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01-25-13, 01:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,331
Posted By Thor29

Most road bikes with horizontal top tubes tend to...

Most road bikes with horizontal top tubes tend to be fairly "square" with the top tube length being roughly equal to the seat tube length. So if your current bike has a top tube length of 56.5, then...
01-25-13, 12:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,777
Posted By Thor29

In San Francisco there are signs posted that...

In San Francisco there are signs posted that state that bicycles are allowed full use of the lane. If the speed limit in Blackhawk is really only 15mph, then why not post a similar sign as well as...
12-15-12, 08:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By Thor29

Universal is my favorite, followed by Jenson,...

Universal is my favorite, followed by Jenson, Speedgoat, and Bikeman.
10-04-12, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,685
Posted By Thor29

If you set up your suspension per the...

If you set up your suspension per the manufacturer's instructions at 25-35% sag, and you never bottom out, then that can only mean one thing - you are really, really slow. And you definitely do not...
10-03-12, 12:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,685
Posted By Thor29

Bottoming out is totally fine. It is really dumb...

Bottoming out is totally fine. It is really dumb to tune your suspension to prevent bottoming out - that would mean that your suspension is set way too stiff. When it bottoms out your bike...
09-28-12, 12:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,411
Posted By Thor29

I live in the Mission District of San Francisco. ...

I live in the Mission District of San Francisco. There are 4 way stop signs at almost every intersection. Most of the bicyclists in SF roll through stop signs and most of the car drivers expect...
09-16-12, 05:40 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,662
Posted By Thor29

If it works for you, great. But in my experience...

If it works for you, great. But in my experience stretching and warm ups are a waste of time. The only caveat is if you are going for maximum intensity, in that case I would just start out slow and...
09-16-12, 05:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,159
Posted By Thor29

You really don't need toe clips and straps. A...

You really don't need toe clips and straps. A good set of BMX pedals with pins for grip will give you all connection you need. The reason hipsters use them is because they ride fixed gear bikes and...
09-16-12, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 345
Posted By Thor29

I live in SF. It is an awesome bike town. The...

I live in SF. It is an awesome bike town. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been instrumental in getting miles of bike lanes added in the last decade. You really don't need to ride any of...
Forum: Touring
09-16-12, 04:55 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 5,260
Posted By Thor29

Uh, what am I missing here? Why would you want...

Uh, what am I missing here?
Why would you want to carry the weight of an extra crankset, saddle, bars, etc. if you are riding solo?
If you want a long wheelbase, just get a Surly Big Dummy or any...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-12, 04:34 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,323
Posted By Thor29

You guys are really weird. You don't need...

You guys are really weird.
You don't need special clothing to ride a bike. Especially if the ride is under 20 miles or so.
People all over the world ride bikes in regular clothes.
Spandex shorts...
09-14-12, 12:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 451
Posted By Thor29

"The main issue is that when I hit steep bumps...

"The main issue is that when I hit steep bumps etc, the top tube sometimes comes too close to comfort to certain parts of the male anatomy."

You're doing something wrong - if you are going down a...
09-13-12, 11:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,017
Posted By Thor29

You can't really compare brand to brand. Every...

You can't really compare brand to brand. Every model is different and each manufacturer makes cheap bikes and super expensive bikes. Think about it - if I said compare Ford vs Chevy, would it make...
09-10-12, 10:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,941
Posted By Thor29

I've always run my tires either both the same or...

I've always run my tires either both the same or the front bigger. Doesn't matter whether it's XC, AM, or whatever. It just makes more sense to me since the front tire does most of the work. When...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-12, 09:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 624
Posted By Thor29

If your job includes a lot of sitting, then you...

If your job includes a lot of sitting, then you should really consider hitting the gym. Sitting in front of a computer will really screw up your body. Bike fit is important, but riding a bike does...
08-30-12, 12:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,713
Posted By Thor29

What bar were you using before? The Whammy has...

What bar were you using before? The Whammy has 11 degrees of sweep, maybe that isn't right for your wrists. Are you using lock on grips? If so, you could remove the end caps and slide everything...
08-30-12, 12:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,946
Posted By Thor29

I notice that you don't have one on a mountain...

I notice that you don't have one on a mountain bike, so maybe you don't know what you are talking about any more than the skeptics. The OP needs opinions from somebody who rides trails with a funky...
08-20-12, 01:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,102
Posted By Thor29

That's a really weird mix of parts. Sounds like...

That's a really weird mix of parts. Sounds like somebody was clearing out their parts bin.
The minimum would be to replace the rear shifter, cassette, and chain.
Mountain front derailleurs do...
08-20-12, 12:32 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 5,147
Posted By Thor29

There are too many assumptions in this thread. ...

There are too many assumptions in this thread. What if you lost 5 lbs of muscle mass instead of fat? Or maybe just took a really large dump? So if you put aside the possible changes in fitness...
Forum: Touring
08-20-12, 12:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 394
Posted By Thor29

It was actually Sunnyvale, CA not San Francisco...

It was actually Sunnyvale, CA not San Francisco that just passed a bicyclist anti-harassment ordinance. For the geographically challenged, Sunnyvale is 40 miles south of SF, down there by San Jose.
08-16-12, 12:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,006
Posted By Thor29

The trick is to not get so complacent that you...

The trick is to not get so complacent that you stop looking for signs that someone is about to do something stupid. When I moved to California I started lane splitting on my motorcycle. At first it...
Forum: Touring
08-16-12, 12:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,100
Posted By Thor29

The LHT is a great bike for those purposes, but a...

The LHT is a great bike for those purposes, but a cyclocross bike would be better. The LHT is kind of sluggish when it isn't loaded compared to a Surly CrossCheck or Salsa Vaya. I haven't ridden...
08-15-12, 11:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,642
Posted By Thor29

I run Maxxis Holy Roller 2.4 tires on my commuter...

I run Maxxis Holy Roller 2.4 tires on my commuter (Surly Troll). They roll fast but still have decent grip if I ever hit the dirt. I keep the pressure nice and low (under 40psi) for a little...
08-15-12, 11:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,543
Posted By Thor29

Besides the horrible quality of department store...

Besides the horrible quality of department store bikes, the build quality and support is also crap. It is worth it to go to an actual bike shop where they will make sure you get the right sized bike...
08-15-12, 11:14 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,024
Posted By Thor29

It's incredibly hard to assess risk, but...

It's incredibly hard to assess risk, but supposedly the health benefits of riding a bicycle will add more years to your life than the danger might take away. If that doesn't convince your fiancee,...
08-10-12, 12:27 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,156
Posted By Thor29

I'm pretty sure the Huffy tossing contest was...

I'm pretty sure the Huffy tossing contest was part of the annual week long mountain bike festival in Crested Butte, Colorado every August. I remember Huffy getting mad and making them stop using...
08-10-12, 12:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,496
Posted By Thor29

Your math is correct - I get the same number.

Your math is correct - I get the same number.
08-10-12, 12:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 302
Posted By Thor29

You can degrease a chain as long as you apply...

You can degrease a chain as long as you apply lube after it dries. Personally, I never clean my chains - I just lube them every 2 or 3 rides. I use Finish Line dry lube because it doesn't pick up...
08-09-12, 11:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
Posted By Thor29

There are hundreds of small frame builders that...

There are hundreds of small frame builders that build custom steel hard tail frames. Some of them are around the $1500 price range (frame only). But if you mean complete bike - no way you will find...
08-09-12, 11:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By Thor29

That's pretty much impossible, especially in the...

That's pretty much impossible, especially in the Bay Area. For $300 you need to be looking at older mountain bikes and 29ers did not become popular until the last few years. More important than...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-12, 01:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 678
Posted By Thor29

The only time I ever experienced that problem was...

The only time I ever experienced that problem was when I first installed a Brooks B17 on my bike. The issue was saddle tilt. The nose needs to be slightly lower than the back of the saddle, rotated...
08-03-12, 09:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,452
Posted By Thor29

Have you ever tried stand up paddle boards? Most...

Have you ever tried stand up paddle boards? Most of us Americans spend too much time sitting anyway, so a SUP is a nice way to get around on flat water without being on your butt. You can also surf...
08-03-12, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 554
Posted By Thor29

Building your own wheels is fun, but it takes...

Building your own wheels is fun, but it takes time and you'll need a truing stand and spoke wrench. You could also pay someone to build your wheels for you. It will probably be significantly more...
07-30-12, 12:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 966
Posted By Thor29

My dad has a Norsea 27' sailboat. The original...

My dad has a Norsea 27' sailboat. The original owners were a couple who sailed it around the world. He takes my 3 siblings and my stepmom on it for extended vacations in the Pacific Northwest. So...
Forum: Touring
07-30-12, 12:08 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,553
Posted By Thor29

Nobody brought up Heinz Stucke yet? Okay, I...

Nobody brought up Heinz Stucke yet? Okay, I will:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_Stucke
Not only has he been touring constantly for decades on the "wrong" kind of bike, I don't think he...
Forum: Touring
07-29-12, 11:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,398
Posted By Thor29

Velo Orange has polished square taper compact...

Velo Orange has polished square taper compact cranksets. I put one on a Surly that I built for a friend. They look sweet but I had to run a shorter bottom bracket than the recommended size to get...
07-26-12, 11:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,404
Posted By Thor29

I tried the WTB Speed V and Laser V saddles and...

I tried the WTB Speed V and Laser V saddles and didn't like them all that much.
But the Rocket V rules! I have 6 bikes and 4 run Rocket V saddles and 2 run Brooks B17.
But hey, anatomy can vary...
07-25-12, 11:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,555
Posted By Thor29

The distance between crotch and top tube is NOT...

The distance between crotch and top tube is NOT how you determine if a bike is the right size. However, the bike is definitely too big if you can't straddle the top tube.

Putting 26 inch wheels...
07-17-12, 08:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,724
Posted By Thor29

Go check out reliability reports for BMW and...

Go check out reliability reports for BMW and Volkswagen cars and you might rethink that statement.
Forum: Touring
07-17-12, 08:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,192
Posted By Thor29

I own a Troll that I use as a commuter. It's a...

I own a Troll that I use as a commuter. It's a great bike. (I built mine from parts). Some of your concerns are misplaced. The location of the rear disc brake caliper makes it easy to mount...
07-16-12, 10:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By Thor29

That's about the time of year that new models...

That's about the time of year that new models start to show up. So they might be interested in selling this year's model cheaper. If I were you I'd go ahead and start looking in October.
07-11-12, 07:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By Thor29

Add the Bianchi Volpe and the Masi CX to the...

Add the Bianchi Volpe and the Masi CX to the list. But if you insist on bar end shifters, I think the Surly CrossCheck is really the best answer.
07-11-12, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By Thor29

No it isn't. A 650B is between a 26" and 29"...

No it isn't. A 650B is between a 26" and 29" (700C) mountain bike rim. 24" wheels (bead seat diameter of 507mm) are used on some BMX bikes and kid's mountain bikes. Here's some info on wheel/tire...
07-11-12, 06:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By Thor29

It's a Cannondale Bad Boy single speed. Not sure...

It's a Cannondale Bad Boy single speed. Not sure of the year. Maybe worth about $300-500 used.
07-11-12, 06:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 857
Posted By Thor29

I ride faster downhill than 95% of the riders on...

I ride faster downhill than 95% of the riders on my local trails on a hardtail. I run 30psi and had only one flat in the last 5 years. You're running your pressure way too high.
07-05-12, 09:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,785
Posted By Thor29

Bikes are pretty easy to carry without a special...

Bikes are pretty easy to carry without a special handle. The top tube is pretty darned handy for carrying a bike. I carry mine up the stairs every time I ride it. But the amazing thing to me about...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-12, 10:40 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 24,827
Posted By Thor29

Since the LHT uses bar end shifters, you can swap...

Since the LHT uses bar end shifters, you can swap the brake levers for V-brake drop levers and run V-brakes instead of cantilevers. That will solve any braking problems and make it a lot easier to...
06-29-12, 10:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,843
Posted By Thor29

I guess that explains those alcoholics over at...

I guess that explains those alcoholics over at Surly.
06-29-12, 10:24 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,886
Posted By Thor29

"Is this acceptable to do on a road?" Yes. ...

"Is this acceptable to do on a road?"
Yes. Where else would you do it?
And by "it" I mean get in the left turn lane.
06-24-12, 12:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,130
Posted By Thor29

Ha! That's pretty funny - the forum censored the...

Ha! That's pretty funny - the forum censored the name of the Kona.
I suppose it could be mistaken for a slur against white people but it's actually a type of bar/nightclub.
What if it was called...
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