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    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 1 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    Also, if you're not too concerned with fixed, check out the Marin nicassio single speed. Off the top of my head I'm pretty sure it meets all of you're criteria, including budget

    [–] I bought a cheap single speed but i've never been happier atlas5280 1 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    responding to a joke that was itself a response to a joke with a joke re-affirming that the original joke was supposed to be funny sort of takes the fun out of all of it :/

    [–] FGB's thoughts on Chinese/unbranded carbon? atlas5280 0 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    First of all man, I never claimed Giant made all trek or specialized parts, frames, etc. I said they manufacture "for" them, and it seems you agree with that, or at least with the possibility of it.

    Second, the question here was "what are your thoughts on unbranded chinese carbon", to which we also seem to agree with a solid "maybe".

    Finally, I didn't downvote you because you're wrong, I downvoted you because you're a pedantic asshole.

    You want to be a holier-than-thou gatekeeper, be my guest, but don't then turn around and bitch that you aren't seen as a hero of the people. If you want to educate, then educate. If you want to offend, then offend. Don't be surprised when people respond negatively to you.

    [–] FGB's thoughts on Chinese/unbranded carbon? atlas5280 3 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    No, Giant is not the manufacturer for Specialized or Trek and you shouldn't propagate it.

    I'll let my Giant rep know he's wrong, then.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 3 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    Exactly though.

    "HOW DARE YOU RIDE A BIKE WITH NO BRAKES WHICH IS UNSAFE. YOU COULD HURT SOMEONE"

    "Uh, fuck you random stranger."

    (shank shank shank). "That'll show you to ride unsafe bikes and talk back to confrontational strangers.'

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 1 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    Just a general note about Park Tool: they make the technically-correct tools, but they don't make the best tools.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 1 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    You could also look into wheel locks like pin-heads. Then you just have to worry about securing the frame with the u-lock.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 1 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago) in FixedGearBicycle

    Never been to London, but in America my advice with stranger-altercations like this is to verbally de-escalate, or physically dis-engage, up until you're forced to escalate due to the aggressors actions. Hard to do, I know(I'm guilty of losing my cool went confronted on the street), but in the end, none of that is worth getting shanked.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 2 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    Also, frames are made with an intended purpose. You couldn't simply fit a 7 speed wheel on a track frame, the rear fork spacing(distance between the dropouts) would be different.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 1 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    He also edited his comment to clarify. You're responding to a different comment then the one I originally responded to. Relax man, I didn't attack the guy, I just clarified an answer that could be confusing for a beginner.

    And as far as knowing stuff goes, it's not like he's the only guy that works in a bike shop lol.

    [–] I bought a cheap single speed but i've never been happier atlas5280 3 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    With only a couple of exceptions, every bicycle should be equipped with two brakes -- front, and rear. Any brake will fail sooner or later, and then you really need the other one!

    lol. slap yourself.

    [–] FGB's thoughts on Chinese/unbranded carbon? atlas5280 8 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised to find that unbranded chinese carbon can be literally the same as the branded carbon.

    In reality, there's huge chinese/taiwanese mega companies that actually control the vast majority of bike production(Giant being the obvious, well, giant one. They manufacture for trek and specialized along with their own brand. Same factories, different designs/logos).

    A big thing in cheap bike parts is just dealing directly with manufacture's (Tribe Bike Co., for example, just buys the rims we all know as H+ Son Archetypes directly from the producer and slaps their logos on them, as an example.)

    Just be careful. Of course it could be snake oil but you're clearly an experienced cyclist and it's not like you don't already know the risks and what to look out for as far as quality.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 1 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    If you can afford the tribe mess, it's a pretty good value. Especially the premium, which comes with sram omnium cranks for $100. That said, it comes with a pretty shitty handlebar and stem(for some reason, their cheaper bikes have nicer ones), but that's a relatively cheap/easy fix.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 3 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    Wheel-building is really expensive. Spokes cost money and the labor to lace a wheel is no joke.

    You can buy a walmart bike for like 80 bucks. I'd rather you do that then rip-off someone else's shit.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 -1 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    No disrespect to the poster above me, but I really suggest you take your bike to a local bike shop. If you're pretty handy and already have the required tools, great, surf youtube and have fun. But if the issue is your headset, it's really likely that human error caused the issue in the first place.

    Fixing your own bike can be super rewarding, but ruining your own parts is definitely not. Just use some discretion and don't get in over your head.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 0 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    Meet the guy at a local bike shop and have it looked over. Don't say anything about the price you're going to pay, just ask them what maintenance it requires.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 1 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    The poster you replied to is only partly right. ANY 700c rim will work. But you need a specific hub.

    As far as "good" wheelsets, it's super dependent on your budget. It's hard to make recommendations without a price range.

    [–] [US] Icarus (2017) An American filmmaker and cyclist unwittingly wades into a global scandal when a Russian scientist leaks shocking details of a vast doping conspiracy. atlas5280 -14 points ago in NetflixBestOf

    What this doc does is show how ordinary, crass and simple the game really is.

    Which isn't interesting. It should surprise literally no one. Anyone who doesn't recognize professional sport, particularly international sport, as bankrupt of integrity is simply naive or stupid. Baseball, cycling, soccer, the Olympics. This documentary didn't tread new ground, despite almost doing so with the initial premise(I'm going to document myself cheating and getting away with it) . It shifts to all sports are doped(no shit) and Russia kills desenters(no shit).

    Honestly, who learned something new from this film?

    [–] [US] Icarus (2017) An American filmmaker and cyclist unwittingly wades into a global scandal when a Russian scientist leaks shocking details of a vast doping conspiracy. atlas5280 37 points ago in NetflixBestOf

    I honestly didn't think the turn from sports-ethics to political-intrigue was particularly interesting. Like he just drops the whole "I used PEDs and still didn't perform well" and then shifts to "but I did meet this guy at the center of an international scandal and they might execute him over it." Without ever really dealing with the ethics of doping again.

    [–] Weekly Questions Thread [Posted Every Wednesday] atlas5280 2 points ago in FixedGearBicycle

    I liked it overall, but I can't help but think it went from a sports-ethics docu to a political-intrigue-thriller for no reason. Like its broader point wasnt that all sports are doped but rather that Russia executes defectors. Spoilers....