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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #575: June 01, 2012, 01:07:59 PM »
One of the problems with having something special like this is that if it does what it's supposed to do, you'll never notice it. :)

The dude building my wheel might be on of the coolest guys alive. Super nice and really helped me understand what's going to work best for me while I'm 350lbs+ and biking 100 miles a week. Just in wheels I have now spent almost $1,000 in the past to months (two cheapy replacements @ $120 each, new wheel @ $700+). Insane. Can't wait though, this thing should survive any and everything I throw at it.


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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #576: June 01, 2012, 01:23:00 PM »
The never ending saga known as "MDS and His Bike" has been worse than inundateding us, with his trials and tribulations of a madman on a bike

Unindated?

Nobody would want that, whatever it is.


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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #577: June 01, 2012, 01:30:47 PM »
I enjoy it. Then again, I envy his bike-path ride to work.

The never ending saga known as "MDS and His Bike" has been worse than inundateding us, with his trials and tribulations of a madman on a bike




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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #578: June 01, 2012, 01:34:15 PM »
The never ending saga known as "MDS and His Bike" has been worse than inundateding us, with his trials and tribulations of a madman on a bike

Ok,  NOW I get it.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #579: June 01, 2012, 01:38:35 PM »
I almost took a job out by Shady Grove a while back, and managed to find a rideable route all the way back into DC.  There are some bike paths, but more importantly there are lots of designated "bike routes" that share the street with cars but which don't have a whole lot of traffic.  MoCo has some maps on their website IIRC. 

I enjoy it. Then again, I envy his bike-path ride to work.




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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #580: June 01, 2012, 01:41:27 PM »
After letting it sit in purgatory for months TourdefreakYou.com should launch on Monday.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #581: June 01, 2012, 07:13:01 PM »
I must have missed it, why are you getting rid of the bike you just bought?

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #582: June 01, 2012, 07:53:00 PM »
I must have missed it, why are you getting rid of the bike you just bought?

I'm not, I'm just too heavy for a stock rear wheel so I had one built. The perils of being my weight and biking to work.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #583: June 01, 2012, 07:55:26 PM »
But you said something about getting rid of the surly...

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #584: June 01, 2012, 08:04:08 PM »
I think I need a bigger frame size. I was just going to get the larger version of the same frame.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #585: June 02, 2012, 07:23:20 AM »
Just in wheels I have now spent almost $1,000 in the past to months (two cheapy replacements @ $120 each, new wheel @ $700+).

Good luck finding your fairy tail dream wheel. It may very well be true but $700 for a wheel seems like too much. Yes, I know you can :money: on bikes.


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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #586: June 02, 2012, 11:49:15 AM »
When you weight 390lbs nothing is cheap, especially bike parts. If this were a 32 spoke wheel I could go with a much cheaper hub but for a 48 spoke wheel there are no cheap hubs.  Given my weight and the amount of power someone my size transfers to the rear wheel everything has to be able to withstand the abuse. 

Besides, I don't drink, I don't smoke and I do pretty well and don't have any kids so this isn't a bank breaking purchase.  What's $700 if it improves my QOL significantly and keeps me on the bike riding. If I'm down another 50-100 lbs by this time next year I'm going to get Powertap hubs which will easily be $1,000 in hubs only.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #587: June 02, 2012, 12:11:32 PM »
LET'S GO SHOPPING, nagES!!!  :lol:


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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #588: June 02, 2012, 01:29:44 PM »
If I weren't fairly sure that I'd have hell to pay if I brought one more bike or pair of skis into the house, I'd be all over that myself


NP, but I'll get another cat.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #589: June 02, 2012, 02:24:15 PM »
If someone (AtBc :poke:) does want to buy my 56cm Cross Check frame PM me.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #590: June 02, 2012, 02:27:00 PM »
By the way, here's the hub in question.

Could have gotten it a little cheaper online but I really like the shop and guy building this wheel for me.  Should last for a couple of decades.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #591: June 02, 2012, 03:51:10 PM »
It's a thing of beauty.

By the way, here's the hub in question.

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Could have gotten it a little cheaper online but I really like the shop and guy building this wheel for me.  Should last for a couple of decades.



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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #592: June 02, 2012, 04:19:26 PM »
For $400 it better be. ;)

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #593: June 02, 2012, 04:20:32 PM »
 :$$$: :money:

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #594: June 02, 2012, 08:50:42 PM »
For $400 it better be. ;)

While the Lerners may be cheap.... MDS is not.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #595: June 03, 2012, 12:07:10 PM »
While the Lerners may be cheap.... MDS is not.

Unlike the Lerners I'm not motivated by money. :stir:

All kidding aside, I spent way more than I wanted to for the hub but I had to be realistic - at almost 400lbs nothing that's going to last is going to be cheap. Thank god I don't weight 500lbs anymore, I can't imagine what kind of hub and rim I'd need at that weight.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #596: June 03, 2012, 12:12:38 PM »
This is supposed to have a 200 pound cargo capacity.

It uses "Shimano Deore , M529 Disc. 36h. Black " hubs. Is that a heavier than standard hub? I don't think my bike wheels have 36 spokes, but I haven't counted.




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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #597: June 03, 2012, 12:30:46 PM »
Most bikes are going to have 32h hubs unless you either went with a higher spoke count because of rider weight (my case) or you're touring (the Big Dummy or tandem bikes) and will be carrying additional gear/riders. When you get into road racing most people go the opposite direction but that's usually accompanied by the riders weighting less than 175bs.  I doubt I'll ever be able to go below a 32h hub but that's the breaks when you have a linebacker body regardless of weight.

In regards to the Shimano Deore - most of the Surlys and Salsas (they're both made by the same parent company) use that hub for their stock wheels and it's a fine hub if you weight less than 250lbs.  It's a decent hub but not really strong enough once you get past 400lbs of total additional bike weight (i.e. rider and gear).

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #598: June 03, 2012, 01:57:59 PM »
Deore hubs also need to be repacked every so often...they have a decent rubber gasket, but the bearings aren't sealed.  Not really a big deal, except you need two sizes of cone wrenches and two sizes of bearings (the back hub has bigger bearings than the front IIRC).  If you use good waterproof grease like Phil Wood, a good pack should last a year or two in all weather.


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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #599: June 14, 2012, 01:06:58 PM »
The Phil Wood hub and Velocity Chukkar rim were both delivered to the shop yesterday.  Wheel dude said he'd hopefully have it built and ready to rock Saturday or Monday at the latest.  Can't wait!