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09-17-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,433
Posted By Spoonrobot

I didn't know this, what's the trail number? I...

I didn't know this, what's the trail number? I couldn't find the geo chart on the fairlight site.

Ah, found it in the lookbook. Mid-trail but on the lower side for a gravel bike. I prefer in the...
09-16-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Back on-topic: I did a 60 mile mountain bike...

Back on-topic: I did a 60 mile mountain bike event over the weekend. Ended up riding a significant amount of the time with a newer rider who'd be riding only since the late spring. He was trouncing...
09-16-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 773
Posted By Spoonrobot

The most common things are hand tools and...

The most common things are hand tools and electrical tape, with occasional interesting other things. Some that come to mind from this year.

Gerber Flat Iron folding knife
Roll of Copenhagen Long...
09-15-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 296
Posted By Spoonrobot

I haven't ridden a spray-painted gravel bike but...

I haven't ridden a spray-painted gravel bike but I did a lot of road riding with a few dozen miles of gravel on my fixed gear that I painted using indoor/outdoor Kyrlon and a Krylon topcoat. It held...
09-13-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Although I've been working at it, I also tend to...

Although I've been working at it, I also tend to not respond to an argument I'm losing or lost. So I understand, good luck out there.
09-13-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

asgelle - in case you missed my earlier post: ...

asgelle - in case you missed my earlier post:



So in your scenario where he's riding with faster riders and closing gaps before getting dropped...is he not participating with faster, more...
09-13-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'm not. I don't understand the rest of your post...

I'm not. I don't understand the rest of your post either, so please direct your attention back to jackb.
09-13-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

It's rare that a quote so effectively skewers...

It's rare that a quote so effectively skewers both sides of debate. Well done :thumb:
09-13-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

The problem with your categories is that, in real...

The problem with your categories is that, in real life, they're all based on fitness, not skill. Which is illustrative in itself.
09-13-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

I got yelled at once but it was in French so I...

I got yelled at once but it was in French so I took it as a compliment. :innocent:
09-13-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

So in your scenario where he's riding with faster...

So in your scenario where he's riding with faster riders and closing gaps before getting dropped...is he not participating with faster, more experienced riders despite his lack of skill? The very...
09-13-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Dude I can't even get my bottle out to take a...

Dude I can't even get my bottle out to take a drink while riding the crit. I'm sure they're going to tell me not to come back when they find out :(

:lol:
09-13-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,547
Posted By Spoonrobot

They break due to inclusions/artefacts and other...

They break due to inclusions/artefacts and other maladies that occur during production of both the steel used to create the wire and the wire itself. Fewer spokes means more stress on each spoke...
09-13-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

The point is, he can ride with much more...

The point is, he can ride with much more experienced riders without being proficient at those skills.
09-13-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

There's no money to be made trying to teach...

There's no money to be made trying to teach skills that anyone can master in a few hours, if it even takes that long. Cycling skills as the OP wished to discuss, are not as complex as some are making...
09-13-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,547
Posted By Spoonrobot

I'd never consider less than 32/32 for a...

I'd never consider less than 32/32 for a bikepacking wheelset and wouldn't consider Mavic for anything. Proprietary or unusual parts are a non-starter for me.

However, with modern spokes and rims,...
09-11-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By Spoonrobot

Bread Honey Butter Salt Milk Great...

Bread
Honey
Butter
Salt
Milk

Great before and after a ride
09-11-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,938
Posted By Spoonrobot

Weíre over represented because itís rare to have...

Weíre over represented because itís rare to have two gravel riders who deliberately seek out remote routes in rural areas posting on the forum. Most riders donít go so far and wide and/or post...
09-11-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Thatís not what I said but to clarify, training...

Thatís not what I said but to clarify, training crits. Open field with a smattering of 1-2s and the bulk being 3s/4s with a few 5s. Not hard to stay in the pack, lots of 5s are strong enough to roll...
09-11-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,844
Posted By Spoonrobot

Talk about nit-picking a thread to death...

Talk about nit-picking a thread to death :rolleyes:



I agree with the OP's point. At the extreme end - I was doing practice races with Cat A/B track cyclists who had years of experience...
09-11-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,938
Posted By Spoonrobot

I was an unbroken champion of dog sprints until I...

I was an unbroken champion of dog sprints until I started riding gravel. Now I'm like 8-42-20 and have even been beaten by a herd of cows :cry:
09-11-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,938
Posted By Spoonrobot

It was bizarre, never experienced anything close...

It was bizarre, never experienced anything close on any previous ride. I also ordered the same pepper spray and have the same reservations as well. We'll see how it goes but I'm hoping it was an...
09-11-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,938
Posted By Spoonrobot

I always feel a little bad when the short dogs...

I always feel a little bad when the short dogs come out. Their little legs just donít have the stride to do much more than make it off the porch before Iím gone :(
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 849
Posted By Spoonrobot

When track racers compete in the Flying 200 they...

When track racers compete in the Flying 200 they start at the outside of the track, build up speed and move down as close as possible to the inside about halfway through. Velodromes arenít a circle...
09-11-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 15,384
Posted By Spoonrobot

Every time Iíve argued with someone who has...

Every time Iíve argued with someone who has harassed me on the road Iíve felt better afterwards. Perhaps some think thatís wrong, I donít - especially not after seeing one positive outcome from my...
09-11-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,938
Posted By Spoonrobot

Ah, a non-rider comes to troll. Understood, good...

Ah, a non-rider comes to troll. Understood, good luck with your remaining time on bikeforums.
09-11-19, 06:41 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,938
Posted By Spoonrobot

What? Your post states youíve never been bothered...

What? Your post states youíve never been bothered by a dog while riding. So how would you know anything about farm dogs in your area?

Or was the implication that being chased by dogs doesnít...
09-10-19, 10:07 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,938
Posted By Spoonrobot

You ever make it down to Georgia send me a PM and...

You ever make it down to Georgia send me a PM and Iíll help you get some experience to round out your worldview.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,947
Posted By Spoonrobot

Usually itís spoke tension but it can also be: ...

Usually itís spoke tension but it can also be:

Improperly heat treated aluminum
Inclusion or other artefact in the extrusion

Are common issues with some manufacturers and exhibit themselves as...
09-09-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,620
Posted By Spoonrobot

I travel extensively for work and in my...

I travel extensively for work and in my experience this is not remotely true. Sure you can find a random 1/2 mile gravel road here and there but good gravel riding? A comprehensive route that is fun...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By Spoonrobot

For most of rural Georgia a good guideline is: if...

For most of rural Georgia a good guideline is: if the road has a number it's most likely not going to be great to ride unless you can verify it has a shoulder with no rumble strip. If the road has a...
09-06-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

Did you leave, yet? Should we expect the donation...

Did you leave, yet? Should we expect the donation to a cycling charity of your choice during your tour or after you return?
09-06-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By Spoonrobot

Current production 32 was 32.2mm wide on a 23mm...

Current production 32 was 32.2mm wide on a 23mm wide Kinlin TL-23. It was only 27.5mm tall. Have you seen this update from Panaracer? They decreased the casing length again in 2019 so imagine the...
09-06-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

It is helpful here to read up on basic ergonomic...

It is helpful here to read up on basic ergonomic design, here is a great link (http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/dea3250flipbook/dea3250notes/mmh.html). It is well known that grip diameter has a large...
09-05-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

Please see post #138...

Please see post #138 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=138) . Every additional post I have made has been in support of the sentiment I originally expressed, in that...
09-05-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

That was never my argument. Regroup, try again. ...

That was never my argument. Regroup, try again.



It is less safe. Nobody can brake well with one finger from the hoods. Nobody can have a secure grip with three fingers on the brake lever from...
09-05-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

The Cyclocross and Gravelbiking forum hereby...

The Cyclocross and Gravelbiking forum hereby vouches for Metieval, he has ridden many years successfully as is well documented in the aforementioned Cyclocross and Gravelbiking forum. Please continue.
Replies: 37
Views: 1,656
Posted By Spoonrobot

Wider tires (up to ~40mm) will be as fast or...

Wider tires (up to ~40mm) will be as fast or faster on rough roads than narrower high pressure tires (up to ~28mm). On smooth roads wider tires are slower, in my experience.

Our roads here in...
09-05-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

As you know, Shimano redesigned the shifters for...

As you know, Shimano redesigned the shifters for their GRX gravel group to deal specifically with how poor and insecure braking is from the hoods.
...
09-05-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

I don't need to claim anything. Plenty of riders...

I don't need to claim anything. Plenty of riders will read our respective posts, when they go out for their next ride they'll try it your way with one finger on the brake lever, from the hoods and...
09-05-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

One finger braking from the hoods is almost...

One finger braking from the hoods is almost impossible. One finger braking from the drops is effective and secure.
09-05-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

Huh? ...

Huh?

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1000x667/chris_froome_descending_9bd2b595dd918d1a5df90259a03d655298e759fb.jpg
09-05-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

Non-sequitur - Mr. Overend is maintaining a...

Non-sequitur - Mr. Overend is maintaining a secure grip at the expense of braking performance. Here he is maximizing braking at the expense of grip, a reasonable trade-off when riding around on a...
09-05-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

The rider's arms were not locked. That's clear to...

The rider's arms were not locked. That's clear to see from the video, his arms flex as he accommodates the initial bump but are overwhelmed by sudden upward acceleration, subsequently the lack of...
09-05-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

Here's a great example of what can happen riding...

Here's a great example of what can happen riding in the hoods (@2:35). This is an experienced rider who got knocked off the hoods due to a embedded rock in the gravel road. His tumbling bike took out...
09-05-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,620
Posted By Spoonrobot

The US is a pretty big place so some places might...

The US is a pretty big place so some places might be prohibitively expensive depending on your budget. For example, my business travel to southern California is often 25-35% more expensive than...
09-04-19, 08:26 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/img_...

https://drandalls.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/img_17062-1.jpg?resize=307%2C307
09-04-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 20,862
Posted By Spoonrobot

The lever in the picture is a 4700 series Tiagra...

The lever in the picture is a 4700 series Tiagra lever, as you suggested.

I rated it 90% braking ability because I can lift the rear wheel with one finger on decline. I cannot do it on flat ground...
09-04-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,663
Posted By Spoonrobot

If the wound wasn't cleaned until day 4, you...

If the wound wasn't cleaned until day 4, you aren't on day 16, you're on day 12. Which is acceptable timeline for deep abrasions. Last ones I had weren't even that deep and were cleaned 8 hours after...
09-04-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By Spoonrobot

I've converted couple different OEM sets and also...

I've converted couple different OEM sets and also a set of TRP Spyres. Compressionless housing is a big improvement IME. You get more braking power with less lever travel so you can have the pads a...
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