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05-27-22, 09:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
Posted By totalnewbie

Thanks for all the inputs. seems like there is an...

Thanks for all the inputs. seems like there is an overwhelming advice against carbon/rim/rain combo, so it looks like the case is well settled. I will opt for the heavier bike with disc (and save...
05-26-22, 12:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
Posted By totalnewbie

Performance of rim brakes on carbon wheels (IN RAIN)

How is the general performance of rim brakes on carbon wheel especially in rainy/wet condition going downhill?

will be relocating to Portland, my commute will involve short stretches (about 2...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-13-22, 12:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,519
Posted By totalnewbie

are disc brakes overkill for folders with small wheels?

I have heard that with the power of disc brakes, they are an overkill for folders with smaller wheels (16"/20" etc) anyone with practical experience? If rim brakes are more than sufficient for...
04-11-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 215
Posted By totalnewbie

thanks for your input. I have not thought about...

thanks for your input. I have not thought about the slack but I think you might be right, w/o a tensioner at the rear it might not be ideal. If so, then I will likely stick with a circular 39T and...
04-11-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 215
Posted By totalnewbie

question on adding a second chainring

the bike is HASA F-SL which has only one chainring at 47T and one single cog at 9T at freewheel. I have seen pictures of someone adding a 39T to the big ring to bring down the gear ratio (see...
04-04-22, 11:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By totalnewbie

Pump for tubeless: Joeblow Tubi 2stage vs Joeblow Booster

New to tubeless and sooner or later I know I will need to set up my own tubeless tires. I am aware of the various methods: air compressor, Airshot canister, gas station air pump, but I think I want...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,959
Posted By totalnewbie

the denominations are taiwanese dollars 1 USD =...

the denominations are taiwanese dollars 1 USD = approx. 28 TWD
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-22, 03:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,959
Posted By totalnewbie

Adhoc is a taiwanese company that makes RX...

Adhoc is a taiwanese company that makes RX sunglasses. I have one of their earlier generations (from almost 8/9 years ago) and the way they make theirs is they would have a cut out that they inserted...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 511
Posted By totalnewbie

Can I convert a Tern Verge D9 to tubeless?

according to Tern website, the 451 rim on Tern Verge D9 is not specified as tubeless ready, so I have no way to know if the rim can take tubeless tires. does anyone have any experience with such?
Replies: 4
Views: 1,675
Posted By totalnewbie

Leg Length discrepancy: is Speedplay better than SPD-SL?

My left is structurally shorter by about 1.5cm (both femur and tibia) than my right. Right now I am using SPD-SL and have the left cleat shimmed up by about 6mm (using shimano own's cleat shims) to...
04-01-22, 11:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,359
Posted By totalnewbie

adventurepdx, thanks for your advice. this is...

adventurepdx, thanks for your advice. this is exactly the info i need. I have commuted for a few years in SF with bike/train/bus combo and there were accepted ways to do certain things, so I just...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-22, 10:38 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,052
Posted By totalnewbie

what you said makes sense to me. when I asked the...

what you said makes sense to me. when I asked the original question, I had no idea that seating the tubeless bead would be so much more difficult... until after I watch a few youtube videos. so I...
03-31-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 432
Posted By totalnewbie

why? does electrical field acceletate the...

why? does electrical field acceletate the deteriotation of tires?
03-31-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 432
Posted By totalnewbie

keeping tires in foodsaver vacuum bags

I had a pair of michelin tires that i kept in boxes. after 6/7 years when I took them out, there were cracks all over and my LBS told me that tires do degrade over time due to sunlight/ozone and just...
03-31-22, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,359
Posted By totalnewbie

need prep advices on Portland commuting

Might get the opportunity to move to Portland OR for work. Very likely I will be living in the city outskirts and rely on MAX light rail and/or bus for work, with the last miles at both ends by a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,052
Posted By totalnewbie

assuming both tubolito and aerothan lose their...

assuming both tubolito and aerothan lose their tightly packed forms once opened, do you think they still packed smaller than regular butyl tubes? (at their second and third and thereafter uses) if...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,052
Posted By totalnewbie

[QUOTE=tempocyclist;22456768]Have you also got a...

[QUOTE=tempocyclist;22456768]Have you also got a tubeless plug kit to seal a hole that the sealant alone won't handle? This one with in-built C02 controller is good:

i have never tried fixing a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-22, 11:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,052
Posted By totalnewbie

tubeless riders: lightweight tube recommendation for emergency?

Despite having a tubeless bike, my LBS recommends me to carry an extra tube since I am more familiar with the procedure (coming from regular clinchers) of fixing a flat on the road

My priority is...
03-15-22, 09:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 378
Posted By totalnewbie

Taipei cycle 2022 show- all the photos

here are more photos taken at the show.

e-bike: https://www.bikeforums.net/g/album/24299710

cargo bikes and similar: https://www.bikeforums.net/g/album/24299686

folding bikes:...
03-09-22, 09:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 642
Posted By totalnewbie

judging from your mention of merida, i suppose...

judging from your mention of merida, i suppose you are not based in USA? anyway, I am gonna post a few pix of the meridas i saw. sorry i was unable to get answers to any of your questions...
03-09-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By totalnewbie

Taipei cycle 2022 show - booths

went to taipei cycle 2022 show yesterday, one of the biggest trade shows in the industry. I am gonna post a series of photos in different categories. Granted I am just a casual observer so take these...
03-06-22, 03:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 642
Posted By totalnewbie

anything you want to see at Taipei Cycle show?

I will be heading to the Taipei Cycle show next week, possibly the biggest trade show on bikes. Any new products (esp. regarding road cycling) that I should be looking out for? If there's any new...
03-02-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 819
Posted By totalnewbie

Giant USA lists the bike for $295. taiwan is...

Giant USA lists the bike for $295. taiwan is about $155 when converted. maybe it's the "bell" (absent on the Taiwan model) that contributes to that big price difference.
03-02-22, 09:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 819
Posted By totalnewbie

just noticed that the same giant kids bike (in...

just noticed that the same giant kids bike (in this case animator) being sold in taiwan are spec'ed differently from those in USA. rear brake is a V-brake vs a coaster in USA. big price difference...
03-02-22, 08:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 819
Posted By totalnewbie

haha, indeed. the safety standard here is indeed...

haha, indeed. the safety standard here is indeed different (if there is any) for once, it is actually not easy for me to find a bike with coaster brake. big name manufacturers like Giant or merida...
03-02-22, 08:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 819
Posted By totalnewbie

my kid has been riding on his balance bike and...

my kid has been riding on his balance bike and everytime he sees a tricycle he jumps on it, thus leading to me thinking of getting a pedal bike w/ training wheels so he could start developing his leg...
03-02-22, 02:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 819
Posted By totalnewbie

is this type of brakes safe for kids bike?

looking for a 14" bike for my 4-year-old. most bikes that I have seen are equipped with pneumatic tires with rim brakes. This particular one is equipped with foam tire with a brake system that I am...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-15, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,245
Posted By totalnewbie

I think I can understand what you said. with gel,...

I think I can understand what you said. with gel, load is spread over a larger area but tissues that should not be supporting any load is taking a share as well. Is that what you imply? If so, how is...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-15, 10:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,245
Posted By totalnewbie

sitting on gel: good or bad? what exactly are the pros/cons?

I have read somewhere (maybe on this forum) a couple years ago that a lot of people don't want recommend gels on saddles, some reasons that have to do with not having good support. Though I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-15, 05:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,196
Posted By totalnewbie

I got an official response from assos: ...

I got an official response from assos:

Thank you for your enquiry, Assos did increase the width of the legs on shorts for a period and this is why they may seem loose on your leg, it certainly...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-15, 08:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,196
Posted By totalnewbie

thanks to all those who replied. looks like i...

thanks to all those who replied. looks like i will have to return them. another lesson learned.... no matter how much people rave about something, it's still best to try them on oneself. while...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-15, 04:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,196
Posted By totalnewbie

for assos bibs owners: have you experienced loose leg elastic bands?

I bought a new pair of T Fi. Mille S5 long leg (size M.) from their outlet. I am 176cm tall and 67 kg. while the overall fit seems OK, the leg cuff (the elastic band) seems a little loose and shows...
06-27-15, 09:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,581
Posted By totalnewbie

can I use a spoke that is slightly longer than the others on a wheel?

Recently a spoke (Sapim cx-ray) on my front wheel (road bike) broke off. The nipple at the rim broke in half, causing the spoke to fall off. At closer look I noticed the spoke was twisted at about 90...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-15, 11:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,810
Posted By totalnewbie

I used a taiwanese company called Ad hoc. instead...

I used a taiwanese company called Ad hoc. instead of using a removable prescription insert, what they did is cut a hole on a the lens of a their own wraparound frames, fuse/glue a piece of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-15, 10:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,422
Posted By totalnewbie

http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/916089-spee...

http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/916089-speedplay-knee-pain-leg-length-discrepancy.html

pointing to this thread not for speedplay, but withtin the thread someone suggested difference...
06-19-15, 08:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,438
Posted By totalnewbie

https://www.facebook.com/onionbabycomics/photos/a....

https://www.facebook.com/onionbabycomics/photos/a.681558601890091.1073741827.681557575223527/932686283443987/?type=1&theater
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-15, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 685
Posted By totalnewbie

road racing Asian movie - trailer

Last year I mentioned on this forum that there will be an Asian movie (directed by a Hong Kong director) on road racing coming this year. The movie will be released in parts of Asia in August...
09-27-14, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,253
Posted By totalnewbie

WC Elite Women - what happened at the last km?

Can someone please explain what the rationale was behind this:

during the last km, the leading pack of 4 riders were ahead by about 10 secs. Then a bizarre thing happened, they collectively let...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-14, 07:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,358
Posted By totalnewbie

i am curious about this issue as well, though I...

i am curious about this issue as well, though I am not sure if my question is exactly the same that the OP asked. If standing yields a higher wattage than sitting (820W vs 650W per the study OP...
08-31-14, 06:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,134
Posted By totalnewbie

as long as it comes in at 105F...

as long as it comes in at 105F...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-14, 06:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 24,977
Posted By totalnewbie

I am posting some additional info I read on the...

I am posting some additional info I read on the taiwanese forum:
-for SL1, the wheelset p-slr0 (with rotor and QR) weights 1.22 front/1.62 rear
-another poster says his ad2 is 8.8kg including...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-14, 06:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 24,977
Posted By totalnewbie

I did not weigh the test bikes. When I lifted the...

I did not weigh the test bikes. When I lifted the ad2 test bike, it felt similar to my defy comp 3. But that comparison may not be fair since I have upgraded the wheelset/saddle on my comp 3 and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-14, 03:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 24,977
Posted By totalnewbie

I think you are right. Read somewhere in...

I think you are right. Read somewhere in Taiwanese forum that Giant has actually "downgraded" their defy nomenclature, such that 2015 "pro" is comparable to 2014 "advanced" and 2015 "advanced" is...
08-26-14, 08:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,134
Posted By totalnewbie

thanks all for responding. I did not realize the...

thanks all for responding. I did not realize the NW district is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in portland. I guess should I take a job there I will look into that more.
08-25-14, 04:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,134
Posted By totalnewbie

portland - are there public showers?

This is a question specific to cyclists in Portland, OR.

I may have a chance to relocate to Portland and I have heard that a lot of people ride their bikes to work. That's something I would like...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-14, 02:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 24,977
Posted By totalnewbie

史上最全2015款捷安特整车重量 2015 GIANT车种重量 -...

史上最全2015款捷安特整车重量 2015 GIANT车种重量 - 捷安特自行车点评 - 温*捷安特专卖店 - Powered by Discuz! (http://www.giant.so/thread-4052-1-1.html)

this site apparently lists all the 2015 giant...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-14, 06:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,618
Posted By totalnewbie

after bonking so many times riding w/o having...

after bonking so many times riding w/o having breakfast, I have learned that my body needs that cereal bar in the morning, whether or not I have eaten well the night before.
08-18-14, 08:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,007
Posted By totalnewbie

ok, i will take your advice for now... or maybe i...

ok, i will take your advice for now... or maybe i will take a wrench to tweak the wheel rim so it is parallel to my brake pad, if the caliper arms won't budge.
08-18-14, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,007
Posted By totalnewbie

still curious: why is brake pad alignment (or...

still curious: why is brake pad alignment (or toe-in as you referred to) not a safety thing? If only my rear 20% of the brake pad is engaged with the rim when the lever are pressed, doesn't that mean...
08-18-14, 03:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,007
Posted By totalnewbie

thank you. I will look into that. though I am...

thank you. I will look into that. though I am still perplexed why my stock tiagra brake pad holder does not provide a means to adjust the brake pad, it seems like such a basic safety need.
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