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    Dammit, i need to start bringing my camera to the shop. I run into all sorts of crazy crap out here in the "country"

    My favorite bikes are the ones in which the chains and cogsets have been doused in motor oil then left in the shed (sometimes for huge expanses of time) for the oil to congeal and collect all sorts of hair, grass, and whatever else blows around. Said bike comes in with a big gooey blob for a drive train, sometimes the gunk is the only thing holding the drive train together.
    Pay close attention.
    You could miss something.

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    how about the pool chemical reactions? where they start riding and spokes start to go, 'PING!...PING!...PING!'. love that shit.

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    car!os,

    here's a suggestion.....

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    Does that go along the same lines as guys who jack up the front ends of their cars?


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    Orale, white walls y todo! And lest you think that front fork is a regular Insync, it's actually a hydraulic pump so you can slam it down and have hops!

    Seriously, what crank arm length is that?
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    hey...

    i know that floor, and those tattoos.

    that's the west side trek store in madison, wi.

    and if that's who i think it is, it's marko lalonde. a friend of a friend...

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    It's a small world-wide-web....


    I like the way your friend thinks though. The flipped stem helps offset some of the geometry issues of a 64er (26"x4")
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    we've got a bike we built in my building at trek we call the 40-ounce.

    24" front, 20" rear. the steering was super floppy thanks to the now slackened head angle. i decided to try and make the bike completely unrideable and reversed the fork, which gave it negative trail and wound up slackening the head angle even further.

    surprisingly, it still rides. it rides better than i was expecting it to, actually. super tight turning radius. awesome warehouse bike. a pain to ride for any distance though, as i found out one day when i rode it the half-mile to lunch and back.

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    yesterday a guy who's bike i just built for him (mail order bike) came back with a wheel problem. he was going to go on a road ride with his department-store mountain bike and decided to max out the pressure in the tires. as he got it up to 60 psi, everything went blammo and all he heard was a ringing in his ears and a voice that told him to buy a better bike or better parts. half of the rim's braking surface blew out under pressure so there was a strip of metal hanging loose about half the circumference of the rim. the wheel also looked very much like it had been tacoed, but he hadn't even put one ride on the bike. we sold him real wheels and some other parts so at this point it might have been cheaper for him to have bought a new bike from us. i'm just glad it didn't blow in my face when i aired it up originally.

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    tire sealant

    This is the first year that I have used stan's sealant and a tire blew out sitting in garage. You can sure tell stan's is working.

    Couldn't get a sharper photo with the cam I am using.

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    young....that's one of my biggest fears....i always try to inflate the tire while i rest the wheel on the ground.....



    JDP526...how much air did you store it with?
    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    Car!os, there was probably around 50+ lbs at time of blow-out because I had ridden downtown the previous thurs nite. Wood it be a good idea to deflate ust tires after bike ride or simply reduce pressure while bike is stored?

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    JDP526...if it was a street then that makes sense....but i'd try to find out why the tire blew off....make a VERY careful inspection of the tire bead and make sure there isn't a section of rubber missing and bead exposed.

    also....check to make sure that IF you're using any sort of strip, that it hasn't crept up the inside of the rim and caused the hook on the rim to be stuffed with strip....this causes a poor seat between the tire bead and the rim's hook.

    if this is anythign other than a wheel with a UST (not just tubeless but having the specific UST label) rim and a similarly badged UST rim.....it might be a compatibility issue between the tire and the rim....

    this is somewhat common in cases where a nonUST tire and rim are combined in a tubeless format.
    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    the wonders never cease.......

    some long haired hippy dude brought this in........someone decided it would be a good idea to ASSEMBLE (not work on....ASSEMBLE)...this piece.

    lucky for me, the next day was my day off....so it worked out.....

    sadly for the two who built it....the result is a totally rigged contraption.....the way some of the parts are held together....makes me wonder about the libability of riding this thing......and it WAS ridden....no pics though.....


    parts quality is LOW.....VERY LOW......


    enjoy!








    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    ugh...

    where to begin with the critiquing
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    awesome!

    had some guy buy a set of $4000 wheels today...to go on a $14k custom Titus...

    Fulcrum Ultralights....

    Fulcrum wheels > Mavic wheels.
    And what they wanted, Was his eternal Slowdown.

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    oh, and a lady brought it a brand new Target bike to get worked on and checked over. it was a pretty rad bike. but not as rad as the cool Specialized she left with.
    And what they wanted, Was his eternal Slowdown.

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    looks like it'd be easy to set it up for backwards steering. that would be fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by car!os View Post
    the wonders never cease.......
    i've never wanted anything more in my life.

    i recently picked up a maverick duc-32. i'd trade it for that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fore View Post
    i've never wanted anything more in my life.

    i recently picked up a maverick duc-32. i'd trade it for that bike.
    merry x-mas!

    what is that going on?
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