"It's over" editionResources:https://topnigger.ueuo.com/https://www.sheldonbrown.com/https://www.parktool.com/en-us/blog/repair-helpLast thread: >>1958082
Are rain capes any good? I really hate rain pants. I was hoping to switch to a rain cape with quick drying shorts this winter. I'm in the rainy PNW
>>1961493I love mine
You've been spamming that stupid link for how many years now?Have you managed to retire on your passive income and be the digital nomad of your dreams or are you still a wagie?
How are cycling shoes supposed to fit?Usually when I buy trainers, I leave a thumb-width gap between my toes and the tip to account for my foot expanding and that gets me a perfect fit every time.IDK if that applies to cycling shoes as well
>>1961500Your feet don’t swell as much in cycling shoes- they still do, but not as much. The hotter the weather and climate you face the more important it will be. Also your feet don’t shift around inside unlike with sneakers during impact nor is there any deformation from your walking or running stride. Even in conventional running shoes, not just barefoot, the recommended fit is to allow for some toe splay (more neutral and forward foot strikers really need this).As someone still relatively new to this my best advice is try lots of shoes and see what appears to fit best. They tend to be made narrow and inflexible so pinning down the brands or models that suit your width while ballparking the length is the approach I’d say. I still believe though you want a reasonably secure heel cupping as one indication of length being right even if it’s not directly an important factor in anything. The last of my shoes are like within a couple mm or my actual foot length and I typically wear socks that are not too thick. I think of it almost like fitting a ski boot although those have tons of padding. Consult and understand the charts to have some idea what to look into, Shimano work well for me but my LBS sells a bunch of Specialized too.
>>1961505Aren't you worried about your toe pushing against the shoe?With running shoes, if there isn't enough of a gap between the toes and shoetip the big toe and it's nail gets painfully pushed up against the front which eventually causes limping/loss of form and a lot of pain.
>>1961493They are, specially since they can protect your entre body, although you will most certainly get your pants wet using one
>>1961493>shorts >sandals>honjo fenders>cap >rain cape >ortileb
>>1961512That's why I want to switch to shorts, I'm just going to get wet anyway so I honestly think it will be more comfortable>>1961514Already sandal-pilled, about to get a pair of waterproof socks to carry me thru the winter
>>1961532nice. shorts don't even get that wet. I don't exactly see the advantage a cape gives over a decent rain shell outside of some quite specific slow speed casual riding
>>1961484>topnigger poster feels safe enough to come outGet back in your hole retard
>>1961493They're great if you want to signal to other people that you're the local pedo
>>1961500Your description is pretty accurate. I would rather have slightly too tight shoes then too lose.
Is it ridiculous if i wear safety glasses instead of cycling glasses?
Do I really need suspension oil to lubricate my air fork or can I use a motor oil with similar specs?
>>1961581use atf if you have nothing else local.ATF used to be the standard for fork oil before fork oil came into existance. It's about a 10w.Engine oil has additives to optimize it for engines, not forks.If you can't get ATF nearby.... then yeah use engine oil.
>>1961587alcohol tobacco and firearms?
>>1961590automatic transmission fluidalcohol tobacco and firearms needs to be taken out back and put down.
>>1961577Your boss won't take you seriously when you're cycling in Spandex and talking about the McKenzie account.
Opinions on tire slime?
>>1961647Who is McKenzie
>>1961649Don't tell your boss that either.
>>1961648is this the same shit you put in tubeless tires?It works (i run tubeless) but not sure about the two year duration. That stuff tends to dry out over time.
>>1961493For commuting they are the best rain gear.For racing or training its too large and annoying at higher speed, its better a tight foldable waterproof jacket your legs are warm because of the intense effort anyway.
What can I use to pull off a tire when I don't own a tire hook?
>>1961704the lever on your qr skewer. some are even designed for this
>>1961696Does is slosh around in the tire making it unbalanced?
>>1961734It’s supposed to spread out upon rotation, but if it sits in one place long enough it can harden into a sludge. Tubeless sealant is fundamentally different (latex-based reacting formula vs wet physically-coagulating goop) and much much better, but the idea is basically the same
>>1961704some similar piece of stiff plasticif you use something harder than your rims (metal) you can dent them. If you install tires with a metal lever it's easier to pinch the tubes. You should try to not use any lever at all installing tires. go buy tire levers every bike shop and outdoor store sells em for a couple bucks.
>>1961839An old timer told me they used to use evaporated milk or some kind of thickened canned milk product for the same purpose.
>>1961704you can do it without https://youtu.be/dVt3x8vfrn4secret is to collect the slack and bring it to one point. worked on my gp5000s even which I used to struggle to get on WITH levers
Why is bike theft so popular when bikes themselves aren't all that popular? Who's buying all of these stolen bikes?
What's the kind of suspension seat post called that just goes up and down like a dropper post?
A Walmart employee asked me not to use my bicycle at the "curbside pickup" anymore. It's not posted anywhere. Who is wrong?
I wanna learn how to ride with no hands but the only fear im getting is handlebar deviating out of nowhere. Does keeping up with speed will keep the balance despite dealing with uneven road or winds?
>>1962018suspension seat post
>>1962033But doesn't that kind have a specific name? If I google "suspension seat post" 99% of the results are this type.
>>1962044In the biz we call it a “shitty suspension seatpost”
>>1961577not really, cheap, provide good peripheral vision, have good uv rating and impact resistance, however they may not necessarily block all wind from reaching your eyes. ymmvwhere they can fall flat may be the tint, either not enough for bright sun or too much for riding around in the dark
Do you cycle in 30+ Celsius? Holy fuck it's absurdly hot in here, but I don't wanna stay home anymore.
>>1962070I try and go at night when it's that hot. It can cool down to only 90 F(32c) instead of 110f(43c).I bring a camelback with lots of water, and if it's just a training ride I try to take it easy since there will be other parts of summer where it will cool down a little.If you can't do night rides go closer to night time or the morning and try to get the ride done quick. On weekends leave at dawn.
>>1961648absolute garbageuse stans or orange
>>1962025it'll do that at slow speeds for sure. don't take your hands off until you're going probably 10mph at least. also keeping your COG forward like when riding, i.e. leaned forward, affects the handling negatively. counterintuitively, you want to release and sit more upright. the gyroscopic effect (or whatever it is) gets really strong with lots of speed, it'll keep you up no problem. may want to practice on mild downhills at first. hovering over the bar gives you the worst control so you do have to bite the bullet and commit but it'll take some time before you're ready. I suppose everyone starts out hovering but just know that you have to ween yourself off of that. you can still steer a little bit by leaning same as normal but you don't get the full range of steering. when you get the feel of it, you can also pedal while upright and can kind of nudge the steering by hammering the pedal opposite the direction you want to nudge it.when you git gud, you get a lot of speed, sit bolt upright, arch your back *slightly* backwards and throw the bike side to side with your hips. the slight backwards stance gives a little more "leverage" for lack of a better term, with the steering and therefore requires less hip movement for the same steering .
>>1962044that's because those are the ones that actually work
>>1961484gcn is kill?
Are rear lights on helmets a good idea?
>>1962174well, not if you hit your head there. the point of wearing a helmet is it will absorb the impact.if your head lands on the light, the ground will mash the light into your head and it'll be worse than if it was just your bare head
>>1962174yeah i have one
>>1962243As well as or instead of a tail light on the bike itself?
>>1962070On the regular because FloridaActually, if anything I do it more, because the heat is much more of an issue/irritant when running, so ill be more likely to go for a ride than a run when it’s hot
1. I'm buying a "Rinko Bag" for my road bike, and I see them being advertised as "For Disc Brake". What's the difference between a standard bag and one for disc brake bikes?2. What's a reasonable price to pay for one of these?Pic comes in at 7K Yen, but I've seen them as low as 3K. I'd pay for something decent quality but it's hard to guess when I can't find reviews in English.
is having 2 bikes excessive? I have a cheap trifold but I'm a really bad urge to get a single-speed
How do electric bikes work? Is it just easier to pedal or what. Is it worth it for a commute bike?
>>1962291shaggy 2 dope is that you?
>>1962022Write an email to customer support of Walmart and ask for it. They'll obviously agree because they're trained to be polite. Print it. Take it with you next time you go to the pickup. If someone brings that problem again just show them the paper and they'll probably stfu. Printed documents still bear assumed authority for some reason. Use chatgpt to write the mail so you don't waste too much time like I do now replying you fagget
I recently bought these deep section wheels. I'm abit worried now since some online reviews (about 1-2 per online shop) say they fill with water when its wet or even when washing them, and they don't have a drainage hole.Has anyone had this problem with deep rims? Should I send them back and get something with drainage?
>>1962332drill some holes in them
>>1962288I have many more and it's fine as long as you can store them and mentally justify it.>>1962332Just use them in the wet, and one weekend check it via removing the tire
does shifting become stiffer in the cold or is it my cables? my cables are pretty old but they shift fine in the summer. now that its cold out its pretty hard to shift combined with my fingers being weaker because of the cold its a double whammy.
>>1962422maybe something is gunking up in the winter? Just change the inners and outers or at the least oil the cables going in the outers
>>1962422Maybe the cable guides/covers already fit tightly, and then shrink more than the cables so they become pretty tight around them?
>>1962422make sure your shifter moves freely when disconnected from the cable. it could be gunked up in there
>cracked spoke holes on rim after a couple yearsIs the most likely explanation:1) slightly overtensioned t. my new spoke tension meter2) fat (~220, weight limit is 275)3) bontrager wheels suck
>>1962446there were some wheels they made which were quite prone to cracking (the paired spoke ones)
DISC vs RIMIt's over. I'm a rim brake fan and I'm giving up, its easier to buy a road race bike with discs than rim brakes. There is very little rim brake bike/wheels/parts availability in the market to make it worth it. I have to pay extra and spend time looking around to get parts for my current bike.What a difference 10 years in the bike world makes, I still remember first discs introduced in the TdF and people complaining about disc cut injuries and so forth.
>>1962482I hate paying extra for disc, I deeply dislike hydralic complications, internal routing is a no from me, but at least I can get carbon rims for winter
>>1962482I just buy used, so I will be running rim brake for another 2-3 decades.I am annoyed that eventually I might have to cope with the occasional "ting""ting""ting"sound of rubbing rotors. That I have experienced on mtb's.I do like that theoretically you will never wear through a rim.But I haven't done that so who cares.>>1962483I just swapped stems on an older 26.4 cinelli bar with internal routing.That was bad enough. >>1962464F>t. has a bike with bontrager racelite paired spoke wheelsAt least they have 33's on it to cope with my weight.
>>1962482Holding tight my trek emoda from 2018The Ultegra pivot it mounts are very tight and progressive.But since it's a carbon road rave bike I know I'll have to swap her for something in around 4 or 5 years. Eventually we will have to swallow the dik brake system.
I'm about to install tubeless valves.Rims and tires are tubeless ready. Do you have any pro tips before I do it by some random YT tutorial?Oh yeah, I don't have a compressor or "booster", my tall tire pump has to suffice. Any tips regarding the "plopping" in place of the tires?
>>1962486>Rave bike>dik brake systemlol>I just swapped stems on an older 26.4 cinelli bar with internal routing.jesus christ thats a nightmareI've been changing stems like a madman trying to finetune my position, changed 3 new stems, 2 new handlebars two new bar tapes I don't even wanna thing what integrated hydro dik brakes have to do to get this doneIS there any value to aluminum rim brake carbon wheels? (if they still exist). I refuse to risk my life on plastic braking surface in the wet downhill while running over a child
>>1962530wtf happened here
>>1962522Nevermind, I bought too long valves, kek.I'll see if I can cut the threading on them longer and shorten the shaft so I can use them after all.
I used assembly paste instead of bearing grease to lubricate the area around my BB sealed cartridge bearings. Alu bike with Campy ultratorque bearingsHow fucked am I? Should I get some bearing grease and re-do it?
>>1961577no but it's likely they won't block wind well, which means they likely won't block bugs and debris either
>>1962015a lot of the stolen shit ends up in mexico, china, and africa
>>1962548jesus christ how horrifying
>>1962156So with enough minimum speed, the gyroscopic effect is strong enough for handlebar to be straight and very resistant to jerking off balance? The handlebar tilting is one of the buggiest animosity toward no hand biking
>>1962025>>1962156I suggest trying to handle the bars using only the tips of your fingers. That way you can feel when the bar is stable enough to let go of.
>>1962486>2018 carbon emonda>BB90
>>1962548>”What just happened?”women really have zero spatial awareness. literally had a deer fly over her head and didn’t see a thing. christ
>>1962482>There is very little rim brake bike/wheels/partsAm I fucking insane? Can you not just go to eBay and find almost any bike part you want? I only own rim brake bikes and have had 0 issue sourcing parts.
>>1962627I mean brand new road race bike parts. Most new road bikes sold are disc brake, most wheels. All MTB & gravel wheels/bikes are disc brake, I think rim brake variants are basically extinct by most manufacturers.
>>1962625except she ducked when it came flying.
Can I buy the sensors (cadence, speed) and use my android phone to capture and process the data? Buying a dumb and cumbersome head unit that's also expensive and I have to keep charged and take off when I lock the bike, etcetera is pretty stupid.What would be a brand to look for that has a nice android app?
>>1962716I bought a head unit with heart rate chest strap, speedo, cadence, and gps for $60. All wireless and just needs fresh batteries once a year. Head unit comes off with a quick twist and charges via usb. Just do it. Using your phone for that stuff is cumbersome and rapes the battery.
>>1962716Yes you can. Unless I want really accurate data though, I just use my phone or Garmin for speed via the GPS, rather than a sensor.
Carbon forkIs there a benefit to upgrade my old (2014) carbon road bike fork, to a new carbon road bike fork?
>>1962522I installed tubeless at the end of summer. Heres a few suggestions:Spend money on schwalbe or any other hi-quality tape. I had to retape my road bike tires because the cheap noname tubeless tape I used the first time got pressure punched in the spoke hole. Any latex sealant is ok, they are mostly ammonia based so get ready for some stink. they generally wash easily from you hand.Get "large capacity" valves, they have a larger hole so even with a manual pump you get more pressure pulse to seat the tire. you dont need to tighten them to death, the sealant will do his job for you (i thigten my valve to tight and then it was leaking from the presta insert).The first time you seat your tire you it will easy and ok with a normal hand pump, the second time (if you change liquid or do any other adjustment) its gonne be harder due to tire beads having bean already stretched, so the first time just add some sealant, inflate the bitch and hope it doesnt deflate. (watch the parktool video anyway).And if you fail to seat your tires with the manual pump, dont waste your time with CO2 or other weird methods, just go somewere you can get decent compressed air. Also, a small 28 liter compressor is cheaper than one of those weird manual booster pump and has more utility in your workshop anyway.I dont regret switching to tubeless anyway, they feel great and already found a couple of time the tire half deflated due to a puncture but safe to ride thanks to the sealant.
>>1962837Maybe:SafetyLarger tire clearancefitting a disk brake
>>1962837>TR logo on the crown I think old Tom is a Tolkien fan
I keep bottoming out on the trails with my 26 inch mountain bike. Is it worth changing over to 27.5 inch wheels if I can?
>>1962870Get shorter cranks, stop pedaling when you see you will be in a rut/hitting rocks, or get a bike with a taller BB.Most bikes target a certain BB height and that includes larger wheels, so larger wheels will not necessarily raise that since it's mostly determined by frame design.However, getting larger tires will, since they grow in height as well as width. Longer forks would do it too.TL:DR Larger tires, longer fork, or shorter crank.
>>1962871Thanks, I mainly hit when coming up over a hill. Of course I've learned to make sure my pedal position is less of a problem, but ground clearance is just way too low on my bike. Meaning the frame not the crank. Logically I would think going 26 to 27.5 should give me 0.75 inch of extra ground clearance. That should help a lot. My rear tire will fit. Not sure about the front suspension fork.
>>1962872Ah, if it's your BB hitting then the question is it full suspension? If it is try running more pressure in your rear shock, since most frames lower as they get deeper in the shock.I would do bigger tires if you can. If that isn't enough, yeah look for a bigger bike that has less "bb drop"If you compare bikes online from the crank center/bb to the axle you might be able to see it.You must be hitting some gnarly logs/boulders.
>>1962874Its a hard tail. On the bright side I can fit 2.4 inch wide tires.
>>1962877nice, a vintage aluminum GT.Looks like SKS fenders.Yeah if you are maxed out on the tire size then just look for a bike with a higher BB. Probably something more "hardcore" like all mountain or freeride travel. Or enduro.Either way, have fun.
https://www.fujibikes.com/products/jari-25-22This is my current bikeI like it, it's fast and fun to ride.It also feels heavy as fuck, like it's so fat I want to lighten it even a bit. Most my riding is on the road, so I'd like to reduce weight at least for that situation.What can I change to improve it?I think a new wheelset with slicker tires might be it but idk
does anyone use aero helmets for rainy rides?Does it make a difference in your experience compared to a normal helmet, in comfort/keeping dry?
>>1962877Other anonYou could also remove the biggest chain ring, and than fit a guard on it's place.
>>1961484I'm trying to troubleshoot an issue with my canadian tire special-tier bike but I'm not sure what the proper phrasing is to Bing itWhen I go to peddle from a stopped position, if I peddle with a lot of force it's like the gear doesn't catch the wheel and the chain and gears freewheel. If I launch with only a little gentle force the gear catches the wheel and I can peddle and apply power like normalis there a phrase for this situation? or is there a name for the part which transfers the energy from the gears to the wheel?
>>1962250I think the more lights you have the better, remember that people are stupid, and may not pay attention, so the more visible you are the better, but as another anon pointed the light may be a safety hazard, if you fall on it.Put more lights on the bike, and reflective tape if you ride a lot at night, think about what the drivers will see and how you can stand out from anything else.
>>1962288The right number of bikes is N+1, where N is the number of you bikes you have now.I only have 1 though
>>1962936Perfect thank you!
>>1962482It's preference, but the cooomsomers are buying disk brakes now, so that's what everyone will say is best.They are different in many ways, I much prefer rim brakes because they have a better initial bite, and they are much easier to adjust.
>>1961484I lost interest in cycling so everything will die now. Only my interests matter in this world of my creation. You're all gonna troon out now btw.
>>1962912your crankset is something called prowheel, I'm sure you can get something much lighter, but cranks are expensive.if you aren't running tubeless, deleting your tubes will cut a lot of weight quickly and easily, and supposedly less weight on the wheels is more noticable. a lot of people think tubeless is a pain, though. getting TPU tubes to replace your butyl tubes will cut a ton of weight, also . they weigh almost nothing.you can get a full carbon saddle off ali for under $20. even getting like a Charge Spoon etc will be less than a stock saddle, presumably. the ali carbon is best bang for the buck but they only come in 43mm (that I could find) and no/ minimal padding . your fork is cromo. a carbon fork could be put on. people tend to avoid alu forks due to ride quality and go straight to carbon, but I have an old alu frameset and the fork seems fine, probably depends on build or w/e
>>1962934not sure I understand the issue, but the chain can skip the gear(s) when one or both is super worn out. and it happens more the more force you put down.chains are cheap and you should just replace it. if my diagnosis is correct, it's a good chance that the chain and gears have worn together and the gears also need replacement. a new gear will have sharp, square edges. they're obviously built to withstand quite a bit of wear but the more rounded they get the more likely for slippage. if they resemble a sharkfin shape, that's when they're completely blown.replace chain. mash the crank. if the chain still slips, replace freewheel (or cassette, but a CN bike is likely freewheel) then if it still happens you need to get new chainrings, which are the more expensive gears on the crank. (but if the gear teeth look good maybe I'm misdiagnosing). problem with CN bikes is those are often riveted to the crank, so you need a new crank and those are often more than a new CN bike.
>>1962971>CN bike*CT. I was thinking of the railroad, not Canadian Tire, but you get me
>>1962934>to Bing itYou can literally copy paste that post and Chat GPT will answer you.
Bike newb hereWatching a video that compares Marlin bikes, it immediately disregards model 4&5 cuz they're not single trayWhat's actually preferable here? Simplicity sounds good for maintenance and lower error rate, but perhaps having that much control over speeds is actually desirable
>>19629861x is preferable for mtb for chain retention. the chainring will have a narrow-wide profile and the derailleur will have a clutch, both of which work to keep the chain from coming off. 11 and 12s cassettes have plenty of range for most trail riding. the only reason i can think that you would want more gear range is if you were touring with a loaded bike.
>>1962934Is the chain actually skipping off the teeth? If so, then >>1962971 outlined things pretty well. If the chain isn't skipping, it's just "freewheeling" when you try to pedal forward, then the "ratcheting" mechanism in the freewheel/freehub has a problem. Freewheels and freehubs are just 2 different ways to let the gears drive when you pedal forward and stay still when you coast or backpedal. The lubricant inside can sometimes get gunky/dirty/sticky and it let's the little pawls stick down and not grab when you go to pedal forward. Cold can exacerbate this because it makes the lubricant more viscous. https://youtu.be/wCG7f6naJsQIf it's a more basic and inexpensive bike, it probably has a freewheel rather than a cassette and freehub. You can take it apart like in the vid and clean it, or you can just get a new one.
>>1962880>vintagenigga are you 12?
Guys, I need help finding a derraiuler hanger, my friend cur of part of his, he wanted to make his bike single speed, but now we can't find it.Pic related.
>>1963023>>1963022but anyway https://wheelsmfg.com/derailleur-hangers/derailleur-hanger-9.html
If I eat enough food (fuel) tonight will I be able to pull an all-nighter with no sleep and go hardcore mountain biking in the morning or am i just bein a turkey
>>1962987I'm looking into a hybrid bike - does it figure in any way for its road counterpart?
>>1963026your body only stores so much "fuel". that's why carbo-loading the night before a race or ride is bullshit. plus you'll be super sleepy, so I say no. why not just sleep and go mountain biking?
>>1963027If your chain falling off mid-ride is something that could cause you to die, then maybe lean towards 1x
>>1963027people have been riding multiple gear cranks for like 80 years. it's only with modern engineering making 11 and 12 speed cassettes a reality that they now have enough range to only have a 1x crank and still be able to ride off-road.except on road, you can go way faster than off, so if you want to use that speed you still need a 2x, or maybe ride a much bigger gear on the crank than most 1x setups come with.there is nothing wrong with 2x, it's only not-normal in the context of modern mtb
>>1963026>respiratory quotient (RQ). An RQ of 1.0 denotes pure carbohydrate metabolism (“storage mode”), while 0.7 denotes pure fat metabolism. To put this into perspective, consider that RQ is 0.95-1.0 for about 1.5-2 hours after a meal, 0.82-0.85 after overnight fasting and 0.72-0.8 after 16 hours of fasting.
>>1963023>>1963024It's a GT aggressor, but I could find nothing searching for the name, thanks a lot anon
On a ride, my bottom bracket & disc brakes were squeeking, my tubeless was leaking and dried out internally, di2 battery run out, powermeter pedals couldnt calibrate - app crashed, so I stepped on the brakes but I couldn't stop since the hydraulic brake fluid evaporated, so I smashed my carbon and need a new bike
>>1963053Sounds like you should get a surron
>>1962971>>1963018the chain is biting the teeth fine, here's no jumping of skipping. Pic related is the bike and I've been riding it in all seasons for the past couple years. Winters where I live are pretty wet and cold and the city likes to salt the shit out of the roads and paths from November-June. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet but I'm thinking either the lube has dried up or some salt got into the bearings
Has anyone come across any bike repair tools or tool-kits in the black friday sales?
>>1963079it's probably what >>1963018 said, then. try doing pic related. it's a good idea to do on a bike that sees tough winters and all season riding anyway.it doesn't take long or cost anything and will probably fix the issue
>>1963086*this works for freehubs, too btw , this book is just old
>>1962987My father rides 2x12 and he had serious issues keeping up with my 3x12 on some climbs.More gears are better if you ride very different terrains but no extremes.I've seen bike channels disregard 2x12 just for being "outdated" and that's just stupid.tl;dr: 2x12 is fine, but the hardware is probably a bit older. Shouldn't worry you.
>>1963090>my 3x12Lets see some pictures anon. What combination of parts are you running and how terrible is the shifting?
>>1963093It's a 90s rigid MTB with a Suntour X-1 group set and it shifts fantastically for its age.
>>1963097Suntour makes 12x cassettes and hubs? I thought they quit making drivetrain parts in the 90s and only make sus forks now
I’m in a small condo and can’t fit a bike up the stairs let alone in the condo.Are folding bikes a meme? Should I just buy a beater and keep it outside? I wanted something decent enough just to get groceries, but it’d be nice to do some trails at some point.
>>1963104>Are folding bikes a meme? kinda. apparently Bromptons are the only ones worth a damn, but they're super expensive.>Should I just buy a beater and keep it outside? I wanted something decent enough just to get groceries, but it’d be nice to do some trails at some point.I wouldn't do either of those things on a folder, even a Brompton. the worst thing about leaving a bike outside is rain, so as long as you have somewhere outside shielded from rainfall with a secure lockup, I say go for it. I personally love my fold-out baskets for shopping, but a lot of people use panniers (bags)we have a buy thread, /bbg/ for help . use the Sheldon method for locking, and like you said get a bike that looks like crap to avoid theft. bonus points for getting a nice(-ish) bike and just making it look shitty
>>1963097how did you fit 12 gears on a 90s bike?
>>1963106I definitely wouldn’t leave a folder outside. The whole point of a folder is to store it inside. I’d probably save for a decent Brompton. The 2 and 3 speeds are significantly less expensive than the 6 speed, but if I’m going big then why skimp?I guess a beater with rain tarp for the time being. Thank you for the perspective.
>>1963108New hub and drivetrain, obviously
>>1961484Thank fuck. Their "content" has always been pollution.
>>1963124it's mainly just their race coverage that's going away, which was actually quite good.
>>1963123what 12 speed cassette works on a presumably 135mm QR hub?
Was working on my bike and noticed the stem faceplate has a pretty bad crack on one of the screw things. I'm guessing I should replace it, but in the meantime, would it be better to have the cracked bolt on the top or bottom to minimize the damage of it snapping?
>>1963127The Chinese make one.
>>1963138I would do bottom. Just a guess.
>>1963138you want to ride a broken stem? Gonna assume you know none of this so when you do replace it (should be now)>lightly grease the threads, clean them first if dirty>lightly grease the bar clamp area, clean it first if dirty>use 4 bolt stems, tighten the bolts gradually in a star pattern, go slow, look for even spacing on either side>do not overtighten, hand around the head of a wrench is good.
>>1963111no, I meant I wouldn't load a folder with groceries beyond just a couple of things, nor would I take it on trails.iunno, maybe it would be ok, but I wouldn't buy one specifically for those
>>1963157Yeah, it seems more for multimodal transport like trains and planes which is more available in Europe.But like I said, my main problem is a bike at all. There’s nowhere good to lock it outside and I can’t get much up the stairs. The “no parking” sign isn’t ideal to attach a lock to, even if it is just a beater. I guess I’m just frustrated by my lack of good options.There are some youtubers who swear by Brompton for touring, but they’re usually in UK or Europe and the trails are well paved. There are one or two in the US but they’re usually also urban commuters.
>>1963138cracked stem today, cracked teeth tomorrow
listening to people who wont do anything to their bikes, talk about what they'll do (they wont) is hilarious to me. people love to talk about what they'll do, then never do it
>>1963185got any stories? i got plenty
>>1963184You think this is bad, try talking to literally anyone on /o/>yeah I just spent $180 on a total piece of shit but my plan is to spend $17000 on an engine and suspension this yearLol ok
Ok, which one of you uploaded a trail in antarctica on the Trailforks app and why the fuck didn’t you post any videos
>>1963187about what? this isn't story thread, this is /bqg/
>>1963197I was gonna say, "you think someone who's working in Antarctica would be on /n/ right now?", but there's probably not much else to do down there.
>>1963197How is anything in the south pole a blue square trail
>>1963102>>1963108Sorry, I'm an idiot. It's a 3x7 ofc. My new bike is a 1x12, got it mixed up.
>>1963203no problem, anon. you've got a new bike and a fun old bike, sounds like you're doing OK.
>>1963200ayylmaos and outer gods are trail features in them parts
>>1963024>>1963023Need a spare for mine too, it’s been beaten good and is a bit twisted in a way I can’t align it any betterMongoose ArdorNot listed on any of those bike part model lookup sites
What kind of maintenance do you do when riding in rainy weather like these days? Mud on the undserside, gears etc. Not even offroad rides, just the gunk you pick up on roads.
>>1963217Take photos of the hanger. Then you can browse Wheels Manufacturing's Mongoose hangers. They don't list the Ardor model, but many bike manufacturers use the same hangers for multiple bike models.A cursory google search suggests that it's #339, but that can change on different model years.https://wheelsmfg.com/derailleur-hangers/derailleur-hanger-339.html
>>1963219just make sure the pulley wheels are clean
>>1963219a full fender kit will greatly mitigate the crud on bike and drivetrain
>>1963235I snapped off the hanger on my old roadie and rigged a new hanger out of big eyelet screws and a hose clamp. it's perfectly aligned but out of curiosity, do they make something I could attach to the dropout? it's a 90 Trek 1400
>>1963235339 Definitely looks like it, and yeah, no hanger listed under Mongoose looks like it
Is there ANY type of shirt or fabric that doesn't get drenched in sweat after finishing a ride? Sick of having to change my shirts almost every single time i get off the bike and arrive at home
>>1963287i certainly don't have the data to tell you what fabrics are the best, but cotton is definitely one of the worst. merino wool or a tech-y synthetic material will help pull the sweat away from your body and let it evaporate quickly.
Alright, this piece of shit Bluetooth-controlled CO2 canister mounted to your hub is $4500. How much would it actually cost to diy this thing? It seems too stupidly simple; a valve to release air from the tire into the atmosphere, a valve to release air from the canister into the tire, and a teeny-computer with bluetooth to control it all. No fucking way this is anything close to $4500, right?https://www.bikeradar.com/news/2023-paris-roubaix-scope-atmoz/
>>1963287ride shirtless, sinple
>>1963302Why do you want to add all the shitty weight to your roadbike?Just ride tubeless and after you notice a puncture stop and inflate the tire back with a co2 canister. Thats it is a superb solution also for amateur races.
>>1963287Wick type syntethic underwear usually work, but it just moves the sweat from your skin to the outside of the shirt. If its humid outside or you wear a thick coat above the sweat will stay there.
>>1963287in the summer, I really do this >>1963311straddle the bike, remove shirt, ride, arrive at destination, mop sweat off brow with handkerchief (I've started using washcloths since a bandanna can get soaked through on a long ride) put on shirt, go inside.sort of annoying, but soaking my shirt is the only alternative.I wear "sports" tees that are like jersey, wicking material, also. Adidas golf tees are not slim fit, have cool colors, and are on the rack at Ross discount store, usually . but there's a lot of good ones there that are similar
>>1963323Why not just strap the CO2 can onto your hub and add practically weightless electronics so you can use it mid-ride? You’re already carrying most of the weight if you currently bring lots of puncture repair
>>1963323I’m not arguing that it’s actually good or anything, I’m arguing that the price is fucking retarded and the device is simple enough to make in your garage
i'm thinking of buying a chink carbon corner bar for pic related, should i get bright bar tape/grips, and which color would look nice? right now the bike is very dark blue and blends in with all the other dark/black bikes.
thinking of building a new commuter that i can also take on some of the local flat trails, also want to play around and do all kinds of acessories and mods on this build. just a fun project under $400. >90s roadbike, or mtb>old school dirtbike bars>1x8>friction shifters>dropper post (unused left friction shifter used as lever)>braze on disc brake mount>tubeless gravelkings>fenders>rear rackyea or nay?
>>1963399Fuck off back to grebbit and take your $9000 90s mtb build with you retard
>>1963403i'll log this response as a "nay"
>>1963399I mean sure why notI'll note that I kinda had one of these before reconfiguring for lightly-loaded touring, and I found myself wishing for drop bars more often than not, but obviously ymmv.
>>1963127Even Shimano make a qr microspline hub. Though you wouldn't want to buy those because Shimano designed them horribly and the hub bodies kill themselves. I was fortunate enough to sell my XT wheelset when the hub started hinting it was starting to die.DT Swiss and their clones are light years ahead of what Shimano is doing.Cheaper, lighter, more durable and reliable, easier and cheaper to service, even possible to tune.I will be building a light 24 spoke xc wheelset with another pair of these hubs for my brother when the parts arrive, might post pictures.
>>1963399If anything involves dirt, buy disc brakes. Old shitty bikes only look good on social media.Disc brakes and wide rims make a world of difference.
>>1963396Buy a normal low stem, a carbon seatpost and get rid of the kick stand.Instead of the reddit bar, buy bar ends and put them on the inside. They will give you an actual aero position instead of updoots on reddit.For grips, buy narrow lock-ons, like Raceface Half Nelson. They will give you proper control over the bike.
>>1963287I wish we had winters this warmidk just wear a sports t-shirt, nike, adidas, uniqlo or whatever else you gotIt's always better to change clothes after a physical activity.My way to work is downhill, so I only get tired and slightly sweaty on the way back
>>1963439>carbon seatpost and get rid of the kick standwhy and why?i need a high stem since i have the saddle at the highest position, it's adjustable so i can just angle it down. for the inner bar ends that's actually the setup i currently have, don't really like it since it looks lame when using them and doesn't have good access to the brakes.
>>1963399>local flat trailsWill be fine. I used to take my 87 fisher hoo koo e koo on some harder xc trails and it's fine. I haven't been riding it much, but I do occasionally hit smoother xc trails+fire roads on it now where a gravel bike would be optimal.Some things I wouldn't do>90's roadbikehello 25c max tire width. Not good for trails>tubelessunless you are riding it frequently it's just not worth it. Also when you do mixed rides I just run higher pressure. Less grip=more fun on easy trails.GT bikes tend to be overpriced and in high demand. Old japanese copies can be undervalued like univega, panasonic, etc.Also look at diamondback stuff.Best part about 26 on the road is the tire size. So nice floating over shit roads.>>1963396>right now the bike is very dark blue and blends in with all the other dark/black bikes.welcome to the 2020's where you can have any color as long as it's black.Find a goldish grips to match the lettering.
>>1963435>Even Shimano make a qr microspline hub.oh yeah, i forgot about that.
>>1963446A regular stem weighs a lot less and is much stronger. Get a seatpost without setback and try a shorter stem. Then you will be able to set the bars much lower.In the aero position you aren't meant to be using the brakes, you're meant to be pushing full throttle. Switching to the stable position happens significantly earlier than using the brakes.Corner bars are wide and low, so they really don't suit your needs. The position is neither particularly comfortable, nor aero.I'm guessing legit shoulder width drop bars are out of the question because of the IGH.The kick stand adds unnecessary weight and doesn't serve a purpose since the bike can either stand against something or be locked to something.A carbon seatpost is great because it saves a lot of weight and could ever break in a serious crash: if you're going down curbs or over big bumps you should be standing on your pedals with your cranks parallel to the ground, so the seatpost should never be exposed to hard hits. I know many people who have ridden many thousands of kilometres with carbon seatposts and swear by them.
>>1963484*could only ever breakI have a carbon seatpost on my road bike and it's great, saved around 250g with it. By getting rid of your suspension seatpost you could save well over 500g.
Good idea to put tubeless sealant in a road bike inner tube? Get the flat protection of tubeless without the mess
>>1963495No. Just buy better tires and tubes and keep track of the pressures
>>1963399>a fun project under $400.you're well over that amount already
>>1963499I did a 90’s mtb rebuild that’s more modern and less gay than that and it was $800, including the $120 bike
>>1963399>>90s roadbike, or mtb>>old school dirtbike barsPersonally i hate that look of quill adapters with 22.2 bmx stems. And I hate the look of moto bars. Usually they are also a huge weight penalty. An elegant setup uses a quill stem. It does not have to be expensive new stuff either, although if you plan to spec a dropper post and discs, i assume you plan to send it, and a nitto or otherwise reliable front end is not a bad idea. >>1x8>>friction shifterI like friction but i don't see why you'd avoid indexing outside of specific circumstances, best is an indexed shifter with a friction mode. That gives the bombproof ongoing usability AND immediate utility. You very likely will get a nice -7 speed- wheel in which case you go 7 speed and if not then i don't understand why you'd be married to 8 either. 7,8,9,10,11 all make sense and you should be more flexible in planning and do what makes sense not follow some arbitrary vision which is nothing. >>dropper post (unused left friction shifter used as lever)I don't actually think this will work well unless you put some serious effort into engineering it well. Much better to just use an actual dropper remote lever. There's also no reason to use an unused shifter which you can just remove instead. If it was an integrated shifter it would be different. >>braze on disc brake mountPeak retardation. Lots of old mtbs are 1 1/8" quill and you can convert to a threadless disc fork and run a mullet setup instead but really why?>>tubeless gravelkingsyeah? I have some 26" 2" gravelkangz i just got new. They ride reasonably well. >>fendersDoesn't make an ounce of sense with your dropper post and disc brake ambition as proper fenders would be an extreme liability for trail riding or otherwise sending it. Zip tied coke bottle fenders can be mtb spec though. >rear rack same as above, again, situational. Your idea for a 'build' seems to be based on nothing, nothing more than a random assortment of memes.
>>1963399Also anon, you should actually pick up a project first. That's the starting point. Not your reddit checklist. Your criteria for a project should be size, quality, and coloursceheme. Get something good which is cool, not something that you're 'looking for' to 'braze a disc mount on' and otherwise ruin.
>>1963495I did it and it worked (I stopped getting flats.).
>>1963499market is soft right now. could buy 3 donor bikes for $150, and throw another hundred or two into parts and supplies, and now you've got a cool sub-$400 build you can shred all over town, one that you're not terrified to leave leaned against the front glass of a 7-Eleven for 3 minutes.
>>1963511Except it still has 30 year old brake pads and half-rusted altus, definitely go full Fred but do it intelligently and plan first, I did a “backwards build” by sourcing every modern part that I wanted on the condition that it fits the (honestly well-standardized) ubiquitous parts standards of the late 80’s to mid-90’sI think a big part of it is I already have many phenomenal bikes, so I’m not fooled into trying to make a shitbike into someone it won’t ever be
>>1963508learning to braze and increasing my skillset as a mechanic and fabricator is pretty much the whole reason for the build. I'm not married to any brand. Old GTs pop-up for $50-$100 all the time here. I just bought a 90s Specialized Rockhopper with racks for $50 and an 80s Norco Bush Pilot for $20, I'll probably use the Norco for this build.,>>1963513It's easy to go crazy and sink $400 into a bike that will never sell for more than $175, but it's also pretty simple to source cheap, quality parts these days.
>>1963513>Except it still has 30 year old brake pads and half-rusted altus,btw, I wouldn't bother with a putting something together without doing a full tear down and rebuild. all the consumables like pads, bearings, cables, and the like all get replaced, and any oxidized parts get sanded/blasted/wire wheel/evaporust rust etc. part of the reason I'm able to be so thrifty. that and I do shit like pack my bearings with $5 red and tacky from harbor freight instead of getting ass raped by park tool or whatever other company or gimmick of the day.
>>1963515Yeah part of the reason you’re saving $20 is because you’re willingly exchanging 6 hours of effort for it, some of us have jobs though and our hours are quite valuable
>>1963516oh, not me. I got all the time in the world to fuck around with bikes.
>>1963515>art of the reason I'm able to be so thrifty. that and I do shit like pack my bearings with $5 red and tacky from harbor freight instead of getting ass raped by park tool or whatever other company or gimmick of the day.What the actual fuck are you talking about? A 4oz. tube of park or other fancy grease is like $10. It has many dozens of uses. The cost savings from using a basic grease to repack hubs are not meaningful. Adherents of fancy greases (me) will use them to rebuild expensive components, and have a cheap tub of grease for all other uses. The biggest advantage of a fancy grease is the nozzle which allows a cleaner installation. Your original post doesn't really say 'thrifty' to me, I get the opposite impression, that you like wasting money on stupid shit. Nothing wrong with that. >learning to braze and increasing my skillset as a mechanic and fabricator is pretty much the whole reason for the build.Do something useful then. Modify a frame with useful braze ons like rack mounts, fender mounts, light mounts or, centerpull mounts. Disc conversion is not useful, you're really just adding weight, sketchiness and inelegance. You're turning away from the light.
>>1963515add canti posts or centerpull posts do a 27" - 700c or 650b conversion. Make racks. Make bag supports.
>>1963519I mean if the guy just wants to spend $400 to weld 2 steel pipes together a couple times, I don’t see the problem here. The bike is gonna be shit in the end but that’s not the point
>>1963519I agree thriftyfags are stupid, but come on man you can’t post a TUBE of grease while talking about saving money
>>1963521I just don't like how often the 'rigid 90s mtb' thrift ethos gets bandied about with the reddit moneywasting chinkshit motobar 1x folly ethos. It's completely contradictory. If your thing is gonna be dumb internet builds then maybe shut up about being clever and saving money.
>>1963522It makes repacking hub bearings cleaner and faster. It's an ease of use thing. Like having a nice pedal wrench instead of just using your 15mm spanner. Certainly not necessary but also certainly not foolish.
>>1963524Ya but you can’t refill it and you haven’t addressed that concern because you’ve never finished a tube of grease before. Tub grease always wins, tub grease is immortal, even my grandchildren won’t ever go hungry for grease
>>1963499He will just lie about it like all his r/xbiking never riding fat techbro friends. Nooooooo I snagged it at a yard sale for $17 despite the recent resto by someone who knows what they’re doing! Noooooooo I’ve done over 7 miles this year alone!
>>1963526>you’ve never finished a tube of grease beforeI finished a 450g grease cartridge years ago and am near the bottom of another.
>>1963526>you can’t refill itI haven't done this but it would be pretty easy to cut the end open, fill it, and reseal it. You could close the end with 2 flat pieces of metal and bolts. Having a cleaner application of grease also has real benefits as excessive grease will attract dirt. The nozzle is especially superior with components where you leave the seals in place for service.
>>1963529Grease guns exist and are old enough now that they’re basically free
>>1963530They're not as easy to use, especially if you get a crappy old one.
>>1963530Ooh I’m adding that to my Christmas list of things that I want but nobody will ever buy me and I will never buy myself, right up there next to the shoehorn
>>1963531I’ve never used one, I just ogle them while crying about how I can’t refill my stupid tube (which was nice while it lasted, I admit)
jesus christ, just get a fucking grease gun and literally any grease other than Park and shut up.
>>1963534grease autism is stupid and annoying but i didn't bring it up.
Bije slid out from under me. Foot hirts a bit and I elbowed the ground on the way down with my right arm which I had broken 5 months ago. Arm feels fine. Foot hurts. Rest will fix all.
>>1963138>noticed an abandoned looking bike on my commute for the past 3 months, gone completely untouched>looked at the stem the other week out of curiosity, same length/angle as mine>flash forward to today with broken stem>went over to the abandoned bike to take the stem>handlebars and stem are missingWhat message is God trying to send me?
>>1963558don't steal nigga
Daaamn son, 4chan bike riders are toxic as fuck.
>>1963581this is an american site, whaddya expect
>>1963584this is one of the least American boards on the site
>>1963532Just use a large syringe.
you guys ever run out of battery on your di2/f-r-deraileur, levers, powermeter, head unit, f-r light, cellphone, HRM?
>>1963668>di2don't have it>levershuh?>head unitno, if my ride is going to be that long I carry a power bank and recharge while I'm carbing up at the cafe>cellphonesame as above>HRMI stopped using those pieces of shit because I was spending more time troubleshooting them than actually riding, fuck HRMs, never again
>>1963672the shifter levers in SRAM are wireless, so they have their own coin operated battery. I imagine a scenario where f/r deraileurs are fine but all of a sudden the batteries run out on the lever shifters. Is anyone in racing using electronic warfare to mess with wireless users?
Anyone know if tyres have a shelf life? Or do they keep indefinitely if stored right?I've spotted a mad deal for some Schwalbe Marathons, more than half of. Wondering if I should get a couple of years worth for my gravel commuter.
>>1962547Real men use car grease for their bikes. Just used it for my rear tire bearings.
>>1963695My bike tires I ran this summer were made in 2011. They seem fine. Which doesn't really make sense, because usually rubber hardens and weakens. I think this is normal for car tires exposed to the conditions. If your tires were in a closet like mine they will last a long time. Inner tubes needed replaced though.
>>1963695Don't store them outside in the sun.Don't store them all bent up if they are wire bead.>t. 10+year old tire rider.If they are cracking bad, maybe don't go race pace down a mountain.if you are worried, always inspect before a ride or weekly.Oh, and as they age they have less grip since they are getting harder. There are durometer testers to tell if you care or are nerdy. I found for motorcycle tires unused after 10 years they are around 10-15 durometer harder.Fine for racy/soft sport tires. Bad for hard cruiser tires.
>>1963723i use generic red grease, and use automatic transmission fluid and acetone for chain lube. i restore all the parts to working condition if possible, and replace with cheap sunrace shit if not. spending a fortune on bicycling is for retards.
Would lanolin (sheep's wool oil) help glove liners keep warmth better? Riding in the cold wind is a bitch and real winter gloves are bulky and unwieldy
>>1963750why not buy more expensive, better designed handy gloves? Or bar mitts, for guaranteed results?
>>1963724supposedly the rubber on bike tires isn't structural. its the casing or carcass that is, and age doesn't really weaken it supposedly. so yeah it might be slower rolling from the rubber degradation but it shouldn't fail or anything.
>>1963775Because I'm broke and want to keep my hands warm when I'm not on the bike
>>1963804H&M leather gloves, $30, keeps you warm and they mostly stay dry outside of proper rain
>>1963831>$30I'm broke dude
>>1963838second hand goods store/thrift/charity, same thing for $5, otherwise charity for the poor, clothes for homeless kind of charity, making some yourself would be challenging
>>1963843I'll see what I find. I figured I'd at least ask since I can get sheep oil from a farmer and already have glove liners. Thanks!
>>1963845this nigga so poor he bartering for sheep oil from farmers to soften his raccoon hide hand wraps he's using for makeshift glovesholy shit get a job
>>1962848Cycplus M2I got it on taobao but it looks look amazog has a good deal on ito too.
How much would you pay for all of this shit?I feel like I got meme'd at the shopThis came out to $160 USDbike shop employees need not reply
>>1964009Also the shop sold me this 7ft cable. This mini lock is only wide enough to fit around my rear wheel through the frame triangle. Both my front and rear wheels are quick release. Is this an optimal/okay setup? Or should/can I replace these with a wider U lock and a 4 ft cable?
>>1964009It's not a total majestic ripoff i think in a eu online store u could pay this 100 euroin what kind of place do you live? Cause i'd say that is too much for a nice city and not enough for some places. Let me say that if you live in a place where u are scared they will steal your wheels, it's a place where you should be scared to attach a nice bike with that lock. If you are scared of a casual weirdo flipping your quick release you can use an antitheft skewers . look em up I personally have a abus GRANIT™ XPlus™ 540 and that's it. I don't use a wire. As you can see it is quite a long arc. You know that you have to attach the frame to the fixed point with the u lock and then use the wire only for the weels right?thats' just my experience. I can't find the point in the whole wire thing. I know someone will say that table in picrel is a "meme" but if you can, write at which point of the grid are you and- Also if it's a nice bike.
>>1964009depends on the quality of the locks, they both look rather flimsy compared to high tier heavy chain locks but i understand not wanting to carry those around. as for the lights you'd probably be cheaper off with some aliexpress stuff.
>>1964009I would estimate you paid 60-30 usd over. Which seems normal to me.Just compare the prices of the items to amazon and add some cost and that's what it should be.
Should I be bringing my bike lights inside during winter? Bike is stored in a shed, been getting frost the past few nights.
Do you use winter tires for a road bike?Do you use studded tires, for winter riding: (country with little snow but some ice and frost over the roads in winter).I am using GP5000 for summer, and I am wondering if its safe to go out with close to freezing temperatures, to avoid black ice.
>>1963746are there any old books or websites that teach a cheap, diy approach like that? e.g. black electrical tape on the chainstay, beer can shims for loose handlebars, etc.
>>1961648Water based, not good at permanent fixes. You can mix it with stans to keep the stans from drying out too soon, for non tubeless solutionsl..>>1961696No, but it's close.>>1961734If it does, you probably put too much in and have been letting it sit for a while. It usually fixes itself with riding.>>1962015Have you ever seen how many bikes homeless peopel have stored?>>1961704Spoons?
>>1962022>Walmart>Employee.>Right.>>1962025Ride faster first you bitch. >>1962174Not worth the extra effort to find one. Not worth avoiding if it fits.>>1962279Width. >>1962288LOL no.>>1962332Your spoke holes aren't water tight. Riding should dry things out enough. >>1962422Probably something is getting close to frozen.
>>1964200the gospel of sheldonmay he rest in peace
>>1964221>Not worth avoiding if it fits.What do you mean?
>>1963723their marine grease works good for me
>>1964200RJ the bike guy has a lot of good videos about making tools.
is a steel handlebar bouncier than carbon? seatpost too? does "compliance" always mean comfort over, say, cobblestones?
>>1964571In my experience carbon seatposts flex more then steel/aluminum, but that is design based.Which is the real kicker. Steel and titanium tend to have a narrower range of stiffness when compared to aluminum or carbon.Since with aluminum you can easily reinforce it, and carbon as well.So, look for intended purpose. If your goal is cobblestones run the biggest tire you can with a middling pressure. Then a nice seat with a compliant seatpost. Maybe run thick gloves, double bar wrap, or gel inserts on the bars for improved comfort.Or make more power so your ass "floats" more on the bike.
What do you wear on your legs in winter? Normally I just wear shorts I'm not a fag so I don't want to wear tights is there a third way?
>>1964703post temps and how far you're riding. if its far and cold enough i think you just accept the tights at some pointi only ride short distances when its cold as fuck so a pair of sleep pants under sweats is enough for a few miles
>>1964703Rain pants or sweatpants over the tights if youre really that insecure
>>1964703Cute, can we see you in those?t. chaser
>>1964703Dude, it's 2023, just come out of the closet already. Nobody cares that you're gay.
I just paid 200 euros to have a custom wheelset (after material costs).Did I goof? Are wheels by professional wheel builders worth 200euros for the work, compared to what a guy in his garage can make with a truing stand and a tensiometer?
>>1961484Is this gonna kill me?GP5000
>>1964825no lol>>1964009got memed, if you want the cheapest price, buy online
>>1964825Looks not too bad, but take the tire off and look on the inside. If the cut goes through, you can put a tire patch or some gorilla tape over the cut and you're probably fine.
>>1964821DT swiss makes nice rims and those hubs look nice.Yes it's worth doing it yourself or paying a professional. Wheels are one of those things where you want them done right, if they aren't it will be annoying when you break a spoke, taco a wheel, etc.I always view it as time vs cost. If you can ride a lot, don't have much money, and have time then DIY could be better.If you have more money, or no time to be dicking around then a professionally built wheel is better.>>1964703I wear tights. They don't look like that since they aren't that "tight" around the skin. You can just wear normal shorts around them, and if you aren't a troon/female your legs should have enough muscle to not look like that anyways.>>1964825I rode a tire with the tube bulging out until it popped since I wanted to get home one time. your thing there is normal.
>>1964821>compared to what a guy in his garage can make with a truing stand and a tensiometer?I think it was a bit expensive, considering that's 50% of the cost of a tension meter. And arguably wheels can be easily tensioned by feel and still last forever.But 200€ is nothing if you ride the shit out of those.
>>1964703those are stockings not tights so you're good homie
>>1964840>>1964828I think it’s from me hitting this last night, but didn’t see the cut until this afternoonWas definitely a last second ‘oh fuck’ when I saw that the pavement didn’t fill in around the manhole and couldn’t avoid it (was about 20mph)
>>1964923Check your spokes for tension
i put this horn on my bso, i forgot i had it laying around. i think its kind of cool because its a real shaped thing making a specific kind of sound, but really it just sounds like something a clown would use and has no charm of the ringing of a bell. i doubt i'll ever honk it
>>1964923I would report that to the city, that's terrible
>>1964840>>1964868Very reasonable, thanks!I bought this "ebike" tyre for winter, based on the RR review praising it's puncture resistance, price and wet grip:https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/tour-reviews/continental-contact-urbanDid I do good? I feel abit weird buying something based on objective review, not to mention it is not marketed as a winter tyre, or for road bikes at all
>>1964929some really old cars have a huge honker,the frequency is pretty low, almost whoopee cushion like.
>>1964963The best way to learn is to get a tire and ride. You will find out quick if it has any glaring flaws, and if not you did fine.Continental makes good tires and it seems like a good choice.
Ride Now TPU tubesI began seeing these everywhere in youtube comments, thought it was mass spam marketing campaign. It seems legit though, everyone is recommending buying them from Aliexpress, saying they are better than butyl.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Uy9Ax_g4dsAnybody with experience on these TPU tubes? Recommended?
>>1964009Update:I bought a larger u lock and a 4ft cable online for 50 USDThe mini lock and 7 ft cable were around 90 USD from the bike shop. I returned them and got the one online.
>>1964994I bought some while I was buying a bunch of parts off ali the last time I was on there because they're cheaper than butyl inthe US, so why not? I took my butyl tube out and put in the tpu and pumped it up and promptly popped it, turns out I had crap inside the tire that didn't pop the butyl but did pop the tpu. threw on the patch provided, just like a little sticker, cleaned the inside tire thoroughly, and pumped it back up. I've had it pumped up for about a week now and took it on one short/medium ride so far. no more issues.mine are cyclami brand, green color they're thinner and more delicate, I was much more careful keeping it away from the tire lever and rim on installation. they feel like a balloon but a little thicker but they don't "balloon" out like butyl. they take a hard shape and then just get stiffer instead of getting bigger.so far so good
Do you guys bring your bikes inside of shops? Feels safer than leaving them locked outside
>>1965089This sounds autistic. Lock it up in a safe place outside the shop. What this looks like depends on where you live. In China, it meant a dedicated bike lot with a minder. Where I live now in America, a small chain around a tree is ok.
>>1965066sounds very promising. Since I got new wheels I'll try these TPUs too!
>>1965089Depends on how visible/well lit the rack is, and how close it is to the entrance of the businessthere’s a couple places I’ll take it in, or if I wasn’t planning on stopping (point A-A workout ride) and didn’t bring my lock but end up wanting to stop
>>1965089depends on the type of shop. i visit a few friends car garages sometimes and roll my shit right into the first bay i see and lean it on something. but i couldn't do that at the corner mart i visit, in that case i park it where i can see it and it never leaves my field of view. i don't lock my bike up at all, but i keep an eye on it like a hawk. never had one stolen so far.
>>1964969one of my friends put an 'awooga' horn on his modern car. it sounds awesomewhile no one was around today i pressed it loudly>https://youtu.be/Z0mrOFZuNJoit literally sounds like a clown horn. but its on a bso trike, i'm going to leave it. i would've rather found a bell instead
>>1965089I rarely carry a lock with me and I've brought it inside most kind of places and they're generally welcoming. It sometimes also rises curiosity from the patrons and a small talk about it. When they say I can't carry it with me or leave it inside I take my busainess elsewhere. If I know it can't be done I should've brought a lock and it's me to blame.Some of the places it has been into are the dentist's office (no, he doesn't ride), the bank, supermarkets and most small shops.
Bike noob here, sorry I'm riding in my U.S. suburban sprawl neighborhood. The roads are narrow and have no shoulders for much of the way. Do I use the sidewalk or the street? In places where the road does get a shoulder, what do I do when there's a parked car? On the one hand, street seems better because it's more even, and we sometimes have a lot of people taking walks. But then I've barely cycled since I was a child and am probably slow and unskilled enough to seriously annoy drivers or get myself into danger. It feels like a choice between social anxiety and safety anxiety
>>1965160Sidewalk unless you legitamtely see lots of walkers. And even then your sidewalks may have rounded gutters so you just roll off.I do training rides at night and ride sidewalk since no one is out.I see more wildlife then people.No anxiety here.Just go around the car if it's parked, do a head check before.
>>1965160both. sidewallks are uneven, not paved (they're slabs), and not suitable for riding on. but if you try to ride on a road you might be run off by a maniac yelling at you.the best solution is to learn to use both. i ride on clear clean roads when possible, but i will not ride on a road where a dudes tail pipe is up my ass. i'd rather the sidewalk.you have all the rights a car does while on the road, technically, but in effect you are trying 75lbs (you+bike) vs 3500lbs. you aint going to win.get used to riding IN traffic. most people are super nice
>>1965165yeah i'm american, add another hundred lbs. i'm still not as fat as my friends at least
>>1965169150lbs is twink mode.Bike and rider should be around 130lbs(women) to 250lbs(obese or large guy).I don't think you are American if you mixed up 75lbs with 175lbs.Maybe 75KG's.
>>1965170>I don't think you are American if you mixed up 75lbs with 175lbs.i was just ballparking a number, i know i was wrong after getting called on it. 75 was a dumb number, should be more like 175. sorry.that all said, i love old bikes and when they are so out of date and you look them up, it says like 125lbs on the rear yet it holds 200lbs of strapped shit easily.
>>1965171Dude, you don’t know what a pound is, it’s ok, you can use weight in stones like a caveman
>>1965089depends on the shop but yes, sometimes
>>1965160my advice: ride on the street as much as possible. get used to it. legally you're supposed to, although even cops don't always know that. but it's best for several reasons and you should really get used to it. the better rider you become, you will definitely prefer it.however, if it doesn't feel safe to you, there's nothing wrong with using the sidewalk imo. I have no problem doing it myself, and I'm a mega oldfag. the deal is that you're not "supposed" to be there, so whatever any peds are doing, wandering around all crazy, you have to accommodate them. within 10 feet of them, match their speed and navigate wide around them or say "excuse me" to get around. dismount if necessary, although that's rare ime. they have right of way, you're a guest.but if no one's around, gun it. but if there's storefronts, you can't because people will exit fast and perpendicular to you, so go slow. also, the visibility of adjoining driveways is usually shit, you can get flattened by cars easily, so go slow there, too. as well as street crossings, cars are only looking for other cars in the lane they're merging with, not sidewalk in either direction. they should be, but they're not, so go slow there, also.
brake housing collects rain watercan I put some kind of water repellent inside?
>>1965332Rethink how it's routed.you can grease your cablesMany mechanics will put a single drop of chain oil or thinner phil oil on their fingers and run the inner wire through it. and you can use ptfe coated cables like shimano's optislick (optishit). ptfe is what they make goretex with. It's all liable to form a thing+water slurry and be worse than otherwise, or, just add friction. There are even cablesets designed with water sealing things. I just use the cheapest cables possible and on my bikes that see a lot of riding in the rain, replace them every 6 months- 1 year.
>>1965326>>1965164>>1965163Thanks. I think for now while I'm wobbly, I'll do sidewalk and just dismount to pass pedestrians and busier intersections, and ride in the shoulder where available. I'll probably have to work up to street.
>slight rattle coming from crankset>chain not touching derailleur hanger>doesn't happen when chain is taken off so it's not the bottom bracket >chain not making the same sound going over the cassette Would the most likely culprit be the chainrings or the chain?
>>1965396Also I forgot to mention that the sound is present no matter which chainring the chain is on.
>>1964994they supposedly have lower rolling resistance than butyl so thats good. I find them a pain to patch but the other guy said he just stuck a provided sticker patch on it and it worked so that might be user error. for like $5 a piece or whatever I would at least try them.
>>1965434>>1965066>>1964994if you buy 10 you can get them for $6.5 per tube shipped. But otherwise they are more expensive
>>1965450not even close.I got a 2 pack less than $6 per, and then even less since I bought more than $10 total and they gave me free shipping
>>1965434maybe different brands have different patches?seems unlikely but cyclami has non-alcohol wipes and little stickers. they're clear so you can see if there's any voids between the patch and tube.they also sell a separate patch kit which I copped.
I'm looking for a disassembly manual of TRP HY/RDI'm trying to extract master cylinder piston, part number 5, but I can't unscrew the number 7 pushrod from actuation arm number 9There's an allen screw in there, but it simply won't budge. I can screw it a bit CW/CCW, but there's a hard limit. It feels like it's going to strip if I apply any more torque.I try to do it like here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoNIqoguOKs but no successAny ideas?
>>1965474I cut patches from a spare tpu tube. I use regular patch glue. I glue the tube and the patch, let it dry then stick the patch to the tube and leave it overnight and its held so far. So thats an option but the sticker patches seem a lot less fuss.
>>1965473I got the RaceNow, which in aliexpress are 60euro for 10
>>1965093so since the one tpu tube has been fine after a trial period, I switched the other wheel to a tpu tube and went on a longer ride today.no problems with installation, did maybe twenty five miles and just got home. lots of uneven places and torn up pavement, no problems at all with either front or rear wheel.this was my first big ride with this bike, which is a lighter, sporty ride compared to my everything bike I've been riding for years. I really noticed the acceleration and ease of climbs. not sure how much is due to the bike and how much due to the tpus, but supposedly the rotational mass has a lot to do with that. I definitely noticed it, the tpus certainly couldn't have hurt.
>>1965535niceI installed them today, Its abit more of a faff, was babying them expecting them to blow at any moment. But they got in and inflated fine. They have a plastic (!) holder for the presta valve, which is stupid, makes me more cautious with inserting the pump head. Last the presta valve itself is weak, it either sits sadly deflating, or its closed, like a weak spring tension? See picture, in a normal tube that nut stays in place, in these, it just "FALLS" down with gravity, semi-closing the valve! WTFI bought the RaceNow, so now I am looking for maybe a different cheap chinese TPU tube with a better valve. But RaceNow seemed the most reliable and reviewed (paid reviewed?).I am confident I won't feel the weight savings when I ride in the flat, but there are some not insignificant RR benefits. The plastic seems cool for puncture protection too.
>>1965535>>1965538image of the problem area
>>1965539>>1965538>>1965535also, plastic protruding valve looks silly
>>1965488I assume you loosened or fully removed the set screw like in the first step of that video?
>>1965540huh, mine are just a regular metal valve, I've never heard of any of that stuff
>>1965543the valve itself is metal, the body holding it is plastic (for weight weenies), since heavy one weighs 36grams
How much difference makes 50g per wheel saved with those tubes?
>>1965562about 50g per wheel
>>1965564lol>>1965562https://yellowcrank.com/2022/01/05/tpu-inner-tubes-part-ii-characteristics-and-market-overview/for me the real difference will be imperceptible, since I put them on new wheels. Lighter & smaller=more practical, they are better for punctures then bytul, less rolling resistance, saves like "2.5 W". Its a nice improvement for cycling hobbyists compared to standard tubes, for the same price, from china. Dont buy the overpriced ones from western brands, not worth it then.