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06-18-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,846
Posted By Spoonrobot

That was me, but thereís at least two others out...

That was me, but thereís at least two others out there. One guy contacted me through my blog and another did that as well and then started a thread in the long distance forum:...
06-18-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 391
Posted By Spoonrobot

There is consensus, the vast majority of chain...

There is consensus, the vast majority of chain checker tools are not reliable: http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-004/000.html

http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-004/measure.jpg
06-17-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 391
Posted By Spoonrobot

Throw away your chain measuring tool and buy a...

Throw away your chain measuring tool and buy a 18" steel ruler. Per Jobst Brandt (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/chain-care.html):



I have a couple bikes that I ride 95% singletrack or...
06-16-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,988
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's a modern menace for sure.

It's a modern menace for sure.
06-16-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 402
Posted By Spoonrobot

$600 for that around Atlanta would be a good deal...

$600 for that around Atlanta would be a good deal too. Unless you wanna sell it today Iíd list it at $850 to start and then just drop it in price if it doesnít sell within a week.

When I was...
06-13-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By Spoonrobot

Use a plug or a regular patch from the inside. If...

Use a plug or a regular patch from the inside. If patching clean the inside of the tire where you will be patching with rubbing alcohol, lightly sand and patch as like a tube.

Iíve done each...
06-13-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By Spoonrobot

I do those sorts of centuries quite frequently...

I do those sorts of centuries quite frequently every summer. Over the past several years I went from 700cx23->650bx42->700cx38 and now I've mostly settled on 650bx47 with a 42 in the rear, all slick...
06-11-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,133
Posted By Spoonrobot

This + dish soap/camp soap. ...

This + dish soap/camp soap.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/400x262/us_435_delicate_duty_scrub_sponge_1_pk_ip1_jpg_3bbf957a00897af95943c238720eb07444354c82.jpg


Hand...
06-10-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'll admit to be a little cheeky about asking but...

I'll admit to be a little cheeky about asking but was genuinely interested. Thanks for scanning and posting, those are delightful articles with quite interesting art choices.
06-10-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 673
Posted By Spoonrobot

IMO the all-around tire and road tire can be the...

IMO the all-around tire and road tire can be the same but you didn't really ask about that.

Anyway, I use the WTB Resolutes for my monster-cross bike. They're a good tire for singletrack and also...
06-10-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By Spoonrobot

Bedding in doesn't make that much of a...

Bedding in doesn't make that much of a difference. Housing, adjustment and pad material make a bigger difference. Bedding in crappy pads with crappy housing isn't going to do a whit of good.

See...
06-09-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By Spoonrobot

So...is the story on page 8 worth posting?

So...is the story on page 8 worth posting?
Forum: Touring
06-09-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 914
Posted By Spoonrobot

Neat bike, the downtube bottle clearance reminded...

Neat bike, the downtube bottle clearance reminded me of this story from Dave Moulton: Dave Moulton's Blog - Dave Moulton's Bike Blog - 1970s TT Bike...
06-09-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,563
Posted By Spoonrobot

Send them to Steve1989 from youtube. He eats all...

Send them to Steve1989 from youtube. He eats all sorts of old rations - usually much older. 1980 would be pretty fresh for him :D
Replies: 60
Views: 6,135
Posted By Spoonrobot

perspiration Any update on the build? How...

perspiration

Any update on the build? How are you liking the bike?
06-07-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 72,709
Posted By Spoonrobot

1/2" PVC cap is 10 grams with a 3/16" hole...

1/2" PVC cap is 10 grams with a 3/16" hole drilled to facilitate threading a M4 bolt through. I use them on a couple bikes and they've worked fine for several thousand miles so far.
06-06-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,390
Posted By Spoonrobot

If this is the assumption you're operating under...

If this is the assumption you're operating under it's incorrect, at least as generalized as you've stated. There's no specific reason your body would turn food right before bed directly into fat,...
06-03-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By Spoonrobot

Iíve edited my original post - I didnít...

Iíve edited my original post - I didnít understand what the OP was asking combined with his pics. As the earlier responses noted - if the wheel is center and true in the frame while also being...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,923
Posted By Spoonrobot

I think your gearing may not be up to the task....

I think your gearing may not be up to the task. Brasstown Bald did a number on World Tour pros during The Tour of Georgia.

https://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/top-rides-brasstown-bald/

But...
05-31-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 832
Posted By Spoonrobot

Michelin Country Rock is a good tire but I think...

Michelin Country Rock is a good tire but I think it only comes in 1.75Ē

Schwable Thunder Burt is available in larger sizes and probably the fastest production knobbie you can buy. Thatís what Iíd...
05-27-19, 05:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By Spoonrobot

Yes, I've used them extensively with both Shimano...

Yes, I've used them extensively with both Shimano Sora R317 and Tektro Spyre mechanical discs.
Replies: 10
Views: 777
Posted By Spoonrobot

Is this a constant on light or are you planning...

Is this a constant on light or are you planning to turn on as needed and adjust brightness? What kind of primaries are you planning to use? Alkalines are pointless so it's lithium in AA/AAA form...
05-15-19, 03:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,847
Posted By Spoonrobot

Why? Thatís a 5.5 pound frame thatís going to be...

Why? Thatís a 5.5 pound frame thatís going to be extremely stiff. Itís going to handle strange with skinnier tires and really strange if theyíre slicks. As someone whoís done a few roadie rides on a...
05-13-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,208
Posted By Spoonrobot

What's the bike? What brakes do you plan on using?

What's the bike? What brakes do you plan on using?
05-12-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By Spoonrobot

Bicycle Gear Calculator...

Bicycle Gear Calculator (http://www.ritzelrechner.de/) for the gear calc.

What do you normally ride? What kind of hills do you have in your area?

What was previously a pretty "normal" low gear...
05-11-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 908
Posted By Spoonrobot

A majority of the gravel roads that are within a...

A majority of the gravel roads that are within a 100 mile round trip (by bicycle) of Atlanta are probably going to be gone within the next 10-15 years. Just too much value in the land to not pave the...
05-10-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,160
Posted By Spoonrobot

I see this repeated quite a bit and I don't think...

I see this repeated quite a bit and I don't think it's true and is more an individual issue than the bike news media likes to let on.

I can definitely feel a difference, based on tread, in grip on...
05-10-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By Spoonrobot

Remove velox, install tubeless tape. That's...

Remove velox, install tubeless tape.

That's it, there's no other suggestions that are going to be worthwhile.
05-07-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,257
Posted By Spoonrobot

Little blurb in Shimano's GRX release had me...

Little blurb in Shimano's GRX release had me raise an eyebrow:

https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/grx.jpg

I'm of two minds with this, design can often enforce good or bad habits but...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,270
Posted By Spoonrobot

Riding that fast on the open road by yourself is...

Riding that fast on the open road by yourself is really hard once you get past a couple hours of moving time. For rides ~50 miles and up, I've only held an average speed near 18.7 miles an hour a few...
05-03-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By Spoonrobot

They didn't. Your tires are losing air at the...

They didn't. Your tires are losing air at the bead interface or at the valve.
05-01-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,111
Posted By Spoonrobot

Ha I said "my seamstress" like it's the 50s and...

Ha I said "my seamstress" like it's the 50s and I'm a man in a gray flannel suit. I just used a regular alteration place in Smyrna that did my job interview suit, but it looks to have closed. The...
05-01-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By Spoonrobot

Panaracer doesn't have an inner "tube" for any of...

Panaracer doesn't have an inner "tube" for any of their tubeless tires in the sense that Continental and others are making their tires. They use a different rubber coating/compound but it adds no...
05-01-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,111
Posted By Spoonrobot

You know how much I like t-shirts. I also...

You know how much I like t-shirts.

I also know how much you dislike most homebrew solutions, but they work so well for me I can't help but post ;)

I printed off a couple of the pics of Evan...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,707
Posted By Spoonrobot

Read the post I responded to, thatís not what is...

Read the post I responded to, thatís not what is being discussed.

As noted - your scenario is no wind/tailwind - completely irrelevant given we are discussing headwind/tailwind and the possibility...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,707
Posted By Spoonrobot

That's not how it works. You always get less from...

That's not how it works. You always get less from the tailwind than you give up for the headwind - theoretically your oval course could be such that the headwind side is mathematically short enough...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,707
Posted By Spoonrobot

Even if you assume wind/elevation are not a...

Even if you assume wind/elevation are not a factor (erroneously IMO) air density and road surface temperature are still huge factors. The latter can account for double digit percentage change in...
04-28-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,405
Posted By Spoonrobot

I see a lot of retractable leashes during the...

I see a lot of retractable leashes during the spring before it heats up and people retreat back inside. I often humorously imagine having a wire strike protection device mounted on my bike.
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04-28-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,201
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's not normal, and keep in mind the play...

It's not normal, and keep in mind the play pictured is minimal compared to how it gets after a couple hundred hours more. It's odd but my experiences with bikes can be quite divergent from what seems...
04-28-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 890
Posted By Spoonrobot

I think you'd be better off on larger tires, 37s...

I think you'd be better off on larger tires, 37s are too small for your weight and are probably slower and less effective than something larger. I'd consider moving up a couple sizes. Depending on...
04-28-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,013
Posted By Spoonrobot

Clicking around at the different times was good...

Clicking around at the different times was good for a chuckle - at least 9 different GU products on recommendation. Does seem an excessive amount of "stuff" but too much food. With all the gels and...
04-26-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,073
Posted By Spoonrobot

TPI is meaningless in 2019. This article and the...

TPI is meaningless in 2019. This article and the comments are a good primer why: https://janheine.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/tpi-and-tire-performance/

The issue gets compounded even worse now that...
04-25-19, 10:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,437
Posted By Spoonrobot

Awesome, I remember your other posts about this....

Awesome, I remember your other posts about this. Looks like a great time.
Replies: 48
Views: 3,612
Posted By Spoonrobot

Your budget max is $1500? Don't buy a real...

Your budget max is $1500?

Don't buy a real touring bike, there are a ton of endurance and endurance style road bikes in that range. Hell you can buy a fully equipped randonneuring themed bike from...
04-24-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,201
Posted By Spoonrobot

You haven't seen it because it doesn't exist....

You haven't seen it because it doesn't exist. There's not supposed to be any play in the pedals. It's a sign of wear and possibly poor material/design choice by Shimano.
04-23-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 621
Posted By Spoonrobot

PathLessPedaled has some videos: ...

PathLessPedaled has some videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlJVh_tqM7s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_u83x2ei-4

GravelBike has a couple posts:...
04-23-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 882
Posted By Spoonrobot

Depends on the pads. I once got less than 2000...

Depends on the pads. I once got less than 2000 miles from a set of stock organic TRP pads and that was awfully short. Went to Shimano semi-metallic pads and get closer to 8,000 miles. I also use...
04-23-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,201
Posted By Spoonrobot

Do you have a link to the manual that contains...

Do you have a link to the manual that contains the specification for how much play the pedals are supposed to have? Shimano has a specification for everything. I've never seen one for acceptable play...
04-23-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,090
Posted By Spoonrobot

On a mixed terrain group like that often it makes...

On a mixed terrain group like that often it makes more sense to just use what everyone else is using. If everyone's on narrow tires they're not going to go very fast on the rough sections but will...
04-23-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,496
Posted By Spoonrobot

I didn't realize you were in California....

I didn't realize you were in California. Nevermind, that state is a world unto itself where every trail is an exception.

Edited to clarify my position....
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