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07-12-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

That's the liberating part about being a Dirty...

That's the liberating part about being a Dirty Heathen; No orthodoxy to subscribe to.



My steel road bike IS my carbon bike :D Better?
...
07-08-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Besides the obvious issue of riding a damp clay singletrack on 32mm slicks, what else is wrong with this bike?
Let’s see; flat pedals, downtube friction shifters, and who the heck still uses a...
07-06-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,570
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ve heard hair shirts get really itchy when they...

I’ve heard hair shirts get really itchy when they get wet, too. Care to elaborate?

Seriously; it’s a tool. It only works if you know how to use it, and then only if you actually do. (use it)
07-06-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,666
Posted By Ironfish653

“they, They, THEY!!!!” Omg, guys, loosen up the...

“they, They, THEY!!!!” Omg, guys, loosen up the tinfoil. No big conspiracy.

25.4 (not 26.0, unless you’re French) was the clamp size when bikes were based around the 1” threaded headsets.
...
06-30-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,570
Posted By Ironfish653

I would have to agree with you. I ride both flats...

I would have to agree with you. I ride both flats and clipless, depending on the bike, and the ‘mission’.
None of the assortment of injuries and battle damage I’ve picked up through the years have...
06-30-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,570
Posted By Ironfish653

Makes sense, you spent the majority of your ride...

Makes sense, you spent the majority of your ride starting from a stop, so to prevent clip-in incidents, don’t use clipless pedals.

Much like another thread where’s the rider is debating...
06-30-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,570
Posted By Ironfish653

Are we doing this again? Seems like every...

Are we doing this again?

Seems like every few months somebody discovers a ‘ Hidden Truth’ about clipless pedals to confirm their preference for flats, and the rest of us are either industry dupes,...
06-30-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By Ironfish653

Most likely it’s just their 6061, the only things...

Most likely it’s just their 6061, the only things that would make it ‘custom’ would be OD, wall thickness and butting, just like steel tubes.

More important, what do the welds look like? A nice,...
06-28-20, 01:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,086
Posted By Ironfish653

Like any other suspension system, it needs to be...

Like any other suspension system, it needs to be set up properly.

Designs like the Thud and the Kinect have adjustable springs, so that you can dial in the spring rate. Ideally you want to only...
06-27-20, 11:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,086
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t think the Rinsten spring has any...

I don’t think the Rinsten spring has any performance benefits, and it’s major comfort benefit seems to be low cost, compared to something like a Thudbuster.

I also think that the spring can...
06-27-20, 02:22 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,899
Posted By Ironfish653

The rabbit holes of minutiae that this forum will...

The rabbit holes of minutiae that this forum will go down.............

Cost and Weight.

Lighter weight bikes are typically preferred, as they’re easier and more efficient to ride.

Light...
06-18-20, 02:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By Ironfish653

Since you’re getting the 2” hitch, I’d strongly...

Since you’re getting the 2” hitch, I’d strongly recommend looking in to one of the tray-type racks, rather than a hanger style. It’s a lot easier to get the bikes on and off, and it accommodates...
06-06-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 376
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 on the hitch rack. Unless you’re only going...

+1 on the hitch rack. Unless you’re only going to use it once or twice a year, and just across town; 4 bikes is a big ask for a strap-down trunk rack. I find that kids’ bikes, especially 20”,...
06-01-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 895
Posted By Ironfish653

There were a lot of little things done to make...

There were a lot of little things done to make indexed shifting work well, like ramped cogs and beveled/ flared chain plates, that really improve friction shifting, too.

Possibly one of the best...
05-31-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 514
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t think you’ll need to replace a whole lot...

I don’t think you’ll need to replace a whole lot of parts; the front wheel will probably need to be trued; a shop should be able to do that for a nominal fee. Having nice, true wheels will make it...
05-31-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,335
Posted By Ironfish653

I actually prefer a high-volume tire, like...

I actually prefer a high-volume tire, like 1.95-2.1” on my commuter bike, especially since that kind of riding typically involves lots of surface transitions. Based on RWGPS data, my primary...
05-30-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 288
Posted By Ironfish653

One way to upgrade older bikes like yours, on a...

One way to upgrade older bikes like yours, on a budget is to look for a donor bike that has the kind of components you want, and swap it over to your 'project' bike. Mid-2000's 9-speed road bikes...
05-27-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,955
Posted By Ironfish653

Weak sauce, rookie! :lol: ...

Weak sauce, rookie! :lol:

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/99084772_3175229012534677_5847245013091614720_o_292e2a3344929698eae373af4c61678ca6501f02.jpg
Credit: D...
05-24-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 6,715
Posted By Ironfish653

I did. Typical bike owners are most people...

I did.

Typical bike owners are most people who own a bike.
The typical REI bike customer is an outdoor enthusiast who also likes to ride bikes. They most likely only have one bike, (maybe two)...
05-23-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 999
Posted By Ironfish653

Typical Guideline is that the kiddo be big enough...

Typical Guideline is that the kiddo be big enough to hold their head up steadily, about 10 mos -1 yr depending. There are extra neck-bolster pads you can get, and Chariot (Thule) makes a...
05-12-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,025
Posted By Ironfish653

The tire will get ‘taller’ as the size gets...

The tire will get ‘taller’ as the size gets bigger, generally ​​​​​​ by the same amount it gets wider. How much exactly depends on the make and model of the tire, and the specific rim you’re mounting...
05-09-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Ironfish653

Helderberg One thing to keep in mind is that...

Helderberg One thing to keep in mind is that BikeForums is very road bike-centric, and the knowledge base tends to skew that way. No offense to any, but that’s how it is.

In the MTB arena,...
05-06-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By Ironfish653

It’s probably one of the ‘Trade-in’ frames. In...

It’s probably one of the ‘Trade-in’ frames. In 1996-1997, Cannondale had a frame trade-in program, where you brought in your old frame for a substantial discount on a new Cannondale CAAD-3 frame,...
05-06-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By Ironfish653

Yep, that’ll do.

Yep, that’ll do.
05-06-20, 05:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By Ironfish653

The KMC Z-51 chain is my go-to for 70’s-80’s...

The KMC Z-51 chain is my go-to for 70’s-80’s bikes. It’s especially good at making the mix-&-match drivetrains you tend to find on old used bikes play nicely.

It might be the right size for the...
05-04-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 408
Views: 12,916
Posted By Ironfish653

If it’s a solo road ride, like a commute, or just...

If it’s a solo road ride, like a commute, or just getting some miles in, I’ll often have music. Picking songs with the right tempos can also help you hold a particular pace or cadence.
When I do,...
05-03-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 445
Posted By Ironfish653

[/QUOTE] Most gear inch calculators also...

[/QUOTE]

Most gear inch calculators also take into account wheel and tire size, so it can be used to compare equivalent ‘gears’ between bikes, especially if you have different size wheels, like a...
05-02-20, 02:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By Ironfish653

As long as the 9-sp chain rides correctly on the...

As long as the 9-sp chain rides correctly on the RD jockey wheels, you should be good.
04-28-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 703
Posted By Ironfish653

Most of the metal parts; frame, shifters wheels,...

Most of the metal parts; frame, shifters wheels, etc. should be good to go with a good cleaning and re-lubrication or greasing. Even a frozen stiff chain can be rehabilitated by a spending a couple...
04-11-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,947
Posted By Ironfish653

How about No. I don't really have the time...

How about No.
I don't really have the time (Ok, I do, but I don't feel the need to) to get into the weeds about the lab test values of the waterproof ability of a jacket. I don't wear my jacket...
04-11-20, 12:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By Ironfish653

Here's my 1976 'Super Light' before and after,...

Here's my 1976 'Super Light' before and after, just to compare.

http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w367/Ironfish653/Mobile%20Uploads/IMAG0524_zpsa3c5j8ii.jpg...
04-10-20, 11:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By Ironfish653

justcynn You've got what appears to be a 1972...

justcynn You've got what appears to be a 1972 'Super Speed' It's the steel-tubed entry model of Bridgestone's 'Techniart' bikes. The 'Diecast Frame' sticker gives it away. dddd Those aren't exatly...
04-10-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,947
Posted By Ironfish653

Hey, I like good gear, and good deals as much as...

Hey, I like good gear, and good deals as much as the next guy. More, maybe, since a lot of my stuff has to meet very specific requirements that the vast majority of people haven't ever thought of,...
04-10-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 405
Posted By Ironfish653

Yep, it's a pretty common practice. I've done it...

Yep, it's a pretty common practice. I've done it to all of my bikes for at least 25 years. It makes the cable routing more like a lower-case 'r' than a '?' especially on MTB / flat-bar bikes, where...
04-10-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 1,478
Views: 114,402
Posted By Ironfish653

Spotted in the Wild: There's a lot going on...

Spotted in the Wild:

There's a lot going on here......
04-09-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,947
Posted By Ironfish653

I like your idea of severe weather gear. It's...

I like your idea of severe weather gear. It's cute.

Seriously, though. HH is like NorthFace. They do make some Professional level equipment, but most of their 'civilian' line, while it's nice...
04-07-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 572
Posted By Ironfish653

Tires, pedals and Saddle are some of the most...

Tires, pedals and Saddle are some of the most personal changes you can make to a bike, They all make a difference you can feel, and what works for one person, won't necessarily work for another....
04-06-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 1,478
Views: 114,402
Posted By Ironfish653

Thanks to VintageTTfan for a great thread. I...

Thanks to VintageTTfan for a great thread. I check in every few days for my dose of eye candy.
This thread has got me itching to build a way-out TT bike, which is about the most useless thing i...
03-20-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,650
Posted By Ironfish653

I like the plastic-bodied BMX pedals like the...

I like the plastic-bodied BMX pedals like the Animal 'Hamilton' or Odyssey 'Twisted'
Light-ish, decent grip, and serviceable bearings. You can find them all day long for $20, sometimes as low as...
03-20-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,020
Posted By Ironfish653

Is this a bike that’s going to live outside on a...

Is this a bike that’s going to live outside on a bike rack, or just for those times that it’s out of your sight?

The ball-bearing trick is pretty effective. I suppose you could use low-temp solder...
03-14-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 8,288
Posted By Ironfish653

Because the OP is convinced that SPDs are way too...

Because the OP is convinced that SPDs are way too expensive, offer no advantages over toe clips, and are actually a safety hazard, based on ‘what he’s read’ as compared to his $3 toe-clip ‘hack’
...
03-12-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,500
Posted By Ironfish653

Pretty much this ^^^ All this talk “swap in...

Pretty much this ^^^

All this talk “swap in a rigid fork” and “get puncture resistant tires”. Doesn’t have squat to do with whether the kiddo will want to ride it.

If if he wants shocks and...
03-11-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By Ironfish653

LoL, true, but this is C&V, after all. I’ve...

LoL, true, but this is C&V, after all.

I’ve got a couple more ‘sensible’ road bikes in the stable, so I was looking to get a little OTT with this one, hence the Spin’s.
03-11-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 8,288
Posted By Ironfish653

BMX pedals. Seriously, if you’ve never...

BMX pedals.

Seriously, if you’ve never ridden a bike before, BMX flats. If you want an inexpensive upgrade from the generic plastic pedals that come on most bikes, that’s the way to go.

If...
03-08-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 8,394
Posted By Ironfish653

Please, go here: Biketiresdirect.com >700c...

Please, go here: Biketiresdirect.com >700c City/Touring tires (https://www.biketiresdirect.com/search/city-touring-tires?st=1&cat=to&fltr=3767+18271&brnd=&fcat=cto&dcnt=52) There are pictures,...
03-04-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,004
Posted By Ironfish653

Another +1 to the CR18. There's a reason they've...

Another +1 to the CR18. There's a reason they've been around as long as they have.

WRT the 126mm / 130mm OLD debate, It might not be as much as you think. Cannondale was known to use the same...
03-03-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 775
Posted By Ironfish653

Gravel bike is a genre of drop-bar 'road' bike. ...

Gravel bike is a genre of drop-bar 'road' bike. Think a road bike on top, mountianbike (sort of) on the bottom. Looks like a 'normal' road bike, but usually has 40-50mm tires, with lots of...
03-02-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By Ironfish653

Yeah, you might be able to use some of the parts...

Yeah, you might be able to use some of the parts from the NEKO on the Verve, llike the shifters, DRs and wheels (but not the brakes) The same parts, particularly the wheels from the Verve won't fit...
03-01-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,725
Posted By Ironfish653

Waterbottle mounts on a Track frame? That does...

Waterbottle mounts on a Track frame? That does seem useless.......:foo:
03-01-20, 01:31 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,583
Posted By Ironfish653

I agree with the right for you to express your...

I agree with the right for you to express your opinion re: Toe Clips, and, yes, they are much cheaper, though the OP was asking about cycling specific shoes, most of which are clipless compatible,...
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