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Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,036
Posted By PDKL45

Yeah, I have the hinged ones. I had been using...

Yeah, I have the hinged ones. I had been using the thumb hooks from Aliexpress, which are also sort of decent, but they don't have the degree or ergonomic shaping that the hinged ones do; they were...
Forum: Touring
05-09-22, 04:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 14,674
Posted By PDKL45

I like Francis Cade and his mate Bike Fit James a...

I like Francis Cade and his mate Bike Fit James a lot, very fun and informative videos. But! And there's a big but. They assume people have entirely healthy necks and backs, which is not always the...
05-03-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 582
Posted By PDKL45

Hit and runs aren't all that uncommon around...

Hit and runs aren't all that uncommon around here, but this one seems fairly anodyne. It's the ones that lead to a massive argument that are really questionable.
03-13-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,035
Posted By PDKL45

Check Analog: Stems (analogcycles.com)...

Check Analog: Stems (analogcycles.com) (https://analogcycles.com/collections/stems) The guy is obsessed with long frames and high, short stems with drop bars; he is NOT a fan of low trail bikes. In...
03-03-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,035
Posted By PDKL45

Soma Condor 2 fits the bill and would probably be...

Soma Condor 2 fits the bill and would probably be better for a carbon steerer.

Condor 2 Handlebar | SOMA Fabrications (https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/condor-2-handlebar)
03-03-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,035
Posted By PDKL45

You're going to struggle to find an 80 mm stem at...

You're going to struggle to find an 80 mm stem at 45 degrees.

Why not just go for one of the Ergotec 90 mm stems? A few of these would work just fine.

Products - Ergotec...
03-03-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By PDKL45

If anyone finds this thread through Google,...

If anyone finds this thread through Google, looking to insert a 1 1/8 straight steerer tube into a Merida or similar bike with a tapered headtube and tapered steerer tube, look closely at the...
01-06-22, 10:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,206
Posted By PDKL45

Where I am, there are a couple of Walmart type...

Where I am, there are a couple of Walmart type bike brands, one of which has a shop in even the smallest of towns. Cheap bikes, but the guys in those shops know their way around them just fine. The...
12-05-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 810
Posted By PDKL45

Tea and coffee will result in urination, which...

Tea and coffee will result in urination, which isn't a huge issue for me, and I frequently take a thermos of black coffee. You can make cycling energy mix with broken up chocolate, crushed pretzels...
10-21-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By PDKL45

And it's still only October. Looks like it's...

And it's still only October. Looks like it's going to be a long winter.
09-10-21, 11:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By PDKL45

For road bikes, look at something like this: ...

For road bikes, look at something like this:

https://www.axiomgear.com/products/racks/streamliner-racks/streamliner-road-dlx/

It attaches via the rear QR skewer and the seatstay bridge eyelet.
08-16-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By PDKL45

I have a rigid fork with a straight steerer, so...

I have a rigid fork with a straight steerer, so that's no problem. I'm in South Korea, and postage is covid-affected right now, but thanks for the offer.
08-11-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,956
Posted By PDKL45

The thing is, Clydesdales are completely awesome...

The thing is, Clydesdales are completely awesome and there's absolutely nothing in me that doesn't like being compared to them. If it was a label like MAMIL, that makes me want to punch whoever is...
08-04-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,891
Posted By PDKL45

With 9 speed chains you should get 3-4 chains per...

With 9 speed chains you should get 3-4 chains per cassette and 3-4 cassettes per set of chainrings. When the chain gets to 2,500 kms, put a chain checking tool on it, because chances are it's getting...
07-02-21, 11:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 682
Posted By PDKL45

I just ordered 700x32c folding bead Gatorskins...

I just ordered 700x32c folding bead Gatorskins instead of the Paselas. Same weight, give or take 50 grams or so, and a bit more more suited to my bike.

I had a hell of a time last night after work...
06-28-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,393
Posted By PDKL45

At this point in time, it's almost worth buying...

At this point in time, it's almost worth buying an entire new bike to harvest the drivetrain. Due to the way Shimano and SRAM offer heavy discounts to large clients who bulk buy components for...
06-27-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,393
Posted By PDKL45

The only thing that has me slightly concerned is...

The only thing that has me slightly concerned is replacement parts. Complete bikes are readily available near me, but Shimano parts can't be had for love or money.
06-09-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,029
Posted By PDKL45

Thank you very much, that's exactly what I was...

Thank you very much, that's exactly what I was looking for.
06-06-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,597
Posted By PDKL45

I'm from around the world and I don't see this as...

I'm from around the world and I don't see this as petty criticism. It's more of a hyper focused group almost laughing at themselves for their preoccupation with gear, when someone well-known but a...
04-15-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,618
Posted By PDKL45

Can you go to $500 in terms of budget? Something...

Can you go to $500 in terms of budget? Something like a Giant Escape, a Trek FX or a Specialized Sirrus should have a $500 price point version, and they're going to be immeasurably better than...
04-14-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,384
Posted By PDKL45

The FX 6 is a flat bar road bike (fitness bike) I...

The FX 6 is a flat bar road bike (fitness bike) I think. I just got my own fitness bike and it's a revelation after a heavy steel touring bike.

A couple of points:

Pedals - You are never bound...
04-13-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,562
Posted By PDKL45

Do you have access to all of those bikes? It's...

Do you have access to all of those bikes? It's becoming cliché, but just grab whichever is available to you right now. They're all decent bikes that will be great fitness machines for you and in...
03-31-21, 12:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,340
Posted By PDKL45

Anyone run the SKS S Board and S Blade set? I...

Anyone run the SKS S Board and S Blade set? I have a new Merida Speeder and I just ordered a pair of those for it. All of the bikes on the internet had a hidden rear fender mounting hole in the rear...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 12:35 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 16,843
Posted By PDKL45

There's a Facebook group for the AWOL and Sequoia...

There's a Facebook group for the AWOL and Sequoia that's full of photos of cracked frames and tales of woe. One theory over there is that the seatstays were significantly thin, allowing for too much...
02-17-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,621
Posted By PDKL45

Those peletons are crazy. For the price of one,...

Those peletons are crazy. For the price of one, you could have a real bike to ride outside, an indoor trainer with zwift hookups and a zwift subscription.
02-12-21, 03:32 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,707
Posted By PDKL45

Anyone else follow Strava Wankers on Instagram?...

Anyone else follow Strava Wankers on Instagram? That account is basically a compendium of stupid strava entries.
01-08-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 21,099
Posted By PDKL45

The guy was still adapted to burning...

The guy was still adapted to burning carbohydrates, rather than fat. If he was properly in ketosis he could have done a hard effort burning fat. If--and the big thing here is that if--you are...
12-27-20, 02:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,253
Posted By PDKL45

Hi OP: Why not look at a fitness bike like a...

Hi OP:

Why not look at a fitness bike like a Giant Fastroad, a Merida Speeder, a Trek FX, a Specialized Sirrus or something similar. Basically a flatbar roadbike.

Even with a flat bar, the...
12-18-20, 12:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,228
Posted By PDKL45

Specialized HQ Bike Theft

Edit: This was another thread I started which the mods merged here which is why the link is reposted here.

The Big S was hit by a daylight robbery...
12-04-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,343
Posted By PDKL45

But to get back on track, if there are safeguards...

But to get back on track, if there are safeguards in place, you cannot really go wrong with a $10 bike. It's worth more, and the auction will probably go higher.

Still, even you can get some for...
11-19-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,437
Posted By PDKL45

Sure, I bought my AWOL fully intending to replace...

Sure, I bought my AWOL fully intending to replace the wheels with a hand built set, but it's the cycling civilians, the non bike freaks, who I feel for in that scenario. They buy themselves "a good...
11-19-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,614
Posted By PDKL45

There may not be a huge amount of difference...

There may not be a huge amount of difference between Claris and Sora, but I haven't had a lot of experience with Claris. One thing that is fairly obvious is that Sora has really benefitted from...
11-18-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,614
Posted By PDKL45

What I meant is that with square taper bottom...

What I meant is that with square taper bottom brackets, the square holes in the crank arms, especially on the left crank arm, can sometimes be rounded out. If the square taper spindle is formed of...
11-18-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,614
Posted By PDKL45

I haven't checked, but Hollowtech II, as opposed...

I haven't checked, but Hollowtech II, as opposed to square taper, would be worth the extra to me. Square taper arm-spindle interfaces may wear and may develop play over time, while Hollowtech II is...
11-04-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,545
Posted By PDKL45

Ha! I can't seem to link to soundcloud, and...

Ha!

I can't seem to link to soundcloud, and I can't open YouTube on this computer, so just punch "Jin Sung Trot" into Google and follow the YouTube links to get an idea.
11-01-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 23,572
Posted By PDKL45

I'm aware that it's an old thread, but if...

I'm aware that it's an old thread, but if anyone's thinking of doing this, ignore the recommendation for the Surly Ogre fork earlier in the thread, not because the commenters were mistaken or wrong,...
09-21-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,152
Posted By PDKL45

That time and distance makes a lot more sense. ...

That time and distance makes a lot more sense.

Look, commuting is amazing for fitness gains. I have become faster and am a stronger cyclist for it. For example, where I may have been content to...
09-21-20, 01:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,659
Posted By PDKL45

I wear moisture wicking t-shirts, bike...

I wear moisture wicking t-shirts, bike pants/shorts and jogging shorts over the top for commuting. I use the t-shirts as a base layer now in Autumn, with long sleeve wicking t-shirts/MTB jerseys...
09-10-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,152
Posted By PDKL45

[MUSA Guy 1] I need some new cup noodles,...

[MUSA Guy 1] I need some new cup noodles, preferably MUSA noodles. We're being beaten up on trade here people.

[Noodle Guy 45] Uh, yeah, good luck on that, ALL cup noodles are made in China.
...
08-19-20, 01:22 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,790
Posted By PDKL45

This is like the time some guy here attacked me...

This is like the time some guy here attacked me as being unreasonable for using math (theoretical nonsense!) to show that pairing an 11-40 cassette with a 30-39-50 road triple might not be a great...
07-29-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,404
Posted By PDKL45

I don't know about the US, but there is a shift...

I don't know about the US, but there is a shift towards manufacturing closer to consumers by some brands. Giant, the Taiwanese company, is backing away from mainland China, while opening a new...
07-16-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,615
Posted By PDKL45

Another option would be a Giant Escape. This one:...

Another option would be a Giant Escape. This one: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/escape-2-disc is right on your budget (the 2021 version will be out soon and will probably be all but identical)....
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,641
Posted By PDKL45

The Sora and Alivio drivetrain? You'd expect a...

The Sora and Alivio drivetrain? You'd expect a bit more from a bike costing what it does in the US and you'd definitely expect more of a bike costing what it does in other countries. Surly complete...
06-01-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,093
Posted By PDKL45

I would just buy any high end bike that I wanted...

I would just buy any high end bike that I wanted and use SKS Raceblades (https://www.sks-germany.com/en/products/raceblade-serie/). Topeak have road defenders...
05-21-20, 01:42 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,509
Posted By PDKL45

Most bikes from the brands you mention are made...

Most bikes from the brands you mention are made in Taiwan. Taiwan, known officially at the Republic of China, is not the "China" that you will not purchase from, so relax, you'll be fine. Look for...
02-06-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,535
Posted By PDKL45

The whole idea of a super bike is a bit silly to...

The whole idea of a super bike is a bit silly to me. You see it in print all the time, "a whizz bang ultralight carbon fibre frame rocket ship super bike," or something like that. I'm not having a go...
02-04-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,902
Posted By PDKL45

For touring bikes, LKLM look pretty legit....

For touring bikes, LKLM look pretty legit. They're actual cycle tourers themselves and seem to make a decent frame. IIRC, they had a LHT/DT type bike and one or two others, as well as accessories...
01-23-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,156
Posted By PDKL45

You and Leinster make good points, and I may have...

You and Leinster make good points, and I may have spoken to soon, especially with regard to their carbon technology.
01-23-20, 02:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,156
Posted By PDKL45

That's their thing, though. Their bikes are just...

That's their thing, though. Their bikes are just like Toyota Corollas: they're not particularly innovative or exciting, but they offer decent quality for a slightly better price than many...
01-22-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,156
Posted By PDKL45

Like everyone else has said, it's because they're...

Like everyone else has said, it's because they're the biggest bike manufacturer in the world, and the economy of scale comes into play. Also, and this is from personal experience, they seem to make...
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