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Re: Bikes

Postby JewTurk » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:51 am

This is my commuter/do everything bike right now. Pretty happy with my set-up after a few different iterations. Working at a shop for a few months was super nice, got lots of parts I'd been hoping for for cheap.


I want to be strong and commute during the winter too. My battle plan is to just get a cheap set of disc brakes to replace my current so I don't have to worry about them rusting up like crazy and then just oiling anything and everything as much as possible. Any winter commute advice aside from studs for tires?
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Re: Bikes

Postby rjbman » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:19 pm

first cyclocross season wrapped up a few weeks ago. i'm no good (at least out here in CO) but I got a bike mount for my go pro anyways in the hopes of some good footage. AND I DID.

main lessons learned:
  • you're gonna fall, lots. get used to it and the med tent
  • mount / dismounts are super important so practice instead of just crossing your fingers
  • sprint off the line to get the best spot you can early, so people have to pass you instead of the other way around
  • everyone gets gassed, it's just who can go longest until it happens (exception: diesels who just keep churning)
  • booze after makes everything okay (PBR & fireball)
  • fewer people show up later in the season so tough it out and get some points
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Re: Bikes

Postby ramdomthought » Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:06 am

@nothobo @odradek post your damn bikes you kings
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Re: Bikes

Postby maj » Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:26 pm

the latest incarnation of my fixed gear bike.

I have removed the back brake
de- stickered where i can
got new, green, shorter bars (the same bar just cut shorter and green)
shortened the front brake
changed the seatpost and saddle from my road bike while i'm not using it

have a love hate relationship with this bike. when i'm on it, nipping round town with time to burn it's great, love it. but when i look at it hits me in the brain worms, the geo looks so squished due to the curved and flattened tt, nothing on this bike measures 56 but it's a large frame and fits like one (the new seat post helped clean this up a little). i think the other reason is i've tried to be budget conscious with this build and as such its left things that were taken care of on my other bikes not done here, namely finishing kit and part / brand choices.

if i had the cash i would get a zipp stem and old spesh sworks downhill bars for the kit, chop the steerer and slam the stem, change the cranks to an omnioum or, real brain worms hours, and old rotor set, possibly a set of mavic eclipses for those sweet logo wheels, or some hsons with blinghubs, sram front brake, nicer brake lever with red cable.

but then thinking about all that it's like, my fundamental issue is the frame, i can't put a rack on it other than horrid axel mounts, nor is it racey enough in tube shapes/geo to look non functional, it hasn't got that sacred

h o r i z o n t a l t o p t u b e

so i naturally have a dislike to it, so i don't spend "real" money on it as even with these parts i'd have to buy a new frame, it would be a different bike

when you're on it tho? it's sweet, nippy, well controlled, takes a 28 and is plenty comfortable for 50-70k or so, dual bottle cage mounts and could definitely take some real mud gaurds. really good bike objectively, that and you can lock it around town without too much worry, that's what i bought it for and it achieves that.

i think i'll probably go to 20/48 gearing in the near future, line the tyre logos up, maybe my brain worms will kick in and i'l buy the matching stem, maybe it'll be a slow build? a challenge of self control.

i say "beater bikes don't really exist as you'll just eventually buy what you wanted anyway", but maybe, for at least this short time, they do.

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Re: Bikes

Postby Ques » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:56 pm

my dad's friend who he cycles with (in his late 60s) got a new bike in august and he's already put 8k+ miles on it... gray king...
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Re: Bikes

Postby Benson » Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:13 pm

Ques wrote:my dad's friend who he cycles with (in his late 60s) got a new bike in august and he's already put 8k+ miles on it... gray king...

That is nuts. He sounds like my dad..he's also in his late 60s (turning 69 this year) and is wanting to do the Great Divide Trail from Banff to Mexico. Anyone have any alternative ideas that don't involve him dying?
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Re: Bikes

Postby bels » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:03 am

Wouldn't worry tooooo much about your da benson, lots of oldies /race/ the tour divide:

So if he's just doing it at his own pace...maybe it's not too bad?
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