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And dropper seatposts.
These are :neat:

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I lean a little bit right and with my foot fully extended I can touch and stay on the saddle.

Or track stand it. Until I fall over at least.
Damn, I can't touch at all if I jack the seat up to the "correct" height where my knee is only slightly bent with the pedal all the way down. Do you just do the typical biker thing and never stop for stop signs or red lights?
Nope, just scooch forwards a bit and stand forward of the saddle

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Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:39 pm

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Damn, I can't touch at all if I jack the seat up to the "correct" height where my knee is only slightly bent with the pedal all the way down. Do you just do the typical biker thing and never stop for stop signs or red lights?
Nope, just scooch forwards a bit and stand forward of the saddle
That's a big scooch, all the way off the seat and not down too far because the frame is an inch from your :balls: - plus lifting your leg 90 degrees to get off and on. I feel super awkward doing any of that. I guess you just get used to it, like parallel parking a :truk:

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I lean a little bit right and with my foot fully extended I can touch and stay on the saddle.

Or track stand it. Until I fall over at least.
Damn, I can't touch at all if I jack the seat up to the "correct" height where my knee is only slightly bent with the pedal all the way down. Do you just do the typical biker thing and never stop for stop signs or red lights?
When you come to a stop, GTFO of the saddle. Straddle the top tube, one foot on a pedal, one foot on the ground.

You don't stop with your ass still on the seat, bruh.
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:55 pm
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I lean a little bit right and with my foot fully extended I can touch and stay on the saddle.

Or track stand it. Until I fall over at least.
Damn, I can't touch at all if I jack the seat up to the "correct" height where my knee is only slightly bent with the pedal all the way down. Do you just do the typical biker thing and never stop for stop signs or red lights?
I slow way down but if clear yeah I roll thru. Sitting at a light or stop sign can get you run over here. Seen it happen.

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:derp:

I tried to adjust the spokes to get the bends out of the wheels and the second one busted as soon as I started to turn it. This bike might just go in the trash, it can't be worth putting money and time into.

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:derp:

I tried to adjust the spokes to get the bends out of the wheels and the second one busted as soon as I started to turn it. This bike might just go in the trash, it can't be worth putting money and time into.
Hm, yeah this is the problem with an old neglected bike, the nickel and dime stuff adds up to quite a bit of money.

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I tried to adjust the spokes to get the bends out of the wheels and the second one busted as soon as I started to turn it. This bike might just go in the trash, it can't be worth putting money and time into.
Hm, yeah this is the problem with an old neglected bike, the nickel and dime stuff adds up to quite a bit of money.
Yep, $75 in tires and tubes, who knows what if it ends up needing :ramz: vs spokes, the brake pads are toast, the chain could likely stand to be replaced along with all 4 shift/brake cables - maybe $200-300 total to make the bike decent especially if I end up having to pay a shop to do anything? It might be better to buy that new FX2 for $600 and call it a day. I assume it'll still be worth $300 next year if I either hate bikes or like them enough to buy a better one. Same overall cost, better bike, and zero hours wasted swearing at the thing. :math:

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Hm, yeah this is the problem with an old neglected bike, the nickel and dime stuff adds up to quite a bit of money.
Yep, $75 in tires and tubes, who knows what if it ends up needing :ramz: vs spokes, the brake pads are toast, the chain could likely stand to be replaced along with all 4 shift/brake cables - maybe $200-300 total to make the bike decent especially if I end up having to pay a shop to do anything? It might be better to buy that new FX2 for $600 and call it a day. I assume it'll still be worth $300 next year if I either hate bikes or like them enough to buy a better one. Same overall cost, better bike, and zero hours wasted swearing at the thing. :math:
Assumptions are about right. Could cost more at a shop especially if you need new wheels.

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Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:19 pm

Is there any reason not to order a :scrooge: internet bike since I'm not a :derp: and can wrench on shit? This seems pretty damn simple and half the price of a name brand:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gra ... -bikes.htm

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Got the vintage POS kinda sorta rideable just as it was turning dark and buggy out tonight. Continentals on the Continental. The wheels still aren't particularly true and the brakes squeak like crazy, but it does hold air, turn, stop, and shift without throwing the chain every 10 seconds. :fullretard:


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According to the serial number, this 38 lb beast was made in Chicago in November of 1974. :wap:

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Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:04 pm

That should be fine for paths I think

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That should be fine for paths I think
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TBH - you could easily get a set of basic Mavic wheels and install them as long as it has a modern freehub on the rear. Should be about a $175 investment or less.

I’ve got about $350 into the Schwinn in terms of tires, tubes, wheels, chain, drivetrain - it’s a great bike to ride just about anywhere.
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The bike itself is kind of :neat: but at the same time it's terrible, like driving an unrestored 1974 Camaro. I'm going to keep making adjustments to get it a little better but doubt I'll throw more money at it vs buying something from the 21st century instead. At least the tires were only $44 shipped.

That Gravity Zilla thing with the 1x11 gears and mechanical disc brakes for $799 seems super cool and simple.

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Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:55 pm

I've got a buddy that bought a bike from bikesdirect to just ride to and from the bars around town. It's a legit nice bike for the price. For your purposes, it's not the worst idea...biggest risk is buying a bike that doesn't fit you well because you can't test it first.
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The Bikesdirect bikes are perfectly fine - they can be quite good if you get one with decent components.
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Zillon wrote:The Bikesdirect bikes are perfectly fine - they can be quite good if you get one with decent components.
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I quite like the idea of a rigid but beefy thing. :dedong:

I just did the first little ride on the Schwinn to lunch and back, the brakes kinda sorta smoothed out and quieted down by the end. ~10 miles on residential streets, sidewalks of the 35+ mph roads, and the one little bike path in town.

My primary observation is that this thing is rough on anything other than the perfectly smooth bike path. What kind of tire pressures should I be running? The sidewalls say 80 max so I put it at like 65, assuming my gayge is anywhere near accurate.

Second observation is that I'm in terrible shape. I barely made it home since it's all uphill for the last mile. Might need a shorter first gear if I get a real bike. This one is around 1.4 IIRC, 39/28.

Third is that roads are scary. How do you handle doing at best 1/3 the speed of traffic with no shoulders, passing lanes, or mirrors? I pretty much only went on the sidewalks and least busy sidestreets parallel to the regular roads.

The path was nice, the road was stressful. :pussy:

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Zillon wrote:The Bikesdirect bikes are perfectly fine - they can be quite good if you get one with decent components.
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I quite like the idea of a rigid but beefy thing.

I just did the first little ride on the Schwinn to lunch and back, the brakes kinda sorta smoothed out and quieted down by the end. ~10 miles on residential streets, sidewalks of the 35+ mph roads, and the one little bike path in town.

My primary observation is that this thing is rough on anything other than the perfectly smooth bike path. What kind of tire pressures should I be running? The sidewalls say 80 max so I put it at like 65, assuming my gayge is anywhere near accurate.

Second observation is that I'm in terrible shape. I barely made it home since it's all uphill for the last mile. Might need a shorter first gear if I get a real bike. This one is around 1.4 IIRC, 39/28.

Third is that roads are scary. How do you handle doing at best 1/3 the speed of traffic with no shoulders, passing lanes, or mirrors? I pretty much only went on the sidewalks and least busy sidestreets parallel to the regular roads.

The path was nice, the road was stressful. :pussy:
What size tires? 65 should be fine if the max is 80.

Gearing depends on what you're riding and how strong you are. My road bike has a 34x26 low, my cross bike has a 36x36 low, my mountain bike has a 30x46 low. 39x28 is old school strong man gearing and will be a bear on a longer or steeper climb for sure.

Roads are in fact scary. Its why people advocate for bike lanes and such. If a road doesn't have a shoulder or a bike lane and is even somewhat busy I get antsy. A lot of the suburbs are like this because those roads were old farm roads and aren't very wide. A blinking rear light can help, cars tend to give you more room that way. Otherwise I'll ride in such a way that forces a car to have to use the opposite lane to pass me, so they don't try and do something stupid and stay in the lane and nearly kill me. Usually staying in the right half of the lane or on the right tire track is sufficient. In South Philly I take the full lane and ride down the middle, I'll pull over and let faster cars pass if needed.

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Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:09 pm

These are 27x1 1/4 or 32-630 IIRC, basic Conti city tires with some tread.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01L0WE6 ... asin_title

I just grabbed the cheapest tires I saw in that size.

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Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:21 pm

try 55 front 65 rear

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Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:26 pm

Johnny_P wrote:try 55 front 65 rear
Will try tomorrow.

I think I might drive over to one of the longer rail trails if I have time. It's a ~30 minute drive one way though so I'd like to avoid doing that on a regular basis. I need to be OK with riding on roads if I'm going to ride regularly, blowing 2+ hours a day on riding+driving can't happen.

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Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:57 pm

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Johnny_P wrote:try 55 front 65 rear
Will try tomorrow.

I think I might drive over to one of the longer rail trails if I have time. It's a ~30 minute drive one way though so I'd like to avoid doing that on a regular basis. I need to be OK with riding on roads if I'm going to ride regularly, blowing 2+ hours a day on riding+driving can't happen.
I ride with a strobe on the front and the back, don't ride with headphones, and keep my head on a swivel.

Take the lane if you're crossing a one lane bridge, if there's a pothole or other harmful obstacle ahead, or oncoming traffic. Keeps drivers from squeezing between you and the oncoming traffic, and makes you more obvious. Wear bright colors, too.

Also, don't ride on sidewalks, that's rule #1 - you'll hit someone walking, and cars are especially not looking for bikes in crosswalks.

It takes a certain amount of cojones to ride on the road, I guess. Don't know... :iono:

I've been riding for years now, did it in college on rural roads, my rule of thumb has always been to avoid main roads. Don't ride like you'd drive, ride to avoid traffic. You'll not only stay out of the way but also find some pretty fantastic places that way.
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Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:12 pm

You do 10 mph on a 45 mph road with no shoulders or passing lane, infuriating drivers, vs just using the empty sidewalk? This is small town murica, there is no pedestrian traffic. In 3-4 miles on the sidewalk I encountered 1 pedestrian.

:iono: the whole thing just doesn't feel safe, like riding a 250 ninja on the autobahn.

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You do 10 mph on a 45 mph road with no shoulders or passing lane, infuriating drivers, vs just using the empty sidewalk? This is small town murica, there is no pedestrian traffic. In 3-4 miles on the sidewalk I encountered 1 pedestrian.

:iono: the whole thing just doesn't feel safe, like riding a 250 ninja on the autobahn.
10 MPH? Maybe up hills.

I average 17-18 MPH on my rides. Downhill, I'm doing 30+, uphill around 10-14 MPH, and on the flat, I'm doing about 19-20.

Riding on the sidewalk is actually illegal, aside from being unsafe. Find the lower-traffic roads, and ride those.
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This is small town murica, there are often no other road options. I'm supposed to just think that I'm more important than everyone else and make them wait for me? And trust that they'll do so?

You guys are insane.

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