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01-15-21, 11:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,331
Posted By Synack42

I love the way they shipped my fork...

I mean really... They couldn't find a box so the just shoved it through one side; Totally looks intentional, wouldn't have fit in that box otherwise.

*Luckily, super cheap fork for a cruiser,...
11-01-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,434
Posted By Synack42

I suppose an intact lock on a bike pic wouldn't...

I suppose an intact lock on a bike pic wouldn't set off any alarms for me. Spray paint definitely does though. I've seen this one on my local FB listings lately... If it was the original owner...
10-17-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,295
Posted By Synack42

Heh, relevant for that particular Walmart bike......

Heh, relevant for that particular Walmart bike...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A6bKUCcDW0
07-02-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 712
Posted By Synack42

If you're just looking for a cheap solution and...

If you're just looking for a cheap solution and don't care about indexed shifting...go retro with friction shifters: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007QMJH86/

They're totally my go-to for any budget...
07-02-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 398
Posted By Synack42

Another salvaged curbside find

Was on my daily workout route the other day and saw an early 90's steel frame upside down in a subdivision yard. (I'm a sucker for 26er bikes... My main workhorse is a frame up 26er build with rigid...
03-26-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 761
Posted By Synack42

Yes and no. Sounds like they're more than...

Yes and no. Sounds like they're more than available if needed. (Metro Detroit area here)
03-11-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 78,216
Posted By Synack42

Eh, to each their own... I can see the appeal,...

Eh, to each their own... I can see the appeal, it's essentially a DIY ebike for someone who enjoys wrenching on motors. Would probably be a lot of fun on country roads -- away from traffic and...
03-10-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 505
Posted By Synack42

Thanks everyone. Figures when I went to actually...

Thanks everyone. Figures when I went to actually buy them last night the XT wheelset just up and vanished from the seller's site... Not out of stock, just gone...

Ended up going with a Deore...
03-09-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 505
Posted By Synack42

Shimano Deore or XT Hubs...

Debating between two 26" wheelsets... Identical rims/spoke count... One set uses a Deore hub (FH-M525A) and the other is an XT (FH-M756).

Basically a lot of gravel and pavement riding, usually...
02-13-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 839
Posted By Synack42

I'm a fan of his channel, he really does give the...

I'm a fan of his channel, he really does give the Walmart bikes a fair shot when reviewing.

(I guess I'm personally a bit BSO biased, ex-clyde here who got his start on a $20 Magna from...
01-02-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,041
Posted By Synack42

Nice, I'm in the metro Detroit area and didn't...

Nice, I'm in the metro Detroit area and didn't even know about that one. Looking at it now you could even mix it up, leave from Comstock Park and change rail trails around the halfway point in Reed...
12-31-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,472
Posted By Synack42

It is really 2000; I do honestly lube chains...

It is really 2000; I do honestly lube chains regularly. I can believe it in the case of this dumpster find though. It was originally just a frame and fork when I picked it up. All of the parts aside...
12-30-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,472
Posted By Synack42

microSHIFT Mezzo RD-R45L - First Impressions

Just thought I'd share in case anyone down the road is thinking about this particular rear derailleur. I saw it mentioned in an old video on Seth's Bike Hacks and figured I'd give it a shot.

I...
12-30-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,501
Posted By Synack42

I personally use a combination of Google Fit,...

I personally use a combination of Google Fit, Wahoo App, Strava and LoseIt. They all manage to mesh together very well surprisingly... Actual rides logged via Wahoo app, uploads to Strava,...
12-30-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,113
Posted By Synack42

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'm definitely...

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'm definitely going to try and switch it up and try to maintain the current speed at a higher RPM. I want to tackle some longer rides, definitely a century, and...
12-27-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 2,585
Views: 351,719
Posted By Synack42

Totally agree, it's all about keeping a caloric...

Totally agree, it's all about keeping a caloric deficit. Riding regularly also helps drastically and makes you feel much better about the occasional cheat day.

330+ to 180 lbs in one year -- just...
12-27-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,113
Posted By Synack42

Cadence too low?

So I've been experimenting with some Christmas presents: HR strap, cadence and speed sensors.

I'm not a competitive rider and the only group rides I've participated in are casual charity rides. I...
12-16-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,627
Posted By Synack42

I'm late to the thread but I'm in the ride what...

I'm late to the thread but I'm in the ride what you have camp as well. When I started riding I was over 300 lbs on old, used BSOs. (super low quality 26'ers, threaded freewheels, single wall rims...)...
12-16-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,255
Posted By Synack42

Totally personal preference, but I prefer just...

Totally personal preference, but I prefer just normal moisture wicking/athletic t-shirts myself. (Along with skateboard shorts, athletic boxer briefs and flat soled shoes.)

...Really, it probably...
11-25-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,038
Posted By Synack42

Bikes Direct seems a bit controversial here, but...

Bikes Direct seems a bit controversial here, but I've been eyeing this category on their site for a while...

Prices ascending:...
10-30-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By Synack42

Well, I can definitely see changes to the heatmap...

Well, I can definitely see changes to the heatmap in my area from this year. My daily workout routine is pretty visible, including variations made due to road construction this summer. (There are a...
10-21-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,223
Posted By Synack42

No experience with Carver, however I recently...

No experience with Carver, however I recently built a rigid 26er using a Sunlite fork: https://www.modernbike.com/sunlite-rigid-mtb-fork-26-black

Super inexpensive and I have no complaints so...
10-17-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,787
Posted By Synack42

Yea, definitely cheaper to buy one complete. I...

Yea, definitely cheaper to buy one complete. I did a frame up build last time though on a BD frame, just for the fun of it.

https://i.imgur.com/EgzD2Zeh.jpg
10-15-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,447
Posted By Synack42

Well, this is a niche/boutique example... But...

Well, this is a niche/boutique example... But Detroit Bikes (local to me) makes a special police only model that I totally would love to have solely based on looks...
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10-15-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,385
Posted By Synack42

I'm a huge fan of these Sunrace friction shifters...

I'm a huge fan of these Sunrace friction shifters for refurbishing old bikes. I've used them on a couple drop to flat bar conversions as well. They work with everything and they're cheap.
...
10-15-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,266
Posted By Synack42

I personally have three 26ers in rotation: an...

I personally have three 26ers in rotation: an older hardtail MTB with knobbies for singletrack (which doesn't get used nearly enough), another hardtail with more street friendly tread and less trail...
10-02-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By Synack42

Quick detach saddle bag suggestions?

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a quick detach saddle bag that clamps onto the saddle rails? I've been using a Bell branded bag and the Velcro strap has been pretty horrible. I ended up...
09-30-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,703
Posted By Synack42

Don't know what I think about the pulsing, I'd...

Don't know what I think about the pulsing, I'd probably find it annoying unless there is sufficient ambient light. I do like the downtube lightstrip though -- I guess it's not very practical being...
09-30-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,934
Posted By Synack42

Thanks! Good eye, it's an old Ross Gran...

Thanks! Good eye, it's an old Ross Gran Eurosport. The canti brake levers in the pic were a steal -- $4 brand new on Amazon at the time. As for the shifters, they are Sunrace SLM10's. I put those on...
09-24-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,934
Posted By Synack42

Nice -- the plateaus definitely drove me nuts...

Nice -- the plateaus definitely drove me nuts quite a few times during the past year.

As for the gravel bike -- I've been seriously tempted to convert my 27 to 700C and try to fit some slightly...
09-23-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,934
Posted By Synack42

Congrats on the weight loss. Cutting out the...

Congrats on the weight loss. Cutting out the sugar like that was huge for me in the beginning. I just got down to 180 myself; I might try to drop a couple more pounds and start to figure out what my...
09-16-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,503
Posted By Synack42

I guess I'm still curious as well. I could...

I guess I'm still curious as well. I could totally understand an old chain that is out of spec wearing down the cogs and not skipping, then after installing new chain it no longer "meshes" and...
09-15-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,503
Posted By Synack42

Sorry about the long hiatus, took me a while to...

Sorry about the long hiatus, took me a while to get around to looking at this again. I ended up swapping the wheelset from my daily driver, no change... Swapped out for another used rear derailleur I...
09-06-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,503
Posted By Synack42

Does this cassette look too far gone?

I recently installed this used wheelset on a project bike. I've noticed that I get quite a bit of chain skip when pedaling under heavy load, like in strong headwind or especially from a stop. ...
09-04-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,419
Posted By Synack42

...and now I'm adding to the ever expanding bike...

...and now I'm adding to the ever expanding bike wish list on amazon... :)

(Attempting to justify in conversation... But they're alloy, and they match my headset!!! :lol:)
09-04-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,419
Posted By Synack42

I just did a retro-esque 26" MTB build and picked...

I just did a retro-esque 26" MTB build and picked up some "Giant Pro Alloy MTB Pedals" from a LBS last minute. I'm very happy with them so far. Super smooth bearings...
...
09-01-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,661
Posted By Synack42

Thanks! I took it out on an 18 mile ride...

Thanks! I took it out on an 18 mile ride yesterday, pretty much my normal exercise route. Almost all pavement, a brief sidewalk stretch that can double as a pump track (avoids a five lane traffic...
08-30-19, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,661
Posted By Synack42

I built a rigid 26er... for giggles...

So I got into cycling earlier last year as a way to lose weight and keep calories in check. Started off with a cheap Magna from Craigslist, was fixing it constantly (but actually enjoying the whole...
08-28-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 494
Posted By Synack42

Well, that'd explain my allen key confusion. ;-)...

Well, that'd explain my allen key confusion. ;-)

I realize this is pretty low end... Probably considered disposable/non-serviceable? Think just flushing it with WD and following up with chain...
08-28-19, 05:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 494
Posted By Synack42

Dumb SRAM RD maintenance question...

Just curious if anyone has ever serviced the jockey wheels on an old SRAM 3.0 8 speed rear derailleur. The top pulley on mine is a bit gritty and I'd like to clean and re-grease. I'm feeling a bit...
08-15-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,273
Posted By Synack42

Another vote here for a Topeak Joe Blow. Love...

Another vote here for a Topeak Joe Blow. Love mine, I honestly never even bother firing up my compressor. The hand pump is faster, quiet and has a gauge.
08-15-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,324
Posted By Synack42

Heh, since there is so much interest in elevation...

Heh, since there is so much interest in elevation here... I pulled up the rides from all four riders that posted it. All of them report different elevation changes (though the GPS route is...
08-14-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,324
Posted By Synack42

Not to completely derail this thread, but I...

Not to completely derail this thread, but I dusted off my vintage 27 1/4" steel rim/frame 10 speed franken-hybrid monstrosity... :lol: Apparently I am faster on a road bike... Maybe I can hang with...
08-14-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,324
Posted By Synack42

I can believe it. They were following the water...

I can believe it. They were following the water for the most part and everything in between is nothing but farms. Really, this part of the state is ridiculously flat. (It's a very scenic area at...
08-14-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,324
Posted By Synack42

:lol: That'd be the metro Detroit area. The...

:lol: That'd be the metro Detroit area. The entire lower peninsula of Michigan is pretty flat -- Let's just say if I ever encountered real hills I'd be totally unprepared!
08-14-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,324
Posted By Synack42

Well, if anyone is curious -- They ended up...

Well, if anyone is curious -- They ended up uploading their ride on Strava as well. Was pretty obvious to figure out with the flyby feature.

"You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you...
08-13-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,324
Posted By Synack42

...I do have a couple of blacked out jerseys...

...I do have a couple of blacked out jerseys myself. Maybe I should start wearing them more often to blend in -- my flats would probably give me away though. :)
08-13-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,324
Posted By Synack42

Different jerseys. Though I don't want to mess...

Different jerseys. Though I don't want to mess with them if they are a team and training either.
08-13-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,324
Posted By Synack42

Asking to join a ride in progress?

This might be an odd question, but would it be rude to ask to join a smaller group ride while they are already moving?

I'm more of a "lone wolf" cyclist, but I ride 15 miles daily and can do so in...
07-23-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,934
Posted By Synack42

Congrats on your weight loss; Yes, the plateaus...

Congrats on your weight loss; Yes, the plateaus are extremely frustrating. Honestly I ran into quite a few along the way. I never really dug too deep into it, I'm assuming it could be chalked up to...
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