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06-17-11, 11:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,218
Posted By TimArchy

Ah, climbing. That must be why pros always angle...

Ah, climbing. That must be why pros always angle their bars down when it comes time to hit the mountains.

I'm just playing around y'all. I know that there isn't any logical reasoning behind...
06-16-11, 10:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,218
Posted By TimArchy

I refuse to believe this until someone explains...

I refuse to believe this until someone explains how it could possibly be more comfortable than having the bars closer to level.
06-16-11, 09:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,218
Posted By TimArchy

Sweet Fixie Handlebars

I've been seeing a lot of cool kids on their sweet fixies with their bars at an odd angle. Like this:
http://cyclonesia.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/mg_6223_1.jpg
Can anyone give me an idea of why?...
04-03-11, 03:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,917
Posted By TimArchy

Depends on the fork. Carbon steer tubes should...

Depends on the fork. Carbon steer tubes should always have a spacer above the stem. Aluminum/steel steer tube is generally fine without.
04-23-10, 06:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,506
Posted By TimArchy

There was a point in time when companies were...

There was a point in time when companies were making them. Salsa and a few others. They are around, but difficult to find and many are not very good quality.
02-04-10, 08:27 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 7,954
Posted By TimArchy

Sorry I'm late to the party. I feel like I'm...

Sorry I'm late to the party. I feel like I'm showing up after the keg is dry. I mean, after EJ's last post, where else is there to go?
11-10-09, 01:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,341
Posted By TimArchy

Only if having a comfortable bike implies that...

Only if having a comfortable bike implies that the bike will get ridden. Which is not necessarily so. The bike doesn't have to be the most comfortable to give you a good workout, though it does...
11-10-09, 07:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,341
Posted By TimArchy

How many shops did you visit before you got this...

How many shops did you visit before you got this bike? I'm concerned that the salesperson automatically assumed that a SS would give you a better work out and that they didn't do a proper fit for...
09-15-09, 09:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,126
Posted By TimArchy

I'm not sure why you would want to use a QR rear....

I'm not sure why you would want to use a QR rear. They are more prone to theft and are more easily used improperly. And being able to tighten the left and right independently helps me to roperly...
09-13-09, 04:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,379
Posted By TimArchy

It isn't uncommon for frames and forks to be...

It isn't uncommon for frames and forks to be chromed before painting. It protects the frame in case the paint is damaged. Chrome showing from under the paint makes a bike look pretty awesome.
09-03-09, 07:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 698
Posted By TimArchy

I'm pretty sure just about everyone knew. You...

I'm pretty sure just about everyone knew. You think everyone before 1983 raced in vans slip-ons?
08-30-09, 05:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,233
Posted By TimArchy

Getting your bike from the states might be hard. ...

Getting your bike from the states might be hard. I checked mine on the plane and it was about $150 each way. Shipping by anything other than freight (on a ship) would probably be $400-$500. There...
08-29-09, 11:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,477
Posted By TimArchy

fixed that Don't whine about this on the...

fixed that

Don't whine about this on the internet. Take the wheels back and ask them to fix it. If they don't, take the wheels and ride them to another shop. Honestly, as a shop employee, I...
08-26-09, 06:54 AM
Replies: 14,092
Views: 4,530,925
Posted By TimArchy

Tarck as F**k

Tarck as F**k
08-19-09, 03:14 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 15,106
Posted By TimArchy

+1

+1
08-18-09, 09:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,902
Posted By TimArchy

As everyone should tell you, we can't determine...

As everyone should tell you, we can't determine what saddle will work well for you. You have to go out and try some.

Some saddles that people will tell you they like:
WTB
Fizik
Selle Italia...
08-18-09, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By TimArchy

Go to a shop and order a set of $15 shifters. ...

Go to a shop and order a set of $15 shifters. Then leave this bike as it is. It looks to be in great shape and attempting to convert it would probably be very time consuming and expensive.

The...
08-18-09, 11:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,260
Posted By TimArchy

There are situations where something happens so...

There are situations where something happens so suddenly that the required braking force would probably send you over the bars. Your options will be to crash or to crash. If the obstacle is fairly...
08-18-09, 07:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,413
Posted By TimArchy

http://blicksbags.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/xxl1...

http://blicksbags.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/xxl1.jpg
08-18-09, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By TimArchy

Dude, that wasn't funny or helpful or even...

Dude, that wasn't funny or helpful or even sarcastically helpful in that way where you say everything the opposite of what would really be helpful. It was kind of halfass funny but with some real...
08-17-09, 06:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 604
Posted By TimArchy

What the hell is wrong with the pedals that are...

What the hell is wrong with the pedals that are on there? If they are the pedals that came with the bike then just take off the toe clips and you have platforms. Better yet, learn to use toe clips....
08-17-09, 03:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 688
Posted By TimArchy

You need a 1-1/8" threadless fork. A 27" fork is...

You need a 1-1/8" threadless fork. A 27" fork is made for 27" wheels. Your bike has 700c wheels.

Judging by your questions, you know very little about bikes. I'd recommend you take your bike...
08-17-09, 02:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 979
Posted By TimArchy

It is great to see some OG's in here. I think...

It is great to see some OG's in here. I think riderx and jim-bob are the first people I've seen in a long time that were on here before me.

Mayo, your writings may be wonderful examples of...
08-17-09, 08:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,233
Posted By TimArchy

My bad. you are totally right on the...

My bad. you are totally right on the populations. I'm not sure what I was thinking.

The traffic is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. A major positive point is the near absence of...
08-16-09, 10:15 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 15,106
Posted By TimArchy

yes.

yes.
08-16-09, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 472
Posted By TimArchy

Every quality company makes frames with different...

Every quality company makes frames with different clearances. Higher end racing frames generally have less clearance. This bike in the picture should cost you at least $800 in descent shape.
...
08-13-09, 12:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,233
Posted By TimArchy

OK, I'll give you that. Have you ever ridden up...

OK, I'll give you that. Have you ever ridden up in the mountains? I really miss all the amazing riding around Chaing Mai.



The streets are definitely dominated by motorbikes and cars. In CM,...
08-13-09, 07:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,233
Posted By TimArchy

Oh no! Slums where people have dirt floors and no...

Oh no! Slums where people have dirt floors and no air conditioning and roosters in their yards! Poor people are so sad to look at. They make me feel bad!

Just because people are poor doesn't...
08-12-09, 08:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,233
Posted By TimArchy

There is actually a pretty big fixed scene in...

There is actually a pretty big fixed scene in BKK. I lived in northern Thailand for the last two years and I got down to Bangkok to ride with them a few times. I organized two races when I was...
08-09-09, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,880
Posted By TimArchy

Cut some old steel drops. Why is 40cm way...

Cut some old steel drops.

Why is 40cm way too wide?
08-09-09, 11:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,880
Posted By TimArchy

the standard position on mustache bars is much...

the standard position on mustache bars is much more relaxed generally. You can get aero, but your hands are closer together in a less stable position. Bullhorns and drops put the areo position away...
08-09-09, 11:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,444
Posted By TimArchy

I tight chain can be bad for wheel/BB bearings. ...

I tight chain can be bad for wheel/BB bearings. Especially since most chainrings are not perfectly round and have a tight spot. A chain with a little play (1/2" or so) gives less resistance...
08-05-09, 01:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 697
Posted By TimArchy

According to someone who spoke to a mechanic who...

According to someone who spoke to a mechanic who worked for Campagnolo, The light layer of grease recommended by Campy can be attained from the residual grease on the mechanic's fingers. Very little...
08-02-09, 09:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By TimArchy

Standover is a legal maneuver that people who...

Standover is a legal maneuver that people who sell bikes through mail order have to go through so you can't sue them when you rack yourself. It is sad that even many bike shops still use it as a...
08-01-09, 07:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,324
Posted By TimArchy

The post I was replying to (directly above mine)...

The post I was replying to (directly above mine) said that he asked specifically for an un-threaded fork when he got his new bike so that he could "chop and thread for a good fit".

In truth,...
07-31-09, 08:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,774
Posted By TimArchy

I'd expect you to have problems after having...

I'd expect you to have problems after having ridden for only three months. Yeah, it only takes a few days to learn how to ride fixed, but it takes a lot longer to get good at it. You'll see what I...
07-31-09, 07:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,857
Posted By TimArchy

Take it to a shop for a $15 headset adjustment. ...

Take it to a shop for a $15 headset adjustment. If you catch it early enough, you can save the headset. If it's been doing this for a long time you'll have to get a new one (about $30 parts and $30...
07-30-09, 10:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,324
Posted By TimArchy

Why not just get a fork with pre-cut threads that...

Why not just get a fork with pre-cut threads that start just below the top of the head tube. Then cut off the extra above where you want the lock nut to be. Thats how it's been done for 100 years. ...
07-30-09, 11:07 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,940
Posted By TimArchy

My bad. I must have been thinking of f/s. It's...

My bad. I must have been thinking of f/s. It's been a while since I've sold helmets.

I know very well that a lot of road accidents don't involve the head hitting the road. But we are discussing...
07-30-09, 07:59 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,940
Posted By TimArchy

You people are idiots. Helmets are not the all...

You people are idiots. Helmets are not the all powerful life saving devices that some people make them out to be, but they are very effective in most cycling crashes.

They are designed to...
07-30-09, 07:06 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,940
Posted By TimArchy

It was strange. By our standards, the roads are...

It was strange. By our standards, the roads are crazy. All the things that drivers occasionally do here that piss you off (driving too close, too fast, cutting you off, etc...) are standard...
07-29-09, 09:10 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,940
Posted By TimArchy

Retem, I'm sorry about your losses. I consider...

Retem, I'm sorry about your losses. I consider myself lucky that I have has very few people who are close to me die.

I just came back from two years in Thailand, a place where the majority of...
07-29-09, 02:53 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,170
Posted By TimArchy

Yeah, but the weight is largely irrelevant to...

Yeah, but the weight is largely irrelevant to most of us and I'd be willing to bet that the difference in wear time isn't that noticeable. I mean, change your chain every 4 months, your cog every 8,...
07-29-09, 02:20 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,170
Posted By TimArchy

There is some argument as to the effects of...

There is some argument as to the effects of different combinations which create the same ratio (say 3:1 - 42x14, 45x15, 48x16, etc..). Traditionally, it is thought that a smaller ring/cog would give...
07-29-09, 06:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 815
Posted By TimArchy

Travis makes some really good stuff. I've got...

Travis makes some really good stuff. I've got what is supposed to be his last unbranded bag before starting Freight. Been using it for at least 4 years now and the quality is not even as good as...
07-28-09, 10:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,324
Posted By TimArchy

Are you planning on using the fork on a different...

Are you planning on using the fork on a different bike?

Many shops have a tool with will clean or re-thread an already threaded fork. This could be used to cut new threads but it not what the...
07-27-09, 06:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,059
Posted By TimArchy

For the sake of not misinforming people, Fixed...

For the sake of not misinforming people, Fixed hubs are not reverse threaded. The cog threads are exactly the same as a freewheel hub. They do have a shelf which is reverse threaded for a lockring....
07-26-09, 07:01 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 6,774
Posted By TimArchy

Exactly. 4 years in on the pedals, 2 years on...

Exactly. 4 years in on the pedals, 2 years on the shoes. Still going strong.
07-26-09, 06:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,059
Posted By TimArchy

Get a 27" rim laced to a track hub on ebay like...

Get a 27" rim laced to a track hub on ebay like this...
07-24-09, 07:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 678
Posted By TimArchy

As do I, but unfortunately I can't think of a...

As do I, but unfortunately I can't think of a more useful word to refer to all non-track-specific fixed gear bikes.
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