I am the type of person who can build or repair just about anything, just lucky that way I guess. Bikes are pretty simple machines, and I don't recall not being able to fix anything on them. I could build one from scratch if I wanted to. Of course I understand that not everyone can/wants to fix their own stuff, but I would think that a mechanical engineer would be able to figure out how to deal with anything bike related.
Sorry, I don't get it. It's a bicycle, not rocket science. The only really complicated components are shock/fork dampers, and even those aren't too difficult to work on if you have the right tools. If you can't/don't want to repair your broken parts, I will happily take them off your hands!
When I was running RF carbon cranks, I was always wondering when they were going to fail. Now that I am running Shimano cranks I never think about them at all.
I'm glad the RF cranks are working well for you. I have tried them, and honestly couldn't perceive any functional difference between them and my alloy Shimano cranks. I actually never think about them at all, since I know they will never fail. The RF cranks? It was always I'm the back of my mind that they could fall at any time. Not for me thanks.
Carbon cranks? No thanks! I have seen far too many of them fail, mostly RF brand. I will take Shimano alloy cranks and pay the small weight penalty any day of the week thank you very much. Has anyone managed to blow up a set of XT or xtr Hollow tech cranks? I sure haven't.
I always buy my bikes used and it has worked out well for me. It helps that I do all of my own mech work and am good at shopping for deals. I love Andrews comment that the best performance upgrade you can get is to service the parts already on your bike. If you have a bike that is basically sound and works well for you, why buy a new one?
I am also running a hacked XT shifter. Works amazing and I would take it hands down over any remote on the market. It also cost me nothing!
I still have a hard time understanding why people are whining about this. It will have zero impact on your life unless you buy a new bike or replace your cranks, in which case it lets you swap your cranks across different BB standards. Shimano has had this feature for years. Nothing to get very excited about.
I just installed an 11 speed XT shifter and derailleur with a Sunrace 11-46 cassette. The Gear spacing is better than the XT version and the quality looks comparable. Hopefully it stands the test of time.
Totally agree with points 1. and 3. I would refute point 2. by saying that riding flats is more fun for me. That's the end of the argument right there.
Beautiful pictures Dave. Where are those giant rocks in squamish?
I have been running these pedals for 6 months and really like them. The only drawback I have found is that they are almost too grippy sometimes. Easily solved by removing a few pins but I haven't bothered. I am curious about the grease Port though. I took the end cap off, and the grease port just seems to connect to the hole bored through the length of the axle. Any grease you inject would end up coming out of the crank end of the axle. How would this work for getting grease into the bearings?
I saw a dad taking his young daughter down floppy Bunny yesterday. Looked like they were both having a good time. So awesome.
Keeping your hex-keys fresh is excellent advice. I touch mine up on a bench grinder once they start getting a bit rounded and sloppy. Keeps them going much longer.
Great thought-provoking article Cam. Personally, I will stick with an exercise program only if it's something I truly enjoy doing. That rules out any kind of gym-based program for me. I truly love getting out on my bike though, so this is what I do as often as possible. Road bikes in summer and mountain bikes all year round. This is the fitness program that works for me. Having fitter/faster/younger friends to chase around helps alot too.
For those parents with young kids, don't despair it gets better. You will eventually have more time to ride, and if you are lucky your kids will develop a passion for it too. Nothing beats riding with your kids, especially when they get better than you and start to teach you things. This will likely happen much sooner than you think.