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Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:51:28 PM »
panaracer gravelkings (not really a gravel tire) are fairly durable and very well riding all around tires. they come in nice sizes like 26 and 28 too. i just got some rivendell (ewwww) roly-polys for free fiddy and they are surprisingly awesome too. not sure id pay 50 bucks for em tho.

i know everyone loves contis but i suggest you taste the rainbow. theres a good amount of well riding and well wearing tires out there.

The Bike Shop / Re: Surly Cross Check Build
« on: June 01, 2015, 10:15:58 PM »
the thing is, riding/exloring/touring on the road (or "all roads" gravel, dirt), you are generally traveling at within a pretty narrow range of speed all things considered. which is where having the cassette with narrower spacing comes in handy. the jumps in gear spacing of 1x drivetrains does not lend its self to the generally steady state style of on road riding very well. unless you're willing to adapt...

it is not such a big deal off road, where i think 1x is fantastic (on city bikes too, if the city is relatively flat) and the larger jumps between gears make sense because you are making a lot more changes in speed and momentum. but on the road i really do not feel it is the best option.

a front mech and associated hardware is very simple to setup and maintain as well. its also extremely good at keeping the chain on the chainring.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: May 31, 2015, 09:34:59 PM »

but we need foot-out wicked skiddin' action shots

a la

The Bike Shop / Re: Surly Cross Check Build
« on: May 31, 2015, 09:29:22 PM »
you should probably just get drops. touring or trying to ride fair distances or at speed on flat bar/alt bar bikes is generally very slow and not too comfortable. you might not want to look like a spandex nerd or think they look funny but theres no real reason to avoid them on a bike like the xcheck. you can get sufficiently rad off road on drops (especially a cx bike designed to do so) and they work across a much wider range than flat or swept back upright bars.

id just get a road group, 105 or ultegra or the shimano cx group. unless you're just going to ride it like a mtb in which case ... buy an mtb.

id go with mini v's, teh cheap shimanos or trp ones. fuck canti fuckery or paying out the ass for paul products.

get some fenders and decent tires, i like resist nomads and panaracer gravelkings for tires.

for fucks sake do not set it up 1x. with some variation of a 50/36 or 48/34ish crank  and an 11-28/12-27/12-30/12-32 cassette you will have not too much trouble riding over almost anything outside of gnarbo mtb singletrack. and you'll be able to maintain some decent speed on the road without having to spin ur little single ring up to 1842098rpm.

and if you want to carry shit (you do) get a handlebar bag you can access while riding, its super convenient for your food or to put excess clothing during long rides. look into panniers or frame bags for more storage for touring gear

The Bike Shop / Re: big boys bike advice.
« on: May 31, 2015, 08:42:02 PM »
riding a bike that is too big, particularly too long in the tt really sucks. bike fit is a really shitty place to compromise.

im 5'10 and i wouldn't touch one of those large weekenders with a barge pole, even with my long torso and love of reach id be stretched the fuck out. but its hard to compare fit based on height when they're are factors like leg/arm/torso length proportion shit.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: May 23, 2015, 03:33:21 PM »
it lives again

my proudest parts bin creation yet

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: May 17, 2015, 08:02:07 PM »
also scored this sweet suntour derailleur at the coop the other day

came with sweet red ano jockey wheels with sealed bearings. shit is slick. and super freakin light. like lighter than a modern record or red22 dangler.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: May 17, 2015, 07:59:48 PM »
Someone posted a company who made these sexy ass brazed steel stems on here before. Anyone remember who they were?

Eric @ Winter

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: May 08, 2015, 04:23:43 PM »
wow nice.

was it an off the peg frame or an unwanted custom? looks long too.. 56x58ish?? whats the geo if you can be bothered? sorry i jsut love to nerd out on that shit

also, one last series of questions... that a fabric saddle? what shape? do you like it?

lovin it tho. that ultegra kit looks good on anything...

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: May 08, 2015, 03:42:54 PM »
what frame is that brule? feather???

its been like 70+ degrees the past week (lol wut new england?) so I've finally gotten back riding proper. nice to be back at it. i feel so good on my bike this year too. very pumped on my mileage from last yr and how my physiology has changed.

from yesterdays ride:

I've also been somewhat successfully been piecing together everything for a randonneur/adventure bike to accompany my road bike so i can stop brutalizing myself riding the china crabonz offroad and on my longass rides. gonna be something like a fast as fuck version of trail-boss' Faildale. I'm so stoked for it and hopefully ill have some pics for y'all soon. someone give me ideas of how to get it painted.

The Bike Shop / Re: BG "cool" frames
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:19:38 AM »
pedal driven is in virgina iirc

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:26:56 AM »
make sure you have the saddle clamped tight. my POS china carbon post (the same one i think) made so much noise if i didn't torque it to hell

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: April 05, 2015, 03:26:19 PM »
shit happens

teh other day i was riding my bike with clips and straps and i forgot i wasn't on clipless so when i went to dismount i barely got my DS foot out and just about dislocated my left knee with my foot still strapped in. directly in front of the huge bay windows of the bike shop.

The Lounge / Re: Post your Car/Truck/Motor Vehicle V2.0
« on: April 03, 2015, 09:10:11 AM »

fukkin winter man

The Lounge / Re: New Random Thoughts Thread
« on: April 03, 2015, 08:59:40 AM »
i have hemorrhoids and it is awful. that is all.

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