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03-28-11, 03:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,922
Posted By BearSquirrel

I use the Topeak on my road bike and I'm pretty...

I use the Topeak on my road bike and I'm pretty happy with it.
02-06-11, 06:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,152
Posted By BearSquirrel

North Face has some excellent options in their...

North Face has some excellent options in their Active Line for affordable prices plus their cuts tend to be long enough to fit tall folks in their normal sizes. Hard Mountain Gear also has similar...
02-03-11, 10:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By BearSquirrel

Are you suggesting that the capability to pick...

Are you suggesting that the capability to pick your line has nothing to do with being a good cyclist? Or conversely are you suggesting that a good suspension system makes one a better rider?

A...
02-03-11, 09:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 860
Posted By BearSquirrel

Oh sorry . BLEAHHH . SCREEE .... BWAAAAA ...

Oh sorry . BLEAHHH . SCREEE .... BWAAAAA

I've always been in the "throw it in the refrigerator and forget it" camp. When I do clean, I just go through a LOT of wrinse cyles and fill it with...
02-02-11, 06:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 435
Posted By BearSquirrel

Kahtoola pull on spikes

http://www.amazon.com/Kahtoola-MICROspikes-Traction-System-Black/dp/B002NBLAS0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1296691258&sr=8-7

Anyone have any experience using these in conjunction with clipless pedals. ...
01-30-11, 08:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By BearSquirrel

Sounds like you had a bike with a higher bottom...

Sounds like you had a bike with a higher bottom bracket. That has nothing to do with a 29er. Maybe there is one out there you would like and plenty of 26ers with higher bottom brackets.
01-30-11, 07:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By BearSquirrel

This is an argument that is technically true but...

This is an argument that is technically true but practically nonsense. I can spin up the front wheel of my 29er to 10mph with a single flick of my finger. Mind you, I run giant tires and Rhynolite...
01-30-11, 07:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 860
Posted By BearSquirrel

Just picked up a new antidote bladder. The new...

Just picked up a new antidote bladder. The new fill port opens and closes easily. The best new feature is the quick disconnect tube. It makes filling WAY easier as you no longer have to rethread...
01-16-11, 10:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,776
Posted By BearSquirrel

Something in between the Dinottes and the...

Something in between the Dinottes and the Superflash would be a PDW Radbot 1000 or a Blackburn Mars 4.0.
01-16-11, 09:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 780
Posted By BearSquirrel

Being partial to SRAM (especially in sloppy...

Being partial to SRAM (especially in sloppy conditions), I believe that the Mukluk is actually a superior build.

The Mukluk also comes with Twist Shifts which are probably a better choice for...
10-23-10, 06:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,735
Posted By BearSquirrel

Longer term report ...

Longer term, I'm disappointed by the Rox 9.0. I really wished I had gone for the Garmin 305.

On the hardware side, the battery life IS excellent. However, I plug the Rox into my computer so...
07-26-10, 04:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 925
Posted By BearSquirrel

Have you considered the possibility that I might...

Have you considered the possibility that I might be a powerlifter? At my thinnest (8% body fat) I was 230#. I've seen much smaller folks produce similar results. It's their product design and...
07-22-10, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,323
Posted By BearSquirrel

Though, as I recall it came with the appropriate...

Though, as I recall it came with the appropriate sized pin spanner for battery removal.
07-18-10, 11:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,323
Posted By BearSquirrel

Buy a pin spanner from Sears. This will also...

Buy a pin spanner from Sears. This will also come in handy if you have to lube a pump.
07-16-10, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By BearSquirrel

A word of warning, the stock build on that bike...

A word of warning, the stock build on that bike isn't that great. The Andel triple crank with granny removed has a LOUSY chainline. The brakes start giving you problems after a while and the...
07-06-10, 11:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,236
Posted By BearSquirrel

Bugs: 1) Importing data from Data Center...

Bugs:

1) Importing data from Data Center 1.1b takes forever!!! ON mine, they did not finish.
2) GIANT discrepencies between logs and trip mileage values makes me think that metric/English...
05-25-10, 02:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 925
Posted By BearSquirrel

Well, that's the thing about anecdotal evidence. ...

Well, that's the thing about anecdotal evidence. You have to investigate the circumstances. There seems to be a class for whom Egg Beaters work great. From what I gather they are IN GENERAL:

1)...
05-17-10, 05:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 925
Posted By BearSquirrel

Here is my experience among many with Crank...

Here is my experience among many with Crank Brothers. A pair of Acids seized and twisted off it's own end cap from pedaling after only 6 months of use ON THE ROAD. Crank Brothers' line was that I...
05-15-10, 08:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 925
Posted By BearSquirrel

I think it would be unethical to resell that...

I think it would be unethical to resell that garbage in my opinion.
05-15-10, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By BearSquirrel

I believe there are cleat covers available.

I believe there are cleat covers available.
05-14-10, 09:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,083
Posted By BearSquirrel

It does depend on where you ride and your...

It does depend on where you ride and your particular determination to avoid cross chaining. However, most folks get by fine with one ring for ... almost everything.

Think of the rings as...
05-14-10, 09:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,083
Posted By BearSquirrel

It's not that easy. However ... in general ... ...

It's not that easy. However ... in general ...

1) Long shallow climbs: Gear down a couple of gears and try to spin it out. As soon as you start to feel the gearing creep up on you, downshift...
05-06-10, 09:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,236
Posted By BearSquirrel

I was climbing a hill the other day when my...

I was climbing a hill the other day when my computer went to zero. Then it mysteriously started working about with no additional intervention. I suspect the power lines near the road.

When I...
04-27-10, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By BearSquirrel

Imba

If you don't want to spend all your free time FIXING your trail, buy a copy of IMBA's Trail Solutions. Read it carefully, follow it's guidelines.

Check the IMBA trailbuilding school schedule :...
04-26-10, 09:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 483
Posted By BearSquirrel

Yep, to begin with GPS doesn't measure elevation...

Yep, to begin with GPS doesn't measure elevation accurately. Yes, if the weather changes, you're readings will be off. So ... You just have to live with the inaccuracy.
04-21-10, 11:16 AM
04-12-10, 04:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By BearSquirrel

Tire design changes over the years. The once...

Tire design changes over the years. The once venerable Fire XC is now not so popular as two trends have emerged:

1) Wide spaced blocks for mud clearing.
2) Short blocks for low rolling...
04-08-10, 08:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 846
Posted By BearSquirrel

Careful, the dirty little secret of Lion...

Careful, the dirty little secret of Lion batteries is that they degrade at a greater rate than other batteries. Basically at room temperature and full charge the battery loses charge capacity (about...
04-08-10, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 846
Posted By BearSquirrel

When I was searching for a high output LED...

When I was searching for a high output LED headlamp, Cygolite was hands down the cheapest and getting excellent reviews on the boards. I've been very pleased with the Li-on versions that I've been...
04-08-10, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By BearSquirrel

Yes heart rate estimations are better. But...

Yes heart rate estimations are better. But they're all based on some rough gauge of body mass and heart rate. It's based on statistical norms, and not everyone is typical. Nor is the efficiency of...
04-05-10, 04:31 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,734
Posted By BearSquirrel

I've abandoned air gauges independent of the...

I've abandoned air gauges independent of the pump. On the road, you ALWAYS have to pump up your tires before you go out as high pressures leak quickly. Off road, I go by feel and the tire drop ......
04-03-10, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Posted By BearSquirrel

Not carrying a tube because flats are rare is...

Not carrying a tube because flats are rare is like not wearing a helmet because you don't plan on crashing.

I suppose your motivation for racing is what determines your particular answer. Are you...
03-29-10, 06:17 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 11,006
Posted By BearSquirrel

I've gotten "stuck" during a crash more than...

I've gotten "stuck" during a crash more than once. Either I ended up pinned or the cleats end up releasing. I would estimate that they've saved me more bumps than they've caused. Dislocated feet...
03-29-10, 05:36 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,734
Posted By BearSquirrel

You can help the bead into place evenly by...

You can help the bead into place evenly by spraying the bead down with soapy water.
03-21-10, 04:24 PM
03-10-10, 10:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,721
Posted By BearSquirrel

As a design comcept, I think this is great. ...

As a design comcept, I think this is great. Though consider making that end cap a diffuser.

In general, I think the idea of integrating lights into cycling components is a poor idea. There are...
03-02-10, 10:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,293
Posted By BearSquirrel

In college I was once right hooked going down 26...

In college I was once right hooked going down 26 in West Lafayette near campus. Very scary, but I managed to right through the turn while banging on the drivers windows.

The thing is unless you...
03-02-10, 11:53 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 9,559
Posted By BearSquirrel

Tools I do not own myself 1) Headset press. ...

Tools I do not own myself
1) Headset press.
2) Headset remover.
3) Headset facer
4) BB chaser
5) BB facer
6) Disc tab facer

For the cost difference between LBS and BikesDirect.com I could...
03-02-10, 11:13 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 9,559
Posted By BearSquirrel

The average inexperienced person is likely not on...

The average inexperienced person is likely not on BikeForums.net sharing ideas.

Everything you listed can be learned from a decent bicycle repair manual. And of course, you are assuming that as...
03-01-10, 11:25 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,917
Posted By BearSquirrel

This would not be optimal, but it would be a good...

This would not be optimal, but it would be a good start. If you have an external system, you could bump the right crank out a notch with the bottom bracket spacers. However, realize that this...
02-25-10, 02:42 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,917
Posted By BearSquirrel

My Cross-Check came with a "double" crank that...

My Cross-Check came with a "double" crank that was a triple with the granny removed. It was lousy since the large chainring was always cross-chaining. I replaced it with a proper double. The only...
02-25-10, 01:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,281
Posted By BearSquirrel

This is an excellent point. Most shops would...

This is an excellent point. Most shops would rather sell a $3 blinkie for $17 than a $17 blinkie for $30 like the PBSF. True bicycle fanatics are a rare breed and so the cost of good electronics...
02-22-10, 06:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,804
Posted By BearSquirrel

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02-15-10, 08:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 629
Posted By BearSquirrel

It won't be cost effective. Those XT level Bikes...

It won't be cost effective. Those XT level Bikes Direct builds are great deals on parts. Start with a Reba 09 fork (which retails for $500) and you've already accounted for 1/2 the cost of the...
02-10-10, 03:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,804
Posted By BearSquirrel

No it was Johns Hopkins. The cleanliness of the...

No it was Johns Hopkins. The cleanliness of the drivetrain is the determining factor in efficiency. This might lead one to believe that one should use waxes. But waxes don't flow so once a wax is...
02-10-10, 03:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,804
Posted By BearSquirrel

Excellent concept, poor execution. The...

Excellent concept, poor execution. The fabrication is low quality. I haven't owned a single pair that didn't have a catastrophic breakdown. Axels break, bearings sieze due to poor sealing, the...
02-10-10, 02:56 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,640
Posted By BearSquirrel

Use them only if you like them. Don't worry...

Use them only if you like them. Don't worry about what anyone else says.

Personally, I use the L bar type. They both protect the hands from tree bashes and provide extra hand positions.
02-10-10, 02:39 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,287
Posted By BearSquirrel

It means you're "pre-approved" for a...

It means you're "pre-approved" for a relationship.
02-10-10, 02:33 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,287
Posted By BearSquirrel

Don't. Do your own thing and do it confidently. ...

Don't. Do your own thing and do it confidently.

If she is interested, she will likely seek your attention. All the sudden that mild rattle in the derailleur will become a subject for your...
02-06-10, 09:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,918
Posted By BearSquirrel

Arrow The Sigma 8 is a high quality unit with a large...

The Sigma 8 is a high quality unit with a large display. One feature you did not mention is altimeter. athe ROX 8 does that as well. As a bonus it is PC sync capable. Though you need to buy the...
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