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02-19-10, 07:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 756
Posted By bigvegan

Would I test ride that bike? No, because I don't...

Would I test ride that bike? No, because I don't like the hybrid "compact" geometry, the 32mm tires, the bar end shifters, etc., etc., etc. But that's just me.

If you're asking should YOU test...
02-19-10, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 762
Posted By bigvegan

He either needs to learn to a) STOP HITTING...

He either needs to learn to a) STOP HITTING POTHOLES ALREADY BECAUSE IT DOESN'T JUST BEND THE SEATPOST, IT BENDS THE HELL OUT OF YOUR RIMS AND POSSIBLY YOUR FRAME AND FORK AS WELL, WHICH GETS...
02-16-10, 12:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,309
Posted By bigvegan

What he said. If you're riding that fixed, you...

What he said. If you're riding that fixed, you really want toe clips.
02-16-10, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,183
Posted By bigvegan

A "most trick" seatclamp with a jury-rigged shim...

A "most trick" seatclamp with a jury-rigged shim ceases to be trick.

Just buy the right part, they're not expensive.
02-12-10, 01:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 615
Posted By bigvegan

What about the steel Langster? ...

What about the steel Langster?

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=45784&eid=4354

http://www.specialized.com/OA_MEDIA/2010/bikes/9007-92_d.jpg
02-11-10, 08:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,213
Posted By bigvegan

Because this is the SS/FG forum and NOT the Track...

Because this is the SS/FG forum and NOT the Track forum, and he might be interested in a road bike conversion, because they generally have a more relaxed geometry. Context clues...

:roflmao2:
...
02-11-10, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 388
Posted By bigvegan

How does it feel when you ride it? How much...

How does it feel when you ride it? How much standover room over the top tube do you have. Do you feel squished or stretched when you're riding it?

If the answers are a) good, b) 1-2.5 inches and...
02-11-10, 01:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,675
Posted By bigvegan

+ 1 million. This was a dumb purchase. ...

+ 1 million.

This was a dumb purchase.

You've got a couple of choices.

1) Destroy them and save yourself and anyone else from future risk, and get a set of wheels that won't fail...
02-11-10, 01:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 779
Posted By bigvegan

Hopefully Mr. Bikesdirect can pop in and give us...

Hopefully Mr. Bikesdirect can pop in and give us the full answer.
02-10-10, 02:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,176
Posted By bigvegan

That was beautiful. Well played.

That was beautiful. Well played.
02-10-10, 02:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,880
Posted By bigvegan

1 piece - 3 piece crank adapter Track crank ...

1 piece - 3 piece crank adapter
Track crank
Track wheelset
New seatpost
Colored tires

Could be a cool bike.

I'd probably just build it back up into a road bike though.
02-10-10, 02:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,455
Posted By bigvegan

Thanks for doing the math. I always wondered how...

Thanks for doing the math. I always wondered how light an IGH bike could be, as the 47lb dutch city bikes didn't really do it for me.

That sounds pretty reasonable.
02-10-10, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By bigvegan

I think I see your problem. Why not drive the...

I think I see your problem. Why not drive the bike over to the LBS and see what they'd charge to take a look at it and get it sorted out?
02-08-10, 08:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 892
Posted By bigvegan

A steering tube extender works just fine for road...

A steering tube extender works just fine for road riding, but I have no idea how durable they'd be for mountain biking.

They go on an off with a couple of allen bolts, so you could try it out...
02-08-10, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,398
Posted By bigvegan

What do you mean by "worth restoring"? Give...

What do you mean by "worth restoring"?

Give it a tune up and see if it works. It should be just fine.
02-08-10, 07:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,176
Posted By bigvegan

The Pake track crank is perfectly fine. For $50...

The Pake track crank is perfectly fine. For $50 or so, it's a good deal.

If you're racing, you may want a 144bcd crank, but otherwise, the extra $ isn't getting you much.
02-08-10, 03:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,992
Posted By bigvegan

That is what the internet is for.

That is what the internet is for.
02-07-10, 01:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 695
Posted By bigvegan

No, that bike looks pretty spectacular. Anybody...

No, that bike looks pretty spectacular. Anybody who knew anything about bikes would know that someone spent some coin to obtain it. It's subtle, but it's a pretty glaring subtlety.

It would walk...
02-07-10, 01:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,171
Posted By bigvegan

Your bike looks fine. This place is hate...

Your bike looks fine. This place is hate central.

If it were mine I'd:

1) dump the bottle cage and stick my water bottle in my backpack, but that's because I think fixies with water bottle...
02-07-10, 01:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,735
Posted By bigvegan

The guy who runs Bikes Direct frequents this...

The guy who runs Bikes Direct frequents this forum. You can contact him directly.

Their bikes are adequate, but if some free service, being able to swap stems / saddles / pedals at minimal cost...
02-07-10, 01:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 671
Posted By bigvegan

You might like this thread -...

You might like this thread - http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?286515-Showoff-Your-Townies

Townie is the term for a road bike that's got a more upright seating position that's used for...
02-06-10, 01:42 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,051
Posted By bigvegan

Given that rim strips are about a buck per...

Given that rim strips are about a buck per (http://www.google.com/products?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&hl=en&source=hp&q=rim%20strip&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wf), I'm not...
02-05-10, 05:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,196
Posted By bigvegan

Count your blessings to live somewhere where...

Count your blessings to live somewhere where everything attached to a bike actually has a chance of remaining on the bike when it's locked up.

I carry a bag, even though it's annoying sometimes,...
02-05-10, 04:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,767
Posted By bigvegan

Cottered cranks are the devil. Do not waste your...

Cottered cranks are the devil. Do not waste your time with them. You'll need a new bottom bracket, and they're a royal pain in the ass to work on (especially if you don't have a cotter pin...
02-05-10, 12:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By bigvegan

Well played operator.

Well played operator.
02-05-10, 12:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,196
Posted By bigvegan

You carry a bag / backpack. That way you can...

You carry a bag / backpack.

That way you can not only have space for your lock (preferably 2 since wheelsets are being stolen left and right), but also for a spare tube, a patch kit, a pump, a...
02-04-10, 09:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,361
Posted By bigvegan

HTFU also means "Harden _ _ up", which might be...

HTFU also means "Harden _ _ up", which might be appropriate if the OP thinks Lemond is whining.

It is a shame that there are so many chemicals around these days, including some (HGH) that can't be...
02-04-10, 09:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 963
Posted By bigvegan

No, building up a bike has pretty much, to my...

No, building up a bike has pretty much, to my knowledge, always meant assembling the bike from its component parts.

Framebuilding is the term for building the frame from scratch with tubes (and...
02-04-10, 09:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By bigvegan

Are you seriously expecting a cyclist on the...

Are you seriously expecting a cyclist on the internet to behave like a normal and courteous human being, and not like a sociopathic Rain Man?

You must be new here.

:love:

:roflmao2:
02-04-10, 07:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By bigvegan

"...On a genuine Hellenic-stayed bike, the seat...

"...On a genuine Hellenic-stayed bike, the seat stays (whether curved or straight) run parallel to the down tube; not on the Bilenky frame. ... Secondly, unless there is some distortion of the jpeg...
02-04-10, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By bigvegan

If you are "piss poor", you probably don't want...

If you are "piss poor", you probably don't want to be building a bike from the frame up, especially a UO-8 with all the goofy French sized parts. Every nut and bolt, no matter how tedious, is only...
02-04-10, 12:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 831
Posted By bigvegan

Here's a couple of things I'd check. Have...

Here's a couple of things I'd check.

Have you worn out the cranks so that they're no longer perfectly square?

Are your new square taper cranks designed for the same type of square taper BB as...
02-04-10, 12:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,860
Posted By bigvegan

Find a saddle that fits and is comfortable for...

Find a saddle that fits and is comfortable for you. You may need a little more padding than the B-17 offers, so whether you get that via a somewhat more comfortable seat or via bike shorts is up to...
02-03-10, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By bigvegan

Long story short, go to a larger cog, somewhere...

Long story short, go to a larger cog, somewhere in the 17-20 tooth range. You won't go as fast, but your knees will be less sore, and it will be easier to skid.
02-03-10, 05:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,860
Posted By bigvegan

You do not need a "sprung" saddle, you need a...

You do not need a "sprung" saddle, you need a saddle that fits you properly without being too hard.

Adding springs / suspension seatposts will just make you bouncy and inefficient without...
02-03-10, 01:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,860
Posted By bigvegan

Every one of those saddles is GARBAGE. You do...

Every one of those saddles is GARBAGE. You do not want a cruiser seat if you're going to ride the bike regularly.

Get a regular bike saddle, that fits your sit bones (ischial tuberosities)...
02-03-10, 12:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 722
Posted By bigvegan

Are you on the right size bike? Maybe you...

Are you on the right size bike?

Maybe you need a set of high-rise / BMX bars.
02-02-10, 01:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,031
Posted By bigvegan

Assuming he's not trolling, and wants to know why...

Assuming he's not trolling, and wants to know why a 2 wheeled vehicle would behave in this manner, I think it's a reasonable question.

What happened was the guy's rear wheel slid out as he was...
02-02-10, 12:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,556
Posted By bigvegan

You probably see more tall bikes because they...

You probably see more tall bikes because they take more time to move.

If the average person is buying a 54-56cm frame, then those listings are usually up on craigslist for a matter of hours before...
02-02-10, 12:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 945
Posted By bigvegan

Cool Beans! Just remember big doesn't stop...

Cool Beans!

Just remember big doesn't stop at 2XL.
02-02-10, 12:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 15,464
Posted By bigvegan

Wow, someone who lives in Germany thinking about...

Wow, someone who lives in Germany thinking about coming to buy manufactured goods in America for their quality?

This really gives me hope for the USA. Seriously.
02-02-10, 12:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,254
Posted By bigvegan

Really? For $130 I'd expect fresh cables / pads...

Really? For $130 I'd expect fresh cables / pads all the way around, greased/packed hubs and BB, adjusted derailleurs / brakes / etc.

Good thing I've got a co-op nearby.
02-01-10, 08:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 721
Posted By bigvegan

Aside from being reasonably close, none of the...

Aside from being reasonably close, none of the other criteria even factor in.

Mine are:

1. Do they know WTF they're doing?
2. Do they have products I want to buy at reasonable prices?
3. Are...
02-01-10, 08:45 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,433
Posted By bigvegan

You need to go have a long heart to heart talk...

You need to go have a long heart to heart talk with the owner, and if that doesn't work, go have a talk with one of the columnists at your local paper.

You already have a plate in your shoulder...
02-01-10, 08:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,518
Posted By bigvegan

"Why is it that most people think road bikes are...

"Why is it that most people think road bikes are more efficient than mt. bikes? My personal vote is that they are not."

Because they are. You can rationalize your choices any way you want to, and...
02-01-10, 04:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,254
Posted By bigvegan

Dude, in L.A. you've got the bike oven, the bike...

Dude, in L.A. you've got the bike oven, the bike kitchen, the bikerowave, and the valley bikery that are all DIY bike co-ops (google their names for more info), and will all be more than happy to...
02-01-10, 04:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,275
Posted By bigvegan

True your wheels, clean the sidewalls of your...

True your wheels, clean the sidewalls of your rims (no petroleum based solvents), and tighten your brake cables.

Also, your front brake does 80+% of the braking, so don't be afraid of using that...
01-31-10, 10:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,610
Posted By bigvegan

Primal Wear is fine. It gets a bad rap for...

Primal Wear is fine. It gets a bad rap for "trying too hard" with all the gimmicky graphics...
01-31-10, 10:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By bigvegan

FFS, just buy a fixed gear rear wheel for $90 and...

FFS, just buy a fixed gear rear wheel for $90 and ride something you won't have to worry about.
01-31-10, 10:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 945
Posted By bigvegan

What products have weight limits, and what they...

What products have weight limits, and what they are, and what sizes products come in, would be very welcome.

Other than that, we're just like any other group of cyclists.
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