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AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 27, 2021, 4:35 a.m.

There's never not a typo. 

Corrected; thank you.

AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 24, 2021, 6:56 a.m.

Any random quartz watch keeps better time than the priciest mechanical Swiss marvel. But like that my mechanical watches are powered by me moving around- that there are tiny physical gears and springs that regulate and keep time. I don't want to change batteries in my watch. I don't want my watch to "notify" me of anything but the time.

And so it goes with my bikes: I like that Campy Ergo levers are full of what look like watch parts. I like that a clean, fresh cable costs a couple of dollars and can provide exceptional shifting (with some modicum of skill and patience setting it up). I'm unmoved by the "cables are ugly" arguments. I have enough things in my life that require charging- I ride bikes to escape a good many of those.

Good mechanical shifting is a marvel of accessibility and performance. It's a testament to ingenuity and it's welcoming to those that tinker to make their drivetrain work for them- fewer gears, more range- whatever. There are enough black boxes that we can't get inside in our lives, and I'm disinterested in my bicycle becoming another.

Dreaming Of Crate Suspension - Sept. 2, 2021, 11:42 a.m.

That's been done, actually- a long time ago. Independent Fabrications built a Ti front end that mated to an aluminum DW-Link rear end (made by, I think, Devinci?). It was called the Tungsten Electrode, and I think they made *one* of them.

Burgtec Josh Bryceland Ride High Handlebar (+ other bits) - July 7, 2021, 11:25 a.m.

You know, when I was talking with the builder of my new hardtail frame (made for East Coast janky slow speed technical) and he proposed a 180mm head tube, I was worried. I'm 6'1" (1.8542m) with an ape index, and the stack was 666mm.

You know what? Totally works. Bike kicks ass.

I'd come up in the era of long + low = good, but that's not a truth anymore, and this really opened my eyes to that.

Lugging About 'Sometimes' Tools - May 25, 2021, 7:33 a.m.

I ride with a waist bag on my mountain bike. Knife, CrankBros Multi tool, Pedro's tire lever, spare tube, valve core tool, zip ties, spare valve, and a half dozen carefully chosen bolts.

I've got first aid that I often carry, but that really needs to be gone over and optimized.

Honestly, I'd rather have the weight of that on me (where it's a much lower percentage addition, if I'm honest) than on the bike (where I already often have two 24oz water bottles...

SR Suntour's Zeron Fork - Bargain Coil Goodness - May 6, 2021, 5:10 a.m.

God I miss a coil fork.

I had a Z1 in, like, 2001? Ish? And while the coil was amazing, it was (for me) the simplicity of the secondary tuning that made it special. Sure, the springs were linear (unless you were some sort of unwashed barbarian and used pro-wound springs...), but if you wanted more bottom-out progression, you could run a bit more oil in the damper and be all set. Never mind that most of the maintenance was dumping the old oil, flushing, and putting new oil in. 

What does this SR Suntour fork have for a damper? Is it open oil bath? Sealed? Something else?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Four Clamps Good, Two Clamps Better - May 5, 2021, 10:27 a.m.

Less, if you count the stuff that @dangerholm is doing...

Four Clamps Good, Two Clamps Better - May 5, 2021, 4:20 a.m.

Fully agree on using four clamps.

I'm just not willing to spend $30-45 on each hand to make *this* set of brakes have integrated clamps with *that* set of shifters knowing full-well that I'm going to need to replace any one of those four components and doing so will necessitate another $30-45 each side.

I put this right up there in the category of "upgrade" to a bike that internal cable routing makes- it's way more difficult to install and maintain, and it's entirely there for aesthetic reasons- and while I care about the aesthetics of my bikes, I've never thought them "cluttered" looking because of the cable housing (except for the time I had super long rear brake/shift housing for doing bar spins, but I digress).

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