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07-29-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,354
Posted By onyerleft

No longer LCF

After 5 1/2 years, I just fell off the LCF wagon. But it's not as bad as it sounds. I bought a Tesla Model 3. And I only bought it because I can't ride in most of the Summer anyway due to smoke...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-19, 04:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,028
Posted By onyerleft

Get an old Marinoni. As long as the frame is...

Get an old Marinoni. As long as the frame is sound, you can't go too wrong. You can upgrade the parts gradually when you can afford it.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-19, 04:06 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,558
Posted By onyerleft

Of my 19 adult bikes, by far the Raleigh Super...

Of my 19 adult bikes, by far the Raleigh Super Course. Heavy, bad geometry, a few nice parts but mostly awful parts, and a now-obsolete 27" wheel size. No wonder Raleigh went out of business (the...
07-25-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,428
Posted By onyerleft

Pro bike racing is not a pure sport and it's not...

Pro bike racing is not a pure sport and it's not completely fair. Even the World's, which is supposed to be the one race to rectify the compromises inherent in the sponsored-team model, doesn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 335
Views: 28,224
Posted By onyerleft

All my 9 bikes have been converted to 1x except...

All my 9 bikes have been converted to 1x except my two pure road bikes (2x).

Anybody still riding a triple in this day and age might as well go around with a sign around their neck that says,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,255
Posted By onyerleft

From Shimano's website: Sora lasts 21 years,...

From Shimano's website:

Sora lasts 21 years, 8 months, 1 week, 3 days, 11 hours, 4 minutes and 8.01 seconds.

Claris lasts 17 years, 4 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, 3 hours, 24 minutes and 4.17...
07-13-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,653
Posted By onyerleft

Heh heh heh. I was far too smart to buy an ALAN...

Heh heh heh. I was far too smart to buy an ALAN -- and yet, still plenty stupid enough to have purchased a VITUS. That frame pretzeled soon after I bought it in a very low speed fall that a steel...
07-12-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,118
Posted By onyerleft

The name Fuji has enough brand equity that it...

The name Fuji has enough brand equity that it will surely re-emerge under new ownership. I just hope that BikesDirect doesn't acquire the rights because they will ruin it with triple cranksets and...
07-10-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,662
Posted By onyerleft

I do not like the name Viathon. I do not like it!...

I do not like the name Viathon. I do not like it! I do not like it, but I don't know why.

And it's not a status thing, because I ride Motobecanes with no problem, and have even ridden a...
07-07-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 876
Posted By onyerleft

Couldn't agree more. And yet, if you said that...

Couldn't agree more. And yet, if you said that on the C&V subforum, you'd get a virtual blank stare, as the "cyclists" who post there often say, "Well, the bike doesn't really fit me, but I couldn't...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-07-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,379
Posted By onyerleft

A triple? WTF?!

A triple? WTF?!
07-03-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 527
Posted By onyerleft

Ever had a cycling magazine publish your letter?

I must have the touch because almost all of my letters to the editors of cycling magazines get published. It's kind of a thrill to get a magazine in the mail and find your contribution in it.
...
07-03-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 820
Posted By onyerleft

My copies of Bicycling! have never lasted 50...

My copies of Bicycling! have never lasted 50 years, because I use the magazine for toilet paper (after crumpling to soften the pages), and who wants to keep used toilet paper around for half a...
07-03-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,390
Posted By onyerleft

I've always been able to thread a cable through a...

I've always been able to thread a cable through a tube, using whatever method is most expedient to the particular situation. But that's not to say that such operation is undertaken without cussing...
07-03-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,922
Posted By onyerleft

Can't ride a bike? You'll find kindred spirits...

Can't ride a bike? You'll find kindred spirits in the C&V subforum, in case you're looking for a welcoming bike forum home.
07-03-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,926
Posted By onyerleft

Not blasphemy, just a bad idea to use a saddle...

Not blasphemy, just a bad idea to use a saddle that is uncomfortable, heavy, expensive and requires occasional maintenance to boot.
06-29-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,059
Posted By onyerleft

Those were my thoughts exactly. If it were me,...

Those were my thoughts exactly. If it were me, I'd go full resto. Actually, if it were really me, I'd find some Italian bike with fast geometry to restore.

I thought that Joe Bell had passed. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,613
Posted By onyerleft

Future of Campagnolo

Where do you see Campagnolo in the future, say 15 to 25 years from now? I have my own opinions, but I'll keep them to myself initially so as not to influence the direction of this thread.
Replies: 4
Views: 2,703
Posted By onyerleft

Canyon is a company that I really, really want to...

Canyon is a company that I really, really want to like, and I do jones for some of their bikes, but for various reasons, including some of the concerns that OP mentions, I've yet to pull the trigger...
06-23-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 564
Posted By onyerleft

Never heard of a sus fork assplosion. GF has an...

Never heard of a sus fork assplosion. GF has an old beater front sus Trek MTB that I can ride (albeit in a somewhat cramped position). The sus kicks-in only for really big hits.
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By onyerleft

I've never been a big fan of Olmo's, viewing them...

I've never been a big fan of Olmo's, viewing them as a kind of poor man's Bianchi. I suppose if someone gave me one, I might keep it, if the frame were Columbus SL/SP, and there was nothing weird...
06-21-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,195
Posted By onyerleft

Ohforchrissake, go for the Motobecane. BD's...

Ohforchrissake, go for the Motobecane. BD's titanium bikes are the best bikes they offer, and they're fine bikes by any standard. Do some research and you'll find that people rave about them. ...
06-16-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,204
Posted By onyerleft

I should have narrowed my question. I'm...

I should have narrowed my question. I'm interested in a hardtail and the only aluminum Canyon hardtail, the Grand Canyon, is sold in other countries but not in the U.S. Their crabon hardtail, the...
06-15-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,204
Posted By onyerleft

Why no ALU Canyons?

Canyon sells aluminum MTBs - just not in the U.S. Any idea why that is?
06-14-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,426
Posted By onyerleft

What, are you seriously suggesting that a company...

What, are you seriously suggesting that a company that comes up with names like "Tiagra" and "Claris" has branding challenges???
06-13-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,019
Posted By onyerleft

So how does paying $100 for a beater qualify as a...

So how does paying $100 for a beater qualify as a "steal" or a "great score"? Bikes like that can be had at the bike co-op near me for just a little more, plus they've been gone over by a...
06-09-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,495
Posted By onyerleft

It's nice that Tullio loved you. Because...

It's nice that Tullio loved you. Because Valentino is surely indifferent.
06-08-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,680
Posted By onyerleft

Triples will soon be as deservedly dead as 26"...

Triples will soon be as deservedly dead as 26" wheels. But by all means, keep expending energy and mustering up every argument you can think of to justify them.
06-04-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 704
Posted By onyerleft

Hard to believe, but this is actually a C&V...

Hard to believe, but this is actually a C&V thread in which I don't think that the posters are nuts. My Serotta was the only bike I ever purchased new (out of 19) that came with a crooked rear...
05-27-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 905
Posted By onyerleft

Canyon, for the value and good design. Although...

Canyon, for the value and good design. Although you can't go too wrong with the Bianchi either. I once tried to buy a Bianchi Oltre, but there were too many countervailing arguments against it.
05-24-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By onyerleft

The only way to know for sure is to ride it! If...

The only way to know for sure is to ride it! If the bike rides so wonderfully that it makes you want to push yourself to the point of agony -- the Olmo agony -- then it has to be an Olmo. It's...
05-23-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,757
Posted By onyerleft

So you (OP) want to purchase vintage Japanese...

So you (OP) want to purchase vintage Japanese bikes as a vehicle for creating wealth, to be ultimately transferred to your grandchildren? I can't quite put my finger on it, but something tells me...
05-23-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,382
Posted By onyerleft

When I got seriously into cycling in the...

When I got seriously into cycling in the mid-1980's, suspended leather saddles were already greatly in decline, among the pro's. Today, they are non-existent in the pro ranks (I suppose there are...
05-17-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,866
Posted By onyerleft

BikesDirect: Why so many triples?

I'm shocked at the number of bikes that BikesDirect offers with triple cranksets. Why so many triples?

Please don't hijack this thread with a debate about the merits of triples. If you like...
05-15-19, 01:42 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 13,497
Posted By onyerleft

Post that Schwinn catalog on the C&V subforum,...

Post that Schwinn catalog on the C&V subforum, and they will hoot and holler with glee -- almost as much as when one of their posters restores a rusty hi-ten frame that he pulled out of a dumpster.
Replies: 62
Views: 7,475
Posted By onyerleft

This thread has inspired me to pen a haiku: ...

This thread has inspired me to pen a haiku:

Buying from Wiggle
Makes you giggle! But returns
Can give you jiggles

Beautiful, no?
03-31-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 936
Posted By onyerleft

Wide bars

I have seen enough fixies with wide bars to know that they are a thing (in my area, anyway). I'm horrified, because my three fixie/SS's have narrow bars, and I don't want to be unhip. Are wide bars...
03-05-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By onyerleft

Upgrade tensiometer?

I've been using a Wheelsmith tensiometer for 3 or 4 decades now. I use it about a half-dozen times per year. It's a clever tool but I'm not absolutely in love with it. I don't true or build wheels...
02-16-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,752
Posted By onyerleft

The great loss from Performance/Nashbar going...

The great loss from Performance/Nashbar going under is their house brands, which were a great value and usually very well designed and manufactured. For example, I have some Transit (Performance)...
01-18-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,064
Posted By onyerleft

What's up with this thread? I thought that the...

What's up with this thread? I thought that the C&V people on this forum love only bad/mediocre bikes that they retrieve from dumpsters, then paint it with a rattle can, then post it for everybody to...
01-05-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By onyerleft

Any experience ordering from Murphy Cycles?

They've got some nice stuff at good prices, but I never see anybody mention them:

https://murphycycles.com/
12-28-18, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 946
Posted By onyerleft

The bike you're interested in falls into two...

The bike you're interested in falls into two categories: (1) old school and (2) old, old school. There's a reason it's deeply discounted. PASS.

BD has other bikes that aren't so long in the...
12-19-18, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 776
Posted By onyerleft

BOOST Quandry

Here's my dilemma: I look to the collective wisdom of this subforum for guidance, and thank you in advance.

There is an end-of-the-year clearance hardtail that is perfect for me (1 x 11, Rockshox,...
11-29-18, 04:11 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 6,882
Posted By onyerleft

Like so many of you, I've met Grant and like him....

Like so many of you, I've met Grant and like him. But I wish that he would aspire to be more like Velo Orange, which actually does product development. Talking/writing/whining/being a luddite is...
11-28-18, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By onyerleft

No hatchets were found at the scene of the crime....

No hatchets were found at the scene of the crime. I therefore rather doubt that Grant Petersen is behind this heist.
11-06-18, 03:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By onyerleft

I would understand wanting to buy Shimano...

I would understand wanting to buy Shimano components -- their shifting and braking are legendary -- but soft goods like shoes? Their soft goods are no better than their competitors'.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-18, 03:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,377
Posted By onyerleft

If you were my friend, I'd recommend Canyon. ...

If you were my friend, I'd recommend Canyon. Since I don't know you, I'm indifferent to what you will buy, and therefore won't recommend anything.
10-29-18, 04:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By onyerleft

Yes, bikes have gradually become smaller over the...

Yes, bikes have gradually become smaller over the years. That's why there has been a corresponding increase in Height Reduction Surgery (HRS). This is a fact.
10-21-18, 03:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By onyerleft

They're a cut above department store bikes, but...

They're a cut above department store bikes, but they are the quintessential phony brand, during a time when fewer bicycle brands were phony. They lost whatever respect they might have had by running...
Forum: Touring
10-19-18, 02:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,196
Posted By onyerleft

Beware of false economy. All panniers except...

Beware of false economy. All panniers except Ortlieb spontaneously assplode upon first contact with the elements. This is a widely known FACT.
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