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The brace on this aluminum 24" kids MTB has broken out from between the chain stays. Do you think this should be repaired? The bike will never be ridden hard (girl).
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This looks ally. It's not going to be worth it. Long story short: It's very likely the ubiquitous 6061 alloy. In which case you'll loose maybe two thirds of strength in the heat affected area after welding. 6061 wont age naturally at room temperature like some other aluminium alloys. As such it will need to be oven treated, strip the whole frame, kiss the pain good bye, bake real hot, quench, bake again at lower temperature, new paint job, reassemble.
If its a low copper 7000 series alloy (you won't be able to tell) it would regain about 80% of its original strength at room temperaturw over the next few weeks after welding.
It's not worth it.
Thanks, I will check...
God damn it, I already put some replacement parts on this thing.
Literally browse marketplace or Craigslist for a compatible $20 bike and throw all those parts on.. what's the big deal
This isn't a brace, but a plate to which a stand mounts. If the frame is straight and there are no cracks on the tubes, there is nothing to worry about. This part doesn't hold any load during regular riding.
Buy the child a MIPS helmet and gloves instead.
The previous owner cut it off with a rotary tool. Free weight reduction ^^
That's bullshit

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post pictures plans dreams setups questions trips
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>Newbie here. What's the difference between touring and bikepacking anyway?
Nothing. The cycling industry just likes to pretend it's invented stuff again so that consumers can feel like pioneers.

There's kind of a distinction with the gear.
A traditional touring setup uses racks, panniers and 30-40mm tires.
Typically a bikepacking setup uses bags that strap directly on the bike, and 50-60mm tires.

Bikepacking gear is lighter, more aerodynamic, more secure, and the bike should be more capable offroad.
On the other hand you have way less gear capacity and packing it is more annoying.
So bikepacking is more suited to doing serious efforts and going fast, and touring is more suited to long term travel.

There are a number more things you might roughly throw into either category but in reality the crossover is enormous and most people's setups and days riding crossover between the two.
>What's the difference between touring and bikepacking anyway?

Nothing that a google won't fix, but I'm procrastinating and I can answer with own opinion:

Main difference I see is that tourers have multiple panniers front and back, filled with everything they need for a multi-month journey. Touring bikes look pretty dorky, but they are the classic way of exploring a country mainly using roads. Touring bikes are traditionally steel-frame, with multiple gearing configurations. Huge variety of bikes to choose from these days, but classic luggage setup: 20L x2 panniers on back, 7.5L x2 front, handlebar bag, maybe large dry bag on rack. Doesn't have to be lightweight.

Relatively newer style of bike exploration. More angle towards off-trail exploration using gravel-bikes or mountain bikes, even fat-bikes. Much more optimised baggage system, very little if any panniers, but instead frame/saddle/handlebar bags, reducing carrying capacity. Gear is optimised as well, e.g.: lightweight tent, and it's more about endurance than being a tourist. Totally fine, but can be limiting.

Which islands can I ask?
Thanks. I guess I'll be touring. Idk how many days it'll take and I have no idea if I can do it and not give up.

Philippines. Going from Southern Island of Mindanao to the islands of Visayas and then ending in the island of Luzon. I'm planning a route to visit friends and family. Tbh I'm scared as hell since the farthest I've gone is 50km. I've been trying to "train" climbing but I haven't tried doing it without carrying any gear except my wallet and a water bottle.
That sounds awesome.

I'd go for a light set up cos you'll be going in and out of ferrys, up hills so I'd imagine. I dont know what the wild camping situation is like, but if there is cheap accomodation, I'd almost ditch the tent.

Use wet lube, that salty air won't do your chain any favours.

>tfw eating roast pork daily and cycling
bike packing is more analogous to backpacking. the gear is more modern and made to handle offroad.
you could bikepack with traditional touring bags but they're not purpose built for it. you could buy bikepacking gear and never leave the road if you prefer those style of bags.
both versions you usually camp out but if you're not broke you can skip carrying the camping gear and "credit card tour", stay in hotels every night. that would definitely be a tour, even if you used bikepacking bags for your clothes

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Fuck you I like them
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trash thread
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Another old stupid shit thread
I find my hands naturally gravitate towards that position anyway
Maybe it's from riding with hoods or my bars are too low
I also find my hands naturally gravitating towards fallic shapes
You sometimes see bike with these things on them, but i don't think ive ever seen someone actually use them. what's the theory behind them?

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How many spare wheels do you keep?
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You could've just said yes instead of typing all that shit
Okay strong and independent man who don't need no hardware store
Sorry I felt attacked when you brought up mental illness and hoarding
I feel sorry for people who don't know how to repair their own stuff. I spend more time fixing shit than riding and I can fix basically anything with my stash of tools and parts. How do you people get through a ride? I have to stop and fix something every couple of miles, if I didn't have a milk crate full of random scrap parts and tools getting dragged behind me with bungee cords I'd never get anywhere
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Here are some of mine.

I love good wheels, I build my own and like to have spare sets for each of my bikes and tend to go for 2-3 sets per bike, all set up ready to go with tyres fitted.
>1 x lightweight for dry road use fitted with slicks
>1 x all weather ceramic rim with wet tyres
>1 x Heavy duty rims and spokes with all weather off road tyres

This means pretty much all of my bikes are ewasily converted for whatever type of ride I have in mind. I have various bikes and need wheels in various sizes, 26'', 700c, 650b and 20'', I have wheels set up for all of these plus others that are just there to be used whenever a set wears out. I also have a ton of rims and spokes ready to build more.

Good wheels are the most important part of any bike. Everything else is there to serve the wheels.


>nooo the tubeless tire blew off the hookless carbon rim AGAIN
>theres now lube everywhere how could it slip off the rim
>we even used foam inserts, they cost few watts, few extra grams, few dollars and always work, just not this time
>noo we cant go back to hooked carbon rims, the rim manufacturers will make less profit since the hooked profile is safer but more difficult to demold
>foam insert manufacturers will sue us when we ditch them for hooked rims
>going back to tires with tubes which just werk, what are you talking about? We have contracts with lube manufacturers to fulfill
>plz halp UCI

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>blows up
>covered in white goo
>looks tired
yep tubeless tires are the prematures of cycling.
>Nice google images pic
Thanks, you should have looked that up before. It's things that simple.

>are you speaking from experience?
Lol no, I don't ride this crap.
I am however dealing with molds professionally. In hookles rim manufacturing you can just pull the contour block of the mold. With a hooked design you have to deal with the back cut somehow, complicating mold layout and maybe increasing cycle time. Hookless is the next pro bike marketing meme to shill cheap molds at the cost of safety.
Ah, a google images armchair expert. I like 4chan because no matter how dumb and incompetent I may be, there's always someone else willing to take one for the team and make me the smartest guy in the room as an act of kindness
>A *blowout* says the tire pressure was too much for the bead.
could this be caused by heating? e.g. pump your tyre at room temperature, then go riding when it's turbohot and the road has 50+ degree, this heats up the tyre and air, pressure rises. and then boom, off you go
>28mm tyre on 25mm rim width

Its always the retard setups

How would you do it?
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What the fuck does flying your dinky Cessna teach you about professional aviation, and why don't other countries struggle to find pilots despite far smaller GA communities?
>what does flying a simpler airplane translate to flying a bigger airplane
i'm not even going to respond because you're clearly retarded
>why don't other countries struggle to find pilots despite far smaller GA communities
They do, though. Foreign countries that have regulated their GA fleets out of existence tend to recruit airline pilots from their military and from America. Before COVID, CFIs were complaining about having to teach an endless stream of Chinese students who didn't speak English.
Ultralights already have (in Europe). Fuck certification, fuck not being able to do your own labour, fuck medicals, fuck expensive Avgas, fuck having to fly 50+ year old planes because that's all anyone can afford.
>why don't other countries struggle to find pilots despite far smaller GA communities?
because they land A320's with the landing gear retracted, and they feather the props of ATR's on approach

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I’m pretty close to switching to an older bike, if there an objectively best era for vintage steel bikes?
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My parents who rode in that era hated them. Crazy thing is even though I have 40+chainrings stashed they must have chucked the biopace ones.
I suspect it's fine once you get used to it, but just like modern oval rings you need to ease into it over time.
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Chances are they had the more eccentric biopaces. Mine is fairly round like the pink bike's.
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I was trying to install a Shimano 600 bb into a frame, and it didn't fit right. Insufficient threads on the adj cup side, couldn't put the lockring on.
When I first got this frame & fork I measured the bb shell real quick with a pocket rule. It was less than 73, so it must be 68. Surely there is nothing wrong with this assumption.

Shout out to Sutherland's. It's full of useful info for people who are into (or dealing with?) old parts. There's some info on Sheldon's page, but it wasn't enough for me to figure out a fix.
Turns out 70mm shells wwith English/BSA threading exist, and they take a 5xx spindle, which I previously thought was reserved for "Italian Stuff".

Why am I seeing this on an old Japanese bike? Probably because Sugino were straight ripping other parts, and didn't realize they were copying the nonsense too?
Yeah i've had a couple 70mm bsa frames.

Really you're best installing a decent 73mm cartridge unit, with metal spacers. That also allows you to adjust for asymmetry. The spacers are the same size as cassette spacers.
i want to do a wheelie on this

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Many politics of southwest airlines edition

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but I am a nimby, why would I whine about myself
isn't it one of the hardest ones to get into for a pilot
>going to school for Aviation maintenance
>Associate’s degree in 20 months
>always wanted to be a pilot
>realize a local passenger carrier hires pilots straight out of their other departments
>they start at a pitiful amount to work as an A&P, but I’d still be living with my family so no rent/mortgage
I understand that being an A&P these days is a fucking nightmare, but if it ends with me flying Embraer E-jets between Chicago and Columbus for 4-8 years while I get the flight hours and experience for a legacy carrier, I don’t see why I shouldn’t give it a shot aside from the fact that General Electric is offering me 36 an hour to build LEAPs and Passports.
I finally have a goal for the first time in my life.
if I go to a contracted regional carrier right now. What are the odds i'll be stuck as a regional lifer with all the shifting happening within the industry right now (Spirit, Jetblue, Frontier)?

Should I just go Endeavor or one of the 3 AA companies for a guarenteed path to not be a lifer?
Well, it finally happened to me. I forgot to switch to ground and asked for taxi instructions on the tower frequency. Hopefully the other pilots on frequency could laugh about it.

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Have you ever defended yourself against a car while cycling?

I've considered executing U-lock justice a few times and knocking off a mirror or something, but it seems like a good way to go to jail or get killed.

Recommendations? Stories?
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Are caltrops even illegal? I mean like, all I did was drop it.. he's the one that drove over it. What crime did I commit? Littering?
>It must be the exhaust fumes.
exhaust fumes are really clean these days, so the point is moot
>push them off the road
i wish drivers actually did this. the /n/igger menace would be over in a day.
huff moar
Yeah it's all fun and games until the liquor makes you overconfident and wow you should do this more often and you realize you can do all kinds of cool stunts you didn't know you could do, and next thing you know you're in the ER with a bunch of broken bones. Not that this would happen to someone responsible like me, just saying you get desensitized to riding drunk until one day your luck runs out and you're just glad you didn't die

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Slow is forgiven if you're cute edition


Old thread >>1979652
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Freehubs respond exactly the same. Also the issue is exactly the same.
As somebody who is actually buying shit
meh, it usually just takes me a long time to finalize decisions. i'll think long and hard about ordering some part and post about it here for a few weeks until i actually do. i do buy shit, just after considerations.
trepidation definitely comes from just being poor, i'll admit that much since i'm sure it's a conclusion you've already drawn.
You don't even have a bycicle
i haven't ridden a bike since I was 8 and I'm almost 30 now

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Post Your Bike Thread
Dragon Year Edition

Previous Edition
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Who did so ? I can't see this being the case here, retard. The only statement I've made is the one that during active use the part will easily exceed its service life within three years. Learn basic understanding of concepts before being a retard online.
you did dude
Kek.. what a maroon
Look imbecile:
A wear item wears with use. Assuming said part is used regularly and not extraordinarily, like sporadically, it will experience a certain amount of use and thus wear within a given time frame. This then leads to the conclusion that a timeframe exists within which the part expires. This is true and does not infere that the part had a shelf life or expired on a calendaric basis.
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bike yikes, just take the el senpai

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Why not take the boatpill?
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this and an internet connection
>home is probably more expensive
Not if you count by the square footage. I live in a pretty modest house, but a boat with three cabins, a couple heads, living room, kitchen, and enough of a hold to store two cars would be ostentatious for a Bond villain.
Can I have an functioning muzzle loading cannon on my boat?
I live in the middle of a steppe.
I am, to an extent, currently buying a boat against my will (a 38' bayliner to be specific) to live in. I am a member of the yacht club, because the drinks are cheap and I spend a lot of time over there to see my friend; though, not long enough to technically be a liveaboard so I get to be a sneakaboard until I slip through some loophole.

I am not excited to downsize into living out of a postage stamp that is smaller than most hotel rooms I have stayed in.

Once the ~3 months of not-able-to-live-in-it renovations are done to a 5th wheel I bought, I am getting the fuck back on land.

I am considering getting one of these things, but the price is keeping me back, and some of the constraints, e.g.: wheels, proprietary parts, expensive accessories, etc...

The thing that keeps me orbiting towards a Brompton instead of the countless chinkshit knockoffs is the reputation. It seems everyone has mods, solutions, know-how to how to get the best out of the Brompton.

So what's your take /n/?
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If you're not climbing with either, might as well just buy a cheapo fixed gear. You'll have more fun and look a little less like a tool.
Everytime I ride mine in rain, the pedal strokes start to feel weird, like something is stuck in the chain, but when I check there is nothing. Also rain seems to fuck up the alignment of the brake pads or the wheel or something, I never really understand what the fuck is happening with the bike while it's raining, but I can't be arsed to stop while it's raining and screw around with the bike. It basically turns into a complete piece of shit when it is raining.
It's still new and I love it when the weather is good, but kind of frustrating that it is basically just a good weather bike only.
OP here.

Having hesitation to pulling the trigger. I am eyeing the M6R in black lacquer, setting be back 22750 SEK, about 2220$ in dollarbux. I'd also need some extra bits, so the price would go higher.

I had a chat with a friend over the weekend about his brompton and day to day usage. Overall great, but prices have skyrocketed after the pandemic. You also need to have it with you at all times, locking it outside is not recommended cos it's eye-catching.
He used to keep his in the office, but recently some bitch from building management told him off and he has to keep it in bike storage. What's the point in having one when some retarded building admin forbids you from bringing in your foldable bike?

I have no idea about the policies my company has. We have open offices segregated into quiet / non quiet / total silence zones. I work from home a lot, idk if it even would make sense, or if I should ask someone if it's allowed. I could use the cover and just hide it in plane sight but what a drag that would be.
Fuckkk, it basically rains all the time here... :(
That's some goofy shit with his bike, not something that is a common issue with Bromptons.

Bromptons are lame as fuck though, so by all means let it dissuade you

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3 speed
All you need
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You might easily argue they still are. It depends on what you value in a drive system.
Also derailleurs used to be surprisingly expensive in comparison until relatively recently. Either the cogsets just costed that much or some price gouging was happening.

I remember in the late 90s, my dad was getting a bike for me. The small town bike shop had two 'choise offerings' on display: one had 7 speed Nexus on it and the other the then standard 7x3 derailleurs, it costed like 50% more. So I got the Nexus and was made fun of :(
I wish I would've had a real bike when I was a kid. I rode BMXs until I was like 16.

What country are you from?

We used to have two bicycle manufacturers with monopoly, Helkama and Tunturi. That may explain the derailleur pricing situation.
I don't know how much a commuter/hybrid with only rear derailleur would have costed in comparison or if that was even an option to buy at the time. (Very common setup in the 80s.)

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So the ARTM has made its proposal for what to do in East Montreal after infuriating the Premier with their dumb 36 billion dollar light underground metro idea after a bunch of stupid NIMBYs killed the 13 billion dollar REM de L'Est project because the sight of elevated rail ruins their view industrial decay and the noise of an electric light rail distracts from the heavy vehicles that go by every 30 seconds. The plan is a 21 kilometre proposal with 22 stations in pic related with 4 connections to the Green Line, a connection to the Blue Line and two connections to the Maschouch line with two extensions adding four and two stations to the line. The entire thing will be at grade mostly in the middle of the median and cost a wopping 10.3 billion dollars for the main proposal and 13 billion for the entire thing if extended. It'll have a speed of 27-31kmh which is still faster then driving during rushhour there I suppose.

The REM de l'Est was going to be 13 billion and would have been faster, higher capacity and actually given the Green Line relief downtown, why isn't the Premier just ordering it built as is that's within his power, and he's going to lose the next election anyway? This stupid line will cost more per mile then the REM de l'Est.
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To be honest announcing the REM de l'Est before the first phase of the REM opened was a mistake because now we can really see how dumb the NIMBYs are for opposing it. I do wonder once the second and especially third phase open how its ridership will go since the goal is 190,000 per day and it's at about 30,000 with just phase one meaning we haven't even seen the old Deux Montangue users start to use it or the new West Island ridership either. People in this province love to complain but when someone actually gets something done they complain it wasn't done well enough even if it's beyond reasonable expectations.

Jean Drapeau wouldn't stand for this, the Blue and Green lines would both have reached the airport out west and connected to the the Maschoushe line out east by now and for less then the Blue Line extension cost to boot if he had his way (and probably two or three more lines built by then).

Given St Hubert airport is being expanded to become a national level airport (which will likely also mean flights with New England) I wonder if the REM de la Rive Sud will extend all the way to Gare St Hubert and the airport instead of ending at teh college, though if I had my way that would be done for the Yellow line instead since there's no way using cut and cover would cost more then 200 million per km using that even with some tunnelling under the old city to get it under the boulevard.
Trams are a good consolidation of bus routes on a route that'll be consistently active for 40+ years, not a replacement for a metro.
Most NIMBYS are old farts who are too attached to the ways things currently are that they don't wanna change it.
>projects just fail because a buncha 70 year old retired boomers whine
>everyone who works and lives in the area suffers
trams added into roads are a fucking disaster though

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