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01-25-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 204
Posted By Rolla

I've rarely encountered a new-in-box bike that...

I've rarely encountered a new-in-box bike that didn't need the wheels trued to some degree.
01-25-21, 12:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 520
Posted By Rolla

For casual riding, I'd choose comfort over...

For casual riding, I'd choose comfort over efficiency, regardless of terrain. Higher volume = more comfort. A typical hybrid bike will probably feel and ride great with 35 - 42mm width tires. Stay...
01-24-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 290
Posted By Rolla

The ACS "clunk" sound is typical, and is also...

The ACS "clunk" sound is typical, and is also heard on inexpensive Shimano FWs. When you replace it, look into Box or White Industries. Spendy, but better to buy once, cry once.

Get a local shop...
Forum: BMX
01-21-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 175
Posted By Rolla

New brake pads might help; I like Odyssey Slim by...

New brake pads might help; I like Odyssey Slim by Four in clear or gum.
Scuff the sidewalls with some steel wool.
Replace the entry-level U25 brake with something pro-level, or at least mid-level.
01-20-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By Rolla

My advice would be to just go ride your bike for...

My advice would be to just go ride your bike for an hour or two, and quit quantifying and comparing. Fitness comes from the riding, not the measuring. Unplug. Enjoy. It's a bike ride.
01-20-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 367
Posted By Rolla

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01-15-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By Rolla

I've got rear-facing track ends on my singlespeed...

I've got rear-facing track ends on my singlespeed klunker with hydro discs, and with a chain tensioner on the drive side, it's no trouble whatsoever. Yes, I have to swing the brake caliper up to pull...
01-14-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 859
Posted By Rolla

For value, durability, tire width options, a...

For value, durability, tire width options, a cooler fork, and easy availability, I'd just go with the Surly. It's probably a little overbuilt, but I rode the wheels off mine in all kinds of...
01-09-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,281
Posted By Rolla

Specialized...

Specialized (https://www.specialized.com/us/en/diverge-comp-e5-evo/p/199686?color=320064-199686&searchText=96220-5602), All City (https://allcitycycles.com/bikes/super_professional_apex_1), and...
01-08-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 785
Posted By Rolla

If you don't have a drawer full of stems yet, you...

If you don't have a drawer full of stems yet, you might as well get started; all the calculations in the world are no substitute for trying them. I've got 60mm -100mm in at least two rises of each. I...
01-07-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,377
Posted By Rolla

I rode exclusively fixed for about five years,...

I rode exclusively fixed for about five years, and considered myself a "purist." One day, I flipped my rear wheel to to the freewheel side just to experience a different gear ratio. During that...
01-02-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 755
Posted By Rolla

The thought of jacking up the geometry, buying a...

The thought of jacking up the geometry, buying a full disc brake set-up (levers, calipers, rotors), and having to carry two different tube sizes would talk me out of the whole thing in about a...
12-30-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 952
Posted By Rolla

"Alt Bike Culture," "Beach Crusiers," or...

"Alt Bike Culture," "Beach Crusiers," or "Recumbent." I'm guessing you'd be accepted by all three.
12-28-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 464
Posted By Rolla

Conventional wisdom holds that more length = more...

Conventional wisdom holds that more length = more climbing power, like swinging a sledgehammer vs a ball-peen. It also means less ground clearance when cornering, which is one reason why fixed gear...
12-23-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,495
Posted By Rolla

All "gravel" isn't the same, horses for courses,...

All "gravel" isn't the same, horses for courses, blah, blah blah. Don't like gravel tires? Don't run 'em. To me, having more choices is always a good thing.
12-17-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,801
Posted By Rolla

I was impressed when I learned about the "keeper"...

I was impressed when I learned about the "keeper" tab on aluminum foil and other rolls.

...
12-13-20, 11:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,936
Posted By Rolla

I couldn't care less.

I couldn't care less.
12-09-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,083
Posted By Rolla

Exactly ... or "seat mast" or "track...

Exactly ... or "seat mast" or "track ends."
12-09-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 866
Posted By Rolla

It could also be contamination. Clean the rotors...

It could also be contamination. Clean the rotors and the brake pads with some rubbing alcohol and see if that doesnít mitigate some of the noise.
12-09-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,083
Posted By Rolla

I think brifter sounds stupid too, but so do a...

I think brifter sounds stupid too, but so do a lot of words. At least its meaning is clear. Race mechanics and shop rats aren't the arbiters of cycling lingo.
12-09-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,083
Posted By Rolla

LMGTFY = "Let me Google that for you" (when...

LMGTFY = "Let me Google that for you" (when someone posts a question they could easily look up themselves).
12-04-20, 11:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,119
Posted By Rolla

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12-04-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,119
Posted By Rolla

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12-04-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,119
Posted By Rolla

At least with a bike shop bike, you stand a...

At least with a bike shop bike, you stand a fighting chance of the thing being assembled correctly, with the derailleur adjusted to minimize missed shifts. With a Wally bike, you're lucky if the...
12-03-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,119
Posted By Rolla

Well, no wonder. That's $300 Wal-Mart crap. Go to...

Well, no wonder. That's $300 Wal-Mart crap. Go to an actual bike shop and spend some money on something real. I'd recommend your local Kona dealer.
12-03-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,119
Posted By Rolla

Sounds like the problem is with the parts rather...

Sounds like the problem is with the parts rather than the bike, but asking this forum to suggest a "good mountain bike" without knowing the kind of riding, terrain, budget, etc. is pointless.
11-30-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,530
Posted By Rolla

My Sycip Super Boy: ...

My Sycip Super Boy:

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11-27-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,196
Posted By Rolla

When choosing a bike for a given terrain, tires...

When choosing a bike for a given terrain, tires and gearing make a much bigger difference than geometry.

Lots of bikes can "do it all," but none can do it all well.
11-25-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,281
Posted By Rolla

Surly always had a lot of redundancy in their...

Surly always had a lot of redundancy in their catalog, so a little streamlining is probably a good thing. Ogre, Troll, ECR, Bridge Club, Krampus, and Karate Monkey are all essentially variations on a...
11-21-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,105
Posted By Rolla

If saving a few dollars is more important than...

If saving a few dollars is more important than getting actual guidance from a human being with firsthand experience in the very bicycles you're choosing between and who will stand behind the sale,...
11-21-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,105
Posted By Rolla

A mid-priced aluminum bike will get you most of...

A mid-priced aluminum bike will get you most of the weight savings without the expense of carbon. Get one with a carbon fork and you'll have more comfort.
11-17-20, 11:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 842
Posted By Rolla

The way they sound! Just listen

The way they sound!

Just listen
11-17-20, 11:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 952
Posted By Rolla

A couple of weeks ago I put my SKS Longboards on...

A couple of weeks ago I put my SKS Longboards on for the wet season, but so far we haven't had a drop. I really don't see a downside to having them on year-round; I'm kinda digging the look, and may...
11-13-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,211
Posted By Rolla

Making an appointment and then tipping well...

Making an appointment and then tipping well afterwards is a whole different thing than buying your way to the front of the line.
11-13-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,211
Posted By Rolla

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:foo:
11-13-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,211
Posted By Rolla

If thatís the case, your bike shop lacks...

If thatís the case, your bike shop lacks integrity.
Cant wait to watch this topic blow up (again)...
11-13-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,211
Posted By Rolla

The guy said the quiet part out loud, but the...

The guy said the quiet part out loud, but the fact is, a cheaply made, poorly-maintained bike will often take longer to work on, because you find more stuff wrong with it than was evident when it...
11-06-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,938
Posted By Rolla

As a singleseeed guy, I've found that gear inches...

As a singleseeed guy, I've found that gear inches is a common measurement language among other riders. It's very useful when pursuing the right combination of chainring and cog.
11-04-20, 12:14 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,286
Posted By Rolla

Any time someone posts about bike lanes on...

Any time someone posts about bike lanes on Nextdoor or my neighborhood listserve, all the ranters pile on and describe every sin committed by every cyclist they've ever seen. It's just impotent rage....
11-02-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 792
Posted By Rolla

Buy once, cry once. A well-maintained Brooks...

Buy once, cry once. A well-maintained Brooks saddle can transfer from bike to bike for a lifetime.
10-31-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 984
Posted By Rolla

At 175 lbs, riding Gravelking SK 35mm with tubes,...

At 175 lbs, riding Gravelking SK 35mm with tubes, I run 50 psi on every terrain. Itís comfortable and seemingly efficient. Iíve never even looked at the sidewall numbers.
10-29-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 679
Posted By Rolla

The only Brooks saddle of mine that didn't...

The only Brooks saddle of mine that didn't quickly break in on its own is the Professional that's on my road bike. Its leather is measurably thicker and stiffer than the B-17s on my other bikes. All...
10-28-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,520
Posted By Rolla

Usually, toe overlap only occurs at a very...

Usually, toe overlap only occurs at a very specific point in the pedal revolution and a very specific point in the wheel's steering arc. Learn where that point is and practice getting your toes out...
10-28-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,642
Posted By Rolla

It appears that I was the victim of a Cyclocross...

It appears that I was the victim of a Cyclocross Magazine April Fool's joke (see article here (https://www.cxmagazine.com/uci-introduces-ruling-tire-width)).

It's been well over a decade since my...
10-27-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,595
Posted By Rolla

I like the "conversion proud" look of keeping the...

I like the "conversion proud" look of keeping the cable bits intact.
10-27-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,556
Posted By Rolla

I don't measure chains and I don't keep track of...

I don't measure chains and I don't keep track of mileage. I replace the chain on my most-ridden bikes about every six months; on my more occasional bikes, annually.
10-26-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,514
Posted By Rolla

Even with the same gear inches, smaller wheels...

Even with the same gear inches, smaller wheels accelerate faster and turn quicker. I think a 650B singlespeed would be a blast!

All City specs the smaller sizes of their Nature Boy SSCX...
10-25-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,642
Posted By Rolla

UCI rules...

UCI rules (https://www.cxmagazine.com/uci-introduces-ruling-tire-width) limit tire width for CX races.



Wha??? Specialized, Kona, Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Trek, Fuji, Felt, Giant, Scott, Ridley,...
10-24-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 997
Posted By Rolla

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10-23-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 717
Posted By Rolla

Jones bars! Many hand positions Ability...

Jones bars!

Many hand positions
Ability to strap gear to it
Room for lights, Garmin, bell, etc.
Jones handlebar pack available and very useful
Butted aluminum version is reasonably light...
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