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dsut4392 mikelevy's article
Feb 15, 2018 at 17:17
Feb 15, 2018
Good Ideas Executed Poorly - Opinion
@mikelevy: true dat, so many people don't even think about about it because they just toss the cups as well when the bearing has had it. Threaded BBs are a boon for the unskilled mechanic without a bearing press, but don't have any inherent mechanical benefit over press-fit bearings.
dsut4392 mikelevy's article
Feb 15, 2018 at 16:13
Feb 15, 2018
Good Ideas Executed Poorly - Opinion
@nsp234: I've never seen a broken rotor trailside, it's so far down the list that it's not something I've considered preparing for. But it's not really that hard for a weekend trip is it? I went riding at Blue Derby last weekend, and my repairs & spares fitted in a single small shoebox (my wife wears a size 4): * two spare chains * adjustable spanner * Pedal spanner * Shimano external BB spanner * Truvativ external BB tool * cassette tool * bottle of chain lube * grease & grease gun * friction paste * spare XT cassette * spare gear cable & short bit of housing * blue loctite * small bottle of shimano mineral oil * spare sets of brake pads [Mea culpa, I had a big bottle of Stans as well that didn't fit in the box] These go with the multi-tool, pump, spare tube, patch kit and quick links that live permanently in my hydration pack. I know it's overkill having spares like cassettes and chains (especially somewhere like Derby where there are shops you could get them at), but this stuff lives in the shoe-box in my shed drawer, so it's easier just to grab it and stick it in the car than anything else. I also have some buddies that can't be trusted to keep up with maintenance, which can ruin everyone's ride if you're somewhere with no shops, or even have to hang around waiting for the shop to open.
dsut4392 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 12, 2018 at 16:36
Feb 12, 2018
Carbon vs Aluminum: Separating Environmental Fact From Fiction in the Frame Materials Debate
@MikeGruhler: I rode to work this morning on a 27 year old bonded alloy hardtail...
dsut4392 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 14:57
Feb 8, 2018
Opinion: Does Downhill Have Nowhere Else to Go?
@fernrob: I agree with you re injury numbers and likelihood, but I don't think it relates to the inherent terrain risks. I think at the pointy end of pushing the boundaries, the decision on the bike is much more binary than on skis. People die pushing the limits on skis because of the 100 previous times they pushed the limit and got away with 'failure' without consequence. People don't push the limits as much on the DH bike because every 'failure' causes physical pain. The relative size of the population of skiers vs MTBers is also a factor, there are SOOOO many more skiers out there at every point on the skills and balls curve that the absolute number of injuries is bound to be far higher.
dsut4392 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 14:35
Feb 8, 2018
dsut4392 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 14:00
Feb 8, 2018
Opinion: Does Downhill Have Nowhere Else to Go?
@fernrob: No $100 for you, because you didn't actually answer the question. Which would you pick?
dsut4392 pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 7, 2018 at 14:38
Feb 7, 2018
YT Teases New Capra - Video
@Fix-the-Spade: Canyon's website is rubbish at explaining how long it takes from placing an order to final delivery, and I had to pay them several times as they didn't process it straight away and the authorisation expired BUT after several days of back and forth by email with a rep it all got sorted in the end. Despite all that it was only 10 days from hitting "buy" on their website until the bikes were delivered in downtown Barcelona. Obviously if you're not buying a bike from the "Express bikes" list it may still have to be built up from a bare frame (and slotted into an assembly run of that model), so delivery will take longer.
dsut4392 FreehubMag's article
Feb 6, 2018 at 17:26
Feb 6, 2018
Joey Schusler's Time to Reflect - Video
You can see him putting the packraft in the handlebar bag at about 39s into the video. The raft looks like a kokopelli nirvana, weight about 4.5kg.
dsut4392 mikelevy's article
Jan 18, 2018 at 15:09
Jan 18, 2018
Here's My Zerode Taniwha Test Bike - Tell Me What You Want to Know
@elsb0048: Sure, that would work too. But it's easier to control for other variables when riding a smart trainer compared to riding a powertap hub in the real world. Plus you can use any (*) smart trainer rather than having to find a 27.5 wheel built up with a 12x142 powertap hub. *Some older smart trainers were designed by old-school roadies that didn't think outside the box. Consequently some may not have enough clearance for a disc brake, and many aren't through-axle compatible. Kickr and Tacx for example require you to get a funky adapter to run a QR skewer to attach the bike, as the 'hub' doesn't have enough internal space to run a through-bolt. Some of the newer models (e.g. Elite Direto & Drivo, CycleOps Hammer) are through-axle compatible out of the box by swapping the included hub end caps.
dsut4392 mikelevy's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 17:19
Jan 17, 2018
Here's My Zerode Taniwha Test Bike - Tell Me What You Want to Know
Yes, and they'll also be nice and soft from all the lanolin:)
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