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03-02-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,667
Posted By Spoonrobot

I felt the same way. Glibly told to HTFU by guys...

I felt the same way. Glibly told to HTFU by guys who quit the entire sport a year or two later. Now I just do MTB/Gravel and wait to register a week out. More often than not I just skip the event but...
02-19-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,087
Posted By Spoonrobot

Nah, that ain't the way it is in the real world....

Nah, that ain't the way it is in the real world. I'm not blinding motorists and they're not blinding me.

StVZO lights are essentially worthless for road riding.
02-17-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 778
Posted By Spoonrobot

I did this for a while too. Expensive dress...

I did this for a while too. Expensive dress slacks from the thrift store for pennies on the dollar are great. The quality of wool makes a difference. Some of the loose weave stuff rarely lasts more...
02-17-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,087
Posted By Spoonrobot

Why would I shine my light directly at motorists...

Why would I shine my light directly at motorists or in their eyes? The light is mounted right side, slightly below the fork crown and aimed to project the hotspot ~75 meters ahead. From the front it...
02-16-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,087
Posted By Spoonrobot

A very bright helmet mounted light had done more...

A very bright helmet mounted light had done more to increase passing space and decrease passing speed than anything else, when riding at night. I use a 1200 lumen Zebralight H600w Mk IV, with the...
02-08-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,976
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's your link you forgot:...

Here's your link you forgot: https://www.bikeradar.com/news/surly-straggler-cyclocross-bike-eurobike-2013/

The example I saw weighed at a Surly dealer in 2016 was 4.4 pounds for the 54cm frame and...
02-08-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,976
Posted By Spoonrobot

Oh I forgot to add - I found out later the...

Oh I forgot to add - I found out later the Straggler frame weighs ~40 grames/1.5 ounce heavier than the Double Cross Disc I purchased. Had I known that I'd have just bought the Surly. And probably...
02-08-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,976
Posted By Spoonrobot

Few years ago I went looking for a steel disc...

Few years ago I went looking for a steel disc frame. Found the Surly Straggler, looked good for what I wanted but there was no weight listed on the very comprehensive spec sheet....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,259
Posted By Spoonrobot

199.9 58 15 miles

199.9
58
15

miles
01-22-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,243
Posted By Spoonrobot

Most interesting is that, back to back, the...

Most interesting is that, back to back, the photographs express the item(s) much less clearly than the drawings. I noticed the same with the modern (non-cycling) Duluth Trading catalogs. It's...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,007
Posted By Spoonrobot

Thatís often a sign of excessive saddle setback.

Thatís often a sign of excessive saddle setback.
Forum: Touring
01-04-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By Spoonrobot

How heavy is your planned load? Most modern...

How heavy is your planned load?

Most modern disc frames (including the two you mentioned) are stiffer than many loaded touring frames from the 80s/90s by a factor of at least 2. The Breezer Radar...
Replies: 46
Views: 2,321
Posted By Spoonrobot

I went and bought this. Owner didn't want to...

I went and bought this. Owner didn't want to haggle so I gave $110 for it. Appears to have most if not all of the original equipment and minimal wear. Tires are dry-rotted but otherwise all it needs...
12-26-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,577
Posted By Spoonrobot

I carry a Crankbros M19 as well as a Chinese OEM...

I carry a Crankbros M19 as well as a Chinese OEM "pirhana tool (http://www.multitool.org/tools/miscellaneous/piranha-multitool-review)".

The M19 comes in handy maybe a dozen times a year, mostly...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,722
Posted By Spoonrobot

Regional variation for sure. In my location I am...

Regional variation for sure. In my location I am a magnet for middle-aged Southern Women. If I stop for any length of time invariably one will wander over to say hi, or stop their car to see if I...
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,865
Posted By Spoonrobot

My favorite albuterol fueled endurance racer.

My favorite albuterol fueled endurance racer.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,901
Posted By Spoonrobot

This is boilerplate and has probably been written...

This is boilerplate and has probably been written hundreds of time by dozens of adherents to a modern myth, mostly driven by the preferences of a small group of cyclists. Your main point does not...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,901
Posted By Spoonrobot

Faster tires are more beneficial for slower...

Faster tires are more beneficial for slower riders (especially those riding alone) as the effect of the marginal differences are magnified at lower wattages. 10w at 150w ftp v. 10w at 300w ftp.
Replies: 12
Views: 1,665
Posted By Spoonrobot

Same thing happened to me the morning after a...

Same thing happened to me the morning after a 200k with many exciting descents. This was on disc brakes so there's no rubbing hedge the company could take:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,901
Posted By Spoonrobot

Problem is, it's not true. Here's the real...

Problem is, it's not true.

Here's the real world breakdown for what is generally considered paved riding.

19mm tires are slower than 21mm tires are slower than 23mm tires, many of which are...
11-22-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,136
Posted By Spoonrobot

Shimano recommends chain joined with a connector...

Shimano recommends chain joined with a connector pin be done so in a specific direction. Heavier/more powerful riders are much more likely to break the chain when joined as in figure B, IME. Still...
11-22-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,136
Posted By Spoonrobot

He's not wrong, possibly something lost in...

He's not wrong, possibly something lost in translation. I've seen a few drive-trains that work fine - not skipping, shift ok (but clunky) - that will start skipping once the chain is cleaned and...
11-18-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 504
Posted By Spoonrobot

Regardless of the spec if you're wearing the...

Regardless of the spec if you're wearing the clearing groove, you're on the last miles. 1.5mm is the Shimano standard and reasonable for the same style rotors from other manufacturers.

How are you...
11-17-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,641
Posted By Spoonrobot

You can rig up either the entire included...

You can rig up either the entire included headband or just the actual silicone holder. Velcro ties or zipties to the helmet usually. For some reason (some) bikepacking cyclists like to wear the...
11-17-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 434
Posted By Spoonrobot

I have a set of GK slicks that are 39.1mm wide...

I have a set of GK slicks that are 39.1mm wide and 35.2mm tall on Kinlin TL-23 rims with 23mm IW. Same tires at the same sag on OEM HED Tomcat 17.5mm IW are 38.3mm wide and 37.4mm tall. If I use the...
11-15-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 17,449
Posted By Spoonrobot

Link to article please.

Link to article please.
11-15-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 17,449
Posted By Spoonrobot

flyingpigeon.jpeg...

flyingpigeon.jpeg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Pigeon)

Just because there's a lot of something doesn't make it better or the best. Most road bikes are 700c but that's clearly not the best...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,719
Posted By Spoonrobot

I ride with a helmet light and in the past rode...

I ride with a helmet light and in the past rode through some of the lower income, high pedestrian areas of Atlanta. The light effectively stops the (potential) interview phase of criminal...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,775
Posted By Spoonrobot

I do the same, just have the bag supported on a...

I do the same, just have the bag supported on a front rack. Camera bags are great cheap handlebar bags, good ones with side pockets and compartments are barely $30 on Amazon.
11-09-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Posted By Spoonrobot

Where do you live? If you're going to drop that...

Where do you live? If you're going to drop that much coin on a bike in this re-sale market it may be worthwhile to take a nice daytrip or weekend trip to the nearest major metro and do some serious...
11-09-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 707
Posted By Spoonrobot

What's traffic signal or control does the trail...

What's traffic signal or control does the trail crossing have? Streetview makes it look like a HAWK signal. Did the kid have the flashing lights? If not he may not have been ready to cross. In this...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,720
Posted By Spoonrobot

I haven't seen a person do anything because...

I haven't seen a person do anything because you've provided no evidence whatsoever. Regardless, your advice is bad and should not be followed by anyone. Once again, there are tried and true practices...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,720
Posted By Spoonrobot

Why do you think it took me so long to respond to...

Why do you think it took me so long to respond to your post? When I saw you mention IC-2000 I pulled some from the shop, called the manufacturer to clarify best practice for bonding butyl rubber and...
11-08-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,683
Posted By Spoonrobot

I clean my chain before waxing because if not the...

I clean my chain before waxing because if not the mother wax will become contaminated with steel and silica grit. Itís much easier to spend a couple minutes cleaning the chain than it is filtering...
11-08-19, 03:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,641
Posted By Spoonrobot

Wet Dry Zoom flash

Wet
Dry
Zoom flash
11-07-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,683
Posted By Spoonrobot

You don't need to boil. Put the chain in a...

You don't need to boil. Put the chain in a plastic jar or jug with some soapy water and shake shake shake. Rinse and repeat, remove and pat dry, then dunk in the new hot wax.

Agitation removes...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,720
Posted By Spoonrobot

That's funny. IC-2000 is our shop glue. ...

That's funny. IC-2000 is our shop glue.

https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/img_9804-1.jpg

What's also funny is that it doesn't work worth a fart bonding [bicycle tire] rubber to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,304
Posted By Spoonrobot

This is a fun zombie thread. Here's my two...

This is a fun zombie thread.

Here's my two longest rides:
https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/lg.png

For a while I was refusing to be beholden to an arbitrary distance so I ended up...
11-07-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By Spoonrobot

Clement re-branded to Donnelly but the tire...

Clement re-branded to Donnelly but the tire appears to be exactly the same based on the ones I handled. I rode a few thousand miles on the Clement versions, 120 tpi and the 60 tpi. The former is a...
11-07-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By Spoonrobot

Two-pack of the GravelKing slick is sometimes $70...

Two-pack of the GravelKing slick is sometimes $70 on eBay. Honestly the Panaracer Pasela is one of the better budget tires, I suspect it's as durable as the gravelking just slightly heavier. It's...
11-07-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,799
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'll never buy a bike from JensonUSA again. My...

I'll never buy a bike from JensonUSA again. My excitement for my new purchase turned to disdain when I discovered they queue all complete bike purchases through their shop to perform a re-inspection...
11-07-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By Spoonrobot

The Comet is a slow tire. What exactly is your...

The Comet is a slow tire. What exactly is your budget?

Ideal option:

WTB Byway 700cx34 in the front
Continental GP5K 700x32 in the rear

Budget Option:

Panaracer GK Slick 700cx32 front...
11-06-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,644
Posted By Spoonrobot

Keep in mind that bulb (or dome I suppose for...

Keep in mind that bulb (or dome I suppose for LED) lumens and OTF lumens are still entangled. One poster seeking 1000 lumens may actually be creating his perception of need from a 700 lumen light...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-19, 06:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,720
Posted By Spoonrobot

Superglue doesn't do anything for a tire or tube...

Superglue doesn't do anything for a tire or tube that isn't non-functional cosmetic window dressing. It's certainly not going to be able to bond to a level able to withstand any reasonable pressure.
11-05-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,644
Posted By Spoonrobot

"similar to a (proper) car low beam" is poor...

"similar to a (proper) car low beam" is poor logic. Out on my bicycle I do not have a tempered glass windshield, a pressed steel cage or any of numerous other safety features, in front and around my...
11-05-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 996
Posted By Spoonrobot

I just twist off the nut, the end of the threaded...

I just twist off the nut, the end of the threaded portion only has a mild peening and is overrun easy with a needlenose. Valve drops out and the core can be physically cleaned.
11-05-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,940
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'd be curious to see how much larger they get....

I'd be curious to see how much larger they get. I've not had a Panaracer (Compass, Grand Bois, OEM) tire grow more than 0.5mm since I started riding and measuring them in 2015, probably because of...
11-04-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,940
Posted By Spoonrobot

I read some of the same articles: ...

I read some of the same articles:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/slicks.html

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#hydroplaning

Now there's a counterpoint:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By Spoonrobot

Your assumption of safety is misguided,...

Your assumption of safety is misguided, especially as you are in the USA and serious injury or death due to failed equipment is almost never investigated unless it affects multiple litigious...
11-03-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,940
Posted By Spoonrobot

GIS shows that's the normal pattern for the...

GIS shows that's the normal pattern for the Chinook Pass. Otherwise IME Compass won't do anything about your (potentially perceived) lack of width. They'll tell you to measure at max PSI and leave it...
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