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01-14-17, 07:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 622
Posted By GravelMN

Keeping in shape after foot surgery

It appears I may have a Les Frank fracture of my left foot (waiting for MRI reading to come back) which would require surgery. This would leave me non-weight bearing on the foot for six to eight...
01-06-17, 10:15 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,002
Posted By GravelMN

I find that my bike gets very depressed after...

I find that my bike gets very depressed after prolonged sidewalk riding.
01-06-17, 03:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,095
Posted By GravelMN

Building a new wheelset for the road bike,...

Building a new wheelset for the road bike, nothing fancy, just a bit more robust.
01-06-17, 08:08 AM
Replies: 366
Views: 20,743
Posted By GravelMN

Fred is what poseurs call anyone who hasn't...

Fred is what poseurs call anyone who hasn't swallowed the cycling fashionista Kool-Aid.
...
01-06-17, 07:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,127
Posted By GravelMN

I had an employee at a local convenience store...

I had an employee at a local convenience store give me hell for walking my bike in when I bought some Powerade and snacks. "You can leave your bike outside. I do it all the time. Nobody will mess...
01-06-17, 07:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,039
Posted By GravelMN

IME trail fenders do a fair job of protecting...

IME trail fenders do a fair job of protecting your arse and crotch from road spray but do little or nothing for any rider behind you. Full fenders do a fantastic job of keeping you and your bike as...
01-06-17, 07:30 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,990
Posted By GravelMN

I don't prewrap my bars but to hold the cables in...

I don't prewrap my bars but to hold the cables in the proper positions I'll use a few wraps of silicone self-fusing tape, zero residue and tacky enough to make sure the tape over the top doesn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-17, 01:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,382
Posted By GravelMN

The only bolt you should have to loosen is at the...

The only bolt you should have to loosen is at the pivot point of the stem (with the black washer around it in the picture). You may have to use a wrench from each side to loosen it until the stem...
01-03-17, 01:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 445
Posted By GravelMN

Treading a trainer

I've got A Cycleops Wind Trainer and since noise level is irrelevant in my training area, I'm quite happy with it . . . except for one thing. The drum is smooth and slips easily during sprints unless...
01-03-17, 08:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,717
Posted By GravelMN

Yep, narrower range doesn't require RD change but...

Yep, narrower range doesn't require RD change but if you had increased the range you would have had to make sure your RD could take up the extra chain without excessive slack.
01-03-17, 12:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,428
Posted By GravelMN

I'm a big fan of dual sided SPD pedals. You can...

I'm a big fan of dual sided SPD pedals. You can ride them comfortably wearing regular shoes or you can flip the pedal and clip in while wearing MTB or touring shoes (which look and feel just like...
01-01-17, 06:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,978
Posted By GravelMN

As others have mentioned, don't jump into new...

As others have mentioned, don't jump into new grips, tape, bars, etc. until you have examined the basic ergonomics. Pay attention to your hand and wrist position as you ride, also take note of how...
12-30-16, 10:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,717
Posted By GravelMN

OP, You've received some good advice on...

OP,

You've received some good advice on measuring your chain to the proper length, but I want to bring up another topic. You state that the new cogs and chainring are different sizes than the...
12-30-16, 09:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 716
Posted By GravelMN

Those are some thick soled cycling shoes. ...

Those are some thick soled cycling shoes.

I'm 5' 11" and ride a 21 - 22" road bike frame with a traditional center of the crank to center of a level top tube. A good fit must take into account...
12-29-16, 10:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,935
Posted By GravelMN

Any of the above methods work well. I often have...

Any of the above methods work well. I often have 2-3 bikes on the back rack at a time and have used mini-bungies, velcro straps and most recently the GearTies that the OP linked to. All work but I...
12-29-16, 09:14 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,778
Posted By GravelMN

Let yourself be sick and get it over with. You'll...

Let yourself be sick and get it over with. You'll probably prolong your illness and your conditioning will backslide even further if you overdo it. If your symptoms are severe or last more than a...
12-27-16, 09:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,458
Posted By GravelMN

:) Yeah, I too have foods that I prefer and those...

:) Yeah, I too have foods that I prefer and those that I don't like, as well as some that still settle better than others. While I actually like peppers (bell and hot), I wasn't trying to promote any...
12-27-16, 07:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,458
Posted By GravelMN

My ideal diet is high in non-starchy vegetables,...

My ideal diet is high in non-starchy vegetables, low in whole grains, with moderate amounts of lean animal proteins, high fiber vegetable proteins, and moderate amounts of fruits (mainly berries and...
12-26-16, 10:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,628
Posted By GravelMN

Not all that big of a deal, honestly. I've...

Not all that big of a deal, honestly.

I've got Ergon grips/bar ends on my flatbar mutt and it is incredibly comfortable for long distance road, day touring and gravel grinding. I narrowed the...
12-26-16, 09:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,465
Posted By GravelMN

I've had good luck with Primal for fit, quality...

I've had good luck with Primal for fit, quality and value. Aerotech has some decent stuff at a bargain price.
12-26-16, 03:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,944
Posted By GravelMN

I'll take a picture when I get a chance, but the...

I'll take a picture when I get a chance, but the best thing I did for my training setup was to build a PVC pipe shelving unit that sits over the front wheel, a few inches in front of the handlbar....
12-22-16, 09:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 985
Posted By GravelMN

Thank you for your answers. They have given me...

Thank you for your answers. They have given me additional insight and some possible solutions to consider.

I didn't start with a long-winded explanation of the related but separate projects...
12-21-16, 09:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 985
Posted By GravelMN

OK, thanks, that makes sense and sounds like it...

OK, thanks, that makes sense and sounds like it may help with the issue I've been having with NDS nipples working themselves loose on rough roads despite the use of R&R Nipple Cream during assembly....
12-21-16, 08:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,755
Posted By GravelMN

The vast majority of the time it is a drive-side...

The vast majority of the time it is a drive-side rear spoke that breaks, usually at the elbow. This is commonly caused by uneven or low spoke tension which allows the spoke to detension and flex with...
12-21-16, 08:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 985
Posted By GravelMN

I thought about it but decided to go with a rim...

I thought about it but decided to go with a rim with a deeper profile. I was considering Deep-Vs until I ran across the Fusion which came highly recommended as an all-around rim. Not as light as the...
12-21-16, 01:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 985
Posted By GravelMN

Thanks for the answers. I don't mind ordering two...

Thanks for the answers. I don't mind ordering two different lengths if it makes a better wheel build. I just wanted to know if the 2mm difference in length would matter if I went with the longer...
12-20-16, 08:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 985
Posted By GravelMN

Spoke Length Question

I've run a proposed build through two spoke length calculators (Freespoke and ProWheelBuilders) and came out with rear spoke lengths of 285.4 NDS and 283.6 DS. I'm building with Velocity Fusion Rims....
12-19-16, 09:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,081
Posted By GravelMN

In my experience, picking a rim/hub combo that...

In my experience, picking a rim/hub combo that will allow you to run a higher spoke tension does more to prevent spoke breakage than the number or spokes or your spoke selection. It is repeated...
12-19-16, 08:59 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,619
Posted By GravelMN

Bike weight matters, but not nearly as much as...

Bike weight matters, but not nearly as much as one might be led to believe, especially for a recreational rider or daily commuter. I have a recreational road bike that comes in about 5 pounds (about...
12-09-16, 01:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,770
Posted By GravelMN

I've got and ongoing disagreement with a...

I've got and ongoing disagreement with a middle-school teacher who has been telling students for years to ride facing oncoming traffic and misrepresents any accident where a cyclist is hit from...
11-27-16, 09:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 899
Posted By GravelMN

I spelt it write, this eye no 'cause my spell...

I spelt it write, this eye no 'cause my spell chequer told me sew.
11-20-16, 08:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,178
Posted By GravelMN

Several companies make backpack or hip pack...

Several companies make backpack or hip pack carrying cases for oxygen concentrators. Concentrators are relatively light and can last quite a while on a single charge. See if your doctor can work with...
11-10-16, 08:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,866
Posted By GravelMN

I'm lucky. Both of the LBSs that I frequent the...

I'm lucky. Both of the LBSs that I frequent the most price match any regular online price (not closeouts). I check online and print out the lowest price and take it with. There have actually been...
11-08-16, 03:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,310
Posted By GravelMN

Save a few bucks on the safety glasses. You can...

Save a few bucks on the safety glasses. You can get ANSI certified safety glasses for about $10 at any big box home improvement store or at WalMart. I found a three pack that had a smoke, dark amber...
11-07-16, 07:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,534
Posted By GravelMN

+10

+10
11-03-16, 09:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,147
Posted By GravelMN

Ski helmet, goggles and a face mask or balaclava...

Ski helmet, goggles and a face mask or balaclava work for me.
11-03-16, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,302
Posted By GravelMN

1990s rigid chrome-moly MTB or Hybrid will serve...

1990s rigid chrome-moly MTB or Hybrid will serve you well for minimum investment. Plenty of room for tires and eyelets for fenders and a rack if you wish.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-16, 06:41 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 17,005
Posted By GravelMN

CF, like every other material, has its benefits...

CF, like every other material, has its benefits and limitations. It's like going to Baskin Robbins and arguing over which flavor is superior. Design and construction is far more important than which...
10-24-16, 07:59 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,069
Posted By GravelMN

Purists will balk but I replaced my traditional...

Purists will balk but I replaced my traditional laces with elastic laces with a plastic locking mechanism. I keep them snug enough to prevent excessive foot movement in the shoes but I can still slip...
10-24-16, 07:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,310
Posted By GravelMN

If you really want to burn calories both during...

If you really want to burn calories both during and after your ride, do both. Interval training involves short bursts of intense effort followed by brief rest periods. There are numerous variations...
09-09-16, 08:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,365
Posted By GravelMN

Sounds like 105 is the winner. Thanks for the...

Sounds like 105 is the winner. Thanks for the responses.
09-08-16, 07:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,365
Posted By GravelMN

Ultegra vs. 105

Just how much real world difference is there in the performance and durability between Ultegra and 105 hubs? From what I'm finding there is about 20g difference between the Ultegra and 105 rear hubs...
08-30-16, 11:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,943
Posted By GravelMN

OK, thanks for all the constructive comments. ...

OK, thanks for all the constructive comments.

I just had email exchanges with a tech at Velocity and another at Wheelbuilder. Combined with what I've gathered here and through personal experience,...
08-30-16, 01:09 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,943
Posted By GravelMN

I'm no expert but from my research, what I've...

I'm no expert but from my research, what I've been told by competent wheel-building mentors, and personal experience, spokes break more due to flexing at the J-point than for any other reason. I have...
08-30-16, 12:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By GravelMN

3alarmer Agreed, I was using 115 kfg as a...

3alarmer

Agreed, I was using 115 kfg as a reference point, not the manufacturer's recommendation of 95 kfg. I'm not arguing with Brandt at all, just acknowledging that there is a point where the...
08-28-16, 08:57 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,943
Posted By GravelMN

Recommendations for clydeworthy rims

After some problems with a wheel I built a few years ago, I'm considering building a new set of wheels for my road bike (really I just needed an excuse for a new project ;) ).

I've been partial to...
08-28-16, 08:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By GravelMN

On page 105 at the end of the first and beginning...

On page 105 at the end of the first and beginning of the second paragraphs under final tensioning, I believe he describes the condition of tensioning to near failure when he describes the maximum...
08-28-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By GravelMN

FBNY Thanks. I hadn't considered a lock...

FBNY

Thanks. I hadn't considered a lock washer to help keep the spoke under tension. As for a post-assembly thread locker, do you have any recommendations for product or brand? I considered using...
08-27-16, 01:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By GravelMN

I chose 4X as these are wheels for endurance...

I chose 4X as these are wheels for endurance rides of 100 miles or more with a 230# rider. The longer spokes and greater tangent make them able to absorb more fine road vibration without having to go...
08-27-16, 08:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By GravelMN

I built these wheels myself. I originally used...

I built these wheels myself. I originally used just a bit of anti-seize (which I've used on numerous other builds with no problems). Now, even after replacing all the nipples (cleaning the spoke...
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