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March 14, 2004, 11:23 p.m.
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Thanks for the help. I am a fast learner despite being a lowly quadriped and not having apposable thumbs.

March 14, 2004, 11:02 p.m.
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okay, i might sound like a complete dope but how do I change the title ("Junior Member") under the avatar to some clever saying that reflects my individuality….."dilwad" perhaps.

March 14, 2004, 2:19 a.m.
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CRAZY deal on Hayes!

Do they come in black? I saw them in orange once but I really did not care much for that colour. Don't you think that colour can really affect your mood? I do! And I certainly wouldn't want my mood affected by some pukey colour while I'm trying to get all gnarly on my bicycle. I heard that Hayes has switched from stainless lungstoid muffled bearing stock to less durable but shinier snarlidium alloy. Apparently, while this saves them money and ultimately the consumer money, it may not be a wise decision due to the obvious contraction and deflation issues associated with these compounds and subsequent premature depilation. Is this the reason for the low price? Could you check your stock and make sure that the ones you carry were not manufactured later than September 9, 2003 (that's apparently when they made the big switch in materials which is now being dubbed by industry insiders as the big gaff…….as an aside, a small batch was produced between September 21 and September 24, 2003 to use up a small amount of raw stock stainless lungstoid that apparently was left on hand….I would also be interested in these). So if the ones you are selling are the pre-September 9, 2003 Hayes, in black, I would be willing to take 1 of these. If it is not too much trouble, could you put that aside for me. I am expecting some bingo winnings to come in anytime now and that together with what I have been saving by going completely off soap will help to just about cover the whole shot. If you are open to it, I have a crap-load of hamburger meat that I would also be willing to throw in on the deal.

March 10, 2004, 10:38 p.m.
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Cutting Goodridge Brake Lines

I have these lines and they cut very nicely with a new, sharp exacto knife or utility knife. You will need to use a "sawing" action with the knife being careful not to press down too hard as this will deform the housing and make it difficult to get the collar on. A little additional trick is to wrap electricians tape around the line where you are going to cut it and then cut through the tape into the line. This will hold the braided steel together, preventing it from unravelling and thus making it difficult to impossible to get the collar on.

Feb. 27, 2004, 8:21 p.m.
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For all Those Cat Lovers (or anyone who likes to laugh)

Originally posted by Dirt For Breakfast
are you saying you are a cat?

Need I say it?
Have you no eyes with which to see?
Have you no telepathic powers like me?
Have you merely an opposable thumb?
Hey, who wants a piece of gum?
You'll need to chew my rubber bum.

Feb. 26, 2004, 11:50 p.m.
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Bawls and RedBull!

I say "balls" to Bawls. A drink that costs this much better have the capacity to empower me to:
-sing contralto opera,
-nose wheelie my bike down the suspension cables on Lions Gate Bridge,
-solve that pesky world hunger problem,
-crack the secret agent level on Perfect Dark,
-get my kids to laugh at my jokes,
-engage in flight without the aid of any craft and powered only by my own nitrogenous wastes.

Like my Opa always said, "there's nothing like a good strong cup of coffee on a hot day when your really thirsty."

Feb. 26, 2004, 11:21 p.m.
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For all Those Cat Lovers (or anyone who likes to laugh)

This miscreant is not one of my kind…..graceless, style-loathing rube……I shall turn my tail and show you displeasure.

Feb. 26, 2004, 10:48 p.m.
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the passion of christ-the movie

A most amusing thread……exceedingly interesting to see so many philosophers amongst y'all.

Ever want to get a sense of the vastness of life or the sheer miracle that exists inside your "skin" you simply have to look at the stunning complexity of a single protein like hemoglobin. Changing a single amino acid in this structure that has a 'zillion' separate amino acids will render it incapable of carrying it's precious cargo, oxygen. I look at the beauty of this structure and I can see God.

Feb. 26, 2004, 10:34 p.m.
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Pantani's last few words.....

Poor dude should not have been alone. He was obviously troubled and did not appear to have a personal support network.

Feb. 25, 2004, 9:32 p.m.
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Long term test: 5cent tubeless

Just a word on the sealant issue. The real beauty of using sealant is that it will allow you to run nearly any tire you choose. I have used the Stan's sealant (works great), the Canadian tire sealant (works somewhat less than great), and have most recently been using BTI Mold Builder Liquid Latex Rubber (works great). I can say unequivocally that I find no effective difference between the effectiveness of liquid latex and the Stan's sealant despite Stan's assertion that the "sealant crystals" do make a profound difference. The trick with latex is that you need to dilute it down till is is quite runny or it simply will not work very well (if you have seen Stan's sealant it is very runny and does not look as if it would seal anything…..but it does). Any of the automotive derived sealants are simply too thick and viscous to seal bicycle tires properly (read "quickly"). The real benefit of latex is that it is significantly cheaper than Stan's (about 4-6 times cheaper depending on your source and dilution factor). You can usually find this stuff at any large craft store (ie. Michael's).

Feb. 24, 2004, 9:48 p.m.
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cheapo tubeless

I have used the Stan's tubeless system on my cross country bike since 2000. I used his original rim taping system which in my opinion blew. The tire could and did come off the rim at the most inopportune times.

The Stan's rimstrip was a definite improvement but in my opinion, seriously overpriced. I no longer lost rubber from rim but these things are like gold to buy.

I have been trying the el cheapo tubeless system on both my cross country bike and on my downhill rig for about 4 months. I have had no flats on my cross country bike and 1 flat on my downhiller (and this was because the sealant had evaporated and I was simple too lazy to replace it). This set up allows for excellent lock between tire and rim and thus you can run disgustingly low pressures and not flat.

I have tried this set up using the following tires:

Intense 909's (both new and used)
Continental Survival Pro's (heavily used)
Continental Explorer Pro's (heavily used to the point of being beat)
Gazzalodi 2.35 and 2.6 (both new and used)
IRC Mythos (new)
Intense 2.35 Kevlar bead (new and used)
Tioga DH (new)

All of the above tires mounted up with surprisingly little trouble and held air beautifully with the exception of the Tioga's which were the biggest pieces of crap I have come across and were basically unmountable due to the poor fit between tire and rim bead.

I love the ride-feel of tubeless and I love not having at least 1-2 flats per week.

Trouble free, cheap, light and a great feeling ride….how could this be better.

If anyone wants a nice pictorial of how to do this setup, I can post it.

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