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Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,731
Posted By FlashBazbo

I doubt Mavic's sealant is "sold out" anywhere. ...

I doubt Mavic's sealant is "sold out" anywhere. Nobody stocks it because there are several more popular options. I don't know of anyone intentionally trying to buy Mavic sealant.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 207
Posted By FlashBazbo

At low charge, the front derailleur automatically...

At low charge, the front derailleur automatically shifts to the small ring and stops functioning. At that point, you have approximately 50 miles of shifting available on the rear derailleur.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By FlashBazbo

Perhaps not completely unrelated. But I also...

Perhaps not completely unrelated. But I also think that a cyclist exerts more force on the contact patch when braking from speed to a stop or when climbing a 17% grade than they do when cornering. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 207
Posted By FlashBazbo

Both are just approximations, but you know of...

Both are just approximations, but you know of course that flashing red cannot mean 0%. If it were 0%, the light would not illuminate at all.

I've been using Di2 for ten years. Here's how my...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By FlashBazbo

Look more closely at what I said. I said I was...

Look more closely at what I said. I said I was concerned about the fact that traction in a straight line is not as good. I'm not concerned about sliding out in corners because I haven't seen any...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 780
Posted By FlashBazbo

Yes, there's a reason the choices of tubular...

Yes, there's a reason the choices of tubular wheelsets are diminishing. Ten years ago, it seemed that half the aftermarket wheels were for tubulars. Nowadays, it seems less than 1 in 20. They've...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,832
Posted By FlashBazbo

Tell that to Fred Flintstone!

Tell that to Fred Flintstone!
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 597
Posted By FlashBazbo

My road bike has ENVE SES 3.4 Disc wheels on it....

My road bike has ENVE SES 3.4 Disc wheels on it. ENVE always said those wheels are optimized for 25mm wide tires. I put 25mm Conti 4000SII's on them and they measured 29mm wide. Fast forward to 2019...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,832
Posted By FlashBazbo

So will dragging your feet.

So will dragging your feet.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,266
Posted By FlashBazbo

If anything, our experience is more dramatic. ...

If anything, our experience is more dramatic. The rides that cost $20 forever are now charging $60. A few newcomers (Hincapie Fondo and others) are charging $225 and up. (Tulsa Tough's fondos are...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,832
Posted By FlashBazbo

I tried not to get involved. But let's dispel...

I tried not to get involved. But let's dispel two anti-disc myths:

Disc brakes aren't hard to maintain. In fact, if you keep your bike long enough, cable-actuated brakes require more...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,832
Posted By FlashBazbo

So is dragging your feet.

So is dragging your feet.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,832
Posted By FlashBazbo

I worry a little bit. When I'm in a pack that's...

I worry a little bit. When I'm in a pack that's screaming down a mountain descent with sharp switchbacks every so often, I sometimes worry about whether that rim-braked yay-hoo behind me is going to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By FlashBazbo

I'm aware of the width spec. It is different, but...

I'm aware of the width spec. It is different, but not what I'm concerned about. It's a flat saddle.

The padding is markedly heavier on these saddles than on my old Ariones. Apparently, they...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By FlashBazbo

Fizik Arione has changed! What do you think?

I've been away from the Fizik fold for over five years but, back in the day, I rode Fizik Ariones. They seemed to support my sit bones well and everything in between was thereby kept a safe distance...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 23,708
Posted By FlashBazbo

Because having two derailleurs is just too...

Because having two derailleurs is just too complicated for some people (and some bike manufacturers).
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 707
Posted By FlashBazbo

Either that or . . . you're not very smart.

Either that or . . . you're not very smart.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By FlashBazbo

After 125 miles on the road with my 5000 TL's, my...

After 125 miles on the road with my 5000 TL's, my opinions of the tires are coming into sharper focus. I'm sure my impressions will shift or be refined with time but, since my memories of riding...
08-16-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,088
Posted By FlashBazbo

I did Dirty Kanza on a Brooks C17. At the end,...

I did Dirty Kanza on a Brooks C17. At the end, the only part of me that DIDN'T hurt was my backside. (Besides the expected, I also had a torn labrum and wrecked knee.) My comment on the ride to...
08-16-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 628
Posted By FlashBazbo

The GRX crankset is offset to the outside,...

The GRX crankset is offset to the outside, compared to other Shimano cranks. For that reason, you have to use the GRX front derailleur. It is offset to match the crankset.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,501
Posted By FlashBazbo

We have a winner! At one time, it was relatively...

We have a winner! At one time, it was relatively rare for a pro rider's frameset to actually be manufactured by the brand whose logo was painted on the bike. And some of those disguised custom...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By FlashBazbo

I mounted a set of 5000 TL on my road bike last...

I mounted a set of 5000 TL on my road bike last night. I just have one ride on them, so this isn't a full review, but I can give my early impressions and a direct comparison to a tubed set of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By FlashBazbo

No. According to the published tests, the TL...

No. According to the published tests, the TL beats latex tubes. And besides, latex tubes are at least as problematic as tubeless. (I don't like baby powder.)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 806
Posted By FlashBazbo

Maybe, but these days, they don't eat as many...

Maybe, but these days, they don't eat as many donuts as Jan did.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 806
Posted By FlashBazbo

I guess they figure they'll have the wrong spec...

I guess they figure they'll have the wrong spec for a certain percentage of buyers anyway. This probably ticks off the smallest number of potential customers. If the customers want compact, give...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 639
Posted By FlashBazbo

Sometimes the shifters have a different throw or...

Sometimes the shifters have a different throw or are in a different size, too. I would check that out. On bikes that spec different shifters, they are made for smaller hands on the women's bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By FlashBazbo

When you switch the derailleur, you'll want to...

When you switch the derailleur, you'll want to plug in the e-tube and update the component firmware anyway. When you're in there, you can check the programmed functions and make sure all the pieces...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,086
Posted By FlashBazbo

I've never brought a bike inside, but I've been...

I've never brought a bike inside, but I've been tempted. I generally don't stop unless I'm with another rider -- in which case we take turns keeping watch over the bikes. If I'm riding a metric or...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By FlashBazbo

Continental 5000 TL tires - What are your thoughts and experiences?

I've run tubeless on my gravel bike for some time now, but I've resisted going tubeless on my road bike. For one thing, I very rarely have a flat on my road bike (none this year, so far) and, to...
08-08-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By FlashBazbo

How much do you use your GoPro / Garmin / other action camera?

I'm thinking of buying an action camera, but I'm wondering how much I would really use it after the "new" wore off. I'm curious. For action camera owners, how much do you use your cameras? How do...
08-07-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

Come to Tennessee and let me introduce you to...

Come to Tennessee and let me introduce you to some paved road redneck dogs. They don't chase decoys. Always waiting at the top of the steepest climbs. I've had two dog attacks requiring medical...
08-07-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

Agreed, Tim. The downside is the drive to find...

Agreed, Tim. The downside is the drive to find unpaved roads. (There are none in my county.) I must admit envying those in rural Kansas / Nebraska who have to drive to find a paved road.
08-06-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

Not completely true. There are many countries in...

Not completely true. There are many countries in which firearm ownership is legal. And in some countries -- Israel, Switzerland, others -- guns are mandated. (I would rather be in gun-mandated...
08-06-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

Your observations are purely local to your area. ...

Your observations are purely local to your area. Where are you? In middle Tennessee, our experience is the opposite. Almost all roadies carry small revolvers to deal with the problem of loose dogs...
08-05-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

And don't forget the "my license is suspended, so...

And don't forget the "my license is suspended, so I can't drive" market. Any reasonably priced motor-assisted vehicle (e-bike) that doesn't require a valid drivers license is golden. (Clearly, the...
08-02-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

2018 bike sales in Germany . . . 23.5% of all...

2018 bike sales in Germany . . . 23.5% of all bike sales were e-bikes. 980,000 e-bikes sold in 2018 in Germany alone.
...
08-01-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

Lighten up, Francis! Did I touch a nerve? Wow. ...

Lighten up, Francis! Did I touch a nerve? Wow.

I wasn't mocking anyone. "Lemmings" is marketingspeak for those who create the crest of a sales wave. No derision meant, but I guess I can see how...
08-01-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

I didn't say you should. But this is a very odd...

I didn't say you should. But this is a very odd thread to make multiple replies to if you don't care about what the "next big thing" is.
08-01-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

I wasn't talking about the roads. I was talking...

I wasn't talking about the roads. I was talking about the market.

The SUV market is saturated, too, but not many of those SUV's will ever see an unpaved road (or, egad, off-road).
08-01-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

I couldn't bring myself to put this in the first...

I couldn't bring myself to put this in the first post. But . . . urp . . . gag . . . uhmp . . . you don't think it's e-bikes, do you? They're going big in Europe. (On the whole, I'd rather ride a...
08-01-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,010
Posted By FlashBazbo

What's next? After gravel, what's the NEXT BIG THING?

Against my better judgment, I tend to be an early adopter. I was doing gravel back when Dirty Kanza had fewer than 100 entrants and nobody seemed to know what gravel was. Gravel bikers were seen as...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,916
Posted By FlashBazbo

Early in this Tour, Vandevelde and Horner argued...

Early in this Tour, Vandevelde and Horner argued with each other about every. single. point. It became pretty ridiculous -- and annoying. I have a feeling somebody at the network talked with them...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,916
Posted By FlashBazbo

Absolutely correct. In the past two or three...

Absolutely correct. In the past two or three years, I've begun to wonder if Phil should retire. He seemed a little addled at times . . . and sometimes a lot addled. But this year, he's definitely...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,916
Posted By FlashBazbo

There ARE a ton of commercials. I'm thankful for...

There ARE a ton of commercials. I'm thankful for DVR -- skip right through them. (Otherwise, I'm not sure I would make it through the broadcast.) But I'm glad they are able to sell so many...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,916
Posted By FlashBazbo

Observations on the TdF Broadcast: What Paul Sherwen really brought to the Tour

We've had a couple weeks of the Tour de France broadcast and I thought it might be time for a few observations . . .

Paul Sherwen -- What did he really bring to the broadcast? Racing experience...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 645
Posted By FlashBazbo

If you read this forum much, you know that it's a...

If you read this forum much, you know that it's a common problem across several brands, even when set up perfectly. And as you say, even with my current so-far-properly-functioning wedge seatpost...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 645
Posted By FlashBazbo

Allied looked hopeful until I saw that they, too,...

Allied looked hopeful until I saw that they, too, have jumped on the hidden wedge seat post clamp bandwagon. Please make it stop! Don't fix what isn't broken and has no need for improvement!!
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 645
Posted By FlashBazbo

I'm using Enduro / Wheels Mfg. bottom brackets. ...

I'm using Enduro / Wheels Mfg. bottom brackets. Much better than a straight up glue-in PF30. They last longer than a conventional press-fit without creaking, but are still not as trouble free as a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 645
Posted By FlashBazbo

It's not possible. Oh, you can glue an adapter in...

It's not possible. Oh, you can glue an adapter in there that has threads, but it's still a press-fit glued interface. The creaky part remains long after the adapter is glued in.

And an S-Works...
07-15-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,004
Posted By FlashBazbo

There was originally a LOT more gravel on that...

There was originally a LOT more gravel on that climb. They decided to chipseal a lot of it at the last minute. The off-the-scale steep climb at the end? It was supposedly pretty amazing before they...
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