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01-25-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4,844
Views: 3,447,168
Posted By grolby

I had the V1 Swiss Cross, with cantilevers, and...

I had the V1 Swiss Cross, with cantilevers, and just built up the new one in that same colorway last fall. I haven't gotten as many miles on it as I'd like yet, but it's a keeper. The old Swiss Cross...
01-25-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 130
Posted By grolby

Carbon wheels will be lighter and they typically...

Carbon wheels will be lighter and they typically feel a bit zippier and faster and, depending on how deep they are, make a cool sound. And they look cool, too. They won't ride more comfortably than...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By grolby

Ah yes, sorry, I neglected to consider the many...

Ah yes, sorry, I neglected to consider the many thousands of working class heroes across this fine nation looking for the right bike for getting to work in their custom suits.
Forum: Commuting
01-21-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 490
Posted By grolby

I think this is called "going for a bike...

I think this is called "going for a bike ride."
Forum: Commuting
01-21-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By grolby

If it's a 15 minute ride, you can ride basically...

If it's a 15 minute ride, you can ride basically anything. A road bike is great if that's what you have.



This place blows my mind sometimes. For a 15 minute ride, it literally doesn't matter....
Forum: Commuting
11-11-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,682
Posted By grolby

Believe me, I agree with you - intuitively, I...

Believe me, I agree with you - intuitively, I think, surely the torsional forces on the frame from cornering are minuscule. But I can’t argue with the results. Again, if unclear, the plane of flex...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,682
Posted By grolby

I don’t have a cite, sorry. I’m not a mechanical...

I don’t have a cite, sorry. I’m not a mechanical engineer and frankly I’m lazy. Believe me or not, that’s fair. All I can tell you is that to the best of my recollection tapered head tubes have...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,682
Posted By grolby

I donít think so, for two reasons. One, the...

I donít think so, for two reasons. One, the deflection is fore-aft, while the deflection tapered head tubes are intended to resist is mostly torsional at a right angle to the direction of travel; two...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,682
Posted By grolby

I think Heine dislikes the drum tests because his...

I think Heine dislikes the drum tests because his tires consistently fail to impress in those comparisons. Heís not wrong about them being incomplete, but his preferred testing methods have their own...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,405
Posted By grolby

Yes, this is my opinion. As youíve noted, actual...

Yes, this is my opinion. As youíve noted, actual data is hard to come by, but the idea that a rear view mirror enhances safety depends on assuming 1) the cyclist can identify clearly when a vehicle...
10-28-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By grolby

Some ďgravelĒ can get quite choppy, especially at...

Some ďgravelĒ can get quite choppy, especially at speed. Also, part of the idea here is that you will run lower pressures than if you didnít have them, getting the benefit of lower pressures and...
10-28-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,642
Posted By grolby

Ah, that article is ringing a bell now! Happens...

Ah, that article is ringing a bell now! Happens to everyone at some point. Cheers.
10-28-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,642
Posted By grolby

This is not true, at least not in national or...

This is not true, at least not in national or international rules. The UCI (international sanctioning body) prohibits tires wider than 33 mm for all racers. USA Cycling (United States national...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,405
Posted By grolby

I'm glad you like your handlebar mirror, but hard...

I'm glad you like your handlebar mirror, but hard disagree on this. We don't need anything to increase regulatory barriers to cycling, especially for the very dubious safety benefits of rearview...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,933
Posted By grolby

The USA is overall a lot less dense than Western...

The USA is overall a lot less dense than Western Europe, but we also have a greater number of large, densely populated cities. The Northeast Megalopis...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,850
Posted By grolby

If youíre confident, secondhand is the easiest...

If youíre confident, secondhand is the easiest way to accomplish a light bike for cheap. May also be the only realistic option in COVID times.



No amount of lifting weights will make the...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,850
Posted By grolby

??? 23 lbs is 35% heavier than 17. Itís a big...

??? 23 lbs is 35% heavier than 17. Itís a big difference and one that you donít need to be a massive bike nerd to notice. The difference between my road bike (coincidentally, 17 lbs) and my...
09-24-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,105
Posted By grolby

I'll put it this way - an important reason that...

I'll put it this way - an important reason that modern wheels tend to be much stronger than old wheels is that much stronger and stiffer rims allow for higher spoke tension. Yes, the spokes, nipples...
09-23-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,105
Posted By grolby

Modern rims, especially carbon fiber rims, are a...

Modern rims, especially carbon fiber rims, are a really important part of the overall wheel structure and matter a lot more to the strength of the wheel than this sentence would lead you to suppose.
09-16-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,400
Posted By grolby

I did... I’ll grant you, it was 7 years ago now....

I did... I’ll grant you, it was 7 years ago now. The Cross-Check isn’t a great race bike, but that’s because of the weight and the parts spec of the complete, not the geometry, which is good albeit...
09-16-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,869
Posted By grolby

Trails must have been pretty buffed at the race...

Trails must have been pretty buffed at the race you won. For me the main limitation when riding a cross bike on trails is you have very little margin for error in the rough stuff. Rocks or roots that...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,513
Posted By grolby

This is most peculiar, as I have it on very good...

This is most peculiar, as I have it on very good authority that no tire narrower than 32 mm can be used successfully for commuting. Could it be that itís because you were only riding recreationally...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,845
Posted By grolby

I havenít used touring tires per se, but I have...

I havenít used touring tires per se, but I have used a Panaracer T-Serv on a stationary trainer and it was noisier and made more vibration than a normal road slick. The problem would be less...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,845
Posted By grolby

I donít think the question really called for this...

I donít think the question really called for this sort of negativity.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,211
Posted By grolby

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Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,211
Posted By grolby

I was just trying to provide some information,...

I was just trying to provide some information, guy.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,211
Posted By grolby

Bedding the pads (and rotors, actually) is a real...

Bedding the pads (and rotors, actually) is a real thing. ďDonít turn the bike upside downĒ is baloney. Hydro systems are fully wet, and the system is airtight. There shouldnít be anywhere for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,211
Posted By grolby

Lots of this bike isn’t to my taste, but some of...

Lots of this bike isn’t to my taste, but some of the details are fascinating. The upside-down headset arrangement is obviously impractical but also very cool. I do wonder about how much load that...
08-27-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,141
Posted By grolby

You can think of the system as a bow, with the...

You can think of the system as a bow, with the cable between the anchoring points as the bowstring and the frame and fork elements across the same distance as the bow back. If you pull on a...
08-27-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,141
Posted By grolby

This is absolutely, 100% nonsense. Cantilever...

This is absolutely, 100% nonsense. Cantilever brake shudder canít and wonít cause a carbon fork to break. No doubt, extreme brake shudder is very scary, but this sounds like youíve stumbled across...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,513
Posted By grolby

I donít think bike thieves are that picky; you...

I donít think bike thieves are that picky; you still need to secure a heavy bike. And of course, even when youíre carrying a lock, that light fast bike still feels nice and goes quick. I commute on...
08-06-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,261
Posted By grolby

I like 1x a lot for cyclocross. When Iíve done...

I like 1x a lot for cyclocross. When Iíve done gravel races, Iíve done them on my cross bike. And for gravel, in my opinion 1x is acceptable, but thatís all. If I had a dedicated gravel bike, it...
02-17-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 504
Posted By grolby

The smallest chainring youíre likely to be able...

The smallest chainring youíre likely to be able to fit is a 34. Otherwise, sure, you can do this.
12-17-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,663
Posted By grolby

I wouldnít go that far. Sure it could have a...

I wouldnít go that far. Sure it could have a place there. It just depends on your wants and priorities. Iím a cross racer who occasionally dabbles in gravel racing. Both of my cyclocross bikes these...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,290
Posted By grolby

I'll also recommend Osprey. They make cycling and...

I'll also recommend Osprey. They make cycling and multi sport backpacks in a range of sizes, and the fit and security is excellent when riding. I have a Talon 11, which in the S/M size is more like...
12-08-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,204
Posted By grolby

One of the weird consequences of the gravel bike...

One of the weird consequences of the gravel bike radiation has been the parallel growth of misconceptions about cyclocross bikes and their geometry. Mostly that, as race-focused bikes, they will be...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 964
Posted By grolby

You donít need to look at the trail numbers to...

You donít need to look at the trail numbers to realize that dropping your front end by 2 cm will make your bike feel different. Doesnít matter if the trail is exactly the same. Youíre really changing...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 744
Posted By grolby

For goodness' sake, ditch the Gorilla Tape and...

For goodness' sake, ditch the Gorilla Tape and the split tubes and get some Scotch 8896 strapping tape. Essentially the same thing as real tubeless tape, and $11 for a 55m roll on Amazon.
09-30-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 905
Posted By grolby

Frame protectors will prevent damage to the...

Frame protectors will prevent damage to the paint. You don’t need to worry about thrown gravel causing more than cosmetic damage to your frame. It’s designed to take it.
09-23-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,308
Posted By grolby

Is gluing tires really so miserable that getting...

Is gluing tires really so miserable that getting an extra year or two out of your glue has that much value? Cause the thing is, sure, you may be able to go longer between gluing tires. But you will...
09-20-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,308
Posted By grolby

No, you don't need Belgian tape to avoid rolling...

No, you don't need Belgian tape to avoid rolling a tubular.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,315
Posted By grolby

A sidewall cut is generally considered a death...

A sidewall cut is generally considered a death sentence for a tubeless tire, sadly. With a tubeless clincher, you can patch the inside and it might hold for a while but it will eventually fail. With...
09-08-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,398
Posted By grolby

That set up is what we used to call ďtotally...

That set up is what we used to call ďtotally normal.Ē Itís fine. The ETRTO recommendation chart everyone refers to is literally 25 years old and was never any good.
Forum: Commuting
09-04-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,130
Posted By grolby

Seems like you need to scour eBay. The...

Seems like you need to scour eBay. The Cross-Check isn't going to ride appreciably different or be "more versatile" than your LHT... honestly, I don't see how any frame that will fit most or all of...
08-29-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,469
Posted By grolby

Yep. Some gravel bikes are basically road racing...

Yep. Some gravel bikes are basically road racing bikes with discs and clearance for 40 mm tires, all the way to touring bikes, to essentially mountain bikes with drop bars. Depends on your desired...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,488
Posted By grolby

The "most correct" way to pull off is into the...

The "most correct" way to pull off is into the wind, but in practice, riding on the right side of the road makes pulling off to the left (and passing on the right, yes) the most practical way to roll...
08-01-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 23,238
Posted By grolby

I donít think I agree with this take. Hybrids...

I donít think I agree with this take. Hybrids were a really squishy category back in the day, some of them were good and a lot of them were really bad, but crucially they mostly werenít designed with...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,760
Posted By grolby

Yeah, like... I can get (and have got) my own...

Yeah, like... I can get (and have got) my own vice grips and pocket knives. I don't need any of these things badly enough to pick up someone else's lost item from the road.

Edit: locking pliers,...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,760
Posted By grolby

Water bottle - super gross. No effing way. ...

Water bottle - super gross. No effing way.

Gloves - less gross, still ugh. No.

Wrenches - fine, but... No. Not mine.

Honestly I don't understand why anyone would want to keep anything they...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,044
Posted By grolby

Edit: shoulda read the whole thread before I just...

Edit: shoulda read the whole thread before I just repeated what everyone else was saying!

I am not new to the market, and an ďenthusiast,Ē and I warn anyone I can to avoid the Cross-Check for...
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