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06-25-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 915
Posted By Caliper

I am so totally in violation of this. I always...

I am so totally in violation of this. I always thought the visors on helmets looked silly.


I guess we're working up a set of requirements here for a gravel helmet. The visor should retract...
06-25-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,221
Posted By Caliper

I actually would see those as two different types...

I actually would see those as two different types of bikes. An adventure bike would have bigger tires and be more like a drop bar MTB such as the Salsa Cutthroat or Fargo while a gravel grinder...
06-24-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,221
Posted By Caliper

Do you have some sort of idea what makes a bike a...

Do you have some sort of idea what makes a bike a "Pavement Pounder"? What are the defining characteristics in your mind?

To me, the bikes above that you have referenced look like hybrid bikes...
06-24-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,221
Posted By Caliper

Sorry for the slip in semantics, purely...

Sorry for the slip in semantics, purely unintentional. I've honestly never noticed if I use gravel ride or gravel grinder or if anyone else does. Gravel grinder is a common phrase throughout the...
06-24-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By Caliper

I'd look at what happens to the trail numbers...

I'd look at what happens to the trail numbers (Steering). Dropping the tire size will reduce the trail at the ground and make the bike a bit less stable. "Cannot" may be a strong word though since...
06-24-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 915
Posted By Caliper

I have a helmet. It fits my head. My head is no...

I have a helmet. It fits my head. My head is no different shape or size when I ride paved roads or gravel roads or trails.
06-24-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,221
Posted By Caliper

So these events are for people who don't actually...

So these events are for people who don't actually ride gravel?

MMM Gravel Grinder | The ultimate Gravel Road Race (http://www.michiganmountainmayhem.com/mmmgravelgrinder/)

Gravel Grinder |...
06-24-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 924
Posted By Caliper

All have their place. Slow riding in town I can...

All have their place. Slow riding in town I can see flat pedals. Also, snow riding and anywhere where slips are more likely and you are less confident about stability.

For my on the road...
06-24-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,563
Posted By Caliper

Go easier on the rear brake! But...

Go easier on the rear brake!

But seriously, toilet paper? My underwear don't have stains, why would my chamois?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,749
Posted By Caliper

I do want a GPS computer though. Have been using...

I do want a GPS computer though. Have been using the phone but am starting to do rides where the battery life of the phone w/ GPS on falls into question so separating the two and not having to worry...
06-21-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 746
Posted By Caliper

Looks like adventure bike terrain there. Salsa...

Looks like adventure bike terrain there. Salsa Cutthroat? Fargo? I've got woodchippers on my fat bike currently. It makes keeping up with gravel bikes on a group ride a threshold experience, but...
06-21-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,486
Posted By Caliper

If your lights are bright and thus hurt my eyes,...

If your lights are bright and thus hurt my eyes, I will NOT see you because I will be intentionally looking AWAY to preserve my vision. Thus increasing our chances of colliding. Yes, this is an...
06-20-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,474
Posted By Caliper

Interesting. Why not stop and clear the pedal...

Interesting. Why not stop and clear the pedal out?
Also too late. I've already ridden hundreds of miles on dirt in Looks. Including a random metric century to a friends house and back that only...
06-20-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,474
Posted By Caliper

If you just want to operate a gravel bike on the...

If you just want to operate a gravel bike on the road, sure. Then there is no need to change wheels even. But, you are definitely giving up connection plus adding weight to your feet and remember...
06-20-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,474
Posted By Caliper

Ummmm... No, he doesn't. Listen from 16:00 ->...

Ummmm... No, he doesn't. Listen from 16:00 -> 16:50 https://youtu.be/6OdZ0l9hFes?t=962

I guess it depends on how well you want to do it all. Plus the annoyance of having to change wheels, pedals...
06-20-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 743
Posted By Caliper

Interesting... I find that I want a stiff front...

Interesting... I find that I want a stiff front end for good steering and out of the saddle climbing. On rougher parts I just keep my elbows bent, hands loose and let the front end ride. ...
06-20-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 652
Posted By Caliper

Ah, I see. I had read your sentence as saying...

Ah, I see. I had read your sentence as saying that 10-50 was a bad setup. Agreed that there does seem to be a gap in the AXS cassettes. I'm really surprised that Force AXS didn't being in...
06-19-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By Caliper

Hmmm, somebody clearly didn't read the link... ...

Hmmm, somebody clearly didn't read the link... Loose *rollers* are cited in the link as a cause for a false stretch reading in most chain stretch measurement devices. Essentially, the clearance at...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 956
Posted By Caliper

I really realized this on the trainer over the...

I really realized this on the trainer over the winter. I have a Kinetic Rock and Roll model. Without the front wheel spinning, even more balance comes from the rider and there was a noticeable...
06-19-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By Caliper

Thanks for that link, and the explanation makes...

Thanks for that link, and the explanation makes sense. We've got other measurement tools at home, I just used the checker because it's quick and easy. Perhaps SRAM just uses looser rollers on the...
06-19-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 652
Posted By Caliper

Why would 12sp 10-50 be bad for 1x? This gear...

Why would 12sp 10-50 be bad for 1x? This gear range about solves one of the two main shortcomings of 1x. 500% range finally puts 1x equal with the gear range of common gravel 2x setups and a wider...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,669
Posted By Caliper

But most of my rides are solo and I spend most of...

But most of my rides are solo and I spend most of my time in the drops. Hoods are for relaxing or slow climbs.

I also dispute that you'd get fitter with a heavier bike. That only applies if you...
06-17-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By Caliper

11sp chain life on gravel?

Or, what am I doing wrong?
I've got 650 miles on my Warbird since last fall. I bought it new and it has the factory 2x11 SRAM Rival components.
My riding is 95% unpaved surfaces, mostly dirt roads...
06-15-19, 06:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,704
Posted By Caliper

I beg to differ. Narrower derailleur plates mean...

I beg to differ. Narrower derailleur plates mean you can shift with less movement of the cage. That translates to some combination of less travel and/or lighter effort at the shift lever. The kind...
06-15-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,768
Posted By Caliper

Impossible. There was a guy wearing Rapha on my...

Impossible. There was a guy wearing Rapha on my local Wed night gravel ride this last week.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,749
Posted By Caliper

I'm curious where were you when it lost position?...

I'm curious where were you when it lost position? Regular ride route or way out on the middle of nowhere?

I have had a few rides where Strava teleported me as well, but I think that was some...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,749
Posted By Caliper

Wahoo Elemnt users - ever lost a ride?

So I'm close to buying my first modern bike computer. Yeah, behind the times, have just been using phone-based Strava for years but now want to watch some numbers while riding.
I have been...
06-14-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,704
Posted By Caliper

Not too fancy for their own good, just not...

Not too fancy for their own good, just not designed for what you want. High end stuff like that is usually designed for the lightest possible weight and often a more specialized intent. Thus it...
06-14-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,111
Posted By Caliper

I would say that he is wrong in my case. ...

I would say that he is wrong in my case.


I grew up riding drop bars and didn't ride flat bars until later into adulthood, but find them very uncomfortable. Have a set of ergo grips also that...
06-13-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 8,422
Posted By Caliper

So, on the Trek website, they sell 7 models of...

So, on the Trek website, they sell 7 models of road bike that are $10,000+. The page tells me that they have 100 different road models in total (but that includes bare framesets, so maybe something...
06-12-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By Caliper

That's heavily dependent on which mechanical and...

That's heavily dependent on which mechanical and which hydraulic! I have felt some cable discs at the bike shop that had gritty and terrible lever feel. But, OTOH I've got Avid BB7 Road cable discs...
06-12-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,704
Posted By Caliper

My ergobrifters :p shift a triple great. This is...

My ergobrifters :p shift a triple great. This is one area that I think Campy has a clear advantage over Shimano. The Campy ergo levers (at least the older ones) don't have preset 1-2-3 positions on...
06-06-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 914
Posted By Caliper

A lot depends on what "gravel" means to you. ...

A lot depends on what "gravel" means to you.

If you are like the guys out west and it means a drop bar mountain bike ridden on techy terrain then you may want something with more standover...
06-03-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,899
Posted By Caliper

Drops for sure. Flared drops like a Cowbell even...

Drops for sure. Flared drops like a Cowbell even better. Incredibly natural hand position and the drops give me the most confident position for handling when cornering.

Flat bars are pretty...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,687
Posted By Caliper

Yup, all cracks in steel are so easy to detect...

Yup, all cracks in steel are so easy to detect that engineers have developed specialized machines (magnaflux, etc) to detect cracks that are not visible to the naked eye.
05-29-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 846
Posted By Caliper

Remember to account for not only the width of the...

Remember to account for not only the width of the tire, but also the location of the widest part. If you run a wider 27.5 to make up the same diameter as a 29, then the widest part of the tire will...
05-28-19, 08:25 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 429
Posted By Caliper

Scott Foil Di2 to cable

I'm looking at a new frameset and found a Scott Foil in my size. I like the looks and reviews on this frame but, unfortunately it's set up for Di2 and a new groupset isn't in the budget right now. ...
05-16-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By Caliper

If you are refurbishing and selling bikes and the...

If you are refurbishing and selling bikes and the original parts are beyond repair, just hit eBay for a replacement of whatever came on there.

Otherwise, swap to drop bars and use ergo...
05-16-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,506
Posted By Caliper

I usually stay up late and do some sort of major...

I usually stay up late and do some sort of major work that I've been putting off on the bike that I'll be riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,480
Posted By Caliper

Front shifts are slower than the rear because...

Front shifts are slower than the rear because there is a larger jump in gear size and because the derailleur is shifting the tension side of the chain (the rear derailleur is moving the slack side of...
05-10-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 912
Posted By Caliper

I haven't seen any fresh paving going on in MI,...

I haven't seen any fresh paving going on in MI, but we barely keep up with the paved roads we have. Fortunately it would be hard for MDOT to close the dirt and gravel roads we ride here because they...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,480
Posted By Caliper

Most of my FD shifts are in tandem with a RD...

Most of my FD shifts are in tandem with a RD shift to keep the ratio jump in check. Doing this makes the big ring far more accessible as you get in there without either a big drop in cadence or a...
05-08-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,237
Posted By Caliper

Interesting that this came back up now... The...

Interesting that this came back up now... The geo definitely looks good, but in the end I decided not to get the Wabi. The frame weight on the Thunder is 6.7# and when I started calculating out the...
05-08-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,083
Posted By Caliper

Performance or Nashbar?

In the past I was subscribed to both Performance Bike and Bike Nashbar newsletters and shopped at both because they were fairly different companies.

But, now that they are both effectively the...
05-07-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,375
Posted By Caliper

48-17=31, so it's the max spread on the crankset...

48-17=31, so it's the max spread on the crankset that their FD can handle if you don't want to sacrifice top end speed. (I know "nobody uses it" except that a 105 cadence on 48x11 is 37mph, which is...
05-07-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,329
Posted By Caliper

The first half is correct, but a larger...

The first half is correct, but a larger ring/sprocket combo results in LESS chain tension because the lever arm is longer on the gear. The lower chain tension plays into why a larger ring/sprocket...
04-30-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 893
Posted By Caliper

Maybe I got lucky, but I mounted some well used...

Maybe I got lucky, but I mounted some well used Serfas Sheriff tires on a new set of tubeless rims and they seated and sealed very painlessly. The bead locks in very solidly and takes some effort to...
04-30-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,525
Posted By Caliper

On dry pavement with no real hazards, I have yet...

On dry pavement with no real hazards, I have yet to find it. I've topped 40mph a number of times with 45or so being the best. I'm usually looking to up that number and put a fair amount of effort...
04-29-19, 09:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,006
Posted By Caliper

Evening gravel. All the midwesterners here are...

Evening gravel. All the midwesterners here are having dinner and I practically have the road to myself.

I don't ride the paved roads here because the pavement (such as it is) literally ends at...
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