Bicycle thread

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

  1. azcycle

    azcycle Chihuahua Wrangler

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    Haven't touched a bike in 9-months due to my son being born, and all the preparation happing for his arrival (nursery, guest house) and many other "old house" problems. So yesterday I finally found some time go get out and enjoy some dirt.

    72 degrees and sunny! 11.2 miles and it felt like I rode 80. Technical chops still there, but endurance was dust in the wind. Still, ended with a big smile on my face.

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  2. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    ok all you road bike proficient guys out here tell me what i need to know for mounting up a carbon fork.... i can do headsets all day long but do i need to know anything special about a carbon fork, like TQ specs and such? also any specifics for stem types? putting a cannondale SI full carbon fork on this beast...which is also getting a new BB, crankset, shifters, and deraileurs.... also going to swap from threaded to threadless.... i know i need a new headset and some spacers....LOL

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  3. vfr700

    vfr700 172S

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  4. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    The only thing I can think of when looking at this picture is how much it would suck to fall on that cactus. :eek1
  5. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Without seeing the bike in person, I don't think you can. That appears to have a 1" steerer and threadless is 1-1/8". I don't know what the diameter of that headtube is, but, that'll be the hangup. You can download this Cane Creek tech file that shows headset specs (page #5). They have the dimensions listed for what'll fit what.
  6. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    threadless also came in 1" and 1-1/4".
    but you have a point; the steerer tube dims will need to be the same.

  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You have no idea how much it sucks when you get into the wrong ones. Google 'jumping cholla' and come back.

    I used to bring foreceps and a multitool to go running in the desert. Pretty much every run I was picking cholla out of either the dog or me.

    ...and don't get me started on goatheads. I picked 20+ out of the ex-'s tires after one ride. Thank doG for Slime!

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  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    :nono Ritchey, Serotta and at least one more all make 1" t-less forks.

    Personally, unless you're dead set on having a frankenbike, hit up Pricepoint.com and get one of their AL road frames.

    The only thing a carbon fork does is drop some weight and absorb some of the road buzz. Big hits still feel like big hits. On the downside, its more fragile, you won't be able to get as many spacers under the stem like you've got now unless you're using at least an AL steerer (or steel) if you can find one, and well... save your $ for that pricepoint frame above.

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  9. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I used to visit my grandparents in Tucson and I remember those Jumping Chollas.

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    The barbs must have hooks in them because it hurts like hell to pull them out. :cry
  10. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    :huh

    Damn man, that's insane!


    Just ordered up some MTB love for the upcoming season! New rear Maxxis high roller, Camelback bladder, new grips and nicer/non snapped pedals. I'm officially pumped. :clap Just gotta order up my AM full face and I'm good to go.
  11. vfr700

    vfr700 172S

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  12. azcycle

    azcycle Chihuahua Wrangler

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    Yep, they're curved and trying to remove them often just results in them "rolling" down your arm. What we do is carry what we call a "Cho-Comb" (think Fro pic). You slide it under the cholla, and then flick them off. Still hurts like hell but works well. Our club distributes them all the time... here you can see our "cho-comb tree" that we decorated at the 24 Hours in teh Old Pueblo race that was just this last weekend.

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    Here it is in-action, from a night ride. That's my leg, by the way:
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  13. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    haha oh yeah sorry about that, yes, i have 1" threaded right now, and the fork i got is a slightly older cannondale SI 1" steer tube fork...so its staying 1", just switching from threaded to threadless....:D
  14. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    i am kinda set on having a frankenbike...its sorta my nature... i like making things that the majority of folks say cant be done, work....LOL as for the spacer issue, i already ordered a 130mm adjustable reach stem... the bars are a bit high for my liking currently, because of the stem mount shifters... i ordered a set of brake lever shifters last night so that solves that issue as well...and i didnt want the carbon for big hits, i wanted it for the cut down on road vibes...i am planning a 450mi one week ride this summer, and dont want numb hands...LOL

    and a side note.... i dont know what it is that i like, but i prefer a chro-mo road frame over aluminum... i cant put a finger on it, but i dislike the feel of my brothers aluminum frame bike, but love my chro-mo that i have built up....
  15. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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  16. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Is that a one-piece crankset?
  17. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    yes, btut hat is getting swapped out with a BMX conversion to a square taper, and have a new crankset already on the way....
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    The bike in question's a department store bike with stuff added to it.

    No matter what gets added to it, its still a department store bike.

    I'd posit that the person in question hasn't ridden enough AL bikes to make a determination of 'how AL rides.' See Aurelius' experience for a recent example.

    I can tell you from personal experience that one AL bike doesn't ride the same as another, even within categories. IOW a Cannondale is going to ride differently than a Specialized which will be different from a Vitus which will be different from an Airplane frame, etc

    You wanna make a frankenbike? At least start with something worth riding. :nod

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  19. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Seems like you're going to a lot of trouble for just a little gain. Personally, I'd rather start with something worth putting money into - but, it's a free country and obviously, it's your time & money so have fun with your project! Keep us updated.
  20. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    So I was watching the weather radar and it looked like another band of rain was coming my way. :eek1 So I hopped on the trainer for the 2nd time this year. :bluduh

    If I'd thought about it a little more, I woulda ridden my quiet trainer so I could hear the dialog in the first season of Game of Thrones. As it was, I had to make do with fan noise.

    So what happened? Nothing. No rain. ...and now the sun's peeking out from under the clouds.

    Aaah well. C'est la vie! At least I did something! :ricky

    M