What is your embarrassment level when you're biking and someone passes you? I get so embarrassed if I'm chugging up a hill and struggling a bit (just started riding consistently a few weeks or a month ago) and one of those guys in spandex passes me pretty easily
I dont really give a shit. I know these guys are better than me. I used to use the excuse that I am on a steel frame from the 1980s with a 42-21 minimum whilst these guys are spinning away on their crabbon compacts but they would still smoke me if we swapped bikes. I only got into cycling a few months ago and these guys were probably all in uni cycling clubs and whatnot. I will get there.
Where does /n/ live? Most boards seem mostly American, except for maybe /int/ and /pol/, but /n/ seems to have people from a lot of countries I made a strawpoll with some countries I've seen on here. I might make a city specific later
the move to sealed cartridge bearings was good for absolutely everyone.
Same goes for the move away from rim brakes.
Friction shifting is fine, but indexed has very tangible benefits. If you want non-disposable shifters, buy Campagnolo (end-user rebuildable) and a Jtek Shiftmate so you can run Shimano cogs/freehub body.
>>974878 If you want to toodle along at 12mph and/or carry cargo and/or don't really care then ride whatever ultra-conservative-design bike you want, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it, but don't bother posting pointless threads like this one because the overall theme of it amounts to "Why do people like things I don't like?".
o Ride what you like to ride o Never you mind what anyone else likes to ride o Everybody gets to stay happy that way
hello /n/ how is your day? i only recently discovered this board, lurked /b/ and /g/ The thing why i'm posting here is because i want to know what is your relationship with fixed gear bikes? I was expecting to see more of them, but surprisingly not one ITT discuss fixed gears and everything about them, if you want >pic related, my fixie
I've been considering buying a road bike just as a means for short trips to the grocery and general exercise. I would probably ride it here around town (Hawaii), and already have a route in mind. I would primarily ride in the early morning or evenings on my off days.
I'm just wondering what all I would need to go along with the bike, I know headlight/taillight and lock but what kind of cloths would I need, obviously I can't ride in jeans but from seeing other people riding I don't know if I would get into the whole spandex thing, also what about shoes... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
If you're just doing low-effort rides like grocery runs, you can get by in normal clothing. Padded liner shorts are a good way to make jeans & trousers more comfortable without going full lycra mode.
That said, you will be a LOT more comfortable in clothing that is very light, breathable, and quick-drying. Avoid cotton.
Shoes don't matter much until you want to get into more "serious" riding. They can make a big impact in comfort and performance when you are pushing your limits, but for casual rides you will probably be comfortable in whatever you normally wear. Good socks are a bit more important. Again, avoid cotton.
>>979456 Thanks for the input. Reading some reviews online and about various bikes I figured it would be best to go to the local shop and talk to the people there versus shooting from the hip and end up with something I don't like.
>>979437 >riding with someone in car >at last second they scream and jerk the wheel >everything in car shifts, if there hadn't have been a field of yellow strips widening the road for a turn lane we would have been in oncoming traffic 100% >"what the fuck?" >there was a bicyclist, I didnt see him until the last minute!!
pic rel is a 28mm, and peloton is now running 25mm as a standard, as oposed to 2000s trend of 23mm, and in the 90s it was 19mm and 20mm tires.
In many of the gimmick new trends in road bikes (im looking at you 10-12 speed casettes and discs), going bigger tires is a positive move. Personally I run 20mm on a road bike, and 30mm on my commute and the difference is offcourse huge (20mm sucks btw but im stuck with them for now).
Tires on road will probably go to 28mm as a standard soon. Question is will the standard tires in the peloton go to 30mm? 32 seem to be the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
They probably won't go over 28 mm. Above that you start running into Aero and weight issues with the tires.
I ride 25 mm tires on 25 mm wide rims. Makes for really easy wheelchanges when there's no need to touch the brakes at all when changing tires. I feel like 25 mm is around the ideal width when in normal roads. If you're riding in cobbles or shitty roads then 28 mm or even 30 mm is probably the better choice. Good quality 25 mm tires already feel smooth as fuck so there's not much need to go wider for comfort.
Also since pros ride tubs... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>978792 Hard to say what will get adopted and what won't. everyone's always eager to provide the next standard or tech to sell.
Having said that, as for now I've only seen 28s on endurance style, and 32 on gravel bikes like the diverge. I doubt they'll go over 28, especially on "le tour" type shit where everyone's riding super aero bikes.
Hey guys, I'm looking to buy an entry level mountain bike under $450 and I've looked at the Specialized Hardrock, Giant ATX, Cannondale Catalyst 4, Trek 3500, and a few others. However, I read some bike forums and they suggested that Diamondback was a better buy since most of the components are the same brand (sram/shimano) and the frames are probably built in the same place.
I'm new to mountain biking so I'm hesitant to buy Diamondback mainly because they aren't sold at my local bike shops, although I've read that I'm basically paying... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
> most of the components are the same brand (sram/shimano) and the frames are probably built in the same place. This is the key to buying bike. The name brand doesn't really matter. The components do. Research the components on the bikes you're looking at. Learn whats decent and what's shit.
Considering you'd have to get new brake hood rubbers and tires, I'd offer $200. But judging from the ad I don't think he'll go any lower. Guy seems to think it's some sort of holy grail. Plus those pedals are supposed to be used with clips, straps and special shoes.
>>973981 Yeah I was going to try and get it for $200 but I'm willing to bet he won't go any lower. Everything's in nice condition but the price of swapping out the pedals and getting new tubes+pads just makes it way more than it's worth.
Both are trash. What is your budget and are there a lot of roads near you? what bike shops are near you? I was in your shoes and learned the hard way... so if u let me know above I will tell u what I can.
I've tried the one in my city (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), and I've liked it. The system works fine and the city has enough bike paths for it to be not completely suicidal to try. But it has enough downside - the questionable maintenance of the bikes, the charges after 30/45 mins and the fact all the paths are along metro lines - that I don't think I'll get the season pass.
>>976781 It costs $8 to rent a bike for 30 minutes. The stations are far apart and the bikes are clunky. The city has bought it but there is no free transfer between transit and bikeshare. Helmets are required by law and cost another $2 to rent. There is no electric assist for Seattle's steep hills to entice the casual rider. $10 for 1 bike ride is far too much.
If you want help picking out a bicycle, post in >>>/n/bbg , not here.
Old thread: >>969388
I have 50mm carbon clinchers on my cross bike right now for use on the road. I'm building a dedicated road bike and I'm trying to decide whether or not to get carbon wheels for it or save some money and get alloys. I don't like how much I... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
This goes above my MSPAINT skills, but an angry Fred with a backward aero helmet on a single speed bike getting angry over a kid sitting in a supermarket trolley (cage). Of course in an Chinese animu art style.
I am torn between choosing a used cyclocross for about 500$ CAD + road wheels or a brand new CAAD12 in 105. I want to ride it daily and it will mostly be on pavement but with some occasional gravel/trail. Any suggestions for a good used aluminum cyclocross bike? CAAD12 worth the full price?
Hi /n/ I have no experience with bike customizing. I am sorry if this belongs in another thread. I recently got a bike from my uncle. It is a late 80s mountain bike, awesome color, awesome shaped frame. Really cool looking. I want to convert it to something more suited for city riding (streets, trails, etc.) like a "hybrid."
Is this even possible to do? I'm assuming it would need more street appropriate tires, maybe even rims? Different cranks/cassettes/shifters? Handlebars?
Hard mode: How do i change the wheels to something... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
That's a great thing to do. A high quality old rigid mtb makes an excellent commuter. You have a lot of options. The most important stuff to do is servicing it.
Post some pictures of it.
If the wheels have life left in them, don't change them, just service them. Get new slick tires, and either bolt on skewers, or locking skewers, like pitlock. That's cheap and easy to do. Alternately you can just lock your wheels when you lock your bike.
>>978107 Thanks for the advice. I'll post pictures tomorrow when I have the time.
What about the cranks? Part of the reason i want to convert is beacuse the SS I currently ride I'd like to have more pedal efficiency on top-speed long straight aways (trails) while still being able to gear down for stop/starts and the climbs on/off the trail. Plus this frame is way way cool.
Here's a pic of practically the same thing I have.
Is anyone elses youtube feed getting bombarded by this cycling maven guys stuff?
How do these youtube vloggers do this shit
they make impossibly narcissistic vlogs of boring stuff showing off how great they are and somehow get gorrilion views?
Theres some dude named Casey Nestat that has one that has like 9 million subscribers and his vlogs are like him covering some sunglasses in whiteout and then scratching the white out off the sunglasses and theres 3 million views on that shit?! VLog of him complaining about a bathtub in a $3k dollar a night hotel??
Durian... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>977914 Yes I'm being heavily bombarded by this guy's stuff
Despite the click-baity and repetitive video titles and the narcissistic/compulsive manner to film everything he does, I think that it's a pretty interesting vlog, specially for someone who lives in a 3rd world shithole. It's kinda absorbing to watch how cool and fresh is the cycling community in Australia, in the other hand he has a great lifestyle in my opinion
>>977914 Durian Rider is someone with serious social problems who neglects to accept criticism by calling everyone a hater.
He is right about certaing topics. He knows what he is talking and has perfect mastery of the given subject, but then he gets so cocky, arrogant and even annoying that is impossible to stand all the statements that he does.
You need to do a full overhaul for it, meaning opening and possibly replacing the major bearings, maybe a new rear casette, so expect some extra expenses and work above that. Even so, still reasonable.
>>977418 So you mean like, more than the cost of the bike, DIY cultist-kun
You forgot to mention that if you're not a MGTOW you probably don't have a BB tool, a cassette tool, a chain breaker, a collection of cone wrenches, a pencil magnet, degreaser, shop rags, two different kinds of lubricants, and a shop stand
Oh and enough parts to replace the ones you broke learning how to fix the ones that needed replacement
Or, take it to a reputable bike shop and spend $150 on an overhaul
I found an 80s 10speed department store bike. Has a womeme frame and I was thinking of converting it to a fixie. Maybe give it a new paint job. I have no need for this bike and when I found it there was no chain on it. So... Should I? I never really see women's frames on converted fixies.
I've got Sora front and rear derailleur, with friction St shifters, and they work just as well as I'd expect anything to work. I won't have them on this bike forever, I'm definitely upgrading to 105 or something else before the end of the Summer, but I have had 0 problems with the mechs themselves, they're just as smooth and reliable as I'd expect them to be, and they work pretty well with friction shifters. Though, my roommate has some meh-tier "Gravity" cx bike with Sora sti levers, and they just feel kinda janky or cheap to me, compared... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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