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Bicycles ~ good for getting around short distances easily.
Or when the power goes out..
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Fixed my shitty wrap job and retarded cable lengths.


Nice. If you don't build it yourself at least deconstruct and then rebuild it once it arrives. Knowing how to assemble and repair your bike could save you a lot of grief, especially in foreign lands where service might not be available.


Nice work there. You got skills.


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This is starting to feel like a blog. I finished up the 610. Thing rides flawlessly, or, as flawlessly Shimano 600 allows it to.
Got a new(used) cassette for my 92 trek 1400 as well. Feels much better.
28-23-21-18-15-13-11t to a 21-19-17-15-14-13-12
And I got a new shitheap to rebuild! 87 Centurion Accordo RS. Someone really fucked up by choosing mismatched wheels with a cassette that is totally inappropriate for the bike. Apart from being disgustingly filthy, it's not in bad shape. Might have to go to the local co-op to see if I can find some matching clinchers that will accept a freewheel.

Do you use a cycling computer at all? I recently got a Wahoo roam for cheap and it's great. If you want to track even more facets of your ride then I really do recommend. It's very nice to have a HUD of everything that's going on, or having a real time gps in case you are in any sort of unfamiliar area. I have a terrible sense of direction so it's a pretty big benefit to me. Cadence sensors aren't expensive, but I can't justify a power meter.


Anyone here use aero bars before.

Thinking of buying some clip on ones to try them out for my long usually windy commutes.


Ordered them, they will probably be here in october (aliexpress).
I guess I will do a review of if areo bars are good or not for commuting then.


Thoughts on clipless pedals? I have some on mine and recently finished about 1000km with them, but I'm wondering if they're really any good in terms of pedalling efficiency. I ride mostly flat roads.

My problem is that they make riding through the city (albeit not my usual environment) a real pain. I also just prefer the feeling and freedom of flat pedals. But is the efficiency boost worth if for someone who is doing 100km+ rides?


My thoughts are they are great for roadies/distance riders and mountain bikers but not great for commuting or urban areas where stuff like shoe choice flexibility, and having to put your foot down a lot makes it a burden.

Hell yeah the efficiency boost is worth it for such long rides, especial if speed and power output are in any way important. Which unless you are doing those distances in the context of touring, is probably the case.

Personally I ride flats because I commute a lot, and when I ride for fun I like wearing normal shoes so I can hop off my bike and go adventure or do stuff without a shoe change. Generally I don't really ride more then 40 or so miles in a day, and I am not anywhere close to roadie fast.


In general? I have some garbage ones that I like, they make long rides more comfortable to me. But they do interfere a bit with visibility, usually when I use them I'm not looking directly forward because I don't find it too comfortable, I just glance up occasionally.
I don't think they'd be ideal for commuting if your commute is something like a busy motorway, doesn't hurt to try them though. They definitely make you faster, though.


Thankfully they build a seperated bike path that goes most of the way like a couple years ago so I only have to deal with cars for a 1/3 or the ride, even then still having a bike lane, if you can call a strip of paint with nothing to stop some cager from slamming into you a bike lane.


They're overpriced and break very easily but I do wish, as a neet, that I still had one (now that I have plantar fasciitis from walking all over (even though no longer obese)).

Also cops bully you if you ride at night without lights on and even if you're on the sidewalk is illegal so if they want they can hassle you over that too, being on it to begin with. I'm not getting hit by cars and having normalfaggots launch missiles into my back and whatever else so fuck that. During the day you get nuked by the sun in contrast.

I've never broken a chain before, my issue was always the inner tubes (of which cars do NOT have as it is literally designed to break).

I wish bicycles were made with three wheels always, to move slower, and designed more like a penny farthing so as to not even have a chain. If not that then gears and no chain. They could build these to last if they wanted. If slow enough you could make the wheel solid steel and just go five miles per hour the entire time with no rubber and then coat the ground with rubber instead, but no, course not.

Anyway if not for normalfaggots honking and the price I'd want a penny farthing so I can ride with a long coat to keep my ass safe from benches and also the chain thing. They come off and then you get disgustingly middle eastern influenced oil all over your hands even if I've never broke one. Why not use olive oil? Why are the tires black also and cured with crude motor oil? I want my tires bleach white and to have no inner tubes. But fuck me.


You got issues dude.
Why did you even post this?


Welcome to wizardchan?
>Also cops bully you if you ride at night without lights on and even if you're on the sidewalk is illegal so if they want they can hassle you over that too, being on it to begin with.
I can sympathize with this.


Got them in, installed them, and did a 6 mile test ride with them.
My verdict is that aero bars in general are great and I love them but the once I got in particular are cheap shit that I jerryrig the hell out of to even get them to stay put and on the bike. Guess that is what I get for ordering the cheapest set I could find on aliexpress.
Might hit up the local bike shop to see what they have on offer, or order some that aren't cheap Chinese shit. Until then I will use sealant tape and get some thread lock so that everything stops coming loose ever couple miles.
Also scratched the fuck out of my handle bars. I don't care that much but it is just a little extra insult to add on the pile.
The new pedals I ordered are pretty good though. So far no complaints.


Omafiets bicycles


Couldn't disagree more.
Grandma bikes suck for anything but short trips around town in very flat, slow or segregated traffic, and little wind.
They are heavy, have shit gearing, ugly, and uncomfortable.
There are few bikes I like less


I also agree. If you want a "different" kind of biking experience i suggest to try a fixie, in flat areas they are the best imho.


grandma bike worked fine for my 3 month japan trip

it just made me stronger since it was so heavy and hard to go uphill


Fixies and single gears are pretty fun in their own way. Especially if you like to swap components out a lot.
Never have I tried more handle bar types then the time I had a single gear for a year.
My time with a fixed gear was a little scary, but that's because there were hills and the guy I got it from didn't have breaks on the thing. Installed some later but that first month was stressful.
Also wore though tires really fast because doing skids and slides is addictive.


do you wear helmets?



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I grow my own.


Drop & Roll


Gonna start getting serious about cycling to lose some weight.
Whats a good number of miles/km to ride per day?


It depends..Cycling on smooth tarmac is less of a workout than off-roading and fighting to stay rolling.

Test your lower limit in the safety of your hometown and then try to go beyond it every subsequent ride. Take proper rest days and hydrate!


What in the actual fuck?


Doesn't matter as long as you're having fun.

Personally my daily bike ride is also my daily grocery shopping tour.


start low and build off that


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this looks so much fun, by chance has any wizzard stumbled upon something like a youtube channel where there is more of this?

i only have a cheap little folding bike that i ride once in a while which i like but other then that i just like looking at them.


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i have one more video of what i assume is the same person riding something like the bike from the op.

seems like it is from a country where you don't get arrested for putting nazi stuff on your custom bicycle, where i live that would be illegal and police would be quick to violently end this fun bike session. they would also probably end it because it does not has sufficient lighting or reflective thingies on it.

might be a fun place to live where not everything is so serious and you just get to be a teenager and make fun of hitler without your future being ruined because of it.


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bike enthusiasts might enjoy this one. a while back i reimagined the bicycle because i thought it could use some improvement.


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I recently found out about this old, neglected bicycle one of my siblings used back when he still lived with us. It looked usable so I ordered a pump online but just found out both tires are leaking, the front one can't hold air at all. Damn it. So now I removed both and have to take it to someone in order to fix it. Then there'll be the problem of putting them back again and adjusting everything so the gears line up and everything, never did this before, I'm watching some yt videos on it, hopefully I can do it myself. I thought I would just pump some air into the tires and ride around for a little while but nothing is ever simple. Poor bike has rust all over it, have to figure how to clean it up. Still looks solid though.


look up "tensioning derailer" because I think thats what youll need

to remove rust use a metal brush

sheldonbrown taught me most what i know about the limited amount of bike knowledge I have, and to be honest, I don't know much about derailers.

from your description it also sounds like your tires may be dry rotted, and so you may run into flat innertubes more often, but tires are only slightly more expensive than innertubes to replace, so I recommend that if you notice such symptoms. I love bikes.


Thanks, that's exactly what the mechanic told me about the tires. They do look in bad shape but I decided to risk it anyways, probably a stupid idea but we'll see.

I'm trying to adjust the so called rear derailleur and it's been interesting. I just toyed around with it for an hour and have done some progress. Now I know what and where the cables to the derailleur are and how they function. It actually took me 20 minutes just to figure out how to place the tires back into place because when I took them out, since they were flat I didn't need to loose the break cables but now with the tires full the breaks got in the way. I'm so stupid I actually lubricated the entire chain before even adjusting everything so you can imagine the mess. Really silly shit but it's fun. I can't even remember the last time I did any repairs in anything that doesn't have a keyboard.

I'll make another post when I finally manage to get everything into place. Let's hope I can actually do it.


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So I finally went for a ride and everything is working fine except the last shift, when the chain is on the smallest sprocket in the front and largest cog in the back. The cog on the derailleur is touching the cassette, making a lot of noise, it just doesn't go high enough to avoid contact. It works but that's not how it's suppose to be. After doing some research I found out this is adjusted with the B screw, except this derailleur is so old it doesn't have one, I think you need to adjust by changing the angle on how it's mounted on the hanger itself. Problem is I don't have those hex keys necessary to do the job. I'll try to find one cheap sometime soon. But yeah, I think I managed to do it, not a perfect job by any means but the bike actually works and I found out I'm REALLY out of shape. 5 mins was enough to get me exhausted.

I used this video:


I love to see it, hope to hear about your bike adventures in the future.


I'll take a picture of the bicycle tomorrow. Today I rode for an hour around the neighborhood but it's one of those very small places that everybody nods at you and it's unpolite to ignore it. I wonder if there's a place around I can just ride without anyone around, don't even care if I have to be walking around in circles the whole time.


woah flashbacks to childhood fishing in the neighborhood pond


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Yesterday you said today!!


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I wanted to give a good scrub before posting which I just manage to do, so here it is, in the right light it almost looks good, if it wasn't for the nonsense people print on the frame for some reason.

It's a very heavy bike and it squeaks when you use the breaks, I'm not sure why. But like I said, it works.


based bike rider glad to see it


Why do mountain bicycles cost so much?


>Why do mountain bicycles cost so much?
Are you asking or is that just the title to the video?


He's pretty good on the bicycle


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unfortunately it didn't take off
track bikes are pretty cool and i kind of wish i had one but i would literally never ride it. these look super cool though.


Are FWD (front wheel drive) bikes better to ride at a hill or something going up? Or is the experience just the same with RWD (rear wheel drive AKA common bikes)


>Are FWD (front wheel drive) bikes better to ride at a hill or something going up?
Not really.
Recline bikes and other such bikes that sometimes have drive trains in the front are more about the advantages of the unusual ride position for comfort and lower drag, and being able to use different muscle groups that have more endurance at the expense of less sprinting power.

It anecdotally makes climbing harder. Especially if you have to balance.

If you are taking about e-bikes, it doesn't matter.

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