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05-18-18, 06:53 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By twodownzero

A dent like that does seriously compromise the...

A dent like that does seriously compromise the strength of the tube, but practically speaking, it is probably not going to meaningfully change his enjoyment of the bike anytime soon.
Replies: 43
Views: 10,315
Posted By twodownzero

Standover is too much for me. I'm really not...

Standover is too much for me. I'm really not sure what they were thinking with 772 mm on a "XS".
Replies: 43
Views: 10,315
Posted By twodownzero

That looks like exactly what I had in mind. ...

That looks like exactly what I had in mind.

Now if I just had the money!! :roflmao2:
Forum: Touring
03-11-18, 09:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,142
Posted By twodownzero

I would compare the effective top tubes of your...

I would compare the effective top tubes of your current road bike and the touring bike. It's a lot easier to adjust handlebar height than top tube length.

Between my road bike and touring bike,...
Forum: Touring
02-24-18, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 965
Posted By twodownzero

Buy the hub, take the wheel to the shop, let them...

Buy the hub, take the wheel to the shop, let them order spokes and rebuild wheel and you'll be done in no time.

I bought a dynamo for my girlfriend for Christmas, stole her wheel, got the shop to...
01-30-18, 02:13 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,778
Posted By twodownzero

The forces involved render QR unsafe and...

The forces involved render QR unsafe and unworkable with disc brakes. It'd only take a single pro rider thrown from his bicycle with a QR before they would be banned completely. It'd be difficult...
01-28-18, 12:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 573
Posted By twodownzero

you'd probably be shocked at what 48-36-26 offers...

you'd probably be shocked at what 48-36-26 offers for range
01-23-18, 08:56 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,778
Posted By twodownzero

Disc brakes will not be implemented at all in any...

Disc brakes will not be implemented at all in any significant numbers without thru axles.

You better start imagining. While I own a bike with disc brakes and quick release, I anticipate that 10...
Replies: 31
Views: 3,606
Posted By twodownzero

This time of year, 100k is plenty for me. During...

This time of year, 100k is plenty for me. During the summer when there's a ton of daylight, a 200k isn't bad.

I'm doing a 200k this Saturday and I have to admit, I'm not 100% looking forward to...
01-18-18, 01:30 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,778
Posted By twodownzero

The other important argument I've heard is that...

The other important argument I've heard is that all the racks will have to be changed, not so much for the disc brakes but for the through axles that tend to come with them.

2-3 years from now, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-18, 01:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,311
Posted By twodownzero

Agreed totally. I would not even ride a drop bar...

Agreed totally. I would not even ride a drop bar bike without integrated shifters. Having the gears at my fingertips is integral to the enjoyment of any kind of geared bicycle, for me. I...
01-10-18, 08:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By twodownzero

It does get us more standover though, and some of...

It does get us more standover though, and some of us do need it. Being a small person makes bicycle geometry so frustrating; don't even get me started.
01-09-18, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By twodownzero

Dual action--rotary and orbital. ...

Dual action--rotary and orbital.

https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-7424XP-6-Inch-Variable-Speed-Polisher/dp/B002654I46
01-09-18, 12:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By twodownzero

A DA polisher and some compound would be my...

A DA polisher and some compound would be my suggestion. It might not even take that long.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-18, 02:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,551
Posted By twodownzero

I would probably buy a bike that was at least 10...

I would probably buy a bike that was at least 10 gears in the back. You can survive with the 2x9, but 11 is the standard these days and personally I would not buy a road bike unless it had 11. ...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-05-18, 10:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,486
Posted By twodownzero

Has anyone else had good luck with a digital...

Has anyone else had good luck with a digital gauges?
Forum: Commuting
01-05-18, 10:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 736
Posted By twodownzero

Ultegra has not been available in black for many...

Ultegra has not been available in black for many generations. It should be dark gray or silver.

105 is available in black.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-18, 01:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 957
Posted By twodownzero

Oops, not sure what I was thinking, then.

Oops, not sure what I was thinking, then.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-18, 09:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,989
Posted By twodownzero

I've had similar luck with cheap jerseys doing...

I've had similar luck with cheap jerseys doing the job.

That said, I enjoy the softness of wool, rocking my university's logo, or signaling to other cyclists that I'm pedaling toward my next beer....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-18, 09:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 957
Posted By twodownzero

From the looks of it, that bike is not going to...

From the looks of it, that bike is not going to be the build kit from Surly. The Cross Check does not have bar end shifters when sold as a complete bike.
Replies: 44
Views: 5,646
Posted By twodownzero

I'm glad you started this thread. I used to care...

I'm glad you started this thread. I used to care that my bike was 35+ pounds loaded up for a brevet, but on further reflection, it doesn't matter. I still finished with hours to spare and I love...
12-30-17, 01:59 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,286
Posted By twodownzero

I got hit by a semi truck in 2011. I rode the...

I got hit by a semi truck in 2011. I rode the bike home from the crash, went to class (still bleeding), then went to the student health clinic, where they sent me to the hospital.

HTFU was my...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-29-17, 03:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By twodownzero

Good. Onward to the next thread, then. If...

Good. Onward to the next thread, then. If anyone has any input on steel frame fat bikes, please feel free to provide your input.
Forum: Fatbikes
12-29-17, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By twodownzero

I have no interest in an aluminum bicycle of any...

I have no interest in an aluminum bicycle of any kind.
Replies: 33
Views: 3,763
Posted By twodownzero

I don't even know what kind of rims I am using. ...

I don't even know what kind of rims I am using. My LBS manager picked them. They're heavy and they haven't broken yet. If they do, I'll build my wheel lighter.
12-28-17, 08:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,208
Posted By twodownzero

My thoughts exactly! I may have to take off my...

My thoughts exactly! I may have to take off my seat bag, but I do NOT put my bikes in the stand by the top tube!
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By twodownzero

I'm going to try to do a 1200k this year in...

I'm going to try to do a 1200k this year in country and PBP in 2019 as well. So far I've only completed a ACP 200k. I'm doing another 200k in a few weeks, and should have a 300k done by the end of...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-28-17, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By twodownzero

So I tried to order a Surly Ice Cream Truck...

So I tried to order a Surly Ice Cream Truck through my local bike shop. In the process, I discovered that they are out of stock in my size until February, which is deeply disappointing. I've had a...
Forum: Touring
12-26-17, 10:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,921
Posted By twodownzero

I would probably vote Disc Trucker if it were...

I would probably vote Disc Trucker if it were here.

Of the two options, Straggler 650b.

650b isn't really a "solution" for smaller riders because a wide 650b tire is just as tall as a skinny...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-25-17, 10:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,170
Posted By twodownzero

I rented a conventional 27.5 mountain bike and a...

I rented a conventional 27.5 mountain bike and a fat bike. My gf wanted to ride the conventional mountain bike and I wanted to ride the fat bike. She ended up switching bikes with me about 5...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-23-17, 11:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By twodownzero

Visited 10+ shops, rented a bike, rode it in all...

Visited 10+ shops, rented a bike, rode it in all kinds of terrain, and I'm still on the fence.

GF may get a Surly Wednesday.

Then I will have to buy one!
12-18-17, 04:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,456
Posted By twodownzero

Tires are the most important part of the bicycle...

Tires are the most important part of the bicycle and so yes, it would absolutely be a great idea to throw away what appear to be perfectly good, crappy tires and replace them with better ones.
12-18-17, 04:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,445
Posted By twodownzero

If you want the bike to last, you need a $600...

If you want the bike to last, you need a $600 budget for wheels alone.

Any of the steel touring bikes with the right wheels should work for you, though.

I would want the highest spoke count and...
Replies: 20
Views: 846
Posted By twodownzero

If real median wages have increased 9% since...

If real median wages have increased 9% since 1979, that means that after considering inflation, the median worker has 9% more value at in every paycheck.

Who wouldn't want a 9% raise? Your...
12-17-17, 09:58 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,179
Posted By twodownzero

The District of Columbia has a long more young...

The District of Columbia has a long more young adults than a lot of other places in the United States. I'd have to look at the data, but when I lived there, it seemed like the trains were full of...
12-16-17, 03:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,685
Posted By twodownzero

Bikes in 2037 will still have chain drives and...

Bikes in 2037 will still have chain drives and derailleurs if for no other reason than geared transmissions are not as efficient and human beings won't be any more powerful in 2037 than they are now....
12-16-17, 03:56 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,179
Posted By twodownzero

Actually obesity has very little to do with...

Actually obesity has very little to do with genetics for the overwhelming majority of the obese population.
12-16-17, 09:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,667
Posted By twodownzero

I still use mine and love it. There is a hole in...

I still use mine and love it. There is a hole in the market without it.

Supposedly di2 and Garmin can similarly integrate. I can only think that was the reason.
Forum: Fatbikes
12-15-17, 02:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By twodownzero

Since this is an impulse purchase, I haven't...

Since this is an impulse purchase, I haven't exactly put a budget on it. I saw the Motobecane Lurch FS and that's what got me to thinking about this; I have thus far found no other steel framed...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-15-17, 08:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By twodownzero

Mostly just durability. And steel is real and...

Mostly just durability. And steel is real and all. :roflmao2: I like the look of the smaller tubes as well.

It's looking like BD or buy a Surly and swap the fork. I haven't seen any others for...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-14-17, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By twodownzero

Steel frame/front suspension fat bikes

Anyone have any suggestions for a steel frame, front suspension fat bike?

I saw one yesterday and it has me considering making an impulse purchase.

I don't care for aluminum bikes and I never...
Forum: Introductions
12-14-17, 08:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,195
Posted By twodownzero

You live in Chattanooga.......get a Lynskey!

You live in Chattanooga.......get a Lynskey!
12-12-17, 02:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 851
Posted By twodownzero

I wouldn't care if a bike was plated in gold, I...

I wouldn't care if a bike was plated in gold, I would not buy it if it didn't fit me.

I'm 5'5" also and we should be on a SMALL!

Standover does not matter, it's the reach that will be behind...
Replies: 52
Views: 4,455
Posted By twodownzero

I don't know what drivetrain your bike has or...

I don't know what drivetrain your bike has or whether it has enough capacity for the range you're suggesting. Going from 20 teeth to 26 teeth is quite a jump on the front ring though.

That...
12-12-17, 04:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,020
Posted By twodownzero

Welcome to my world. I'm actually shorter than...

Welcome to my world. I'm actually shorter than you and my 50 cm disc trucker fits me great with a 100mm stem. The straggler is longer in standover and reach so I would take a smaller size. You are...
12-11-17, 05:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,124
Posted By twodownzero

I'm running the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, which...

I'm running the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, which is about the same weight as the Panaracers you're discussing. The Panaracer Pasela isn't a very heavy tire or anything, the Compass tires are just...
12-11-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,124
Posted By twodownzero

I appreciate your response. I'm especially...

I appreciate your response. I'm especially surprised to hear that the weight difference still wasn't worth it with a Panaracer tire, as those tires are much heavier than the Compass tires we're...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-17, 12:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,079
Posted By twodownzero

A race bike with a riser stem is now an...

A race bike with a riser stem is now an "endurance" bike.

Ultimately, fit is an adjustment that you make to find where you want to be on a bike. Maybe you find yourself "closer" on a higher head...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-17, 12:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By twodownzero

I'm very interested in the answer to these...

I'm very interested in the answer to these questions.
12-11-17, 12:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,538
Posted By twodownzero

You would absolutely die with the lack of...

You would absolutely die with the lack of ventilation in a wetsuit. It is designed to have water flowing through it 100% of the time. There is basically zero amount of time that wearing a wetsuit...
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