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Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,316
Posted By FastJake

This has been said a few times but I can't stress...

This has been said a few times but I can't stress it enough: stay on the least busy roads possible (within reason.) Fewer cars means less chance of getting hit by one. Besides that, it's also much...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,377
Posted By FastJake

I'm pretty sure the sit bone area is not supposed...

I'm pretty sure the sit bone area is not supposed to go numb... In any case, my butt is very much broken in. I can ride 200 miles in a day on a plastic saddle without pain or significant discomfort....
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,377
Posted By FastJake

Thanks everyone. I'll still probably use warm...

Thanks everyone. I'll still probably use warm water, but try to limit it to the area where I sit.

It doesn't typically get hot where I live and I don't sweat much, so last summer's riding didn't...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,377
Posted By FastJake

If I push on the saddle top with the palm of my...

If I push on the saddle top with the palm of my hand, it flexes. So the tension seems right. Or at least in the ballpark. What I need to do is re-shape the leather itself to "fit" me. Right now it's...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,377
Posted By FastJake

I want to give it a fair shot by changing its...

I want to give it a fair shot by changing its shape (break in). The pictures I've seen of broken-in saddles look very different compared to a new one, and mine still looks 100% brand new...

Those...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 499
Posted By FastJake

I currently use Kool Stop pads and holders...

I currently use Kool Stop pads and holders similar to the ones shown above. I'm planning to wear them down to the metal... Because I'll only scratch the rim once, and then I'll replace them. You can...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,231
Posted By FastJake

If I remember correctly, the Pari-Motos really...

If I remember correctly, the Pari-Motos really are paper thin. Rene Herse tires have a thicker layer of rubber on the tread which makes them last a lot longer and (probably) get fewer flats.

I've...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,967
Posted By FastJake

As was mentioned above, your bars are quite a bit...

As was mentioned above, your bars are quite a bit higher than the saddle. Lowering them as much as you can while keeping the riding position comfortable will likely increase your speed.



Just...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,377
Posted By FastJake

How to break in rock hard Berthoud saddle?

Sorry, I know, another leather saddle break-in question.

I bought my first leather saddle last year, a Berthoud Aravis, because they're supposed to be "the best." I put on over 1000 miles and it...
03-08-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By FastJake

Front hubs are easy. SONdelux SL Wide-Body! ...

Front hubs are easy. SONdelux SL Wide-Body!

Come to think of it, I might have a DA7400 freewheel hub in a box somewhere... And those are at least decently well sealed. It seems like seals that...
03-08-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By FastJake

High Quality fixed (freewheel) hub with quick release?

Are there any new options for a hub like this? Any old high quality hubs I should keep my eyes open for?

My commuter is a fixed gear and I've used a slew of old hubs over the years. I was happy to...
03-02-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,213
Posted By FastJake

Ah, the classic, "that's not how I use MY bike,...

Ah, the classic, "that's not how I use MY bike, so it's wrong." I live in the US and also greatly prefer to start rides from my front door when it's feasible. Please get out of my thread with your...
03-01-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By FastJake

It's worth noting that there are (probably)...

It's worth noting that there are (probably) literally millions of Shimano MTB rear derailers made since the late 1980s that will also work and may allow a larger max cog than your 105, which might be...
02-28-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By FastJake

Usually people are going the other direction,...

Usually people are going the other direction, using brifters or other "road" shifters with MTB rear derailers to get more range.

But anyway, 5700 is 10-speed so it'll work, no questions asked....
02-27-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,213
Posted By FastJake

Thanks! This is what I was curious about. I need...

Thanks! This is what I was curious about. I need to do more reading on that Microshift group and compare everything to my old 2x8 stuff.
02-25-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,668
Posted By FastJake

Depends on your weight, the terrain, and your...

Depends on your weight, the terrain, and your riding style. For me, yes, it's definitely ok.
02-25-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By FastJake

One to three grand for a MTB that weighs...

One to three grand for a MTB that weighs 31-35lbs? :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:
Forum: Foo
02-22-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,926
Posted By FastJake

Same here. But taking a break for a couple...

Same here. But taking a break for a couple minutes is so much better than wasting away hour after hour.

I really appreciate everyone's replies and advice.
Forum: Foo
02-22-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,926
Posted By FastJake

Today is a night and day difference. Maybe...

Today is a night and day difference. Maybe actually typing this out was the wake up call I needed? I hope so. Ok, back to work!
Forum: Foo
02-19-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,926
Posted By FastJake

Fortunately I never liked dope and don't smoke...

Fortunately I never liked dope and don't smoke anything. But I've seen what it can do to people. And I'm starting to feel just as lazy as those people! Alcohol is my vice, but I gave it up for a...
Forum: Foo
02-19-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,926
Posted By FastJake

Thanks. "Private" is why I posted here rather...

Thanks. "Private" is why I posted here rather than posting on my personal Facebook page or coming clean to my boss (which I've considered, and seems like a terrible idea.) I certainly don't expect...
02-19-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By FastJake

Suspension I'll give you. Though it's heavier...

Suspension I'll give you. Though it's heavier than it used to be.

"Better engineered parts" is too vague to mean anything. Today's MTBs seem more disposable than ever, so I hope you didn't mean...
Forum: Foo
02-19-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,926
Posted By FastJake

Why can't I stay motivated at work? Help me.

I've noticed this since my first professional job but it's slowly gotten worse and I worry it's reaching a breaking point. I'm an engineer, 33 years old. I do an absolute bare minimum of work not to...
02-18-21, 11:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By FastJake

1000% false. Your comparison of your old, cheap,...

1000% false. Your comparison of your old, cheap, nearly bottom-of-the-barrel MTBs to very expensive new ones is pointless. They used to make nice, lightweight, expensive bikes too. And now most of...
02-18-21, 11:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,668
Posted By FastJake

Yeah, I also run tubes. I forgot about the...

Yeah, I also run tubes.

I forgot about the tire migrating on the rim until someone else mentioned it. Watch for it at low pressures or you could end up with a destroyed tube. It gets worse as the...
02-17-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,676
Posted By FastJake

An absurd dramatization. In reality it's like a...

An absurd dramatization. In reality it's like a Honda Civic versus a Honda Civic with slightly larger tires. Those larger tires have pros and cons.
02-17-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,668
Posted By FastJake

I don't like to pinch flat or bang rims on hard...

I don't like to pinch flat or bang rims on hard objects so I keep my pressure high enough to avoid those things. I weigh as much as the OP and run about 15-20psi in a 2.2" tire.
02-17-21, 12:16 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By FastJake

Then the advice for these people should be to...

Then the advice for these people should be to find a nice used bike, not increase their budget. If they don't want to listen, that's their problem.

I would not recommend anyone buy a brand new...
02-17-21, 12:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,283
Posted By FastJake

I have never liked riding on the shoulders of...

I have never liked riding on the shoulders of highways, texting or not. Surely there are plenty of small paved or gravel roads in Idaho that have almost no traffic. You don't *only* have to MTB.
02-16-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,916
Posted By FastJake

Who do you work for, Trek or Specialized? ...

Who do you work for, Trek or Specialized?

"It's more than six months old? Quick! Throw it in the trash before it robs you blind and sleeps with your daughter!"

Keep drinking that Kool Aid. I...
02-15-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,676
Posted By FastJake

I agree with you, and I'm still riding my old 26"...

I agree with you, and I'm still riding my old 26" bikes. But 26" wheels have been made "obsolete" by mainstream manufacturers. You aren't likely to find any decent new bikes that use them. But there...
02-15-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By FastJake

I'm still not much good at it without being...

I'm still not much good at it without being clipped in. Search for it with "BMX". It's one of the first tricks to learn. I can't think of how to explain it via text.
02-15-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By FastJake

I built mine three years ago after riding or...

I built mine three years ago after riding or owning just about every other kind of MTB and circling back to the old 26" hardtail. A variety of full suspension bikes, 29er, "plus" bike, none of them...
02-14-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By FastJake

I certainly like mine, but it's possible to make...

I certainly like mine, but it's possible to make a great (or terrible) frame from any of the common materials. Corrosion-proof and no need for paint are nice features.
02-13-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,213
Posted By FastJake

Hmm, more support for Microshift. How does it...

Hmm, more support for Microshift. How does it compare to, say, SRAM? I rode a brand new bike with NX 1x11 and was predictably disappointed with it. Typical SRAM higher effort and less precision than...
02-13-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By FastJake

I really like my Patagonia Houdini but the...

I really like my Patagonia Houdini but the regular price is $100... Maybe there is a cheaper alternative. It squishes down into its own attached bag smaller than my fist.
02-13-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,806
Posted By FastJake

Geometry depends on the trail and riding style....

Geometry depends on the trail and riding style. Some of the new bikes handle slow and clumsy to me. Better tires? LOL. I'm not riding on 25 year old tires. You know they still make 26" tires, right?...
02-13-21, 12:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 884
Posted By FastJake

For what it's worth, back in 2015 I bought a full...

For what it's worth, back in 2015 I bought a full carbon cyclocross frame/fork for like $500 on one of those China sites. Raced it for several seasons and had zero issues. Super light frame and fork,...
02-13-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 559
Posted By FastJake

Actually test fit the tires (inflated) on...

Actually test fit the tires (inflated) on whatever rims you have before going out and buying new rims. 2.4" may fit (depending on how accurate the actual width is...) but I've never personally seen...
02-13-21, 12:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,733
Posted By FastJake

"It's stupid to spend a few hundred bucks...

"It's stupid to spend a few hundred bucks upgrading this bike. Instead you should spend $1500 on a new bike."

Huh? For what it's worth, 26" rim brake is my preferred MTB type. Yes, I've ridden and...
02-12-21, 11:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,806
Posted By FastJake

Jeez, how much do you have to spend these days...

Jeez, how much do you have to spend these days not to get a boat anchor? I've ridden some of these modern ~30lb bikes and they feel like total slugs compared to my ancient 26" rim-brake hardtail....
02-12-21, 11:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,049
Posted By FastJake

Nice work! A bit off topic but are there...

Nice work! A bit off topic but are there replacement bushings available for these? They wear out, causing wobble in the fork (rocking under braking like a loose headset) which only gets worse over...
02-12-21, 10:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,213
Posted By FastJake

To be a bit more specific I'm mostly trying to...

To be a bit more specific I'm mostly trying to pin down weight differences between 1x and 2x. I've ridden 1x on several different bikes and know I would be satisfied with it from a riding perspective.
02-12-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,213
Posted By FastJake

I've avoided Microshift as it always seemed like...

I've avoided Microshift as it always seemed like cheap knockoff stuff, but it's been years since I've built up a MTB. Sounds like this is worth considering. It certainly checks all the boxes.
02-12-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,213
Posted By FastJake

I'm not opposed to spending some money. Let's say...

I'm not opposed to spending some money. Let's say new Deore or used XT as a price point. I was thinking 1x10 but an 11 speed Shimano MTB cassette will also fit on a traditional 8/9/10 speed Shimano...
02-12-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,213
Posted By FastJake

1x versus 2x for old 26" MTB build

I'm getting ready to assemble another MTB and thinking about trying something different this time. My other MTB (which might get drop bars...) is pretty traditional with Shimano trigger shifters,...
12-29-20, 11:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 542
Posted By FastJake

I'm not sure what your goal is but there are a...

I'm not sure what your goal is but there are a million of those wheels out there and they're worth almost nothing unless you want something exotic. Check Craigslist, bike co-ops, or, honestly,...
12-29-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,070
Posted By FastJake

No, nothing special. But you might be surprised...

No, nothing special. But you might be surprised how many people get it wrong! It's worth double-checking.

If it's only happening in the small ring and most/all of the cogs that rules out enough...
12-29-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,739
Posted By FastJake

I realize I'm late to this party, but $43 is a...

I realize I'm late to this party, but $43 is a good price for this repair and I hope you get some more use out of it. At even $100 the money would've been better spent on a different used frame....
12-29-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By FastJake

OP needs to read "The Life-Changing Magic of...

OP needs to read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo.

You don't need to spend $300 to sell an old bike (???). People sell old bikes all the time. You'll get less for it, but...
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