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A randonneur-style handlebar bag with a lightweight metal basket frame that uses hinges instead of bends would hold its shape extremely well over the years. 🤔

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter @mastobikes group @biketooter group

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Analog Simplicity: Rene Herse Floating Chain

Now that the Nivex derailleurs have been in production for a while, Rene Herse is taking analog shifting to the next level with the Floating Chain. This system is lighter, has less resistance and costs far less than all derailleur systems available today.

Jan Heine, head of R&D at Rene Herse Cycles, explained: “One-by drivetrains have simplified bicycle gearing, but it’s time to go a step further. Most cyclists need only three gears: one for uphills, one for flat roads, and one for downhills. The steps between these gears tend to be relatively large. Large steps between three gears are easiest to accommodate on the front, with a triple crank. So we’ve effectively turned the one-by around and put all the gears on the front.”

The Floating Chain system uses a triple crank and just a single-speed freewheel on the rear. As an added benefit, front derailleurs are lighter, more reliable, and less prone to damage when the bike falls over.

In the interest of keeping the system simple and to reduce mechanical resistance to a minimum, there is no chain tensioner. The chain length is selected for the big chainring, and it’s allowed to float freely when it runs on one of the smaller chainrings. There is no need to keep the lower chain run tensioned, as long as you don’t backpedal for more than half a revolution of the cranks.

#cycling #bicycle #biketooter #mastobikes @biketooter group @mastobikes group

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Most cyclists need only 3 gears if they live around flat terrain with some rolling hills.

When you live in foot hills, river valley's, and other more sharp topogrpahy you need more like 7-10 gears and some of them are rather close. So one's milage may vary on the utility of this system.

Plus rear derailleurs are only slightly more fragile than front.

#biketooter #cycling

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@InkySchwartz Yes, you can, but you can also putter about in the granny gear all the time.

But unless you have serious constraints, it's not something you should do.

in reply to dcz

@dcz
But why would I want to when that isn't even a good enough gear.

Just accept this is a solution looking for a problem.

@dcz
in reply to InkySchwartz

@InkySchwartz Experimenting with even stupid-looking things can teach us something. But most people are not interested in experimenting.
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@dcz
Eh, most people experiment to some degree by just trying new things. The issue is when you try something new, then claim it fixes X, and then slap specious arguments on it. It's very much like selling snake oil, or a tech bro trying to VC in their project.

Also as anothe person pointed this may all be an April Fools joke.

@dcz


I always love this little bridge across Ravenna Park and usually try to make it part of the somewhat longer version of my usual loop. (1)

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter #seabikes #seattle


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I give zero fucks about hookless or carbon fiber bicycle rims. :3

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Never heard of hookless and I probably won't be buying carbon fibre anything.
in reply to lopta

@lopta Once you have carbon wheels, there's no going back. They never go out of true and generally last much longer unless you figure out a way to shatter them. Probably never buying alloy again, unless they come with a bike.

Hookless, sometimes you buy a bike and it comes with hookless rims and then you end up having to care whether you want to or not.

in reply to crowdotblack

My alloy HED rims never go out of true and the braking surfaces have lasted for years. You get better quality when you pay a bit more irrespective of material.
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

@lopta My riding style has changed over the years, no doubt alloys have improved too, but the demands I put on my equipment probably differ from most people too.
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

I'm discussing this elsewhere at the mo too. I don't get the 'it's carbon so must be better' obsession. I ride both and have alloy rims that ride every bit as well as my carbon and indeed better in some circumstances.
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@pete @lopta

As someone who's built dozens of wheels in a past life, it's hard to argue when a rim comes out of the box completely true, then one day when you unlace it it's still true. Most alloy rims will not be. That's what I mean by never go out of true.

The ride quality of alloy almost always exceeds carbon unless you have >30mm rims, then I'm not sure I would want those in alloy anyway.

My opinions on carbon wheels is likely skewed by the fact that I ride deeper wheels

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@pete @lopta

So like I said, I'm probably an edge use case, still trying to race after all these years, 8000+ miles a year. Old enough and motivated to afford some marginal gains. Doing it long enough I don't want to mess with equipment.

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@crowdotblack @lopta I wouldn't want >30mm alloy rims either, but >30mm carbon can be harsh once terrain gets lumpy: Riding more than say 150km off-road km in a day on my 43mm rims can leave me feeling battered and seeking out road routes as an alternative.
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@crowdotblack @lopta I wouldn't want >30mm alloy rims either, but >30mm carbon can be harsh once terrain gets lumpy: Riding more than say 150km off-road km in a day on my 43mm rims can leave me feeling battered and seeking out road routes as an alternative.
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@pete @lopta
Riding more than 50km off road leaves me feeling battered, but I don't think I have the best gravel setup for comfort either other than 45mm tires
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

@lopta @pete

I have a Lauf Seigla, I think my next tires are going to be 2.2/57s

Still shopping around because it came with hookless of course :D

in reply to crowdotblack

@crowdotblack @lopta I hear nothing but good things about Rene Herse tyres, but can’t bring myself to risk the cash: a risk only in that I know I’m as likely to rip or pinch a £40 sidewall as I am an £85 one, and RH are never available at sale prices unlike the big brands. Maybe I’ll treat myself some day.
in reply to Pete

@pete @lopta I have one friend who tore a whole knob off of one in the middle of nowhere.


Small Cheap Part....Big Expensive Problem!

Replaceable derailleur hangers and the problems they can pose

Replaceable derailleur hangers Several years ago, I wrote an article called 'Chaos, the new standard'. That article holds so much truth even today that I thought a follow up was in order. So, here it goes. A company that's been around for 51 years, as we have, will tell you the importance of standards. This is a short article detailing one such detour that we took in the 1980's.

What are standards, and why should you care? If you are a person who wants to buy a bicycle that you will ride for 20 years plus, then standards mean a lot to you. For instance, I ride a Rodriguez road bike the we built here in 1999, and I'm still riding it today. I consider myself a Forever Bike person. I will still be able to buy parts for this bike in 20 years too. Any part that needs replacing we will have in stock. That's because it's built around ISO standards (International Standards Organization). ISO standards were settled upon by the bicycle industry in the 1970's in an attempt to make sure that people could get their bicycle fixed in just about any country, and well into the future. It's worked miraculously....until recently.

#cycling #bicycle #biketooter #mastobikes



First time we've gone riding together since before the pandemic! @clover has been suffering from asthma for a long time and it has hindered her #cycling, until now! #ebike (1)

#bicycle #seabikes #Seattle #mastobikes #biketooter

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

I liked the other post because it was a nice bike post, but it wasn't from someone I thought I knew. And then this popped up and I went "didn't I just like that photo?". Anyway, sounds like you two had a great day!

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Really glad it's not too different from a "normal" bike in terms of looks and parts. Feel a whole lot better buying from an established brand (even an evil one like Specialized) rather than one of those companies that was formed to capitalize on the e-bike trend.
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Neil E. Hodges

Yep. There's a port on the side of the downtube.

To get to the battery, you need to pull the motor out. Definitely a good thing that we store our bikes in our home. :)



Can a Flat-Tread Motorcycle Turn? How Motorbikes Steer

If you ride, your brain knows how motorcycles work intuitively, but we bet you'll struggle to explain it accurately. We're trading opinions for science in a pursuit to understand how motorcycles really steer.

These dynamics also apply to #bicycle riding, obviously.

#motorcycle #cycling #biketooter #mastobikes

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It was cool seeing the California Superbike School that I attended back in 2022 being mentioned. :3 #motorcycle


Had an awesome time at the California Superbike Class I went to last weekend! While I was one of the bigger weenies on track as far as speed is concerned, I learned a lot of good handling skills for two wheels. The BMW S1000RR was pretty cool, too, aside from the maintenance alert coming up every time the bike was booted up. #motorcycle (Albums (59 photos total), 14 photos attached)

To get there, my dad and I did a road trip with an overnight stop halfway between home and Willows, CA, where this session was taking place.




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Had a great time on this month's Swift Industries Social Ride! There were almost 40 of us on this ride since we all wanted to enjoy the nice weather after so much gloomy rain. The pace was nice because we were able to chat most of the time, but we also were given free reign to climb and descend more significant hills at our own pace. (Album)

Hoping to do more social rides this Summer since I think it's what I really need out of my hobbies (both bicycle and motorcycle riding) now.

#cycling #bicycle #seabikes #Seattle #mastobikes #biketooter

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After over ten wonderful (and challenging!) years, G&O Family Cyclery is shutting down.

Over the years our cost of doing business and the cost of living in our city have only gone up. We have aspired to provide living, professional wages to highly skilled tradespeople. I firmly believe that high wages and more opportunities and entry level positions for more diverse types of mechanics and salespeople are the keys to revising the bike retail model and replacing the exclusive and gatekeeping culture of bike shops and at the same time provide service that is more reliable and better value than riders are typically able to depend on.

After years of skirting the edge, depending on tightening margins, and digging for good luck in heaps of bad, we have hit a string of the bad kind; the reality that we cannot support ourselves and at the same time do this work in the manner that we most want has become undeniable.

It is a true thing to say that if your business can’t afford to pay fair wages, your business has no business doing business.

The shop’s closure is happening faster than we would have liked, and the livelihoods of my staff and myself are all at risk, as is our ability to meet all of the obligations we have to our customers. We will be closed for the next few days to organize ourselves, and then in the next few weeks, starting on Wednesday the 17th, we hope that you’ll consider coming in and picking up anything you might need from our shop. We have many high-quality ebikes for sale, as well as accessories like lights and helmets. We have bags of Lego for sale on a sliding scale from $5-500. We have all kinds of lovely things, and any support would be greatly appreciated.

#cycling #bicycle #seabikes #biketooter #mastobikes #Seattle


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Took the opportunity to do some routine maintenance on the bike in the warm comfort of home.

☑ New rear tire (tubeless)
☑ Cleaned the tubeless boogers out of the rear fender
☑ Installed a spring thing (converted from M4 to M5) to make the horizontal dropouts less annoying
☑ New cassette
☑ New chain

Very productive tonight! :D

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter


Today I learned about #tubeless tire fender boogers. 😅

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter





When I think of #Winter here, I just think of the cold, the rain, and all of the times I was either borderline or actually hypothermic when #cycling and similar outdoor activities in it. :/

#bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter



Groupsets don't really mean anything when you use friction shifting. 🤔

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

That’s true.
But as someone who lived/rode/raced through friction the first time around, I don’t really have any urge to go back. I mean, it’s fine (and it lets your get away with all sorts of hijinx in terms of components) but the utility (for my) of indexing outweighs all that. #BikeTooter


In all my years of #cycling, I've never found a great solution for cold weather. If I bundle up so I'm not chilled, then I soak everything with sweat in short order. If I wear less, then I freeze. I've tried Merino wool, synthetics (Gore, Event, etc.), and so on, but nothing works well enough for me.

Sadly, that means I don't do anything exciting on the #bicycle during the coldest part of the year. Just my daily local loop. :(

#mastobikes #biketooter

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in reply to Neil E. Hodges

same thing with winter sports. The trick for me is a good wicking base layer to get the moisture off the skin, then a breathable middle layer for insulation but that allows the moisture to evaporate and then a water resistant outer shell with enough venting to breathe but not too much to be cold.
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

I’ve since discovered that bundling up and getting warm at home before starting the ride helps me a ton.


This is interesting.

innicycle Threadless Conversion Headset

innicycle's unique system combines a threadless stem adapter with a sealed cartridge bearing headset. The result: Finally a way to tastefully incorporate modern components with your vintage bicycle.
Advantages
  • Lower weight & greater rigidity
  • Retains stock threaded fork
  • Compatible with modern handlebars and stems
  • Easily adjusted bearing preload using only a 6mm hex key
  • Ultra low stack height (low stem position adjust-ability)
Fitment

The innicycle Threadless Conversion Headset™ is compatible with most road and some MTB bikes that originally came equipped with 1" threaded headsets and quill stems. Forks must be 1"-24 TPI threaded with a 7/8" (22.2mm) inside diameter. Both ISO and JIS* fork crowns are supported.

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

I dunno. I don’t see this solving a big problem for me, though I own a number of bikes that (in theory) could utilize this.
I guess I just don’t find 1” threaded headsets that problematic? A good quality one, properly installed and adjusted should be totally fine. And there are a number of meaningful advantages to quill stems (height adjustability, comfort, esthetics). And there are lovely quill stems for 31.8mm bars, so you can run modern stuff.
#BikeTooter
in reply to nothingfuture

@nothingfuture where were these quill stems ten years ago when I ended up using a stem adapter and clamped stem?
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@enobacon That seems like before the current borderline obsession with revamping vintage bikes. When I built my 90s-mtb-turned-gravel bike, the stem that VeloOrange makes was a total lifesaver. #BikeTooter
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@enobacon @nothingfuture I remember a couple of them coming out around the ‘00 fixie conversion boom, but now they are made by a number of companies in various dimensions. I had one that went from quill stem to a removable faceplate for 31.8mm bars around that time. That way I could switch flats to drops without removing all the bar tape.


Why are shorter MTB cranks suddenly all the rage?

"I'm thinking about getting longer cranks", said no one in 2023. It's definitely true that shorter cranks are a trend right now, but why? Is it all nonsense, or is there something to it? Today we'll take a deep dive into crank length and how it affects your performance. You'll get a highly biased take on the subject from someone with very short legs.

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter #mtb

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Without watching, is it because human torque isn't as important as ground clearance on an EMB?


I still like rim brakes, but I don't have any major opposition to disc brakes as long as they're using with thru-axles. (I don't like the pads rubbing after hard braking, which is usually caused by the hubs shifting.)

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Although you can find some bikes with disc brakes & QRs, at this point, they’re uncommon enough that you’re really foreclosing your options if you buy into that setup. There was an uncomfortable period around 2017 when standards were unsettled, and there are some bikes of that vintage that will just be hard to service in the future.


Finally figured out the process for getting my correct saddle position on a bike!

  • Start with the saddle level, a bit low, and slammed all the way back on the rails.
  • Raise the saddle in 3-5mm increments until you no longer lift off the saddle or have pain on or around your kneecaps. You may need to move the saddle forward a 3-5mm every now and then so you aren't completely sitting on its nose.
  • Once #2 has been taken care of, pedal with the technique of spinning your knees in small, tight, and fast circles. That pedaling technique will cause you to scoot forward to where your saddle should be.
  • Move the saddle forward in 3-5mm increments until it feels comfortable with that pedaling technique. Be sure to keep the saddle as level as possible while doing this.

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter #BikeFit



Saw the aftermath of some sort of traffic incident involving an #Amazon / #Rivian van and a cyclist while I was wrapping up my daily ride. I'm thinking there was another vehicle also involved because I saw a different car's bumper wedged into the Amazon van's rear bumper.

The cyclist was limping, but he said he was okay when I asked. The Amazon driver was calling someone to report the incident.

#cycling #bicycle #biketooter #mastobikes #seabikes

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Is it reasonable to use an inner tube (installed and inflated inside the tire on the rim) to smooth out tubeless rim tape in the case of leaks? #cycling #bicycle #biketooter #mastobikes

(I'll retape it if it doesn't work out.)

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So it didn't quite pan out, but it did reveal "install a tube" as a great way to seat the bead of the tire during tubeless setup! #cycling #bicycle #biketooter #mastobikes



It's pretty cool how there's enough of a market for custom #bicycle frames to keep hundreds of passionate frame builders around. :) #cycling #mastobikes #biketooter


It's sad how so many people never invest into making their bike comfortable beyond maybe a cushy saddle* and end up thinking "bike riding is supposed to be uncomfortable." #cycling #bicycle #biketooter #mastobikes

*Most cushy saddles that people go for (usually based on the saddles being cheap) aren't shaped or padded the right way and end up causing extreme discomfort in a fairly short while. :/

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nothingfuture
@bici No offense intended here, but:
I wouldn’t ride a Brooks if they paid me. Nothing about them works for me.
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They do work for some people, but I don't think they do great for me, either. The bike fitter I saw a few years back said he didn't like them (including the Cambium ones) because of the shape they form when they sag. It makes bike fitting really hard, and it's hard enough as it is!

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What are some good custom #bicycle frame builders in #Seattle? Looking for lugs and minimal aversion to moving parts off an existing bike. #cycling #mastobikes #biketooter
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in reply to Neil E. Hodges

I haven't ordered myself, but the first one that came to mind for me was https://www.rodbikes.com/

Had a very tall coworker who bought a bike from them and really liked it


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What are some good tubeless 650B tires with small knobs? My bike maxes out at 38mm, by the way. #cycling #bicycle #biketooter #mastobikes

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in reply to Neil E. Hodges

I've had good experience with Panaracer Gravelking SK Plus (plus means more puncture protection - I've had zero punctures in probably like 8000 km with them), but looking at the available sizes I don't see a 650bx38 or smaller.
in reply to amethystdeceiver

Yeah, I was originally thinking those, but they only go down to 42mm. Need a new frame with more clearance someday. :(
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

I really like Ultra Dynamico, but they are made in the Panasonic tire factory along with a lot of other brands like Rene Herse, Bob Gordon, and of course, Panaracer


Whether or not disc brakes are "better" than rim brakes, disc brakes definitely require less skill to use effectively in more conditions.

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Ah, yes! I have seen those, in a museum! but never used them.


The Dark Side of Electronic Shifting

In short: primarily vendor lock-in and the vendors only targeting specific use cases with electronic shifting.

#cycling #bicycle #mastobikes #biketooter

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Neil E. Hodges
Maybe that's the real motivation behind pushing it everywhere. :/

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Any #bicycle storage or carrying solution that doesn't work with fenders is useless to me. :/ #cycling #mastobikes #biketooter

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Depends really on your budget for a great rainjacket. Between a €100 and a €900 Jacket are more reasons to pay pricier.
Usually i end up with €250 Budget....

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A lot of the "road dust" is actually tire dust and brake dust from cars. Pretty wild to think about.

#cycling #