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  1. Karate Monkey

    Vintage MTB resto: 1980's Ross Force 1/Mt Hood

    Yeah, that's toast. Old shops have tools that can fix bent-in rims, but they have about as much chance of fixing aluminum as they do breaking it. Or breaking your hub. Neither that wheel, nor a potential replacement are worth the money that will be charged to fix/replace it. Either 1) ride...
  2. Karate Monkey

    Question for the Mr. Pink owners, or the fender saavy

    Ex 3+4: Bitch of a shot to get; look at the sideways clearance of the tire...leave enough that a piece of gravel cannot get stuck--it will destroy an aluminum fender. You can see the profile of the large fenders in this shot; if you don't buy a rounded-profile fender, it will be flatter...
  3. Karate Monkey

    Question for the Mr. Pink owners, or the fender saavy

    If you buy a second set of secu-clips from SKS, it's even easier, since you only need to yank the stays out of that, and leave it attached to the fork/frame.
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    Question for the Mr. Pink owners, or the fender saavy

    Ex: P65 SKS fender (65mm wide) fits over 2" (50mm) tire with good wrap-around. Ex: 50mm fenders covering a 40mm tire. Notice how the plastic fenders, even of good quality, don't do a great job covering the sides of the tire. When the front wheel turns, you WILL get wet. More pics when I...
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    Question for the Mr. Pink owners, or the fender saavy

    This math is accurate, though every company measures their fenders differently. If they're metal, add 10mm and round up. If they're plastic, you can obey the manufacturer's recommendation, just know that you'll get tire spray if the fender width is too close to the tire width. Think "on top"...
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    Question for the Mr. Pink owners, or the fender saavy

    Add 10mm over your tire size. If that wouldn't clear the frame, you need to drop down a size fender+tire. Don't know about that frame in particular, other than whatever number they say is the max tire size is probably quite a bit smaller than will fit (that's the size of your fender, see where...
  7. Karate Monkey

    You be the judge...

    Sure, but to be fair, I'd rather be treated in a concrete bunker than a tent.
  8. Karate Monkey

    What have you done to your bike today?

    I mean, functionally, there's no difference between an obsessively polished repair and Kashima...it's a friction reduction coating, and friction is reduced from polishing--if you can achieve a mirror finish, it's just as good. Maybe the ability of the surface to hold oil suffers a bit, but...
  9. Karate Monkey

    Interesting new light company: Outbound Lighting

    I don't charge every day, even with those lights--I changed for the beam patterns. At minimum illumination (so, low power, unless-I need-medium, medium-unless-I-need-high), I will get two to three 1-1.5 hour rides. Obviously, the external pack light lasts longer and is brighter, but it's not a...
  10. Karate Monkey

    Interesting new light company: Outbound Lighting

    I actually did wind up buying not only a Focal light, but also a Hangover when the pre-order came available. I've been through 3 (4?) self-contained lights in the last few years, and not one of them lasted more than an hour on high, let alone die on that actual level of brightness, if they had...
  11. Karate Monkey

    You be the judge...

    One of the hospitals was already under construction when the outbreak happened. I would be like saying you took 1 week to build a house, when the foundation was already poured, and the framing had already been done.
  12. Karate Monkey

    Which Shimano Brakes for Enduro?

    Not saying you made the wrong choice, but XTR/Dura Ace carries a 3 year warranty for defects...if there was a problem, especially at the end-of-life for a generation, you'd get the next gen for free. Just something to keep in mind in the future.
  13. Karate Monkey

    Free99 Bontrager H2 26 x 2.0 tire

    @iman29 pro-tip: look up how to fold a bandsaw blade. Tires work the same way.
  14. Karate Monkey

    The DIY thread - DIYourself

    Kroil and impact driver. They make hammer-driven impacts, too... If you have the room
  15. Karate Monkey

    Boost wheel in non boost steel frame...also, why are noodles so expensive?

    Yes. Same reason you would want to align the dropouts on regular frames. *Something* has to give--either the axle (a small amount), or the frame (a small amount).
  16. Karate Monkey

    Boost wheel in non boost steel frame...also, why are noodles so expensive?

    It's largely a question of bearing alignment/longevity. If the axle is clamped unevenly, you'll see reduced bearing life.
  17. Karate Monkey

    Lost bontrager Garmin

    Also, you can set the startup screen to display a custom message (Name/phone number, etc). I forget the exact steps, but you can do it while it is plugged into your computer by changing a file on the Garmin.
  18. Karate Monkey

    Lost bontrager Garmin

    @Stephen Pinchac one of the features of the newer XX30 series comupters is that they will report their last known location to your phone through the companion app, assuming you set it up with your phone. Click on the devices on the top right, then scroll to the bottom and select "last known...
  19. Karate Monkey

    Spokes... Where do you buy?

    Unpopular opinion: the Hozan tool was designed to cut/thread replacements or use up odd lengths of spokes. To use it to cut/thread 48+ spokes in a go is miserable. If you're going to use one, get a pair of Park cable cutters--adjust them as tight as they will go without binding (remove the...
  20. Karate Monkey

    E-bikes are a thing

    Forecasted sales, that's what. In Europe, e-bikes make up a HUGE portion of bike sales. The sales/marketing people here need to justify their jobs...and quite frankly, if you saw your friend in the next town making bank doing something you could easily do, wouldn't you try?
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