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Old 08-28-2013, 04:28 PM   #30781
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How to do a 3hr oil change.
Step 1: pull car up on ramps
Step 2: remove drain plug
Step 3: go for a 2.5hr cx ride with a buddy
Step 4: reassemble car and fill with oil
Step 5: clean up
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:20 PM   #30782
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New from the 'what'll they think of next?' files

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Old 08-28-2013, 06:19 PM   #30783
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that is just spiffy
pricey to pay for ??????
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:45 PM   #30784
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This is why I wish Salsa would pull out from the QBP umbrella and invest in some small, start-up bike shops. They have such a great product and cult-like following that would be a boon for bike shops looking to add to their portfolio without having to dedicate acres of floor space to inventory such as Specialized, Trek and Giant require. This mail-order sight-unseen and un-ridden is what has thus far prevented me from really investing my time and hard-earned money into with their offerings. I would love to own a Warbird but refuse to fork out that much money without swinging a leg over one first.
X2 on the locked up territory and they also require a fairly large commitment every year to keep buying, a lot of smaller shops can't swing that.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:53 PM   #30785
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I serious want a Fargo.

I don't want to pay for it however
I LOVE mine!
I picked up the frame used, gen 1 for $300. Built it up with used stuff until I was sure I liked it.... It is no longer a budget build, but it sure is a nice ride. I can run what ever tires I want to and still fit fenders, even Nano 2.1's with fenders. I run some 35's for only road.

I could go on and on, but if you lust, you know......
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:23 PM   #30786
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Even small grassroots IBD's who do business with Quality can't bring Salsa in if they're in a restricted territory, it can be frustrating.

Then there must be another dealer nearby for that test ride. ;-)

Even though they're perceived as a 'niche' brand they really cast a pretty wide net over many a niche. I've liked all the ones I've seen well enough, and we toy with the idea of carrying them. BUT- Which models/sizes does a small shop stock? They're all relatively expensive, and are often in short supply. Whatever bikes we choose, the next Salsa shopper will think we're missing the one we 'should' have, and the odds of getting it won't be good...

Would it be more fun to build/sell (and EP!) Salsas than the usual crap from Waterloo? Hell yeah! But it's still a business, dammit... :-(

I really don't blame QBP for their sales policy with Salsas either. It's a brand that may appeal more to shop employees than actual customers! If they didn't have territories and minimums, after the first rush of a few EP purchases they'd never hear from many of those 'dealers' again.

FWIW, there is no autonomous Salsa (or Surly) to pull out from the QBP umbrella. There is just QBP. :-)
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:06 PM   #30787
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Another hot and late ride after work.
20.2 miles, not real fast at under 15 mph average. It was hot and windy.
Hammered myself a bit. 179 max and 150 average.
Did a little extra climbing and that is what really whacked the average. Got home before dark so that was good.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:46 AM   #30788
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Chain nonsense sorted I pedaled last night. First time in a while. Been lifting and riding the TDF trainer instead. Did my 28 mile loop and died a thousand deaths. Seemed as if I had a headwind no matter what direction I went. At least I missed the rain.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:08 AM   #30789
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At least I missed the rain.
I didn't. Started out with thtat 3hr oil change laying on the ground in the sprinkles. Started out in the sprinkles. ...but my riding buddy put on his Gore Tex jacket and it stopped!

So we did my '4 gravel roads' ride and then a 3-lap race over at my local park. He was leading at the 1/3rd way of the 1st lap by 15' when he lost his front wheel in an erosion gully. Down he went!

I looked back, didn't see anything majorly wrong, and put the hammer down.

'Won' by nearly 1/2 of a lap.

If he hadn't gone down, IDK what would've happened. As it was, the motivation for keeping in front of him kept me going.

We were bench-racing afterwards and he was saying that he was going to try and maneuver me in front of him and then sit on my wheel. Didn't happen after that wreck...

I probably woulda lost him on the dismounts around the dumpster and over the wire. He's not real good at the 'getting on and off the bike' thing yet.

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Old 08-29-2013, 06:28 AM   #30790
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Hey Gummee! What is the best source for affordable spokes?
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:16 AM   #30791
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Strongly considering grabbing a frameset around tax time and just throwing the rest of gear off my Trek on it until I can piece together the rest of it.
I think these guys still have a Gen 1, Large hanging around. Give Ben a call (217-679-2356) and see what he'll take for it.

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Even small grassroots IBD's who do business with Quality can't bring Salsa in if they're in a restricted territory, it can be frustrating.
I'm pretty sure it goes beyond restricted territories. It seems if you're not a Salsa dealer, you can't get them, period. That started, a couple years ago.

The guys have posted valid arguments as to why dealers don't sign-up with Salsa. When they sell $300 hybrids, 10:1, against higher-end stuff, I get it. Even a metro area like STL has very little Salsa inventory. We do have a good shop, up by Chicago, though. They stock all the Salsa and Surly models and have really carved a niche in the gravel racing market. They've done that by being active in the segment. Seems that most shops, around here, aren't active in anything. That, I don't get.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:54 AM   #30792
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More '14 stuff.

Trek Farley fatty.



Trek Steel District $699. Somebody here was looking for such a bike.


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"Its like they mated a CrossCheck, a Krampus, and a Long Haul Trucker to make it. Its not simply a disc CrossCheck. The geometry is modified for a lower bb, longer ht, and it features brilliant new rear dropouts to accommodate single and geared setups without fuss. It also has the new 70041 Surly Knard tires."
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:03 AM   #30793
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:48 AM   #30794
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I have to stop looking at those off-roady Surlys... I love my Trucker and sometimes I think I'd like to try offroad bike riding, don't need another bike to spend money on though
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:50 AM   #30795
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This has probably been brought up before, but a bike rack question.

I've got a 2002 Honda CR-V with a hitch mounted. This is one of the cars with the side-opening tailgate. I've decided that's it's between a Saris Bones or some kind of hitch-mounted rack.

Pluses for the Bones are that I can still open my tailgate with the rack attached. The Bones could be used on my wife's car in a pinch as well. Could still tow the RAGBRAI trailer with the rack attached as well. Disadvantage is that it looks a little trickier to mount than a hitch rack.

For the hitch rack, well, I don't really see what the advantages are besides maybe faster mounting and maybe sturdier construction. I see a lot of them tip forward but I don't think that helps in my case.

So it looks like I've sold myself on a Bones/trunk mount rack, but the hitch mounted ones seem popular so I was just going to see if they had any advantages that I was forgetting.
When I got my full suspension 29er, I HAD to get a hitch mount rack due to the non diamond shaped frame not working with traditional racks. I got the Softride Versa because it is one of the few that works with the side swing tailgate of the RAV4, making loading and unloading easier. Plus it works with any kind (or size)of bike. It has been a great unit. Sounds like your mind is made up, but that's my 2 cents in case you want a hitch mount.
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