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MissusTufnel
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kowloon wrote:
1. you'll be fine, unless you have, like, freakishly long legs.

I have to special order my pants.

kowloon wrote:
B. It's your ratio. That's 80 GI!!!

I'm glad I'm not as lame as I thought.

kowloon wrote:
iii. Phosphoric acid

Is that readily available? Like, hardware store?

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 17:32
Char Aznable
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I was skidding and my clipless cleat came loose. Should they be on tighter? Also I stripped the hex section on one of the bolts, so I can't get it that tight. The other one does get real tight though. How important is replacing that bad bolt?

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 17:38
phil
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if it is a two bolt cleat, i would definitely replace. on a three bolt cleat, it probably make sense to, too. you could probably pick on up from your lbs/hardware store for $0.10

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 17:47
Toast
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i don't skid when i ride clipless, that's my solution... clips n straps for dicking around in the city, spd sl's for long miles out of town (with a brake)

now, of course, other people can give better advice on skidding clipless, but this is what has been my solution.

my question- i got a carbon fiber seatpost coming my way. i've never used carbon anything before (er i guess my shoes have a carbon sole). is there anything i need to know? i have an irrational fear that i'm gonna tighten the clamp and the post will crumble like a saltine cracker. i'm dumb like this.

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 17:48
MissusTufnel
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halbritt wrote:
1. get a fitting.

Never been fitted, what does that actually entail? It'd be good to know what frame size is actually best for me.
I really am weirdly shaped.

halbritt wrote:
2. Hit it with a hammer, if it breaks, you know it was gone, otherwise, ride the hell out of your perfectly decent dented frame.

so tarck

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 17:49
lofarkas
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halbritt wrote:
MissusTufnel wrote:
Stupid sizing question...
halbritt said that TT length is the most important for sizing. I have a short torso and super long legs, so I adjust by raising my saddle. Do I need to get an extra long seatpost to compensate? How do I go about figuring this out?

Stupid skip stopping question...
I'm having a seriously rough time getting any kind of decent skip stop happening. Am I weak sauce or could I blame it on my highish gear ratio (52/17) and just keep at it until I adjust to it?

Stupid rust removal question...
I have a rusty old frame. How can I tell if it'll be worth it to get it professionally sandblasted? It'll suck if I pay to strip it and there's irreversible rust damage. Any way to tell ahead of time? I've hit it with chrome polish and rust removers already.

1. Don't ever rely on anything I've written. Mostly it's all bullshit. With that in mind, I bet your legs and your torso aren't that disproportionate. Raise the saddle if you need to, but I doubt you need a super-long seatpost as was already mentioned. Also, get a fitting.

2. Post some close-up photos of your legs for better advice.

ftfy

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 17:51
Captain Gnarlock
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MissusTufnel wrote:
kowloon wrote:
1. you'll be fine, unless you have, like, freakishly long legs.

I have to special order my pants.

Hmmm.. better post close-up pics.

*dammit, beaten!*

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 17:52
JARofDIX
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why doesnt anyone like meeee

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 17:56
brandune
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Cuz you suck, fuck off!

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 18:22
hambeki
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brakesR4fakes wrote:
why doesnt anyone like meeee

Because you're a worthless sack of garbage. I wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 18:34
halbritt
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MissusTufnel wrote:
halbritt wrote:
1. get a fitting.

Never been fitted, what does that actually entail? It'd be good to know what frame size is actually best for me.
I really am weirdly shaped.

halbritt wrote:
2. Hit it with a hammer, if it breaks, you know it was gone, otherwise, ride the hell out of your perfectly decent dented frame.

so tarck

Fitting entails visiting a shop that has a person whose judgment you presumably trust. They put you on an adjustable bike and have you pedal about (or in place). At that point, they give you guidance on the lengths of various things like seat tubes, top tubes, seat posts, stem length, etc.

There's a lot of "math" involved and imho, the "math" is mostly just bullshit to make people feel better. Some of it is actually computerized, so, that's like binary bullshit. Fortunately, most of the math yields workable results, combine with a degree of judgment that comes from experience and you should get close to what you need.

Phosphoric acid can be found in the hardware store as naval jelly. Don't get it confused with navel jelly, which is something totally different. It strips paint.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 19:41
MissusTufnel
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halbritt wrote:
Fitting entails visiting a shop that has a person whose judgment you presumably trust.
...with a degree of judgment that comes from experience and you should get close to what you need.

I just moved, but I think I have a LBS I like, though I dunno about trust. If they treat me like a person and not like a girl I'll probably trust them. I guess this is a good way to find out.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 02:29
Matthew Trujillo

sup girl. ill fit you anytime

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 02:39
TimArchyLime
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MissusTufnel wrote:
halbritt wrote:
Fitting entails visiting a shop that has a person whose judgment you presumably trust.
...with a degree of judgment that comes from experience and you should get close to what you need.

I just moved, but I think I have a LBS I like, though I dunno about trust. If they treat me like a person and not like a girl I'll probably trust them. I guess this is a good way to find out.

It sucks that shops are judgemental about customers, but they are. Actually, all service industries are, but because of the highly personal nature, I think you feel it more in a bike shop. Just ignore it. Be friendly. A lot of guys in shops are excited to see more women on bikes and will take care to make sure they are getting shit right. If they're thinking at all, they know that sexism in shops is a big issue and that you'll likely take your business somewhere else if you feel it. That is under the assumption that they are thinking though.

Also, they will probably judge you more by your bike than by your gender. Once again, just ignore it.

If you like the shop, just be friendly and appreciative of their knowledge. One of the prime motivators for shop rats to do what they do is that they feel they have knowledge that will make other people's riding experiences better. They love it when they think people are actually listening to them. Really, they're kinda like puppies. If you pay attention and ask insightful questions, they'll love you forever. If not, fuck that place.

Also, again, I'm sure you know this, don't write a place off after one bad visit. I definately had days when I was really not in the mood to go through a hour long fitting/testing process and I know the customers felt it. On the second trip, I tried to make sure they had a better time. 90% of the time, if a shop rat takes the time to fit you and you come back within a week, they'll remember your name. Definately a good way to get in with them.

So, thats a small shop rant. I doubt it'll be helpful. I just like it when I think people are listening...

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

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 09:46
Captain Gnarlock
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Mrs. T, are you in SLO? Or elsewhere?

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 11:44
hambeki
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Kowloon gettin his move on.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 11:48
Captain Gnarlock
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crushkilldestroy wrote:
Kowloon gettin his move on.

sup smiley

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 11:51
MissusTufnel
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TimArchy: Thanks for that. I'm pretty sure I like this place and will keep going back. I think the weirdness before was first time a bad employee and the second, shock at seeing a girl, and then a girl who rides fixed. (My new town sucks.) I have high hopes.

kowloon: I'm just south of SLO.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 13:59
CeeGee
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^You're all sorts of a badass. 80 gear inches

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:04
MissusTufnel
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Meh. I really don't feel like one, as I'm living in a flat flat valley town. Can't do tricks or skids real well but the efficiency of my commute is well worth it.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:21
Patch
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YEah I shat the bed when she told me her ratio. Still not an incredible amount, it's 3,1 and she lives in flatsville.

Is your bike in working order right now katherine?

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:29
MissusTufnel
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TOTALLY
I loves it. I've ridden every day since I got home, might never fill my car up again.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:35
CeeGee
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ah alright. I assumed everything in California was hilly. I still never pushed anything like 80 gi even when I lived in a flat area though. efficiency > fgfs

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:44
MissusTufnel
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California is way too huge to be all hilly. There's like this giant valley down the center where all the smog settles.
It's also where our food is grown.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:51
CeeGee
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thanks for the geography lesson. I kinda hate California as a whole so I try to ignore its existence if at all possible. You totally should've at least pretended to be a badass strong rider who used to mess. This all sounds smarmy and I don't mean it to be.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:54
zombie

Hate California? Go eat some Taco Bell you jackass.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:57
CeeGee
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Luckily, nothing you say means shit. I can't wait for the god forsaken shit state to sink. Go play in traffic, no one's talking to you.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:08
zombie

CeeGee wrote:
Luckily, nothing you say means shit. I can't wait for the god forsaken shit state to sink. Go play in traffic, no one's talking to you.

fuck you bitch.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:10
CeeGee
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suck my figurative dick. too bad the word bitch isn't offensive to me. Just shows how worthless a sack of shit you are.
Also, no one was talking to you. Leave the fucking thread, dumbass.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:17
MissusTufnel
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Shit just got intense.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:18
Matthew Trujillo

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:20
zombie

You're club cut.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:20
MissusTufnel
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ANYWHOO

CeeGee, don't write off all of CA because of Los Angeles bullshit. Northern California is a million times more awesome (sorry SoCalers) and has redwood trees.

Also, if I could've pulled off a stunt like that, I definitely would have. I just don't have thah skillz.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:22
Captain Gnarlock
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MissusTufnel wrote:
Northern California is a million times more awesome (sorry SoCalers) and has redwood trees.

that

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:28
CeeGee
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ZOMBIE, YOU'RE STILL A WORTHLESS SACK OF SHIT. WAS IT REALLY WORTH IT SHITTING UP THIS THREAD WITH YOUR FUCKING NONSENSE? Nope. I might be club cut but I'm also a D cup, dumbass. Making fun of my anatomy doesn't make you any less of a shithead.

I've visited twice. I actually didn't dig Northern California when I visited but it probably had a hell of a lot to do with the girl I stayed with. The redwoods was the trips saving grace. I also went to San Francisco for alternative spring break and enjoyed it bu there are too many fuckwads present (see above) for me to ever consider living there. I'm just an east coaster at heart. And you've got the skillz. Just start randomly interjecting into all conversations, regardless of if they're related or not, that you rock 80 gear inches.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:29
Matthew Trujillo

i live on a cross street to REDWOOD street

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:29
MissusTufnel
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Sol, that does NOT count.

I rock 80 GI.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:31
CeeGee
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^She wins

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:36
Matthew Trujillo

i am 80 inches

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:40
CeeGee
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I can't tell if that's meant to be a perverse comment or not Sol. Please clarify

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:44
Patch
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Ceegee I don't get how you can berate California, then claim it's full of assholes just because zombie is one on the internet?
You seem to like gerund, kowloon, tufnel, etc. just fine.
You had a good time in san francisco and in the redwoods, to most of us that's what california is. regardless of whether you need to be stubborn with zombie about this or not, the rest of the californians can't help but be upset that you didn't have a good time here.

Don't tell me Tennesee doesn't have its share of dickwads...

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:47
CeeGee
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To me, California is full of arrogant, self-congratulatory dickwads and smog. I'd rather live in Memphis or Nashville than California, and I don't really like the south so that says a lot (all Southerners feel free to attack me and call me names now). TN has a different sort of dickwad, and a different sort that I can tolerate. I don't see how my saying that means that I can't get along with a small portion of people who live there. I'm sure there are some decent people in the state- you'd be included if you hadn't moved.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:59
Captain Gnarlock
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And in all of this, we're losing site of the real enemy: the fucking Swiss.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 16:05
Patch
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kowloon wrote:
And in all of this, we're losing site of the real enemy: the fucking Swiss.

Half of my friends think I'm swiss and living in switzerland.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 16:08
halbritt
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CeeGee wrote:
To me, California is full of arrogant, self-congratulatory dickwads and smog. I'd rather live in Memphis or Nashville than California, and I don't really like the south so that says a lot (all Southerners feel free to attack me and call me names now). TN has a different sort of dickwad, and a different sort that I can tolerate. I don't see how my saying that means that I can't get along with a small portion of people who live there. I'm sure there are some decent people in the state- you'd be included if you hadn't moved.

Your close-mindedness in this thread makes a huge target for an attack, particularly by those of us that live in and enjoy California. California is a huge state with a wide variety of geography and culture. Making such a blanket statement is laughable and patently wrong-headed.

TimArchy wrote:
If you like the shop, just be friendly and appreciative of their knowledge. One of the prime motivators for shop rats to do what they do is that they feel they have knowledge that will make other people's riding experiences better. They love it when they think people are actually listening to them. Really, they're kinda like puppies. If you pay attention and ask insightful questions, they'll love you forever. If not, fuck that place.

This. Very insightful.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 16:27
CeeGee
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halbritt wrote:

Your close-mindedness in this thread makes a huge target for an attack, particularly by those of us that live in and enjoy California. California is a huge state with a wide variety of geography and culture. Making such a blanket statement is laughable and patently wrong-headed.

The thing you seem to be missing is that I simply don't give a shit. If I don't like an area of the country, so be it. Get off my dick about it. I'm allowed to have an opinion. And if you'd look at my original statements they were clearly a joke. So maybe you should pull your head out of your smug ass and stop bringing up old and unrelated shit.

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 16:32
Matthew Trujillo

CeeGee wrote:
I can't tell if that's meant to be a perverse comment or not Sol. Please clarify

failed attempt at teh creepyness

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 16:34
MissusTufnel
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it might have been a failed attempt at something, sol, but you are always creepy

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 19:18
kyle!
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CeeGee I may need that saddle back if you can't appreciate it's Californian past.

SYKKEEEEE!

Fri, 02/06/2009 - 14:16
CeeGee
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haha noooooooo! I think the saddle might actually be hurting my ass even though I've been riding the exact same saddle in black for 6 months. My ass either doesn't like celeste or California smiley

Fri, 02/06/2009 - 14:20

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