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09-02-09, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By riderx

My wife has the mesh version...

My wife has the mesh version (http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/wald933meshbasket.html) quick release basket. Works great and is used all of the time.
08-21-09, 09:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By riderx

Answer: You suck at riding

Answer: You suck at riding
08-21-09, 02:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 834
Posted By riderx

I know their marketing spiel and none of those...

I know their marketing spiel and none of those are compelling reasons to make the switch IMO. Maybe on a townie because of the clean factor, but then again I just use a dry wax lube on my townie...
08-21-09, 01:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 834
Posted By riderx

Belt drive: solution looking for a problem IMO....

Belt drive: solution looking for a problem IMO. Chain drives are very efficient, low cost and can be field repaired. You also don't need to have a special frame. Tell me, why would I need a belt...
08-18-09, 05:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,218
Posted By riderx

Read the S. Brown article I posted, it details...

Read the S. Brown article I posted, it details this. In short, learn to use the brake properly and it will not be an issue.
08-18-09, 05:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,218
Posted By riderx

Not exactly the answer to your questions, but a...

Not exactly the answer to your questions, but a front brake will supply 75-80% of your stopping power (those are the percentages I recall reading). For a good primer on front brake theory, see this ...
08-17-09, 06:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 951
Posted By riderx

The 2 tires I use for singletrack/dirt...

The 2 tires I use for singletrack/dirt road/pavement combos is the Kenda Smallblock 8 and the Ritchey Speedmax (not sure if they are making them any longer). 700x35 size on both.
08-14-09, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By riderx

Check out the Redline Monocog

Check out the Redline Monocog
08-13-09, 09:23 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,466
Posted By riderx

Yeah, the leg over dismounts were a nice touch....

Yeah, the leg over dismounts were a nice touch. Wonder how many people caught that?
08-13-09, 09:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Posted By riderx

This thread is brought to you by the Department...

This thread is brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department...
08-12-09, 08:07 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,466
Posted By riderx

Get with the program...

Get with the program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2885aR6o6s).
08-12-09, 07:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 974
Posted By riderx

Most posters on this forum probably thing you are...

Most posters on this forum probably thing you are talking about the condiment...
08-07-09, 11:20 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,466
Posted By riderx

I've been wearing Vans since the early 80s....

I've been wearing Vans since the early 80s. Where's my prize? :notamused: (http://twitpic.com/d1qo4)

http://twitpic.com/show/thumb/d1qo4.jpg (http://twitpic.com/d1qo4)
Photo by Big Jonny...
08-07-09, 08:55 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,466
Posted By riderx

How many more times will the OP mention he has...

How many more times will the OP mention he has tattoos and wears Vans? :cry:
08-05-09, 08:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,567
Posted By riderx

No time correction. Don't use your bike as an...

No time correction. Don't use your bike as an excuse. Just step up to the plate and ride the best you can and see who crosses the finish line first.
08-04-09, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 641
Posted By riderx

You've been in the fixed gear "scene" for 2...

You've been in the fixed gear "scene" for 2 months (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=552716) and you are now the expert? :rolleyes:

Stick around, the similarities will become apparent.
07-25-09, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 379
Posted By riderx

Rebuilding old rims is a pain. Rarely are they...

Rebuilding old rims is a pain. Rarely are they perfect and worth rebuilding to begin with. And a 20 year old rim, even that was top of the line, is going to be trumped by a moderately priced modern...
07-24-09, 07:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 729
Posted By riderx

Small Block 8s are a good choice depending on...

Small Block 8s are a good choice depending on your trail terrain. Kenda Karmas have low profile knobbies but some more bite for the dirt. Just remember, you are going to have to compromise...
07-24-09, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By riderx

In my experience, Sun rims offer a lot of bang...

In my experience, Sun rims offer a lot of bang for the buck while Mavic seem to be on the high end for what they offer. When I build wheels with both brands they tend to last the same amount of time,...
07-22-09, 08:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 796
Posted By riderx

If you look closely at the first photo, I've got...

If you look closely at the first photo, I've got the cable routed behind the crown like LiveWire suggested.

Well, that frame is a mountain bike frame with lots of standover and a long tube, so in...
07-22-09, 12:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 796
Posted By riderx

As someone who rides both BB7 and hydraulics, go...

As someone who rides both BB7 and hydraulics, go with the BB7 for this application. For touring especially, you'll have easier access to parts on the road (cables) and you can run road levers - which...
07-16-09, 11:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,606
Posted By riderx

I don't really want to derail this thread, but I...

I don't really want to derail this thread, but I can't let this one go.

How many spokes? What kind of rims? Who built them? Because I can tell you, I've done more than ride over potholes with 700c...
07-16-09, 06:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,606
Posted By riderx

If you've got the parts sitting around, build it...

If you've got the parts sitting around, build it up and see if you like it. But realize an SS MTB is going to have a slacker head angle and your reach may be different depending on the size. You can...
07-16-09, 06:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 646
Posted By riderx

For the amount of mileage you are talking about...

For the amount of mileage you are talking about (20-30 a month is minimal), if you can find the proper gear ratio, a half-link will be fine. My wife's townie has been set up like that for months and...
06-26-09, 04:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,929
Posted By riderx

Medical tape. Comes in a bunch of widths and is a...

Medical tape. Comes in a bunch of widths and is a similar structure as rim tape. I use it all the time. Electrical tape can be used in a pinch on MTB wheels (use two passes), but the high pressure of...
06-26-09, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By riderx

Flip-flop hub and two chains with quick links....

Flip-flop hub and two chains with quick links. Or, dingle speed: 2 rings up front, 2 in the rear, use the same total number of teeth and you do not need to mess with the chain length.
06-26-09, 09:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,515
Posted By riderx

Good point about watching the chainline. Disc...

Good point about watching the chainline. Disc hubs are MTB hubs (135mm spacing) and the disc side is spaced the same as the freewheel side of a disc single speed hub. Chainline is right around 54mm...
06-26-09, 05:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,515
Posted By riderx

Not sure, happened during a mountain bike race...

Not sure, happened during a mountain bike race (http://singlespeedoutlaw.com/archives/archive-04202008-04262008.html). First I lost one tooth, then kept racing it. A few laps later the big chunk...
06-25-09, 08:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,515
Posted By riderx

I have many miles on traditional fixed cogs, bolt...

I have many miles on traditional fixed cogs, bolt on and Level set ups. If I could only have one it would be the bolt on, period. Tomi cog and London Fixed both make them, so obtaining them isn't...
06-10-09, 04:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 749
Posted By riderx

Funny, the last few years I've found FedEx Ground...

Funny, the last few years I've found FedEx Ground to be much cheaper than UPS when shipping a bike. Best bet is to box it up, take weights and measurements and then punch it into the online...
06-09-09, 01:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 749
Posted By riderx

I have. Southwest and Virgin America are the best...

I have. Southwest and Virgin America are the best going right now ($50 each way last time I flew). Always double check when booking and print out the info in case you have a problem.


Oversized,...
06-09-09, 12:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,745
Posted By riderx

Help me out: Why is this hub special? Just...

Help me out: Why is this hub special? Just because they swapped the spacers on a Phil front disc hub so it fits track spacing? I've been running the rear Phil Wood single speed disc hub as a fixed...
06-02-09, 06:47 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,828
Posted By riderx

If you are still thinking about moving to a...

If you are still thinking about moving to a Crosscheck, that would give you the option of using a disc hub and TomiCog (http://tomicog.blogspot.com/). This is by far the easiest way to swap gears in...
06-01-09, 09:17 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,828
Posted By riderx

Arkel XM28...

Arkel XM28 (http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/xm28/overview.asp?fl=&site=) with the rain cover (actually, the description for the new ones looks like this is integrated). I've been using them for...
05-14-09, 06:24 AM
Replies: 438
Views: 161,238
Posted By riderx

I recently updated my How To Build A Single Speed...

I recently updated my How To Build A Single Speed For Dummies (http://www.singlespeedoutlaw.com/main/articles/singlespeedhowto.shtml) article. It's a step by step guide, intended to be about as easy...
05-13-09, 07:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By riderx

You'll want to check your axle to crown height...

You'll want to check your axle to crown height and the fork rake to find something close to what you have or you might change the handling in a way that you won't like. First fork that comes to mind...
05-13-09, 07:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 636
Posted By riderx

KMC Rustbuster 410...

KMC Rustbuster 410 (http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=details&PageID=30&SKU=CH4080). Your local shop should be able to order one up. They run about $12 retail. I use them on my road fixed, MTB fixed...
05-11-09, 05:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,575
Posted By riderx

Sounds like you are going to be hooked! If you...

Sounds like you are going to be hooked! If you were already digging the single speed thing, stick with it. I stopped riding geared bikes in 2000 and the only thing I've missed is the added expense,...
05-10-09, 05:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By riderx

I'll second that. Great, no BS book to learn...

I'll second that. Great, no BS book to learn about wheelbuilding.
05-06-09, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,573
Posted By riderx

There's not one wheel size for everyone. Forget...

There's not one wheel size for everyone. Forget trying to strictly compare wheel size when you are talking about handling and performance, there are 26" bikes that are designed that don't handle the...
Forum: Northeast
05-06-09, 09:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,077
Posted By riderx

The Bicycle Escape...

The Bicycle Escape (http://www.thebicycleescape.com/) in Frederick is 30 minutes from you and will take care of you properly. Plan on being there for a while, they are meticulous and will do the...
Forum: Northeast
05-05-09, 08:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,658
Posted By riderx

Rout infor

I have a bunch of Frederick routes (http://www.bikely.com/listpaths/by/riderx) up on Bikely, many with plenty of climbing and cue sheets. We've got great riding out here.

For Patapsco hill riding,...
10-03-08, 04:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,287
Posted By riderx

The Katy trail is a rail trail which is basically...

The Katy trail is a rail trail which is basically flat. Get a SS or FG cyclocross bike, find a happy gear and enjoy.

Fatter tires (28s - 38s) are all you need to keep you happy on crushed...
10-02-08, 04:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 727
Posted By riderx

Fixed for snow and ice, hands down. You can see...

Fixed for snow and ice, hands down. You can see Duret and I argue about this in a blast from the past (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=266916&page=2). If you get a lot of ice, studded...
10-01-08, 07:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,476
Posted By riderx

Why would they change the geometry? Geometry...

Why would they change the geometry? Geometry isn't a fashion thing. BTW, they gave the downtube more clearance in 2007 for suspension forks that came out after the Monkey first hit the market.

...
09-23-08, 02:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,687
Posted By riderx

The Level hub/cog is good, but a bit different...

The Level hub/cog is good, but a bit different than the Tomi Cog which lets you use an existing disc hub to convert to a fixed gear. And if saving money on a wheel build is the name of the game (see...
09-23-08, 01:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,687
Posted By riderx

Chainline will be set up in the range of a MTB...

Chainline will be set up in the range of a MTB freewheel, around 52 - 54mm, will line up with most outside chainring positions on a MTB crank. Water bottle bolts or disc brake torx head bolts work...
09-04-08, 04:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 482
Posted By riderx

Step by step instructions...

Step by step instructions (http://www.singlespeedoutlaw.com/issue1/features.shtml#HowTo)
Forum: Northeast
09-03-08, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By riderx

You just missed a great one nearby...

You just missed a great one nearby (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=455486). Plenty of hills, dirt roads and trail. Sounds like something you would like. I put on some similar rides...
09-03-08, 06:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,794
Posted By riderx

Since you are looking at a Trek 69er I assume you...

Since you are looking at a Trek 69er I assume you are looking for MTBs. The Jones (http://www.jonesbikes.com/bike_design.html) titanium space frame and fork costs $5500 (US) before you hang parts on...
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