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Forum: Commuting
07-01-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 119
Posted By Darth Lefty

I had one of those for a while on a previous...

I had one of those for a while on a previous commuter. I wonder what happened to it, must be in one of my boxes of bike parts
07-01-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 186
Posted By Darth Lefty

$50. What a deal! Itís kind of like being given a...

$50. What a deal! Itís kind of like being given a puppy, isnít it?
Forum: Commuting
07-01-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 435
Views: 14,886
Posted By Darth Lefty

My employer announced a 30 day pause in their...

My employer announced a 30 day pause in their reopening plans, based on the ski jump of cases in the last month, and that was before the announcement today that public businesses in CA must shut...
07-01-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By Darth Lefty

Shimano 12-speed is not the budget win that...

Shimano 12-speed is not the budget win that 11-speed was.

The bike also has the noted fork upgrade and a substantial wheelset upgrade.

I am 100% certain none of this would matter to me and I'd...
06-30-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's a $2000 bike, yes, but probably more than...

It's a $2000 bike, yes, but probably more than half of that is the name-brand Bosch system.

Unfortunately there are no 8-speed clutch derailleurs or NW chain rings. All of those are for 10 speed...
06-30-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 350
Posted By Darth Lefty

Dividing The Great, a light and fast read about...

Dividing The Great, a light and fast read about an Englishman's trip down the GDMBR, about twenty years ago.

Bike Snob Abroad, about recent cycling culture
06-30-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 91
Posted By Darth Lefty

Look for a used Burley or Chariot from the last...

Look for a used Burley or Chariot from the last decade or so.

5 is awkward, they are not really great at riding yet but they don't fit in the accessories any more. You can maybe put the 1yo in a...
Forum: Foo
06-30-20, 12:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 400
Posted By Darth Lefty

Oh poor guy. Iím sorry.

Oh poor guy. Iím sorry.
06-29-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 483
Posted By Darth Lefty

The big change in road bikes has been GPS and...

The big change in road bikes has been GPS and power meter training, and Strava, which is Facebook for GPS and power meter training.

In mountain bikes, bikes got bigger and more stable. Rear...
06-29-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 397
Posted By Darth Lefty

I'd get a Roscoe or X-Caliber (same frame...

I'd get a Roscoe or X-Caliber (same frame different build), or a Rangefinder.

I wonder if the bike boom is still really going on. That was May, June has been... fraught. But with states shutting...
06-29-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 397
Posted By Darth Lefty

Most of your wish list is on most bikes at your...

Most of your wish list is on most bikes at your price this year. Stop planning, go buy and ride!
Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 432
Posted By Darth Lefty

I didn't get the Zen rewards out of it that were...

I didn't get the Zen rewards out of it that were promised, but it's a good skill to keep you out of the bike shop
06-28-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 735
Posted By Darth Lefty

The problem with your wish list is that it...

The problem with your wish list is that it contains several items that didn't come together at the affordable level until the last five years or so. Most people who have those bikes aren't tired of...
06-27-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,296
Posted By Darth Lefty

Because birds can't count Kildeer in Arizona...

Because birds can't count

Kildeer in Arizona do the same injured-wing bit
06-27-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 206
Posted By Darth Lefty

Indeed it did just tap out the other side. Thanks...

Indeed it did just tap out the other side. Thanks everyone who contributed ideas
06-27-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,158
Posted By Darth Lefty

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06-27-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,158
Posted By Darth Lefty

I missed kiddo's birthday by a week, but it's...

I missed kiddo's birthday by a week, but it's coming together. I need a skewer for the rear wheel and tape for the rear rim, and then a tuneup, and then he's off. The cassette and hub are 8s while...
Forum: Commuting
06-27-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By Darth Lefty

It's way easier and cheaper to trade in your bike...

It's way easier and cheaper to trade in your bike for one that has discs to begin with. If your bike has the tabs for the disc caliper then it's certainly possible. But there are more parts involved...
06-27-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,296
Posted By Darth Lefty

All the magpies in the northern hemisphere are...

All the magpies in the northern hemisphere are related, though there are local species or subspecies. Near my old home there was a neighborhood flock of yellow billed magpies. They didn't ever do...
06-27-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,296
Posted By Darth Lefty

I was buzzed by a bald eagle on the way to the...

I was buzzed by a bald eagle on the way to the polls on Election Day in 2016. Other than seeming ominous it was much like the OP’s encounter.

A few months after that I was riding to work in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,706
Posted By Darth Lefty

Poor guy. Poor family. What a ****ty end to the...

Poor guy. Poor family. What a ****ty end to the story.
06-26-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 206
Posted By Darth Lefty

Thanks everyone. I'll give it a shot

Thanks everyone. I'll give it a shot
06-26-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 206
Posted By Darth Lefty

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Photo thereof
06-26-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 206
Posted By Darth Lefty

Half cartridge BB service

I pulled this out of my kid's Hotrock, which I am rebuilding with slightly better parts. I am planning to replace it but sort of slacked off on the project and want to get him on the road. I can...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 432
Posted By Darth Lefty

My Dad and grandad taught me, because they sure...

My Dad and grandad taught me, because they sure weren't going to do it for me!

BikeForums members tend to make things complicated. Can I use any old oil on my chain? No, you must use dry lube, or...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,048
Posted By Darth Lefty

I am not saving money on bike commuting. Maybe...

I am not saving money on bike commuting. Maybe gas. The third kid and suburb living are really counter to the idea of saving money.
06-25-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 882
Posted By Darth Lefty

You make it sound like he's a grownup who knows...

You make it sound like he's a grownup who knows what he wants. Just go a little less low end this time
Forum: Foo
06-25-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 963
Posted By Darth Lefty

They got tired of the fluctuation in bitcoins

They got tired of the fluctuation in bitcoins
Forum: Commuting
06-25-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,048
Posted By Darth Lefty

Yeah, gas on a calories per dollar basis is...

Yeah, gas on a calories per dollar basis is really cheap. Too bad you can't eat it
Forum: Foo
06-24-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 963
Posted By Darth Lefty

You can probably get him on a DMCA suit if heís...

You can probably get him on a DMCA suit if heís violating your copyright on the video
Forum: Commuting
06-23-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By Darth Lefty

Just a couple of old road bikes, right? They...

Just a couple of old road bikes, right?

They are two sizes apart. One is a small and the other is a large.

This being the commuter forum we are obliged by our loyalty oaths to point out these...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 504
Posted By Darth Lefty

Pretty typical for the price, no glaring faults....

Pretty typical for the price, no glaring faults. Nice that it has a freehub and not a freewheel.
Forum: Commuting
06-22-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 504
Posted By Darth Lefty

There are a bunch of reasons to have disk brakes....

There are a bunch of reasons to have disk brakes. None of them is entirely convincing on its own. Lots of them (not all) are more applicable to offroad bikes or foul weather or heavy duty. Not all of...
06-22-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Darth Lefty

Here's a different version ...

Here's a different version


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06-22-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Darth Lefty

The tab pulls straight off and has a hex wrench...

The tab pulls straight off and has a hex wrench end. It’s a small one. My caliper says .099 so that would be a 2.5mm. The hole for this is within a larger 5mm socket head. Don’t unscrew that one, it...
06-22-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Darth Lefty

The plastic rod on the rebound is supposed to be...

The plastic rod on the rebound is supposed to be there and you use it to make the adjustment. That way you don't need a tool to adjust it during a ride. On my Judy fork it looks like this, with a tab...
06-22-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By Darth Lefty

Pay for the above linked Roger Musson book. Itís...

Pay for the above linked Roger Musson book. Itís very good.
06-20-20, 10:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By Darth Lefty

I really like bike boom Super Sports... maybe...

I really like bike boom Super Sports... maybe especially for the things that make them declasse. The kickstand works great, the rings have a built-in shift ramp, the bash guard covers the FD, the...
06-20-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 743
Posted By Darth Lefty

Fair cop. I was thinking of Neptune. But I'm sure...

Fair cop. I was thinking of Neptune. But I'm sure that I got Aquaman right.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-20, 12:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,338
Posted By Darth Lefty

This reminds me of that C&V expanding chain...

This reminds me of that C&V expanding chain ring.
06-20-20, 12:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 743
Posted By Darth Lefty

Well obviously. If it were Italian it would be...

Well obviously. If it were Italian it would be called Triton and if it were American it would be Aquaman.

In the ďlike a fish needs a bicycleĒ idiom, this is the bike.
06-19-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By Darth Lefty

Features like gear ratios and number of shifts...

Features like gear ratios and number of shifts aren't really hard to make, so they trickle down, but the really clever stuff that makes it much lighter, and a little more efficient, does not. The big...
Forum: Foo
06-18-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 866
Posted By Darth Lefty

They're not only "employees," some of them are...

They're not only "employees," some of them are low level executives and specialists. What a nightmare for the victims and the customers to have people like this running the company
06-18-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 436
Posted By Darth Lefty

What's fun? Gravel bikes are generally pretty...

What's fun? Gravel bikes are generally pretty much just road bikes with big tires. The fun is where you go.

This is some (very opinionated but backed-up) food for thought:...
06-17-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 307
Posted By Darth Lefty

Oh and on the topic of being a "year round...

Oh and on the topic of being a "year round commuter," it's a lot easier here than Minneapolis. There are 300 days a year of sunny weather and the rainy ones have a good chance of happening during the...
06-17-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 307
Posted By Darth Lefty

Any town along the river is a good start for...

Any town along the river is a good start for commuting because it puts you on the Jedediah Smith American River Bike Trail, which connects to a trail that goes all the way to Davis, and connects by...
06-16-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 505
Posted By Darth Lefty

The last few racks I've bought from Blackburn...

The last few racks I've bought from Blackburn have had all kinds of hardware imaginable.

Short and long stays, four sizes of bolts and p-clamps. I've had no problem with SKS fenders either.
06-16-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 798
Posted By Darth Lefty

IMO, bikes from this period aren't very special,...

IMO, bikes from this period aren't very special, because they are all pretty much the same; but they are pretty good. The Stumpjumper is higher in the lineup (with Rockhopper, Hardrock and Hotrock...
06-16-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By Darth Lefty

For just about any amount of money you can find a...

For just about any amount of money you can find a bike so "entry level" really just means how much are you willing to spend?

The Jynx line looks like it's about 15 years newer, hard to argue with...
06-16-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By Darth Lefty

You make it sound like you don't need anything...

You make it sound like you don't need anything for it. You should go ride it a bit and see if anything comes to mind, but if it doesn't, that is ok
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