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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 spencer with a basket and flat pedals probably changed my riding more than any other spencer 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/spencer/dirt/danny-macaskill-carbon-black

Got them on sale for about $100. I like them enough to wear off the spencer 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/spencer/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 spencer 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 spencer 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 spencer 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 spencer 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 spencer 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 spencer, 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 spencer that didn’t fit any of us to a friend who has ridden it almost every day since. Best fate for a rad spencer, atmo.

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

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 02:27

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