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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2019
     
    NIIIIIIICE get that to a bike shop and get it some attention, that's nice"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    i should say I swapped that awful stem out for a cinelli (had to shim it). the only thing i don't like about it is that as far as i can tell it'll only clear 23s. whyyy.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    Phew, wasn't going to say anything, but my first thought is that bike is screaming out for a classy stem.

    At some point when I weighed nothing I rode on 21s, I think. Vague memories of when I wasn't in the club of larger gentlemen.
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    haha yeah that stem is just terrible


    DQ what is your favorite music to listen to when you're riding? I used to go with like, contemporary death/post-metal? Like Mastodon, Envy, Russian Circles, stuff like that. But lately I've pretty much been all about classic metal. Or occasionally vaporwave if I just wanna cruise and be chill.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2019
     
    Damn, I just listen to podcasts because music gets me too amped and I end up riding like a maniac.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    Yeah, I don't listen on a bike that much, but for sure when running I do podcasts.
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2019
     
    just ordered a cheapo clip on bluetooth speaker, so maybe i'll have an answer soon?
    GCN did a video on this recently, and the guy rode faster even with chill music than with no music at allThat may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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    nerdo:Damn, I just listen to podcasts because music gets me too amped and I end up riding like a maniac.

    Yeah, i have this same problem. I tried to take it easy, but Iron Maiden came on...

    I listen to podcasts while walking, but when I try while running I am slow as hell. Punk or speed metal only.

    ^what speaker did you get? My boombot is on its last legs.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2019
     
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07239JFZT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    as i said, cheapo, but i did spend a whole like 20 minutes comparing similarly priced ones.
    was gonna get the UE roll, but eh it's 4-5 times as much and maybe this one will at least survive this summer's bike tripThat may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2019
     
    A long while back I tried getting back into rugby, and the coach recommended that when we go running in our own we listen to something complicated like War and Peace to practice staying focused like in a game. I found Hard Times by Charles Dickens, but didn’t last very long with it.
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    ^^nice, cheap doesn't always mean crappy, i got some earbuds for like $7 and they've been working well for years. They don't sound as good but they're fine for running and stuff.

    ^you played rugby? I played in college, then for MIT for a bunch of years until the second kid came along. I still turn up with my kit and sub in once and a while.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2019
     
    Yeah, I played forward in college, and then briefly for a local club, but wasn’t really feeling it.
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    fair enough. i was strictly a prop in college (much heavier then), but i can play anywhere in the tight 5, or loose forward if it's a real emergency.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2019
     
    that speaker arrived after today's ride, but (after half a second of poking at it) seems decent enough. i like that you can save music to it with a miniSD card and get away without connecting to your phone sometimes tooThat may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2019
     
    more than loud enough for riding alone, that's for dang sureThat may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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    sweet

    I was in too much of a rush to bring my IF up from the basement this morning, but here's the sweeeet whip I'm riding, which I bought from Dora when she moved away.

    DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2019
     
    that looks so fun and comfy!"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    it is both of those things!

    and it's hard to tell from the pic, but the basket is huge!DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    Looks like you could fit a surfeit of pies in that basket.
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    all the pies

    I've never transported a pie by bicycle. Ice cream cake, yes. Twice, in fact.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTime2 days ago edited
     
    Has anyone ever used disc brakes? I was eyeballing a super cheap Supersix with Di2 at a shop, but it has disc brakes. I don’t know about those things because a) I rarely wish I could stop better on my rim brakes, b) I don’t ride in nasty conditions anyway, and c) they look hard to work on. So why would I want them on a road bike?
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTime2 days ago
     
    eh, as long as it's not sram hydraulics it might not be that bad, but almost certainly more of a pain in the ass than regular rim brakes."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTime1 day ago
     
    I think they’re Shimano hydraulics. I guess there are some hills in VT where it’s possible to go down and hit at least 40 mph, so they would probably come in handy for that
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTime1 day ago
     
    ^I've hit nearly 60mph in the White Mountains. Though I was trying. :)Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    daaaang

    I have mechanical disc brakes on my mtb (that i haven't ridden in >1yr :( :( ). It was kind of a pita to get the pads aligned properly (like the spacing between pads and rotor) but after I got it right, I didn't have any issues. The sweet big-basket surly I'm riding has a hydraulic disc up front, I haven't touched it since I got it like a year and a half ago (?) and it's totally fine, though it seems like the lever-pull distance has increased. I'm not touching that myself though 'cause I have no idea.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    actually I have had that surly for like 4 years where does the time goDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTime1 day ago
     
    yeah if it's shimano it shouldn't be too bad, but sram requires bleeding twice a year or the DOT fluid destroys all the seals and you need to buy a whole new system, if it even lasts that long before you have to warranty it. Def have a reputable shop do it because it's a huge pain in the ass if you're not extremely familiar with the process (and tip, because they don't like to work on it either). Also the internal routing on those fancy bikes is a huge pain in the ass and check it for dumb proprietary shit that's going to be impossible to find in a month

    tbh, even if it's a good deal, if you're not racing and planning to upgrade from this in a year or two or really into the fancy stuff I'd save it and invest in a custom bike or something that's exactly what you want"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    ryan t:I think they’re Shimano hydraulics. I guess there are some hills in VT where it’s possible to go down and hit at least 40 mph, so they would probably come in handy for that


    It's quite easy to hit 40mph going downhill in Vermont. So far rim brakes are working out okay for me.
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTime14 hours ago
     
    I’m mostly thinking race on it, and do the gaps like around Mad River Valley in VT, which are pretty steep and curvey. So far I’ve been fine on rim brakes as long as I plan ahead; I mean I’ve gone off the road descending into a tuen because I waited too long. I guess I would test ride it and see if it’s a noticeable improvement.

    I have a $400 gift certificate to Tomii, but there’s still a lot more $$ to go in the world of custom...