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11-14-12, 07:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Check out the reviews on mtbr.com for 50/50s. ...

Check out the reviews on mtbr.com for 50/50s. http://www.mtbr.com/cat/drivetrain/pedal/crank-brothers/5050-x/prd_365378_135crx.aspx

They're pretty bleak. There are TONS of great platform...
11-06-12, 03:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Time ATACs. I recommend that strong/heavy riders...

Time ATACs. I recommend that strong/heavy riders stay away from Crank Brothers. They break WAY too easy.
10-10-12, 07:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,649
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I agree, For be seen ... maybe. For seeing...

I agree, For be seen ... maybe. For seeing things, bike lights have much wider beam shapes that produce WAY more light that an albiet very high quality/cheap LED flashlight. And the runtimes are...
10-10-12, 07:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,649
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Why?

With great options like Planet Bike Superflash Turbo, Portland Design Works Radbot 1000, Blackburn Mars 4.0, and Cygolites new 2W rechargeable all available for below $35 with mount .... why?
06-05-12, 05:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,339
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Zombie Thread

Talk about your Zombie threads. I posted above 5 years ago. But let me give you my take since my glowing Crank Brothers love. It's turned to disgust.

My Mallet pedals broke MULTIPLE time. ...
10-11-11, 03:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,724
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Field testing. I've gone out with both...

Field testing. I've gone out with both taillights in wet snow. I've had the Radbot 1000 go straight through while the PBSF was infiltrated with water and needed to be taken apart to dry.

The...
10-09-11, 07:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,724
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Radbot 1000 shuts off

In a slightly paradoxical warning system, the Radbot 1000 shuts off when the batteries are getting low. So if you get home and it's no longer flashing, you know it's time for new batteries. I just...
11-21-10, 08:52 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,394
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Try Cygolite

I personally believe that everyone else's lights are too expensive ... and Magicshine is probably a little too cheap. There are certainly compromises that are being made in their manufacture. If...
02-21-10, 09:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Another vote for Toastie Toes. The already have...

Another vote for Toastie Toes. The already have the adhesive to stick em to your socks.
02-21-10, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Riding the bike is a significant upgrade. I...

Riding the bike is a significant upgrade. I suggest Ft. Custer.
02-21-10, 09:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,784
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

You mean if you're under 200# and you like to sit...

You mean if you're under 200# and you like to sit and spin instead of hammering hard out of the saddle, they won't break.

BTW, I had a pair of Acids go out on the road which was pretty much all...
02-21-10, 09:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,158
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

http://wheelworld.com/product/race-face-evolve-xc-...

http://wheelworld.com/product/race-face-evolve-xc-seatpost-4630.htm
02-21-10, 08:49 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,952
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

The Radbot 1000 whooped the PBSF in the wet. At...

The Radbot 1000 whooped the PBSF in the wet. At the end of my ride tonight PBSF was down for the count with water infiltration. Radbot 1000 was still going strong.
02-21-10, 08:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,278
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

An accelerometer will add unnecessary costs. ...

An accelerometer will add unnecessary costs. Current regulation is a great feature. But If you're using a capacitor to produce the "pop" I don't think you would need it.

Look at the PBSF and...
02-18-10, 10:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,884
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

The great thing about wrapping a tube with...

The great thing about wrapping a tube with reflective tape is it presents a target 360*. So from the side, the tape will always reflect back. Personally I wrap the tubes at strategic points with...
02-17-10, 11:52 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,448
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Those "be seen" lights are extremely overpriced. ...

Those "be seen" lights are extremely overpriced. The light you suggest is $55. For $15 more he could get a badass Magicshine that probably puts out 400-500 lumens. Buying things that are...
02-15-10, 05:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,784
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I hesitate to feed the juvenile troll but ... ...

I hesitate to feed the juvenile troll but ...

http://www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/home99/aug99/bike.html

As far as your good experiences, chances are you are not putting your pedals through as...
02-14-10, 11:41 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,448
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

There are some VALUE options out there. Don't...

There are some VALUE options out there. Don't buy the toy "be seen" lights for the front. Those 1-3W jobs make good hiking lamps but terrible bike lamps. Worse yet for an extra $20-$40 you could...
02-14-10, 11:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,448
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

There are some VALUE options out there. Don't...

There are some VALUE options out there. Don't buy the toy "be seen" lights for the front. Those 1-3W jobs make good hiking lamps but terrible bike lamps. Worse yet for an extra $20-$40 you could...
02-09-10, 07:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,873
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I have to admit that their software looks a lot...

I have to admit that their software looks a lot more advanced than Sigma right now. It even allows you to import gps data from a foreign device and integrate it into the ride. And it allows you to...
02-08-10, 06:12 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,952
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

The PBSF is a very directional light even with...

The PBSF is a very directional light even with the side diffuser. I don't think it's much use if you don't mount it and point it precisely. I was running a Cateye TDL1000 on my pack and it was...
02-08-10, 04:57 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,952
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Radbot 1000s are back in stock. I just got one...

Radbot 1000s are back in stock. I just got one and it puts PBSF and Radbot 1000 to shame. Get one, that's all I have to say.
02-08-10, 04:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,873
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Not true. The ROX 9 has a three row display. ...

Not true. The ROX 9 has a three row display. The top row will display one of 5 things.
1) Heartrate, Rise Rate, Cadence Altitude simultaneously
2) Heartrate
3) Inclination
4) Cadence
5)...
01-25-10, 04:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,852
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I don't think anyone has come up with a "gotta...

I don't think anyone has come up with a "gotta have it" spoke solution yet. Spoke reflectors are VERY dependent upon the angle that the light is approaching. I use the Spoke-Lit product but I am...
01-15-10, 09:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,755
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I like Clif Bars. They're organic and they taste...

I like Clif Bars. They're organic and they taste good. Plus, they don't turn into bricks in the winter. Oh yeah, and they're REALLY expensive.

I prefer Quaker Chewey Granola bars. They have...
01-15-10, 09:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 779
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I have torqued off MANY sets of square taper...

I have torqued off MANY sets of square taper cranks. The liliputians that run the shop never have this happen when they tighten the bolt with a standard allen tool. So it's alien to them and...
01-12-10, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,580
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I think Polar Wrap was listening. I just picked...

I think Polar Wrap was listening. I just picked up a new pair. They have adjustable arch support via a velcro pad.
01-11-10, 05:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,232
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

BS. On any HDTV you can display standard tv in...

BS. On any HDTV you can display standard tv in either "black column" mode or "stretched" mode. You get used to either one quickly. The only mode that bugs me is the "fisheye" mode on some models...
01-11-10, 05:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,139
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Going with an HD TV will future proof you. ...

Going with an HD TV will future proof you. You'll be ready for a Blue-Ray player. Get a cheap HDMI cable ... www.****price.com. It's probably the same stuff.

As far as cable HD goes ... my...
01-08-10, 06:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,551
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I found these VERY thin dress socks at Wal-Mart...

I found these VERY thin dress socks at Wal-Mart that I use as liners. I've found that the chemical warmers make me nauseous (as do pain patches) if I try to use them on top of such a thin layer.
06-16-09, 07:03 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,935
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

CX is the best ...

CX is the better general purpose bike platform. There is no reason you can't be "fast" on a CX bike. If skinnie tires are your thing, you can use skinnie tires. I'm sure the head tubes are low...
05-24-09, 01:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 696
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

You can analyze this issue from the standpoint of...

You can analyze this issue from the standpoint of mechanical leverage or heat energy production. Either way, larger rotors provide you with more braking power.

Reinforcing what another...
08-18-07, 11:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 606
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

The thing that helps me on steep climbs is...

The thing that helps me on steep climbs is remembering to put a extra "oomph" into the pedals right before the rear wheel encounters and obstacle. That will give you the extra momentum you need to...
08-15-07, 08:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 992
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Topeak Mountain Morph Turbo.

Topeak Mountain Morph Turbo.
08-15-07, 08:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,850
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

No, the opposite ...

No, those are the opposite (contradiction) of my arguments. What I would say using you words is:

"idots are not scientists" and "physics is not for suckers".


I'm not saying that anyone here...
08-01-07, 03:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

The Sun Rhynolite 700c rim is durable and proven....

The Sun Rhynolite 700c rim is durable and proven. ANYTHING from Surly is going to be durable. Don't count on "weight savings" from either offering.
08-01-07, 03:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

It sounds optimum to me. You should use the...

It sounds optimum to me. You should use the largest cross section tube that you can comfortably stuff into the tire casing.
07-31-07, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

MTB Grips should be about as wide as your hand. ...

MTB Grips should be about as wide as your hand. If you're not sasquatch, I would go ahead and use shorter ones.
07-30-07, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

DB has some decent bikes they sell at sports...

DB has some decent bikes they sell at sports stores.
07-30-07, 09:24 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 27,890
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Well, at least you can use these tires on a new...

Well, at least you can use these tires on a new bike.



Don't replace it.




The short answer is no, it's not.
07-27-07, 08:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 962
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Well, someone has to be the web-buster. To bad...

Well, someone has to be the web-buster. To bad we can't train the deer to do this for us ;-)

Somewhere on the "inter-webs" there are some posts that go like this:


Poster: Orbweaver68...
07-27-07, 08:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,572
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Biltu, most cyclists express the most comfortable...

Biltu, most cyclists express the most comfortable gearing in terms of their pedal cadence. You have a tolerance for pedaling hard vs. pedaling fast. You have to find your own comfort zone and the...
07-27-07, 08:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

I never said it was not possible. I'm saying...

I never said it was not possible. I'm saying that it's not trivial and you have to find the right "formula" to make it work. I followed YouTube's own advice on encoding and the blur is what I got...
07-26-07, 10:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

The video I sent You Tube had approximately the...

The video I sent You Tube had approximately the same quality. I agree there is a transcoding issue along the line. I have to send You Tube a video which will it's transcoders won't choke one.
...
07-26-07, 09:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

No a LOT of attention was paid. YouTube rejected...

No a LOT of attention was paid. YouTube rejected the original (and rather nice looking) MP4s I sent them. The files were sent as .avi encoded with the DivX 320x240 at 30 fps. The video I sent them...
07-26-07, 06:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 948
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Yes, I ride Mallets exclusively. If my cleat is...

Yes, I ride Mallets exclusively. If my cleat is even close to the the beater, it invariably squirms it's way in there. This has been my experience. I don't think this is a "bad" thing.



Yes...
07-26-07, 06:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

That all depends what your purpose is and where...

That all depends what your purpose is and where the video came from. I did watch the videos on your sites and they are well edited and presented in a resolution that one cannot accomplish on...
07-25-07, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 948
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

The surface of the Mallet is concave. Because of...

The surface of the Mallet is concave. Because of this, if you're "close" it's actually hard to ride WITHOUT the cleat finding it's way into the beater.

Also because of the concave surface, you...
07-25-07, 09:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-eAsjX4xa4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-eAsjX4xa4
07-25-07, 09:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 530
Posted By willtsmith_nwi

Bikes with high top tubes often "bump" on those...

Bikes with high top tubes often "bump" on those of who are bigger on top then on the bottom. Very often, we have to buy a bike one size larger then normal if it has a short top tube. For example, I...
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