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CFOxtrot RichardCunningham's article
Oct 31, 2012 at 9:16
Oct 31, 2012
Park Tool Cyclone Chain Scrubber Review
Awesome comment, Protour! I'm surprised RC didn't suggest using safety wiring to hang the chain scrubber from the bike.
CFOxtrot RichardCunningham's article
Oct 31, 2012 at 9:07
Oct 31, 2012
Park Tool Cyclone Chain Scrubber Review
No, I'm just happy to have discovered them after using quite a few others that gunked up my chain and required all kinds of hassles. What makes you think I work for them? Is every comment that is positive a "marketing" comment? Does your comment above "prove" that you work for a competitor? Don't be such an idiot. I pay whatever my LBS or online retailer charges for RnR lube. I am not employed by anyone in the MTB "industry" and I do not have any promotional interests at stake here. I'm just sharing what has worked for me, and I've tried using things like the Park chain scrubber and other chain scrubbers in the past. They were ripoffs, IMO. I'm touting RnR because I've used other similar wax/solvent lubes, and they didn't last nearly long enough. Most of the competitors I've tried (ProLink Gold, White Lightning, TriFlow Dry) didn't last more than 2-3 hrs of pedaling and required a lot of excess application to get that 2-3 hrs of usefulness. If you know of another lube that doesn't require wasteful application and the use of cleaning solvents in a pan or machine, please share it. I won't mind.
CFOxtrot RichardCunningham's article
Oct 31, 2012 at 8:21
Oct 31, 2012
Park Tool Cyclone Chain Scrubber Review
Or you could use Rock&Roll blue ("Extreme") and have no problems like requiring a 2-hour chain remove-and-clean. Your comment must be satire. Seriously? Microscopic inspection of the rollers to ensure you got every bit of grit and dirt? Do you have to put on a White Lab Coat first? Safety glasses? Does it require a B.Sc. in Chemistry?
CFOxtrot RichardCunningham's article
Oct 31, 2012 at 8:20
Oct 31, 2012
Park Tool Cyclone Chain Scrubber Review
If you use Rock & Roll lubes, this isn't ever an issue. The first post that says these devices aren't durable = TRUTH. They're good for maybe 10 spins then the brushes are folded over and not doing their jobs. And you waste all kinds of solvent. They are pretty good for people who use wet greasy lubes, though. With wet, greasy lubes you either use one of these things, or remove the chain and put it in a gasoline or kerosene solution and scrub it with a brush. Using Rock&Roll lubes is way easier, cleaner chain, quieter chain, less hassle, less waste. Not sure why someone working for a MTB journal would promote anything else.
CFOxtrot bradwalton's article
Oct 31, 2012 at 8:09
Oct 31, 2012
Transition Bandit 26 Inch Review
Sense of humor = GREAT. 7th grader sense of humor, in adults = LAME. But great for 7th graders. So what's their target market? 7th Graders? I guess it's part of their "blue collar image" though? Like Larry the Cable Guy, who also isn't funny because he's childish and therefore LAME? "Ug gug gug gug, I drag my knuckles when I walk and have a 70 IQ, isn't that freakin' hilarious!?!" Notice I have not said Transition bikes ride poorly. Please notice that. But still, I can't wait until the "cool blue collar dudes at Transition" come out with a ladies-specific bike that has TITS & ASS suspension technology. That's the best way to have "progression" on the subject of respecting women rather than treating them like objects. Right?
CFOxtrot bradwalton's article
Oct 31, 2012 at 7:58
Oct 31, 2012
Transition Bandit 26 Inch Review
@Session603, I think only the "journalists" writing in the MTB "industry" can be tough guy rad rider honches. After all, if they didn't project that image, they couldn't consider themselves heroes and saviors while obscuring truths in favor of fad promotion. @bradwalton, that's a Cunningham-esque solution in search of a problem. People want to ride 32" wide bars because they want to imagine themselves a World Cup DH rider, they like to think they too ride at Mach Stupid and therefore need the "control." It's funny how fads work in the "industry." First a noted slopestyler wears girl jeans, then everyone wants to wear girl jeans but most are afraid to do so, then a journalist wears them in a self-photo-shoot and suddenly the masses think it's okay. First Sam Hill rides Renthal bars on a Sunday, then everyone wants a Sunday with a Renthal bar "slammed low" and then a journalist endorses it and soon everyone's actually doing it. Meanwhile, nobody's stopping to ask whether girl jeans make you ride better, or whether a slammed low superwide bar actually makes you ride better. And then a journalist thinks of rationalizations to excuse the fad, and says "well you can cut your bar to size," as if everyone spends time dialing bar width with a hacksaw.
CFOxtrot bradwalton's article
Oct 30, 2012 at 14:00
Oct 30, 2012
Transition Bandit 26 Inch Review
@ COjayhawk -- "and how every single stock spec'd handlebar is too narrow..." Yep. That's a way for the writer to show he's hip to fads and trends. "I"m a tough guy rad rider honch because I talk crap about narrow bars and if you're not riding at least 32" bars you're a loser." The best bar width isn't a matter of trend or fad. I think it's funny that the test bike has 1" of spacers with a 0.5" rise bar. Skip the spacers and use a 1.5" rise bar and you're in the same place. But that's not trendy.
CFOxtrot bradwalton's article
Oct 30, 2012 at 13:55
Oct 30, 2012
Transition Bandit 26 Inch Review
RichVT, a "true 4-bar" is a system with 4 articulating sides, or "bars." It can be Horst, or non-Horst. Calling any of them "faux" is BS. All it does is confuse the issue. vertr, please give some examples of "vastly inferior" DESIGNS. And please pay special attention to suggest why it's the DESIGN and not the implementation. Please also leave out designs that aren't currently used (Slingshot, Allsop flexbeam, Allsop flex-stem, etc).
CFOxtrot bradwalton's article
Oct 30, 2012 at 13:47
Oct 30, 2012
Transition Bandit 26 Inch Review
I'd say it's a bad idea to talk about "faux bar" in any context. Most people contrast "faux bar" and "four bar" as if that contrast tells anyone anything meaningful. We can thank Richard Cunningham for this bad trend, he's the one who got everyone all amped up on "four" versus "faux" while obscuring the point that the real divide during the 90s and early 00s was Horst vs non-Horst, and those multi-bar systems vs single-pivots with solid rear triangles (Orange, Santa Cruz, etc). Originally "faux bar" was supposed to suggest non-Horst, but it got confused because Horst and non-Horst both can have 4 bars and the rear pivot's location is what distinguishes Horst from non-Horst. See what a mess it made? The easiest way to sort out that comparison is to go back to the mid-00s and compare Ventana bikes with Turner bikes. Aside from their DH bikes, Turner were Horst, Ventana were 4-bar linkage-driven single pivot. They looked almost identical. The rear pivot was the quickest way to distinguish them, outside the geek's world of kinematics and leverage ratios and calculations. I'm not sure I agree with the rest of your comment. What we have now in FS designs is a variety of flavors. None is best. Each rider will find something he or she gets along with better than another design. I've enjoyed riding solid-swingarm singlepivots, linkage-driven singlepivots, Horst link, and dw-link. I can't call any one of them "best" and I don't think we're ever going to see a single "best" design come out as the winner.
CFOxtrot bradwalton's article
Oct 30, 2012 at 9:20
Oct 30, 2012
Transition Bandit 26 Inch Review
Transition's model has changed away from simple, affordable to "rebel bling" -- or, this is what they had in mind all along, using simple & affordable as loss-leaders. Watch their practices and figure out for yourself how honest they are. "Cock & Balls" tells me everything I need to know about the "cool dudes at Transition." I roll my eyes. The Crap Brothers wheelset is another bit of evidence that they're into "rebel bling" but in the CB context, the "bling" is empty bling, all looks, no performance reliability.
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