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05-05-21, 01:27 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,352
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, didn’t you know that? Aluminum bikes are...

Yes, didn’t you know that? Aluminum bikes are ticking time bombs. Once the paint gets chipped, it’s only a matter of time before it snaps!

Thats why you don’t see any 50 year old bikes that aren’t...
04-30-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 230
Posted By Ironfish653

It shouldn’t do any permanent damage to the...

It shouldn’t do any permanent damage to the shifter.
What happens is that if you keep hitting the ‘release’ paddle while the drivetrain isn’t moving, that you release all the tension on the shift...
04-29-21, 11:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 230
Posted By Ironfish653

The CAAD-3 will different from your '91, but not...

The CAAD-3 will different from your '91, but not hugely so. Biggest functional difference would be that CAAD-3 doesn't have downtube shifter bosses, just cable stops.
Kinesis is the 3rd party brand...
04-29-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 494
Posted By Ironfish653

It's not Fuji, but here's my '76 Bridgestone...

It's not Fuji, but here's my '76 Bridgestone rebuild:This was about $170 worth of parts; tires and tubes were the biggest single item at $50; going with gumwalls will probably be closer to $75, for...
04-29-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 900
Posted By Ironfish653

Buy a couple of city councilmen or state...

Buy a couple of city councilmen or state delegates.
Grassroots is great and all, but you gotta get the policymakers on your side if you want to make real progress.
04-29-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 494
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd probably go ahead and swap out the freewheel...

I'd probably go ahead and swap out the freewheel to a 'modern' Shimano HG freewheel. Even though you have friction shifting, the ramped teeth on an SIS freewheel, along with a modern 8-sp chain (KMC...
04-28-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,632
Posted By Ironfish653

I've had a good experience with the Conti Ultra...

I've had a good experience with the Conti Ultra Sport IIs. They're nice and 'round' with good grip and road feel. They're definitely way better than a $20 tire should be.
They've been superceded by...
04-28-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 555
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 The 53t SR chainring on my '76 is like...

+1

The 53t SR chainring on my '76 is like this. I have to have the FD cage about 8mm above the teeth to make it work correctly.
It's been commented on, and I've adjusted it down, but then it...
04-28-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By Ironfish653

What is it about BikeForums that causes people to...

What is it about BikeForums that causes people to jump to the most arcane correlation-is-causation magical-thinking conclusion from nothing but a single picture or anecdote?

" Look how big that BB...
04-28-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,110
Posted By Ironfish653

Go to a commercial power equipment dealer, a lot...

Go to a commercial power equipment dealer, a lot of the big brands like STIHL make 'fashion' style safety glasses. They're about $15-$20, and have full Z87+ coverage.
They're inexpensive enough to...
04-28-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,390
Posted By Ironfish653

They fly, but they don't really like to. You're...

They fly, but they don't really like to. You're more likely to run one over than get hit by one in the air.
Unless you ride at highway speeds, it's a non-issue.
What's most likely to happen is...
04-25-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 651
Posted By Ironfish653

Very nice! That's possibly the most elegant...

Very nice! That's possibly the most elegant folding bike I've ever seen.
Not surprised, Bridgestone was always quietly innovative, and very, very Japanese.
04-25-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,849
Posted By Ironfish653

No. In the street, you run facing traffic, so...

No. In the street, you run facing traffic, so overtaking vehicles are on the opposite side of the road. Did you really not know that, or are you trying to be obtuse?

On the bike, I find that a...
04-25-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,104
Posted By Ironfish653

Nope, for a lot of BikeForums, there are only...

Nope, for a lot of BikeForums, there are only three mountain bikes; full-jounce 29ers, department store Huffy's and the '85 Schwinn High Sierra. Suspension development started and ended with the...
04-25-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 536
Posted By Ironfish653

A 30mm rim will be stiffer, which when paired...

A 30mm rim will be stiffer, which when paired with a typical 24-h wheel build will provide a stiffer, more responsive, 'lively' ride.
The 18mm rim will usually be a 32-h or even a 36-h, which is...
04-25-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,104
Posted By Ironfish653

If you're doing sprints on the road, then, yeah,...

If you're doing sprints on the road, then, yeah, there's no benefit to suspension. If you're climbing on a trail with rocks, roots, or otherwise uneven ground, then suspension can 'round off the...
04-24-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By Ironfish653

Not knowing how the rest of the bike is going to...

Not knowing how the rest of the bike is going to be fitted out, I can’t really see any real advantage. Maybe a single-speed, so you’ve only got a single lever on the bars. Again, expect to lose some...
04-24-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 633
Posted By Ironfish653

Pretty common for 1970s mid- to lower-end bikes....

Pretty common for 1970s mid- to lower-end bikes. Mfgrs would use the same frame to build both a drop- bar “ten-speed” and an upright 3-speed ‘lightweight’.
Thats why you see features like...
04-24-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By Ironfish653

Again, why are you to reduce the number of things...

Again, why are you to reduce the number of things on the bars? Is it for looks, or for accessibility? Reducing the number of controls mean you'll have to potentially give up functionallity.

...
04-24-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 533
Posted By Ironfish653

As far as 'lasts longer' once you're into the...

As far as 'lasts longer' once you're into the $500-$800 price bracket, it'll be pretty much a wash as far as durability is concerned. These are entry-level 'decent' bikes. They're not throwaway...
04-24-21, 02:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By Ironfish653

Before this thread dives down the rabbit-hole of...

Before this thread dives down the rabbit-hole of what’s more comfortable to ride with an arm injury; what are you trying to accomplish by running both brakes off a single lever?
There’s a couple...
04-23-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 533
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, Microshift is relatively comparable to...

Yes, Microshift is relatively comparable to Shimano. They don't make really high-end stuff like Ultegra and Dura-Ace, but what they do make is very good, and well regarded for the money. Sort of...
04-23-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,117
Posted By Ironfish653

Cheez Why the Racing Ralph? It offers very...

Cheez Why the Racing Ralph? It offers very little protection compared to a lot of other 26" tires. The Racing Ralph is a light weight, high performance XC race tire. It's expensive because it's...
04-22-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 511
Posted By Ironfish653

Better fit and finish; Cheaper racks tend to user...

Better fit and finish; Cheaper racks tend to user cheaper, heavier steel tubes. Better racks are powdercoated or have thicker, tougher paint. You'll also see more ease of adjustment (which can be...
04-22-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 405
Posted By Ironfish653

:lol: Accessory mount? :foo: Aero Bar? I've...

:lol: Accessory mount? :foo: Aero Bar?
I've said it many times, for BF, there are only two kinds of MTB's FS 29'ers and '85 Schwinn High Sierras. :lol:

"Moto" cross-bar. Keeps this from...
04-20-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,117
Posted By Ironfish653

Fitting a low-budget MTB with high-dollar...

Fitting a low-budget MTB with high-dollar tubeless race tires for grocery-getting because you keep getting flats and your duct-tape-and-super-glue patch technique doesn’t work would be a supreme...
04-18-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By Ironfish653

Boy, BikeForums really likes to go down the...

Boy, BikeForums really likes to go down the rabbit hole.
Occam’s razor; It’s cost; that’s why hydraulic rim brakes didn’t really catch on.
Hydro rim brakes cost more, and prevent you from...
04-17-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By Ironfish653

That’s kind of a weird take on it, since pad...

That’s kind of a weird take on it, since pad material really doesn’t matter to the caliper / wheel cylinder.

More likely, since hydraulic brakes require you to use a system-specific lever and...
04-17-21, 02:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 265
Posted By Ironfish653

Narrow 26” rims were pretty common on 90’s XC...

Narrow 26” rims were pretty common on 90’s XC bikes; it was how you could tell it was a ‘race bike’. Wide rims were for kids bikes and downhillers.

1.6-1.75” is a pretty good all-around size, but...
04-14-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 196
Posted By Ironfish653

Any suspension fork is excess weight if you ride...

Any suspension fork is excess weight if you ride around with the lockout on all the time. A Headshok, though, is considerably lighter than most conventional forks.

You’re correct that it’s most...
04-07-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,111
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd say that's a fair description. Japanese...

I'd say that's a fair description. Japanese engineering of the era was capable of brilliant work (Honda CB750, anyone?) But overall, it was deliberate to the point of conservative
Case in point,...
03-29-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd take a look at Hilton Head, SC.. Great...

I'd take a look at Hilton Head, SC..
Great restaurants, beaches, and very bike friendly; in fact there are bike paths, trails and dedicated bike lanes covering pretty much the whole island. The...
03-28-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,678
Posted By Ironfish653

Full-wrap prescription lenses can be kind of...

Full-wrap prescription lenses can be kind of funky to make, depending on the prescription, the shape of the frame, and the material used for the lens itself.

This is a pair of Wiley-X that I had...
03-27-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,678
Posted By Ironfish653

Another +1"for Zenni ; If you've got a copy of...

Another +1"for Zenni ; If you've got a copy of your prescription, and pick your upgrade options judiciously, you can get a pair made for about what you'd pay for decent 'off-the-rack' sunglasses.
03-25-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,527
Posted By Ironfish653

Corporate Inertia. The bikeshare companies could...

Corporate Inertia. The bikeshare companies could get a write-off whether they donated or scrapped them; Donating them would require contacting the co-ops and community groups (it would probably take...
03-25-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,527
Posted By Ironfish653

Well, it takes about the same amount of labor to...

Well, it takes about the same amount of labor to manufacture a cheap bike as it does a 'good' bike. The only thing you can control is the cost of the materials used.
That Schwinn Ranger 26, and my...
03-25-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,527
Posted By Ironfish653

So basically, your model is to have the bikes...

So basically, your model is to have the bikes manufactured locally. (Assembled from components) and delivered to the stores complete and ready to ride?
I appreciate where you're heart's at, but...
03-25-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,527
Posted By Ironfish653

The biggest thing with department store bikes is...

The biggest thing with department store bikes is that the assembly is such a roll of the dice. Retail assembly is usually done by piece-rate contract assemblers, rather than store employees, and...
03-24-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 900
Posted By Ironfish653

All kinds of reasons here. The reason motos have...

All kinds of reasons here. The reason motos have the brake on the right is that for the most part (vintage Brit iron excepted) the throttle is on the right, so the clutch HAS to go on the left. ...
03-23-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By Ironfish653

Well taken; However, the BikeForums knowledge...

Well taken; However, the BikeForums knowledge base tends to think of things from the perspective of 700c road bikes. 26" MTB tires are a whole other kettle of fish.

Case in point: I had asked a...
03-22-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 414
Posted By Ironfish653

Why the "air quotes?". Are you looking for an...

Why the "air quotes?". Are you looking for an actual trailer, or something like a trailer, that's not really a bike trailer?
If it's an actual bike trailer, the THULE Chariot line is the top of the...
03-21-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By Ironfish653

Typically, rims are sized by their inside width,...

Typically, rims are sized by their inside width, usually in millimeters. What you've got as a "1.1 inch" is probably a 24mm, which is a pretty 'standard' 26" MTB rim.

Back in the day, a...
03-18-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 529
Posted By Ironfish653

I know that, but 1" threadless stems are not all...

I know that, but 1" threadless stems are not all that easy to come by these days, and if you're looking for a specific rise and reach, there's a lot more options in 31.8"

Sounds like the OP is...
03-18-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 529
Posted By Ironfish653

Most threadless stems are able to be used as...

Most threadless stems are able to be used as either +/- rise / drop. The Mutant isn't one of those, however. If you're not planning on using the bike for anything more than light-duty casual riding,...
03-18-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,534
Posted By Ironfish653

If by 'aggressive' do you mean 'head down, all-or...

If by 'aggressive' do you mean 'head down, all-or nothing speed merchant' than your '26er in 700c high heels' would work, i guess, but it'd be a lot of weird compromises and workarounds just to have...
03-18-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,534
Posted By Ironfish653

90's XC bikes are aggro as F. 'NORBA' Geometry...

90's XC bikes are aggro as F.
'NORBA' Geometry was typically 71* / 73* what's so slack about that?

It seems like BF doesn't know that there was a couple of decades between the Schwinn High...
03-17-21, 04:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,357
Posted By Ironfish653

​​​​​ Sure, you take someone who's already pretty...

​​​​​ Sure, you take someone who's already pretty highly conditioned, and stick them on Zwift, where they learn how to climb and sprint, and really put the power down, but they don't develop any bike...
03-12-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By Ironfish653

Complete bikes are always easier to sell. You...

Complete bikes are always easier to sell. You have the potential to make more money parting it out, but also a big risk of ending up with an incomplete pile of half-sold parts nobody wants.
...
03-12-21, 12:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 562
Posted By Ironfish653

High effort, high rpm and low ground speed are a...

High effort, high rpm and low ground speed are a hard combination to make work, especially on a bike path.
The easiest way, is to ride up hills, or the same hill, over and over.
A Single-speed or...
03-09-21, 10:34 PM
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