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09-18-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By pbass

Man, I just rode for the first time in over a...

Man, I just rode for the first time in over a week today here in Altadena. Some pavement, fire roads, a little singletrack. And most importantly, blue skies! Was a revelation. To say it helped my...
09-15-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 961
Posted By pbass

I ride my gravel bikes (geared and singlespeed)...

I ride my gravel bikes (geared and singlespeed) literally everywhere I used to ride my MTB's. This is SoCal mountains--steep, rooty, rocky, gnarly.
Granted, I was coming mostly from a rigid ss...
09-15-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 770
Posted By pbass

Yep, the CC can be hard to fit. I started with a...

Yep, the CC can be hard to fit. I started with a 52, flat-bar. I then went through alt bars, drop bars, various stems, etc in a combination of simply experimenting but mostly trying to get...
09-14-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 770
Posted By pbass

I have two bikes - a geared 2019 Rove ST w discs,...

I have two bikes - a geared 2019 Rove ST w discs, and a singlespeed Cross Check with rim brakes. I ride them both in the same conditions, terrain, etc. No problem with the rim brakes stopping me,...
09-05-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,208
Posted By pbass

We should probably move this over to Talkbass;)...

We should probably move this over to Talkbass;) But yeah, numero uno is a P with 10 year old flats and a foam mute. Rippers are killer!
09-05-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,208
Posted By pbass

Sure do! And a J, etc etc but the P rules all!

Sure do! And a J, etc etc but the P rules all!
09-05-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 692
Posted By pbass

That's right around the gear inches I'm running...

That's right around the gear inches I'm running on my ss cross bike--I'm in the low 60s with my 42x19. I could almost go lower - I used to have a ss 29'r MTB geared 32x20 which was pretty necessary...
09-05-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,208
Posted By pbass

Pretty low here - 42x19 on 700c 40s, freewheel -...

Pretty low here - 42x19 on 700c 40s, freewheel - puts me around 61-62 gi I think. But I live at the base of the mountains. 25% grade right out my front door. And I ride lots of dirt on it too, so...
08-13-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,258
Posted By pbass

Well, I gear low, 42x19 for me. I've got 16 and...

Well, I gear low, 42x19 for me. I've got 16 and 17t cogs in my bin, but I live right next to the mountains and my ss sees lots of steep fireroads and trails (even right out my front door the first...
07-30-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By pbass

Very cool-looking bike. I love the idea of...

Very cool-looking bike. I love the idea of flat-bar gravel bikes, and it does seem to be sort of a trendy concept currently, even in the more boutique world. What I would love to see is these kind of...
07-28-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By pbass

That is awesome. I had a 2015 Unit that...

That is awesome. I had a 2015 Unit that ultimately I let go because I bought a size too big. Started my appreciation of ss'ing. Loved that bike - must be killer drop bar.
07-22-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,536
Posted By pbass

I did--the Wolf Tooth 34T. Has worked out great...

I did--the Wolf Tooth 34T. Has worked out great for me and where I ride, which as I say, is the SoCal mountains. Plus I'm riding about 60/40 dirt/road these days. The lack of top end doesn't bug me,...
07-16-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,527
Posted By pbass

Just got Nanos for my 700c bike. Very good...

Just got Nanos for my 700c bike. Very good all-arounder I think. The center tread keeps them feeling fast on pavement, and they hook up great on the dirt I've thrown at them (dry, rocky, SoCal).
07-10-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,789
Posted By pbass

Now THAT'S a recovery drink!

Now THAT'S a recovery drink!
07-10-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,789
Posted By pbass

Exactly. I've been riding rigid offroad for some...

Exactly. I've been riding rigid offroad for some time now--had nothing but a rigid 29'r for a few years--and it taught me all about picking a good line and body english as you say. You can't just...
07-10-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,789
Posted By pbass

Hear hear. I ALWAYS come back with a big smile on...

Hear hear. I ALWAYS come back with a big smile on my face after sending it on my ss, pushing the limits of what I can do on it.
07-10-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,789
Posted By pbass

When I say "underbiking" I mean using a tool that...

When I say "underbiking" I mean using a tool that makes the job HARDER. So, no surrendering here! No suspension either;)
07-09-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,789
Posted By pbass

"Underbiking" more the older I get...

Maybe it's a desire for simplicity, focus, zen.....I find the older I get, the more I'm "underbiking". Just turned 60. I have a "modern" gravel bike, 1x11, tubeless, et al. I ride it everywhere I...
07-07-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 313
Views: 46,738
Posted By pbass

My trusty 'Check is back to it's original...

My trusty 'Check is back to it's original singlespeed, flat bar glory. Just put the Nanos on today--so far I dig 'em--faster feeling than the Knards that I wore out....
07-07-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,577
Posted By pbass

Wow, what a cool project bike! Nicely done.

Wow, what a cool project bike! Nicely done.
07-01-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By pbass

Check out this incoming Sutra:...

Check out this incoming Sutra: https://theradavist.com/2020/07/konas-forthcoming-sutra-ultd-29r/
06-23-20, 12:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,821
Posted By pbass

I'm bald on top and buzz everything else down to...

I'm bald on top and buzz everything else down to the lowest clipper setting. My helmet is a Giro with plenty of vents. I'm a total cycling cap convert. I have two different Walz caps, a regular...
06-21-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Posted By pbass

I hear ya. I do ride it offroad--the Cross Check...

I hear ya. I do ride it offroad--the Cross Check is a blast in the dirt--but flats are rare simply because it's not seeing that many miles. I live right at the mountains-out my front door just goes...
06-17-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 7,606
Posted By pbass

Well, all I know is there aren't too many things...

Well, all I know is there aren't too many things as exhilarating as gunning it up a steep hill on a motorcycle. So, I think I'd probably dig it....
06-16-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 7,606
Posted By pbass

My first encounter with E-bikers out on the trail...

My first encounter with E-bikers out on the trail was about 2 years ago: two very out of shape looking guys in street clothes, no helmets, smoking cigarettes while riding, with no trail etiquette...
06-10-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 863
Posted By pbass

I wear prescription Oakley cycling shades that...

I wear prescription Oakley cycling shades that have a good wrap-around. Changed everything for me. Before I was just wearing whatever sunglasses I had, and the dry dusty air would just whip around...
06-10-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,053
Posted By pbass

Hardly ever see Marins down here in SoCal. Always...

Hardly ever see Marins down here in SoCal. Always liked their bikes, great looking too. I bet yours is a blast to ride up there (I used to live in Marin!).
You won't regret tubeless. I ride my 650b...
06-10-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,549
Posted By pbass

It's so subjective. For me the Niner would be...

It's so subjective. For me the Niner would be numero uno because it's steel.
06-04-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,463
Posted By pbass

Holy ****, and I was just thinking how stupid he...

Holy ****, and I was just thinking how stupid he was to do this fully aware he's being video'd. But, Strava?! OMG...
06-04-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,463
Posted By pbass

No kidding. As a parent, when you see something...

No kidding. As a parent, when you see something like this, the mama/papa bear instinct kicks right in. That dude is way bigger than me but I wouldn't have noticed.
06-04-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,463
Posted By pbass

He can get enlightened in a cell. And assault on...

He can get enlightened in a cell. And assault on a minor - if he has kids they could be taken from him.
05-30-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By pbass

Yeah, we've got 650B and 700c gravel and now 29r...

Yeah, we've got 650B and 700c gravel and now 29r mtb again in the garage now. I want my next rig to be for bike packing and long days out in wilderness - 29+ does look pretty cool.
05-29-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By pbass

29rs are fun.

I used to have a Kona Unit 29r singlespeed that I eventually sold because the frame size was always too big for me(though I rode the heck out of it at the time). Have been all-in on 650B since then....
05-28-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,415
Posted By pbass

I ride my gravel bike (drop bar, 650B, 47c tires,...

I ride my gravel bike (drop bar, 650B, 47c tires, tubeless super low psi) literally everywhere I used to mountain bike here in SoCal(of course, I'm not a downhill bike park guy). It's just a...
05-28-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,589
Posted By pbass

Yeah, I would normally start off looking used but...

Yeah, I would normally start off looking used but this one was a b-day gift and I knew he really wanted new. His interest in riding has sparked again as I say, but in a year he'll be driving so we'll...
05-28-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,589
Posted By pbass

Been putting off getting my teenage son a new MTB...

Been putting off getting my teenage son a new MTB for a few years because he just wasn't riding. He'd outgrown his old one quite some time ago. Suddenly, since the pandemic and stay-at-home...
05-26-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,700
Posted By pbass

Yep, there is a technique learning curve but it...

Yep, there is a technique learning curve but it doesn't take long at all. I can ride in Vans now (with pins) and feel fine for mellower rides (otherwise it's Five Tens, every time). But one thing I'd...
05-25-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 883
Posted By pbass

Well, we ended up with a Jamis Durango A1 - will...

Well, we ended up with a Jamis Durango A1 - will pick it up soon. It's a $600 entry-level MTB but Jamis stuff is usually good bang for buck. Certainly a nice-looking bike and since he doesn't care...
05-11-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 13,887
Posted By pbass

I agree. I think it's safe to assume that if you...

I agree. I think it's safe to assume that if you have that information - your reaction time and therefore decision making are affected. It won't give you the ability to predict the future, but I'd...
05-11-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 13,887
Posted By pbass

You asked "explain how knowing a car is behind...

You asked "explain how knowing a car is behind you makes any difference whatsoever?". I'm just speculating that you can't help but process that information - it can't help but influence your mental...
05-11-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 13,887
Posted By pbass

I think when the information is processed that...

I think when the information is processed that there's a car looming, your brain likely has some automatic reactions, for example, you consider an exit strategy if things go south. Can I bail into...
05-08-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,901
Posted By pbass

So many recreational riders out there are riding...

So many recreational riders out there are riding hardtails or "hybrids" with crappy suspension forks on them for no good reason. It's just dead weight unless it's a decent fork (and you actually ride...
05-06-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 13,887
Posted By pbass

As someone who does not wear pods, etc when...

As someone who does not wear pods, etc when riding, when I'm approaching another rider who does, I do it with the same caution I would a driver who I suspect is distracted.
05-04-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 13,887
Posted By pbass

Feels definitely dangerous to me on the road, but...

Feels definitely dangerous to me on the road, but also on the dirt if I'm doing anything even slightly technical that requires mental clarity. I'm just not 100% in bike zen mind if there's music...
04-30-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,857
Posted By pbass

I wear a bandana and only pull it up if I get...

I wear a bandana and only pull it up if I get close to anyone, or anyone w/o a mask passes me and I'm in their slipstream. I'm seeing about 30/70 percent riders with/without face coverings where I...
04-24-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By pbass

The Rove line is excellent. I'm a steel guy, so...

The Rove line is excellent. I'm a steel guy, so the Rove ST is my #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) . I ride it on the road, and pretty much everywhere I used to...
04-23-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 693
Posted By pbass

I'm no expert, but I've always figured it made...

I'm no expert, but I've always figured it made the most sense to gear for the climbing where you live. My ss is 42x19. Pretty low, but I live right by the mountains, I'm old, and everywhere I go is...
04-20-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,362
Posted By pbass

The way things are going we'll need a thread for...

The way things are going we'll need a thread for "how to make the most of singlespeed on an indoor trainer"....
04-20-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By pbass

I do like both sizes, and having come from riding...

I do like both sizes, and having come from riding a ss 29'r mtb, I always kind of felt that with singlespeed, those big wheels helped with speed and getting going and up and over things. But, I ride...
04-09-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 12,890
Posted By pbass

There's really quite a lot of steel options once...

There's really quite a lot of steel options once you get away form the big 3 as you say, and many that don't break the bank. Some easier to find than others of course:
Kona (always some steel in...
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