Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. djb_rh

    djb_rh Been here awhile

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    If it's saddle pain that bugs you when it comes to going longer, I just wrote a piece on my blog about that today...

    Now if it's the legs and/or lungs, you just gotta keep working at it. :D


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  2. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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  3. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    so the sun ringle zuzu BMX pin pedals I'd put on my last hybrid are in fact bent and damaged from the car crash that destroyed pretty much every other part of the bike.

    [​IMG]


    does anyone have a favorite brand of BMX pin pedals for my new hybrid? I like pedals that spin freely, and aren't too heavy, and of course, aren't too expensive (say, under $50 for a pair online...)
  4. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Truvative have some nice ones. Bit over $50, though. Had some of those Suns for a good number of years. Decent pedals. Can't stand bent spindles.
  5. pierce

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    yeah, me either. hate having my foot squirm around a circle on each pedal stroke. the suns have cromoly spindles, they only bent slightly, but there's a chip out of the aluminum casting exposing the bearing seals, so as far as I'm concerned, they are toast. the FSA crank arms actually bent. the frame and wheels are twisted like a pretzel.


    these truvativs? http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=3370&ModelID=31556
  6. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Those are the ones. Pretty spikey, but the spindles and bearings are very nice and they are relatively light weight.
  7. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    :deal

    I'm about a 2 hour sissy max, and then ready to move on to something else. :lol3

    Somebody said it earlier, "just because you have a bike dosen't make you a cyclist"

    Word up, I'm not even pretending to be one. :ricky
  8. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    I rock THESE Wellgo B150's on my jump bike, cheap and best of all bullet proof.
  9. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    good size for a large/wide foot? my walking shoes that I like to ride in are 12EE...
  10. djb_rh

    djb_rh Been here awhile

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    At the risk of sounding like a jerk, did you ever think that maybe you know so much about pedal internals and common pedal problems because you limit you budget to $50 yet also expect light and high performance? It's like the old racing adage...performance, lightweight, cheap. Pick two. To bastardize the original a bit, anyway.

    Every since a buddy turned me onto the DMR Vault pedals, well, that's about all I'll consider (for platforms, I mean). I have a size 14 foot and weigh just over 200. They're light, they spin nice, and they're really well made. They're also 2.5 times your budget, however. Again, two out of three. But to me the pedal is one of the most critical bike components. If it fails at the wrong time, you hurt a lot.


    --Donnie
  11. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    I'm putting these platforms on a $350* hybrid. I'm not spending $150 for killer pedals, I'm not doing massive downhill, or big air jumps, I'll be riding bike paths, around town, and occasional gravel roads.

    The Sun Ringle Zuzu's are just fine for my use, I was just curious what experiences other folks had out there with alternatives, as most of my bikes in the past have used SPD or old school KKT style platform pedals, or toe clips. this is a city bike hybrid, I don't want to wear clipless shoes, and I realized I am way past wanting to use toeclips, and remembered someone suggesting bmx style pin platforms awhile back, so I had bought a pair of those Suns at a LBS for too much on a whim, and had just put them on my old hybrid a few weeks before it got totalled while on the front hitch rack of our van...




    *ok, its a $500-ish hybrid I picked up for $350 as a dealer demo
  12. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Decent day on the bike. Came in mid pack and our plan worked out fairly well. Stayed with the fast pack to about 130k when the hills started up again in ernest. At the end the first place finisher was about 4:30 ahead of me and the guy I ride with. Pretty spent.


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  13. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    My one complaint about the Sun Ringle's is that they don't do a very good job of preventing my feet from sliding around on bumpy terrain. I have a set of Specialized pedals on my 29er that does a much better job. Not only are there more pins on them, but they're spread out more evenly, not just around the edge of the pedal like they are on the Ringles. Thing is, the Specialized pedals cost me over $100, but if you can find a less expensive pedal with the same features, buy them.
  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    @Pierce: its still clipless FTW :nod

    Pearl Izumi makes some 'running shoe' looking shoes so you're not even dealing with the stiffer soles of even entry level mtn bike shoes.

    Rest week for me this week. :clap Hour easy today. I'ma gonna ride with the slow folks Wed. Another hour's toodle Thurs and 2hrs on Sat.

    :aaaaahhhhhhrelaxation

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  15. djb_rh

    djb_rh Been here awhile

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    I both fully agree and fully disagree with Gummee on the clipless thing. :D

    First, there's nothing wrong with riding on flats. Heck, I saw more than a couple guys riding them in the Leadville 100 two days ago. And more and more riders from the west coast are doing XC on them again because of the DH stuff they like to do, too. They're coming back thanks to good platforms and good shoes for them being available (used to be everyone wore skateboard shoes because of the soles). You'll build MUCH better bike handling skills on flats if you start trying to get even *some* air without killing yourself, too.

    But like Gummee said, there are now some better shoes for people who want to be clipped in but DON'T want to deal with the bullshit of most cycling shoes. In fact, I rode Pearl Izumi Fuel shoes for Leadville. They feel like a normal walking/running shoe when on your feet with the exception of occasionally hearing/feeling that cleat if you're on uneven surfaces. I've only recently started riding platforms on my pump track bike and for years have worn fully rigid Sidi Dominators on the mountain bike. But fully rigid shoes hurt my feet and back if I have to walk much, and I knew I'd have to do some walking at Leadville (okay, a lot of walking). So I tried some more flexible shoes and have really found no good reason to be mountain biking in rigid shoes. I don't believe there's any significant performance advantage. I do think there are advantages to being clipped in, but like I said, platforms have their place, too.

    Anyway, the original question wasn't framed in the "$350 bike" category, but I'm not sure I'd change my answer. You asked for performance and lightweight. You'll reap those benefits even on a $350 bike. Still, I understand the budgetary needs, too...but this is biking where EVERYTHING is some kind of compromise. :D

    Plus I guess the thing to remember is $125 pedals can move from bike to bike for a long time...


    --Donnie
  16. ducnut

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    Agreed. I ride an older pair of Specialized Tahoe, both road and MTB. My rigid stuff has gone into a storage tote.

    Agreed.
  17. Uncle Pollo

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    i wear my casual cycling shoes all say at work. m520 cleat ....
  18. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    oh no is not saddle pain at all .... after two hours i gvot tgo do other things.

    in fact most of my riding is commando on unpadded short.



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  19. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I cracked these pedals riding rocky trails on my Reign. I would not recommend them... i'll try to get a picture.
  20. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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