Totally off topic, but what air gun is that on your compressor. I've looked at some of those on Amazon but am worried it will be crap. I need something that I can use without the valve core sometimes. Looks like that would fit the bill.
Interestingly, they are not my go to for road anymore....
Yup. Flannel, exactly.
who would have thought pearl izumi would be making flannel button down collared shirts? They made Lance Armstrong's US Postal Service race wear!
I wonder how many panels the flannel shirt is constructed from?
That was a really long article about two little dodads that clamp in a trainer - but i read it....Don't know if that says more about me or your writing.
In any case, you need rollers my friend. Way more enjoyable to ride than a trainer. Basic ones don't cost any more than what you got either. I picked up smart rollers and my fitness and pedalling efficiency have never had a better off season. just my 2 cents.
I can understand why a roadie may lust after the cockpit below, even though changing the stem height can involve having to cut housing, new cables and a brake bleed!
I do not think the mtb equivalent is nearly so elegant looking. I do think electronic shifting/dropper almost earns its keep for the cleaner cockpit, but at the end of the day batteries have no place on my bikes, so 4 cables it is for me.
What do you all think of Internal routing on a steel hardtail? They used to just drill some holes in the frame and the mechanic would have to find some way to thread everything through. Nowadays there is a stainless steel tube inside the frame that only adds to the weight. Not sure it is a problem I want solved.
I don't think any of my bikes would qualify for min max, but they are 4-5 years old now and considered "out of date." Instead of looking at new bikes I have taken to swapping parts around to create new "riding experiences." Mulleting one. Over forking another. Trying out different stem lengths. Trying different tires.
At this point I'm happy to ride them all until they break. I never liked the idea of leasing a car and I feel like a lot of people consider the bicycle purchases to be like a lease - they expect to turn it over before it loses it's perceived value or needs any significant labour. This is a philosophy I cannot get behind but many find it makes sense for them. I much prefer the thought you've put into bringing back a riding experience you liked so much and with a bike you have formed a real fondness.
Gravel is definitely worth it! Not as a replacement for mtb but as a different, equally enjoyable experience. They are surprisingly efficient and it's cool to be able to hop onto anything but technical single-track without giving it a thought. Mtb can be pretty adventurous but often it is actually a fairly prescribed experience as you follow along preset trails within a confined area. Gravel is the opposite. You go any and everywhere without limits. If there are two trail systems separated by 10km of rural highway, it would be painful to connect those two trail systems on mtb but that sounds like an ideal Gravel ride!
Great article. Just the right amount of quixotic grumpiness.
Don't forget the advent of the gravel bike by copying 1990-2000's mountain bikes!
I think all of my bikes would be called "shore country"? Whether a hardtail or full suspension, they all need to be capable enough to ride a north shore black but make me want to pedal it like an XC bike. I tried a process 134 and it felt sketchy on challenging chunky trails. Pedaled great, cornered great but when things got steep and gnarly, the bike turned out to be a noodle. You'd think I would keep it and take it on less technical rides but it turns out I can't get my head around riding a bike that I can't take in everything. So shore country bikes it is.
Great article. Not sure how long it took to come up with all those different classifications, but every one felt spot on describing a niche of the mtb market.
I have some sympathy for those people who park their bike for a second and lose something. That being said, most people's mtb bikes are like the Ferrari's of the bike world. If you leave a 8k bike in front of a coffee shop and all that is taken is a 50$ tool, I'd say you "got off with a warning." Kinda like the Ferrari owner leaving their wallet and keys on the front seat with the windows down and the top off and only losing the wallet.
I'm not saying anyone deserves to get ripped off, but it's not really a surprise. It's actually more shocking that it doesn't happen very often. Given that most of the tools you have talked about cost as much as my beer bike, this stealth idea of yours seems misguided to me. Like Ferrari owners, a lot of people like their high end bikes to look special. Fancy colour tools in the headtube helps set your bike apart. Disguising them as cheap parts would be like putting hubcaps over top a nice set of mag wheels on your car.
It is kinda funny that you posted your clever bike tool camouflage trick on the internet. The secret of your tool stash is safe with me ;)
Just bought counterpunch for my wife. She hates clipping her pinkies but she loves wide bars. Got one for me too. See how it goes before replacing all my hope bar end plugs.
Couldn't agree more with most of the sentiment above.
With regards to bikes, I only recently got into any sort of suspension in the past 5 years. In the past 2 years I have steadily moved backwards through the progression with my most recent bike once again having no suspension and only one gear. That being said, I won't be going back to rim brakes, nor will I give up my dropper posts. It's hard to draw a line and say one advancement is good (droppers and seatposts) while others are not (electronic shifting?). This all being said, I do not foresee batteries making their way onto my bike anytime soon.
On the topic of washing machines - I picked up a top of the line Miele about 4 years ago. I have saved enough in detergent and dry cleaning to pay for the difference in cost between this one and a cheaper machine. It uses proprietary detergent and does some sort of scientific magic to clean clothes. I use 27mL of detergent per load. The machine has removed stains that had been in clothes for a decade! It's F%$#^&g magic. Screw the old school washers, this is next level cleaning.
On the topic of coffee, a hand grind and an aeropress makes a fine cup, but nothing beats a high quality grinder and an italian espresso machine! My setup has been making coffee for me daily for 6 years and works as well as the day I bought it. That grinder your parents gave you was a lemon; but it helped spark a love of coffee - so that's something.
You may be right but I have seen too many companies have a Chinese factory make them a wheel that looks super slick and fancy only to break like a cheap Chinese product but the following year they made an entirely different fancy wheel in a different Chinese factory with completely uncompatible parts. In those cases there was no commitment to a design or product line. Often the wheels are designed to be put oem on their higher end bikes. The fancy wheels look like an upgrade and may work better, but only until they break and cannot be serviced. I cannot say for sure if the vault hubs fall into this category. Does anyone know the longer term track record for these hubs and their serviceability and availability of parts. I think for a wheel like this where almost everything is proprietary, it would be good to mention
I think there are those who break rims and those that don't, and it's not necessarily about how big they are or how fast they can ride. If you break rims often the suggestion of a heavier carbon rim seems sound but I' definitely wouldn't buy carbon for cost savings as I don't ruin wheels very often. I have both carbon and alloy wheels and don't really care which I'm riding on any given day. I'm more of a hub guy than a rim guy I guess.
On the topic of hubs, my rule is to never buy wheels with a hub from a company without reputation for making great hubs. I know the vault hubs have been around a couple of years but I couldn't tell you if the bits and bobs are the same. It's nice to be able to get replacement parts for your hub years down the road. I have had a couple of hubs that I had to ditch because I could not find a replacement part as the company stopped supporting the product. I'd be interested to know if the vaults have the exact same bearings, freehub etc as they did when they were released or is it a pain to get replacement parts for older vaults.
At this price you could get Chris king hubs with some sort of carbon hoop and be assured that the product would be supported until the end of time. I sometimes feel that companies like race face, Crank brothers, specialized, bontrager put out carbon wheels because they can, but don't really care that much about the product. In contrast, wao is a carbon rim company, it is a big part of what they do and I am pretty sure they care about the end product. I have no proof of this, but it is how I have always felt about wheels made by non-wheel specialized companies.