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01-15-15, 12:08 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By Lycosa

I like the Cretin better too, I was just curious....

I like the Cretin better too, I was just curious. Well I think I'll go with that then. My wife's birthday is first, then I'll be grabbing one in a month or so. Thanks for the help.
01-14-15, 09:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,721
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks for the info everyone. Scrod, I assume...

Thanks for the info everyone. Scrod, I assume your the owner of Retrogression correct? That's where I'm looking at the frame. Since I may already have your attention, the Aventon Cordoba looks eerily...
01-14-15, 06:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,721
Posted By Lycosa

Leader Cretin frame... Any opinions?

Just wondering if anyone knows about or has a Leader Cretin frame? I seen them for sale on the 'net and they seemed reasonably priced. I have a lot of component upgrades I could swap out if the BB,...
03-11-14, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks everyone for the help. The concept has...

Thanks everyone for the help. The concept has been demystified. Apparently, it wasn't nearly as difficult as I'd led myself to believe. At least I can make an informed decision now when buying...
03-10-14, 08:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By Lycosa

OK thanks a lot it's all starting to make sense...

OK thanks a lot it's all starting to make sense now. Last question..

If a crankset says 45mm chain line with 103mm spindle and I have a bike with a 43.5mm chain line, how much of a difference is...
03-10-14, 07:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By Lycosa

Doh... I think I figured it out on my...

Doh...

I think I figured it out on my second read through of your post...

You're saying that, for instance, the Sugino Messenger has a recommended spindle length of 103mm (I think)... So...
03-10-14, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By Lycosa

So If I decided to buy the Omniums that come with...

So If I decided to buy the Omniums that come with the bb and install, my chain line will be perfect?... And if I buy the Sugino Messenger crankset, if I buy the Messenger bb I'll have the proper...
03-10-14, 07:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By Lycosa

School me on BB's

Hello everyone,

I sure could use some help wrapping my mind around how to upgrade my bb and crankset.

I ride a Mercier Kilo tt. According to Bikes Direct, the bb is 68 x 108 mm. The chain...
02-27-14, 06:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 567
Posted By Lycosa

I guess I'm convinced. I'm going to just buy the...

I guess I'm convinced. I'm going to just buy the Toshi. I didn't expect them to cost so much.
02-27-14, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 567
Posted By Lycosa

Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and get the Toshi...

Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and get the Toshi straps, it just seems weird to spend more on the straps than the pedals.
02-27-14, 04:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 567
Posted By Lycosa

Straps... Need advice.

I'm buying some new pedals for a kilo tt build and I need a little advice. I'm getting MKS Sylvan pedals and MKS cages, but I just can't justify spending $60 on Toshi straps. Can someone recommend...
01-22-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,720
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks for all the advice! I think I will look...

Thanks for all the advice! I think I will look into some other buying options as the price tag on the Surly is pretty steep. It's good to know the bikes are so capable. They look like fun, but if...
Forum: Touring
01-22-14, 09:31 AM
Replies: 4,391
Views: 2,064,566
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks for the comment. I really enjoyed Fred's...

Thanks for the comment. I really enjoyed Fred's book as well but I had to borrow a copy. Having his autograph would be amazing! That man really inspired me and is the primary reason I got into...
01-18-14, 11:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,720
Posted By Lycosa

Fat Bikes... What should I expect?

Hello everyone,

Just wondering if anyone has experience with Fat Bikes? I've been looking at them online and watching some videos, but I'm wondering how bad the rolling resistance is on those...
Forum: Touring
01-18-14, 11:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

That's what I was thinking. 16 hours is by no...

That's what I was thinking. 16 hours is by no means a land speed record, but if I get it done, then that's what counts. I doubt I'll get it done in daylight, but that's ok too. If I do ok on this 64...
Forum: Touring
01-18-14, 09:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks for the encouragement! :thumb: ...

Thanks for the encouragement! :thumb:

Actually, we're going to wait until next week for the ride. Not because I'm not feeling up to it, but because we're experiencing a deep freeze down here in...
Forum: Touring
01-17-14, 09:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

Another thing, I'm not much of an exercise...

Another thing, I'm not much of an exercise expert, but what is going on when you reach that magical point of being warmed up and literally believe you could ride on forever? Man I love that feeling....
Forum: Touring
01-17-14, 08:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

I have a B17 on my bike and I love it. As far as...

I have a B17 on my bike and I love it. As far as riding with other people, it'll just be my son and I and we're way past the resentment part. He really just enjoys that I'm going with him. He...
Forum: Touring
01-16-14, 01:49 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

Some of you've asked whether we have a bail-out...

Some of you've asked whether we have a bail-out plan and we've talked about it. Depending on our location, we can be picked up either by my wife or my father who's house is at the end of the 100...
Forum: Touring
01-16-14, 01:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

My other activities are hiking. My wife and I...

My other activities are hiking. My wife and I hike regularly. In fact, we rode our bikes to a local park then hiked 5 miles today. We're both sort of wildlife enthusiasts so hiking becomes quite...
Forum: Touring
01-15-14, 11:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks everyone for the input. My son and I took...

Thanks everyone for the input. My son and I took all of your advice given and we're going to do a 52 mile ride this Friday and see how it goes. We're trying a route that'll put us on the 'Cross...
Forum: Touring
01-15-14, 10:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

A few of you have asked this and my plan is 100...

A few of you have asked this and my plan is 100 miles in 1 day. I'm prepared for darkness, have everything I need for touring and own a touring bike (Novara Safari).

3 years ago I did the same...
Forum: Touring
01-14-14, 11:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

That's good advice. I pretty much figured I'd be...

That's good advice. I pretty much figured I'd be told what you've written, but I also hoped someone would say...sure, 20 miles to 100 miles is a pretty logical step. Do you think 1 month is enough to...
Forum: Touring
01-14-14, 10:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lycosa

Running a century... Am I ready for this?

Hello everyone!

I'm working myself back into shape to tour. I've been riding 20 miles a day almost every day. I have been for about a month now. I'm hoping to do a 100 mile trip next month. I'm...
Forum: Touring
01-06-14, 03:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,969
Posted By Lycosa

Do you have any experience with these? I remember...

Do you have any experience with these? I remember riding my gradfather's bike a long time ago with a dynamo that lit up a headlight... that's about as far as my experience goes. I'm just wondering if...
Forum: Touring
01-06-14, 01:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,969
Posted By Lycosa

Sorry, I must have not been clear. My Cygolite...

Sorry, I must have not been clear. My Cygolite doesn't power other things. It's USB rechargeable. It's just another place to sink some battery current. That's why I was thinking I could use a...
Forum: Touring
01-06-14, 11:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,969
Posted By Lycosa

I honestly wish I would have went a different...

I honestly wish I would have went a different route for my head light. Although the Cygolite is extremely bright (rivals my 4 cell mag-lite), it's battery life is limited. I could buy another $49...
Forum: Touring
01-06-14, 10:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,969
Posted By Lycosa

Solar, Dynamo, Big 'ol Battery...Looking for advice

Last night on a 25 mile ride, my very nice, but also very expensive Cygolite Expilion bike light went dead mid-ride. It's not the first time I've had this happen either. I have a Cat-Eye back blinker...
01-06-14, 10:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,434
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks, good advice! My first ride out on...

Thanks, good advice!

My first ride out on the seat before I tensioned the saddle was pretty rough. I was ready to nickname it 'taint-buster' after only 4 miles of riding. I adjusted the tension as...
01-06-14, 12:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,434
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks, that's pretty much what I figured. I just...

Thanks, that's pretty much what I figured. I just wanted to make sure so I didn't ruin it accidentally.
01-05-14, 11:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,434
Posted By Lycosa

Brooks saddle question

I bought a used bike with a Brooks saddle. The saddle is in good shape, no cracks or damage. The only problem is, the tension adjustment nut is backed off too far. The saddle is too loose to the...
Forum: Touring
01-04-14, 01:01 AM
Replies: 4,391
Views: 2,064,566
Posted By Lycosa

Well just to give you guys and gals a good...

Well just to give you guys and gals a good laugh...

Here's my first "touring" bike

357912

357915

I ran that cheap bike all over Florida. I've camped, toured, and had an absolute blast on...
12-23-13, 08:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks a lot. You've been a lot of help on this...

Thanks a lot. You've been a lot of help on this thread and I really do appreciate it. :)
12-23-13, 07:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

Yeah, I realize that. I'm just thinking ahead. If...

Yeah, I realize that. I'm just thinking ahead. If I decided to upgrade the BB with something else, I'd like to know that I already have the proper tool in the shed for it. Last time I needed to get a...
12-23-13, 07:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks guys for all the help. I decided to go...

Thanks guys for all the help. I decided to go with the Kilo WT and really think that's the best buy for my money all around.

Just a bit more advice if you could spare the time....

Anyone know...
12-21-13, 05:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

I for one, did not. Everyone talks about how it's...

I for one, did not. Everyone talks about how it's broken in after 100-150 miles. I figured I'd have it broken in after a week. People make it sound like it becomes a comfortable catcher's mitt for...
12-19-13, 07:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

I think you just sold me on the Kilo WT. I was...

I think you just sold me on the Kilo WT. I was just thinking of a few hard pack short cuts that I never take on my road bike because... well... I tried it once and in the sugar sand, those narrow...
12-19-13, 07:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

Thanks for the advice. After reading some...

Thanks for the advice. After reading some reviews, I'd have thought that the Pista was God's gift to cycling. I was looking over the Kilo WT, but I was worried about rolling resistance and whether I...
12-19-13, 06:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

I'll likely be riding between 10-20 miles on less...

I'll likely be riding between 10-20 miles on less than ideal roads.. mainly back roads that aren't fixed or repaved that often. I'm not much for trail-riding so I don't need to be equipped for that....
12-19-13, 06:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

great.... Well I guess I could buy the...

great....

Well I guess I could buy the regular kilo tt. I added one to the cart and they seem to be in stock when I did a false checkout.

I had a guy from CL say he'd reduce his price for the...
12-18-13, 09:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

hmm.. it says on their site they have the...

hmm.. it says on their site they have the SharkGray Pro in 55cm. Are you saying they don't update their website and they're out of them? That'll suck...
12-18-13, 09:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,535
Posted By Lycosa

Mercier Kilo tt pro...

Hello Everyone,

I've been researching a good SS/FG bike for around $650 max and to say the least, it's been frustrating. I've looked at so many different bikes, but when I go and find reviews for...
08-18-11, 08:28 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,382
Posted By Lycosa

lol no problem.. It wasn't a very...

lol no problem..

It wasn't a very entertaining day for me on the BMX. I went for a 10 mile ride this afternoon and 5 miles into it, I stood up on it as I was climbing up a hill in a local park...
08-17-11, 05:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,382
Posted By Lycosa

Well.. you asked for it. Picture is pretty crappy...

Well.. you asked for it. Picture is pretty crappy though.. it was raining outside so I had to take the pic in the house.

ya, it looks a little silly with the seat up high, but it's working just...
08-17-11, 05:03 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,382
Posted By Lycosa

lmao.. ya, It really is. But.. it's fun. It's...

lmao.. ya, It really is. But.. it's fun. It's 6:50 AM this morning when I'm writing this and I just got back from a 10 mile ride. You have to think about it though.. the geometry, as far as your...
08-16-11, 10:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,382
Posted By Lycosa

That's a beautiful bike :thumb: And I...

That's a beautiful bike :thumb:

And I couldn't agree with you more.

I've been dressing up a 1998 GT pro series BMX bike for touring... no really. lol

I've almost got everything worked out...
08-16-11, 02:43 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,382
Posted By Lycosa

Nice.. I checked out the pics and good advice as...

Nice.. I checked out the pics and good advice as well. Thanks. That's gotta be a tough climb, but at least I didn't see anyone walking the bikes up. More inspiration for sure!




I did some...
08-15-11, 08:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,382
Posted By Lycosa

Yep, I have to agree.. that was an amazing video....

Yep, I have to agree.. that was an amazing video. Thanks for sharing it. I'm loving this! It's pretty awesome to hear people come out of the woodwork and say that it not only can be done, but is done...
08-15-11, 04:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,382
Posted By Lycosa

wow.. some really great replies here. I'll be...

wow.. some really great replies here. I'll be sure to check out all the information that you've all provided so far after I get a few minutes to sit tonight. I'm quite impressed to say the least.....
08-10-11, 05:25 PM
Replies: 28,352
Views: 882,491
Posted By Lycosa

Went out today and road about 10 miles with my...

Went out today and road about 10 miles with my wife. We stopped and played tennis for a while.. thing is, neither one of us know how to play tennis, but the '2 rackets for $5' deal at the garage sale...
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