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Old 08-26-2009, 11:01 PM   #12076
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On another subject. I got my Monocog set up with 2.35" 29er Big Apples. Only problem I'm having with them is my weight. I'm pressure gauge lacking. (what are you using?) So I've been running them at finger firmness. I have them set on the very firm setting but I'm still riding around looking like I have flat tires. How are your tires looking at your pressures? Thanks a ton.
whats the PSI rating on those? if its like 65 lbs or something, they can be pumped up hard enough that if you thump them with a finger, they make a low ringing tone. if its like 85 psi, then they go plink when you flick them.

get a pencil gauge, they are dirt cheap. any auto parts store, the metal body monkey-grip brand ones seem to work great. they come in two ranges, 0-50 psi, and 0-120psi or so. if your tires are over 50psi, you need the 100 psi one. I like the 50 psi one for my motorcycle tires, which I keep at 38psi front, 41psi rear.
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:26 AM   #12077
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I run a 2.35 on the rear of my monocog and a 2.55 on the front.

Normally run 15-20psi all the time.

Never had a problem with pinch flats and the grip its gets in the dirt is awesome.

On a 26inch wheel mtb I need to run about 50psi to stop pinch flats.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:25 AM   #12078
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My crankset probably did more revolutions than my crankshaft this summer.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:06 AM   #12079
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My crankset probably did more revolutions than my crankshaft this summer.
I can guarantee that I am in the same situation.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:39 AM   #12080
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Yo da house...

Bike Friday - anyone own one?

Looking for a travel bike...

Most folders/travel bikes won't support my weight and they're afraid of the torque, but BF will make me half a tandem...

BF customer service is clearly insanely fantastic, but what about the product?

Thx
Yo rilla,
I've set one up at the shop. Seemed like a well done product. Welds looked good, paint good. I only gave it the customary test ride after wrenching, so I can't say much more.

And as usual, I definitely can't comment on how it'll hold up for someone who weighs twice as much as me.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:33 AM   #12081
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Yo rilla,
I've set one up at the shop. Seemed like a well done product. Welds looked good, paint good. I only gave it the customary test ride after wrenching, so I can't say much more.

And as usual, I definitely can't comment on how it'll hold up for someone who weighs twice as much as me.
You could give someone your size a piggyback ride on it!

Take some whoops, cruise some loose gravel, attack some hills...

You and your buddy could be an honorary clydesdale for a day!

Thanks! Non-owner feedback is purer.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:39 PM   #12082
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Anyone else pondering ditching all the motorcycle crap and being the only engine they've got for two wheels?

Yes.

Just walked in the door after a 724 mile bicycle tour. I'm sold. Too bad it's so damn time consuming.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:46 PM   #12083
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Yes.

Just walked in the door after a 724 mile bicycle tour. I'm sold. Too bad it's so damn time consuming.


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Old 08-27-2009, 08:57 PM   #12084
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Yes.

Just walked in the door after a 724 mile bicycle tour. I'm sold. Too bad it's so damn time consuming.
Niiiiice.

You know what else is time consuming? Writing reports about 724 mile bicycle tours.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:59 PM   #12085
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Yes.

Just walked in the door after a 724 mile bicycle tour. I'm sold. Too bad it's so damn time consuming.
Woohoo! You gotta right something up about this!

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Old 08-28-2009, 06:54 AM   #12086
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Askel,

After you sleep a few days, are you going to write something up????
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:19 AM   #12087
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Yo da house...

Bike Friday - anyone own one?

Looking for a travel bike...

Most folders/travel bikes won't support my weight and they're afraid of the torque, but BF will make me half a tandem...

BF customer service is clearly insanely fantastic, but what about the product?

Thx
If you're a BIG guy, I'd probably look for another answer. It's not a cheap answer, but there are several builders who will make a frame with S&S couplers... Check out the site for "CO-Motion" bicycles out of Oregon. They even do a frame specifically for BIG riders.

Good luck.

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Old 08-28-2009, 12:24 PM   #12088
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After you sleep a few days, are you going to write something up????

Working on it.

A few teaser pics...







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Old 08-28-2009, 02:29 PM   #12089
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I put down a deposit on a leftover 2008 Roubaix Comp last night.

About a week ago I got serious about getting a proper road bike and started doing test rides. I tried the Roubaix, a Trek Madone, and a race-oriented Cannondale something-or-other. The Roubaix was the clear winner in terms of fit. Not as light, snappy, or sharp-handling as the Madone or Cannondale, but it also didn't beat me up nearly as badly on the patchy potholey roads around here. I haven't done any long road rides recently, but I'd like to get back to that, and there's no doubt which of those 3 bikes I'd rather be on after 70 miles of nasty New England asphalt.

The most surprising part came when I got back on my cross bike to go home and think things over, after trying the Roubaix yesterday afternoon. I immediately noticed that my bike didn't fit as well as the Roubaix, and that the ride over bad asphalt was harsher. I was expecting the Roubaix to be lighter and to respond more sharply when I stomped the pedals (and it met both of those expectations). I wasn't expecting it to be so clearly more comfortable.

I got back home, checked out a few things online, went and did a short mountain bike ride, and then went back to the shop to put down my deposit. They're tuning it up today and I'll probably pick it up in a little while.

Since the bike is a leftover 2008 I'm getting a pretty good deal. But I wish my shop had one of those punch-card loyalty programs like coffee shops do. I'd be about due for a free bike.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:01 PM   #12090
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Working on it.

A few teaser pics...

That's AWESOME!
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