the "should i?" thread

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Goddamnit Gunther
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This might make a fun little trail bike but I dunno
Looks like it might clear some wide tires and I could use a flat bar bike since I moved derps onto the scott
https://boise.craigslist.org/bop/6163084614.html

I don't think I would ever pay 100 for it. Thinking about shooting an offer

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:45
crabbi
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as long as you get it repainted to the yeti colorway

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Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:49
Goddamnit Gunther
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I dunno I sort of like the yellow. I'm gonna go look at it today so we'll see

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:15
shane.rrr
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I like the yellow too. What fork would you put on it?

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:35
Goddamnit Gunther
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I'm not sure. I'm assuming it's 1 inch but it's hard to tell with the weird shaped tubes and I can't tell much by the photos I got them to send me cuz dumb.


If it is 1" I'll probably just tear my Scott apart and use its fork because I get too easily excited about new frames and I'll want to ride it

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:29
shane.rrr
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I always keep an eye out on my local craigslist but have yet to find anything like that. Lots of newish bieks that are cool but expensive .

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:36
johnasavoia
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I wish you could still buy the 68(iirc) offset version of this fork because I really want to lowtrailify an old mtb

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:42
Goddamnit Gunther
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Goddamnit for real. If someone was smart they'd mass produce a fork just like that in 1" and 1 1/8" steerers. People would buy them.
Anyway, turned that yeti down. Was probably too small and also had some bullshit unicorn pressfit BB nonsense going on. Really cool frame though. Dude said he'd had it for decades and obviously didn't know anything about bikes. I told him to put it on eBay so the vintage MTB bros could fight for it

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:23
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Tarck should mass-produce 26" low trail forks for converting old MTBs into supplelyfe fopchariots.

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Wed, 06/21/2017 - 23:30
jdsmooth
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(Reply to #3610)

Wintage Townie wrote:
Tarck should mass-produce 26" low trail forks for converting old MTBs into supplelyfe fopchariots.

Get Jeff Lyon on the phone…see if he recalls how annoying the Stag pokes project was.

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:28
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Tue, 07/11/2017 - 08:45
jdsmooth
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(Reply to #3612)

For CX/touring/whatever they look appropriate. Wide and TL-ready are good features. Bearings may not stay smooth for long, but easy to replace.
Shimano wheels are a great value, I have some, but I dislike proprietary spokes/nipples.

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:18
bward1028

This is up for sale on facebook, $400. paint is bad, but a nice little frame. trying to talk myself out of it.

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 20:30
bward1028

i talked myself out of it

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 20:59
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Should I take a ferry to Whidbey and buy this bike so I can rob the fork to make my Trek 360 fully threadless with the matching steel fork?

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Sun, 09/03/2017 - 15:37
Rusty Piton
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You'd do this by cutting the threads off the tall fork?
I say no. let someone tall ride it.

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Mon, 09/04/2017 - 18:08
Goddamnit Gunther
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Ya I'm tall! Ship it to me it's just what I'm looking for

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 19:33
Shortpants
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(Reply to #3618)

bward1028 wrote:
i talked myself out of it

Welcome to the bay. The bikes are insane and cheap. When I first moved here I seriously considered just shipping bikes back east where they'd sell for twice as much.

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:24
Goddamnit Gunther
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Should I try and get my bro in law in hood river to grabThis for me?
I'm looking for something to do a 650 conversion with and the market in Boise is super dry

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 18:58
NOVELTYNAME
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That bike is probably on fire right now

"Folks want options!"

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 22:09
jamesacklin
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A different kind of "Should I?": should I part my Rock n' Macho Horse out? (As seen in the new guy thread.) 49cm, Chris King errything, SON front / Velocity rear to TB14s, fork's routed for lights, Mini-Motos with clapped-out springs and worn pads

Edit: does anyone even ride rim-brake bikes any more?

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:14
NOVELTYNAME
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Yes part it out
Nobody rides rim brakes except for deadenders
All disc everything

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Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:48
jamesacklin
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Cool. Might keep the frame because it's neat and I might want to ride it when I'm 60

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:31
eric_ssucks
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I'm a deadender! woo hoo!

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 17:44
plop
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Because I don't have enough projects, this Merlin showed up at the co-op. Seems pretty cool, but unsure how these vintage ti bikes ride.

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:34
Larry Winget
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Some Merlins have reportedly awful press fit BBs. Not sure if that one does or not.

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Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:29
plop
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A friend sent me this pic, I haven't seen it in person yet. That's gotta be a square taper crankset, right? Was there some kind of weird square taper press fit BB back in the day?

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:51
Larry Winget
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(Reply to #3628)

plop wrote:
A friend sent me this pic, I haven't seen it in person yet. That's gotta be a square taper crankset, right? Was there some kind of weird square taper press fit BB back in the day?

There was. It was a bad idea then too.

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Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:55
johnasavoia
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My fat chance has a press fit square taper, basically impossible to get it out as far as I know, but it spins smooth so IDC

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:08
jimmythefly
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Whoa rear U-brake! I'm far from an expert, but that is pretty uncommon to the Merlins I've seen.

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:28
plop
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Checked it out today, and it does have a pressfit bb in a tiny undersized shell. Seems not that hard to deal with, it's pressfit in the style of a BB30, with bare cartridge bearings pressed into the shell, maybe with c-clips behind them. My few minutes of research leads me to believe it's a Grease Guard by WTB, in which case Paul makes replacement spindles, and cartridge bearings are widely available.

I'm into it, but it's too small for me.

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:22
Goddamnit Gunther
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Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:17
Gary Fissure

^ that's kind of awesome.

mander wrote:
And what if the part is, like, just a nut? *huge bong rip*

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:57
Face
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This might be the second or third time I've ever said this phrase, that bike might be too big for me.

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Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:33
Shortpants
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Chubhubs to archetypes for $450? Tell me why I shouldn't have a novelty wheelset like chubhubs.

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 02:32
NOVELTYNAME
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Do you really need sweet fixie wheels
Because those are sweet

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Sun, 02/04/2018 - 10:17
Shortpants
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Yes I do.

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 21:53
Gary Fissure

I've been looking for one of these for a while and they don't come up too much, and I'd like a 16" BMX to get the boys off balance bikes at the BMX track this spring. I think this is a 2007. $200 seems kinda high? but I'm not sure they go for much less than that. Wait til spring? Wait for seller to drop price? Buy now?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Redline-Proline-Pitboss-16-Bmx-Racing/263483618896?hash=item3d58d8f650:g:IbUAAOSw1Glae0qi

mander wrote:
And what if the part is, like, just a nut? *huge bong rip*

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:37
yonderboy
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$200 shipped is a little high, but kids bikes hold their value pretty well. That particular one looks pretty clapped out, though.

The Redlines are usually $250 MSRP. If you're going to be on the track a lot, you might want to look at a 20" mini or micro instead.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 11:34
Gary Fissure

I have a redline mini but I don't think they're comfortable enough on the skinny tire and bigger wheel, coming from 12" hotwalks. I bought some Promax brake post extenders to run 406 wheels instead of 451 in the mini frame. Hopefully the 5 year old will do the 16 inch Pitboss for a month or 2 then get comfortable enough to the mini with wide 20" tires, and the 4 year old can get the 16".

(but in reverse)

That one does look pretty clapped.

mander wrote:
And what if the part is, like, just a nut? *huge bong rip*

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 12:31
Shortpants
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Sat, 02/10/2018 - 13:25
hamb3ik
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No. For many reasons.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 15:37
Shortpants
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such as?

I mean I know it's a full blown china machine. from the ti to the carbon.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 15:45
hamb3ik
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I have worked with reputable Ti frame builders for a long time. The material is hard to work with and QC is very important. I'm not saying that cannot be done overseas but I would feel much safer on a steamroller than an alibaba ti bike. Inexpensive Ti frames/stems/seatposts are sketchy as fuck; not worth the risk. Seat mast means you better have saddle height dialed.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 17:05
Shortpants
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He sent me his spec sheet. Seatmast is literally perfect for me despite TT being about .5 short.

And I've done a bit of research into Waltly and it seems pretty reputable. I've read that they manufacture frames for various companies but I'm still trying to track down for whom so I can get a better idea as to quality. I've also read lots of reviews about direct ordering from Waltly and I've seen pretty good results. One failure but that seemed to be more on the design than construction end of things. Which will happen when you get people designing their own mtbs.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 18:22
Shortpants
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I'm by no means trying to convince myself to buy it, if anything the opposite, hence my posting here. So if someone else has direct experience with Waltly or can point me to negative experiences I'd be happy to read them.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 18:23
jeffro
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What would be the upside of a Ti track frame for your purposes? Even if it's just balling out of control I can get behind it. But weight, stiffness, ride quality, etc? I'm not sure what it would do better.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 18:56
Shortpants
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purely balling.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 20:58
ThurberMingus
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Ti frame + chub wheels = the 2018 track dream.

Should I sell my DISS and replace it with a track bike?

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 21:23
Gary Fissure

anyone taken a shot on the super cheap ebay silicone grips yet?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pop-1-Pair-Silicone-Anti-slip-Handlebar-Grips-For-Mountain-Bicycle-Cycling/263108032342?hash=item3d4275f756:m:m4bN9wVUB4TkzxBjt26sFCA

edit: fuck it, I bought the last 2 black pairs. will report.

mander wrote:
And what if the part is, like, just a nut? *huge bong rip*

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 13:19

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