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Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #8451)

ckd wrote:
I do a lot more spontaneous little trips to the store now because I don’t have to change shoes and junk.

At this point, I feel like this is Tarck mantra, but for this reason, having a beater bike with a basket and flat pedals probably changed my riding more than any other bike I've owned.

ckd wrote:
I don’t even wear FiveTens. I wear $30 Vans Slipon Pros with some cheap stiff insoles.

Crocs here, almost exclusively.

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, 10/17/2017 - 00:30
deadforkinglast
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Oh, I've been rocking these for a while now: http://www.fiveten.com/us/bike/dirt/danny-macaskill-carbon-black

Got them on sale for about $100. I like them enough to wear off the bike as well, which means I can wear them to work or out with friends and not look too much like a bro in puffy skate shoes.

They also fit a lot more snugly than my Freeriders, which are more like skate shoes. The Macaskills actually feel like athletic shoes.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:46
aerobear
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Yeah, I don't dig the puffy look of my canvas freeriders, but i didnt like the color options in the contact when i ordered mine and i don't do leather.
Kinda want these for next year:
http://www.fiveten.com/us/bike/all-mountain/freerider-pro-womens-solid-grey
A little lower profile and looks like the vent holes might breath a big more than the thick padded canvas (though i doubt the rest of the shoe breathes much, my feet are used to being a bit warm i think).

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:49
eric_ssucks
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I rocked clipless (eggbeaters for the float) for commuting in the rain. That way I could change to dry shoes at my destination, and wear shoe covers. My "waterproof" street shoes never quite worked for commuting with flats.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 02:04
ladrodibici

I've done a 400km audax ride in Converse All Stars. Was happy for a shitty bit in the middle where I had to get off and walk for a couple of km. And at the train stations with steps at the start and end. I'm not a racer, I don't do any proper off-road riding, I don't see myself ever putting anything but flats on any bike I ever own.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:32
Endpoint
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I used to ride with a guy going through a crocs on bike phase. Always brought a smile to my face when things got choppy and crocs started flying.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:52
schultzor
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hey Braden, how do you like those Syzr pedals?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:23
Endpoint
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Pretty much love them.

Pros:
Paired with a nice stiff shoe feels like SPD-SLs with the yellow cleats
Float is non-centering and adjustable, which I like
Zero lateral wobble regardless of how minimal a XC shoe you use
Perfect clipless option for long road/touring/yolo rides where you want the feel and support of a road shoe without clickyclack
So far no discernible degradation in engagement or retention with wear

Cons:
NOT CX friendly. Reports about mud clearing abilities are bogus, still using ATACS for trve dirt riding
Cleats can get creaky if left unlubed
They are speedplay so at some point the bearings are probably going to explode
Pricey
Somewhat easy to unclip getting semi-rad so not really a good MTB pedal

Basically it's the ideal "road" pedal for people who hate road pedals.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:00
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #8459)

Endpoint wrote:
I used to ride with a guy going through a crocs on bike phase. Always brought a smile to my face when things got choppy and crocs started flying.

socks are a necessity

in bare feet it's much easier to sweat, and the slightest bit of unabsorbed moisture makes them super slippery, and liable to squirt your bare foot out onto the ground with a lotta force

with socks you don't notice any sweat much less slip out, and you look even goofier

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

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:40
Endpoint
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He def wore socks. But insisted on bobo MKS flats cause :grant:

And put 650b wheels on a 26" non-disc LHT with those goofball adjustable Paul V brakes. So... there's that.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:17
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Yeah, sounds like a kook. With Race Face Chesters and socks & Crocs, I have no troubles.

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, 10/17/2017 - 19:42
aerobear
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(Reply to #8462)

eric_ssucks wrote:
I rocked clipless (eggbeaters for the float) for commuting in the rain. That way I could change to dry shoes at my destination, and wear shoe covers. My "waterproof" street shoes never quite worked for commuting with flats.

oh yeah, this is a problem if you dont own any waterproof shoes, which i don't.
i even tried those dumb expensive showers pass expensive bags you ziped over your street shoes. they sucked bad.
have totes rocked plastic bags over my shoes many times in pdx. rubber bands on the ankles.
then i moved away from the rain.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 23:39
Whippin Skidz
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(Reply to #8463)

ckd wrote:
I don’t even wear FiveTens. I wear $30 Vans Slipon Pros with some cheap stiff insoles.

What kind insoles? Everything I've tried in Vans never really fit right.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:57
NOVELTYNAME
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(Reply to #8464)

aerobear wrote:
i even tried those dumb expensive showers pass expensive bags you ziped over your street shoes. they sucked bad.

Thee fugn woorst

"Folks want options!"

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:52
ckd
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(Reply to #8465)

Whippin Skidz wrote:
ckd wrote:
I don’t even wear FiveTens. I wear $30 Vans Slipon Pros with some cheap stiff insoles.

What kind insoles? Everything I've tried in Vans never really fit right.

The Pro line has removable insoles and I just threw some Soles in there.

Spencer Raleigh, Medical Panini

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:20
emor
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After riding the Tarckyon for a few months, I noticed the brake levers were rotated too far forward and it was hard to use them with the basket. "Gosh, that was some amateur setup, Doug" I think as I rotate them back down again.

A couple months later, the same problem happens again. "Didn't I fix this already? So dumb" I think as I rotate them back again.

And another couple months later and the levers are back in the same position. This time I notice how rotated the bell is. "OH!" I think. I under-torqued the stem pinch bolt and ever time I apply DougPower to the bike with a heavy load in the basket the bars are rotating backwards. Rotate everything back into space and tighten everything down.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:22
jeffro
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DougPower to wattz conversion chart Tarckshoop?

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:13
Sneaky Viking
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(Reply to #8468)

jeffro wrote:
DougPower to wattz conversion chart Tarckshoop?

Excel sheet with formulas.

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

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:55
akasnowmaaan
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Tarck, Tarck. We traced the fredliness! It's coming from inside the site! Do you hear me? It's coming from inside the site!

You need to get out!

...

Tarck?

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 10:38
deadforkinglast
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TC: I am supposed to be helping my dad sell his late-80's Davidson, but I have been too sentimental about it to seriously do it, even though he hasn't ridden it in years and can't even theoretically ride it anymore since his back surgery. It's too big for me and too small for my brother and should, by all rights, go to someone who will ride it, but I am having a hard time letting go. It was always the coolest bike in the world to me when I was a little kid and I still like looking at it, which is a dumb reason to keep a bike, but I'm kinda dumb sometimes.

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 16:15
TimArchyLime
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Bikes are dumb. If we didn't all have some kinds of irrational sentimentality for them, we'd realize that and find some better way to waste our money.

You can't take the Davison? I got my dad's merckx that way.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 17:39
deadforkinglast
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If it fit me, there'd be no problem, but I'm a lot shorter than my dad and brother is a fair bit taller, so it doesn't fit any of us.

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 17:50
aek
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My brother sold (for cheap) a similarly sentimental bike that didn’t fit any of us to a friend who has ridden it almost every day since. Best fate for a rad bike, atmo.

doofo wrote:
tarck eats ur soul one lol at a time

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 02:27
deadforkinglast
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TC I rode by a group of college-age kids on sw8 fixies, most of them brakeless with uncut 29"-30" mtb riser bars and I suddenly wanted a brakeless sw8 fixie hella badly.

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:19
EddBread
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(Reply to #8475)

Outside is $,$$$

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:29
oogens
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tc: i miss it. I remember thinking that video was so fuggin cool when I first saw it (just started college, was just getting into bikes). also miss that version of SF (post dotcom recession, pre startup VC money craziness, was taking high-school classes at academy of art and used to bum around between and after classes with other high school nerds getting a first taste of that post-hs independence).

Think i'll go fixie about tomorrow

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:08
deadforkinglast
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Word. I miss sw8 fixies and SF the way I remember them from being 19 (and the way I'm not positive either ever necessarily was).

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:18
fixed
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i still love that mash trailer. i also thought it was THE coolest thing in the world.
damn it now i want a sw8 fixie again.

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:55
iwillbe
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TC: I'd never really known what Rivnuts were, but had tacitly assumed Grant Petersen was their inventor, like special nuts you get from Rivendell. Turns out they're... pretty commonly used in a lot of industries

Nothing else to add, just wanted to get this off my chest.

All music is just the Eagles with different geometry.

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:38
eric_ssucks
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same here, until i realized it was a portmanteau of rivet and nut.

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 03:00
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #8481)

iwillbe wrote:
TC: I'd never really known what Rivnuts were, but had tacitly assumed Grant Petersen was their inventor, like special nuts you get from Rivendell. Turns out they're... pretty commonly used in a lot of industries

Nothing else to add, just wanted to get this off my chest.

Go in peace.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 03:16
aerobear
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(Reply to #8482)

eric_ssucks wrote:
same here, until i realized it was a portmanteau of rivet and nut.

I think I knew about rivnuts before I knew about Rivendell and I still think of grant when I read the word rivnut.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 10:12
euclid
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(Reply to #8483)

eric_ssucks wrote:
same here, until i realized it was a portmanteau of rivet and nut.

Yep, and I only realized pretty recently.

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:23
Face
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I never thought about Grant when thinking about rivnuts and I have a lot of rivnut history outside of bicycles. Now that's all I can think about.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:58
Sneaky Viking
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When you see a nicely shellacked set of bars atop a threaded headset, with no disk brakes or brifters anywhere around

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

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:29
Face
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Can someone please word filter brifters to shakes? I really think this is a necessity and wouldn't be at all confusing.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 22:33
aerobear
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i previously word filtered brifter to shift lever, but someone deleted it, like they do with all my word filters.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 22:48
Face
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Brifter is truly a horrible word.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 23:22
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Can we just auto-ban anyone who says the b-word?

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.

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 01:36
eric_ssucks
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A rivnut is someone trying to sell a simple one with full fop chariot treatment for $1200.

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 01:48
Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #8491)

Sneaky Viking wrote:
When you see a nicely shellacked set of bars atop a threaded headset, with no disk brakes or brifters anywhere around

This didn't get the recognition it justly deserves.

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.

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 10:46
cheese
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(Reply to #8492)

Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
Sneaky Viking wrote:
When you see a nicely shellacked set of bars atop a threaded headset, with no disk brakes or brifters anywhere around

This didn't get the recognition it justly deserves.

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 18:28
Sneaky Viking
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^ The use of brifters in the above comedic post was 'in character', and in no way represents how I would personally refer to shakes.

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

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 20:41
aerobear
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(Reply to #8494)

Sneaky Viking wrote:
^ The use of brifters in the above comedic post was 'in character', and in no way represents how I would personally refer to shakes.

banned for second usage

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 20:49
Whippin Skidz
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(Reply to #8495)

aerobear wrote:
Sneaky Viking wrote:
^ The use of brifters in the above comedic post was 'in character', and in no way represents how I would personally refer to shakes.

banned for second usage

Actually banned. Account wiped. Associated IPs blocked.

We're not fucking around with this mess.

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 15:52
emor
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(Reply to #8496)

cheese wrote:
Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
Sneaky Viking wrote:
When you see a nicely shellacked set of bars atop a threaded headset, with no disk brakes or brifters anywhere around

This didn't get the recognition it justly deserves.

Goddamn right, this was a high quality post

Also, I think the mash stuff hasn’t really aged well, but really fucking around having fun on bikes is always great and never goes out of style.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 23:44
ShartAttack
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TC: putting Glide all over my undercarriage daily has increased the enjoyability of bike commuting immensely over the last few months. Usually my scranus gave out before my legs but not any more!

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:06
deadforkinglast
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Saw a dude on a brakeless steel fixie with one of these slammed right on top of the headset on my commute a few days ago:

TC thought it looked pretty fucking sw8, even though I wish it was about 50mm wider.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:34
Shortpants
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TC: Its really hard switching between a bullitt and a track bike every day. Getting back on the track bike is so sketchy, I oversteer constantly and am afraid I'm going to hit something.

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:03
joy of vaping
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I remember seeing a pic of a old c-track with some OG bullmoose and it looked pretty sw8

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:17

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