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09-16-16, 01:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,698
Posted By SurlyLaika

Can any fixie frame be converted into a geared bike?

I haven't been active in this scene for a while, but I'm asking for my sister's friend. She wants to know if it's cheaper to buy a fixie and then convert it with a derailleur and gears. I'm not 100%,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-18-16, 09:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,408
Posted By SurlyLaika

Ah, I didn't think of other ways of using the...

Ah, I didn't think of other ways of using the s-frame. Nice. I do have Brompton's folding basket, but I don't want to put anything fragile and expensive in it for fear of it just popping out on a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-18-16, 06:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,408
Posted By SurlyLaika

Brompton rear rack luggage options

So I'm looking for luggage options for the rear rack on my Brompton. All I can find is the "Rack Sack." That's everything. It's hard to believe Brompton would be so short sighted as to design the...
10-28-14, 12:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By SurlyLaika

Thanks for replying, PCB. You're a good man. I've...

Thanks for replying, PCB. You're a good man. I've got some hits on Amazon, but details on size are scarce and manufacturer is unknown. The fixie shop down the street had some, but the finish looked...
10-27-14, 07:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By SurlyLaika

Looking for nice polished silver spacers 1 1/8

Not quite vintage, but my Surly Cross Check got rammed by a BMV SUV the other week. It was her fault. She didn't even have a license. So I got 450$ to rebuild or replace the handlebars, stem, fork,...
11-22-13, 12:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,332
Posted By SurlyLaika

Be very careful riding long distances with numbed...

Be very careful riding long distances with numbed genitalia. I thought I could just power through some discomfort, but the numbing fooled me. I damaged my perineum badly and have been off the bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-12-13, 12:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 677
Posted By SurlyLaika

MODS, can you please delete this thread?

MODS, can you please delete this thread?
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-11-13, 11:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 677
Posted By SurlyLaika

Bike Friday build

I'm in the processing of selecting components for a Bike Friday New World Tourist. I'm trying to get gearing between low 20s or lower and a high end in the low 90s to 100". With 20 inch wheels, you...
09-11-13, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,040
Posted By SurlyLaika

I bought some padded short liners and I'm getting...

I bought some padded short liners and I'm getting a new Brooks Imperial Saturday. Just resting besides that. 5 days until take off.
09-10-13, 01:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,040
Posted By SurlyLaika

Serious question. Taint damage. What do? Tour soon.

So I just realized I've been riding on a busted Brooks Flyer all summer. I've been angling it up and down by slight degrees unable to find a comfortable position. I thought tilting it up would...
Forum: Touring
08-01-13, 07:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,218
Posted By SurlyLaika

I loved my solo California tour over 2 months. I...

I loved my solo California tour over 2 months. I met and talked to lots of great people. The best conversations are in passing. People just kind of open up about themselves and their areas....
07-28-13, 10:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 720
Posted By SurlyLaika

HTFU. You did a good ride. This guy pushed you...

HTFU. You did a good ride. This guy pushed you past your false limitations. You should be thankful.
Forum: Touring
07-24-13, 06:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By SurlyLaika

Yea, I've noticed some are better than others on...

Yea, I've noticed some are better than others on youtube but I don't understand why some turn out more interesting. Anyway, here's the Road from Karakol...
Forum: Touring
07-23-13, 07:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By SurlyLaika

nothing?! Bummer. Well, I found this article. ...

nothing?! Bummer.
Well, I found this article. (http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/08/05/best-one-minute-travel-films-youll-see/) The most useful tip: Take shorter clips to cobble together later and...
Forum: Touring
07-23-13, 12:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By SurlyLaika

Bikepacking...

Bikepacking (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G595q4IEjuA)

Canada to Argentina (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T-PK5QKBzY)
Forum: Touring
07-23-13, 12:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By SurlyLaika

making a home video

On August 10, I will take an intercity bus from Seoul to Busan with my girlfriend to ride up the east coast for a week. In the past, I've done pictures but this time I want to try to do a home video...
07-22-13, 11:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,684
Posted By SurlyLaika

My only option is a 52t instead of the 55t. The...

My only option is a 52t instead of the 55t. The 55t gives a gear range of 32" to 85". That's pretty damn wide. I'm just going to keep it. Going to a 52 would cause me to lose 5 gear inches on the...
07-16-13, 05:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,684
Posted By SurlyLaika

I'm also planning to change the front ring. Right...

I'm also planning to change the front ring. Right now it's a 55. I think a double crankset is impossible and likely expensive. I want exactly what the mega-range does, a lower low and higher high,...
07-16-13, 12:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,684
Posted By SurlyLaika

Acera RD on Tern folder (no standard DATT derailleur hanger?)

Will this Acera RD (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=38673) work on a Tern Link D8 frame? I might buy it from my friend, but I need to know that it's compatible before buying...
07-11-13, 09:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

nah, my saddle is well worn and not new looking...

nah, my saddle is well worn and not new looking one bit. I've tilted the nose up one click more and that feels okay on my taint and better on my hands, still a little painful. The next step will be...
07-11-13, 08:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

Read my last post. Actually the drops feel okay....

Read my last post. Actually the drops feel okay. I removed the mirror and I kind of the like the anatomic bend. It fits my palm so nicely.
07-11-13, 07:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

Actually, the saddle nose tilt may have been part...

Actually, the saddle nose tilt may have been part of the problem. As my friend said, "Don't forget the angle of the dangle.
Tilt your saddle back. You should definitely be sure you're not subtly...
07-10-13, 11:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

It hurts in every position. Bad on the tops, but...

It hurts in every position. Bad on the tops, but tolerable. Worse on the hoods. Worst in the drops! So my suspicion is that either the handlebar isn't suited to my handlebar/saddle height ratio or...
07-10-13, 07:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

Lol, thanks. I'm going to give the setback seat...

Lol, thanks. I'm going to give the setback seat post a shot since I seem to loading a lot of weight forward. I was prepared to replace the frame, EXPENSIVE! so a seat post experiment will be nothing...
07-10-13, 05:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

Yea, the saddle is already tilted up a bit. My...

Yea, the saddle is already tilted up a bit. My sit bones sit squarely on the body of the saddle while sparing my taint from the nose's upward protrusion, so it's pretty comfortable as is. I think...
07-10-13, 05:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

a Facebook contact where I'm also discussing this...

a Facebook contact where I'm also discussing this suggested changing my stem for a similar effect to a setback seat post. Another friend disagreed, saying that while it is similar, it's not the same....
07-10-13, 05:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

The top isn't fine, but it's I rest my hand...

The top isn't fine, but it's I rest my hand loosely with the base of my palm on the bar and my fingers curled around the interrupter brakes. I shift my position from center on the top with the...
07-10-13, 09:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

On my ride, I was thinking about the three...

On my ride, I was thinking about the three suspects I've got lined up.

I decided it can't be the frame size because a 54 frame would actually bring the bars closer to me, the opposite of what I...
07-10-13, 07:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

Well, no worries...the saddle didn't move...

Well, no worries...the saddle didn't move anywhere. And I don't know where the saddle fore/aft adjustment feels good. I just put it in KOPS position. I read that sliding it forward will result in...
07-10-13, 07:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

http://www.flickr.com/photos/81067780@N03/92532278...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/81067780@N03/9253227843/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81067780@N03/9253227405/in/photostream/...
07-10-13, 07:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

I'm 5'11, 32inch inseam. The pain tends to cut...

I'm 5'11, 32inch inseam. The pain tends to cut across the center of my palm on the tops and on the drops. The hoods have some of the same discomfort but it's more on the side of my hand, pinky side....
07-10-13, 04:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,797
Posted By SurlyLaika

Brooks too far forward, which setback seat post?

I posted another thread earlier and learned that my hand pain and inability to use the drops and hoods for very long are caused by my saddle being too forward. I was advised to slide it back a bit....
07-10-13, 03:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

My seat post won't allow the saddle to slide back...

My seat post won't allow the saddle to slide back anymore. It's maxed out. What kind of seat post do I need to give me some adjustability?
07-10-13, 02:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

You're right. I used the Jim Langley guide and...

You're right. I used the Jim Langley guide and have a perfect Knee Over Pedal Spindle (axle) position, but I don't think that's working for me. So I can try to move the seat back a bit to see if that...
07-10-13, 01:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

did you happen to ghost write this article by...

did you happen to ghost write this article by Steve Hoggs (http://www.stevehoggbikefitting.com/bikefit/2011/05/seat-set-back-for-road-bikes/) on the topic of seat set back for road bikes? If you or...
07-09-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By SurlyLaika

Question hand pain anywhere but the tops. WTF. Any other way to relieve pressure?

Here's my set up. I ride a 56cm Surly Cross Check (http://surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_check/bike_specs). It's little long in the top tube but I switched out the stock stem (100mm 97 degree) for a 90mm...
07-01-13, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By SurlyLaika

TIG vs. Lugs when geometry and material are identical

So I'm lusting after some bikes. I'm looking at Wabi cycles and I'm considering the $695 Classic or $895 Special models. The geometry is exactly the same as is the tubing, Reynolds 725. The only...
06-12-13, 09:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By SurlyLaika

Really? My friend told me shoes are quite cheap....

Really? My friend told me shoes are quite cheap. I guess I can just go look for Kool Stop's.
06-12-13, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By SurlyLaika

No, I just bought SS BXP pads. They didn't come...

No, I just bought SS BXP pads. They didn't come with shoes. I would take a picture of it if I were at home. I thought those pads could go into my BR-R550 shoes, but they can't.
06-12-13, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By SurlyLaika

Swiss stop brake pads on Shimano cantilevers compatability

Posting from my cell phone. Sorry. Okay here's my problem. I ordered Swiss stop BXP Flash Pro brake pads to replace the crappy stock pads on my Shimano BR-R550 cantilever brakes. I didn't learn until...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-13, 12:26 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,757
Posted By SurlyLaika

If you're really concerned about getting there...

If you're really concerned about getting there 10% faster or if wind is a serious menace, try a recumbent. AFAIC, I'll ride what I like and deal with drag when and if it becomes a true inconvenience....
Forum: Commuting
05-23-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,271
Posted By SurlyLaika

Exactly. +100

Exactly.
+100
05-23-13, 08:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,193
Posted By SurlyLaika

Just curious, what did you find lacking in your...

Just curious, what did you find lacking in your CC? Mine is a bit heavy but it is a utility/commuter/touring machine. Racks, fenders, mirrors, 2x bottle cages, fat 700x38 tires, saddle bag with tool...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-13, 08:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,271
Posted By SurlyLaika

Just curious, what did you find lacking in your...

Just curious, what did you find lacking in your CC? Mine is a bit heavy but it is a utility/commuter/touring machine. Racks, fenders, mirrors, 2x bottle cages, fat 700x38 tires, saddle bag with tool...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-13, 08:08 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,271
Posted By SurlyLaika

I tried an LHT unloaded and it just felt kind of...

I tried an LHT unloaded and it just felt kind of boring, maybe comfortable but not really exciting. In your position, I would think about a sports touring or faux cyclocross frame like Surly Cross...
05-22-13, 07:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By SurlyLaika

Would this VO crank work with this FD?

Crank set:
http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/grand-cru-50-4bcd-crankset-mkii.html

Front Derailleur:...
05-21-13, 08:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 434
Posted By SurlyLaika

The first one looks like exactly what I'm looking...

The first one looks like exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks. The second one looks good, too, but I can only get Kindle books here in Korea. There's another similar book about long distance riding,...
05-21-13, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 434
Posted By SurlyLaika

I'm not looking for short cuts, just an every...

I'm not looking for short cuts, just an every man's training manual. Some of the samples I've read talk about shaving grams, riding in a pace line, aerodynamics, etc. Then they get into heart rate...
05-21-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 434
Posted By SurlyLaika

What (kindle) book to learn about how to ride better as a non-racer?

I'm looking for a book that will help me improve my cycling technique. I consider myself a commuter/touring/recreational cyclist, but most books out there seem to be geared towards people who wish...
Forum: Touring
05-14-13, 11:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,368
Posted By SurlyLaika

that's exciting!

that's exciting!
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