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03-05-08, 03:34 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,761
Posted By radical_edward

It also depends on the helmet. A lot of helmets...

It also depends on the helmet. A lot of helmets have the straps moulded into the shell, so there is a lot of clearance between the strap and your temple. Too much clearance to put glasses on the...
02-27-08, 03:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,058
Posted By radical_edward

Choose your own adventure: Shimano SH-MP66L...

Choose your own adventure:

Shimano SH-MP66L - Future Sailor
Specialized Sonoma - Soy Latte
661 Launch SPD - Orthopedic
02-05-08, 12:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By radical_edward

The Fuji is pretty classic geometry, so a 56 at...

The Fuji is pretty classic geometry, so a 56 at 5'9" isn't out of the ballpark.

Folks get heated over a couple of cm, but there is a reason that seatposts and stems can be adjusted.

It all...
01-16-08, 05:06 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,856
Posted By radical_edward

I can't wait for the tall bike gangs to start...

I can't wait for the tall bike gangs to start selling out to Trek as soon as they get offers....
01-05-08, 11:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,446
Posted By radical_edward

Rather than discussing the merits of EBB...

Rather than discussing the merits of EBB technology in a vacuum, riders should be asking whether an EBB will work with their riding style and physique.

If you are a pedal masher, or are in the...
01-05-08, 05:04 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,621
Posted By radical_edward

Well... I have several Magnum/On Guard locks with...

Well... I have several Magnum/On Guard locks with a tubular key in my shed. They are even easier to open than Kryptonite. When the Bic story broke, they simply didn't respond. They even claimed that...
01-04-08, 08:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,446
Posted By radical_edward

If you run discs and your frame can take 2.5-3"...

If you run discs and your frame can take 2.5-3" tyres, then you will probably be able to fit 29er wheels with skinny XC tyres.

It will be very tight, and your bottom bracket will be too high. If...
01-04-08, 05:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,722
Posted By radical_edward

Sheldon style* lockup in Lambeth, London: ...

Sheldon style* lockup in Lambeth, London:

(*OK, the lock is around the seat tube as well).
11-02-07, 01:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,025
Posted By radical_edward

I have had this argument about 50 times when...

I have had this argument about 50 times when rehydrating.

I have both the BO-1 and the Beverage Wrench and Park has the edge, as the Pedros is only comfortable if you hold it the right way around....
11-02-07, 12:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,092
Posted By radical_edward

The XXIX is a rigid forked steel bike with fat...

The XXIX is a rigid forked steel bike with fat tyres and 'Raleigh' on the downtube. You will be rolling like it is 1988. Which ain't a bad thing at all.

Don't worry about suspension fork upgrades,...
10-12-07, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,893
Posted By radical_edward

BMX seats tend to have quite thick padding, as...

BMX seats tend to have quite thick padding, as they are not really made for sitting on long term, and also function as pads to protect you when you take a slam. Too much padding means your butt...
10-06-07, 04:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 780
Posted By radical_edward

Yeah. Less talk on bike forums about useful...

Yeah. Less talk on bike forums about useful information, please.
09-27-07, 04:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,307
Posted By radical_edward

SnoSeal on the underside, proofide on the top....

SnoSeal on the underside, proofide on the top. SnoSeal is wax based, and has a higher melting temp than Proofide, so it forms a waxy film, and doesn't soak in as well.
09-20-07, 10:47 AM
Replies: 342
Views: 36,108
Posted By radical_edward

At least the loteks have something to keep the...

At least the loteks have something to keep the laces out of the drivechain. Having your lace or your trouser leg get caught up is the least fun you can have on a fixie.

My vote goes to Specialized...
09-07-07, 08:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,863
Posted By radical_edward

US$230 RRP for a notepad? '****-ha'

US$230 RRP for a notepad?

'****-ha'
09-03-07, 10:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,874
Posted By radical_edward

What is up with the attitude? I have never...

What is up with the attitude?

I have never had any issue with crank arm interfaces because the spindle was greased, but I have had a couple of cranks weld on to crank arms, to the point where the...
09-03-07, 09:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,874
Posted By radical_edward

If you are the sort of grouch know it all bike...

If you are the sort of grouch know it all bike obsessive that rebuilds your bottom bracket every 3 months, removing the cranks and cleaning off any oxidation, don't grease the spindle. If you just...
08-21-07, 02:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By radical_edward

The EU has a 17.5% duty on bikes, or bike...

The EU has a 17.5% duty on bikes, or bike components manufactured in China, so prices on imported and locally manufactured stuff is not all that sharp.

If you have a lot of time, local cyclist...
08-17-07, 08:03 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,466
Posted By radical_edward

I doubt that you will fit a serious chain into...

I doubt that you will fit a serious chain into any of those locks, for a start.

This, despite having no shroud, will be tougher than any of those locks:...
08-16-07, 10:45 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,466
Posted By radical_edward

If there is chain link that is stronger, safer,...

If there is chain link that is stronger, safer, and cheaper, it is probably also made by Ingersoll Rand, the owners of Kryptonite.
08-16-07, 02:18 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,951
Posted By radical_edward

Drop the nose, before it drops off.

Drop the nose, before it drops off.
08-14-07, 09:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,269
Posted By radical_edward

Look at all the filth and crap that gets under...

Look at all the filth and crap that gets under your regular saddles. You need to proofide the bottom. Give the bottom of the saddle several thick coats and don't polish off.

For the top, 2-4 coats...
08-07-07, 02:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,306
Posted By radical_edward

Specialized sonoma is a nice compromise between a...

Specialized sonoma is a nice compromise between a true bike shoe and a walkable one. The Shimano DX bmx shoes are also excellent every day wear shoes.

But you are not going to find one shoe to do...
08-03-07, 06:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,626
Posted By radical_edward

Thread a longer bolt in from the back of the...

Thread a longer bolt in from the back of the eyelet do it sticks out. Mount rack on protruding bolt. Put nylock nut on end to secure rack.

Much less likely to strip an eyelet this way. Bolt will...
08-02-07, 01:28 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 26,863
Posted By radical_edward

Credit (once again) would have to go to Sheldon....

Credit (once again) would have to go to Sheldon. I wanted a peanut butter wrench for years, thanks to his write up. Probably 10% of my decision to get a fixie was due the fact that I could have a...
08-01-07, 02:55 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 26,863
Posted By radical_edward

Take the Surly to a machine shop and get them to...

Take the Surly to a machine shop and get them to drill out the middle of the handle.

Hub wrench.
Bottle opener.
Smoking pipe.

Thats 3 things.
07-26-07, 10:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,122
Posted By radical_edward

The cheap ones have horrible head angles to keep...

The cheap ones have horrible head angles to keep it all compact when folded. Quality folders ride surprisingly well. The FGG one above looks slack as, so will be the opposite of twitchy.
07-26-07, 03:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 568
Posted By radical_edward

I have 3 sets of candys, and a set of mallets. I...

I have 3 sets of candys, and a set of mallets. I tried 2 pairs of smartys, and upgraded them to candys after pretty much out of the box warranty issues (Bearings lasted a week, then 2 weeks). There...
07-24-07, 01:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By radical_edward

Don't oil your chain. It will turn orange as if...

Don't oil your chain. It will turn orange as if by magic.
07-20-07, 07:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 893
Posted By radical_edward

The cutover point for the chain or u-lock...

The cutover point for the chain or u-lock decision is if you are skinny enough for the chain to be locked around your waist. If you can't wear it as a belt, then chains are a hassle to carry.

The...
07-20-07, 01:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 893
Posted By radical_edward

Kryptonite sent me a replacement NY 2000 for a 10...

Kryptonite sent me a replacement NY 2000 for a 10 year old New York Lock when the bic thing came out.

Masterlock are still selling locks with the bicable locking mech and flatly deny that their...
07-19-07, 02:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 484
Posted By radical_edward

Mean Todd is pretty poorly named! ...

Mean Todd is pretty poorly named!

Webcyclery is literally an online LBS, so what you see on their website is the tip of the iceberg. Email them if you don't see what you are after and they will...
07-19-07, 04:35 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,287
Posted By radical_edward

Sheldon has the dope on the Sturmey Archer 3...

Sheldon has the dope on the Sturmey Archer 3 speed FIXED (http://sheldonbrown.com/asc.html) hub.

As he mentions, there is a rumour that a new version is in the works.
07-19-07, 03:06 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,287
Posted By radical_edward

Shimano Alfine...

Shimano Alfine (http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/catalog/cycle/products/group.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302050335&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181667&bmUID=1170563627553) is the Dura-Ace of...
07-15-07, 02:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,848
Posted By radical_edward

I have a small shoulder bag, from an outdoor...

I have a small shoulder bag, from an outdoor store. It has all sorts of dividers and pockets that I use to carry my wallet, tools, mini-u etc on short rides and errands. I just leave it packed, clip...
07-15-07, 01:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,602
Posted By radical_edward

The holy war over frame materials ignores the...

The holy war over frame materials ignores the fact that Aluminium frames tend to be performance oriented, whereas mass production steel frames are invariably tourer, or burly mountain bike frames.
...
07-14-07, 02:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,848
Posted By radical_edward

Always ride with somebody like this. Mooch off...

Always ride with somebody like this. Mooch off them when you have a mechanical.
07-12-07, 02:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,182
Posted By radical_edward

Think of it in terms of leverage. You have your...

Think of it in terms of leverage. You have your fulcrum at the BB axle, the load at the chainring and your force at the pedal axle. The closer the load is to the fulcrum (ie a small chainring), the...
07-12-07, 06:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,182
Posted By radical_edward

Yomping is pulling up on the bars at the same...

Yomping is pulling up on the bars at the same time as pedalling when you are out of the saddle. Old, old track term.
07-12-07, 06:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,182
Posted By radical_edward

Snap!

Snap!
07-12-07, 06:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,182
Posted By radical_edward

Because, faced with a choice, the girlyman side...

Because, faced with a choice, the girlyman side of your brain takes over and clicks the shifter.

Without a choice, your riding is much more agressive and you use a lot more body english, pedal...
07-12-07, 04:11 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,182
Posted By radical_edward

You can tighten a 10mm bolt on axle much more...

You can tighten a 10mm bolt on axle much more than the 4mm or so nut end of a quick release. If you have ever messed around with hex or security bolt on skewers, you will know how easy they are to...
07-11-07, 01:50 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,426
Posted By radical_edward

Don't get me wrong. Brooks are not for everybody,...

Don't get me wrong. Brooks are not for everybody, or even every bike. You have to 'feed' Brooks saddles by smearing on a tallow based lotion for god's sake.

They are heavy, comfortable, high...
07-11-07, 01:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 695
Posted By radical_edward

You don't need to cold set the frame. If a 120...

You don't need to cold set the frame. If a 120 hub fits, then the frame can be squeezed together by the quick release. Cold setting merely makes wheel changing easier. 132.5 to 120 may be a bit far...
07-11-07, 01:04 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,426
Posted By radical_edward

It is a little bit unfair to compare Brooks to...

It is a little bit unfair to compare Brooks to lightweight road saddles. They are as durable in construction and finish as mountain bike saddles. So let us say that a modern saddle is 2/3* the weight...
07-09-07, 09:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,469
Posted By radical_edward

Says the V-Brake rider...

Says the V-Brake rider...
07-09-07, 07:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,469
Posted By radical_edward

No, he will build you a radial wheel if you race...

No, he will build you a radial wheel if you race and are light enough for it to be a good idea, or if one of his existing customers vouch for you. If you build 'exotic' lacing patterns for every...
07-09-07, 01:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,469
Posted By radical_edward

I don't deny that radial wheels work. But I have...

I don't deny that radial wheels work. But I have strong doubts as to their durability on the street. I guess it means that you can boast about what a hardcore rider you are if you bust wheels every 6...
07-09-07, 01:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,469
Posted By radical_edward

Every week for 3 years is approx 6 months daily...

Every week for 3 years is approx 6 months daily riding on a smooth velodrome surface. And tell us, what did this guy run the other 6 days of the week?

If you run radial lacing on the street, then...
07-04-07, 03:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,271
Posted By radical_edward

More fibre. All Bran, whole grain breads and...

More fibre. All Bran, whole grain breads and beans. More than you can stand. Makes for easy pushin'

And wet baby wipes for comfort. These are good to have around anyway, for the times when you get...
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