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08-09-22, 06:34 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,929
Posted By Ironfish653

And there hasn't been a bike built since 1983...

And there hasn't been a bike built since 1983 that was worth riding, much less owning , right,?

I'm not sure why you're surprised that mid-level, cost-point bikes might be less finely engineered...
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...
08-08-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,054
Posted By Ironfish653

"Murphyqin" is a bot. Their posts read like...

"Murphyqin" is a bot. Their posts read like copypasta from AliExpress listings
Do not engage
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, 04:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 249
Posted By Ironfish653

While I’d rather go for the CAAD over the Allez,...

While I’d rather go for the CAAD over the Allez, I’d be wary of a bike that has a mis-match of something major like Brifters or wheels, unless it’s at a very deep discount compared to similar bikes ...
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.
08-07-22, 12:33 AM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 42,564
Posted By Ironfish653

The other thing is that “Maximum Aero” isn’t the...

The other thing is that “Maximum Aero” isn’t the only thing that determines a “fast” ride; just your maximum speed, on a flat, straight-ish closed course (or low-traffic road). Sure, being...
08-05-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,054
Posted By Ironfish653

Schwalbe, Continental, Maxxis and Panaracer still...

Schwalbe, Continental, Maxxis and Panaracer still have pretty decent lineups of "proper" 26er MTB tires; as well as a number of boutique makes (actually mostly produced by Panaracer) You'll have to...
08-05-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,054
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, 02:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,010
Posted By Ironfish653

Sure, although I don't usually carry a bike...

Sure, although I don't usually carry a bike everywhere, I have been known to tote on around for weeks at a time. The bike rack stays on pretty much all the time from Mar -Nov, though. A lot of the...
08-04-22, 01:38 AM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 42,564
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...
08-03-22, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 287
Posted By Ironfish653

^^^This. OP is in a "throw parts at it and...

^^^This.

OP is in a "throw parts at it and see what sticks" phase of his project
08-03-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 792
Posted By Ironfish653

Thank you, my SoftRide is actually my century...

Thank you, my SoftRide is actually my century road bike; it’s a hell of a piece of kit, once you learn how it likes to be ridden. SoftRide was banned from UCI road competition (unfair advantage) but...
08-03-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By Ironfish653

Same wheels, tires and gearing, same rider...

Same wheels, tires and gearing, same rider aboard; for outright speed, it’s the aero, provided you’re riding fast enough. For sustained speed over a century, it’s the one that fits you best.

I...
08-03-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,054
Posted By Ironfish653

Nobody needs a bike like that; we should all be...

Nobody needs a bike like that; we should all be perfectly content riding chromoly Marin ATBs from 1989. It can do anything that bike can do, just slower, heavier and harder. It’s the riders who need...
08-03-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 392
Posted By Ironfish653

Because it’s a 26er. He’s running 42x14, which is...

Because it’s a 26er. He’s running 42x14, which is about right for a street fixie, but a little steep for the trail. (I’m running a 40t on my Klunker, but 1x6 because SunTour)
08-02-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,042
Posted By Ironfish653

Hang around the oceanfront during the summer and...

Hang around the oceanfront during the summer and you'll see people riding bikes in less than that. Some of those saddles are very well cushioned, indeed
08-02-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 792
Posted By Ironfish653

There’s a little ‘trickle down’ effect among the...

There’s a little ‘trickle down’ effect among the Shimano road groups, but if you stick to mechanical, rim brake setups (no disk/Di-2) it’s a little less drastic.
A 10-sp 105 bike won’t be much...
08-02-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 392
Posted By Ironfish653

BikesDirect has complete 26er SS/DJs starting at...

BikesDirect has complete 26er SS/DJs starting at ~$350
It’s just past your “bare frame” budget, and saves you all the faffing about that it takes to make a working bike from random parts.

Save...
08-02-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,054
Posted By Ironfish653

Not surprising; 12-sp arrived over a decade after...

Not surprising; 12-sp arrived over a decade after 26" had been superceded by 29/27.5. Doubtful that anyone developed a wheelset that's backwards-compatible with 15+ year-old bikes. (10-is pretty...
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...
08-01-22, 06:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 383
Posted By Ironfish653

Early-mid 90’s still have a couple kinds of MTBs,...

Early-mid 90’s still have a couple kinds of MTBs, 72* NORBA-pattern “XC” bikes and (generally less expensive model) 68*-70* Marin-style ATBs.
The OP’s bike, with the extra long chain stays, tall...
07-31-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 383
Posted By Ironfish653

Hahahahahaha I love BeikForums! Only here do we...

Hahahahahaha I love BeikForums! Only here do we automatically suggest bigger tires for a bike that’s already got 1.95s on it.
(Although, TBH, you’ve probably got your tire pressure too high; 40 psi...
07-31-22, 02:25 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,847
Posted By Ironfish653

Depends on where you're starting from, as well as...

Depends on where you're starting from, as well as how long a time the component replacements are spread over.
One of my favorite bikes is my 1997 Cannondale F-1000. It was about an $1100 build back...
07-30-22, 09:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,091
Posted By Ironfish653

That got me thinking; all of my bikes are like...

That got me thinking; all of my bikes are like that. Nice, older bikes; some of which would cost far more to replace than I put into them, and some I've probably put far more money into than they're...
07-30-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,091
Posted By Ironfish653

So what's your plan exactly? Run home when you...

So what's your plan exactly? Run home when you get a garage door notification and confront the thief in the act?

Sometimes, stuff happens that you have no control over, no matter how many...
07-30-22, 04:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,134
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 (...
07-29-22, 03:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 869
Posted By Ironfish653

Drying out is what they're supposed to do. The...

Drying out is what they're supposed to do. The evaporative effect is what keeps you cool. The water absorbed in the clothes actually keeps the 'heat' in. If the air temperature is below body...
07-28-22, 09:22 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,453
Posted By Ironfish653

​​​​​​"Vintage MTB" also covers a very wide range...

​​​​​​"Vintage MTB" also covers a very wide range of bikes, from early 80s 'Marin' ATBs, to NORBA era XC race bikes and everything in between.
You definitely have to know what you're working with,...
07-28-22, 07:57 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,847
Posted By Ironfish653

livedarklions and ClydeClydeson have it right,...

livedarklions and ClydeClydeson have it right, 'consumables' is just a fancy way to say "wear items"; the stuff that typically gets replaced due to wear or age. Things like tires and grips/bar tape...
07-27-22, 04:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 651
Posted By Ironfish653

When you’re just trying to get the bike rideable,...

When you’re just trying to get the bike rideable, yes, ride the old rubber; but with the caveat that don’t ride any farther than you’re willing to walk home, or any faster than you’re willing to...
07-27-22, 12:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,199
Posted By Ironfish653

Well, I was getting paid to ride in the event,...

Well, I was getting paid to ride in the event, but riding my bike wasn’t my “day job”
Most of the major sponsors had company teams, so a lot of us were getting ‘paid’ to be there, lol :D

I’d say...
07-26-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,199
Posted By Ironfish653

Laugh all you want, it happens; ...

Laugh all you want, it happens;

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Yours truly, in...
07-26-22, 05:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,199
Posted By Ironfish653

I know, that the technical aspects of a 27>700...

I know, that the technical aspects of a 27>700 swap isn’t hard, but unless you have parts just hanging around, the cost puts you right into the range of a lot of used, late ‘00s bikes that would be...
07-25-22, 02:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 557
Posted By Ironfish653

60 is a lot of air for a 1.95, but with a 200+...

60 is a lot of air for a 1.95, but with a 200+ rider, on pavement? Not totally unreasonable. I wouldn't go any higher, though.

Bike tires always wear faster in the middle, because they're round in...
07-24-22, 10:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 376
Posted By Ironfish653

Because, apparently at BeikForums, the only way...

Because, apparently at BeikForums, the only way bicycles crash, is going head-on into an obstacle, catapulting the rider over the bars. Bicycles are the most unstable going forward, you know.
07-22-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,474
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...
07-21-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,791
Posted By Ironfish653

I think the problem you’re going to run into is...

I think the problem you’re going to run into is that on a non-cargo bike, long chain stays go along with a laid-back (slack) seat post, so you can’t bring your load platform (crate) without running...
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...
07-20-22, 02:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 734
Posted By Ironfish653

while 26” is no longer a first-flight MTB size,...

while 26” is no longer a first-flight MTB size, there’s still some decent tires in production, due to the sheer number of 26” MTBs that are still out there.
It’s also still prevalent in the...
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;...
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