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Jan. 4, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
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If You Put A Flat Bar On A CX Bike Does That Make It 29er???

Most cross riders ride technical stuff on the drops, particularly descents. Lower centre of mass. I think the widest drop bar is a 46 but there are also flared out adventure bars that are a lot wider. Might be a better compromise than a flat bar. https://ritcheylogic.com/venturemax-handlebar

Jan. 3, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
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If You Put A Flat Bar On A CX Bike Does That Make It 29er???

The bike is used for CX racing and putting around town. I just find the drop bars so uncomfortable.

You'll need new brake levers and shifters too in all likelihood. Is the drop bar too low? Could a different stem and drop bar be a solution? Being short I prefer the compact 3TTT or FSA drop bars. Less reach and less drop combined with an 80 mm plus 6° stem equals comfort for me. I have a couple cm of spacers under the stem too. If you can't ride your cross or road bike on the drops comfortably something is wrong.

Jan. 2, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
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If You Put A Flat Bar On A CX Bike Does That Make It 29er???

It might be ridiculously short. For example, my mountainbike has a ETT of 585 versus my road bike at 530.

Dec. 28, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
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Race Face CINCH poor chainline

Chromag bruh http://www.chromagbikes.com/chainrings/sequence

6 mm offset. I checked my spare 28 RF and Chromag 30. The Chromag puts the chainline inboard of The Raceface

Dec. 23, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
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time for a new pack

I look for a pack that is wide and less deep than many of the offerings available now. Much more stable. I didn't get along with the shape of the Raptor bags. I like the Acre Hauser 14 litre bag. Works well for me.

Dec. 23, 2016, 6:11 p.m.
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My eyesight is changing.

I'm gonna be si six s si sixty next year. My eyesight has actually improved so that I only need one contact now. I had progressive riding glasses for road and they worked really well for. I got used to the progressive lenses instantly. But I don't require them for riding now that my prescription is weaker on the right and left. In fact I have gone skiing a couple times recently without any lens because I forgot. No issues but I certainly would not want to drive at night without. I always have an issue with fogging when it's wet and cold so I need lenses. Well only one now. That is the best. No way would I ride in everyday glasses as they tend to be low at the top so you have to crane your neck to see out of them. I have some Adidas prescription riding glasses with the photochromic lens that are excellent. The insert type where you clip something a riding glasses lens look stupid to me. Small corrective lenses probably mean cranking your damn neck to see and look like an invite for fogging issues. There are contacts that are bifocal but I don't know how well they work. There are some I think that are weighted and always sit in the same position. But I hear that they bounce so aren't good for anything where you bounce, like riding or skiing. Another type has concentric rings of close up and distance correction. I don't know anyone that has used them.

Dec. 22, 2016, 9:06 p.m.
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Waterproof Shorts?

One of the things you should do when trying on cycling clothes is test the fit when in a cycling position. Clothes that fit nicely standing bolt upright probably won't be so hot when bent over chuffing up a hill. Jackets need to be short in front and long in the back so they don't get bunched up out front and don't give gaposis to shorts. Raise your are all the way up to make sure the sleeves don't pull back and expose your wrist. Flex your legs up and down like when pedalling to see that the shorts aren't restrictive or leave a gumby gap over knee pads. Or pull down and expose your ass.

Dec. 22, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
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Look at this forum

The forum is really a gift from NSMB. The velonews forum became so toxic from the lance Armstrong fanboys arguing for his sainthood that velonews shut down completely. No forum there anymore and it does not seem to have mattered. NSMB does not need the forum at all. Be good people and it won't go away. Don't. Like Uncle Scrooge? Don't get involved with his bullshit. No one is forcing you to clamp onto Hazen's bait.

Dec. 20, 2016, 8:52 a.m.
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Crank bolt torque rant

But the ring itself will split if you over thighten that tiny bolt. Beware.

My rant is about how lame it is that that ring is not made of metal. A $20 piece of nylon… makes sense on a $600 set of cranks…

The original ones were aluminum. Don't know why they changed to plastic. My aluminum one did comeloose a few times. I replaced it with the plastic One which h has been fine for the few months it's been on.

Dec. 18, 2016, 6:20 p.m.
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This is nifty

Nifty but unnecessary? My pocket or pack or jersey holds a multi-tool just fine….

True but you have to remember to pack the tools. I have tools in each of my packs so I can't easily forget. At my advanced age of decrepitude I forget stuff all the time. Why last week I found myself halfway around the Nordic trails at Whistler Olympic Park when I realized I forgot the one contact lens I wear. Which means I drove their with no eye corrective lenses. Toe days later I get their with two excited dogs only to realize I forgot a jacket…at minus 12° C.

Dec. 18, 2016, 3:39 p.m.
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This is nifty

https://www.allinmultitool.com/

Good place to keep a tool safe. No chain tool though.

Dec. 9, 2016, 9:19 p.m.
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Crank bolt torque rant

I like the Shimano system too. Very simple. They did experiment with. Carbon Dura Ace cranks but they didn't think there was any advantage. Shimano at. One time was the largest non military user of carbon fibre stuff. Fishing rods apparently. You can do a pinch bolt with carbon. Think of of all the frames with regular seat post collars. And stems. UCI rules for road bikes still require them to weigh around 7 kilos so super light equipment is a waste of time. They add weight to the hollow bb axles as it is.

Those cinch cranks can get pretty hard to remove. Last time I pulled mine to service the I had to resort to the dead blow mallet to encourage the bolt to move. RF have changed the pre load ring to plastic from aluminum so the teeny bolt is now a teeny screw. My aluminum one came loose a few times too. Never had a Shimano crank come loose.

Dec. 7, 2016, 9:31 a.m.
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Non Boring Transportation Appliance?

I think after all the various cars and trucks I have had that no matter what you buy, you will compromise something. I am considering my next vehicle too maybe this spring. My 2010 RDX is starting to feel a bit rough, tiny rust spots are appearing and small failures are cropping up. Backup camera looks like a Pink Floyd album cover, speaker buzzes sometimes, hatch doesn't always open all the way. I have two Labradors and skis, bikes and other stuff so the cargo area is just a bit too short. Ridgeline looks promising to me. Kind of a modern take on an El Camino. Same all wheel drive as my car which is good. But I think you would find it cumbersome in the city. I wish that the Element was still available but with seats that were actually comfortable, more power and proper all wheel drive because I found the Honda real time all wheel drive quite shitty. I would often get front wheel spin on wet uphill starts. I traded it for the Acura because I was driving to Whistler every weekend all year and by the time I got to Squamish I would have referred pain from my back down to my hamstring. I wasn't sure if it was shitty seats or the standard transmission but I could not keep driving it. The Acura cured that. But it was not as practical.

The wife bought an Audi SQ5 last year. It was a returned lease vehicle with low ks because the owner wanted a car. That thing goes. 355 horse or something. Excellent in snow with four proper snow tires. We got the four bike North Shore rack so it hauls fine. But it isn't really an off road vehicle.

Because I am in Whistler full time now a truck makes sense. I would rather buy in Squamish though in case of warranty and service. No honda dealer there but North Van isn't that far away. Maybe a CanyonColorado or Ridgeline. That is what I am thinking.

Dec. 2, 2016, 7:05 p.m.
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Waterproof Shorts?

I have the Endura MT500 knickers. They work well but fit best standing bolt upright and not quite best when riding but certainly good enough. My only complaint is the Velcro at the knee. Can't tighten it quite enough over knee pads and they usually fall down once or twice a ride. My 7Mesh GORETEX shorts are much much better. This past fall with all the wet weather was a good test for rain gear. I may not have ridden as much without it.

Dec. 1, 2016, 6:45 p.m.
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Close one yesterday

Oh yeah Mike. I remember a solo night ride where a electrical connection failed and my light went out. No backup. Black as the Ace of Spades. My onlyguide was looking straight up where I could see some sky as it was lighter black. Tripped and stumbled for a while before I reached Imperial which is more open and I could actually ride slowly. Good times. The real risk in those woods are the weirdos. I know a guy who was about two sixty and six four. He got attacked by a nutbar with a two by four.

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