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Forum: Foo
05-16-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 868
Posted By downtube42

Where Toyota and every other entrenched auto...

Where Toyota and every other entrenched auto maker struggles is this: selling EVs just steals ICE sales. To make matters worse, EVs have lower profit from parts and service. I expect Toyota will be...
05-15-21, 10:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 434
Posted By downtube42

Giant Diverge Base model. It's a 2x8, mechanical...

Giant Diverge Base model. It's a 2x8, mechanical disc, aluminum frame. Seems like a decent fit. Not sure you're gong to find stock anywhere though.

Kona and Giant have drop-bar adventure bikes in...
Forum: Foo
05-15-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 159
Posted By downtube42

Rule 5 is legit. The rest make for fun...

Rule 5 is legit. The rest make for fun conversation.
Replies: 4
Views: 162
Posted By downtube42

Not old enough to attract C&V interest. Too old...

Not old enough to attract C&V interest. Too old to be modern. Not a great spot to be IMO.

I think the number is about half your estimate, depending on the market of course.
Forum: Foo
05-15-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 159
Posted By downtube42

The good news is, per rule #24, that should be in...

The good news is, per rule #24, that should be in kilometers.

https://www.velominati.com/
Forum: Foo
05-15-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 868
Posted By downtube42

When a forklift is unloaded, it's quite unstable;...

When a forklift is unloaded, it's quite unstable; that's because the counterweight CG is fairly high, and when unloaded the truck is severely out of balance towards the rear. Untrained drivers often...
05-14-21, 11:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,628
Posted By downtube42

I'm been road riding for 50ish years. Not all...

I'm been road riding for 50ish years. Not all inclusive, but the highlights are

Turned left in front of a red Civic I didn't see in '73. My fault, no serious injuries.
Crashed in a paceline...
Forum: Foo
05-14-21, 11:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 868
Posted By downtube42

Electric fork trucks have had swappable battery...

Electric fork trucks have had swappable battery boxes for years. There is somewhat of an industry standard. They are heavy, requiring some kind of hoist for removal.
Still, charging is more common....
05-14-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 369
Posted By downtube42

Between my feet, bike, and our Outlander PHEV, we...

Between my feet, bike, and our Outlander PHEV, we won't need to buy gas until I drive up to Seattle on June 5th for a brevet. Aside from that trip, I would go without buying gas for probably two...
Forum: Introductions
05-11-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 192
Posted By downtube42

Welcome.

Welcome.
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By downtube42

With SIR this year, starts are not the typical...

With SIR this year, starts are not the typical mass starts. You leave anytime from start time to an hour later, and write down your own start time. At least that's how they ran the 300k. It was super...
Forum: Recumbent
05-10-21, 08:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 409
Posted By downtube42

RR tracks I cross as close to 90 degrees as...

RR tracks I cross as close to 90 degrees as possible on any kind of bike.

For uneven pavement, on my DF I don't bunny hop I just raise off the seat. On the 'bent I do the same.

I've hovered...
05-10-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 470
Posted By downtube42

Since you've put the time into it, I'd monitor it...

Since you've put the time into it, I'd monitor it for a while. One more broken spoke after all that work, and I'd call it toast. From there it's your choice whether to rebuild with new spokes, or...
05-10-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,382
Posted By downtube42

I have four older brothers, none of whom do...

I have four older brothers, none of whom do anything closely resembling exercise. We're talking obesity, mobility challenges, diabetes, diabetes complications, high blood pressure, knee replacements...
05-09-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,034
Posted By downtube42

Grateful Tread

Grateful Tread
05-07-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,525
Posted By downtube42

At 6'2" 190# which is American normie near death...

At 6'2" 190# which is American normie near death skinny, per cycling standards I'm too fat to even attempt riding up a measurable incline.

Speaking of which, had anyone seen Peter Frampton? Dude...
05-07-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,525
Posted By downtube42

This thread was already surreal on it's obvious...

This thread was already surreal on it's obvious parallel to my life story with Lycra and hand waving, but this... this is downright frightening. I saw, in the 80's, Johnny Couger aka John Mellencamp...
05-06-21, 09:30 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,525
Posted By downtube42

You clearly have no idea how many championships...

You clearly have no idea how many championships were won and lost with last second shots, on gravel driveways around Indiana bitd. Not Kobe or LeBron in the NBA, but Roger Brown or Big Mac in the...
05-06-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,525
Posted By downtube42

Mario Andretti won the Indy 500 in 1969, and...

Mario Andretti won the Indy 500 in 1969, and spent the next few decades trying for a second. Never happened.

​​​​​Speaking of Mario, I'd do that two-man Indycar experience with an ancient Mario...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,042
Posted By downtube42

To hang with those guys, you need more wattage...

To hang with those guys, you need more wattage and less cottage. A lighter bike will get you 1% of the way there.
05-05-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 674
Posted By downtube42

If you're like me, the idea of parting it out and...

If you're like me, the idea of parting it out and the frame likely going to scrap really hurts. I'd say either donate where it will be used, or try selling it to someone who's going to ride it.

I...
05-05-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 613
Posted By downtube42

The last 30 miles from my ride Saturday was on a...

The last 30 miles from my ride Saturday was on a MUP, and I found that almost too boring. I mean, virtually no chance of death by car or getting lost.

The gym? Just shoot me.
Forum: Foo
05-05-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 1,948
Views: 79,113
Posted By downtube42

I just finished a growler of pFriem Hazy Sabro...

I just finished a growler of pFriem Hazy Sabro IPA from the Growler Garage. It was an effort but I got through it. My go-to growler choice from GG is Mac & Jack's African Amber, but I decided to try...
Forum: Foo
05-03-21, 11:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 733
Posted By downtube42

True story. To provide a product at a competitive...

True story. To provide a product at a competitive price yet still yield a profit better than random investments, the bean counters selected a fuel tank/sensor combo that has 14.5 liters of fuel below...
05-03-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,399
Posted By downtube42

My cousin, a real life mechanical engineer I've...

My cousin, a real life mechanical engineer I've fished with, designed cockpit windshields for McDonnell Douglas bitd. He confirmed, no chicken guns involved, frozen or otherwise. Just lots of physics...
05-03-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 816
Posted By downtube42

Being warm is key. Dry, not so much.

Being warm is key. Dry, not so much.
Replies: 17
Views: 580
Posted By downtube42

Yeah. I guess I attribute it to eating so much...

Yeah. I guess I attribute it to eating so much food. Variety helps. I've started using different types of liquid fuel, to reduce the amount of solid food I have to eat. That seems to help.
05-02-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,135
Posted By downtube42

Below 18 mph, my phev plays a sound like a...

Below 18 mph, my phev plays a sound like a spaceship from a 50's science fiction movie. Above 18mph, presumably tire noise takes over.

Road surface and background noise go a long way towards...
05-02-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 765
Posted By downtube42

Comfortable saddle selection is a multi year...

Comfortable saddle selection is a multi year process, and that crap OEM saddle just might happen to fit your anatomy perfectly.

Tires.
05-02-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,892
Posted By downtube42

Putting out good information on the interwebs is...

Putting out good information on the interwebs is like shouting into the wind.

What the truth needs is some embellishment. First identify some mechanism people have heard of but don't have a clue...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,355
Posted By downtube42

OMG this is what my Mitsubishi outlander phev is...

OMG this is what my Mitsubishi outlander phev is missing! I have been reading about hacks on the low speed noisemaker, but screw that.
Forum: Foo
04-30-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 598
Posted By downtube42

It seems everywhere, she has her things. Here in...

It seems everywhere, she has her things. Here in the PNW, it's wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. The southeast and east have hurricanes. The middle of the country has storms...
04-29-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,246
Posted By downtube42

In '71 at 11 I was hit by a car while riding my...

In '71 at 11 I was hit by a car while riding my brother's generic sting-ray. Out of that deal, much to my brother's chagrin, I got a new Sears Free Spirit 10-speed. My parents' logic, as far as I can...
04-27-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,892
Posted By downtube42

Profanity helps as well as pickle juice.

Profanity helps as well as pickle juice.
Forum: Foo
04-26-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 579
Posted By downtube42

No. 1 buzz cut. Go big or go home.

No. 1 buzz cut. Go big or go home.
04-26-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 738
Posted By downtube42

I just built up a bike on Soma's Fog Cutter...

I just built up a bike on Soma's Fog Cutter frame. My usage will be road sport riding, gravel and dirt paths, and randonneuring up to 1200km. If I were going with a custom frame, aside from a custom...
04-26-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,349
Posted By downtube42

I don't get it. One death in 1986, of a 3yo...

I don't get it. One death in 1986, of a 3yo snatched in the suburbs. Lightning kills more people. Hypothermia, heat exhaustion, hitting trees, falling down all kill more people. Pet dogs kill more...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-21, 10:41 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,355
Posted By downtube42

Somebody made a bespoke, expensive and presumably...

Somebody made a bespoke, expensive and presumably high quality hub with lots of points of engagement, that was loud. Somebody else copied it. Loud became associated with exclusive. Hilarity ensured.
04-23-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,349
Posted By downtube42

People are the most dangerous critters,...

People are the most dangerous critters, particularly the ones in motor vehicles. About a billion times more dangerous than a coyote. If you drive to the start of your ride, the car trip is far more...
Replies: 41
Views: 1,506
Posted By downtube42

Dyno taillight is primary, Planet Bike Superflash...

Dyno taillight is primary, Planet Bike Superflash AAA powered for backup/secondary.

I have a rechargable taillight, as well as a tiny rechargable headlight, on my helmet. The helmet taillight is...
04-23-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 697
Posted By downtube42

Spiral wound housing compresses under load and...

Spiral wound housing compresses under load and decompresses when the load is removed. The longer the housing, the more it moves. This made for slop in converting movement from one end of cable to the...
Forum: Foo
04-23-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By downtube42

Our current situation is I work from home, but...

Our current situation is I work from home, but even in more normal times I bike to work year round, so commuting is not on the table. The car is used for local errands, like shopping, and for the...
04-22-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,500
Posted By downtube42

OP back to wrap it up. I finally just gave up and...

OP back to wrap it up. I finally just gave up and sent the hub to SP. They fixed it and refunded all shipping charges.

The major downside was having to rebuild the wheel, but it runs smooth as...
Forum: Foo
04-22-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By downtube42

OP here. I eventually got a 220v line installed,...

OP here. I eventually got a 220v line installed, and bought a Level 2 charger. I think when the dust settled it was $500. That was after a power company rebate on the charger.

By choosing their...
04-22-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 770
Posted By downtube42

Two things helped me address the spousal time...

Two things helped me address the spousal time issue.

First, I encouraged her burgeoning knitting hobby. If you don't know, knitting has become quite the thing. Ungodly expensive yarn, conventions,...
04-21-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,090
Posted By downtube42

Do it! I've regretted not doing events. ...

Do it!

I've regretted not doing events.

I never regretted doing one, no matter how much trepidation I felt prior to the event.
04-19-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,026
Posted By downtube42

Wheel engineers are smart, but spokes are stupid....

Wheel engineers are smart, but spokes are stupid. Really really stupid. They don't know, for example, that they are weak in compression and in fact don't have any support to prevent them from sliding...
04-19-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,005
Posted By downtube42

So the deal is something like this. If you...

So the deal is something like this.

If you ride enough, virtually 100% guaranteed you'll have a flat. So you may as well be prepared, one way or another. Be able to fix it, phone a friend, make a...
04-19-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,098
Posted By downtube42

My mid 90's Specialized Hardrock full rigid was...

My mid 90's Specialized Hardrock full rigid was the epitome of bicycle technology. Everything before was lacking, and everything since is frivolous marketing fluff.
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,141
Posted By downtube42

My experience with bike co-ops, having been a...

My experience with bike co-ops, having been a volunteer at four, founder of one, and board president at one, is they do good work and spend their money carefully. They are usually highly dependent on...
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