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Discussion in 'Northeast' started by Toshi, Apr 20, 2002.

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  1. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Are you having bobbing issues? I think your non-typical center of gravity could have a lot to do with it too. A bike with more anti-squat might be a better solution without the associated harshness of increased damping. At least I think, I never got too into the whole e-engineering of suspension designs. A Missing Link might be what is missing in your life.
     
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  2. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Nick My name is Nick

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    I love the ElevenSix. Best shock I've ever ridden bar none, plus the two compression valves feature for versatility. It's not a climb switch. I use one valve for trail riding and another is set for a loose faster, less damped but similar setup for just descending or shuttling. I've not had more traction, especially climbing is where it's obvious. Descending is ridiculous compared to the Float or Monarch. They only con I could try to call out is the weight, there is no getting around an extra weight but IMO it's well worth it.

    What are you trying to change/improve on your bike? What isn't working with the shock? Have you spent any time really dialing it in? Shockwiz? Tried other shocks which offer more adjustability? (x2, CCDBa)? I don't remember which shock you have but maybe we can spend an hour tweaking over a section of trail and see what comes of it.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Riding with Watz I felt compelled to do all climbing sitting down to avoid bob, and motions felt underdamped when climbing--crest an obstacle with some power and then the bike is a bit loosey-goosey for a second. Part of that is most likely low air pressure for, as I wrote, I didn't touch the fork or shock all winter.

    Going downhill it actually felt fine, with the limiting factor my ability to read a new trail at speed.

    I have not spent any time really dialing in settings on either. Probably could use that.

    Looks like my stock shock is a FOX Float Factory EVOL.
     
  5. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I haven't actually used it, but Cane Creek has a tuning app that might assist in the on-trail testing...
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Interesting. I think it'd probably be higher yield to ride a rock garden up and down a bunch of times with Nick watching and telling me what to turn. :D
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Hmmm...

    WG anyone? :brows:
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    This posts are from April 2015, I believe, predating my return to pedal-powered mountain biking (that being June 2016?).

    Relevant reading regarding self-shuttling developments in the interim:

    https://peopleforbikes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PFB-0529-E-Bike-Law-Handouts_CO_V2.pdf

    http://www.cpr.org/news/story/e-bik...y-ask-if-you-re-ready-for-coloradans-to-sound

    https://www.singletracks.com/blog/t...in-bikes-allowed-singletrack-colorado-yes-no/

    Food for thought...
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I would like the future to arrive already.
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    6thElement Turbo Monkey

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    Does Big Ring or GBS still have shockwiz for rent? I'd split the costs if we can get a few of us on the right trail for an afternoon.
     
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    Nick My name is Nick

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    I think Eric has one at his shop. I'm going up there this weekend to pick up a warranty part. If it's there I'll grab it for a few days.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    6thElement Turbo Monkey

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    No can do for a week for me.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    That’s 5 year total cost to own as of now for a 2016 LX. That’s a shit ton of depreciation.

    For me I’d be getting one at “year 3” or 4 time points, as this would be used in 2021. First year taxes would be rough. Gas would be lower, as this is for 15k/yr. My own insurance and financing runs lower, too, and I doubt the maintenance and repair bills would be that high, either.

    Still goes to illustrate that it wouldn’t be cheap to own, if for nothing else due to that depreciation. I can live with depreciating $500/mo as that’s essentially what this Volvo is. $1k/mo is harder to swallow.

    They screwed up the paperwork somehow. I signed a second lease agreement last night and got it off via FedEx today (at least on their dime this time). Payment and terms same. They accounted for some taxes wrong, I’m told?
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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  21. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Isn't that the day we're going to do a Pano->Down day? :brows:
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    If you're down with me futzing with a potentially whirring monstrosity of a bike let's do it. Ride ALL the trails.

    I can pick up the bike at Commencal in Golden at 9. Where/when do you want to meet?
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    We need to get the rest of those fools on board, including @Adventurous since that fucker is abandoning us. That and I'm gon' miss his party.
     
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    dan-o Turbo Monkey

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    Was thinking of you the other day Toshi.
    When the earth fucker was in the shop for new ujoint I was driving around in a Fusion hybrid.
    It immediately turned me into the hybrid driver I loathe, with my focus being avoiding use of the gas engine and soft pedalling off every light mesmerized by the dash display.
    Wasn't too impressed with the transition to fossil fueled power in that car which had me thinking you dodged a bullet on that one.
     
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    jstuhlman We noticed.

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    dammit toshi...ebike’s got you on my kill list. i’m sure @jonKranked’s had his eye on younfor some time now as well...

    ride it to work...*maybe* ok...rode on trails? punch yourself in the face please.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    But why that reaction? It's legit and legal now. I like descending much better than ascending. I figure it's worth a few demos at least...
     
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    ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    best argument I´ve heard so far for ebikes:

    "you have limited ride time, maybe once a week; probably less... on any given morning ride; you can do 3 laps (600+ ft elevation each) on an ebike, or you can do 1 on a regular bike. all under your same-watt-output."
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Articulation-related amusement of the day:



    This, the new BMW X5, apparently is offered with an Off Road package that includes a rear locker.

    :stupid:
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    When they are 32 pounds, and I am sixty, I'll probably get one.
    Whichever comes first?
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I wrote this in January 2018 after testing the Nissan Rogue's ProPILOT Assist. As you all know, I currently am leasing a Volvo with Pilot Assist. (The name similarity is coincidental, but both systems are sourced from Mobileye, as best as I can tell.)

    Having driven both I think Volvo's implementation is better, as I had guessed back in January. Notable differences that make this so are the clean control layout on the Volvo steering wheel, and (the big one) much better visual notification of when Pilot Assist is active on the Volvo's 12.3" dashboard LCD as opposed to the crappy little low-res monochrome LCD in the center of the Rogue's dashboard.

    Pilot Assist isn't of tremendous use off the highway, though: I use it when the line markings are good, but I often revert to steering myself and using the adaptive cruise alone because it is unreliable (random course deviations) or unavailable. On the highway it works pretty well but the "touch the wheel every 10 seconds" aspect of using it is annoying.

    But I digress.

    The real reason I quoted myself here is the line about Super Cruise. It was introduced on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 to modest fanfare, but GM announced no greater availability for it. Thus it was a bit of an oddity at best, for me, since Lexus LS-flirtation aside, I really have no use for a big luxury sedan given my lifestyle.

    Well, that changed today. Only Ars Technica seems to have picked up the story so far, but this is big:

    Call my Sally and slap me silly. I would have to think it over, of course, but if the choice for me in 2021 comes down to

    A) a Lexus LX 570 that has my coveted suspension articulation, luxurious materials, and stop and go adaptive cruise but is quite hideous, very large, and ostentatious

    or

    B) a Cadillac (or by 2021, GM) that has no off road pretensions but can drive itself on highways indefinitely hands-off as long as my eyes are directed on the road

    I may well end up picking the latter. Hmm.
     
  31. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You'll never be 60 pounds, Fatty. :p
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    My 5 year old is 34 lbs and my 3 year old is somewhere in the 25-30 lb range. They are long alien-babies with big Japanese heads.
     
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    I saw a carbon ebike from specialized the other day... thing was about the same weight the scott gambler I used to pedal around town (20+ mile rides) back in 2010....
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    OK, I have to modify.
    When they are 32 pounds
    When I am 60
    When I am rich?
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I found my next ride! Alt: I knew there was a reason why I’ve been keeping my motorcycle endorsement current.

    Honda is bringing the Monkey back to the US in January 2019.



    That’d be a riot. I’d look like this, but with more full face, beard, and less white.



    (Yes, that’s the Isle of Man.)

    ((See post 3969 in this thread for an ADV Monkey.))
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Turns out the new Monkey is actually much bigger than the old. 30.5" seat height for reference. Hmm. :D

    Also, I think I posted this a few years back but can't find it.



    Land Cruiser 200 series durability testing. Would be nice to have an official Toyota copy of this in higher resolution.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    This is concerning.

     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Re random course deviations, see death of Walter Huang:



    Admittedly he wasn't paying attention for at least the last 6 seconds before the crash--no driver input. Whether or not he would have been an idiot playing with his phone or not in a regular car is actually of import here, because a regular car wouldn't have followed the poorly marked left lane marker off into the median but rather continued on its path. (Also of note is that Mr. Huang probably won't have died in the crash if the crash attenuator in the median hadn't been already used--he basically went from 70 to 0 in the space of half of his car's wheelbase.)



    Ars Technica has a writeup on the Huang/Tesla incident that briefly touches on the development path of these systems. The short version is that because adaptive cruise/collision mitigation and autosteer functionality were originally developed separately, and in an era where sensors had limited fidelity their interactions can lead to these adverse outcomes of crashing into fixed objects +/- the car swerving toward it.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Deep thought of the night: Can I get away with not having a car post-Volvo?

    There's an Enterprise scheduled to open in a new location in Q1 2019. This new location will be 0.8 miles away from me, easily accessible on foot (<20 minutes) or bike (5 minutes). Even with inevitable delays it'll certainly be open by Volvo-lease end time in 2021.

    In 2021 my kids will be 8 and 6 in elementary, and theoretical Thing 3 would be 2 and in preschool. I wouldn't be on kid shuttling duty most days, and certainly could pick up a car at 7:30 AM, pick up a kid and a car seat from the garage, and drop off said kid at a reasonable hour in a pinch.

    For getting to work I could ride my belt drive commuter, Uber, or perhaps add a motorized 2 wheeler +/- pedals to the stable.

    For getting to the trailhead I could rent an SUV or minivan from Enterprise and either use the hitch if it's not blocked off somehow or toss the whole bike in the back.

    Skiing is the tougher one. No snow tires on rental vehicles, as far as I know. Per the horse's mouth:

    That said, rental cars don't have some special tires that reject snow chains. Don't ask, don't tell, and just buy a chain size that'd fit whatever full-size SUV rental they carry (e.g. Armada)?

    Why would I do this? The garage would seem a whole lot roomier. It probably wouldn't be any more expensive than the increasingly outlandish vehicles I've been considering. It resonates with my desire to own less stuff. It'd automatically keep my vehicle fleet somewhat new. When Ubering it'd give me the self-driving car experience, only with the car operated by a fellow meat popsicle instead of a fancy algorithm. It'd give me an excuse to get a motorcycle again.

    Hmm. Maybe?