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07-08-07, 08:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 751
Posted By kandnhome

I wasn't aware the 08s were getting the M4 alloy...

I wasn't aware the 08s were getting the M4 alloy throughout the Rockhopper line. That's interesting if so. But as far as which you should get, the M4 will drop a few ounces off the frame (depending...
06-28-07, 12:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,228
Posted By kandnhome

I'm replying with this (potential) solution only...

I'm replying with this (potential) solution only because I too had a similar problem on a Rockhopper (2006 in my case). My problem was that my fit on the bike was all wrong. I had the stem that...
06-18-07, 11:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,376
Posted By kandnhome

If it is, it's a strong contender for the title...

If it is, it's a strong contender for the title of "stupidest thing ever written".

If not, it's comedic genius.

And yeah, what ^^^ they said. Magnetomometerizererfanglerdoohickeymabob.
06-18-07, 11:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,376
Posted By kandnhome

If it is, it's a strong contender for the title...

If it is, it's a strong contender for the title of "stupidest thing ever written".

If not, it's comedic genius.

And yeah, what ^^^ they said. Magnetomometerizerer
06-16-07, 01:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,773
Posted By kandnhome

The only thing you'd need to worry about going to...

The only thing you'd need to worry about going to a bigger Big Ring and a smaller Little Ring would be chain wrap. Make sure your derailer can handle the increase in chain length you get by taking...
06-12-07, 07:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 671
Posted By kandnhome

Don't go too slow either, at least at first --...

Don't go too slow either, at least at first -- easy to lose balance.

Yes, it's very easy to flip over backwards if you're too sudden with your pop-up. Once you get the feel for it it'll be easier...
06-11-07, 06:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By kandnhome

you may be able to convert them to friction,...

you may be able to convert them to friction, though, eliminating the problem altogether even if you want to go to 6 cogs in back.

My Exage downtube shifters have a washer in them, flip it one way,...
06-11-07, 04:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 671
Posted By kandnhome

Remember, it's not the "pull" up that gets you...

Remember, it's not the "pull" up that gets you high, it's the "push" down against the pedals. It's just like jumping, but on a bike. You can't pull yourself into the air, but you can push against...
06-11-07, 11:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 932
Posted By kandnhome

1. No, I couldn't -- at least if I wanted to...

1. No, I couldn't -- at least if I wanted to avoid similar ridicule. Which was the point.
2. No, I don't have any videos for you, because I do totally normal and occasionally stupid stuff. See...
06-11-07, 12:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 932
Posted By kandnhome

I suppose I should video tape and submit a 6+...

I suppose I should video tape and submit a 6+ minute segment of me doing something totally ordinary, and at times mildly stupid. I don't know how else to respond.
06-10-07, 07:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 421
Posted By kandnhome

The above are pretty much right on, but if it...

The above are pretty much right on, but if it really is your derailer, you probably can fix it with the barrel adjuster.

Just put your bike on a stand/upside down and pedal it while shifting. ...
06-10-07, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 337
Posted By kandnhome

Unless you have disc mounting tabs on the rear of...

Unless you have disc mounting tabs on the rear of the frame, it's unlikely you'll be able to mount discs back there. A new fork with disc mounts would make it possible up front, but back in the...
06-05-07, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 572
Posted By kandnhome

Sounds kind of like a crash I had a month or so...

Sounds kind of like a crash I had a month or so ago. Landed with my arm tucked under me and broke 3 ribs. Didn't hurt that day, or very much the next, but by day 3 I could barely move and breathing...
06-03-07, 04:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,917
Posted By kandnhome

unless heading toward a serious drop/fence/other...

unless heading toward a serious drop/fence/other obstacle that would be worse to hit than it would be to take a tumble. Then just let the bike go. You can fix your bike. Usually for less money,...
06-03-07, 11:01 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,917
Posted By kandnhome

Depends on how fast you're going when you bail,...

Depends on how fast you're going when you bail, or at least it does for me.

Low-speed tip-over kind of crashes (i.e. wedge a wheel between some rocks/roots or come to a sudden stop on top of a...
05-31-07, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By kandnhome

I recently bought a pair of Sette Rival II shoes...

I recently bought a pair of Sette Rival II shoes (very much like the Enduros, but more "street" appearing) and I use them for trail riding. I've spent 2-3 hours at a go in them several times already...
05-29-07, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 540
Posted By kandnhome

I would bear your children were I capable. ...

I would bear your children were I capable.

But yeah, you wanna have some fun, gather up a bunch of electronics from around your house and put them in the back of your truck on a sunny day, come...
05-29-07, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By kandnhome

yeah, you'd have to twist your bars 180 degrees...

yeah, you'd have to twist your bars 180 degrees to impale yourself with bar ends. Only have to twist them 90 to impale yourself with regular bars. If anything, the bar ends might reduce the...
05-29-07, 02:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 654
Posted By kandnhome

tire pressure is dependent on tire width, among...

tire pressure is dependent on tire width, among other things. A 2.3" tire inflated to the same PSI as a 2.0" tire would be considerably harder, for example. So we'd need to know that. Also, your...
05-29-07, 11:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,750
Posted By kandnhome

Profit is not outdated. However the days of...

Profit is not outdated. However the days of 30-50% margins are long gone. Check out the margins in most other businesses, and they'll run in the 3-5% range (especially in electronics, where they...
05-29-07, 11:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,750
Posted By kandnhome

If my shop sounded half like yours: great prices...

If my shop sounded half like yours: great prices (i.e. below retail) or knowledgeable and helpful (i.e. friendly, not elitist) sales/mechanical staff, I'd have no problem eating some cost over mail...
05-29-07, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 323
Posted By kandnhome

I also come from a BMX background. One thing I...

I also come from a BMX background. One thing I can tell you for sure is that if your mountain bike rides like a BMX bike, it'll really only be good for the same stuff as your BMX bike. It won't be...
05-28-07, 08:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,419
Posted By kandnhome

If your trails are boring due to lack of ruts,...

If your trails are boring due to lack of ruts, you need to find some better trails. The child-sized rocks and python-like roots that compose the surface of most of the trails around here are far...
05-28-07, 08:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,750
Posted By kandnhome

Wordbiker, and those concerned: I don't care how...

Wordbiker, and those concerned: I don't care how shops buy their parts; I assumed that since they are charging over MSRP they were paying close to it. If they are paying wholesale and charging even...
05-28-07, 10:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,750
Posted By kandnhome

While I don't doubt that you're fast at tube...

While I don't doubt that you're fast at tube changes, I highly doubt that 2:38 is your average. How many tire changes is that averaged over? How long have you been keeping track? If that really is...
05-28-07, 10:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,750
Posted By kandnhome

You must live in an actual big city. None of...

You must live in an actual big city.

None of the shops near me buy anything but bikes and tires in enough quantity to get them from wholesalers.

I mean, seriously, a WTB saddle is a special...
05-28-07, 10:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,362
Posted By kandnhome

This is a very good idea. Alternatively, you...

This is a very good idea.

Alternatively, you could do what I do: instead of light lubes like 3-in-1, pack the whole thing with axle grease (i use a high-pressure molybdenum grease) -- the dirt...
05-27-07, 03:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,750
Posted By kandnhome

I agree, unless it requires special/expensive...

I agree, unless it requires special/expensive tools (beyond a basic bike maintenance kit) or you're really not mechanically inclined, chances are it's going to take longer to take the bike down to...
05-25-07, 11:36 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,782
Posted By kandnhome

While agree with your paragraph, I must take...

While agree with your paragraph, I must take issue with your tagline. While BugsInMyTeeth may have implied he hoped it could be a panacea (i.e. a solution to the lack of rear suspension on a...
05-25-07, 11:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,732
Posted By kandnhome

Exactly my thoughts. If that doesn't work, then...

Exactly my thoughts. If that doesn't work, then you've got a problem.
05-25-07, 11:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 535
Posted By kandnhome

The irony in this comment is exquisite in it's...

The irony in this comment is exquisite in it's subtlety. +1 on that alone.

It so happens that I also agree with the comment's substance. Velomorphising (or cyclomorphising, if you prefer) humans...
05-25-07, 10:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 737
Posted By kandnhome

I just have one last tidbit to add to the above...

I just have one last tidbit to add to the above (very good) advice. Check your local (i.e. municipal) traffic regulations about bikes. Here in Little Rock, all bikes that travel on the road are...
05-25-07, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 501
Posted By kandnhome

But only if it's a jellyfish, or has been stung...

But only if it's a jellyfish, or has been stung by one.
05-24-07, 10:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,214
Posted By kandnhome

I have no direct experience with Treks other than...

I have no direct experience with Treks other than test riding a few while looking for my own bike. I didn't like them much, but it was a "feel" issue, nothing else.

As for being a big guy, if...
05-24-07, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By kandnhome

Mine did too until I went over the bars on a nice...

Mine did too until I went over the bars on a nice little set of jumps, landed on my shoulder and rolled onto my back, and crushed my phone. But I guess them's the price you pay for being a mtb'er.
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05-24-07, 01:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 501
Posted By kandnhome

I never understood not spraying a bike with a...

I never understood not spraying a bike with a hose. Sure, don't spray the fork seals, hubs and bb, and it's pretty much pointless to spray the drivetrain unless it's covered in mud, but otherwise,...
05-24-07, 12:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By kandnhome

I totally agree. I'm something of an anti-snob...

I totally agree. I'm something of an anti-snob when it comes to cycling gear. I've bought some of the expensive stuff, and some of the cheap stuff, and unless you're lighting your gold-plated...
05-21-07, 04:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By kandnhome

Nice little video -- btw are the artifacts from...

Nice little video -- btw are the artifacts from compression, or are they native? Not bad for $150, either way.

And are you secretly Norm McDonald? Because you sound just like him :D
05-21-07, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 514
Posted By kandnhome

I've had to wear those basic masks (the white...

I've had to wear those basic masks (the white fiber ones) for quite a bit of work around sawdust and they get sweaty and hot really fast. You can breathe OK, not like it's unrestricted, but OK. I...
05-20-07, 06:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,503
Posted By kandnhome

Admittedly, I have no experience with Campagnolo...

Admittedly, I have no experience with Campagnolo products, but I've never seen a bike wheel with an odd number of spokes. Are you sure you counted right? Try starting at the valve stem and counting...
05-20-07, 09:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,135
Posted By kandnhome

Water or air? For me, number one is not...

Water or air? For me, number one is not suffocating. However, I do a lot of drinking when I'm thirsty.
05-20-07, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 503
Posted By kandnhome

Or go to wal-mart (or similar) and buy some...

Or go to wal-mart (or similar) and buy some velcro strips from the craft section, and make your own Zefal-alike. But the hose clamps will be easier to make permanent.
05-19-07, 11:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,140
Posted By kandnhome

The seats look like a neat idea, but I'd be...

The seats look like a neat idea, but I'd be careful about putting much stock a site that claims to have solved the "prostrate" problem of conventional saddles with its' products.

I've found that...
05-19-07, 06:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,109
Posted By kandnhome

Torture. Not a bad deal on the build-up,...

Torture.

Not a bad deal on the build-up, imo. That frame is probably better than most Treks in your price range, and the rest of it is pretty much stock Trek bits (why bontrager for so much,...
05-18-07, 02:15 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,235
Posted By kandnhome

Specialized -- black (it's stealth-fast) ...

Specialized -- black (it's stealth-fast)
Bianchi -- black and red (currently ss)
Giant -- silver (it's comfy)
Univega -- pearl white (vintage fast)
05-18-07, 02:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Posted By kandnhome

I'm not nearly as big as you at only 6'2" 230lb,...

I'm not nearly as big as you at only 6'2" 230lb, but I'd agree with the 29er mentioned above as a good idea. Bigger wheels = more proportional fit to a bigger bike, or so the theory goes.

I also...
05-18-07, 12:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,782
Posted By kandnhome

Totally agree. If your saddle is comfortable...

Totally agree. If your saddle is comfortable when you first sit on it, either it's because your ass has calluses or it's an "easy chair" -- and easy chair saddles get more uncomfortable the longer...
05-18-07, 12:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 496
Posted By kandnhome

Man, if I could climb with no movement below the...

Man, if I could climb with no movement below the hips, I'd be king of every mountain!

But seriously, you might try lightly greasing your seatpost too. It's hard to hear exactly where creaks are...
05-18-07, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By kandnhome

Exactly. Compresses to fit perfectly, and if...

Exactly. Compresses to fit perfectly, and if applied to a clean frame, will not mar the finish.
05-18-07, 12:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,437
Posted By kandnhome

While I'd agree sanding is probably not the best...

While I'd agree sanding is probably not the best idea, taking 0.2mm off the inside of the clamp (0.4mm off the diameter) is probably not going to weaken it much, if at all. That's the sort of thing...
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