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Taking your bike to a coin op car wash and using the engine/tire degreaser all over the drivetrain, followed by pressure soap, followed by a high-pressure rinse is the easiest, fastest, and most effective way to get all the crap off your bike and leave your drivetrain clean as a whistle. I did this and I was amazed at how clean the chain, cassette, and derailleurs became.
Just avoid blasting the hubs, headset, and bottom bracket and zero harm will come to the bike.
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I never read the non bike threads here but I made the mistake of glancing over that "future of public transport" thread and it got me thinking. Public transport proponents want to drag everyone down to their level to share their misery, as many people in bad positions often try to do. Here in American public transportation is only used by the dregs of society, poor people, students, crazy people, and those who can't be trusted to drive a car. The automobile is the ultimate symbol of the American ethos. Maybe the driver drives the same route every day that would be cheaper and faster by bus or train, but chooses to drive their car alone. Why? Because it's not about efficiency, it's the idea that you can do whatever you like, you can say fuck work, do donuts in a parking lot, and drive across the country if you suddenly desire to.
As I drove past the bus station today I saw the despair on the riders faces, and inspired me to compile this research in my accompanying image. To no surprise, the more you ride on public transit the more likely you are to commit suicide. When faced with a free but inefficient life or a compartmentalized/optimized hamster cage which is truly more desirable to you?
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So I'm looking to build/buy a bike for general putting around town, going fast on my own time and not being terribly expensive.
So I start doing research and come up with a couple things:
Now the first two I can find (and I don't even care that much about Steel vs Aluminum) but the last one is proving harder to find. There are belt drive models with discs, and even steel, but they are either much too much expensive, or they aren't made for anything approaching performance.
I really like the concept of a belt drive (minimal maintenance, quiet, no derailer) but can't quite seem to make it all come together. There were a few Norcos made a couple years ago that fit the bill but they are discontinued and I can't find used models or even frames online.
Is it even worth it to keep looking?
If I can't find one my idea is basically to buy either a Norco Indie (Drop) (If I can get it shipped to the US) or try to build up a Soma Double Cross Disc by buying parts on ebay and such.
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Most life threatening crash you've been in /n/?
>live in Britain, driving on the M1.
>see lorry in the middle lane, going quite slowly.
>go into the right-hand lane to overtake the lorry.
>lorry is Portuguese, and the wheels on the left.
>I'm in his blind spot as he changes into the right hand lane.
>hits my back left wing and sends me in a 720 degree spin across the motorway
>miraculously not hit by any of the oncoming cars
>just sit in the hard shoulder for a while, a bit confused about what actually just happened.
>authorities come and inspect the damage to my car
>nothing apart from a small dent where the lorry hit me
>carry on driving like nothing happened
>decide to not press charges.
Anything like this ever happened to you /n/?
Pic related, it's my car of the time.
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>riding bike alongside right edge of road
>notice someone is trailing me
>12 or 13 year old kid riding a mtb with slicks passes me
>remember he did it a few months before
>alright, just gotta pedal faster
>suddenly, a faggot in a car right ahead opens his door and the kid hits it head on
>realizes that if I had passed him, I'd have hit the door instead
That's it, /n/, I'm not going to pass anyone ever again if there is a car anywhere in a half kilometer radius