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Starting a new /bbg/ thread. Post your bike buying questions here. Don't forget to include your size and your local craigslist.

I am a roadie, but I'm interested in getting a hardtail XC bike for racing and trail riding when I feel like a change from the road. Budget is $900, and I want 2x, hydraulic discs, and an air suspended fork.

Found this Raleigh Tekoa Comp that fits all of those requirements for a very attractive price. Anybody have anything bad to say of these?
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>I don't know if I'm a bad enough dude to singlespeed

you will be.
I've seen people recommending Norco over the standard brands. I've got a local norco dealer and I like their shop. Are they worth it? I've been looking at the Charger 9.2
yeah man norco is baller status!

personally i'd save up for one of their AM Hardtails

but if you want the XC bike live your dream. all i'm sayin' is with the Torrent you have a lot more bike to grow into when you want to start getting gnarly.
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howdy nægrœs.

so I've owned nothing but Treks the last 15 years or so. love the bikes, never had an issue. however, there's only one Trek dealer in Sydney, and although they're very good they really pissed me off this time. absolutely nothing in stock under $1000, and the guy was really pushy.

i mountainbike around the city most of the time but also go on weekend trips to the mountains/national park/etc. i'm not a bike commuter, more of a joyrider and errand-runner.

anyway I've given up on Trek for the time bean and bought myself a Totem from a local shop. a little cheaper but with nice features, like Shimano disc brakes and lockout shocks. I bought it sight-unseen to get the process rolling and tomorrow I go down there to test it out and decide if I want to keep it.

how bad did I fuck up /n/?

I'm 180cm tall. Is this too big? Also general thoughts? I have a 40km round way to work everyday and my current shitbike isnt doing it for me anymore. Obviously I'd like to save as much money as I can. the Stevens is the only one under 200€ from a reputable company. All the others are shitty German made bikes.

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Old ones run its course
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>400 for claris

not bad. once you ride that into the ground you'll be ready for 105, which is where you'll probably want to stop unless you're gonna start racing.
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Last time I'll get to post this as I've just gotten a new frame. This one's 12 years old and I've had it for nearly 3, really needs some new pivot bearings.
And this is what it'll be replaced with, Transition Covert V2. Sizing and geometry is almost the same so it shouldn't feel too different.

Upgrades are a full length seat tube for more adjustment room with the dropper post, ISCG mount for a chain guide, tapered headtube so more fork options if I ever need to replace it (think I can also fit an angled headset if needed), should be about 2 pounds lighter, and that raw aluminium is sexy as fuck (it's also just a better looking frame in general).
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The Italian Tarmac

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Toronto thread, At least we have a full first generation streetcar system edition. TTC and GO transit thread. Post vehicles, routes, future plans and news. Discuss ideas on how to make our transit system better. Old thread became unclickable.
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People live in York region
Did this last year, pretty nice ride desu
>>1058453 used to be /r/toronto but the place was modded to oblivion and it's a hugbox now.
When does the 504 get the new streetcars?
Whenever they decide to send an unscheduled run. It's very rare but I've seen it once last Sunday

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What is the best/most major upgrade in biking over the last 20 years?

Seems small, but I might have to go with indexed shifting.
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t. fair weather fred
What is wrong with your front fender

thanks captcha
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Big tires.
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MIPS in helmets. A MIPS helmet saved my life two years ago.

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I'm going to do a bike tour in the 3rd world soon and I have some questions:

I should get 26" rims, right? I have a cheap bike with 28" ones now, but I'd rather do a quality upgrade to save myself trouble down the line.

I'm willing to spend like 1500$ for a quality bike if necessary. Do you have some suggestions for bikes with frames for 26" rims? Or should I order parts seperately and ensemble them?

Are steel frames important or is aluminum sufficient? Does steel frames have longer lifespan? I'll probably be doing more riding after this tour.

Could I check secondhand stores for bikes with steel frames and built it up myself? Or are new touring bike frames of much higher quality? (I probably won't find anything in the stores here anyway as I live in a small town).

Is important to have a well fitting frame? I'm 175cm but have long legs, my current bike is 18" and it's one size too big for me on the bike size chart. Idk if a smaller one would be more comfy.

Should I use panniers or a bike trailer?

Should I use suspension forks?

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Service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach starts in July.
Miami portion opens up late August/early September.
Phase II aka the Orlando Leg was set for earlier 2018 but is up in thin air now thanks to some of the counties along the route.
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eh, its better than nothing.Plus they have made a few offhand comments about possibly making an extension to Jacksonville sometime after Orlando which makes a little sense since FEC's (parent company) headquarters is located in Jacksonville so assuming its true and depending on if there isn't to many speed restrictions, we might see it have a faster average speed than the Acela Express
> eh, its better than nothing.
Well, I can't argue that.
>Phase II aka the Orlando Leg was set for earlier 2018 but is up in thin air now thanks to some of the counties along the route.
What's the fucking point of all this if it doesn't go to Orlando.
It will go to Orlando Brightline has made that clear, the only thing up in thin air is when it will happen since the initial lawsuits from some of the counties as well as a more recent bill that if passed will force Brightline to pay for and install even more safety requirements despite already having the OK from the FRA that could delay it for a undisclosed amount of time.

What will Brightline have in terms of services (classes, specialized seating, dining service etc.)?

While I'm not expecting Orient-express tier restaurant service, it would nice to go bar hopping like I do every long-distance passenger train I ride (seriously, I've had beer on the Eurostar, Sierra Dinner Train, and more Amtrak trains I can count).

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For the last six years, I have been using OpenTTD to build a working virtual replica of the UK rail network.

Ask me anything.
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can i get a screenshot of halifax by any chance?
love the work and dedication.
First time here at /n/ and this is the first thing i saw.

I like this board
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>virtual me is in this picture
> Write scripts to calculate time between 2 points, number of stations passed
> GUI to add new trains with their route & timing
> Get general informations of a stations (numbers of trains passing between xx:xx and yy:yy, etc...)

Stuff like that, I can send them back to you after if you want
me too

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Anyone have one? Is it a gimick or worth it?
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Not wrapping your tops so others can see your fancy carbon bars is pretty high on the Fred scale desu
If it offered any benefit to leave them unwrapped, don't you think the people who earn their living riding as fast as possible would do so?
Having fancy aero tops carbon bars is already fred as fuck so might as well go all out
Just level up twice instead of relying on items.
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>have to wiggle your bars or bob your head around to get a good panorama of what's going on behind you
>can impale you in a crash

Here's a superior choice demonstrated by a superior cyclist.

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>>1025462 Old thread

Somewhere on the other side of the globe, we are melting Edition.

Post your rides, post photos of riding, tell us about the ride. Even trainer rides are allowed!

I'll start off with a cautionary tale. I've always ridden with just one spare tube (aside from all day affairs) with the reasoning that if I had more flats then I'd just patch them as I went.

What this did not anticipate was a grass patch FULL of fucking goatheads, which ruined both of my tubes utterly and completely.

So yeah always carry two spares folks.
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Ice season in the local Rockies :) Really having a blast with my home-made screw tires.
That seems sketchy as fuck
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It's fucking awesome! Sketchy? .... maybe a little bit, but that's part of why it's so great. 1000 machine screws make for great ice traction!
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>out on my BMX
>old asian guy stops and says I should get a bigger bike
went to my local lake with some friends on Saturday, around 30 miles there and back with a lot of elevation both ways.

took us a long time on our hard tail mountain bikes but we had fun.

the first stretch coming back from the lake is 2.5miles with a 700ft incline, riding up there and seeing all the road bikes just flying past me kinda makes me want to try one.

longest ride ive done, 10/10

going to make it a thing to ride somewhere new every week, need to get a new crankset tho as my crankarm is threaded and i have to tighten it often.

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yeah youve got it.

rail was hurting bad in the 1960s, passenger the worst. basically, every railroad was on the verge of bankruptcy, so the feds negotiated a lot of consolidations and deregulations to keep things moving.

one piece of which was that everybody could dump their passenger operations onto amtrak (the national passenger rail corporation)

this is an oversimplification and will probably make somebody sperg out and post details, but if you just needed thirty seconds of the history, it's as above. or go to wikipedia.
Ameripigs don't live together close enough you bitch.
>narrrow gauge single track country
Wow indeed superior.
Oh besides they use narrow gauge now seeking HSR. Same conclusion.
>Another problem is that highspeed rail from Chicago to LA would still take a day.
Won't be a problem because there won't be one. HSR corridors, Auto Train, flying, long distance in that order.
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Many of your trains just look outdated and slow.You definitely do need an upgrade

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College student interested in becoming a conductor here. What are some good american train companies that have trainee positions? BNSF has an operations trainee internship this summer that I'm applying for, so that's a start.
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>He doesn't have a guarantted extra board with assigned rest days.
Sucks 2 be u
What are some good american train companies that have trainee positions? Why American companies ? Don't let these guys blow smoke up your butt. The conductor is the boss of the train. It don't move without his say so. YES it is not for everyone. YES the hours can be tough. You WILL miss out on birthdays, weddings, kids activities, etc.etc. Do the research, talk to some railroaders and listen to them. If you can get a railroad job, it will be the last/only job you will need/have. The retirement alone is worth having the job , but there are other things that make it a career. Good luck.
None. There are no "good" railroads. They all treat you like shit to varying degrees. Class Is will pay well, but have a terrible balance between work and off time.

Short lines don't pay shit and it's mundane slow work. I've heard of short lines that ban kicking cars. Switching like that is worse than watching old people fuck.
Check out the support crafts, these include mechanical, maintenance of way, structures, and signal. They pay well, but not as well as TY&E (trainmen) but you generally have a set schedule with weekends off. You have to travel a lot at first until build seniority, unless you hire out in some shithole where nobody wants to live.
>College student interested in becoming a conductor here.

Are you thinking part-time to finance your studies?
I don't think you are time-flexible enough considering you are a student.

That said, a tram operator where I live is looking for students to DRIVE trams. Considering the size of a tram network, you need to be less flexible, so that may work out, if a company like that is near where you live.

Why is the U-bahn in Berlin so fucking good?
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According to wiki the original roof burned twice (1980, 2012) and it now has a faux-thatch roof that retains the same look.
Guess it's better that way. You can probably only tell if you look real closely. Apparently the station was voted most beautiful in Erope by Japan a couple years back. The only downside is that it is located in Dahlem.
Best station desu
this is how it looks from the inside

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Tunnel Edition.

Post news, pictures, and videos of light rail or trams.

>Tatra T3G emerging from the tram tunnel (under Castle Hill) in Bratislava, Slovakia.
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>Did it still make sense to convert the line to rail in terms of ridership?
I would say definitely. According to Siemens, Line 1 has a daily ridership of 70 000.
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Salt Lake City, Utah.

Siemens S70 on University Boulevard between 900 East and Stadium Stations (Red Line).
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Paris, France.

Update from the previous thread.

Winning design and interior for the T9 and T10 trams.
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A map of all the existing and planned tram lines in Paris (includes extensions).

Information and maps on each individual line can be found here (in French):
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Tokyo, Japan.

A Toei 8900 series (built by Alna Sharyo) on the Toden Arakawa Line.

Anyone else love canals? I grew up close to a stretch of the Chesapeake & Ohio canal, and used to play along it all the time.
I'll dump some nice canal pics too
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Oklahoma City
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i'd walk in that reaaaal slow
>Diagrams of gear systems that had been proposed in the very first concepts were modelled by Kettle using his 8-year-old daughter's Lego
>love canals
You all know what came in my mind reading this expression.

>no brake lights
>no head lights
>no turn signals
>no license plate
>no registration
>no insurance
>struggle to reach normal traffic speeds of many roads
>struggle to accelerate to top speed after stopping
>more users have a habit of failing to stop/yield than motor vehicles for the above reasons

>people still think they should be allowed on roads, bike lanes or not
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Cars kill ~35000 Americans a year. The last incident I remember of a cyclist killing anyone but himself was that guy who struck a geriatric jaywalker in SF a few years ago.
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>mfw skateboards and skis need license plates
Except when you can save 35000 lives and hundreds of thousands of people from injuries by automating cars. There will be a massive push to banning non automated cars from insurance companies and car manufacturers. You might not see them outright banned but you can guarantee that their insurance payments will skyrocket compared to automated cars. Also the public perception will massively change once automated cars are safer than driving yourself.
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A few years ago some teenagers with ADHD pushed a shopping cart off a pedestrian bridge which IIRC either killed or maimed a teacher. It's time the government put a stop to these unlicensed shopping cart pushers.
Mate check out the new Volvo, it's basically already self-driving. Twenty years tops and you can just put in your destination on a touch screen and go take a nap.

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