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07-20-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,014
Posted By Caliper

I guess "hooks" just isn't in my vocabulary as a...

I guess "hooks" just isn't in my vocabulary as a hand position, I've only heard that term on BikeForums. Either way, I will slide my hand further down to the flats behind/below the drops on long...
07-18-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,014
Posted By Caliper

Let's see if I can post a pic from my bike fit...

Let's see if I can post a pic from my bike fit notes... Excuse the setting.

Yes, this works for me. My levers may be a bit further down than the pic above, but close. Drops are my primary...
07-18-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,014
Posted By Caliper

You need to try it then, because it doesn't. ...

You need to try it then, because it doesn't. Having the bottom of the bars level is how I started with Woodchippers because I set them up like a normal drop bar. The thing is, the curve in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,437
Posted By Caliper

I've been following some of the pro riders on the...

I've been following some of the pro riders on the Tour de France in Strava and that's roughly their pace. For the world's top pros. Riding in a massive peloton.

Most mortals doing that pace are...
07-16-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,006
Posted By Caliper

It'd not odd that they make the noise, but I...

It'd not odd that they make the noise, but I agree that the current fad of insanely noisy freehubs is incredibly annoying.
07-16-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,184
Posted By Caliper

False. Power is still power. Similar effort...

False. Power is still power. Similar effort will land you at a similar speed, just at a smaller cog on the cassette, or spinning at a higher cadence.
07-16-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,283
Posted By Caliper

Why do you assume that? A "California stop" and...

Why do you assume that? A "California stop" and then rapidly accelerate to get into traffic and not have to wait behind those cyclists...
07-16-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,446
Posted By Caliper

Can't do that... e-bikes.

Can't do that... e-bikes.
07-16-19, 03:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,014
Posted By Caliper

No, I ride in the drops primarily with all my...

No, I ride in the drops primarily with all my drop bars. Either down on the flares for cruising or forward like normal when I need to brake/shift more frequently. This does make the hoods available...
07-15-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,033
Posted By Caliper

It's all done as one shift, not separate ones....

It's all done as one shift, not separate ones. Again I said cadence disruption, I'm not sure how long the entire shift takes but there's only one disrupted pedal stroke.

Going up push both...
07-15-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,033
Posted By Caliper

See, I use my 50x11 every second to third ride. ...

See, I use my 50x11 every second to third ride. Michigan is generally somewhere between fairly to really flat, but there are some hilly spots and where I live we have plenty of short to medium...
07-15-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,014
Posted By Caliper

Yes! I have SRAM Rival on a set of Woodchippers,...

Yes! I have SRAM Rival on a set of Woodchippers, but they are made for road levers to fit on them. They are great bars, and definitely should be tried if your gravel tends more toward "drop bar...
07-12-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,711
Posted By Caliper

If the bike needs cleaning, it gets cleaned with...

If the bike needs cleaning, it gets cleaned with the hose. I use water to rinse off the dirt and any mud to avoid scratching the finish. Wipe the big stuff off the drivetrain. Then dry the bike. ...
07-10-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,033
Posted By Caliper

But only interested in the best rolling XC tires...

But only interested in the best rolling XC tires with short knobs or even a file tread if possible. The gain here is for traction in the situation of loose gravel on an otherwise smooth and...
07-09-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,033
Posted By Caliper

That was on mobile. It does load on desktop...

That was on mobile. It does load on desktop though.

I'm not seeing anything exceptional. I also wouldn't call that a softtail; looks like tuned compliance via some sort of elastic insert,...
07-08-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,049
Posted By Caliper

Are they implying that us gravel grinders aren't...

Are they implying that us gravel grinders aren't cyclists?
07-08-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,033
Posted By Caliper

The link keeps going to a 404 before the page...

The link keeps going to a 404 before the page fully loads...

But, I hope this isn't a trend. Or at least not for all gravel bikes. Plenty of people here in Michigan that don't even see the need...
07-08-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,033
Posted By Caliper

Hate on its origins all you want, but the Viathon...

Hate on its origins all you want, but the Viathon G1 has my eye at the moment. Clearance for 700x51mm tires with road geometry checks the box for me.





Just saw this now. Looks great. ...
07-08-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,549
Posted By Caliper

Lack of rideable pavement in short. In my area,...

Lack of rideable pavement in short. In my area, the paved roads tend to have a 55mph speed limit and no shoulder. Or, at least not a paved one. If there is a shoulder, it's gravel and the pavement...
07-05-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,071
Posted By Caliper

I like the advice from the folks at TrainerRoad...

I like the advice from the folks at TrainerRoad that if you are finding a need to supplement then you should examine your base diet and simply address what is lacking. "Real food" is almost always a...
07-05-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,975
Posted By Caliper

Actually they showed that the two were virtually...

Actually they showed that the two were virtually identical on a pretty smooth dirt path. Considering that the 28 was much further ahead on asphalt, it does show the trend that narrower tire will be...
07-05-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,363
Posted By Caliper

Ok, I guess those are 10sp parts after all. So...

Ok, I guess those are 10sp parts after all. So just go Rival.
07-05-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,363
Posted By Caliper

This. Add an Apex 2x crank, FD and left...

This.


Add an Apex 2x crank, FD and left shifter... I like SRAM over Shimano but also like two chainrings so this would be my route if I bought that bike.
07-03-19, 06:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,056
Posted By Caliper

Don't worry, I'll wait for you at the bottom of...

Don't worry, I'll wait for you at the bottom of the hill. ;)
07-02-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,749
Posted By Caliper

YOU may look like that. But I did ask my wife...

YOU may look like that. But I did ask my wife about my kit and she loves it. ;)

Of course, I still fit into the same kit from several decades ago, so I'll thank my parents and cycling for that!
07-02-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,056
Posted By Caliper

"Great" on road to singletrack? That's a really...

"Great" on road to singletrack? That's a really tall order even if you have flat terrain. I honestly think even a 2x can only be *great* on half that (ie: road and gravel OR gravel and singletrack)...
07-01-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,266
Posted By Caliper

Honestly wasn't trying to be funny there. Your...

Honestly wasn't trying to be funny there. Your response was pretty surprising.




An image search for Giro's just look like road shoes with laces. These look like sneakers. My honest first...
07-01-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,266
Posted By Caliper

Sorry, didn't mean to touch a nerve there... ...

Sorry, didn't mean to touch a nerve there...
What do other lace up shoes have to do with this? My comment about trying to not look like clipless shoes is the general styling of this shoe when I...
07-01-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,266
Posted By Caliper

I had to look this up... I'm assuming you're...

I had to look this up... I'm assuming you're talking about the Shimano XC5 shoes. Looks pretty silly to me. I'm wearing clipless cycling shoes but trying to look like I'm not wearing clipless...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,279
Posted By Caliper

Sun sleeves. They make a huge difference. It...

Sun sleeves. They make a huge difference. It might feel a hair hotter but the sun-brain-rot that usually sets in after a long day doesn't happen. 100% worth it.
07-01-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,056
Posted By Caliper

Heck, it's not really a great solution for most...

Heck, it's not really a great solution for most situations. More a specialized solution for certain situations with limited use cases (CX only, singletrack only, etc). 1x is a compromise situation...
07-01-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,749
Posted By Caliper

I for one like colors coming back. This stupid...

I for one like colors coming back. This stupid all-black thing has gotta end.
06-25-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,266
Posted By Caliper

I am so totally in violation of this. I always...

I am so totally in violation of this. I always thought the visors on helmets looked silly.


I guess we're working up a set of requirements here for a gravel helmet. The visor should retract...
06-25-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,149
Posted By Caliper

I actually would see those as two different types...

I actually would see those as two different types of bikes. An adventure bike would have bigger tires and be more like a drop bar MTB such as the Salsa Cutthroat or Fargo while a gravel grinder...
06-24-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,149
Posted By Caliper

Do you have some sort of idea what makes a bike a...

Do you have some sort of idea what makes a bike a "Pavement Pounder"? What are the defining characteristics in your mind?

To me, the bikes above that you have referenced look like hybrid bikes...
06-24-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,149
Posted By Caliper

Sorry for the slip in semantics, purely...

Sorry for the slip in semantics, purely unintentional. I've honestly never noticed if I use gravel ride or gravel grinder or if anyone else does. Gravel grinder is a common phrase throughout the...
06-24-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By Caliper

I'd look at what happens to the trail numbers...

I'd look at what happens to the trail numbers (Steering). Dropping the tire size will reduce the trail at the ground and make the bike a bit less stable. "Cannot" may be a strong word though since...
06-24-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,266
Posted By Caliper

I have a helmet. It fits my head. My head is no...

I have a helmet. It fits my head. My head is no different shape or size when I ride paved roads or gravel roads or trails.
06-24-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,149
Posted By Caliper

So these events are for people who don't actually...

So these events are for people who don't actually ride gravel?

MMM Gravel Grinder | The ultimate Gravel Road Race (http://www.michiganmountainmayhem.com/mmmgravelgrinder/)

Gravel Grinder |...
06-24-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,520
Posted By Caliper

All have their place. Slow riding in town I can...

All have their place. Slow riding in town I can see flat pedals. Also, snow riding and anywhere where slips are more likely and you are less confident about stability.

For my on the road...
06-24-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,068
Posted By Caliper

Go easier on the rear brake! But...

Go easier on the rear brake!

But seriously, toilet paper? My underwear don't have stains, why would my chamois?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,124
Posted By Caliper

I do want a GPS computer though. Have been using...

I do want a GPS computer though. Have been using the phone but am starting to do rides where the battery life of the phone w/ GPS on falls into question so separating the two and not having to worry...
06-21-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
Posted By Caliper

Looks like adventure bike terrain there. Salsa...

Looks like adventure bike terrain there. Salsa Cutthroat? Fargo? I've got woodchippers on my fat bike currently. It makes keeping up with gravel bikes on a group ride a threshold experience, but...
06-21-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,257
Posted By Caliper

If your lights are bright and thus hurt my eyes,...

If your lights are bright and thus hurt my eyes, I will NOT see you because I will be intentionally looking AWAY to preserve my vision. Thus increasing our chances of colliding. Yes, this is an...
06-20-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,447
Posted By Caliper

Interesting. Why not stop and clear the pedal...

Interesting. Why not stop and clear the pedal out?
Also too late. I've already ridden hundreds of miles on dirt in Looks. Including a random metric century to a friends house and back that only...
06-20-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,447
Posted By Caliper

If you just want to operate a gravel bike on the...

If you just want to operate a gravel bike on the road, sure. Then there is no need to change wheels even. But, you are definitely giving up connection plus adding weight to your feet and remember...
06-20-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,447
Posted By Caliper

Ummmm... No, he doesn't. Listen from 16:00 ->...

Ummmm... No, he doesn't. Listen from 16:00 -> 16:50 https://youtu.be/6OdZ0l9hFes?t=962

I guess it depends on how well you want to do it all. Plus the annoyance of having to change wheels, pedals...
06-20-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,270
Posted By Caliper

Interesting... I find that I want a stiff front...

Interesting... I find that I want a stiff front end for good steering and out of the saddle climbing. On rougher parts I just keep my elbows bent, hands loose and let the front end ride. ...
06-20-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,000
Posted By Caliper

Ah, I see. I had read your sentence as saying...

Ah, I see. I had read your sentence as saying that 10-50 was a bad setup. Agreed that there does seem to be a gap in the AXS cassettes. I'm really surprised that Force AXS didn't being in...
06-19-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,596
Posted By Caliper

Hmmm, somebody clearly didn't read the link... ...

Hmmm, somebody clearly didn't read the link... Loose *rollers* are cited in the link as a cause for a false stretch reading in most chain stretch measurement devices. Essentially, the clearance at...
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