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01-11-14, 01:33 AM
Replies: 36
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Posted By dirtyphotons

Thanks for stepping in, all. This process is...

Thanks for stepping in, all. This process is still applicable for a lot of newer track hubs. Don't feel bad about resurrecting a post that (might) help people still.

To answer the most recent...
10-27-09, 02:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Posted By dirtyphotons

great race, for the third year in a row. ...

great race, for the third year in a row. congrats and thanks to those who worked hard to make it a success.
10-21-09, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By dirtyphotons

yep, didn't even mess with the bear trap. using...

yep, didn't even mess with the bear trap. using a compression plug with zero problems.
10-02-09, 01:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,388
Posted By dirtyphotons

haha we must've been standing right next to each...

haha we must've been standing right next to each other. that was a great crash.

either that or the dude went over his bars twice in the same spot.
10-01-09, 03:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,388
Posted By dirtyphotons

it's like riding over a log on a mountain bike. ...

it's like riding over a log on a mountain bike. the people who were clearing them cleanest last year were doing something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnMmiNCPRSs&feature=related
...
10-01-09, 10:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 909
Posted By dirtyphotons

for barriers i personally pick the bike up by the...

for barriers i personally pick the bike up by the downtube, and the top tube sort of rests at the top of my arm by the shoulder. not really shouldering the bike in the traditional way, but not...
10-01-09, 08:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 909
Posted By dirtyphotons

i'd argue that shoulder versus suitcase on the...

i'd argue that shoulder versus suitcase on the barriers is a matter of preference (although the overwhelming majority of upper cat racers suitcase). i'd practice both and go with whatever you're...
09-30-09, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,731
Posted By dirtyphotons

yeah, i've seen that before several times. ...

yeah, i've seen that before several times. always been the bead coming off the rim. sounds like a gunshot.
09-29-09, 09:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,388
Posted By dirtyphotons

this. i'd definitely recommend preriding the...

this. i'd definitely recommend preriding the course and maybe even doing this section a few times. it's very abrupt at the bottom. also be prepared in case the people in front of you crash or...
09-29-09, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 761
Posted By dirtyphotons

ok, i'm sold. gonna start bringin the b bike and...

ok, i'm sold. gonna start bringin the b bike and a friend, at least for the muddy races.
09-28-09, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 761
Posted By dirtyphotons

oh i didn't mean we wouldn't have benefitted, i...

oh i didn't mean we wouldn't have benefitted, i just mean that most of us don't have a personal mechanic :)

i most certainly could've used a clean bike swap every lap....
09-28-09, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 761
Posted By dirtyphotons

yeah, the pit in cross seems to have two main...

yeah, the pit in cross seems to have two main functions, depending on the level of support you have.

if you've got a b bike and someone in the pit to work for you, you can swap out bikes without...
09-28-09, 06:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 884
Posted By dirtyphotons

in the b field it seemed like a lot of guys were...

in the b field it seemed like a lot of guys were running the mud sections at ed sander yesterday.

if you're wearing the course, you're usually better off running.
09-11-09, 03:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 361
Posted By dirtyphotons

yeah i'd look for something with post type pads. ...

yeah i'd look for something with post type pads. a little more adjustability there.
08-26-09, 03:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,259
Posted By dirtyphotons

i'd say dc is a very tough place to be a cat 3/4....

i'd say dc is a very tough place to be a cat 3/4. cycling is popular, we have a very high percentage of people with enough time and disposable income to train themselves into not-bad shape. we also...
08-13-09, 10:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,234
Posted By dirtyphotons

i think you shouldn't get a cross bike because...

i think you shouldn't get a cross bike because you'll never be as good as flargle.
08-12-09, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By dirtyphotons

also might be worth considering tubeless, or...

also might be worth considering tubeless, or tubular. depending on how you plan on using them.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-09, 04:04 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,730
Posted By dirtyphotons

i live in takoma park and like it a lot. nice...

i live in takoma park and like it a lot. nice little downtown area (only one bar though) and maybe 25 minutes to downtown.

in the city, you're mostly gonna be doing urban riding (lights/stop...
08-06-09, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 776
Posted By dirtyphotons

yeah, the pit is great if you've got two bikes...

yeah, the pit is great if you've got two bikes and someone waiting in there to do handoffs, and wash and fix your bike while you're on the course. but if you have a mechanical on the course that...
07-01-09, 10:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
Posted By dirtyphotons

i've done something similar with a jtek...

i've done something similar with a jtek shiftmate. it worked great, no complaints.

campy ergos are technically serviceable, but it's an involved process. if you're going to select shifters based...
06-11-09, 07:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
Posted By dirtyphotons

yeah, personally if i can't turn over a 39-29...

yeah, personally if i can't turn over a 39-29 gear i'm really better off on foot. but everyone's different in that respect.


well, i found the TA ring technicssor mentioned here:
...
05-13-09, 09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
Posted By dirtyphotons

this is exactly what i needed. many thanks!

this is exactly what i needed. many thanks!
05-12-09, 03:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 509
Posted By dirtyphotons

yeah man, the shipping prices to iraq via usps...

yeah man, the shipping prices to iraq via usps (kinda surprised they can even do that) are right around $200 for something the weight of a bike. probably more because of the size as well.

do you...
05-12-09, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
Posted By dirtyphotons

campy (135bcd) chainrings for cross

whoa, bikeforums! long time no see.

so, this season i'll (probably) be racing on a bike with campy road cranks. due to the 135mm bcd, my chainring options seem to be pretty limited. lots of...
02-06-09, 07:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

i'd like to see a caliper brake where both arms...

i'd like to see a caliper brake where both arms apply force on the rim in the absence of housing.


you're fixating on a comment i made that was beside the point. the point is that the housing...
02-06-09, 07:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

it is my contention that in the case of a...

it is my contention that in the case of a traditional cantilever brake with no inline lever, it is not. it's a bit too late on a friday, and i've had a couple too many beers to prove my point...
02-06-09, 06:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

the difference is that with a caliper, the...

the difference is that with a caliper, the housing is pushing up against one of the arms of the brake. the force at the rim is transferred up through the brake arm and back to the housing, all the...
02-06-09, 03:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

ok, it's enough to wedge the ends into the stops...

ok, it's enough to wedge the ends into the stops but you agree that it's nowhere near the force placed on the housing of a cable that goes into a caliper right?
02-06-09, 01:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

^for cantilever brakes with a fixed cable stop...

^for cantilever brakes with a fixed cable stop the gap would close before you even apply the brake.

on a cantilever brake the housing goes from the lever (fixed relative to the bike) to a fixed...
02-06-09, 12:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,016
Posted By dirtyphotons

deep v's handle both 23 and 25mm tires just fine....

deep v's handle both 23 and 25mm tires just fine. 23s will be a little more efficient and 25s will be a little more shock absorbent. but the differences will be small.
02-06-09, 08:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

^yep, sorry thirdin77 for leading this discussion...

^yep, sorry thirdin77 for leading this discussion down the inline barrel adjuster path. flargle's right, the problem solvers pulley should improve your braking and leave enough slack in the system...
02-05-09, 01:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

hm, good to know. i've never had problems using...

hm, good to know. i've never had problems using them for brake cables but they do generally experience more of a load than shift cables, so it's something to consider i guess.

also i hadn't even...
02-05-09, 01:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

the ones you got there are designed to screw into...

the ones you got there are designed to screw into a mount on the frame. what i was describing is something like this:

http://www.bikeman.com/store/graphics/00000001/product_images/BR/BR4041.jpg...
02-05-09, 11:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By dirtyphotons

i'm afraid i can't help with caliper advice,...

i'm afraid i can't help with caliper advice, other than to say i'd measure well before buying anything. i wouldn't be surprised if long reach calipers were still too short, and they'd probably limit...
01-31-09, 07:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,400
Posted By dirtyphotons

they don't "break often." some people have...

they don't "break often."

some people have broken them, but almost every time it's either after years of use or after particularly harsh treatment.

crank bros is widely known for their customer...
01-30-09, 01:16 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,658
Posted By dirtyphotons

most of them were riding bikes that looked like...

most of them were riding bikes that looked like this:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cAnAEkctn90/RzMtppVos1I/AAAAAAAAAhI/g3fI9YBT4To/s640/Picture%20010.jpg

but that's a bit beside the point. i highly...
01-29-09, 02:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,024
Posted By dirtyphotons

^that works. the bike polo crowd tend to...

^that works.

the bike polo crowd tend to desire a normal street gear and a super low polo gear. one setup that has become popular has been to run a surly double cog (17/21) and a double chainring...
01-27-09, 08:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,024
Posted By dirtyphotons

if you show up as a new track racer and you don't...

if you show up as a new track racer and you don't have a lockring on your hub, i'd advise keeping your mouth shut about it.

as to what does and does not fit, let's be quantitative about it.

1...
01-27-09, 02:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,024
Posted By dirtyphotons

i have a 4 tooth spread on my flip flop with room...

i have a 4 tooth spread on my flip flop with room to spare on my iro's dropouts.
01-27-09, 01:03 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 20,780
Posted By dirtyphotons

eccentric bottom brackets have been used on...

eccentric bottom brackets have been used on tandems for a long time. longer than white industries has been a company.

they weren't necessary on mountain frames until vertical dropouts came into...
01-26-09, 09:43 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,658
Posted By dirtyphotons

yes, you will most certainly die. probably not...

yes, you will most certainly die. probably not this weekend though.

it all depends on the trail. as mentioned, rock gardens can suck. in terms of getting from point a to point b, it's no...
01-23-09, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By dirtyphotons

someone with tons of experience knows that a...

someone with tons of experience knows that a 3/32" chainring works perfectly well with a 1/8" chain and cog. i'm sure he would've taken the time to explain that to you if you had just asked instead...
01-22-09, 04:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,466
Posted By dirtyphotons

turtle wax (or any of the bike specific...

turtle wax (or any of the bike specific protective polishes) will afford you a little more time between cleanings.

if a hose isn't availalbe a spray bottle full of water works just fine.
01-21-09, 06:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 852
Posted By dirtyphotons

i think the shorter list would be cross bikes...

i think the shorter list would be cross bikes with a sloping top tube. most manufacturers still use a horizontal tt on cross bikes for ease of portage.
01-18-09, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 581
Posted By dirtyphotons

because people with short torsoes can ride long...

because people with short torsoes can ride long frames by getting a smaller size, jacking up the seatpost and using a riser stem.

people with short legs can't or won't ride a square frame because...
01-13-09, 03:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,395
Posted By dirtyphotons

even if it did set you back a lot further i...

even if it did set you back a lot further i wouldn't advise moving your saddle to correct reach, that's putting the cart before the horse.

i always get the saddle position right first, then adjust...
01-13-09, 03:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,395
Posted By dirtyphotons

the functional difference is durabililty and...

the functional difference is durabililty and adjustability.

the difference isn't really noticeable at first, but after thousands of miles and hundreds of adjustments the small parts holding the...
01-13-09, 09:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,827
Posted By dirtyphotons

so bummed i missed bilenky this year. awesome...

so bummed i missed bilenky this year. awesome writeup schiek!
01-13-09, 08:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 503
Posted By dirtyphotons

also, it seems that very few aluminum frames have...

also, it seems that very few aluminum frames have been made with forward facing horizontal dropouts. the only ones i can think of off the top of my head are department store mountain bike frames.
...
01-12-09, 09:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,038
Posted By dirtyphotons

:roflmao: wear a big fat grin like you're...

:roflmao:

wear a big fat grin like you're having a good time. self consciousness looks TERRIBLE on you.
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