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08-08-22, 10:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 509
Posted By Ironfish653

To someone who has won as many races as you have,...

To someone who has won as many races as you have, and to do so by never sprinting, is truly impressive; Chapeau to you, sir.

Or...... Is this a clever scheme to convince the other hobbyist -racers...
08-08-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 509
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd actually ditch the toe clips and straps in...

I'd actually ditch the toe clips and straps in favor of a big, grippy BMX/MTB flat pedal, especially if you're starting out or getting back into the sport. Clip&strap pedals need a shoe with a...
08-08-22, 12:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 509
Posted By Ironfish653

No, clipless are nothing but a ploy by Big Bike...

No, clipless are nothing but a ploy by Big Bike to get you to spend money unnecessarily. With flat pedals, you can wear the same gray New Balance you've worn every day since you got them from...
08-07-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 607
Posted By Ironfish653

Biketiresdirect.com has a decent selection of...

Biketiresdirect.com has a decent selection of 24s. Dan’s Comp, as well, since 24” BMX is still a thing.

Kenda’s “Happy Medium” is a good match tread-wise for the GravelKings, although kinda a...
08-07-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 607
Posted By Ironfish653

Nice find! $100 for a survivor like that is hard...

Nice find! $100 for a survivor like that is hard to walk away from.
Early ATBs like that always look so interesting. Is that a 26/24?



It’s a Cannondale, they’re all hand-welded aluminum....
08-07-22, 12:52 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,152
Posted By Ironfish653

I found the same thing with padded gloves; the...

I found the same thing with padded gloves; the more you do it, the less you find you need.
08-05-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,049
Posted By Ironfish653

Microshift makes the M10/M11, which is a Shimano...

Microshift makes the M10/M11, which is a Shimano compatible 10 or 11-sp thumbshifter (indexed or friction) they also offer a matching 2/3-sp left shifter, and the whole set bears a striking...
08-04-22, 01:38 AM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 42,544
Posted By Ironfish653

This is a case of "missing the forest for the...

This is a case of "missing the forest for the trees" if ever there was one; focused so much on getting the bars ever lower, in the quest for ultimate speed (and thus thin-ness!) based on a...
08-01-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By Ironfish653

That's pretty open-ended question;. "Vintage MTB"...

That's pretty open-ended question;. "Vintage MTB" covers a very wide range of bikes, from 1980s 'Marin' ATBs to late 1990s "NORBA" XC race bikes. (And a whole galaxy of quality/price levels)
MTBs...
08-01-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 383
Posted By Ironfish653

Totally with you on the tinkering aspect of it,...

Totally with you on the tinkering aspect of it, but we gotta be responsible when recommending a newbie to take a flyer at something that has a low chance of success / satisfactory outcome.

Worst...
08-01-22, 06:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 587
Posted By Ironfish653

Hi, 90’s MTB guy here: Generally, on a...

Hi, 90’s MTB guy here:

Generally, on a rigid, it wasn’t a whole lot different than a road bike, but often we’d run the front lever on the right, so you could put it vertically behind the fork...
07-30-22, 04:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,133
Posted By Ironfish653

That may be because the link in the OP is to...

That may be because the link in the OP is to Shimano EU - English, not Shimano US (English) and the app store could be geofencing if you have a US IP address.
(The Shimano US page doesn't actually...
07-29-22, 08:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 869
Posted By Ironfish653

Thanks for science -ing that out; my...

Thanks for science -ing that out; my understanding of the evaporative mechanism is based on anecdotal experience and freshman physics a quarter -century ago.
All I can add is that wet cotton (...
07-22-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,473
Posted By Ironfish653

I must have imagined this one, then… ...

I must have imagined this one, then…

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07-22-22, 07:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 376
Posted By Ironfish653

+1. 60 lbs is way over the size limit for...

+1.

60 lbs is way over the size limit for most all bike racks. A long-tail cargo bike with a bench seat would really be the only option for pax that size.

How old is the kiddo in question? Any...
07-21-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,910
Posted By Ironfish653

Having to hike a cheek means you are enlisting...

Having to hike a cheek means you are enlisting your glutes and hamstrings in the process of “pressure relief.
This tells me you have a weak pelvic floor; put some effort into training your...
07-20-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 734
Posted By Ironfish653

Nobody is really riding 26ers in top-level...

Nobody is really riding 26ers in top-level competition anymore, but the MTB boom of the 90s produced a lot of bikes, and a lot really nice ones, too
I have a couple of really nice vintage MTBs (a...
07-20-22, 01:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 734
Posted By Ironfish653

I think where people get the impression that...

I think where people get the impression that 26ers are getting hard to find, is that LBSs don't stock as many as they used to, cause they don't sell 26" MTBs any more .
MTB tire choice is also a lot...
07-18-22, 06:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By Ironfish653

I’d say fix it up. It’s always nice to have a...

I’d say fix it up. It’s always nice to have a spare bike; and if you do a lot of different kinds of riding, you can fit the bikes out to be better for certain kinds of rides.

Here’s a few of mine;...
07-17-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,473
Posted By Ironfish653

There have been more than a few bikes available...

There have been more than a few bikes available with polished (unpainted) aluminum frames; notably 1990’s bikes like the aforementioned GT’s, and similar vintage Cannondale models. A handful of the...
07-15-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By Ironfish653

Oceanside, huh? I grew up in Fallbrook. Small...

Oceanside, huh? I grew up in Fallbrook. Small World.



It was $100 :o

Liki I said, I didn’t need it, but I couldn’t walk away from that.

>With the rest of my Made-in-USA crew>
07-15-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By Ironfish653

Flea Market Find: 1989 KLEIN Pinnacle XCD

Literally sitting at a traffic light when a brightly colored bike caught my eye among the odds-n-ends in front of a second-hand store.

I stopped to take a look, because KLEINs are rare, and at a...
07-14-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,319
Posted By Ironfish653

I know the bike snobs here will just bash away on...

I know the bike snobs here will just bash away on the cheap-o bike, but I see this through the eyes of a retail veteran:

U-Haul sells and installs trailer hitches (ostensibly for towing one of...
07-14-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,294
Posted By Ironfish653

And we're all still doing it wrong.

And we're all still doing it wrong.
07-14-22, 12:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,319
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm more interested in that rack....

I'm more interested in that rack. Looks.....beefy.


Only at BeikForums are people surprised that an inexpensive steel bike is "heavy" :foo:

*Looks like the same/similar bike on State's website...
07-13-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By Ironfish653

I don't know how long ago you "were a young lad" ...

I don't know how long ago you "were a young lad" but i'm gonna guess that you're probably older than me, so the MTB you so fondly remember was probably a '26er' (559 wheel) MTB's went through a lot...
07-10-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,294
Posted By Ironfish653

Him and Larry; protecting us all from Big Gravel...

Him and Larry; protecting us all from Big Gravel destroying our old tech and constantly making us buy new bikes.

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07-06-22, 01:13 PM
Replies: 357
Views: 4,958
Posted By Ironfish653

Big Gravel? :roflmao: <laughs in...

Big Gravel? :roflmao:

<laughs in NORBA:bike:>
07-05-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,638
Posted By Ironfish653

This is a pretty slippery slope you're venturing...

This is a pretty slippery slope you're venturing out on, lol
Most of us carry the basics; flat repair, the "usual suspects" 4, 5, 6mm hex keys for simple adjustments/ repairs. I carry a mini chain...
07-03-22, 01:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 942
Posted By Ironfish653

Unless you have a lot of parts hanging around,...

Unless you have a lot of parts hanging around, it's usually a loosing proposition to 'save' an abandoned department-store bike.
I'll admit to being a bit of a scrapper when it comes to 'found'...
06-29-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,145
Posted By Ironfish653

Any KLEIN with one of the 'linear fade' paint...

Any KLEIN with one of the 'linear fade' paint jobs, you know exactly what it is, nothing else like that.

Early 'Dales are very cool, the giant downtubes stand out, even next to modern bikes. The...
06-29-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 6,770
Posted By Ironfish653

Pretty much this ^^^ As long as the wheels are...

Pretty much this ^^^
As long as the wheels are on the ground, KEEP RIDING THE BIKE! Started with BMX, then moved up to MTBs and Motos. As the bikes get bigger and speeds get higher, letting go of...
05-25-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 293
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm pretty sure those aren't bolt holes; the...

I'm pretty sure those aren't bolt holes; the countersink appears to be the wrong way, towards the inside of the rings, as opposed to the face.

Generally, "bash guards" mount to the chainring...
05-22-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 345
Posted By Ironfish653

Unlike tire sizes, which are as much a name as an...

Unlike tire sizes, which are as much a name as an actual size, most bike components are sized by their actual measurements

Your Derailleur is a 31.8, because that is the outside diameter of the...
05-19-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 460
Posted By Ironfish653

So, we're trying to correlate brake performance...

So, we're trying to correlate brake performance by analyzing pad shape?

I would think design factors like caliper type / # of pistons, MC style (radial / axial) and rotor size would make a much...
05-10-22, 04:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,446
Posted By Ironfish653

The cheap ones, to be sure, but pretty much all...

The cheap ones, to be sure, but pretty much all the telescoping style posts. "Maybe" on a cruiser or a very upright 'Comfort" bike, or if you really want one of those tractor-spring 'Granny'...
05-10-22, 07:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,446
Posted By Ironfish653

Don't get me wrong, it's a very inexpensive...

Don't get me wrong, it's a very inexpensive bike, and it definitely shows: steel handlebar, threaded headset, bolt-on freewheel rear hub, (and suspension seatposts suck, period).
It's for sure...
05-09-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,446
Posted By Ironfish653

Kinda depends on what kind of bike you're looking...

Kinda depends on what kind of bike you're looking for, and what you're planning on doing with it.

TREK, Giant and Specialized are some of the biggest brands; hard to go wrong there.
2nd tier...
05-09-22, 08:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,446
Posted By Ironfish653

I wouldn't be so quick to bash it; It's really...

I wouldn't be so quick to bash it; It's really not bad for a $250 bike. it's the AL version of the steel-framed Ranger that they've been making for ages.
I've had a couple of them pass through my...
05-05-22, 03:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 834
Posted By Ironfish653

There's a lot of things that can be attributed to...

There's a lot of things that can be attributed to that. The big two would be Conditioning and Bike Fit.
We don't know what kind of bike the OP rides, or what size it is. All we can offer is...
04-28-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ironfish653

I can't really compare the early bikes, but I've...

I can't really compare the early bikes, but I've got a CAAD-3, and I've rented a couple of 2017-2018 spec Synapses for events, so I can somewhat compare. The modern bike is definitely smoother, but...
04-24-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,329
Posted By Ironfish653

It’s a tough one; there’s ‘restoring a bike’ and...

It’s a tough one; there’s ‘restoring a bike’ and restoring a bike to functionality.
This is a case of the latter.
It’s hard, when you’re working on someone else’s bike (especially as a favor) not...
04-24-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By Ironfish653

Both Sheldon and Bike Forums are very...

Both Sheldon and Bike Forums are very conservative with regard to tire width v rim width, with a big blind spot around ‘old school’ MTB setups. In the 1990s ‘NORBA’ era, 1.95” tires on 17-19mm rims...
04-20-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 3,417
Posted By Ironfish653

I tend to avoid SIDEWALKS as possible, since it's...

I tend to avoid SIDEWALKS as possible, since it's usually faster and smoother on a street surface. However, here in the suburbs, there are a lot of 4 and 6-lane 'arterial' roads with 45mph limit...
04-18-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 347
Posted By Ironfish653

If all you want is a bottle carrier, Zefal has a...

If all you want is a bottle carrier, Zefal has a cage that mounts with Velcro straps. Same aisle you got the bike from.

You can also use plain old Hose Clamps from the hardware store to mount a...
04-14-22, 11:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,178
Posted By Ironfish653

No real specific pack to recommend, but some...

No real specific pack to recommend, but some features to look for;. I don't have a specific cycling pack, just a few multi-purpose ones.

A sternum strap (on the front, between the load straps) ...
04-13-22, 12:46 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,827
Posted By Ironfish653

Stop moving the goalposts. Either you understand...

Stop moving the goalposts. Either you understand what a “bandit” is, or you don’t.

What is “bandit” behavior? Any or all of: Taking the start / finish line, or otherwise knowingly joining the...
04-11-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,827
Posted By Ironfish653

True, it wasn’t your ​​​​​​ time and money that...

True, it wasn’t your ​​​​​​ time and money that put the event on, why should you care?

Course control, rest areas, after-events, rider ‘swag’ I know BF considers that kind of thing gauche, but...
04-11-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,827
Posted By Ironfish653

As an Event Organizer, I take this very...

As an Event Organizer, I take this very personally.
I have two events that I and my family play a pretty major role in putting on every year. It is a much bigger effort in time and money than many...
04-09-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,827
Posted By Ironfish653

Unless your riding buddies are the event...

Unless your riding buddies are the event organizers, all their ‘clout’ won’t protect you if you get found out. You’ll either get A) bounced out, and B) possibly barred from entering future events. ...
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