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>>1895574When is 2x going to die? The front derailleur was a mistake
>>1895581more like when will 4x arrive
>>1895499Done as you said, I've pulled all the slack out to the absolute physical limits just short of completely breaking it and it seems like it might work now, though the cable slack at the end is damaged and frayed from the stress I've put on it while pulling it. Brakes themselves seem okay though a little stiff, hopefully I don't die from this tomorrow.
should I get a giant escape 3 or trek dual sport 1looking mainly for biking around my city, errands and shit
>>1895601I don't suggest you buy a new bike with a freewheel. It is archaic technology, superceded over 30 years ago. The wheel you get will be very poor quality, with badly adjusted bearings, and prone to bend the axle. They also come with plastic tourney derailers which are very prone to damage. Both of these bikes have freewheels, not cassettes. Modern cassettes will start with 11t cogs, not 13 or 14t. And will be on 8+ speed bikes, 7 speed new bikes usually have freewheels. I suggest you pay slightly more for the next tier up, or shop a deal until you can find a bike with a cassette. Or consider used. If you want some recs on used bikes post your craigslist and height. If you had to chose between the two though, the giant is better, shit-tier rim brakes are preferable to shit tier disc brakes, and having a rigid fork means it will be lighter.
>>1895609Thanks so much, I dont really know what im doing lolI'm 6'2 and in atlanta
>>1895610https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/d/alpharetta-schwinn-searcher-hybrid/7590604748.htmlhttps://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/d/marietta-giant-escape-street-hybrid-bike/7589538117.htmlSimiliar -decent- hybrids in nice condition. Both would be great buys for basic allrounders. Much better than the new bikes you were looking at. The Schwinn has a nicer frame, cromo, nicer colour, but gripshift kinda sucks. Easy enough to change if they break. The Giant has nicer components but will ride harsher. Easy to put a rack / panniers / basket on either for shopping. https://atlanta.craigslist.org/eat/bik/d/bethlehem-lemond-zurich/7583252776.htmlFantastic high end modern-classic road bike. 853 is exotic top of the line tubing. These are extremely nice bikes. Parts on it are super nice too. Probably needs some tuning. You can get a shorter stem if you feel stretched out on it. https://atlanta.craigslist.org/wat/bik/d/douglasville-restored-fuji-touring/7587207248.htmlthis bike is vintage, so old enough to have some esoteric parts and standards, but these sport tourers are absolutely excellent bikes. Comfy and stable to ride. Kind of like a road bike version of a hybrid. They have nice hill gears, and fit wide tires. I commute on something like this. The restoration looks very well done, and this is what I would get. Although, friction downtube shifting will take a while to get your brain around. https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/d/atlanta-giordana-xl-strada-road-bike/7583933094.htmlthe other end of the classic drop bar bike spectrum, a race bike. If you want to be speedy, this would be pretty sick.
>>1895610Avoid anything with freewheels, avoid anything with three gears in front, avoid anything with the word "Tourney" written on any part anywhere. I might say avoid mechanical disc brakes but might not be realistic without spending a lot more - it'll be fine though. Other than that anything from a real brand should be fine, just get whatever fits the budget and has a cool paintjob, and make sure to buy the right size.
>>1895610https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/d/woodstock-kenhill-cube-mens-aluminum/7582390042.htmlhttps://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/d/alpharetta-mens-adult-fuji-mtb-mnt-bike/7586411777.htmlhttps://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/d/atlanta-large-k2-zed-classic-mountain/7586799729.htmlIf you wanted to spend less, and just get a beater, these would be decent, especially if you could haggle down to say 100 or 80. Not worth fixing up a lot though if anything is wrong, so test ride and check the tires aren't cracking. Some solid options for you. For the fuji, it's at the edge of your size, you'd probably want to see you could stand over it without squishing your balls too much. I ride a bike that big and it's just on the limit for me. It's quite good though because it means you get high up bars. On a bike like that you could quite easily make them higher and or closer too, so it's not like riding an aggressive position on a race bike. It's relaxed/cruisey. You could even easily convert it to swept-back cruiser bars.
>>1895614yes but>avoid anything with three gears in frontthat's also unrealistic. You're filtering yourself out of most entry level hybrids by specifying that. Indexed triple with flat bar shifters isn't that bad. And they're not difficult to convert away from either, or to have fucked indexing and just not shift it.
>>1895610https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/d/atlanta-claud-butler-by-holdsworth/7593374237.htmlone more vintage sport-tourer. Doesn't have the desirable wide gears of the fuji and centerpull brakes are worse than cantis, but still a nice bike, and in a smaller frame size if that suits you better. Likely from being stored it is in great condition but could do with some work to really run well. Good buy but probably more of a project, and bears haggling.
Okay wow, this is all very helpful, thank you so much! I'll mull the picks over and let you know what I end up choosing.
>>1895621yeah man good lucklet us know how it goes
>>1895609>Dual SportDon't get a bike with a low-end suspension fork. If you're doing to do mountain biking, pay at least $1,500 for a bike with usable suspension. Otherwise, don't get a bike with suspension since it only adds weight and suspension absorbs a portion of your pedaling power.
this is pretty much my bike (mine is blue xl). I wonder if any knowledgeable people here can recommend upgrades?I quite like the bike, though sometimes i can't find a gear that is quite appropriate, the grips are a bit shit and it can jar me quite a bit if I hit bumps in the track or pavement.
>>1895581Like steel and solid forks, 2x will eventually be the expensive patrician's choice
>>1895631frameset with an alloy fork is always gonna ride kinda harsh. You can get better/suppler tires but there's always a trade off between durability/ puncture resistance, and comfort/ ride quality/ light weight. That being said if you go -wider- you can run lower pressures and it will ride comfier. And more expensive tires ride better. Before you upgrade, have you serviced everything? Service the bearings. Check chain stretch. Maybe re-cable it. >sometimes i can't find a gear that is quite appropriatehow do you mean? The shift pattern is tricky? The shifting is slow? It doesn't have the range you want? Or, it has too wide steps between gears? You can modify your gear ratios and or improve how well they shift. If your triple is fucky a very easy way to fix that is just to install a friction shifter. Get new grips obviously. Imo the biggest thing probably you can do to improve a utility bike is get a decent rack and basket or pannier setup.
>>1895631new tires (Continental $ Seasons etc) + clipless pedals maybe. Not much point throwing big money at it for gains that ultimately give minor performance benefits. Also learn how to properly adjust V Brakes if you don't know, that's like a free upgrade, V brakes are based in many ways
>>1895651thanks, I'm on the original kenda kwest tyres, could be due an upgrade as the sidewalls are looking a little cracked. I think the range is what is bugging me about the gears. I've really only just started getting a bit more informed about riding and using the gears a bit more tackling hills. i'm loving it so wanting to learn a bit more. >>1895652thanks I'll look into the v-brakes. mine look a little lopsided despite just having it "serviced". I'm pretty mechanically minded from motorbikes, but know nothing about pushies.
>>1895656Yeah if you get expensive new tires it will make a big difference. You in aus or nz? Bike24 or Wiggle are often quite a lot cheaper than domestic retailers, for tires especially. Also service your hubs. It's not that hard to do yourself. RJ the bike guy on youtube has good videos. >the range is what is bugging me about the gearsYou want higher gears (faster) or lower hill gears?
>>1895613That Lemond is sexy, I have no idea if it's worth $500 but it's so much better than a fucking boomer hybrid bike
>>1895656It's quite easy, there is the cable to adjust when it clamps, you probably know that, and there's a little screw to make sure both pads hit the rim at the same time
>>1895660>>1895663thanks for the help anons. I think some new tyres and adjusting the v-brakes (which have felt off in my riding come to think of it) is gonna make a big difference. I'll leave the gears for now as I think that is just down to how i'm using the bike rather than there being a problem with the bike itself.
>>1895662It's not and it's a bit of a project but you know, sometimes, what're you gonna do? Just not have the thing? There's worse things than paying too much. I'd take $400 cash and start haggling at 3.
>>1895667Yeah, the problem with that is the guy knows what it is. I recently bought a nice (not as nice as that) bike dirt cheap because they thought it was just an old fashioned steel bike and I'm sure it's not an uncommon thing to do
>>1895584imagine the chainlines becoming possible all of a sudden
do all 5s freewheels have the same distance between cogs?im trying to find a freewheel to replace my shimano UG for my indexed positron shifter so it needs to be exactly like it is right now
>>1895592Been riding around this morning, I'm not having to pull the brake quite as hard any more but honestly still the braking force I get is worse than worn down brake on my front wheel gives me.
>>1895631New bigger tires, 35-37c if they fit, the aluminium fork doesn't help since it is pretty rigid and harsh, you can try a Redshift stem to soften it up or replace it with a cheaper Suntour fork with lockout (60mm travel), the telescope fork will raise the front a bit.The grips I'd go with something non ergonomic, there are plenty of options here. Make sure it has bigger flat patterns so a raspy pattern doesn't act as a file on your palms.
>>1895700Replace the pads with something like SwissStop, Salmon etc..., make sure you put the rear ones to the rear in the right direction!
>>1895601trek fx 1, fx 3 disc, domane al 2
>>1895705I don't know what those are, I'm assuming some expensive type of pad that'd cost me 10% or more as much as the bike itself cost me.>make sure you put the rear ones to the rear in the right direction!I... think I did? I tried to be careful about it at least and put the new ones on in the same orientation and position as the old ones, though the orientation may have fucked up slightly as it was close to impossible to get them to stay exactly where I wanted them to when tightening them up.
>>1895621if you get a used bike, keep in mind the maintenance, it's common to need to replace the chain/cassette and ideally the chainring (but maybe it's not too cost efficient to replace everything) and service the wheel bearings and bottom bracket bearings, when you're new to cycling it can be hard to tell if it's not performing as well as it should
>>1895709The pads you choose cost exactly as much as you value your own life. Brakes are not luxury items they are safety devices.
>>1895713But where do I get pads for nothing?
>>1895708>trek social media team still posting here with their recognisable style after being called out and positively identifiedCan’t you guys just buy ad space? It’s probably cheaper than paying your social media monkey
>>1895581when are you going to kill yourself?
>>1895716it's obviously not, and shills are far more effective than a banner.
what's the advantage of these surly bikes over just buying some 90s steel bike shit? they look almost exactly the same as bikes kids used to have back then so I'm not sure why they are so expensive?
>>1895727>thing 2 look vaguely similar to other, lesser thing 1>why thing 2 more money when look same?!? OOGABOOGA
>>1895728so what's the difference?
>>1895729i dont know they look the SAME
>>1895727they're brand new so won't have as much doubt about the condition, remaining useful life of components, manufacturing tolerances, crash damage. but they are indeed a bit of a meme brand, you pay a lot for generic asian 4130 chromoly steel
>>1895730>retard is surprised when a question is asked in bike questions thread
>>1895732>retard is surprised when easily googleable quetions gain ze/heir ire
>>1895733>retard can't speak English nor have a civil conversationwhy do we let 3rd worlders on here?
>>1895734>doesn't recognize their own pronouns>thinks ire isn't a word
What an alternative chain cleaning method rather than the ones you clamp on the chain and back pedal though? They're so fucking shit and make a huge mess.
>>1895744remove the chain and put it in a jar of kerosine
>>1895727a "good" old bike will have better steel and will cost less because used. but you have to know what you're looking for and the rest of the bike could be a project. even if not (which is highly unlikely there's NOTHING wrong,) you still have to pull apart the hubs and BB to inspect for damage and service, inspect and tune brakes and drivetrain, etc. a new surly is a good bike and just werksI personally endorse better old bikes because I know how to inspect and fix everything easily and cheaply. but if you can't, a surly is not a terrible idea
Got sold a bike with a small dent in the Aluminium frame. Will this be a problem?
>>1895781no. if it's barely visible it might just be that they sounded down a dust nib in the paint, not even that the metal is dented, but dents still aren't that bad.
Anyone know why the fuck I can't find a road bike left brake leaver online?They only have mountain bike or left levers. It's literally infuriating.
>>1895781I wouldn't worry about it, for most values of "small" anyway .post a pic, dummy
>>1895785The Frame is in the Shed now and it's too cold here to go outside. I'll post it tomorrow. I'm released that you said it's no big deal though, just got it yesterday and was so happy.
>>1895584Local bike shop has a 4x crank hanging on their wall. You can get it to work with a 3x derailleur in friction.
brb purchasing Honeywell e-bike at Best Buy
I’ve went down from a 50/34T to a 44/34T chainring on a steel frame. The front derailleur just about has enough clearance which 9 speed (I assumed MTB) would work? I assume they’re meant to be shorter to fit lower down? Would need to be bottom pull.
I want to buy a beach cruiser for commuting to work and around my town, also for some weekend rides around the town. What I'm in for? I found one with a lot of gears, aluminum frame and around 150$.
>>1895851Look for a Sora or Claris FDMTB are mostly sidepull
>>1895851the issue is having more curvature to closer fit the shape of a smaller big ring. A regular road derailer will have to sit higher to clear at the top, and then at the bottom of the cage will be some ways away which will mean more trimming is required. fd-cx70 is really the one you want for subcompacts.
Anyone ever use one of these? Seasucker Talon?Has pretty amazing reviews, curious if its dodgy. Feel like my asshole would pucker any time im driving at speed with it
>>1895881yeah fuck that try pull a towbar from a scrapyard
>>1895859frustratingly poor quality a heavy, slow, inefficient bike with shit brakes which squeal and where things break. Things will also be bent, misaligned, and poorly adjusted out of the box. I suggest used at that price. However maybe it's tolerable for you if the ride is flat.
>>1895859and i'm not speaking from snobbery about cheap bikes, i know because i repair bikes on the side and people often bring me those. I've assembled a few for people and even new out of the box they're fucked up. Oh also all the components will rust straight away if they get wet.
>>1895735>assumes much>continues to sound like a retard
>>1895903this isnt me btw
>>1895904>pretends it's not them
>>1895859>beach cruiser>>1895859>with a lot of gearsexcuse me what?
>>1895911he probably means something like this
>>1895700Is that the pad clearance when you're not pulling the brakes? You shouldn't need to set them fucking 1mm away just to be able to make the pads reach the rim, they're liable to start rubbing if they're not already. Something might be wrong with the cable itself or the lever... I'd take it to a shop and let them look at it.
>>1895915never knew there was such an animal.but that's way better for hauling a heavy boat anchor around, assuming the gears shift accurately, which is a pretty big assumption for something made by cheapo brands and assembled by department store retards >>1895859the problems outlined in the responses to your post don't necessarily mean it's a bad buy for $150, but there's a high probability it will be a lemon. post your local craigslist in the /bbg/ and let them help you
>>1895744Proper way: Use reusable quicklinks and immerse it in turpentine or other solvent, rinse with alcohol, then immediately dry with a blowdryer and relube.Lazy way: basically the same except don't take it off the bike and just brush the solvent on.>>1895716Terks are probably the easiest brand to find in america, give the best value at a given price point, and have better looking paintjobs.>0.02 trekshekels were deposited into your account>>1895783Guessing because you live in some backass country with no economic infrastructure?https://www.performancebike.com/brake-levers-only-road-drop-bar-mechanical-rim-brakes-accessories-parts/c17624>>1895881The ones that mount on the back of the car seem safer to me and you can keep an eye on it better, but taking the wheels off (if necessary) and carrying it inside the car is the best option if your car isn't too tiny.
>>1895920>give the best value at a given price pointno lol that's giant i post treks as examples because they're the only big one that lists bike weight, but that's just as an example.
>>1895922>giantNext time I want a brown bike with an FSA crankset I'll consider it
>>1895924lol ok yeahsome of their colours are nice though, typically the more $$ ones.
>>1895924metallic bluey silver is one of my favourite bike colours. Like the Cinelli Lazer concept.
I've got an old school mountain bike, late eighties, that I built up from parts. Most of it was either given to me or pulled off another bike from a dumpster... But I got some new parts just for shits.Would there be a real benefit to the expense of putting drop bars on it? Or is it mostly a Reddit meme.
>>1895938it's mostly a fit questiondrop bars add a significant amount of reach to your main position on the hoods. then beyond that, they're excellent for touring bikes, especially for roadies who are already accustomed to them. The braking is worse though, from drop bar levers. I think you'd almost always be much better served getting a different road bike project instead, for a drop bar bike, although custom drop bar mtbs can make sense as budget tourers.
>>1895929>puke green>>1895930>seattube looks bentnah
>>1895938you can get used drop bars cheap (factor in bar tape tho) but you need new brakes too. If you want to make a gravel bike you should look at alt bars, there are Chinese copies of Velo Orange Crazy Bars which look super cool and nice to use
>>1895924Are you too much of a snob to ride with FSA components?
>>1895939I was unironically mostly thinking of doing it for a cheap touring bike, I'll have to look into potential fit and cost though I guess.Old roadie parts are pricey, if I can make it work cheap it'll be a while. Maybe I'll pass then, thanks anon.
>>1895946drops aren't even that comfy for touring, you could get clamp on aero bars for head winds, that's common
>>1895946Just slap some bar ends... in the middle of the bar.
I am planning to buy my first roadbike. Is it fine to buy one size smaller than what being recommended for me?
>>1895972If you're between sizes buy the smaller one, otherwise smaller is better than bigger but you might need a different stem or seatpost later.
>>1895894>>1895899>>1895911>>1895917Well this one looks okay. It has 3x7 gears with front and back brakes.
>>1895916Yeah it is and I thought the same thing, I just find it so odd that I changed nothing other than swapping the pads over and yet I just don't get that much grip out of them.Can't really take it in though, I'm in the UK and about to be buried under 50 inches of snow.
>>1895903that wasn't. this is me, calling you a faggot.
>>1895998yeah but look at how thin the brake arms are, the stamped chainring, the derailleur claw, the rims, the plastic pedals, the spring saddle... nothing but a walmart bike with some makeup onit's ok to want something simple and laid back, just get something of decent quality so you don't end up bending everything and hating cycling
>>1896018did you toe the pads in? it makes a huge differenceother than that I agree with the other anon, you should also replace the cable and housing for good measure
>>1896032Thanks for answer, fren. Well i ordered the bike anyway, will see how it goes. Here is imgur link to bike pic if you are interested ( i have ip range block in 4chan). https://i.imgur.com/xG4rByf.png
>>1895972Buy a different model from a different brand that has a size that's just right for you.
>>1895972r u fat? or have back problems? if ur getting a good deal u can buy some aftermarket options to make it work but depends on the deal ur getting if its worth it or not
>>1896043The only part of this bike that isn’t the lowest possible quality is the quick release wheels (and they’re only there because they’re cheaper than nutted hubs nowadays).
>>1896104Holy shit, tomorrow is the day then, hah.
>>1896035What does "toe" the pads mean? I might have done, I just followed a video by parktools, but I'm not familiar with the lingo at all and bikes are just a way for me to get my job done to me.
>>1896105Before you ride it, grease every bearing because the manufacturer won’t have. Then index and adjust the gears. Then adjust the brakes. Then ride it.
>>1896107Move the front of the pads inboard relative to the back of the pads
>>1895916campy calls for 1mm pad clearance. lol at not having true wheels and the stiffness to allow for 1mm clearance
when do people find themselves in the drops or on the bar? im literally only ever in the hoods.
>>1896127When it's really fucking windy it helps quite a lot.
>>1896043oh lmao it's old. take back every criticism you've gotten. That's a nice bike. The STX groupset is decent. It's even got pretty nice tires on it and a fucking sprung leather saddle, those are very expensive new. Great buy.
>>1896127I try to go to the drop everytime im past 30 kmh to save some watts with aero.Also during downhill since it lowers your center of gravity and you have a better grab on the brake levers. Especially important if you have rim brakes.
>>1896149This but,It's not more aero though. Look at pro roadies riding hard on the flat, they're more often on the hoods. An actual aero position would be doing faux-aerobars / phantom aerobars with your hands or arms by your stem. >>1896127You probably just don't have very confident bike handling. Swapping up your hands is good to just reduce fatigue. Also your bars are probably lower than they should be if you never ride in the drops, as is the trend with road bikes.
>>1896127In addition to what others have already said, I use the drops a lot when I'm taking my drop bar bikes offroad. >>1895972If you're fit and flexible or going to race, going smaller is better. If you're just going to ride casually though, the larger size can be better since it's be easier to set up a more relaxed position with a larger frame (taller stack height).
>>1896107Don't worry about it, makes very little difference and has nothing to do with your problem.>>1896110Stiffer wheels deflect *more* at the brake pads.>>1896127If you really want to go balls out you should pull up on the same side that you're pushing down with your feet. Easier to pull on the drop than that on the lever.
>>1896166>Stiffer wheels deflect *more* at the brake pads.stiffer RIMS while having floppy spokes etc
>>1896109Inboard? Again, please keep the terms as non-bike user friendly, I probably won't know any.
>>1896201If you don't understand English then no-one is going to be able to help you over the internet.
>>1896205inboard is not a term I've ever heard before, in what circumstance might I have heard of it in my normal daily life?
>>1896207Inboard means closer to the centre line of whatever you’re discussing. A synonym would be inwards.
>>1896208See, it's a good job I asked because I'd have assumed it meant "move it inwards as much as I can reasonably do" from the sound of the word, rather than "try centralizing the orientation of the pads again".
>>1896146Thanks anon, they will send it with rear rack and hopefully old fenders to use. I think it's from the 90s. There is "west coast groove" brand stickers which the seller said were there when he got it from Germany. I checked and there is such a brand.
>>1896209The FRONT of the PAD needs to be CLOSER to the RIM when the brake IS NOT BEING USED. When the RIM touches the PAD and the wheel is IN MOTION, this motion will pull the FRONT of the PAD FORWARD which will make the whole PAD TOUCH AT THE SAME TIME.
>>1896209or you could just google "brake pad toe in"
He has a cunt hair of rim clearance as it is because of the cable being fucked or whatever, trying to toe in the pads will do nothing but make it 100% certain the pads rub.
>>1896244he said his old pads worked fine with the same cableand regardless of whatever his issue is, pad toe in is very important and it does make a huge difference.
>>1896247Pulling the brake lever fully apparently moves the pads all of a couple mm so something is fucked. Cable looks trashed in the picture >>1895700 so is the first suspect, but could be several things. Definitely *isn't* that the pads aren't fucking toed.
>>1896249cable looks fucked because he's tightened and untightened it several times, the chewed part has zero effect on the braking linealso new cable and housing was the first thing I suggestedand lastly, like I already said, toe in is still something you should do, regardless of everything elsewhat's your problem exactly?
>>1896251It's a non-solution that will make the existing problem even worse and is optional even if everything else was working normally.
>>1896252>It's a non-solution that will make the existing problem even worseyou don't know that>and is optional even if everything else was working normally.yes, and option that will increase your braking power noticeably.I think you're just one of those people who can't properly toe-in their brake pads and just assume it's some schizo thing
>>1896254>>you don't know that>>1895700This is how far the pads need to set to be able to even hit the rim. If you angle them you'd have to move them farther out to keep the closer side from rubbing, meaning the farther side would never get there at all.
>>1896254It is a possibility the anon has a fucky short pull brake lever that is meant for road setups on flat bars. Some hybrid and "city bikes" have these.
Would a 27.2mm seatpost be too large to replace a 26.6mm one? I'm looking at used and chinkshit dropper posts.
>>1896259nah that should be fineseatposts are basically all interchangeable
>>189625927.2 will probably be too much, but a 26.8 could fit. Get a chisel and push it down the opening of the seattube to expand it.Older soviet road bikes had very narrow steel seatposts, when replacing one with a 25.0 a chisel smack was necessary
My bike's manufacturer says its carbon fork can take 14kg of cargoHas anyone carried groceries in their carbon forks and lived (without losing teeth) to tell the story?Also, are there porteur style racks that can be mounted on a mid-fork eyelet other than the specialized pizza rack?
>>1895700How is the pad surface? I remember wearing my pads to the metal inner layer when I was a kid and losing nearly all braking force. That also fucked up the rims lolDad bought new rims and taught me how to lace up wheels then... too bad he didn't know how to true them right and for the next couple years I rode on wobbly wheels kekThat old bike taught me how to service everything, I repeatedly broke nearly every part on it and repaired it mostly by myself
>>1896266If it has the manufacturer's rating it must work. I've only ever seen racing forks breaking (either in a hard crash or on the steerer tube), a big brand fork with a cargo rating is totally fine (as long as it has an expander and not a star nut in the steerer)
Had my road bike for less than a year and apparently the bottom bracket is warped and just outright fucked?Any idea what retarded thing I could have done? I only really use it for commuting.Giant contend sl
>>1896269it could be 50 different things.
>>1896269BB is one of those things that should be diagnosed in person. Go back to the store where you bought it to get it looked at. Giant has more generous warranty terms than most other brands, and it could still be fully covered under warranty.
i wish cars wouldn't try to stop for me while i'm waiting to cross on a sidewalk. one dude will be waving me by meanwhile theres oncoming traffic i'm not going to go in front of. just go man, you aren't helping me. its nice that they notice me and try to help but it literally just slows everything down
>>1896269Did it come with an FSA crap crankset?
>>1896267>How is the pad surface?
>>1896285ride on the roadhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbCzWRnKCaI
>>1896325i do but i don't trust drivers enough some in some places that i go through a lot i stick to the sidewalks sometimes. i don't care whose in the right when its me vs a 3 ton vehicle. the guy in the video is a jerk
>>1896263no. putting a larger diameter post into a smaller diameter tube does not work .you can do the opposite though, with shims if necessary
>>1896350That will let moisture enter the frame and fuck up the bottom bracket. Either same size or slightly bigger if the seattube can be expanded with a chisel
I have this beat up diamondback bike. Would it be difficult to replace the POS suspension fork with a rigid one? And would it look retarded? I'm very concerned about the appearance of it.Also should I make it singlespeed?
>>1896404Yes but it will cost more than your bike worth
>>1896404aliexpress carbon fork might look decent. these days from mainstream brands like trek you don't get a carbon fork until somewhere above the $1000 price point so it could be a worthwhile upgrade, maybe get some 32mm gp 5000 or gp 4 season tires too
Anyone got patella alta or patellofemoral pain syndrome ? How do you mamage ?
>>1896404It's a lot easier with a 11/8" headset. It would take some work but it's not impossible, and honestly depending on the fork it might really work.
>>1896428I have Conn syndrome, it is a kind of hidden heart disease with perfectly healthy heart, valves, arteries and massive hypertension. Apart from a mild climb exploding my heart and arteries and having limited endurance I manage.If you ever heard of perfectly healthy sports people suddenly collapsing and dying it is the same disease.
>>1896404do it, any cheap aluminum fork will be better than that (even though I'm aware aluminium forks are shit compared to any other material)and no, don't make it singlespeed. that would be extremely retarded.
>>1896259Depends how much you care about that frame.>>1896269If you mean the bb shell it should never 'warp' under normal use, either it was like that from the start or the frame is made of cheese. Take it where you bought it and ask for a warranty replacement frame.If you mean the part you press into the frame it's cheapish to replace (hopefully no more than $50 incl. labor) but really should last a lot longer than that. Not sure if it'd be a warranty thing. If the next one dies that fast have them check that the frame isn't out of spec (and if it is demand a warranty replacement).>>1896428Slam your cleats back literally as far as they'll go and/or raise your saddle.
Are 7 speed bikes still anathema if they actually come with a cassette?I'm looking at this bike:https://www.marinbikes.com/gb/bikes/2022-fairfax-1and it's a 7 speed bike with a 11-34 cassette, supposedly. Though looking at >>1895609 makes me wonder how trustworthy this info is. Are there 11-34 7speed freewheels?
>>18964677 speed is fine with a 9 speed chain. That solves crosschaining. I've covered 2.5k km on my bottom tier 7sp cassette road bike in the last couple years and it's been bulletproof.I would only switch to a 10sp drivetrain, those are the only more reliable choice.
>>1896467https://www.amazon.com/Sunrace-CS-M40-Cassette-Csm40-11-34/dp/B00JVK7OPOThey do exist
>>1896467Hard to say, just says 'sunrace' and sunrace makes both 7 speed cassettes and freewheels and I've seen freewheels labeled 'cassettes' in spec lists. If it's really a cassette the axle durability stuff wouldn't be a problem.https://sunrace.com/category/products?product_group=cassette&speed=7-speedhttps://sunrace.com/category/products?product_group=freewheel&speed=7-speed
>>1896467It might not actually be a cassette. I've noticed that some bike manufacturers don't distinguish between cassettes and freewheels on their spec sheets.
>>1896441what the fuck does that have to do with that he asked?
>>189641532mm gp5k is a retarded choice for anything but an endurance road bike, grabble or road-hybrid. It will look and feel awful and the gearing will be all wrong. Anon only wanted to get rid of the suspension fork
>>1896474Man, their site is retarded, it doesn't even list most of their shit.It doesn't look like the freewheels they have on there though.And there's no such thing as an 11t cog on a freewheel, so it should be a cassette. 11-34 with a 3x is excessive for a hybrid. 12-32 or 11-28 would be the right choice
>>1896481Also roids and other doping shit
>>1896480the fork will tighten up the geometry, you can check it with math if you're paranoid. looks like 700C and a big enough chainring for normal street use, you could upgrade that if needed
and some anons a couple of years back shilled riding MTB with slicks, i kinda hate zoomer nu-/n/ even though it's kinda based that you hate on cruiser bikes instead of simping for them finally
>>1896485slicks are OK if they're fat, they don't get clogged with mud and slide predictably
>>189648228 granny gear and 34 sprocket sound pretty good for hauling 30kg of groceries up the 5% inclines I go through.
>>189650542/32/22 crankset is the right choice. 22/28 is lower than 28/34 and the cassette is tighter.
>>1896404Similar issue here>fork full of water>seals gone>forks have a lot of play where stanchions slide into lower forks >have a look for replacements (sr sun tour XCM shit spec fork) >hard to find 1 1/8 forks 29" forks>find link relatedAnyone ever used similar? Im not planning on doing extreme shit on this bike, mostly used for the odd cycle to a buddies house or the shop etc https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144380051886?hash=item219db8c1ae:g:j0AAAOSwUZRjxnCQ&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAA0Iu53%2FkM6VW7x8GO%2BJXqQVG7AmxavlNNE4vE7hFZocSgbaEMap7kh%2FfZEN0MVZu0x2e%2B%2FUS95Un0N2mqsBHntzXwDVJNyH6DG5sUOG49HET7qLrh1CU59w%2FZPTjJc4p%2B8p4rp3k2O376ouEA47IrYyTVQXzpf61ZVAjLuWXxGZMFzP%2BONG0yqKJwo07JZ684fjKxh3MX4MYgfloQUQMyzMPMBvDczYrW%2BQGedzwXLim%2BBp7zukkutYX0X1vtGcxNW7M%2FIm6X6x1SBnHj15CIcLs%3D%7Ctkp%3ABFBM5ITLjNph
>>1896485what is a cruiser bike
>>1896467I don't think freewheels are able to be built with an 11t cog? usually freewheels top out on 14 or maybe 13.anyway, my daily rider is a 6speed and the spread and the jumps from one to the next are good, I think 7speed 11/34 is a nice range
>>1896577didnt look at the link but can't be worse than what you've got, can only be better
>>1896485>and some anons a couple of years back shilled riding MTB with slicksand we still do because they're great
>>1896500trek fx 3 disc comes fitted with 32mm tireseven 28mm is considered to be overly plush by some road riders even for riding on busted up roadsgp 5000 and gp 4 season are much more supple than cheaper tires so you don't need to overcompensate by getting a bigger tire size especially with a carbon fork
Anyone repaired a carbon wheel? I have one with with a bit of damage to the very edge of the rim and I want to JB Weld it.
>>1896600use epoxy resin or maybe just polish/clearcoat if it's just scuffed up. epoxy resin is extremely runny but you can wait for it to partially cure for it to get a more manageable consistency (some take 24 hours to cure and then you can wait maybe half an hour after mixing it) and then sand and polish it smooth to blend it in in terms of texture
also, there are extremely UV stable epoxy resins like artresin or similar if you're worried about fading/discoloration from sun exposure but most carbon wheels don't have the best UV protection in the first place
>>1896485Because now instead of buying normal sized slicks, x-biking retards will go and buy the widest Maxxis knobby tires they can fit in their shitty Trek 800. "New daily driver ready!!!!"
Can anyone recommend a good Chinese 10 speed groupset? I have a 2003 Cannondale Caad5 frame that I quite like and want to build up.
Any tall bike enthusiasts on here? Me and my friends made like a half dozen and ride them around. It handles like a regular bike but you're 10 feet in the air so it feels like you're flying.
>>1896603Can you start using a trip so you can be filtered, please? You reply to every single question with your low IQ opinions and spread your ramblings across 3 posts. Either that or just dial it back a bit aliautistanon
>>1896633I've always wanted one of these tallbikes with a lot of cargo space underneath the rider, having all that weight under you must feel greattoo bad every person who makes tall bikes seems to be more concerned with making them look like hipster hobo janky shit and disregard things that actually mater like drivetrain efficiency, proper gearing, proper rider positioning, and so on
>>1896670>I can't believe these people aren't thinking about efficiency and ergonomics in these 50 lbs novelty bikes!
>>1896680I can believe it, I just lament it. There's no need for it to be one or the other.
>>1896446I'm ngl I didn't know they made too many aluminium forks, usually it's either steel or carbon
>>1896670>every person who makes tall bikes seems to be more concerned with making them look like hipster hobo janky shit99% of tall bikes are like "slap one shitty old frame on top of another and just weld it", the only purpose is to draw attention and any tallbike will be just as good at it. I've never heard of any specifically designed tall bikes or tall bike frames by any brand, it's a very niche market. Some framebuilders can design and build a custom tall frame and make it look decent and work well, but only if you're willing to pay custom bike tax. That being said, I'd like to see more double decker tandems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih0gtufGdK0
I had a family member give me their surly cross check. It is around 5 years old but barely ridden. Is this a nice bike?I don’t need a bike for speed or street use. I just want stuff for short rides at modest speeds or just cruising. Is it stupid to raise the handlebars? I don’t find street bikes to be comfortable. Sorry for noob questions :c
>>1896711yeah it's a good bike. try riding it for a while before raising the handlebars, I know that leaning forward can be intimidating at first but remember, you're sitting on a saddle, not a chair. you're not supposed to be upright, you're supposed to distribute your bodyweight between your ass, feet and hands. if you just plop down upright your butt will be sore in no time.
>>1896628The only decent chinese groupsets are SRAM.>L-twooHope you own a die grinder luhmaohttps://youtu.be/vVuTOzoQKkE?t=413
Why are they like this?
>>1896711adjust the seat height correctly (look it up) and then post a pic of it
>>1896600If it's just scuffed or something don't worry about it. If it's structural it's fucked because you can't fix it there and make it as strong as it needs to be to keep the tire pressure from blowing up the rim t. some video about carbon repair I watched once.
>>1896725>>1896722Ty bros. Yeah I’ve ridden road bikes before but I have wrist issues and kinda don’t want to put as much weight on them right now. That was the main reason I wanted raise the handlebars and distribute more weight on the butt. Doesn’t seem like the handlebars even move up easily (if at all?). Should I just wait until my wrists get better? Idk how much of a task it is to switch out the handlebars.
>>1896731post your bike and i can actually give you advice about adjusting the fit. crosscheck is a very versatile meme platform. You could set it up in fully relaxed cruiser mode, for riding short distances. Would be nice. However you'll find that kind of bars way up/back fucks up your back if you try to ride hard, far, or up hills. A good cycling position is stretched out some, with an arched back, proper leg extension, and your -legs- and effort carrying your weight, not the saddle or bars. There are of course middle grounds, but cruiser bikes are fantastic, for what they're for. Chillin.
>>1896724Sram made (not sure if still does) some shifters compatible with Shimano derailleurs. The difference is in length of a cable pulled with each gear shift.
>>1896723What is that guy's fucking accent. I hate how he sounds. I want to beat him up.
>>1895609I have a bike with Phil rear hub & IRD 6 speed freewheel... works fine.What you're *really* trying to say is some racist shit like "don't buy cheap Chinese".Detestable.
>>1896772Freewheels being bad is a separate issue to chinkshit being bad.
Is there any well-known dual pivot brake calipers that support 26 inch tires? V-brakes can kys and I can't find any cantilever brakes in nearby LBS.
>>1896772i see your Phil & IRD and raise you Hope and Sachs straight block. Vintage freewheels are a different story altogether. >What you're *really* trying to say is some racist shit like "don't buy cheap Chinese".>Detestable.It is not insult whatsoever against the Chinese, who are capable to excellent manufacturing, to say that when given not even vaguely enough money to produce something good, they don't produce something good. There is cheap and then there is unrealistically cheap. A freewheel on a bike in 2023 is a signifier of extreme low quality, yes. And this is not a theory, I think this because I have had to work on many of these bikes, and know how bad they are from experience. And know how frustrated the people who buy them are. There's another issue too. Freewheel wheels are inherently weaker because the bearings are located further away from the end of the axle. This makes them more prone to bend. And they -frequently- bend. This design flaw combined with the extreme low quality results in a number of problems. The other common flaw they have is the threading is machined incorrectly which gives the freewheel an uncorrectable wobble that complicates and often ruins indexing. This is common on even better wheels, like, old suntour you see this, and new freewheels it's almost strange NOT to have it. It's really only how bad it is. Terrible.
>>1896726Just a scuff to the very edge of the rim, no cracks in the brake track or rim itself.
I want to replace my still good going Sora with GRX 1x11 on my gravel bike.Specs sheet says GRX 600 1x11 has 42T max range but I want to use MTB 11-48T (or thereabouts) for the granny climb capability. Can it be done with a roadlink, will it have any shifting performance impact or do I have to use a MTB RD? Can this latter option done using the GRX brifter?So basically gravel mullet drive and how to achieve it? Also no SRAM.
>>1896849I have 2x11 RX810 with wolftooth roadlink, works pretty well with 11-40 cassette. My friend even managed to pair RX400 and 11-42 cassette without using any adapters, but shifting performance was shit. I think RD-RX812 with a roadlink should work just fine with 48t sprocket, but if somehow it doesn't, maybe swapping the cage could help. Garbaruk claims their alternative cage will make RX812 work with 11-50 cassette, so maybe this is the way to go: https://www.garbaruk.com/rear-derailleur-cage-for-shimano-grx-11-speed.html
>>1896851Thanks, bookmarked your link.I have a roadlink but my current Sora performs like shit with it and anyways want to get rid of the front shifter. Don't really need 46x11, I only go up to speed on descents and climbing is more important.
I've started to look at the price of turbo trainers, I guess I'm gone.Are they noisy as rollers? My brother gave me his, but these are as noisy as a motorcycle inside my apartment.
>>1896901Just go outside and ride your bike, bro
>>1896904it's raining a fucking lot where I live. Not even kidding, dragging cars and pulling trees from the ground. I just wanna do a comgy ride 10 PM in my living room.
>>1896794Tektro R559 are meant for a 700c to a 650b conversion, a 650b has a smaller iso than a 26" so maybe those will work for you.
>>1896851>>1896854To be clear, I have roadlink DM, which replaces original link in the RD, not the gear hanger extension.
>>1896912Thanks for clarifying, I have the hanger extension. I won't be using road groupset though, going for the GRX 600 1x set. If the parts shortage would let me but it is out of stock everywhere, used parts are either partial set or weird competition sizing or both.
so im getting into bike polo, played one game with a fixie i have but now im gonna build one; im gonna take a 700c fram and run it fixed 26 with shorter cranks for maximum turning, maybe even running a 26 fork up front to really steepen the head angle and be able to pivot on a dime without jacknifingjust seeing if anybody has any builds and what they like
>>1896959Bike polo is not a sport for bike enthusiasts
Every time I try to buy new wheels I get overwhelmed. I start off ok, but then end up on like 40 different tabs not knowing what I need.My current bike tires are 700c and my back tire is a flip-flop hub between single speed and fixed gear. I got a shitty retrospec fixie thing for Christmas a while back and I've been using it for work but the wheels have that deep dish thing going on and the winds of Colorado are beating my ass.Can anyone suggest me some basic babies first wheels?
>>1896971mavic rims, dt swiss double butted spokes, hub of your choice
>>1896971for a noticeable upgrade, look into dt swiss t1800 classic, but the price might be steep in the US. if you need a braking surface you can use a normal road wheel in the front or build your own wheels that are equivalent to t1800 classic using the rim brake version of the dt swiss rr 511 rims. fixed gear/singlespeed is a bit niche so most affordable options will hardly be an improvement over the wheels that came included with your bike.
>>1896971cheap loose ball bearing hubs, not ideal but you get a decent 17mm internal rim widthhttps://velomine.com/products/alex-at470-silver-fixed-gear-track-bike-wheelset-32h-singlespeedpretty decenthttps://velomine.com/products/velocity-a23-track-bike-fixed-gear-singlespeed-wheels-dt-comp
I've been riding road bikes for a few years now and never rode hands free. The headset was notched, and I've read that that makes it impossible. After swapping the bearings and cleaning and regreasing everything it works perfectly now, but I still have trouble riding hands free. Is it just a matter of practice? Also, I tried the KOPS method for the saddle aft position and I could slide the saddle maybe 1cm back to make if perfect. Maybe that would also help?
>>1896971these are actually dope, you might see something like this on a legit custom buildhttps://velomine.com/products/h-plus-son-black-archetype-w-dt-370-track-hubs-wheelset-fx-fxa bit cheaper, still decenthttps://velomine.com/products/h-plus-son-archetype-track-bike-wheelset-3x-dt-competition
>>1896991Unless your frame/fork is bent or you have a wheel off center it's just a matter of practice. Start by taking one hand off the bars, then once you're comfortable doing that work up to riding no handed.
>>1896901Got a saris wheel-on smart trainer a few years ago. I'd say it's no more than 50% as loud as my vacuum cleaner, no big deal. To minimize it use a trainer tire and stay in the little ring if you're using erg mode.
>>1897001Riding with one hand is no problem at all. I think I have a tiny bit too much pressure on my hands, so I'll slide the saddle a few millimeters (maybe 5?) back and then try it again.
>>1897007Make sure your saddle isn't tilted forward more than a tiny bit too. If you're pedaling reasonably hard you should be able to lift your hands off easily with very little if any shifting of your weight.
>>1896991>. Maybe that would also help?eh, I've been riding no-hands since before I knew how to do a proper bike fit, in fact some of my fits were really bad. you have to reach escape velocity. if you pussy out and go slow it'll never work. then the faster you go, the easier it is for the bike to hold you up and you can really lean hard to turn hands-free, too
>>1896993adding to this, I've heard good thinks about the Wabi Superlight wheels, 1475g total, which would make any shitty fixie feel amazingly fast. Comparable prices as the velomine ones at $350 USDhttps://wabicycles.com/products/sub-15-superlight-700c-single-speed-wheelsetI've actually researched into how they constructed the wheelset and found the exact components (rim, hub, spokes) they use the achieve that low weight, if anyone is interested.
>>1897009also, it helps to shift your weight backwards and sit upright so you can swing your hips to right yourself. but you need to go fast or else you'll be too wobbly. not race fast, but faster than a normal man can easily run
>>1896723thanks anon, guess I'll scratch that ideaThis is the cannondale frame that I have except in a custom reverse orange-red fade.Any groupset recommendations?
>>1896981>>1896984>>1896989>>1896993Thanks! I'll check this out. Any tips so that I can figure it out next time?
>>1897008>Make sure your saddle isn't tilted forward more than a tiny bit too.It's actually level>If you're pedaling reasonably hard you should be able to lift your hands off easily with very little if any shifting of your weight.I tried while slowly cruising at 15km/h or something.>>1897009>>1897016Thanks
>>1897032It's easier the faster you're going.
>>1895574I have a muirwoods that I use for commuting and I want to sit upright when commuting like the dutch do. Is it possible to mod the handlebars so that theyre raised?Or is this a bad idea?
>>1897036It's absolutely possible and not a bad idea at all, but on a bike like that I suggest you make a big but not ridiculously extreme change, don't go full dutch. you can get a 35° stem and/or swept/ riser bars. There are a number of nice cheap ones on aliexpress. If you change much you'll need to re-cable and get new brake lines. Post a pic of your actual bike.
>>1897031the current standard is to have wider rims than before like 18-20mm internal width for 25-28mm tires and the newest tires are designed specifically with that kind of rim width in mind. this eliminates most older rims with like 13-15mm internal width unless you really want something like wab sub-15 or mavic ellipse.dt swiss is top tier, they supply spokes/hubs/rims to other brands as well as make their own wheels. some wheelbuilders use other spokes like from sapim but that's mainly for cost reasons, not that sapim spokes are better than dt swiss. h+son rims are popular in the fixie scene for their rim width, quality and aesthetics. velocity rims, especially deep V's used to be very popular during the height of the fixie craze like 10+ years ago for their sturdy rims and color options but they haven't kept up in tech development. kinlin XR-31T is an alternative to dt rr 511 which might be cheaper especially in the US but it's not welded and it has more of a V-shape cross-section rather than the more modern rounded cross-section of the dt rr 511.
>>1897040>the current standard is to have wider rims than before like 18-20mm internal width for 25-28mm tires and the newest tires are designed specifically with that kind of rim width in mind. this eliminates most older rims with like 13-15mm internal widththere's absolutely no reason not to run 13-15mm rims for road tires if you find some nice/cheap ones.
>>1897033this >>1897032lots of bikes don't quite track straight so it's pretty hard too & sometimes cables pull the steering
>>1897038Pic of bike attached, didnt realize you can get different stem angles. Will look into that
>>1897044yeah and changing the stem is pretty easy. there's uno ones on aliexpress, bbb highrise probably through a local shop and you can run a cinelli pista upside down they have those on wiggle getting bars with some rise and sweep would look cooler though and probably suit you better. Or both.
>>1897047Thanks anon.I noticed on my local bike shop (evo cycles in NZ) that there are different measurements, do you know what those are for?I'm not strongly considering getting this from this shop, just doing a bit more research
>>1897036I mean I know that pic is not your actual bike but I'd raise the bars at least level with the saddle. going full dutch upright is overkill . try some different stuff and also what you like as a casual first-timer will probably change once you're more comfortable
>>18970576, 7, and 8cm are the length options available
>>1897060Right ok, so are most stems the same diameter? I figure thats not something to worry about
>>1897062No - but if it's not specified it's a safe bet that stems are meant to fit a 1-1/8" (28.6mm) steerer tube and 31.8mm diameter handlebar since those are the most common sizes these days.
>>189705780mm is very short for a stem. It won't be long enough to go up much. They do sell bbb ones that are longer/cheaper but ritchey stuff is nice. It's a relatively minor change but worthwhile. I think you should do bars as well but whatever.
I bought a new (used) bike with promax mechanical brakes that badly suck. Can I buy basically any common hydraulic brake and fix them on while using the same disc? It's a flat bar Bombtrack Arise. I'm looking at used Sram XO Brakes, or maybe something like M-785 brakes.All I know about brakes is the difference between hood and flat brakes, I wanted to buy BB7's but used ones are unavailable and I'm on a budget
>>1897072>80mm is very short for a stemnot really
>>1897078>Can I buy basically any common hydraulic brake and fix them on while using the same disc?Yeah. Strictly speaking, many manufacturers tell you to change the rotors when you change pad types, but in reality that's not a huge concern.
>>1897079for a classic-ish hybrid it is
>>1897080Sweet, the rotors I've got are pretty mint.I was worried since I have mechanical already I have to stay mechanical but if I buy a whole used set with levers, hose and caliper thing it should be fine?
>>1897072You people do post some nonsense when you first get over here. This isn't reddit and we don't encourage newfags and retards to post.
>>1897086>someone posts something you disagree with>have no argument>pull a fictionalized backstory for the other guy completely out of your ass and attack them based on itWhy is /n/ like this?
>>1897089>th-they never talked to me like this at r/xbiking!
>d-don't they realise I paid $15k for this base model Specialized????
>the backstory develops even more
>>1897084>>1897086nah you're just thinking about mtbs or bmx or some shit. >Giant Escape>Trek FX>Specialized Sirrus even current ones, all stems between 90-110 mm Classic-style hybrids size stems like road bikes. 80mm is an extra small size and it's basically outside the usual range. That aside OP said: >>1897036>I want to sit upright when commuting like the dutch doA longer 35° stem will give more rise than a shorter one. And most bars with rise have back-sweep so if the reach is excessive it's easy to correct. Running his straight bars when he wants a cruiser position is dumb. With most cruiser bars you run into trouble being cramped and you don't want a short stem with them. Doubly you want the height.
>>1897086this is /n/ your idea of how long a stem is should be based on fancy rigid 90s mtbsthey're either 120mm or 130mm
>>1897099also another thing is the suspension effect from having a long stem and swept bars is usually good on a cruiser.
>>1897099>Classic-style hybrids size stems like road bikes. 80mm is an extra small size and it's basically outside the usual range.Maybe I'm being pedantic, but 80mm (10mm less than the common range, according to you) isn't really that small. Also the bike in this whole scenario has a reach that's notably longer than those other models you mentioned and comes stock with a 45mm stem for all sizes.Also, the Giant Escape comes with stem lengths between 60mm and 100mm depending on size and model.
>>1897105his bike isn't the 2023 muirwoods or whatever it's older with a triple it'll have a longer stem than that. also realize a 35° 80mm stem is shorter than a 7° 80mm stem >maybe i'm being pedanticyes this is all autistic bickering that is what we're doing right now
>>1896905put on a rain coat and some goggles.
>>1896966is bike enthusiasm an interest for bike poloists though?
>>1895574 what bicycle cargo trailer should I buy? what should I know about them? I want one for grocery runs and moving shit around that I would otherwise use my car for
>>1897113holy shit what a larping photo that is, anyone who carts wood knows a wheelbarrow would mog the shit out of a guy with a bike trailer
>>1897114we got an expert wood carter over here
>>1897114kindly answer the question
>>1895610Get something comfy and with some carriage like a rear rack. Preferably with gears. Atlanta is amazing, I used to live there. For a fun thing go ride the BeltLine between all the parks through all that forest. It's really cool.
>>1897113How big do you want it? How much do you want to spend? Do you want it to be covered?Surly makes 2 trailers that are pretty beefy, but they're fucking expensive and they're just flat beds, so you gotta figure the rest out on your own. The other end of the spectrum would be a used kid trailer. People sell them a lot because their kids outgrow them. They're covered and compact and a lot less expensive.
>>1897118mostly groceries. I'm have money but I don't like to spend money. So anything cheap within reason. I don't have a good idea of the cost spectrum of such things. Maybe I can even get a small trailer for groceries and basic stuff and a larger trailer for moving small sofas and other small furniture. I'm trying to move away from using a car.
>>1897115maybe tomorrow I will take a picture of my hand carted wood pile and even the path I've worn in the field
what happened to rockbros on aliexpress? any chance to get their bike lights anywhere? they were unmatched from my experience.
>>1897137i just bought a rockbros, case thingy off amazon, so maybe they migrated there?
>>1897109my issue is with my old square taper and groupset. I don't want it to get damaged.
>>1896989I have these rims on my road bike they are great. Look good too
I changed and regreased the bearing balls in the threaded headset of my old steel bike. Now I can't adjust the headset so that there's no play while the fork/handlebar turns smoothly. I put quite a bit of grease in there, is it possible that it'll loosen a bit after a while so that I can adjust it so there's no play while still being nice and loose?
>>1897203The seals are all in the right direction and inserted properly, so it's not that. I also left a gap of 2 bearing balls in there (like Park Tool and others recommend).
Are bikes good?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCD7ZCAXBNEwhy are they wearing glovesare gloves based or nah
>>1897206I've had an injury in my left hand, which causes it to hurt a lot from vibrations and such, the glove helps in that regard. But I don't like to wear it desu.
>>1897203you sure the balls were the right size? also it's not unusual to have a threaded headset need to be a little stiff. You need to buy a nicer one probably if it bothers you.
>>1897206I just wear them in case I crash, palm rashes suck
>>1897206most pros don't train with glovesracing is just really sketchyalthough yeah, palm rash is awful
>>1897265>you sure the balls were the right size?Yes>also it's not unusual to have a threaded headset need to be a little stiff. You need to buy a nicer one probably if it bothers you.It was fine before, besides a brinelling/indexing issue (which was why I wanted to service it in the first place). I know that often pedals for example are a bit stiff when new and after a while they run very smoothly, so I hope the same's gonna happen with the headset.
>>1897294the fuck are you talking about 'fine before', it sounds like it was fucked before?
>>1897296Brinelling isn't fucked. Pretty standard wear pattern when not enough balls are used.>>1897294Smooth doesn't necessarily mean zero drag and smooth is way more important in this application. Take the play out but don't overtighten it, ignore a little drag (rubber seals on a shaft level of drag, not tighten it down as far as you can).
>>1897341>Brinelling isn't fucked>permanent damage>not fuckedbrinelling is about as fucked as you can get while still working.
>>1897344A chip on a chainstay is "permanent damage" but it isn’t fucked now, is it?
>>1897355a chip on the chainstay is cosmetic and repairable
>>1897359ok ur nearly there. so you add one ball and the brinelling is repaired. that means brinelling is _ep_ir_ble fill in de blanks
>>1897361how does adding a ball repair permanent indentations in the bearing race?
>>1897364adding a ball removes all effects of the indentations (as only one ball ever encounters an indentation at once it is impossible to feel them in operation) and as a headset never needs to complete even one full revolution, the damage is cosmetic.
>>1897367that's just a cope band aid fix, it's not going to turn as smooth as a chris king headset
>>1897203>I changed and regreased the bearing balls in the threaded headset>I can't adjust the headset so that there's no play while the fork/handlebar turns smoothly.>>1897367>[changing and greasing the bearing balls in a threaded headset] removes all effects of the indentations >the damage is cosmeticseems like your opinion and your reality aren't quite lining up there bud
>>1897372who knows what he did wrong
>>1897372That's not me who posted the second reply, you retard. It's a common fix for brinelling to just replace the caged balls with loose balls. I'm pretty sure it's not turning as smoothly as before (bar the indexing issue when driving straight ahead) just because of the grease, of which I used quite a lot of. It needs to displace some of the grease, after some riding.
>>1897382>It's a common fix for brinelling to just replace the caged balls with loose ballssure, i do that tooit's always iffy though how good it ends up >I'm pretty sure it's not turning as smoothly as before (bar the indexing issue when driving straight ahead) just because of the grease, of which I used quite a lot of. It needs to displace some of the grease, after some riding.nah lol did you use really shitty balls? i wouldn't have thought that would matter but it's the only real explanation i can think of. Grease is not the issue.
>>1897383>did you use really shitty balls?No. G10 balls.>Grease is not the issue.Why? Isn't it normal to get some drag when using too much grease? I'm pretty sure it's the same with hubs etc.
>>1897384>G10 balls.lol overkill>Why? Isn't it normal to get some drag when using too much grease? I'm pretty sure it's the same with hubs etc.there's no such thing as too much grease in cup and cone bearings, aside from making a mess that might attract dirt drag yeah, a little, but smoothness and drag are different.
>>1897390>lol overkillI didn't seek them out. They were available at the site where I ordered some other stuff.>drag yeah, a little, but smoothness and drag are different.It turns smoothly, there's so crunchiness or whatever. It's just that the bar doesn't turn easily by itself when I lift the bike up by the head tube.
>>1897390>there's no such thing as too much grease in cup and cone bearingsyes, there is. you're just parroting sheldon brown. he was wrong in that regard.
>>1897394nooooooooo muh heckin infallible bike incel
>>1897394Do you think it'll get better after riding for a bit? So that the drag is less?
>>1897393>It turns smoothly, there's so crunchiness or whatever. It's just that the bar doesn't turn easily by itself when I lift the bike up by the head tube.that's the best case scenario for a damaged headset, like you have, and perfectly liveable >>1897394put some sewing machine oil in your headset then >>1897398Nope. Can you even notice it riding? Buy a new headset if you care. Infact you shouldn't have even attempted the loose ball thing if you're autistic about this. It's actually lucky there's a smooth setting with no play.
>>1897398Regular grease basically turns to liquid after you use it enough.
>>1897402lol what? old grease is gummy and tacky sometimes it's almost solid
>>1897400>NopeThen why is it like that with pedals?
Finally upgraded my 2014 Tcr slr1 to a 2021 Tcr advanced pro 1. Loving it so far not need some advice on grip tape color. The color of the bike is rosewood which looks matte black at a distance but in the sun the front part is a matte purple that fades into black. I was thinking a tan color. I’m loving the bike so far. It’s my first time using a power meter and while complete unnecessary it’s pretty cool to know your stats on it.
>>1897442Meant to say now*. Also anyone have any experience with the hammerhead brand computer. I picked up a Karoo 2 and it’s damn near the size of an old iPhone.
>YOU CAN'T SIMPLY HAMMER A HEADSET IN BECAUSE ... BECAUSE YOU JUST CAN'T OKAY
>>1897472>riding a 30yo carbon frameYikes
>>1897398>perfectly smooth in operation>works fine>only fault is that the bars don’t flop about when you pick the bike up??? Fuck off retard poser, what even is the fault
>>1897473I will ride it until it falls apart underneath me, inshallah
>>1897476it's such a pile of shit in every aspect not just the headset. you can get a brand new trek domane al 2 for $1129 that's much nicer in every way. you don't know what you're missing.
btw $1129 is not that much money in this day and age. sure with your years of neckbeard knowledge you might be able to lurk online marketplaces for weeks on end and cherrypick something decent for a couple of hundred bucks. but then you still need to service it and replace a lot of the parts for it to work as well as it should.
>>1897476>>1897480>it's such a pile of shit in every aspect not just the headset???Kys
Can anybody ID the groupset?
>>1897484for years /n/ fags have been gaslighting me and just generally being complete douchebags (like telling me to shut up about aliexpress stuff while not offering constructive advice themselves) as if i'm the one who has weird opinions but you're honestly saying that anon should be ok with his headset not turning freely that's how much cope you are on
>>1897529>like telling me to shut up about aliexpress stuffShut up about aliexpress stuff.>while not offering constructive advice themselvesConstructive advice: If the thing you're trying to buy would cause a crash or strand you if it failed, buy it from literally anywhere other than aliexpress.
>>1897507Deore crankset, Shimano Z-series rear mech, can't see front mech, cheap Dia Compe brakes. Nothing terrible but nothing special either.
>>1897442Bartape color should match your saddle or some other accent color on the bike. So only go tan tape if you're going to run tires with a tan sidewall. White or grey could look okay to match the frame decals.
>>1897507entry level shimano mech i think, light action or something? lots of steel bits in there that rust niceish crank, sakae or sugino entry level bike why man? photo from 2010?
>>1897535>>1897533Doesn't sound like something worth driving 40 minutes for even if it's very cheap.
>>1897442>need some advice on grip tape color.post an actual good picture of it then lolimo tan would look awful as those things clash with black and so most modern bikes. white would be hot, but a fancy white tape, not cork. maybe neon pink or teal
>>1897472i've scrapped several allu frames with hairline cracks in the headtube and i've had several steel frames with play in the cups and dented mating surfaces. It's easy to damage that shit and then you're buying stupidly expensive meme tier threadlocker or shimming it with cans or hunting around for bullshit slightly oversized vintage standards. The hammer is fine it's just a risk. And making a press tool costs like $20 or less, it's just a nice thing to use. Why would you not lol
>>1897536you can most easily tell it's not a flash bike because of the nutted rear wheel, but it's got forged dropouts, it's not bad or anything. Taiwan bianchi? Bauer? the pristine dork disc and oldschool cable/brake pad imply barely riddenit'd make a fine beater if you like the colour. What's a drive anyway? That's not even far. Really just depends on if you have any use for it or better alternatives.
>>1897442Whatever color you like, but if it's just one random splash of color on a neutral frame it'll look weird so complement it with colored cable housing or stickers or whatever else.
>>1897546hard disagreematchey colourschemes usually look cringey and 1 contrasting accent usually looks good
Is there such thing as a quill stem that's bigger than 1 1/8" ? On an old mtb. The stem itself has a very loose fit in the steerer. The wedge holds it but it seems abnormal.
>>1896966so you're no good, that's ok.
>>1897507>single wall rims
what brands make good ulocks? I dont want to spend a lot to safekeep my ~$300 bicycle that i really like
>>1897589abus, kryptonite, onguard>$300lol just get any ulock, as long as it doesn't have a round keyhole because you can open those with a bic pen cap
Is it normal for the paint to be scraped off the disc calipers already where the bolts are just from taking them off twice? Am I tightening it too hard?
>>1897652cheap parts usually lose their color easily
>>1897652do you have washers ? that helpsprobably not tightening it too hard if its not a bitch to pull em off imho
>>1897539yeah you're right, it was honestly a stupid thing to do out of impatience and I definitely won't repeat it. I did slightly scratch the fork crown "race" so lesson learned
Can you fuck up your wheel from gently banging it on the railings when bringing it down the stairs
>>1897739Maybe if you jammed something into the spokes and bent one, but 95% of the time if it can survive your fat ass bouncing around on it over potholes and curbs it can survive you accidentally knocking it around in your apartment (unless it's made of carbon in which case you're already dead but just don't know it).
>>1897739probably not, just check once in a while that they're reasonably true. there's up to around 120kg of tension in the spokes on a well-built wheel and it can cope with hitting bumps with your full body weight on it
Can anyone recommend a good light hand pump with a gauge? I plan on taking it on trails and adjusting psi to match conditions
>>1897589it looks like her tits were photoshopped flat
>>1895574Is it possible to have Internal Gear Hubs without it being an E-Bike? I used to ride a literal who nip bike more than half a decade ago when I stayed with my relatives in Japan. I really liked it for how comfy it was. Getting a japanese bike in a third world shithole isn't possible, so can I somehow convert a Mountain Bike into one?
>>1897823>Internal Gear Hubsthey were invented before the derailleur i.e. yes, they predate ebikes by a very long time.
>>1897823you need adjustable rear dropouts like on a fixie. not sure exactly how to convert, there's a metal brace that goes on the chainstay if it's a coaster brake and then you need the gear cable too
>>1897889>you need adjustable rear dropoutsNot really, only if you want IGH with a coaster brake, otherwise a basic chain tensioner will do the job. Converting a bike to an IGH drive is pretty easy with the proper hub, actually the hardest part is rebuilding the wheel, but if you don't want to bother with it just get your LBS to do it. Also, if you're converting/building IGH mountain bike and want to be able to ride it in the real mountains, make sure the hub has wide enough gears range, since most IGHs are designed for urban/city bikes and have gear range at 300-400% or below. Rohloff or Kindernay would be the best possible options with gear ranges above 500%, but these cost as much as an entire really decent bike. Shimano Alfine 11 or 8 would be a reasonable choice, since these are good value, have nice shifters (many IGHs have very shitty shifting, including Rohloff IMO), wide range (409% for 11s and 307% for 8s), and can fit brake discs by default. If you don't live in the mountains or hilly area and just want a simple commuter, any IGH should be fine. If your bike has a disc brake, make sure to choose a hub with a disc mount (these may be harder to come by, but even simplest Nexus 3 has a DB variant), if you have rim brake you can choose between freewheeling hub or a coaster brake.
>>1898012Nice block of word salad, not going to read tho
>>1898222internal gear hubs suck they're very inefficient and heavy, there's a reason why they're pretty much non-existent in any country that has hills. even the maintenance aspect is a lie, they get rusty and gunked up internally just that you don't see it.
Can anybody identify the model of this Oakland bicycle?
>>1898290Looks like generic BSO to me, it doesn’t even have disc brakes
>>1898849Thanks so much! It's just to satisfy my curiosity and appease my nostalgia.I'm also trying to identify this red and white kid's bike with stabilizer wheels. Pic from 1994.