64,380
Views: 9,990,408
Posted By Darth Lefty

Beast of the East Cannondale ...

Beast of the East Cannondale

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/d/sacramento-cannondale-mountain-bike/7376904015.html

https://images.craigslist.org/00B0B_4sTTVcSygofz_0CI0t2_600x450.jpg
10-11-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 20,643
Views: 3,617,341
Posted By Darth Lefty

Not a wacky ad. Just... Ventana is a local...

Not a wacky ad. Just... Ventana is a local company that makes Serious mountain bikes (aluminum welded, custom sizes, full suspension and fancy dropouts) and Very Serious MTB tandems. Who knew they...
10-11-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 457
Posted By Darth Lefty

My perception is that the late 80s early 90s...

My perception is that the late 80s early 90s hardrocks are classy steel frames typical of the 80's, all chromoly if not quite as fancy tubing as the upper two bikes. Around the time suspension forks...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 302
Posted By Darth Lefty

It seems to me like the key to finding a good...

It seems to me like the key to finding a good used bike is to be shopping somewhere lots of people use bikes. Where I live, it’s pretty good. Craigslist has thousands of bikes. If you are in the...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 14,926
Posted By Darth Lefty

It’s windy and sunny here in California, from the...

It’s windy and sunny here in California, from the wrist to the deltoid, not just here in the elbow. It’s a dangerous combination because everything is still really dry. So there is a red flag warning...
10-11-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's all of Dorel Sports and their vision is more...

It's all of Dorel Sports and their vision is more e-bikes.

pdf link...
10-11-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 747
Posted By Darth Lefty

You can probably guess that softer, wider,...

You can probably guess that softer, wider, knobbier tires have more traction and are not as fast.

Mountain bike tires very often have much different side knobs than the middle. The side knobs are...
10-11-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By Darth Lefty

Pon Holdings buys Dorel brands incl. Schwinn, Cannondale, etc

Pon Holdings, which owns Cervelo and Santa Cruz, and which forum rats may rememeber from last month's threads about the LBS chain Mike's Bikes, has bought all the bike brands off Dorel. This includes...
10-10-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By Darth Lefty

No single piece of it is outright junk, but as a...

No single piece of it is outright junk, but as a whole…

And why are those baby blue tires not installed?
10-10-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,312
Posted By Darth Lefty

A few years ago in my industry there was a fad...

A few years ago in my industry there was a fad for Kevlar overwrap of carbon parts that were handled a lot, to reduce ding damage. It faded because it was dead weight. But it seems like a natural for...
10-09-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 20,643
Views: 3,617,341
Posted By Darth Lefty

^^^ hooooly cow There's nothing basically...

^^^ hooooly cow

There's nothing basically wrong with this bike, except it has man boobs

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/d/sacramento-schwinn-moob-26inch-mountain/7390714349.htmlSchwinn...
10-09-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,031
Posted By Darth Lefty

How many riders just fell over because they...

How many riders just fell over because they didn’t have any tread on their tires? Part of this ordeal, clearly, is using the wrong tools on purpose.
10-09-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 425
Posted By Darth Lefty

If I had my super sport back and I wanted to do...

If I had my super sport back and I wanted to do this, I would probably try to scrape off the paint right there, and stick a little piece in with my wife’s big stained glass soldering iron.
Forum: Foo
10-09-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9,707
Views: 1,317,378
Posted By Darth Lefty

Good thing a Chain Chomp has a chain

Good thing a Chain Chomp has a chain
10-08-21, 10:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 362
Posted By Darth Lefty

The coatings Andy mentioned aren’t really there...

The coatings Andy mentioned aren’t really there for wear, for the most part. They are rust prevention, and gunk doesn’t stick as hard to glossy surfaces. So in that sense, yes, they help. They’re...
10-07-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,427
Posted By Darth Lefty

I know this is C&V but if you are talking MTB...

I know this is C&V but if you are talking MTB frames you are going to have a really hard time beating the very clever Structure SCW-1
...
Forum: Foo
10-07-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 947
Posted By Darth Lefty

It’s an extreme example, for fun… You should...

It’s an extreme example, for fun… You should still reconsider. Design is important.
Forum: Foo
10-07-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 947
Posted By Darth Lefty

You should reconsider this. A lot of engineering...

You should reconsider this. A lot of engineering on the consumer side is about selling stuff. And a lot of pleasure of ownership and use comes from how something looks and feels.

when only...
Forum: Foo
10-07-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 947
Posted By Darth Lefty

They still make Mazdas?

They still make Mazdas?
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