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Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,594
Posted By cormacf

The difference in weight between carbon,...

The difference in weight between carbon, aluminum, titanium, and steel frames will be--at most--a couple of pounds.

If you're really worried about catastrophic failures (which are going to be...
03-18-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By cormacf

Thank you!

Thank you!
03-18-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,510
Posted By cormacf

Others have responded better than I in so many...

Others have responded better than I in so many ways, so I'll just stick to the one thing I know--titanium.

I love ti for many reasons: corrosion resistance, (relatively) low weight (compared to...
03-18-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By cormacf

Hunt XC Race Wheels -- TOO light?

165 pounds, building a full-rigid bike for VERY easy singletrack (I'm 50 and very bad) plus fire trails and gravel. The Hunt XC Race wheels...
01-17-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,162
Posted By cormacf

Did a random bearded hippie just solve my fit/balance problem?

Had a chat with a bike fitter today. Not a fitting, mind you, but a chat when we were both stopped to let a dog walker with a ton of dogs clear off a trail. I mentioned that I have really wonky...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 686
Posted By cormacf

Funny you should mention that. For shorthand, I...

Funny you should mention that. For shorthand, I was going to say "Basically, a Wolverine with a slightly longer top tube." :)

Fantastic suggestion. Maybe I buy all the rest of the gear and try a...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 686
Posted By cormacf

Frames for older bodies

I'm turning 50 next year, and I'm starting to see a trend of "little" things adding up more frequently. Nothing big--just an achy knuckle here, a quirky knee thing there, etc. But there aren't going...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,075
Posted By cormacf

Trekking bars for 1200s?

I like flat-bar touring bikes. A lot. Specifically, I like trekking bars for the oodles of hand positions, the tons of room for gear, and the ability to use Rohloff shifters without modification,...
10-08-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By cormacf

Here are some pics of the clearance. It's pretty...

Here are some pics of the clearance. It's pretty tight. Even the Velo Orange 50s would need bending/cutting.
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10-08-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By cormacf

Dremeling/cutting AL fenders?

Hi. I have a Lynskey Sportive Disc which started life at 700x28, but on which I've been running 650b wheels with 42mm Paselas for the last year or so. I love it. I also happen to have a 650b dynamo...
07-27-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,472
Posted By cormacf

Yeah. That's either a really good friend or just...

Yeah. That's either a really good friend or just the opposite. :)

He seemed to take it pretty well.
07-27-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,472
Posted By cormacf

Sick burn at the bike shop

Dude to his friend: Someone told me wheels are where you want to upgrade first. If you were me, what would you buy first to get faster?
Friend: A salad?
Replies: 21
Views: 3,567
Posted By cormacf

Come on up to WA. We have some really amazing...

Come on up to WA. We have some really amazing centuries up here. Obliteride, while one of my favorites, would be the one I'd suggest skipping, since the first and last 10 miles are on crappy Seattle...
Replies: 28
Views: 4,721
Posted By cormacf

Yeah. My coworker did his on a 4% average, but...

Yeah. My coworker did his on a 4% average, but that was a double everest (https://www.strava.com/activities/1055986638), so I'm sure he chose it because he knew he'd have to pull almost 60k in...
05-11-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 785
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! Ordered!

Thanks! Ordered!
Replies: 28
Views: 4,721
Posted By cormacf

Everesting on a single speed?

I had a probably very dumb thought--if you could find a really, really consistent hill for an Everest (e.g., let's just go with a steady 4% with no more than 1% variance in either direction),...
Replies: 21
Views: 3,567
Posted By cormacf

#1...

#1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) : The best thing you can do to prepare is to get a proper professional fit. I'd rather ride 500k on a bike that fits perfectly...
05-11-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 679
Posted By cormacf

Funnily enough, years ago, I got my first pro...

Funnily enough, years ago, I got my first pro bike fit, and the fitter (also a PT) told me I have very short femurs, which makes off the rack bike fittings difficult (I need a really steep seat tube,...
05-10-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By cormacf

Ah. I was thinking it was something about the...

Ah. I was thinking it was something about the pedal stroke being stronger at certain points and stressing the same teeth and chain links every time. Your explanation makes a lot more sense. :)
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05-10-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By cormacf

Just took it for a ride around the neighborhood...

Just took it for a ride around the neighborhood on dirt/gravel service roads. 40/18 was no problem on any of the roads getting to and from the dirt, as long as I had enough of a ramp-up (I've been...
05-10-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 785
Posted By cormacf

Thanks, all. I just did 45 miles with 4000 feet...

Thanks, all. I just did 45 miles with 4000 feet of climbing on Zwift, wearing a lightweight compression sock on the leg that gives me trouble. Worked like a champ, and no soreness in the one bulgy...
05-10-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 679
Posted By cormacf

Thank you! And yeah. Nothing flat. Even the beach...

Thank you! And yeah. Nothing flat. Even the beach coruses head up hills into the woods. One of the reasons for SSCX is staying in shape for next summer's track season, and we're locked in a warmup...
05-10-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 4,964
Views: 3,488,642
Posted By cormacf

It has cantis and the cranks are too long, but...

It has cantis and the cranks are too long, but for $100, I'm super-happy with my first SSCX bike.
...
05-10-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 679
Posted By cormacf

SSCX gearing

The SSCX bike I just picked up is currently geared at 40/18, which is great for shallow gravel/dirt inclines, but seems like it's going to be a teeny bit tall for sharp, muddy inclines without...
05-04-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,594
Posted By cormacf

I have a compact double right now, and I would...

I have a compact double right now, and I would definitely think about sizing down to an adventure crankset, going forward, though I'd keep my 11-34,since we have some extended 10 percent climbs with...
05-04-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 785
Posted By cormacf

Riding with compression socks/tights?

The older I get, the more I appreciate compression socks after a long ride. I have subs long rides coming up in the next few years - - an Everest in 2021 and PBP in 2023, if all goes well.

Does...
05-03-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By cormacf

My first SSCX bike

OK. I have to preface this by saying that my road bike has an Ultegra drivetrain with hydros, and I would have run Di2 if I could have afforded it. I love technology, and I understand that it does...
04-22-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 572
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! I just emailed with a guy in Portland who...

Thanks! I just emailed with a guy in Portland who has A Raleigh RXS for $700. That could solve all my problems with hydraulic discs, but since I'm in Seattle and I'd have to throw a leg over it...
04-21-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 682,102
Posted By cormacf

My Lynskey, with 700x28s (top) the day I finished...

My Lynskey, with 700x28s (top) the day I finished the build, and 650bx42 (bottom), which is much more comfortable, and not much slower, since I can sail through turns with more confidence (I can lean...
04-21-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,647
Posted By cormacf

Since we're talking about lights and online...

Since we're talking about lights and online shjops, https://www.bike-discount.de/ has been wonderful for all my dynamo lighting needs. The prices are great, even with shipping to the US included, and...
04-21-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 572
Posted By cormacf

Drop-bar cantis and aging knuckles?

Around 45, my knuckles started getting a bit sore after long rides on drops.

A bit of background: Aside from my teens, I didn't start riding until my 40s. A few years ago, I moved up from...
04-13-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,543
Posted By cormacf

Yeah. That's why kind of threw me. Not a ton of...

Yeah. That's why kind of threw me. Not a ton of room there for that vs. some other BB configs, but I've heard good things about previous years.

Also, excellent point--I came to the Stormchaser...
04-13-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,543
Posted By cormacf

Eccentric bottom bracket, I believe. Weirdly, it...

Eccentric bottom bracket, I believe. Weirdly, it doesn't say anything on the Norco site, but their retailers have it in the item description:...
04-12-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,543
Posted By cormacf

For the same price as the Stormchaser frameset,...

For the same price as the Stormchaser frameset, you can get an entire bike with smoother welds and hydros. Now for $1199:...
04-10-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 760
Posted By cormacf

Anyone else Zwifting on fixed gears?

Since COVID has delayed (and maybe ended) track season, I put the track bike on the trainer so I could prep the road bike for real rides. I then did my daily "Fake morning commute" 10-mile ride on...
04-07-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,543
Posted By cormacf

If you don't need to pay for derailleurs, why...

If you don't need to pay for derailleurs, why would anyone spec a $1500 AL bike with ****ty mech discs in this day and age?
04-07-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 332
Posted By cormacf

Redline Monocog: Too heavy?

Would a Redline Monocog (https://www.redlinebicycles.com/monocog.html) be too heavy for SSCX (50 year-old legs), if the goal is just to finish and have a good time? At that price point, my options...
03-03-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,419
Posted By cormacf

Cheap SSCX bike?

OK. New track bike secured for the summer season, so it's time to think about the fall.

I think I'm going to keep the single-speed vibes going with SSCX this year. I have a bunch of spare track...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,437
Posted By cormacf

Any trouble throwing a leg over it at the start?

Any trouble throwing a leg over it at the start?
Replies: 14
Views: 2,437
Posted By cormacf

Thanks. So if I can straddle a 55 without falling...

Thanks. So if I can straddle a 55 without falling over, I should probably go for that.
Replies: 14
Views: 2,437
Posted By cormacf

Thanks. I was wondering about that because I'm...

Thanks. I was wondering about that because I'm also going to be way down in the drops versus up on the hoods, so i didn't know if I should go shorter.
Replies: 14
Views: 2,437
Posted By cormacf

First track bike sizing

Howdy!

Short femurs, long-ish torso for my height (between 5'9" and 5'10"), so I usually ride 54ish roadies with longish top tubes (my Lynskey has a 55.5cm ETT) with steep-ish seat tubes and 165...
02-09-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 831
Posted By cormacf

No, but I think the top tube is a little short...

No, but I think the top tube is a little short for flat bars (especially trekking bars), so I'd have to put a really long stem on it. If I go with drops, it's pretty similar to my Lynskey, plus I...
02-02-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 831
Posted By cormacf

Soma Riff for gravel / commute bike?

Hi, folks. I'm trying to recreate that 1980s rigid MTB feel while building my all-weather, go anywhere, flat bar commuting/touring, bike to complement my Lynskey Sportive, which is now trying to do...
02-01-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,861
Posted By cormacf

Cool and high-end Chinese brands?

A lot of people spend a lot of time talking about cheap carbon Chinese frames and sketchy quality deals on Alibaba, but China is the world's biggest country and almost certainly has the largest...
01-12-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,268
Posted By cormacf

Thanks! The angles look really spot-on. I also...

Thanks! The angles look really spot-on. I also discovered something called the Bootzipper (https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBOOBZ650AP1/on-one-bootzipper-650b-sram-apex-1-cross-monster-bike) that I'd...
12-30-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,268
Posted By cormacf

Stack/reach comparison on two totally different bikes?

Hi. I was wondering--is it possible to use stack and reach numbers from two very different bikes (in this case, Endurance and Loaded Touring) to determine an appropriately-sized frame?

Lynskey is...
10-31-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Posted By cormacf

Just realized my ELMNT Bolt should be able to do...

Just realized my ELMNT Bolt should be able to do it.
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10-31-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Posted By cormacf

Free/Cheap BT CycleOps Controller?

Does anyone have a suggestion for an Android or Mac app (preferably free) that can control and log the output of a CycleOps Magnus trainer via Bluetooth? I don't need virtual courses or anything like...
09-12-19, 12:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By cormacf

Thanks. So to confirm then, single speed is not...

Thanks. So to confirm then, single speed is not UCI sanctioned?
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