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Last one got nuked due to gayness

Ask your bike related questions, please please post a picture
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first for nuclear option tan sidewall with insert
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How does the tubeless goop handle freezing temperatures?
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Should I buy superteam tri spoke wheels?
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>>1749686
But anon your picture is also gay
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best 11speed chain for road bike?
gonna buy two, swap them every 750km, cover the whole season ~8000-10000km
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>>1749701
uhhh what
they sort of wear together you'll get worse chordal action like that
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>>1749702
sort of
cassette wears slower than a chain
solution: use multiple chains, throw everything away when the time comes
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>>1749704
snowflake nonsense idea
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>>1749701
Wipperman/Connex
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>>1749704
retard
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>>1749692
Depending on the formula, sealant works normally down to down to -20 to -40° (f) because it's mostly glycol.

>>1749697
If you have to ask, no.
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>>1749707
not him but i've had one of those and it was smooth and lasted but pretty loud
not even in a bad way necessarily but i didn't like that
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>>1749710
Yeah, I simp for them but I usually keep everything on the drivetrain the same brand. It just tends to work the best that way.
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>>1749709
>If you have to ask, no
Why is that? The only other option in the same price range that seems to be recommended is a used HED 3, but that limits me to tubular tires which I feel kind of iffy about.
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>>1749379
>shimano compatibility thing tells me I can't use a 12-25 casette with RD-R7000-GS
>but how's the reality? will it break? it won't shift?
>12-25 has way better ratios than 11-28

Shadow mechs are more finnicky about specific cassette sizes. It will work but shifting preformance will be worse. If you want to do the swap, do it properly and get the short cage mech. That will -improve- shifting performance over 11-28

11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-28T
12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-21-23-25T

>way better ratios
2 more straight gears. Big deal. I bet you're not riding a compact crank. That sounds like actually the pointless autism modification that would make sense if you don't care about top end, and to make those straight gears that you do have more in your cruising range. If you do have a compact, then a subcompact.

and find some hills to ride topographylet
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>>1749709
>If you have to ask, no.
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>>1749697
fuck yea
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>>1749686
Anon of bad ideas checking in here, anyway I bought a pair of cracked/chipped vintage Spinergy carbon 700c wheels off ebay for a cool hundo, AMA
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>>1749722
>$120
i can get behind doing retarded stuff, but unless one of them is still good i think i would have passed.
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>>1749722
>AMA
Why did you buy those?
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>>1749724
implying that both are not still good : )

>>1749745
to (repair and) put on a bike
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>>1749722
That wasn't the best purchase.
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So I just bought my first road bike. Its a Retrospec Culver 14 speed. Took it out for a ride a few minutes ago. It gets really wobbly, worryingly so. The roads are wet, cause Florida. I think the seat isn't exactly centered, and the tires are very thin and quite likely shit.
The tires are
>Retrospec 700 x 28C all-season, P/V valves
Should I order some thicker tires to help with stability on wet roads? Or could it be something else?
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>>1749722
as a meme wheel enthusiast, how do you like campy ones, shamals, etc?
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>>1749722
It's amazing the things people would rather have than money.

>>1749748
Carbon repair is expensive and sketchy enough that cheap-ass chinkshit wheels would've been better in every way. Also spinergy wheels had a horrible safety record even when not pre-damaged.

http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-020/
>The neuro-specialist ultimately recommended that the victim wear a "halo" for three months to allow the vertebrae to mend. The "halo" was basically a heavy plastic body cast that went from neck to waist. Attached to the neck was a metal extension that raised up and encircled the victim’s head. It was held securely in place by pins screwed directly into the forehead and skull. This apparatus lifted the weight off of the spinal cord allowing the three vertebrae to mend. The victim stayed with his parents in WAUSAU during the three and a half months he wore the "halo" as he needed assistance to do just about everything.

>. They all say that I did not hit anything, or anyone. The reason the Spinergy wheel failed will always be a mystery, as I have no memory of the crash. When my face slammed the ground, it tore off most of my ear. My face was laid open from around my eye, down the length of my jaw. This required considerable plastic surgery. My knee was ground to the bone, and is left with a horrid scar.

>all of a sudden I heard a loud "SNAP" and was catapulted over the handle bars landing first on my head , and then on my back. I was in incredible pain for what seemed like an eternity. I remember my wife just holding my feet and praying.
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>>1749755
>really wobbly
check the condition of the wheel and headset bearings and also how well the wheels are secured to the frame
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>>1749755
I wouldn't assume it has been assembled correctly particuraly bearing adjustment, and wheel trueness, and the bearings might not even be greased correctly either. All those things can make a bike wobbly.

Cheap tires shouldn't, unless they are out of round or not seated correctly.
It may simply be that you're unconfident with the way the bike handles, inherently. Road bikes are harder to ride at low speeds than other types of bikes and you should get used to it.


anyway, check the bearings. Bring the bike to vertical. Put a shoe on either side of the rear tire to hold it steady. Grap the stem in one hand and the fork blade in the other. Try to wiggle it. Is there any play in that headset bearing?

Grip a rim. Try to wiggle it side to side. Any play?

Sight the wheels looking directly down the line of the bike. Are they in the middle? Spin them, and watch the brake tracks. Are they straight? Up and down and side to side?
Watch a line on the side of the tire as it spins. Is that straight?

obviously straighten your saddle. That's not hard is it. And we like to see actual pictures of the actual bike round these parts.
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Where can you go to learn about Bikes? Like so you can get clued up on what you're buying etc.
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>>1749765
https://yarchive.net/bike/index.html
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/

old timey iconoclasts who wrote a lot and who you can learn a lot from

the flip side is modern 'journalism' outfits who are basically just a marketing arm of the industry
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>>1749755
don't buy thicker (lol) tyres. 28 is plenty wide enough for rainy roads. could be nearly anything but the most kindly culprit is a loose bolt/nut somewhere
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>>1749757
i dont have any campy sets. I do have a pair of vintage campy super record hubs that I am contemplating for a meme grabel build, laced to some Araya 7x's
though I do have lots of other meme wheelsets: Spinergy Spox, Spin carbon trispoke, Hed trispoke, Mike Burrows Giant TCR, Nukeproof, Philwood, mavics, etc
I really want a Tioga Disk Drive, but cant bring my self to dro a grand on one.

>>1749758
Fixing these will be pretty easy, its only the spokes on the drive side that got damaged, from a chain drop or something. I will wrap the segements in new fiber.
They are also 3rd gen so only "somwhat unrealiable", instead of "totally unreliable" like the 1st gen. They are for a meme show bike, and not a workhorse daily commuter
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>>1749711
wipperman is a nice alternative for people running fucking sram because sram's chains are garbo, but if you're running campy or shimano there's no reason to get anything but chorus or dura-ace/xtr chains
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>>1749759
>>1749761
Okay, I'll check these things. And tighten stuff up. I took it to this old, tan, weirdo guy who runs a shady shop. I only took it to him because he was open on Sunday (today), and did put it all together in a timely fashion. I think I'll take it back to another shop to double check it all, a more . . . professional shop. Have them check it proper. I won't rely on my own poor knowledge to do it properly, one thing i've learned from car's lol.
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>>1749775
wrong approach.
Bikes can be learnt by a casual. You don't have to do everything but most shops will be neglectful of vague issues and not want or expect a cheap bike to be tuned well, or even be able to do it because that often requires riding and adjusting to even notice problems.
Have a shop do specific things like 'true this wheel', or 'replace the chain', if you want, but they will not keep on top of it overall unless it's a better new bike you bought from them.
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>>1749775
Nor will most shops have good cost effective upgrade or often even service parts for it off the shelf
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>>1749775
like, if you want better tires, that's a very good idea, it's the best upgrade you can make on a bike, and as a newfag to road bikes, if you have spare clearance, bigger tires would make you feel more confident.

They will probably be very expensive and or not the ideal ones, at a lbs
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>>1749771
I'd like to experiment with different chains on a SRAM drivetrain. At my old shop, a brand we carried was spec'ing KMC chains on their new 11 speed SRAM mountain bikes and they felt and sounded like shit. We swapped one to a SRAM chain and it was like night and day.
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>>1749686
Since I am not a regular /n/wah I need advice on what to look for and what to avoid when buying a new bike to use rail trail biking and bicycle camping and was told it would be more appropriate to ask here than on /out/. I am looking to buy a used or cheaper bicycle for usage almost exclusively on rail trails along with carrying enough gear on my back & bike to camp several nights while biking along the trail. (If any body is curious its the Katy trail in Missouri) I am open to almost anything since I have not biked in years but I wanted to get back into it and camp several days along the katy. How much should I save up for the bike to not get complete garbage and what side saddles and cargo carriers would you recommend? Also what are some things I would need to carry bicycle camping that I would not otherwise IE spare inner tube & parts for bike etc. Also I have a local bicycle shop in my city should I buy local or order from somewhere online like I stated I know very little on this topic.
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>>1749786
post local craigslist and height, i'll make you some recs

as for spare tools, imo, 1 spare tube, and patches. Patch first unless you're in a rush. Keep the spare for emergencies where a valve is damaged. You can boot tires with chocolate bar wrappers or something like that so no need for a tire boot. Multitool. good bigger zip ties (for say if a rack bolt rattles out) and electrical tape. You don't need that much.
Luggage setup depends on the bike you get
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>>1749788
Columbia/Jefferson City 6ft 6in & 300 pounds since I am a fatass but working on it.
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>>1749789
prepare to spend a lot of money or end up with some shit 90s beater with 100km left in it like most of this board
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>>1749781
>>1749782
Okay, I'll give it a go tomorrow night after work. I have my tools I use to work on my car I can use. Any DIY bike YouTube channels I can check out or videos in specific? A lot of this jargon means nothing to me, I didn't know what a 'fork' was until a week ago.
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>>1749790
>prepare to spend a lot of money or end up with some shit 90s beater with 100km left in it like most of this board
kek I was going to say the same thing except phrase it differently

>>1749789
https://columbiamo.craigslist.org/bik/d/jefferson-city-schwinn-mountain-bike/7430193632.html
This is the only thing there. It's quite low end, but it's the exact right kind of bike, it looks to be in very good condition, and it's roughly the right size.
I would go ride it, see if you like it, haggle (try for 120), and then fix it up some.
I actually think you're lucky and this is a very good buy for you.

new would be over $1000.
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>>1749790
im prepared to save for a long while to buy a good bike I will save for this entire upcoming season and wait till the next camping season if I have to since this is something I have been wanting to do for a while now.
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>>1749791
rj the bike guy
the instructions i gave you are very straightforward though. Follow them. If you don't know what a term means, google it, like, you know, how to function in the world.
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>>1749794
Okay, I'll definitely be back tomorrow when I start on it. Will read the previous posts, and post a few more questions. Thank you all for being helpful.
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>>1749793
If you want to spend the money, at your weight for trail touring i'd probably look at one of these:
https://surlybikes.com/bikes/bridge_club
https://konaworld.com/unit_x.cfm

Or if you want drop bars, a Marin of sorts.
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>>1749792
damn, that is so low end but what a find for someone his size who is happy with a shitter. good detective work anon
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>>1749797
eh
>plaingauge reynolds cromo frame

It's at the bottom end of nice. It's not a bad bike. It's got nice paint, clearance, and bosses. How stiff the frame is and how well it will ride loaded and with a 130kg behemoth astride it is unknowable.
It's gonna have a freewheel hub and the axle on that will bend, plus probably not double wall rims. It will want a wheel upgrade, but he can probably get away with it for now, and for a 140kg behemoth plus gear on trails that would probably be true for anything. The right kind of shop can build bombproof wheels for it for >$200 and then suddenly it's more reliable in the key way, than just about any new bike, regardless of price.

grip shift and flexy plastic brake levers are also very easily upgraded from.
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>>1749792
thanks friend I will reach out and see if its still available. There is also a bicycle shop in Jefferson City should I bother checking it out?
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>>1749800
*<$200
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>>1749686
okay, ̶b̶a̶d̶ good idea anon back and now
I'm doing some 3d printing on an unrelated project, and I'm bored so I threw some /n/ spokey dokeys into the design for lulz

will report back
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>>1749801
unless you have a lot of money, a bike shop will likely try to steer you towards an entry level front suspension hardtail, that would work, but i do not like bikes like that very much for touring, you cannot load the front end of them as well, and the suspension is tuned for different riding so you just waste energy into it. At the lower end it's not likely to be reliable enough for you considering your size, so you're stuck with a project that isn't actually worth it.

I'd buy this and then have the bike shop do some stuff to it. You can and should do most of the work yourself, because you need to learn about your bicycle to take it touring, so you can fix it on the road. But some jobs like truing wheels are skilled and far easier with expensive tools. If the wheels are out of true or the spokes don't feel evenly tensioned, I would have them trued. And do a tour on it, see if you like how it rides/fits/loads, then look at upgrading it. Namely, having a high spoke count, double wall rim, custom wheelset built.
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>>1749801
anyway good luck. Post some pics if you get it. Tell us how it goes.
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>>1749803
cringe
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What's the absolute best guide for adjusting a rear derailleur that has gears bouncing between gears?
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>buy schwinn hybrid bike for girlfriend off Amazon
>$500
>arrived with box clearly re-taped
>box says DO NOT LAY ON SIDE
>start assembling
>front reflector is cracked
>scratch on frame
>continue assembling
>tire won’t fit
>fork is bent
Anyone ever deal with returns or replacements, with Amazon or Schwinn?

It really only needs a new front fork, but hell, if I can get a free bike or parts bike out of it, I’ll take it.
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>>1749800
the frame is basically the only non bso thing about it but everything else is doable eh
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>>1749812
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>>1749812
That's what you get.
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>>1749813
I think you'd be surprised how well low end stuff can work

>>1749808
sheldon brown
also hang the bike so you can pedal/shift with your hands
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>>1749812
just bend it back its fine
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>>1749816
for touring he wants reliable not "good enough to commute"
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>>1749812
no i don't buy from amazon. but you can probably return it and they will dump it in a landfill.
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>>1749820
what specifically do you see failing, aside from the wheels?

Maybe wearing out quicker, but failing?
We're not talking world touring either, but local flat rail trail.
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>>1749812
Well what did you think was gonna happen? Not only did you buy a bicycle on Amazon, you spent $500 on it. Shame on you anon, shame on you.
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What 32c tires should I get for mild off road & rough on road use?
Looking at Gravel Kings but there's like 14 different models.
Prefer slicks.
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>>1749815
That’s awfully no help.

>>1749817
Pfft, I don’t have a vise, and doesn’t change the fact it was damaged all goof’d up.

>>1749821
I figure it won’t be a return, as it costs them more to send me a new box and deal with the headache of it.

>>1749823
Excuse me, for not getting my filthy casual girlfriend a $1000 dollar bike, to buy into the accepting and nontoxic community of cyclists that don’t sneer at entry-level bikes.
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>>1749812
Tell them its busted, show pics and ask for a refund/return. Don't buy bikes off amazon they're almost always going to be damaged it seems.
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>>1749755
>anons come to /n/ to show off shitty bikes they're planning on buying off the internet
>everyone tells them that they'll be shit
>order them anyway
>when they show up they're shit
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>>1749822
I personally wouldn't expect even a full day out of any component not marked XT on an mtb
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which one?
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>>1749834
WTB Riddler
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>>1749826
the qualities that make a tire shock absorbant and good riding, also make it fragile and prone to being cut up on the sidewall by sharp rocks

so 'gravel tire' 'rough road tire' is a complete contradiction and utterly meaningless. You could take tank mode marathon plus tires on gravel (I have) and they will definitely survive, but, the ride quality is awful.
You can take gp5k tires on gravel (I have) and the ride quality, grip, and speed, is excellent, because they're quite supple, but you're relatively prone to cut the sidewall and need to replace the tire (i have), or even just cut up the casing.

gravelkangz are actually towards the fragile supple end. If you want those i'd get the slick ones, the plus model (tougher), but don't try and research them, just get them, because every model of gravelkang you will find people crying about them being fragile which is just what they are inherently and why they're good.

conti 4 seasons is a good middle road option.
Vittoria Pave CG Open is a good risky option

I would buy what you can find heavily discounted.
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can I replace my 700x23 tyres with 700x35
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>>1749837
for the rims, yes, although if you have extremely narrow rims it will corner badly and it's better to go 32.

Measure them.
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>>1749834
consider regular paselas if you can get them cheaply
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>>1749837
Do you have clearance on the frame/fork?
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>>1749720
>>1749719
Man, is that the Magical Mystery Bite Tour?
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>>1749722
$60 - if you got them for for a cool looking shopping hack then that's fine, more than fine. If they are for general use then I'd suggest going significantly slower than usual.
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>>1749783
Yeah but being better than OEM-spec KMC isn't much of an accomplishment. The main knock against SRAM 11sp chains is that they are high drag. Otherwise they are reliable. I think SRAM may have finally figured things out with their 12sp flattop chains. There are a bunch of campy guys over on weight weenies who are using 12sp campy with xdr body + sram cassettes + flattop Red chains for various reasons, and they're very happy. Apparently it's quieter and smoother. I might try it myself on one of my bikes
>>1749821
Nah they'll repack and sell it again. Scamazon sells repacked used shit as new all the fucking time. I wish that company would die
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>>1749786
Basic hardtail MTB. Possibly rigid steel if you have smooth conditions. You want rack mounts.
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>>1749826
Define mild off road. Such as gravel, grass, non loose dirt? Just get conti gp5ks and some latex tubes, run them at a lower pressure.
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>>1749826
panaracer pasela pt folders. panaracer tried to make a better pasela with the gravelkang slick but failed imo. gp5k is ok but I think their sidewalls are prone to collapse in hard cornering. the tubeless versions with reinforced sidewalls could be a lot better though
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My chain has become so noisy even after cleaning, but it's only at 0.5 wear. Just replace it anyway? I'm a bit paranoid about wearing out my chainrings.
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>>1749885
you'll go through like 20 chains before your chainrings start wearing down
I'd be more concerned about the cassette
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>>1749892
7 speed hg cassettes are cheap, but oe shimano 600 chainrings? good luck finding those for a reasonable price.
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>>1749895
>caring about "muh bintage" on parts that are meant to wear down
cmon son
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>>1749898
sorry, im autistic and retarded
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>>1749899
in that case buy 20 new chains right away
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>>1749900
Do bikefags really run through chains that quickly? How often do you use your bike? Are you riding fucking mountains with sand everywhere?
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>>1749901
>>1749899

but in all seriousness I change my cassette once and my chain twice every year, I ride every day
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>>1749914
Well that's good to know. It seems like the people here are the type to blow 5k on a bike just for it to break in 3 years after barely using it.
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>>1749827
No, you don't need a $1000 dollar bike either. That's not what I meant. You could have gotten much more bike for cheaper at an actual bike shop, and you would have gotten better service than the few of us dickheads here will give you.
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>>1749915
nah those are just louder
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>>1749827
don't get mad because you asked a dumb question and got snarky replies. i'm sure you can navigate the return process on your own, and maybe next time you will do more shopping around instead of turning to a shitty corporation for everything
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>>1749770
yeah these dorks don't know what they're talking about they're just scared of carbon because of the price and that it's relatively new to them. get some epoxy resin and the repair will be solid.
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>>1749967
>just glue it back together, bro
also don't forget to record your first ride
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>>1749966
You’re just a cunt, and offered nothing of value besides being a toxic cunt.
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>>1749827
You asked for advice, rejected it completely because you're a lazy fuck who just wants to one-click consoom, got fucked, then came back crying about getting fucked and asked for more advice. Now you're seething about getting ragged on and being a fucking Karen, like somehow we owe your retarded ass good customer service or some shit. Fix your life.
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>>1750000
based and post # checked
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>>1749993
https://www.amazon.com/returns here you go man. happy to help. maybe you can find some made in china training wheels for your girl because i'm guessing she's a mouthbreather too
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>>1749812
it's so easy to click return on the amazon website what are you even asking. you can get a decent name brand bike like trek fx 1 for $560 or even in this covid market you can probably find something used that's better than that schwinn
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>>1749706
>>1749708
so you're able to do 10k on one chain?
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>>1749812
I used to work at LBS, and one time we got a full delivery of bicycles from a decent brand fucked up like that. Guy who delivered them was an absolute retard, he stacked like 10 of them them on their sides (despite obvious "this side up" and "do not lay flat" marks all over the boxes), and put some more packages on top. Obviously we returned them and got new ones from the manufacturer, but total of $15 000 or so of decent new bicycles was lost. That idiot got fired, hope he got hit by car, fucking retard.
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>>1750011
Not him, but I get about 5k miles per chain+cassette. I run 8 speed though, which may be more durable, although I've seen articles saying shit like 11 speed is more durable, which seems like bullshit to me
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>>1750015
I've heard about a guy who made over 60k km on a single Campagnolo chain and sprockets, but that was somewhere in the 70's.
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Are there any cheap aero bars for a 25.4mm bar that aren't absolute dogshit? I don't really want to spend over $100 on a set, nor do I want to pay that price for a used TT handlebar that's absolutely beat to shit.
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>>1749967
My fork is full carbon and I trust it because it's new and has no nicks or damage on it. I'll replace it if it ever gets anything that looks like those wheels.
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>>1749967
carbon isn't expensive or new. the problem for the memewheel enthusiast is carbon's failure mode, and he's doing the equivalent of slapping a cosmetic bandaid on it. if the underlying structure is damaged, it'll let go and he could be in for a bad time. cutting the section away and replacing it would be better but not a great idea in the case of a wheel. but if the dude wants to larp as cipo, that's probs worth the risk
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>>1750038
Aero bars are a meme
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>>1750095
aero bars are comfy as fuck you casual
>>1750038
I have a set of vision aero bars for free if you pay the postage, where are you located
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>>1750038
just shim them with a coke can
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>>1750053
>>1750094
a quality set of carbon wheels is like $1000+ and they're not the same as spinergys
there is generally a lot of seething on /n/ about carbon frames and wheels and some /n/ poorfags even hate on aluminium bikes with carbon forks
carbon fiber repair is a thing and supposedly common in bongland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KixkO68FKU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7e004bfHyY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYKyqAd8qhQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzmKEb27GKQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHWsTg9mkTg
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>>1750109
also if my carbon fork were to have structural damage i would not replace my carbon fork with some shitty aliexpress fork i'd be looking at $200+ name brand forks and maybe a whole new paint job of the frame and fork or a whole new frameset
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>>1749838
32 better got it
>>1749840
dunno
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>>1749840
its an f65
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>>1749769
just avoid white (or yellow) paint when it's wet
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>>1750121
>32 better got it
that's not what I said
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>>1750105
Southeastern us
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>>1749766
Thank you so much
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>>1750124
Felt f65? 30s might fit better.
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>>1749755
Wobbly bike anon back. The headset bearing was very loose. Tightened it up, checking all the other bolts now. Feels much better riding now.
I checked all the other things you guys mentioned as well. Thank you all for your help :)
Also I called the guy that did my bike yesterday when I was at work in the morning, the one who I paid to properly assemble it. He basically blamed the company and said "I didn't make the bike I just assembled it!" and called me poor for buying a $550 bike instead of a $2000 bike. Said he guessed I paid "$230" idk where he got that number, definitely coping. Will call him tomorrow.
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>>1750112
Same mines about 250 to replace but that's worth it compared to running some mystery meat carbon fork and eating asphalt.
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>>1750152
there you go lad, nice

lbs monkeys have a broad disdain for cheaper mail order bikes, for many valid reasons. Often they're not even possible to adjust well, or, not in the stand, they require riding and checking. That's not like that, it's lazy of him but it's not worth beating a dead dog, remember, they deal with a lot of bullshit and aren't paid very much at all.

Unless you are a gravy train customer it's very very rare to find a lbs that will actually be comprehensive with a bike. Not saying that's good, but you're the one who can/will care about your bike, and go to them for specific specialized things like wheel truing. If you take a bike for a specific job like a wheel true, pay for it, then if it goes bad quickly, that you can hold them accountable for, and most times, politely, that will work out well for you.
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>>1750152
>said "I didn't make the bike I just assembled it!" and called me poor for buying a $550 bike instead of a $2000 bike.
I kinda see where he's coming from. The stem/headset would have been installed already, and it should have had the preload set correctly at the factory.

It's not like he installed it wrong. He just didn't touch that part.

Actually if you're being thorough, you would dissasemble the entire thing and grease it, because that probably wasn't done correctly either. Which is more work than you would have wanted to pay him for.
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>>1750160
Yea I feel that. I appreciate what he did do for me, he was open on a Sunday, let me bring it in within an hour of calling him, and had it done by the end of the day.
He's this super tan, old, kind of off-putting weird type. He is the owner btw, no workers as far as I can tell. Had a horde of bikes pilled up in the store and out the front and back. Hardly any room to walk, just bikes pilled 5-7 feet high. Definitely a character. But, I guess it is an honest mistake. I was just a bit PO'd about his response to my call ya know. Idk, rant over. Thank you anons.
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>>1750163
>Hardly any room to walk, just bikes pilled 5-7 feet high.
truly the best kind of shop
i'm in fl too, what area is the shop in? i'd check it out if it were close enough.
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>>1750163
those off putting wierd hoarding quasi mentally ill old guys generally do love helping people ride bicycles under their callouses from bullshit, if you can get on their good side they can be great to deal with.
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>>1750165
Broward Bikes, in Plantation.

>>1750168
Eehhh, maybe I'll see him again. If he would of charged more I would of paid it. I know this stuff is important for the lifespan of the bike. But yea, he definitely was like an old wizard.
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>>1750109
yeah man I know carbon can be repaired, that's why I was talking about cutting the bad section away and replacing. Just wrapping a sheet around it with some epoxy won't address any issues underneath, which could lead to sudden failure. Anyway, I've worked with a carbon repair shop before for frame repairs and they wouldn't touch wheels. That's standard practice afaik. I run Bora WTOs on a couple of my bikes and I know full well that cracking the rim = new rim. They're more robust than aluminum wheels tho so I'm not worried even after a crash. I wanna learn Campy's process, their carbon shit is amazing.
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>>1750170
oh fuck never mind that's far.
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>>1749836
That is brother I appreciate this post.
I made.my decision and should have some new rubber coming in the mail
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>>1750180
THANKS***
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>>1750181
yeah all good
what'd you get ?

the other thing i meant to mention is to try and avoid 'tubeless ready' tires if you're running tubes. Which can be hard with nice gravel tires. Not a dealbreaker though and if you do get them, check they've seated properly. There are tricks to seat them and often they run out of round because they don't seat easily.
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>>1750151
I already got recommended 32s. felt say that 25 might fit but its not recommended to go any wider than 23. but honestly I feel like /n/ knows more than them anyway
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>>1750200
you know that number is mm right?
you don't have to research your clearance
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>>1750201
I don't measure clearances because I can't calibrate the tools myself so I don't trust them. same reason I don't torque bolts with a torque wrench.
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>>1750202
a ruler does not require calibration and tire clearances are approximate anyway, as tire size fluctuates from what is stated
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>>1750204
u need to calibrate the ruler or heat and manufacturing tolerances will mean it is giving you wrong information
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>>1750202
mechanical vernier calipers do not require calibration ever either. And they're pretty accurate.
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>>1750206
yeah but you can just do that with another ruler, it's not rocket science
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>>1750207
>wear the jaws
>which are already out due to Chinese manufacture
nope
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>>1750184
Ended up finding standard GK 32C brownwalls new with no box for $30, and some GK Plus 35c brownwalls for ~regular price.

Gonna do 35mm front and 32mm rear. I'm not the other anon, but I know I have the clearance.
Also got used Axiom panniers for $30. Usually I never get lucky with deals online
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>>1750209
get some protective wooden shims and duct tape them to the jaws and then subtract that width when you measure and reguraly replace the wood
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>>1750210
nice
I would do it the other way around.

will lead to a comfier ride because more weight over the rear, and be faster for aero reasons

big front is mtb logic for gripmaxxing
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>>1750210 is lying, he is the other anon as well
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>>1750212
hope u literally never encounter a moist environment.....
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>>1750206
holy shit take your meds
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>>1750202
t. brainlet
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>>1750221
>>1750222
take your hormones sheeple
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>>1750208
>the other ruler is out
>throw out hundreds of rulers for being wrong because they don't match up with the wrong ruler
smart
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>>1750224
You're right, "Big Metrology" is purposely making inaccurate rulers and calipers. Every time you measure your frame and fork only to buy a tire that actually ends up rubbing, they seed dollar signs.

Anyway, are you the anon with the yellow Felt? If it has road rim brakes, they often won't fit tires larger than 28mm. There are longer reach calipers that will fit larger tires, but most "normal" (i.e. Shimano, SRAM) calipers will fit 28.
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>knees kinda felt kinda shit all last year
>figured it was because I was being lazy
>week ago left knee started hurting to the point where I took several days off
>read thing that said I should rotate cleats if my knee hurts like it did
>rotate them literally 1mm just to see if it makes a difference
>everything is instantly and dramatically better
>knees feel better than they have all year
Wtf bros should I pay for a $300 bike fit after all instead of just going by online guides? Now I'm wondering what other huge improvements I could make with some microscopic adjustment.
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>>1750038
>cheaping out on aero bars
what could go wrong?
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>>1750109
cope
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-SFAB_zK-I
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>>1750213
Alright yeah I got space in back for em too so I'll try that first. Makes sense, yeah more weight. I just want max comfy on an already comfy steel frame

>>1750214
Shut up twerp
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>>1750207
Hex keys are easier to poke into gaps than calipers (if you don't need better accuracy than half a mm or so), unless I've been using calipers wrong all this time.

>>1750228
>"Big Metrology" is purposely making inaccurate rulers and calipers
yes
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>>1750233
Yeah, I'm sure the tape measures in that vid are of the utmost quality and manufactured by a reputable company.
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>>1750228
the yellow felt is a race monster and not to be modified.
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>>1750233
I FUCKING TOLD YOU
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>>1750232
don't call me a twerp!
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Ok anons are you a grower or a shower
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>>1750258
disgusting
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>>1750258
amazingly the seat height isn't the worst part of this bike. what's happening with those bars anon
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>>1750273
Ugh get the fuck out of here
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>>1750273
The bars look OK anon.
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>>1750275
>>1750281
> t. time spent in the drops less than 0 minutes
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>>1750282
Explain how the bars should be then, anon. I'd love your input since I'm sure you have years of racing and wrenching experience.
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>>1750284
I've been racing for over 15 years actually boy.
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>>1750285
OK, so again, explain how this >>1750275 isn't a good bar position.
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>>1750287
well I'm 15 years in but I haven't finished the race yet so I'm too busy LOL
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>>1750285
>>1750287
Yeah, that's what I thought.
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>>1750233
And now you might realize there are rulers and tape measures designed for the metal industry that corrects for the metal shrinkage after cooling
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>>1750275
>>1750258
Do I really have to explain it again?
>>1747550
>>1747591

>>1747596
>>1747499
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>>1750299
sweet TA on that last pic
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>>1750299
These >>1750275 are fine.
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>>1750304
that's an image from an online tutorial you retard, not that anons bike. how fucking dumb are you that you can't see a water mark
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what if I use a presta valve tube in a schrader wheel
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>>1750308
works fine but it will eventually pull through and tear around the valve
especially if the hole is a bit sharp

there are purpose made grommets to do it
but you can also just use a generic grommet, like for a bong
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>>1750309
>smoking weed
cringe
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>>1750309
or some electrical tape
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Hey I just bought a second hand freeride bike which has not been used for like 4 years. What maintenance should be done on the bike ?
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>>1750345
Check the consumables like tires, tubes, brake pads, chain/drivetrain, and cables for wear. If it has hydraulic disc brakes, it's probably a good idea to bleed them. Lastly I'd check the suspension for air/oil leaks and ideally do some routine servicing. Then of course the basic mechanical stuff like making sure everything is tight, bearings have no play, wheels are true, brakes and gears are adjusted.
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>>1750348
Thanks that's what I needed.
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>>1750038
Just get cheap aluminium ones. They are not gonna break and if you are not a pro 10 g less are not gonna make you a Pantani.
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>>1750345
Pics please
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>>1750095
you are a meme.
With TT bars I can:
>rest my wrists and forearms
>gain excellent aero form
>make all UCI rulefag seethe.
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>>1750038
Are you talking like aero bars that clamp on to a normal drop bar?
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>>1750095
>With TT bars I can:
>rest my wrists and forearms
>gain excellent aero form
>make all UCI rulefag seethe.
>piss myself
>rider under a truck
>have a visor on my helmet
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>>1750359
evidently
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>>1750355
I had already bought an aluminum pair, they failed during installation. I'm not looking for carbon bars, even the used ones I have found are mostly aluminum.
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>>1750359
yes, sorry for not specifying. Though I did find these and I may just lowball the fuck out of this guy.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/294414921531?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D74f102d779454af18448cc32f9b9f5dc%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D294414921531%26itm%3D294414921531%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057%26brand%3D3T&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Aa4355c6f-72da-11ec-9dbf-829ac48d6993%7Cparentrq%3A4920c8e317e0a45ff80ef4b9ffd67a19%7Ciid%3A1
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>>1750371
>they failed during installation
explain
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>>1750376
While tightening down the clamp points, the bolts seemed to be not long enough and just stripped before they ever became tight enough for the extensions to not move freely. These are the bars in question.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FB9S6LL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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The sidewalks around me are quite harsh and bumpy. If I put on bigger tires will it soften the ride?
My tires are "700 x 28C all-season, P/V valves"
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>>1750357
>With TT bars I can:
>destroy my genitals 40% faster than with drop bars alone
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>>1749755
>>1750379
>700 x 28C all-season, P/V valves
Slightly but the real solution is to not ride on the damn sidewalk. Didn't you say you bought that for a triathlon?
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>>1750381
For general exercise really. Rode it 8 miles to work this morning. How do you guys just ride it on the road? I don't trust the cagies here.
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>>1750382
I just feel safer in the road. Going by driveways and parking lot exits on the sidewalk is fucking scary. And zooming across the street in the crosswalk in a residential area? Fuck that. People at stop signs almost never come to a stop before the crosswalk.
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>>1750382
it really depends on your area. a lot of my riding is suburbs so i take the quiet streets or main roads that have a good sized shoulder. i'll take more space than i need when passing parked cars so i am more visible to the traffic behind me. it is dangerous to share the road with idiots texting, drunk driving etc, and everyone's level of acceptable risk is different. you just have to feel it out and see where you feel comfortable riding.

if i lived in florida or somewhere that there is no shoulder, i might ride on the sidewalk too. but riding on the sidewalk makes every intersection more dangerous.

you could try lower tire pressures if you end up riding on the sidewalk often. and yes wider tires allow you to run lower pressure which will make the bumps less harsh.
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>>1750377
seems like you bought something with the wrong size or simply you got an extremely bad product. Id suggest to get a refund.
I got mine here https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001115251914.html?spm=a2g0o.9042311.0.0.407e4c4dphUhGR

The bolts are long and sturdy, I applied some electrician tape on the bar to protect them and give some extra thickness for the clamps to grip on. Once tightened properly they didn't move.
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>>1750389
Nah, they tightened around the bar fine. It's just the clamp for the extension bars gave way. I'm sending them back today. I'll look into those.
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>>1750299
:'(( I'm sorry brother I've been busy. I don't really desire using the drops
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>>1750273
>>1750275
>>1750299
those bars are set up correctly for what they are. but they are goofy, it's mostly giant and some smaller brands that use that style.
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>>1749755
thought /bqg/ told you to not buy this
atleast it looks cute better than a walmart mtb
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Would you pay 100€ for pic related?
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>>1750443
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>>1749755
>I think the seat isn't exactly centered
try to check if the frame is straight. if the frame is bent you might have a good argument for them to take it back so that you can get a less shitty bike. lean a yardstick against the rear wheel and see if it will line up with the front wheel. take a zoomed in phone pic from the front of the bike and check the alignment of the head tube and fork vs the seat stays and bottom bracket. name brand bikes are straight to within a millimeter or two, anything beyond that is cope.
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>>1750449
>vs the seat stays and bottom bracket
and seatpost
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>>1750444
>>1750443
Sachs derailleurs are solid though basic. I've got one on a 30 years old bike that came with it, still works without problems.
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>>1750452
Would you buy it?
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>>1750454
Probably needs a new chain considering how dirty that freewheel is, maybe new tires and brake pads but I can't say for sure. 70 euro?
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>>1750455
I'll make an offer and see how it goes then.
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>>1750053
>>1750109
>>1750112
Spinergy anon here. The weird thing is that I wouldn’t feel comfortable riding a damaged fork. I don’t know why the wheels don’t scare me. Perhaps because it’s the rear wheel vs the front, so any failure would be meh, compared to pitching forward.
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>>1750443
going back to this post, do you guys think this would be a better deal for 80€?
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>>1750487
Good luck mate. I hope they never break and you enjoy them for a long time.
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>>1750434
I know what you guys mean. The drops ARE way too low. I'm gonna go to a shop and ask pros cause I genuinely do not trust anyone on this shithole website
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how do I store a bike in a small apartment? I've got decent ceiling space near the stairs but i'm getting swamped by options, starting to wonder if two bike hooks in the ceiling for both wheels is the answer
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>>1750522
roll the bars forward until the drops are horizontal and marvel as the reach is shorter and all positions are more comfortable
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>>1750522
would probs help if your bike wasn't a size too small
>>1750523
you VILL live in ze pod
you VILL sleep with your fahrrad
you VILL eat ze bugs
and you VILL be happy
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That's a stock photo. Wtf are up w y'all's handlebars though
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Hey! I just bought a super modern road bike with SRAM force e-tap. Its my first experience riding with an electronic group and its been super smooth so far.

My question is: do i need any sort of seasonal maintenance to keep my bike in tune? I'll bleed the brake lines every 6 months or so but i'm used to getting yearly tune ups, which im not sure is necessary with an electronic group?
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>>1750523
you can hang it by 1 wheel if space is an issue.
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>>1750558
WD40 Bicycle
Apply liberally
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>>1750523
I might be able to help with this! I live in a 500sq ft apartment in a major city and i use the Delta Michelangelo bike stand to store my two bikes. It doesnt require drilling into your wall and forfeiting your security deposit, it just stands against the wall. Its also like sixty bucks
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>>1750563
this guy uses a shimano group, i can just tell
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>>1750543
then you won't have a flat hoods position. it will be more like those shitty vintage bars. they just suck.
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>>1750570
default riding position being the hoods is the worst thing about modern bikes
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>>1750573
Why do you think that?
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>>1750573
>>1750574
Because he grew up riding flat bar mtb
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>>1750576
What does that have to do with it?
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>>1750574
because the drops are more stable and safer and I don't pretend I'm in the tour
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>>1750579
Hoods are plenty stable and safe and what does the tour have to do with it?
I swear, none of you guys are making any sense.
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>>1750556
if you use your drops they should be parallel to the ground. drops pointing down is a clear sign that they aren't used
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>>1750578
because i grew up riding flat bar and i never got used to riding on the hoods either lmao
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>>1750582
people ride in the hoods for muh aero or because they're a beginner and scared of the drops. hoods are qualitatively worse for both stability and safety than drops, have you ever ridden a bicycle?
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>>1750556
you can get the drops a bit closer to horizontal and have the levers sit higher on the bar but it's common for casuals to have the bars tilted up slightly like in that stock photo to have a more upright riding position
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>>1750586
Which is stupid since the lower the shifters are the longer their reach. Tilting the bars back down and pulling the shifters up will shorten reach as well, by a lot, increasing comfort for their noob hands and weak back
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>>1750582
when you're putting significant effort in, such as in a sprint, or bombing down a hill or doing anything remotely technical like negotiating curves at speed, you should be in the drops for added stability and control. this isn't a matter of opinion.
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>>1750584
Everyone grew up riding flat bars. Very few kids operate on another level. Doesn't mean transitioning to other bars is an issue for most of us. But that still doesn't explain why you'd find the drops more natural than the hoods.

>>1750585
I see. You're a troll or an idiot. Opinion discarded.
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>>1750585
not him but that's not exactly true with STI shifters
you have more out and out power braking from the drops but on most modern setups the ergonomics for shifting and braking are both better from the hoods, and ease equates to safety
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>>1750589
Then it's a good thing the drops are there. But no one is sprinting and bombing hills most of the time. Most road riding is not technical stuff. Hoods are perfectly fine and comfy for the most of your ride.
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>>1750594
I meant to say that hoods are perfectly fine as default hand position for most of your ride.
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>>1750590
>But that still doesn't explain why you'd find the drops more natural than the hoods.
it's easy to explain, it will be for one of these reasons:

1: he's riding an old road bike, the ergonomics are different than they are now, the bars are higher, often the hoods aren't even rubber, and maybe his brakes suck so require max leverage

2: he's a manlet and his bike naturally has high bars whereas regular men are essentially cope and seething about not being able to reach the drops

3: he's a gravelfag and in the drops your hands can't be rattled off by bumps so it is quite a lot safer
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>>1750587
yeah noobs are idiots
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>>1750592
its as basic as the drops being easier to hold onto than the hoods. of all the bizarre things to argue about.
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>>1750379
yes, but also higher quality, more supple tires, will increase ride quality

measure how big you fit. '28c' is mm
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>>1750597
And none of this has anything to do with growing up with flat bars. So you talked a lot without managing to address the question.
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>>1750603
not everyone who replies to your post is the person you replied to anon
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>>1750605
I know that, but if you're replying to my post I expect you to at least address the issue in dicussion.
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>>1750600
yes, maybe so at the most basic level, but it's more complicated than that

the real reason people don't use the drops is they're too low to comfortably use.

It actually doesn't make any sense that your 'control for descents', and 'control for rough terrain' position is lower than your standard position. Because really, a casual rider would probably want the exact opposite.

And hoods ARE the standard position now, because the controls, both braking and shifting, are easier to use from there. Unlike with classic bikes, which is likely where your opinions come from, where it's the opposite for both.
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>>1750590
>that still doesn't explain why you'd find the drops more natural than the hoods.
>>1750606
I explained it. If you needed the explanation to be inline with previous nonsense then you're going to get more nonsense.

do you want the truth or do you want nonsensical consistency
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>>1750609
>nonsense
>in the thread that finally broke the news on the wrong size ruler conspiracy
sure cia
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>>1750609
I wanted to understand the train of thought that led to the nonsense.
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>>1750608
it makes perfect sense. do you have trouble riding motorcycles and scooters and other 2 wheeled transport?
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riding on the hoods on non aero levers makes it easier to pretend i am in some 80s racing stage, which is more fun
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>>1750612
did you even read my post
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>>1750613
based
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>>1750611
>I wanted to understand the train of thought that led to the nonsense.
>ablblblbooobooboblblooooooonnononononononononoWWWEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHSTOPPPPPNONNONNONONONONONONON!!!!!
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>>1750614
unfortunately yes
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>>1750608
>It actually doesn't make any sense that your 'control for descents', and 'control for rough terrain' position is lower than your standard position. Because really, a casual rider would probably want the exact opposite.
lower center of gravity ffs
riding on "descents" and "rough terrain" is hardly casual anyway
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>>1750623
>riding on "descents" and "rough terrain" is hardly casual anyway
nonsense.

you don't need a big boy card to hit a big hill or a trail

>lower center of gravity ffs
so by your logic, offroad bikes should have more aggressive fits than road bikes?
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>>1750594
I think you'd be better off with anon's $500 schwinn hybrid desu
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>>1750624
kys
casuals don't go full send like 80+ km/h downhill or ride bumpy trails with drop bar bikes
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>>1750626
pure semantic nonsense
just take it as any rider who does do that but isn't trying to do it as fast as possible
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>>1750628
>Because really, a casual rider would probably want the exact opposite.
why the fuck would you want to be more upright in those situations? you're imagining some imbecilic boomer who can barely tie his own shoelaces.

>just take it as any rider who does do that but isn't trying to do it as fast as possible
that's not "casual", that's more like participating in a sport but on an amateur level. casual means riding 15-25 km/h with no demanding turns or bumpy terrain.
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>>1750632
>higher when descending
Comfort. Descent is a chance to rest/recover. Can see further ahead more easily. Acts as air brake to save your brakes and make the descent a bit safer, unless you have to race cars down it or need to carry speed into anything.

>gravel
Rough terrain. That one is just fucking obvious.
So let me get this straight. You think that a gravel bike, should have a MORE aggressive fit than a road bike?

And remember here. We're talking about a road bike. So it's the difference between 'quite aggressive' and 'extremely aggressive'. If you're talking about a touring bike or a manlet fit it might be different.
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>>1750634
kys
your strange anglocentric ideas are irrelevant
you're the tranny of cycling
go choke on ed pratt's dick or something
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>>1750635
wow that was a sharp turn away from reason
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>>1750636
kys you are a stupid fucking dunning kruger retard you're not worth my time
you're like a summerfag
it's not summer now obviously but you're a covidfag or whatever, possibly underage too
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>>1750638
did the manlet fit part get you riled up lil guy
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>>1750639
there's a reason why bikes are set up the way they are with the drops lower than the hoods and normally holding on to the drops on descents and on bumpy terrain
idiots on /n/ constantly try to "reinvent the wheel" but you are simply wrong
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>>1750640
I didn't even say you shouldn't ride in the drops on descents or on bumpy terrain, you fucking retard. I just said it's not straightforward and there are reasons why you might not. It's called a discussion. I'm not trying to bang out some dogmatic bullshit that is opposed to you.

But you're not even capable of thinking about or explaining what you think there's just this 1 position and you get upset when anything strays from it.
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Long time mtb’er here, got my first ever bike with drop bars (after 4 high end mountain bikes) few months ago and have been riding it exclusively on mtb trails (with wide flared drop bars and 2.25” tires), the drops are 100% the most controllable and intuitive position, it’s not even a contest. Hoods feel really strange for handling and even weirder is the braking action, it’s only good because it’s a neutral non-aggressive position to chill while pedaling. The drops are like, almost identical feeling to really narrow mtb bars once I’m actually in the shit, with the brake levers at the tips of my index fingers, it really feels like home, without a doubt the best position I’ve found.
The top part of my bars are fucking useless and uncomfortable to use idk what’s up with that
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>>1750642
That's what everyone thinks at first.
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>>1750642
okay, but that's vastly different from a regular drop bar.
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>>1750645
>everyone rides the drops at first
no, the order goes tops->hoods->drops which u would know if u had ever ridden a bicycle
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>>1750646
Flared drops are edging into road bikes more and more
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>>1750652
>no, the order goes tops->hoods->drops
Maybe for you, you fucking fred. If I rode on the tops when I first got into cycling I would have killed myself out of shame.
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>>1750652
your reach and or drop is too long if you favour the tops
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>>1750655
>nooooo I was born knowing how to ride a bicycle
we all learned to ride a bike anon. grow up
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>>1750657
please learn to read before you contribute further
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>>1749902
UFO PORNO
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Longer wheelbase means more stability at higher speeds, right? Should I take out my rear dropout screws? I never really have to do any croner carving, it's mostly just hilly where I live. It's about half a centimetre difference, not sure how much of a difference that would make.
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>>1750664
>Longer wheelbase means more stability at higher speeds, right?
not necessarily, try it though.
bike handling is more complicated than that

the change it will make is it will ride slightly more comfortably
better way to do it is to try and line your jockey wheel up directly c-c below the cassette for best shifting, or, tune it for tire clearance.
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>>1750202
It's a ruler anon...
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>>1750667
Don't get him started.
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>>1750666
>try and line your jockey wheel up directly c-c below the cassette
that's essentially how it is now with the screws turned inward slightly. I do remember messing with the alignment of them and the b screw to get it as close as possible, and shifting did improve. i had forgotten that i messed with them before, all the way out it didn't have the same shifting performance as it did now, but i don't remember how or if it changed the handling. tire clearance doesn't matter, the largest I can fit on this bike is a 25mil and i find that to be perfect.
i guess i'll take them out, get up to speed on a really big hill and see how it feels from there.
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>>1750671
>already dialed in for real reason
>wants to futz for silly reasons
sounds like you need to buy another project bike
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>>1750511
Definitely, that looks solid
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>>1750672
i dont have the ROOM
i really don't know what to buy anyway, otherwise i probably would.
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>>1750670
Don't worry I'm just lining him up for a joke
He's gonna get ruled by my punch line
the ownage will be immeasurable
inches feet straight edge
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>>1750675
open your mind to all possibilities
I hadn't even heard of the brand of like half of my favorite bikes when i first saw them for sale

install pulleys on the roof or build a shed or something
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>>1750678
the issue being that there are mostly hybrids, walmart beach cruisers, or cool road bikes that are 60cm+ for sale around me. i have seen a few interesting things, older mtbs, tt bikes, weird vintage cruiser bikes but i haven't gotten around to messaging people or really decided on anything to buy. maybe i'll have to go to the co-op and see what kind of bullshit i can get myself into.
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>>1749755
>>1750449
Easier way: take off back wheel and run thread around the headtube and through the rear dropouts from the inside out then tie it together and pull it tight. Measure the gap between the string and seattube on both sides and the numbers should be within 1mm or so of each other at worst.
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>>1750673
Why would that be?
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>>1750558
A "tune up" doesn't include anything you shoudln't be doing yourself if you're seroius enough to own a bike that cost thousands.
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I don't know how they are called in english but, do you use these?

In my country they are not mandatory by law, just optional. But I don't know if they are really that useful. What is your opinion about them?
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>>1750705
>spend 5k on bike
>can't afford 150 a year servicing
sounds likely
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>>1750710
yes, i just use them to balance the wheel mostly
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>>1750711
If you aren't doing all this shit yourself on an as-needed basis instead of waiting until your overpriced yearly service appointment then not only are you incompetent but you're making yourself suffer needlessly by using badly adjusted stuff all year.
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>>1750710
Not very useful even for their intended purpose of visibility. You're better off wrapping a few of your spokes with reflective tape and putting a bit on the sides of your fork and seatstays. I'm assuming you already use lights when riding at night.
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>>1750710
Better than nothing for letting cars see you at night, but really if that's a concern you should have lights. If they come on a new bike I just throw them away at the same time while I'm taking off all the safety stickers and shit.
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>>1750718
>needing constant adjustment and weekly cleaning
tell me again how superior your 90s shit is lol
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>>1750723
So if yours never needs adjustment why take it in at all? Shit should be fixed when it breaks, not six months later, and almost no job on a bike is more hassle to fix yourself than it would be to drag it to a shop and pay someone else to do it.
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>>1750726
>never
let's just make things up the other person didn't say eh?
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>>1750728
>my bike breaks every year right on schedule, and always just in time for my yearly financial assraping at the LBS
k
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Not that anon but my bike is currently in the shop cause the chain keeps hopping down gears when I go hard on the crank. I'm not athlete, but I except even low end shit to remain in gear when I go from ~60 rpm cadence to a heavy hard sprint ~70 rpm as I work my way to ~80-90.
No I am not squatting on the thing with all my weight full force messing it up at ~40 RPM like a noob

Fuck the hi lo screws fuck the b screw fuck these YouTubers that made me mess up my bike more.

$80 for tube up at my lbs. My time, not wrenching on a bike is worth $,$$$. If it was middle of summer and not riding season, yeah I'd figure it out.
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>>1750730
imagine a reliable bicycle being this alien a concept lmao. you realise your 90s xt is worse than new tourney right?
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>>1750736
You're too dumb to adjust a derailleur without professional assistance, your opinion on anything is irrelevant.
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>>1750739
I'm not dumb enough that adjusting a bicycle once a year is worth more to me than $100 lol. are you the guy in the other thread asking how to stop being neet?
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>>1750742
Apparently it's also not worth two minutes of time to avoid riding with an out of adjustment bike for months. Do you take your car to the mechanic when you run out of gas?
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>>1750736
>90s xt is worse than new tourney
by what metrics
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>>1750710
they always end up rattling so i remove them

put reflective tape on stuff if you want reflective, or wear reflective clothing, or get reflective tires, or reflective panniers

lights really are where it's at.
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>>1750744
I take my car to the mechanic for servicing despite being able to do it myself because I'm not poor lmao
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>come to thread to brag about pissing away 5 grand on a bike he doesn't know how to do basic maintenance on
>spend entire thread calling everyone who challenges him poor
Never change, /n/
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>post 8 times a minute in dead thread past post limit about how poor you are while mistaking anonymous posters for other anonymous posters
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>>1750753
>thinks a thread is dead on /n/ because it hit bump limit ten minutes ago
So what board did you try to brag about your new bike on before you got told to fuck off here?
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Should disc brakes rub, even a little? I can't seem to get my lever where I want it. It's either just barely ever so slightly rubbing (Only can tell cause when you spin the wheel freely, it stops sooner than backing the pad out just a smidge)
Or have absolute zero contact but deal with excessive long travel on brake lever

I know, there has to be a sweet spot but I cannot adjust the pad to be right there at the very cusp of zero contact and zero excess lever travel length

Rotor is 100% dead nuts true
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>>1750767
Eh a little shing shing never hurt nobody
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>unironically owning disc brakes
https://streamable.com/2xs4lh
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>>1750771
ironically using your wheel as a brake rotor

What is this, 1897?
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>>1750767
What model of brake? The clearances are so tight that is everything isn't square, it can be a real pain to get things adjusted without rub.
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>>1750755
>he still thinks everyone with the name anonymous is the same person
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>>1750775
>option 1 causes some extra wear leading to some additional expense after several years assuming you hadn't already replaced your wheels and/or entire bike by then for other reasons
>option 2 just doesn't fucking work
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>>1750793
>option 2 just doesn't fucking work
what's option 2?
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>>1750767
Mech discs I assume. Throw that shit in the bin and get TRP Hyroads
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This was the best /bqg/ in ages. Tip top form lads.
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>>1750710
nothing ruins the aesthetics of a bike faster than these things
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>>1749812
she will leave you
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>>1750664
with road bikes shorter chainstays are usually considered desirable, the length being determined by tire clearance and drivetrain limitations etc. track bikes can have even shorter chainstays.
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>ride on low gear coast for a while and stop when start pedaling again spin air for about half a turn or more
>grinding noise and slippage like chain is slipping but chain is not slipping
is the freewheel giving out?
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>>1750846
sounds like it
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Has anyone tried Cinelli cork tape? how is it?
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>>1750934
try this
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002767654716.html
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>>1750934
Cork tape in general is shit. I use Brooks leather tape and it is great, lasts much longer than other tapes.
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>>1750951
>no cow print-esque pattern
le sigh
>>1750958
i would be inclined to buy brooks tape if they didn't only have brown and black. im wrapping some tri bars and typically wear gloves so i am not really worried about dirt showing, grip, or padding. i just want something that won't fall apart after a single ride and looks decent.
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>>1750974
I have "mandarin" color and have "raspberry" for replacement. There is also "violet" color
Limited edition so you have to look for them
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>>1750974
>cow print
the grey camo isn't close enough? they have some other designs
https://westbiking.aliexpress.com/store/925406/search?SearchText=handlebar+tape

the cinelli cork tape probably has a generic shit texture, that tape from aliexpress is totally different
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Of all the shit to cheap out on why pick handlebar tape? Just because you wanted to save $10 you ordered some garbage from china that feels like trash and now you have to feel it continuously until it either disintegrates or you wake up and decide you deserve better and spend the ~$20 you should've just spent in the first place.
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Would paracord make good bar tape?
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>>1751097
just try, it, it's $3, fucking idiot, i've had several different cork tapes and they don't compare, they're not as soft and have a gross texture
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>>1751097
and if you buy some $20+ bar tape like supacaz or something anons will tell you that you wasted your money or it looks gay, fucking toxic faggots
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>In 1983 Antonio Colombo invented an entirely new “feeling” in the history of cycling bartape: Cinelli Original Cork Ribbon. Upon its release this grippy, spongey but durable and ultralight mix of EVA and natural cork immediately rendered bar tapes of the day (made from cotton or vinyl) technologically null. Within the space of a few short years the tape became an industry standard, spontaneously adopted by professional and amateur riders across the globe and copied (poorly) by every major cycling brand in the world.
this 4 decade old tape is the be all and end all, nothing else is even worth a try, lol ok boomers
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cinelli is a meme brand anyway, they're priced a bit high because they're a small italian brand and with their framesets they don't want to compete too aggressively with the companies that they sell their columbus tubing to. their appeal is mostly nostalgia and that they make fixie framesets which most major brands don't bother with because it's too niche for them.
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anons make a big deal out of saving a couple of hundred bucks on a bike or a wheelset purchase but then they expect you to spend $20 like every season on bar tape on top of all the other maintenance and nutrition etc
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>>1751099
no
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>>1751102
Supacaz costs way more than $20 and would be a waste of money if it costs $2.
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>>1751132
>and would be a waste of money if it costs $2.
why? it's nice tape.
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>>1751133
Depends how hard you're trying to broadcast that "My butt is hungry for dick" message, I guess.
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>>1751134
How do you have such strong and strange feelings about bar tape?
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>>1750767
Don’t back the lever/pads off, simply deal with the “shing shing” as they wear in a little bit (as long as things spin freely still). Once you have that extra 0.1mm of wear on the pads, they’ll get quiet and you will still have a good lever feel. Usually just a single ride with some good hills will accomplish this.
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Are fixie hubs like this any good? Is it even possible to get the necessary torque down with an Allen key without rounding off the bolts?
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>>1754315
>Is it even possible to get the necessary torque down with an Allen key without rounding off the bolts?
Either you are applying way too much force, or these bolts are shitty as fuck and you should replace them.
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>>1754315
the instructions for my dt swiss 370 track hubs only call for 15 Nm iirc. clean your track ends, maybe use a chain tensioner, make sure that the frame is straight (my first bike from a small european brand was all kinds of fucked up) and that you're putting the wheel in straight so that you're not just imagining that the wheel is slipping. get a good quality allen key set like bondhus in the US or wera hex-plus in europe (not obscenely expensive from amazon imo at least if you're actually getting enough use out of it like the larger sizes for the crankset) and make sure the allen key is properly inserted and gently torque it don't just jank on it.
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>>1754343
and the track ends are supposed to be parallel, the ones on my first bike were angled inwards like whoever designed it or welded it didn't have a clue what they were doing.
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>>1754343
>wera hex-plus
ok i checked german amazon they're a bit steeper than i remembered so it's a personal choice what kind of allen keys you want to buy but probably 10-15 euros for a decent entry level 9 piece set, 20-40 euros for wera depending on which version
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>>1754346
I have a Yato allen key set, it costed me equivalent of 15€, they're more than enough for a home workshop. They're also used at LBS near me.
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>>1754358
yeah should be fine. just don't use them carelessly and avoid the cheapest type with a lot of slop like the ones that might come included with a bike bought online or some random worn out key from your boomer dad's toolbox. also be aware that a lot of the black finish on bike parts will come off easily so be gently with the bolt heads etc if you care about how they look.
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>>1754360
>avoid the cheapest type
or like random ones that you got with ikea furniture or whatever
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Hi /BQG/
I have a 2008 Mongoose Kaldi Double that used to belong to my dad. I had been riding it for about a year but knew it had some issues so went to a repair place to get an assessment where they said most of the cassette and gears need full replacements, all in all it would cost me $200-240 to get back in good condition.
It would make sense for me to just buy a new bike right? There is some sentimentality to the bike which isn't great, but there must be so many better choices for that cost, especially second hand.
Any advice?



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