the "should i?" thread

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jawn doe
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i feel like braden said it was legit when it was new. maybe i made that up. you should probably try it out.

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 19:01
ICU81MI
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I have one on my NFE. Seems ok, though I can't really tell what amount of cush is coming from the post vs the 48mm tires.

It does, however, offer a ton of setback, if you are into that.

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 21:24
balooon
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NOS radlawn stag for $toomuch OBO. should I? I'd prob offer 500 shipped?

edit: would be curious in particular if it can fit 2" knobbies...

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:44
NOVELTYNAME
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Dude cmon
$400 shipped

"Folks want options!"

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:42
kmcdon
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I mean if you don't want it, what sizeway is it?

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 13:52
kmcdon
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I'm liking the idea of a Radlawn Ulv, but concerned with the notes in the Tarck approved database. Is it a stupid idea to try to get one, and would it be an appropriate shredmachine when not being used as a bikepacker? Considering replacing the pugsley with something a bit more modern.

Not that there's anything wrong with the pugsley, but I don't actually ride it in the snow. Is there something else that I should be looking at?

My main use would be singletrack camping trips where I haul my shit in and then shred for a weekend unloaded, and camping over long high alpine mountain passes. Currently doing all this on the pugs but it's heavy as fug.

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 18:45
drwelby
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I'm not sure about the combo of low trail plus drop bars plus fat tires for an off-road focused bike. Especially for unloaded shredding.

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 18:58
NOVELTYNAME
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why not romanceur

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 19:04
oogens
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Why not a +bike with a decent 120ish mm fork?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:00
Sneaky Viking
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(Reply to #3560)

oogens wrote:
Why not a +bike with a decent 120ish mm fork?

+1

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:11
drwelby
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Krampug with Chupalupas on farpet khyber rims

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:25
eric_ssucks
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(Reply to #3562)

drwelby wrote:
Krampug with Chupalupas on farpet khyber rims

This is gold.

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 21:37
kmcdon
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I'm assuming a krampug is a krampus + pugsley? I've considered a front suspension krampus, and that's exactly what ladybiek is looking for too.

Does the ulv need to have drop bars? I was dithering about getting the frame and building it up, actually I didn't see a "complete" option on their site.

I'm also considering selling both the pugsley (nothing wrong with it, don't need 2 mountain bikes if I get another plus bike) and the nishiki touring bike (let's face it, I'm not gonna do road touring and this bike is redundant, even if it's fucking beautiful) to make space / fund it.

I'm OK with front suspension, I'm OK with 3" tires and rigid, I don't want anything to do with full suspension, and I want to be able to haul shit

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:15
drwelby
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Krampug is Pugsely with a 29+ wheelset

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:16
kmcdon
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(Reply to #3565)

drwelby wrote:
Krampug is Pugsely with a 29+ wheelset

I see, something I've also considered since I already have a pugsley and that seems to be the most economical option. That rear offset though.....

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:18
drwelby
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Marin Pine Mountain does a pretty good job of being modern while seeming like it would pack well.

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 00:30
akasnowmaaan
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(Reply to #3567)

kmcdon wrote:
I'm liking the idea of a Radlawn Ulv, but concerned with the notes in the Tarck approved database. Is it a stupid idea to try to get one, and would it be an appropriate shredmachine when not being used as a bikepacker? Considering replacing the pugsley with something a bit more modern.

Not that there's anything wrong with the pugsley, but I don't actually ride it in the snow. Is there something else that I should be looking at?

My main use would be singletrack camping trips where I haul my shit in and then shred for a weekend unloaded, and camping over long high alpine mountain passes. Currently doing all this on the pugs but it's heavy as fug.

If you don't ride a Pugs in the snow, or touring in really crazy places, then IMO you're not really the audience any more, and the offset wheels that allow you to swap front/back because 'I need to get back to civilization' don't really help. So, normally I'd say just get a skinnier wheelset (29er or 27.5+) and go for it, but then that wheelset would be impossible to sell later on, a big sunk cost.

IMO if you're going to shred, then get a modern slack 27.5+ hard tail with a dropper, and do the usual bikepacking thing (with a dropper-friendly seat bag). The handling won't be quite as spot-on as a bikepacking-specific bike when it's loaded, but it will be good enough, and you'll enjoy the shredding much more.

bork bork bork

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 04:16
ShartAttack
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(Reply to #3568)

kmcdon wrote:
drwelby wrote:
Krampug is Pugsely with a 29+ wheelset

I see, something I've also considered since I already have a pugsley and that seems to be the most economical option. That rear offset though.....

You might talk to Braden about this. He was messaging me one time and seemed to think that WTB ASYM rims had enough offset to work in a Pugsley. You'd be able to build the rear with pretty standard parts then.

I've got a set of Rabbit Hole wheels for my Pugsley that I use 95% of the time. I love riding the 29+ tires (for street riding you can get some sweet giant slicks) but if you are wanting to really 'shred', I figure you'll still probably want something with some suspension.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:48
Wintage Townie
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Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 18:50
NOVELTYNAME
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

"Folks want options!"

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 18:59
Goddamnit Gunther
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(Reply to #3571)

NOVELTYNAME wrote:
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 23:37
Larry Winget
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(Reply to #3572)

Only if to flip or eventually sell to Fred. Can't see much other use for a 140mm stem.

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Mon, 05/15/2017 - 23:53
Wintage Townie
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FYI I am never going to buy a $150 stem, nor a 140mm stem.

Also, here it is on eBay for considerably less.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 01:23
balooon
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(Reply to #3574)

kmcdon wrote:
I mean if you don't want it, what sizeway is it?

Medium. I do want it, but not for >60% of what they're asking

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/650b/yN4ih8jSe8k

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:18
kmcdon
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(Reply to #3575)

yikes.

Anyway, re: the ulv/adventure #yolo bikepacking shit-

I just decided to go krampug, because I already have a pugsley and I got a screaming deal on an almost-new krampus wheelset and tires.

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:06
balooon
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(Reply to #3576)

kmcdon wrote:
yikes.

Anyway, re: the ulv/adventure #yolo bikepacking shit-

I just decided to go krampug, because I already have a pugsley and I got a screaming deal on an almost-new krampus wheelset and tires.

like, they're 135qr & you're gonna rebuild them for the pug's offset?

maybe you have the non-offset fork though. sounds fun!

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:10
kmcdon
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(Reply to #3577)

I do have the non-offset fork, which is a godsend. I'm gonna have my wheelbuilder rebuild the rear wheel.

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:54
ShartAttack
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Doesn't the Krampus use a 110mm hub on the front though? Pugsley front hub is 135mm bruh

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:26
kmcdon
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(Reply to #3579)

Only the offset fork, the non-offset fork is 100mm. :) also only the new krampus is 110

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:46
ShartAttack
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(Reply to #3580)

kmcdon wrote:
Only the offset fork, the non-offset fork is 100mm. :) also only the new krampus is 110

ohhhhh I forgot about those forks. I've got a Moonlander fork and a 135mm front hub on my "krampug" setup. You may still want to think about getting a rebuild since you can put a normal dynamo hub in there, instead of needing a $$$ 135mm dynamo.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:54
kmcdon
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I'm gonna see what happens when they get here. I mean the wheelset + tires was only like $260, which I think is a freaking steal, so getting them re-laced really isn't some astronomical proposition. I'm afraid that the front wheel might be built with some stupid offset already but whatever.

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:57
ShartAttack
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Yeah that's pretty good! I managed to get a Rabbit Hole-to-135-front + an unbuilt rear rim + 120tpi Knards for $300 a couple years ago so it sounds like you got about the same thing.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:51
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #3583)

ShartAttack wrote:
You may still want to think about getting a rebuild since you can put a normal dynamo hub in there, instead of needing a $$$ 135mm dynamo.

there's a conversion axle to use a SP PD-8X in a 135F QR fork

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Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:00
Blakey
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This is for sale locally to me. I have no need for it and it's listed at $250 so I shouldn't buy it.

But that paint is calling me.

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 19:57
hiljentaa
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(Reply to #3585)

Blakey wrote:

This is for sale locally to me. I have no need for it and it's listed at $250 so I shouldn't buy it.

But that paint is calling me.

Looks cool, but nah.

$100? Yeah.

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:24
Viggen
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So thinking about swapping out my Gazelle for a Somec Mercury, needs new decals, a good cleaning and some touch up or fuck it and ride as is. Invisible TIG from the early years of Columbus Genius, most likely 92-94 according to my google-fu. Unfortunately pictures from the seller is pretty crap but condition seems ok aside from some pitting in the chrome on the fork.

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Tarck is about complicating your drivetrain.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:12
cheese
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Yes. As-is.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 13:28
Wintage Townie
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Yes you should, and it sounds like you already did.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 00:33
Shortpants
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danggggg, yes. That seat cluster is fucking sexy.

And I love worked bikes. Paint will get chipped and decals will get scratched. Fuck it.

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:30
Edward_Phelan

I was lucky enough to get given a bit of money for my 30th earlier this month; I currently have the choice of using it towards furnishing my bedroom, or for something else. Needless to say that I have been looking at road bikes to blow it on instead now that the sunny weather is finally in the UK https://www.orrobikes.com/ Not sure if there is actually any need to ask what is best to do! ;)

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:32
NOVELTYNAME
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maybe you should post your bike in the new guy thread first

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:43
Goddamnit Gunther
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He doesn't have one yet apparently

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:03
jesse

There's a second generation Kogswell P/R on the 650b list. Basic but good build. Price is fair. Heard these things have standard diameter 8/5/8 but can't find any definitive literature. It has one of the low trail Konversion 1" threadless forks so is running a King reduction headset. So that's weird..

Thing will probably have moved along by the time I decide to jump. But back when these were still on the market, I swear I remember there being some debacle surrounding the forks.. Not turning up a lot with some cursory googling. Was it excessive shimmy or something? Or like the A to C was spec'd incorrectly?

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:54
JUGE FREDD
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the 700c x 64cm ones were the clusterfuck, where the frame drawing got done with a 650b fork and Maxway "fixed" it

if it's 650b it'll be fine

it would be 28.6 8/5/8 TT and 28.6 9/6/9 DT — not perfect planing but nice riding

the fork weirdness on this one is because Matthew Grimm sold too many of the extra forks as aftermarket and ended up with spare frames

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:27
jesse

I'd read that the tube spec was size specific.. this one's a 56. less appealing at the price if indeed 28.6 8/5/8 TT and 28.6 9/6/9 DT.

Although I'd have to find one with a pretty good amount of steerer left, I'd probably rather have a 53 anyway.

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:01
JUGE FREDD
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the tubes were drawn to different lengths for each size

non-turdly butts

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:24
Rusty Piton
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My "56" cogswell is a fucking fantastic bike. I love it with all my bikeheart.

emor wrote:
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Sat, 06/10/2017 - 20:06
fixed
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this dude is selling C35 tubulars with wheel bags and cassette for $600.
https://rochester.craigslist.org/bop/6140148614.html

buy and flip? what am i missing here? why so cheap?

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:51
oogens
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You can barely give tubular wheels away. Seem to go for about a bong new, 750ish used. Good deal if you want to keep them, but I wouldn't buy to flip

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:59
Wintage Townie
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Carbon rim brake tubular road racing wheels are about the worst investment one can make, now. Might as well buy Enron stock.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 08:32

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