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Old 03-10-2011, 04:05 PM   #19276
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love the suit and the purple bar. why take it too seriously? it's nuts!

mostof you have probably seen this-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTz5FVLPihw

there is also a popular video of dave knight racing a downhill mtbiker (and not winning, eh).
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:37 PM   #19277
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love the suit and the purple bar. why take it too seriously? it's nuts!

mostof you have probably seen this-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTz5FVLPihw

there is also a popular video of dave knight racing a downhill mtbiker (and not winning, eh).
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:24 PM   #19278
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I even tried eggs on my road bike for a spell but still felt they created a hot spot in the center of the ball of my foot. You would think the hard sole of a bike shoe would make up for it but it didn't.
I, periodically, only pull up on the pedals and skip pressure on the downstroke, to help alleviate hot spots. I do a lot more distance than speed and have found this crucial for longevity. Likewise, I stop every 12-15 miles, a few minutes at a time, to let the bloodflow back into my rearend. I can easily do centuries, without discomfort in either area, using this method.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:04 AM   #19279
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Finally found a Picture of my early steel Lawill/Kosman Leading link suspension fork, vintage 1991, in mountain bike evolution old at hell, but what a wonderful piece it was, with a super easy to rebuild and tune Risse shock too
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:20 AM   #19280
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I have found certain wheels have free play proportional to how tight the quick release is. Sounds funny but true. The quick release will deform the axle and adjusters enough to change the play.

1st, try adding more tension to the release (only a little) and see if it changes.

2nd, some wheels that use cartridge bearings (like in a dirt bike wheel) wear out and get slop just like the motorized version. Some, depending on the quality, can be adjusted with the threaded spacers if they happened to come loose but should be inspected so they don't fail on the road. I've had 2 inboard bearing next to the freehub fail on me over the years locking up the freehub and making a fixie out of it!

If the wheel uses loose ball bearings, adjust the cones so there is just a tad bit of slop in the axle then place washers over the axle to simulate the frame or fork and tighten down the quick release. Turn the AXLE not the wheel and see if there is any binding or slop. Adjust till there is no binding or slop then remove the washers and remount on the bike.

The reason I do it this way, if you adjust the cones to precision, zero slop, then tighten the quick release, the bearings will get bound up. When you spin a wheel in the frame, you have lots of leverage on the bearing and no clue of they are bound up.
It was #2. The cones needed to be adjusted. Good as new. Thanks much.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:43 AM   #19281
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Finally found a Picture of my early steel Lawill/Kosman Leading link suspension fork, vintage 1991, in mountain bike evolution old at hell, but what a wonderful piece it was, with a super easy to rebuild and tune Risse shock too
Those things were wicked cool.

I wish I still had every bike I ever purchased, but space and frequent moves made it impossible. I had one of the first titanium WTB Phoenix frames Steve Potts built but sold it when I bought an Ellsworth... what a dummy.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:57 AM   #19282
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I dreamed of putting one of those fork on an old GT LTS frame to match up them four-bar linkage.. a bike like that would weigh tons..

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Old 03-11-2011, 08:57 AM   #19283
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I'd spent the last two days working from home in bare feet and beach shorts soaking my ailing toe.
So, yesterday I was feeling pretty good.

Almost 80 outside at 3, so I gave the cycling shoe a trial fit. Yep not a lot of pain.
Out to the garage and pull the Roubaix down, only to pull the valve stem out of the rear tube, I'd just replaced the last ride Sunday after blowing up the previous tube.

So, I changed tubes. And found my pump I'd brought back form PNWet doesn't work. I think the checkvalve is either stuck or missing.

Anyway got the bike all back together and off. Feeling my good to be on the bike and out in the warm again. Light onshore as I head down the trail.
This keeps my speed down to around the more usual 16.5 mph.
When I get out of the wind I can kick it up to about 18, and even manage 22 for about a mile.

I had decided that I'd ride for an hour and turn around. That's what I did.

This turned out to be about 5 miles further than I have legs to ride. That last five miles hurt.

I got back to the house at just under 33 miles and just over 2:05.

And pretty much collapsed.
Felt really good to be back to working hard on the bike. Zero joint pain and only a small complaint form my toe. I went through about four big glasses of water and a couple of foot soaks. Then in bed by 8:30.

I'll get another ride in Saturday morning and if I'm up to it a hike on Sunday.

Another 750 miles and I can get into the big ring. I may get there by the end of April.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:58 AM   #19284
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So one of the 'friends of the shop' wanted to go to the Philly Interbike... We got him in on the list.

He signs up for the WTB giveaway frame.

Guess who won?!

Bastard.

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Old 03-11-2011, 09:18 AM   #19285
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So one of the 'friends of the shop' wanted to go to the Philly Interbike... We got him in on the list.

He signs up for the WTB giveaway frame.

Guess who won?!

Bastard.

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Aaaah Interbike. Every time I went to Philly for IB there was at least one extremely generous soul who offered to "watch my truck so nothing happens to it...for $10"

I brought my girlfriend (now wife) to Vegas for IB in 2004. From a few lanes away a guy from the Blackspire booth called my GF over to get a free t-shirt with road sign style graphic representations of riding bikes :: drinking :: dancing :: doggystyle. Made possible by the air conditioning in the convention hall.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:19 PM   #19286
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I finally got off my dead ass and got a short ride in on my new bike. I'm still getting used to the shifters.

It has a loud squalling front disc brake. Just need broken in or what?
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:02 PM   #19287
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It has a loud squalling front disc brake. Just need broken in or what?
They all do that. Congrats.
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:18 PM   #19288
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I finally got off my dead ass and got a short ride in on my new bike. I'm still getting used to the shifters.

It has a loud squalling front disc brake. Just need broken in or what?
Mix up some Dawn dish soap and water and wipe the finger oils off.

Then DO NOT TOUCH the discs

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Old 03-11-2011, 03:09 PM   #19289
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Those things were wicked cool.
Mert Lawill is a hell of a rider, but more than anything he is a genius and a visionary, I love his work.

Funny many years later I end up doing some work at the very shop that made that fork, something I will never even dream about when I was living in Colombia (I did have my US Passport, But I was having a lot of fun and did not want to move anywhere)

For some time I have this bike, but i got broke so I have to sell it so sad, It feel like a big BMX on 26' wheels so agil so jumpy, so much fun.


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I wish I still had every bike I ever purchased, but space and frequent moves made it impossible.
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I had one of the first titanium WTB Phoenix frames Steve Potts built but sold it when I bought an Ellsworth... what a dummy.
I'm lucky to have one of Steve's Phoenix's and for sure I don't see my self selling it, since is such a work of art, hell I sold the original "Suntour/WTB" seatpost to some Swiss guy on e bay for almost $400 and i put a thompson on it since it works even better but the frame I'm keeping for sure.

Yes specially for a Ellsworth since they are such a piece of Crapolla
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:39 PM   #19290
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I'm lucky to have one of Steve's Phoenix's and for sure I don't see my self selling it, since is such a work of art, hell I sold the original "Suntour/WTB" seatpost to some Swiss guy on e bay for almost $400 and i put a thompson on it since it works even better but the frame I'm keeping for sure.

Yes specially for a Ellsworth since they are such a piece of Crapolla
Lucky indeed.

Don't I know it about the Ellsworth being crap. I waited 9 months to get it, and in the mean time had a custom trials frame built for me (which I broke in three months...it remains as the only frame I've ever broken). I had the Ellsworth until a few years ago when some douche decided to raid my shed and liberate all the bikes in it. That's the only time Ellsworth ownership paid off. I paid $900 for the frame and insurance paid out over $3K. I don't know how they worked out the math, but at least it made up for the loss I took on everything else.

PS. I can't believe how much Europeans are willing to pay for mid-90's MTB crap. A buddy of mine is sitting on a box full of old Grafton and Cook Bros stuff. I keep reminding him he could convert it into several new Vertigos
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