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02-12-15, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 579
Posted By mtb123

Thanks fellas! Exactly what I needed to hear. I...

Thanks fellas! Exactly what I needed to hear. I appreciate the expert opinions.
02-12-15, 10:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 579
Posted By mtb123

diagnosis - damaged hub threads - gran compe rear hub

I could use some help diagnosing the condition of the threads on my brand new gran compe rear hub. Bought this hub for my first ever wheel build. Part of the first (outermost) cog thread appears to...
11-01-13, 10:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,242
Posted By mtb123

I am comfortable bunny hopping on my DJ and BMX...

I am comfortable bunny hopping on my DJ and BMX bikes but I suck with the drop bars and full height saddle on my CX.

I've always like this one...
10-29-13, 11:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,263
Posted By mtb123

Do it! Bad ass! Very jealous!

Do it!



Bad ass! Very jealous!
10-29-13, 10:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,263
Posted By mtb123

An old school rigid mtb will have rim brake posts...

An old school rigid mtb will have rim brake posts for 26" rims. 700c wheelsets will not work without some sort of crazy adapter. I'd recommend a CX bike.

I have really come to enjoy mixed...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-13, 10:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,204
Posted By mtb123

Obviously you're looking at some trade-offs if...

Obviously you're looking at some trade-offs if you want a bike that is fast on the road but is also used for trail riding. Have you considered putting 700x35 or 700x40 tires on your Jake? Running...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-13, 09:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,259
Posted By mtb123

I would recommend the Osprey Stratos 24. I used...

I would recommend the Osprey Stratos 24. I used to have the Osprey commuter specific pack, the Momentum 34, but I've found the Stratos to be much more comfortable. The mesh air flow back panel does...
10-12-13, 09:43 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 13,115
Posted By mtb123

some random thoughts... For me the...

some random thoughts...

For me the automobile is a tool but at the same time it is a luxury item. I'm certainly not against people owning/using luxury items, but it can be problematic if we...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-13, 08:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,354
Posted By mtb123

I'd recommend Crank Brothers Egg Beaters pedals. ...

I'd recommend Crank Brothers Egg Beaters pedals. They have four sided entry so they are easy to learn to get in and out of.

I'm sure most folks here will disagree with me but I think the benefits...
10-11-13, 10:33 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,363
Posted By mtb123

surly big dummy when I buy lots of stuff. ...

surly big dummy when I buy lots of stuff. Otherwise an old mtb with a milk crate strapped to the rear rack.
Forum: Commuting
10-11-13, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15,496
Views: 11,627,159
Posted By mtb123

Yes. A nature boy zona complete. swapped out the...

Yes. A nature boy zona complete. swapped out the stock canti's for v-brakes and I am experimenting with different handlebars.
Forum: Commuting
10-10-13, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15,496
Views: 11,627,159
Posted By mtb123

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2879/10195559183_6fd...

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2879/10195559183_6fdc859047_b.jpg
09-22-13, 12:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,140
Posted By mtb123

Thanks. As I said in the original post, I am...

Thanks. As I said in the original post, I am assuming same rim and same spokes. I will add that I am assuming same wheel builder so I am also holding the quality of the build constant. As far as...
09-21-13, 06:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,140
Posted By mtb123

Thanks for the feedback. Still wondering which...

Thanks for the feedback. Still wondering which wheel build mentioned in the OP would be stronger. Any experienced wheel builders out there know for a fact?
09-21-13, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,140
Posted By mtb123

wheel strength question: 32h cassette hub vs 28h SS hub

From what I understand a dished wheel is not as strong as a non-dished wheel given identical rims, spokes, and spoke count. So, I am wondering, given the same rim and spokes, would a wheel built...
09-09-13, 11:41 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,057
Posted By mtb123

I try to do some basic strength training. While...

I try to do some basic strength training. While cycling is "low impact" it's repetitive nature can expose you to overuse injuries. More aggressive cycling to can also encourage bad posture. For...
09-05-13, 01:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,799
Posted By mtb123

Thanks for the link. Love to read this type of...

Thanks for the link. Love to read this type of stuff. Neat to see that a kid got something like this going. Great article and photo. You'll never see smiles like that on a school bus!
09-05-13, 11:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,799
Posted By mtb123

Yeah. Good point. Might seriously need an...

Yeah. Good point. Might seriously need an attorney to draft a waiver or something for kids who participate.:( But I suppose the litigation threat could be true of traditional car pooling as well.
09-05-13, 11:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,799
Posted By mtb123

Agreed. But I should note that even if you don't...

Agreed. But I should note that even if you don't see bike lanes/paths pictured in the video above they do have major infrastructure support. Neighborhood speed bumps. Roundabouts. Streets with...
09-05-13, 11:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,799
Posted By mtb123

In public economics there is this idea known as...

In public economics there is this idea known as Tiebout sorting. The idea is that people tend to "vote with their feet" and sort themselves into communities that reflect their preferences. The...
09-05-13, 10:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,799
Posted By mtb123

I think about this issue a lot. Right now I have...

I think about this issue a lot. Right now I have a one year old son. Hopefully more on the way. My goal is to retire right around the time my son reaches elementary school age. At that point my...
09-01-13, 03:21 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,560
Posted By mtb123

Great point. You don't have to have "bike lanes"...

Great point. You don't have to have "bike lanes" and MUPs for a place to be bike friendly. Im sure a lot towns have little pockets with quiet streets like you are describing.




Super...
09-01-13, 02:57 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,560
Posted By mtb123

These are some challenging trade-offs for people...

These are some challenging trade-offs for people to work through. I grew up in the St. Louis area where affluence, safety, and good schools often equates to suburban living and ridiculous car...
09-01-13, 02:50 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,560
Posted By mtb123

The focus of this article is intra-city...

The focus of this article is intra-city neighborhood selection. But why not take this optimization challenge a step further. Relocate to a new/town and self select into a bike friendly community. ...
08-03-13, 10:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,065
Posted By mtb123

Surly Big Dummy with a 10 speed cassette - is it possible???

I am attempting to build up my Big Dummy with a 3x10 drivetrain. The problem is that shimano 10 speed rear derailleurs have this arm that extends towards the rear of the bike where you insert the...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-13, 01:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,887
Posted By mtb123

I agree with noglider. But, if you decide to buy...

I agree with noglider. But, if you decide to buy a crankset I would prefer a sugino xd600 over the megaexo or tiagra
Forum: Commuting
01-17-13, 12:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,148
Posted By mtb123

Salsa makes a version of this product. I use it...

Salsa makes a version of this product. I use it on my kona paddy wagon and it works great.
Forum: Commuting
01-09-13, 10:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,706
Posted By mtb123

I have the Five-Ten Freerider and I love them for...

I have the Five-Ten Freerider and I love them for mtb and bmx riding. They have a reasonably stiff sole that I find perfect for pedaling. It is much stiffer than your typical Vans skate shoe. The...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-13, 07:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,814
Posted By mtb123

According to bikepedia the trek 4300 has been...

According to bikepedia the trek 4300 has been around at least 13 years. The age of your bike (1 year old vs 13 years old) could potentially make a big difference in whether or not you got a good...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-13, 07:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,814
Posted By mtb123

+1 He has been ripped off on all of...

+1



He has been ripped off on all of his previous bike purchases. I will assume it happened again.

Starting to wonder if OP is a troll that likes to drive us crazy, not a newbie cyclist.
Forum: Commuting
01-03-13, 02:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,706
Posted By mtb123

If you go that route check out Five-Ten shoes. ...

If you go that route check out Five-Ten shoes. They make the best flat pedal mtb shoes.
Forum: Commuting
01-02-13, 02:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,706
Posted By mtb123

I would forget about the toe clips and get some...

I would forget about the toe clips and get some Odyssey PC plastic pedals and Hold Fast straps. This gives you a wide plastic platform and might allow you to point your foot/toe in whatever...
Forum: Commuting
01-01-13, 05:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,748
Posted By mtb123

That's just not true. Rotational weight makes a...

That's just not true. Rotational weight makes a difference when climbing hills as well. But hey, maybe the OP has only one start/stop on a route that is perfectly flat and he maintains a constant...
Forum: Commuting
01-01-13, 04:50 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,748
Posted By mtb123

It can be nice to have a set of cycling specific...

It can be nice to have a set of cycling specific brushes to keep the drivetrain clean. Particularly one the will allow you to get in between the cogs on your cassette.
Forum: Commuting
12-31-12, 06:16 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,748
Posted By mtb123

I'd have to disagree. Lowering the rotational...

I'd have to disagree. Lowering the rotational weight in your wheels and tires is one of the most noticeable changes you can make to your bike. His stock tires are ~800 g apiece. Switching to a 400...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-12, 01:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,593
Posted By mtb123

See my links above in post #57. There are not...

See my links above in post #57. There are not very many FGFS completes on the market. Both the p.fix and the bruiser are under $1k. The bruiser is a 29er so it will roll faster. The p.fix is a...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-12, 01:17 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,748
Posted By mtb123

Weigh these tires before you put them on your...

Weigh these tires before you put them on your bike. I am not sure if these tires qualify as an "upgrade". Why downgrade to a set of wal-mart tires if you just upgraded from a wal-mart bike. If...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-12, 11:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,593
Posted By mtb123

It is the real deal. Definitely fixed gear....

It is the real deal. Definitely fixed gear. Definitely no brakes. He is always using foot retention if you look closely. He is using hold fast type straps, not toe clips. The back pedaling is...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-12, 09:19 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,593
Posted By mtb123

I've got good news for you. It is possible to...

I've got good news for you. It is possible to "jump up curbs" on a fixed gear. You just have to learn how. If you ride BMX it should be very easy. This video will change your opinion of what's...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-12, 03:24 PM
Replies: 15,496
Views: 11,627,159
Posted By mtb123

Ordered it from backcountry.com but it came in a...

Ordered it from backcountry.com but it came in a Competitive Cyclist box. Guess they are the same company.
Forum: Commuting
12-20-12, 02:39 PM
Replies: 15,496
Views: 11,627,159
Posted By mtb123

I got a 2012 Vaya Ti for 20% off. Haven't had a...

I got a 2012 Vaya Ti for 20% off. Haven't had a chance to build it up yet. I am not thrilled with the stock build so I am in the process of trying to sell the stock crank, wheelset, rotors, tires,...
12-14-12, 11:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 847
Posted By mtb123

I've been thinking about some of these traffic...

I've been thinking about some of these traffic fatality statistics and the 9/11 comparison and it got me thinking about what it would take to move away from our car-centric culture here in the US.
...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-12, 01:58 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,646
Posted By mtb123

Can you ride a wheelie? I can pop the front...

Can you ride a wheelie? I can pop the front wheel up and pedal one for 20 meters or so but I want to be able to wheelie indefinitely. I am still trying to find that balance point. I usually...
11-24-12, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 676
Posted By mtb123

I agree 100%. And I should be clear. I am not...

I agree 100%. And I should be clear. I am not "struggling" with any sort of decision to give up mountain biking. I derive too much utility from it. I just find it amusing as I've come to enjoy...
11-24-12, 06:32 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,551
Posted By mtb123

Payday loans provide a valuable service for...

Payday loans provide a valuable service for people that need quick access to cash. Is it worth it for someone to pay a $50 fee to get $400 right now rather than waiting 2 weeks for a paycheck? ...
11-24-12, 05:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 676
Posted By mtb123

Trails are outside of town so no access via local...

Trails are outside of town so no access via local transit systems and bus options are very limited in the evening (at say 9pm or so). I often ride til dark in the summer and with a headlamp in the...
11-24-12, 05:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 676
Posted By mtb123

I need my car to ride my bike.

I am in my 4th year of graduate school. I moved to new city a found and apartment that happens to be right near a greenway (I had literally never heard of a "greenway" or "mup" in St. Louis, MO...
11-24-12, 04:06 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,551
Posted By mtb123

Can't believe this car dealer has the nerve to...

Can't believe this car dealer has the nerve to sell people a product they want at a price they are willing to pay. Unbelievable!
11-23-12, 06:58 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,551
Posted By mtb123

I understand the point you are trying to make and...

I understand the point you are trying to make and I agree that under the certain circumstances renting a particular property can cost significantly more than owning said property. However, I feel...
11-23-12, 11:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,145
Posted By mtb123

I just purchased a new wheelset online for 20%...

I just purchased a new wheelset online for 20% off.
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