AB's "Not Sure" & "Average" & "huh?" thread

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Rusty Piton
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The booty-bento-box looks ridiculous.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:17
kmcdon
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(Reply to #12352)

mdilthey wrote:

Is this a trans-am race spencer?

If so, he better watch the fuck out, my friend is (hopefully) gonna win that sucker!

(I really hope so, anyway.)

Where's the dynamo?

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:17
Lowrey'sOrgan
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That looks exactly like all the weird mods trans-am guys do to their stock bikes, all built into a custom bike
Badass
Except they're probably gonna wish they left more steerer at some point
I tested a carbon fiber "trunk" kinda like that for a while at T. It was not very useful as a place to stash things on the go, but it the numbers showed it to be undeniably aero

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:32
NOVELTYNAME
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1. would ride
2. hes gonna be so pissed when the wind blows too hard and that magnet starts ticking against the fork blade
3. would it be too difficult to put this on the headtube of a trans am spencer?

seriously
if youre gonna make a purpose built trans american race machine, why not?

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:35
jdsmooth
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ew, Parlee dick fairing

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

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:37
kmcdon
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(Reply to #12356)

Sure does. This is my buddy's TA spencer:

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:47
mdilthey
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Lol, that brake fairing.

Gonna be kind of bittersweet having the Trans-Am without Mike Hall this year :(

26/M/41t N/W

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:39
emor
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i can get behind a spencer designed to ride as fast as possible for a few thousand miles, even if that rear box makes me eyes bleed

"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, 05/19/2017 - 14:30
kmcdon
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why are there sensors on both wheels?

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:32
ICU81MI
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I wonder how many etap battery charge cycles one goes through over the course of the trans am

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:41
ckd
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(Reply to #12361)

kmcdon wrote:
why are there sensors on both wheels?

Monitor tire wear. The wheel with the faster speed has the smaller diameter.

Spencer Raleigh, Medical Panini

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:22
kmcdon
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that's some next-level shit man

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:34
ergott
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(Reply to #12363)

ICU81MI wrote:
I wonder how many etap battery charge cycles one goes through over the course of the trans am

I would be surprised if more than one.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 09:42
ergott
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(Reply to #12364)

ckd wrote:
kmcdon wrote:
why are there sensors on both wheels?

Monitor tire wear. The wheel with the faster speed has the smaller diameter.

Um, what? Surely they stop long enough to just look at the tire more at least once a day.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 09:43
ckd
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(It was a math joke)

Spencer Raleigh, Medical Panini

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:21
TimArchyLime
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(Reply to #12366)

ckd wrote:
kmcdon wrote:
why are there sensors on both wheels?

Monitor tire wear. The wheel with the faster speed has the smaller diameter.

Interestingly, this is actually how low tire pressure sensors work in cars.

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

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:24
ckd
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Is it really? That's awesome.

Spencer Raleigh, Medical Panini

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:43
euclid
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What if all your tires are equally low?

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:56
kmcdon
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(Reply to #12369)

you die

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 12:16
ckd
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Alternatively, what happens if you take all four off and put them in the glove compartment?

Spencer Raleigh, Medical Panini

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 12:17
ergott
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(Reply to #12371)

TimArchyLime wrote:
ckd wrote:
kmcdon wrote:
why are there sensors on both wheels?

Monitor tire wear. The wheel with the faster speed has the smaller diameter.

Interestingly, this is actually how low tire pressure sensors work in cars.

That's what I had in mind too. Also different tire wear can mess up some all wheel drive systems. That's why you have to replace all 4 tires at the same time or shave new ones.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 12:21
kmcdon
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(Reply to #12372)

Not even 4wd systems, anything with a differential can be affected by this. If you put different size tires on a drive axle, the differential will constantly be spinning and generating excess heat. That's one reason you can't drive on a donut forever, besides the obvious safety concerns.

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 12:26
dorth
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That spencer would be 1000x less offensive if it just had a buttrocket instead of that poorly fitting chinsy lookin crabon trunk box

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 13:12
Goddamnit Gunther
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That trunk thing off the saddle is fucked up

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 14:12
emor
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(Reply to #12375)

euclid wrote:
What if all your tires are equally low?

They probably compare it how fast the tire is supposed to spin at correct PSI versus against each other.

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

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 15:44
drwelby
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Maybe the wheels are leased and they bill you by the mile.

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:41
TimArchyLime
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It's the abs system that measures the wheel speed. I'm sure it goes through the computer and therefore knows how fast the car is going and can calculate how quickly the wheel should be spinning if it is fully inflated. But 99.9% of the time it's probably just as reliable to compare the relative speeds of the wheels. If one is regularly spinning faster than the others, it's got lower pressure.

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

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:21
ckd
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Unless you're driving in a circle.

Spencer Raleigh, Medical Panini

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:24
euclid
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But it knows how fast the car is going based on wheel speed so that would be a loop

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:26
TimArchyLime
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99.9% of the time you're not driving in a circle.

I've only experienced a low pressure light once. I don't think it was an immediate thing when the pressure got low (wasn't a leak, just too long since air had been put in). It took a few miles to turn off after I filled the tire back up. I feel like it collects lots of data and averages it out for a few miles before it triggers the light.

Also, I'd be willing to bet it doesn't work if all 4 tires lose air at the same rate at the same time.

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

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:11
VT regularbike
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Not sure how it triggers but mine will stay on even if you swap to your spare tire. Bonus after driving more than 20 miles it blinks at you to remind you that you're driving on your spare.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:37
TimArchyLime
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I wonder if the difference in tread depth (cuz full size spare with an unused tire, yeah?) keeps it on.

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

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:46
VT regularbike
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No definitely not, first flat I got the tire had such little mileage on it tread wear would have been very minimal. Maybe the spare has a different sensor or lacks a sensor that's on the normal wheels.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:28
schultzor
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The profile of the fork and head tube looks like a Final Fantasy sword.

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:30
jeffro
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Some of the tpms sensors do legitimately measure tire pressure with some kind of bubble button doozer. That's why I'm not supposed to use fix a flat with mine.

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 13:55
TimArchyLime
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Crazy. How does the sensor in the wheel talk to the computer? The whole thing about using the abs system to measure the rotating speed is to avoid putting any sensors in the wheel.

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

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:29
TimArchyLime
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(Reply to #12387)

schultzor wrote:
The profile of the fork and head tube looks like a Final Fantasy sword.

Took me a second to realize that you didn't post this in the wrong thread.

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

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:29
Patch
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Convenience is also a marginal gain, and I’m sure that trunk is a hell of a lot more stable than a traditional butt rocket.

Rapha designer Ultan Coyle came fourth in Transcon on this thing (and would have done better but his front wheel got borked).

Probably a better Trans Am spencer (fixed route, 100% sealed roads) than a Transcon spencer.

https://chrisaldgate.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/transcontinental-bar-saddle-bags/

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 16:34
jeffro
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(Reply to #12389)

TimArchyLime wrote:
Crazy. How does the sensor in the wheel talk to the computer? The whole thing about using the abs system to measure the rotating speed is to avoid putting any sensors in the wheel.

Wireless, which means someday the battery will die and I'll put black tape over the light on the dash. Valve stem and sensor are a unit.

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 19:11
Sneaky Viking
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tbh I thought it was bluetooth or some shit, because TPS and bluetooth both came into existence at basically the same time.

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

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:07
TimArchyLime
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pressure sensor in the valve makes 100% sense. Probably not cheap to replace, but wouldn't require a new wheel.

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

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 23:01
jeffro
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You can probably guess what you have by the presence or absence of a crap load of adhesive balancing weights opposite your valve stem.

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 23:36
Rusty Piton
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Jesus christ guys take this boring shit to the deth machines thread!

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:02
Recumbentist
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(Reply to #12394)

kmcdon wrote:
mdilthey wrote:

Is this a trans-am race spencer?

If so, he better watch the fuck out, my friend is (hopefully) gonna win that sucker!

(I really hope so, anyway.)

Where's the dynamo?

Rob English is riding the Trans-Am this year. I talked to him last week and he was like "I only got 43 hours of training in this week."

https://www.sram.com/stories/long-distance-dreaming-build#sm.00001kfup7q5eddoqz4q373qhfby9

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:41
mdilthey
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Knowing that it's his own spencer makes me a lot less skeptical of all of those decisions.

26/M/41t N/W

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:23
emor
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quick image upload

I'd say this is stunning proof that QBP actually sold two of those hunting fatbikes. But it's probably just two QBP employees' staff purchase bikes.

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

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 21:39
NOVELTYNAME
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Definitely a qbp employee

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 00:57
hiimjoshimabike
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IDK what to think of this frame:

I guess the elevated CS is nice for chain removal, and I guess some people are into the aesthetic, but it seems decidedly pointless.

Just ride your fucking bike and don't be a dick about it.

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 02:49
liquify
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It is mostly for tukt-ness, but is more exaggerated on this frame.

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 08:32
mdilthey
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TC: I love that frame

26/M/41t N/W

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 09:52

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