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04-17-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 695
Posted By zen_

35-40c is more than adequate for limestone...

35-40c is more than adequate for limestone rail-trails, but I'll be the first to admit that my opinion on tire width for gravel has evolved from 35c, to 40c, and now I'm looking at 43-45c tires....
04-02-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,524
Posted By zen_

You really shouldn't need to run out and change...

You really shouldn't need to run out and change anything on the Breed, as it comes very nicely equipped. I actually have a take-off Felt carbon seatpost (same as Salsa Guide) and a Prologo Dimension...
03-21-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 755
Posted By zen_

+1 for the Zipp CX tape. It does have a slight...

+1 for the Zipp CX tape. It does have a slight tack to it, but I can't image the tapes that have more will have a lasting effect. The Zipp tape has a really nice texture, padding, durability, wraps...
03-17-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 713
Posted By zen_

Just get a Garmin watch /w body battery if you...

Just get a Garmin watch /w body battery if you want some metrics on HRV / stress and recovery, but don't religiously follow the numbers.
03-02-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 4,974
Views: 3,492,200
Posted By zen_

That's a really sharp looking bike. How well do...

That's a really sharp looking bike. How well do the mini v-brakes work with STI levers?
03-02-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 549
Posted By zen_

These...

These...
03-02-21, 07:10 PM
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Views: 3,492,200
Posted By zen_

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A brutal midwest winter is finally letting go!
02-28-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,146
Posted By zen_

The Bikes Direct Gravel X looks pretty nice for...

The Bikes Direct Gravel X looks pretty nice for $1K, but as per usual with their bikes, there are some questionable choices with the geometry. Notice in the stock photo they have a 17 degree stem...
02-10-21, 08:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,050
Posted By zen_

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBgAr7kLsZY ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBgAr7kLsZY

Good video on the subject, and a channel worth following if you care about training somewhat properly. The Cliff's Notes is that there is not a lot of...
02-08-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By zen_

I just weighed my setup because bored. Same GX...

I just weighed my setup because bored. Same GX wheelset, 40c Pirelli Gravel H, 2oz sealant per tire, 11-34 Ultegra cassette, and 160mm TRP rotors @ 3,255g. If you got some better / slightly lighter...
01-30-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,356
Posted By zen_

https://zwofactory.com/ To build your own...

https://zwofactory.com/

To build your own erg workouts.
01-11-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 195,902
Posted By zen_

It did include the plugs for using a Di2 front...

It did include the plugs for using a Di2 front mech, so I guess they assume that anyone bothering with a 2x build from a frameset will be using Di2. Not really an issue though for a $10 part when it...
01-07-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 195,902
Posted By zen_

Just picked up the 2021 Renegade S1 frameset from...

Just picked up the 2021 Renegade S1 frameset from the LBS today. I think it was the right choice to change to standard cable routing. The T47 BB and tapered head tube are also nice touches, and it...
12-18-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,165
Posted By zen_

I'll try to give you some advice that's a bit...

I'll try to give you some advice that's a bit more on point w/o being condescending, or digressing too much...

Parts worth "upgrading"

Saddle - Unless you really love the stock one, start the...
12-10-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,285
Posted By zen_

TrainerRoad is an extremely compelling option for...

TrainerRoad is an extremely compelling option for those that cannot afford TP + a qualified coach, and you can do the workouts outside /w a power meter.
11-25-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,663
Posted By zen_

The distance between the saddle and pedal should...

The distance between the saddle and pedal should stay the same bike-to-bike, so when the stack height increases, the top of the top tube is higher, and the bars are higher relative to the rider.
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11-25-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,957
Posted By zen_

Fortunately there is still an apparently endless...

Fortunately there is still an apparently endless supply of 90's steel MTBs on Craigslist waiting to be converted to LHTs.
11-18-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,139
Posted By zen_

The current generation Claris, Sora and Tiagra...

The current generation Claris, Sora and Tiagra (cable brake) are pretty much the same systems with a different # of gears, and slight changes in construction materials and weight.
11-10-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By zen_

One small problem with Vermont is that Ted King...

One small problem with Vermont is that Ted King lives there, and he takes all the KOM's every time he leaves the house.
10-26-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,569
Posted By zen_

I carry one in my repair kit for a tubeless...

I carry one in my repair kit for a tubeless gravel bike because the extra $30 for a tube half the size folded up, and half the weight seemed like a no-brainer.
10-18-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,707
Posted By zen_

I swear every "gravel" product advert has some...

I swear every "gravel" product advert has some variation of this guy in it. I love this one because it looks like they photoshopped in the beard, hat and flannel on a stock photo of a roadie.
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10-16-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,011
Posted By zen_

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09-29-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,004
Posted By zen_

Drivetrain cleaning has been just squeezing some...

Drivetrain cleaning has been just squeezing some soapy water over the crank / cassette / jockey wheels since I started doing waxed chains. 3,000 miles of just doing that, and the cassette + jockey...
09-13-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,133
Posted By zen_

I know you said Giant Revolt, but if you're...

I know you said Giant Revolt, but if you're mainly using it for road riding, but still want pretty big tires, a Giant Defy with something like a 32c Hutchinson Sector would probably be the ideal bike...
09-13-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 7,836
Posted By zen_

Can't say I blame anyone who doesn't live here...

Can't say I blame anyone who doesn't live here for thinking it seems pretty boring, and it's definitely not thrilling riding outside the occasional minimum maintenance / b-road that can get MTB'ish....
09-13-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 7,836
Posted By zen_

Where I live road cycling is a bit restrictive....

Where I live road cycling is a bit restrictive. Not many roads with smooth shoulders, or low traffic no-shoulder roads, and since there are not a lot of road cyclist, drivers are not as aware of...
09-13-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,647
Posted By zen_

I don't think I could go back to riding a bike...

I don't think I could go back to riding a bike with cantilevers as my main bike bombing down steep descents and dirt B-roads. Looking back and what I did on a bike with crummy brakes, I am honestly...
09-07-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 809
Views: 192,913
Posted By zen_

So far excellent. If you still have the...

So far excellent. If you still have the mechanical Spyre brakes, the difference in brake feel / bite is night and day. My only gripe, and this is minor even though I shift a lot to maintain an even...
09-03-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By zen_

SRAM Apex 1 and Sensah SRX Pro are both available...

SRAM Apex 1 and Sensah SRX Pro are both available in 1x11 drivetrains with mechanical brakes, in addition to just using 2x11 Shimano setups as 1x11 already mentioned.
08-31-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,184
Posted By zen_

I take a square of paper towel with me on long...

I take a square of paper towel with me on long rides to wipe my chain off mid-ride(ish), which is really effective on waxed chains when it's very dusty. I know the hot waxing thing is a big leap few...
08-19-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,333
Posted By zen_

Get a heart rate monitor and get your zones...

Get a heart rate monitor and get your zones semi-correctly set with a max heart rate test. The big "mistake" (depending on your perspective) I see cyclist making that are trying to lose weight and /...
08-16-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,084
Posted By zen_

The name on the downtube is a big part of the...

The name on the downtube is a big part of the cost difference, plus Giant has economies of scale manufacturing their own frames, and many of the parts on the bike.

As for whether it's worth it,...
08-02-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 809
Views: 192,913
Posted By zen_

Mid-season rebuild for my Raleigh Tamland....

Mid-season rebuild for my Raleigh Tamland. Hydraulic levers / calipers to replace a cable actuated setup that has been having some issues lately, a better quality stem to replace a cheap China alloy...
08-02-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,469
Posted By zen_

I blame this thread for an impulse(ish) buy of...

I blame this thread for an impulse(ish) buy of ST-RS685 shifters (non-series Ultegra) + BR-RS785 calipers (non-series post mount) last night! When I bought the HY/RD calipers for like $120 back in...
06-29-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,497
Posted By zen_

I also prefer to run a 12 degree bar (Ritchey...

I also prefer to run a 12 degree bar (Ritchey Butano), but that's alloy only too. I think what you're looking for is the Whisky No.9 12F carbon bar.
06-16-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,277
Posted By zen_

For rail-trails and paved surfaces only, and with...

For rail-trails and paved surfaces only, and with your tire clearance needs, I would just run 700x35c GravelKing slicks, or a mix with an SK or SS on the front, with a slick on the rear.
08-28-19, 09:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,611
Posted By zen_

Suppose beggars can't be choosers if they are...

Suppose beggars can't be choosers if they are made in China vs. Japan. The T-Serv's on my 26" Rockhopper have been an excellent tire for gravel and pavement that are made in Japan, just figured the...
08-27-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,611
Posted By zen_

Building up a Schwinn CrissCross

Picked up a 1994 Schwinn CrissCross at bike swap for $45 that I want to build out into a decent commuter with a front rack, and maybe occasionally gravel on to complement a 1990 Rockhopper that I...
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