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08-08-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,087
Posted By desmodue

What an ass

What an ass
01-02-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 29,003
Posted By desmodue

Don't own a Rivendell, never rode one. Still...

Don't own a Rivendell, never rode one.

Still the conclusion is clear to anyone not living with blinders on. It is a company that has or soon will outlive it's window of relevance. Rivendell almost...
12-11-18, 12:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,763
Posted By desmodue

California huh? They will sue you for injuries...

California huh? They will sue you for injuries sustained while riding the unsafe bicycle you carelessly left where it could be accessed by their innocent child.
11-13-18, 07:42 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,216
Posted By desmodue

You're all wrong Steel is for making nails and...

You're all wrong
Steel is for making nails and anvils
Aluminum is for making beer cans and mobile home siding
Carbon fiber is for fishing poles and tennis rackets...
10-27-18, 10:05 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,429
Posted By desmodue

Motorcycle accident stats are seriously skewed by...

Motorcycle accident stats are seriously skewed by two main groups 1. The middle aged ****** that decides to buy a big heavy poor handling Harley for his mid-life crisis and crashes it (of course no...
10-27-18, 06:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 618
Posted By desmodue

If this is to be a dedicated hobby vehicle, I...

If this is to be a dedicated hobby vehicle, I suggest a used Ford Transit Connect. It's an ugly big box thing, it has a 4 cyl. engine that gets 24-30 mpg. You can store a ton of gear inside. It...
10-16-18, 01:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,243
Posted By desmodue

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/newsboy_c1e0257c428a7027abced921761fb854a0b63403.jpg
Pure art. Especially so, knowing hard difficult it is to bend/form 3.2Al 2.5V Ti.
10-16-18, 01:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,243
Posted By desmodue

It's not about comparing two completely different...

It's not about comparing two completely different machines, it's how the same design is used across several companies. Most cars look very similar because everyone uses the same design criteria. It...
10-16-18, 10:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,243
Posted By desmodue

Style, individuality, panache, craftsmanship,...

Style, individuality, panache, craftsmanship, brand identity are absolutely important to some and of no concern to others.

When bikes were made of steel the same situation existed, the earliest...
10-09-18, 05:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,734
Posted By desmodue

Patriot1 - for your viewing pleasure... ...

Patriot1 - for your viewing pleasure...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/850x636/3al2_5v_29b75b18cc925eac3e7306d63e54d5e0406ce7fb.jpg
10-08-18, 01:01 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,734
Posted By desmodue

We have a Merlin frame sequestered in one of the...

We have a Merlin frame sequestered in one of the display cases in the Research & Technology conference room that hasn't been touched since the day it was put in the case 25 or so years ago.
10-03-18, 05:41 AM
Replies: 1,262
Views: 375,098
Posted By desmodue

The photo is likely the prototype, and not...

The photo is likely the prototype, and not exactly representative of the actual production model.

One discrepancy from listed specifications is the bike shown has 6 bolt discs, centerlock discs...
09-20-18, 09:56 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 27,472
Posted By desmodue

That is a very clean design, and probably offers...

That is a very clean design, and probably offers everything most hybrid riders actually need. It's easy to be seduced into higher priced machines that have a certain "wow" factor, because we tend to...
09-16-18, 10:24 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 5,421
Posted By desmodue

I'd be interested in what you think it is.

I'd be interested in what you think it is.
08-31-18, 10:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,924
Posted By desmodue

I would say a straight blade fork is defined as...

I would say a straight blade fork is defined as the individual fork legs don't have any curve along the length of the leg, they can be angled at what would be the fork crown on a steel fork, but...
08-31-18, 10:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,087
Posted By desmodue

Maybe it's simply a case where no body is doing...

Maybe it's simply a case where no body is doing anything sketchy, rather assumptions were made on both sides.

Before dismissing the shop as a bunch of careless hacks, take the bike back and tell...
08-30-18, 12:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,924
Posted By desmodue

The steering head angle is measured in degrees,...

The steering head angle is measured in degrees, but trail is always a linear measurement. Trail is probably the most consistent number you will see on any bicycle. The distance that the contact patch...
08-23-18, 09:21 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 13,810
Posted By desmodue

Why would anyone want a 25" diameter disc brake...

Why would anyone want a 25" diameter disc brake on a bicycle? It sucked on Buells, but at least it was balanced since everything else about a Buell sucked.
08-21-18, 03:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,153
Posted By desmodue

Rim brakes =...

Rim brakes = https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/750x750/1_0cc5d301863d491ce0751695357a241125436677.jpg
08-21-18, 04:57 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,394
Posted By desmodue

Damn cutters

Damn cutters
08-20-18, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By desmodue

The 1981 GS550 will have a bank of four CV carbs....

The 1981 GS550 will have a bank of four CV carbs. These are very intricate devices with lots of small passages that are easily plugged by hydrocarbon fuel deposits, i.e. "gummed up carbs" You will be...
08-15-18, 10:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 878
Posted By desmodue

Smokey Yunick was a racer. Any racer understands...

Smokey Yunick was a racer. Any racer understands that there is virtually no difference between a Formula 1 racer, bicycle racer, hydroplane racer, sprint car racer, etc etc. The distinction is...
08-13-18, 07:00 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,138
Posted By desmodue

Yeah, that wouldn't have been fun. But it...

Yeah, that wouldn't have been fun.

But it probably felt almost tame to Rolland Free and men like him that raced boardtrack bikes in the 20's and 30's.


Early motorcycles weren't much more than...
08-09-18, 08:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,138
Posted By desmodue

Rollie Free's famous 1948 Bonneville Land Speed...

Rollie Free's famous 1948 Bonneville Land Speed Record run, on the even more notorious Vincent Black Shadow. The HRD design 1000cc V twin engine was tuned at the factory to run on nitromethane....
08-05-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1,368
Views: 267,754
Posted By desmodue

Made a bike rack for the truck, copied a rack...

Made a bike rack for the truck, copied a rack from a YouTube video by Patrick Parson. Gave it the Mick Jagger treatment, need to let it dry a day or so before putting it to use....
08-01-18, 06:57 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,758
Posted By desmodue

Originally Posted by Milton Keynes...

Originally Posted by Milton Keynes https://www.bikeforums.net/images/buttons/viewpost.gif...
07-21-18, 05:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,085
Posted By desmodue

That would be impressive if you tighten it by...

That would be impressive if you tighten it by hand with a flimsy ass QR skewer. But you don't, so what's your point?

The point remains a QR skewer absolutely will not compress a steel axle. The...
07-21-18, 04:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,085
Posted By desmodue

Your thinking is highly flawed in that you assume...

Your thinking is highly flawed in that you assume that the axle and skewer are both limited to 2 axis, in reality what happens is the skewer being much thinner than the axle will flex instead of...
07-20-18, 10:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,085
Posted By desmodue

Here you go sonny, read and learn...if that's...

Here you go sonny, read and learn...if that's possible for you

http://www.hexagon.de/rs/engineering%20fundamentals.pdf
07-18-18, 08:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,085
Posted By desmodue

My number is on speed dial for Aerospace...

My number is on speed dial for Aerospace engineers around the world.
I know that the cross sectional density of a QR skewer is significantly less than the cross sectional density of an axle, if your...
07-16-18, 11:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,085
Posted By desmodue

It can, in a very narrow range and at...

It can, in a very narrow range and at considerable force for a hardened steel axle. If you have an Instron UTS machine sure, but by hand.....uhhh no. Much like the argument made by expert nitpickers...
07-16-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,085
Posted By desmodue

Steel can compress, but that's not what happens...

Steel can compress, but that's not what happens in this case. The proof against it compressing is that it relaxes when the QR is released. Compressed steel (plastic deformation) doesn't spring back...
06-24-18, 10:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 807
Posted By desmodue

Buffeting. A pickup truck is the aerodynamic...

Buffeting. A pickup truck is the aerodynamic equivalent of a brick, the area right behind the cab will have bizarre vortices. Turn the bike around (rear wheel toward cab) and see if that helps.
06-24-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By desmodue

what an ass

what an ass
06-23-18, 06:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By desmodue

Short answer: luck A hydraulic brake system...

Short answer: luck

A hydraulic brake system will have air above the fluid in the reservoir. As long as the fluid level covers the port, air will not be introduced into the system. Turn the bike...
06-23-18, 06:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,007
Posted By desmodue

Probably not. For the application, an aluminum...

Probably not. For the application, an aluminum alloy better than 7075 in a T6 heat treated condition doesn't exist.
06-11-18, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 823
Posted By desmodue

Ask yourself why are you buying a hybrid instead...

Ask yourself why are you buying a hybrid instead of a drop bar bike?
For me it was because I'm not as flexible or conditioned as I was years ago. a hybrid works for me a drop bar bike would sit...
06-04-18, 09:49 PM
Replies: 1,368
Views: 267,754
Posted By desmodue

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/851x1134/crane_suzu_bd5d23be99e1bfe287c568ffa1b83011738329a9.jpg

Added a sweet sounding old school Crane Suzu bell
06-02-18, 03:18 PM
Replies: 1,262
Views: 375,098
Posted By desmodue

If the 2017 Axis Expert wheels are the same...

If the 2017 Axis Expert wheels are the same wheels as the 2018 Axis Pro wheels on my Sirrus Pro (which I bet the only difference is the label) I'd guess about 50 kilos.
05-08-18, 09:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,979
Posted By desmodue

Wenol You can thank me later

Wenol
You can thank me later
05-02-18, 09:32 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,282
Posted By desmodue

I ride my bike, roller skate, don't drive no car....

I ride my bike, roller skate, don't drive no car.
I don't go fast, but I go pretty far
05-01-18, 10:31 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 194,480
Posted By desmodue

For the largest part of my life the month of May...

For the largest part of my life the month of May has been a joyous revelation of sunshine and warmth beating back the bleak and dreary grey skies of winter, with beautiful lush greenery exploding...
04-30-18, 03:47 PM
Replies: 1,368
Views: 267,754
Posted By desmodue

2018 Sirrus Carbon Pro.

2018 Sirrus Carbon Pro.
04-29-18, 06:11 PM
Replies: 1,368
Views: 267,754
Posted By desmodue

Bath day. Washed the bike, scrubbed the...

Bath day. Washed the bike, scrubbed the drivetrain and applied chain wax. Had to test the new repair stand....
04-25-18, 06:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,173
Posted By desmodue

They only have about 50 miles on them so far. I...

They only have about 50 miles on them so far. I have never seen anodized aluminum hold up to heavy abrasion, like dragging dirt and rock encrusted shoes across the finish. Time will tell how scruffy...
04-25-18, 05:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,457
Posted By desmodue

The Giant Fastroad SLR1 is on the list. And the...

The Giant Fastroad SLR1 is on the list. And the author was a women, so her evaluation would tend to favor "women's bikes"
As a review it's empty fluff, but it does identify a group of bicycles to...
04-25-18, 05:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,173
Posted By desmodue

Vp 001

Vp 001
04-22-18, 07:12 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,007
Posted By desmodue

I think we agree on the big picture, but see...

I think we agree on the big picture, but see different nuances. Discussion is always a good exercise, when people try to exchange ideas instead of poking fingers in each others eyes.

The biggest...
04-22-18, 12:09 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,007
Posted By desmodue

You just proved my point. Physics apply...

You just proved my point. Physics apply universally whether you understand what is happening or not. If you don't know why you just drove your face into the ground after grabbing a fistful of brakes...
04-22-18, 08:10 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,007
Posted By desmodue

I stopped being surprised by how many people have...

I stopped being surprised by how many people have almost zero mechanical aptitude or basic knowledge of physics a long time ago.
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