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Old 01-19-2013, 05:59 AM   #26986
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just a quick question, seems alot of the bikes I'm looking at in my price range have the same frame, or at least the same design? I'm thinking they are all coming out of the same factory in china and just getting different stickers slapped on them. I'm not saying that is always a bad thing, since I'm not gonna shell out thousands for something without an engine, just that they all do look VERY similar.
Probably the most obvious reason they all look so similar is that decades of experimenting with different frames and suspension designs have taught engineers the basic 'formula' guaranteed to produce the best results. After that, it's just a matter of testing and refining it using sophisticated computer analysis. In any type of design, if you begin with a well known set of engineering criteria which everyone else is using, the results will necessarily be very similar. In some cases they may be so close as to appear identical.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:48 PM   #26987
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5.5 hrs in the saddle today for 100.4 mi. I had 95 mi. when I got to the house, so I rode around the neighborhood to make up the difference. Garbage miles, but I really wanted my first century.

Everything from my navel to my knees is on strike. I'll be in my bunk.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:50 PM   #26988
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Spent 3 hours on the mtb trails today... with a Stihl chainsaw. Lugging that think around was like . Now I feel like . An external frame pack would have come in handy. Forearms and shoulders are shot.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:03 PM   #26989
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There's a backpack out there that has a chainsaw holder built into it. The brand slips me, at the moment.
Dakine?
http://www.dakine.com/p/bike/packs/m...lders-pack-29l
It is kind of pricey.

The external frame pack is not a bad way to go.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:48 AM   #26990
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Does anyone else bemoan the loss of grease nipples?

Does anyone else bemoan the loss of grease nipples? Fresh grease in from time to time pushes out dirty grease and provides a barrier from water and dust ingress

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:18 PM   #26991
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Does anyone else bemoan the loss of grease nipples? Fresh grease in from time to time pushes out dirty grease and provides a barrier from water and dust ingress

maybe if your ENTIRE BB is full of grease, *AND* all the vent holes to the other frame tubes are plugged.

and with modern sealed cartridge bearings? hah. would be useless.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #26992
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I don't miss cottered cranks, either.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:47 PM   #26993
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5.5 hrs in the saddle today for 100.4 mi. I had 95 mi. when I got to the house, so I rode around the neighborhood to make up the difference. Garbage miles, but I really wanted my first century.

Everything from my navel to my knees is on strike. I'll be in my bunk.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:21 PM   #26994
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5.5 hrs in the saddle today for 100.4 mi. I had 95 mi. when I got to the house, so I rode around the neighborhood to make up the difference. Garbage miles, but I really wanted my first century.

Everything from my navel to my knees is on strike. I'll be in my bunk.
Good job!

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That's the one.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:23 PM   #26995
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5.5 hrs in the saddle today for 100.4 mi. I had 95 mi. when I got to the house, so I rode around the neighborhood to make up the difference. Garbage miles, but I really wanted my first century.

Everything from my navel to my knees is on strike. I'll be in my bunk.
I love it!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:42 AM   #26996
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File this under WTF?!

165mm stem?!

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:33 AM   #26997
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165mm stem?!
Didn't know such a critter existed.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:37 AM   #26998
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Didn't know such a critter existed.
Caption said 'custon made.'

Uhh yeah. I'd say!

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Old 01-21-2013, 07:39 AM   #26999
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I got to ride for the first time since Dec 5th (according to Strava [don't hate]) and it was a blast! I actually got two rides in this weekend. That'll happen when it is 70 degrees in mid-January and there is no family obligations to meet. Although I feel pretty good right now, I am betting I will be stiff as a 2x4 tomorrow when I wake up. First ride was 5 miles at the local semi-flat trail. Then 8 miles Sunday at a new trail here in town. The Sunday one had mud in places I have never seen before, so it was a dirty fun mess!

Quick question. I noticed Saturday that the bike is moaning or squeaking a good bit. It seems to be from somewhere below me, so I am guessing the crank Does that just mean I need to clean and lube it really well? I normally hose it off after every ride or two. Probably need to double check to see if there is any grime stuck in there.

Or just use my "one-year of free maintanance" from the LBS since I bought the bike new and let them figure it out.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:55 AM   #27000
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I got to ride for the first time since Dec 5th (according to Strava [don't hate]) and it was a blast! I actually got two rides in this weekend. That'll happen when it is 70 degrees in mid-January and there is no family obligations to meet. Although I feel pretty good right now, I am betting I will be stiff as a 2x4 tomorrow when I wake up. First ride was 5 miles at the local semi-flat trail. Then 8 miles Sunday at a new trail here in town. The Sunday one had mud in places I have never seen before, so it was a dirty fun mess!

Quick question. I noticed Saturday that the bike is moaning or squeaking a good bit. It seems to be from somewhere below me, so I am guessing the crank Does that just mean I need to clean and lube it really well? I normally hose it off after every ride or two. Probably need to double check to see if there is any grime stuck in there.

Or just use my "one-year of free maintanance" from the LBS since I bought the bike new and let them figure it out.
If you have to ask, I'd say 'take it to the shop.' Right now, they shouldn't be too busy.

If you need the bike ASAP, lube up the chain (and make sure to wipe the excess off!) and see if that helps. If not, then start looking at the BB/crank area. There's an off chance its the QRs that aren't quite tight enough.

Noises are a bitch to track down sometimes.

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