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Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 104
Posted By zaxmalloy

Ocoee Bikes - Thoughts?

New direct to consumer carbon frame brand from the same parent company that distributes Litespeed. Originally the brand was to be named Remot, apparently changed that due to some trademark issues....
05-29-19, 10:08 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,780
Posted By zaxmalloy

I'm considering an Otso Warakin...

I'm considering an Otso Warakin (https://otsocycles.com/collections/warakin-bikes) in gorgeous stainless steel.

Lacks front braze-ons which you seem to want, but ticks a lot of other boxes. Rode...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 05:24 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,542
Posted By zaxmalloy

Sure enough. And not sure what point I was...

Sure enough. And not sure what point I was making anyway by trying to compare the two bikes.

I was trying to say 'Amen' to what most in this thread indicate - fit and feel are more important than...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-19, 11:11 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,542
Posted By zaxmalloy

Maybe I'm missing something, but reviewing...

Maybe I'm missing something, but reviewing Giant's website, the frames are nearly identical with the difference being material; the Defy (carbon) and Contend (aluminum). No matter - test riding is...
05-02-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,484
Posted By zaxmalloy

It's hard to beat the Giant Escape as an...

It's hard to beat the Giant Escape as an all-around "neighborhood" or commuter bike. It does well on pavement and limestone gravel. It fits all manner of fenders, tires and racks. They tend to be...
04-20-19, 10:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,940
Posted By zaxmalloy

You got quite a deal on that bike, haven't seen...

You got quite a deal on that bike, haven't seen it for less than $3,400.
03-30-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,863
Posted By zaxmalloy

I've actually been looking for an all road...

I've actually been looking for an all road solution that I can do centuries on yet also go after gravel. I'm also buying my first bike that will come in at $2+k. I own a Salsa Vaya and it's been...
10-30-18, 07:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 748
Posted By zaxmalloy

Considering drop bars or something but it's early...

Considering drop bars or something but it's early days. I haven't had time to ride it between work, relentless yard work- raking (lots of trees) and, well, darkness. But on a couple of trips around...
10-30-18, 07:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 748
Posted By zaxmalloy

Actually had a gift card to use, so it was net...

Actually had a gift card to use, so it was net $196 for the Escape 2 all in after taxes :-) So you're right, going wrong wasn't really an option.
10-30-18, 07:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 748
Posted By zaxmalloy

Appreciate the sarcasm. I actually test road the...

Appreciate the sarcasm. I actually test road the Anyroad and it was my odds on favorite to replace my Escape, but I could never get the shifting quite right on any model - which seems strange. ...
10-28-18, 04:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 748
Posted By zaxmalloy

Call me crazy, but I can't escape the Escape

So, after I lost 154 pounds a few years ago, the first 'adult bike' I purchased to get/keep me in shape was a 2014, red, Giant Escape. I rode it all the time and everywhere...and I started expanding...
09-24-18, 09:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,944
Posted By zaxmalloy

Giant hosted riding event here in the Twin Cities...

Giant hosted riding event here in the Twin Cities this weekend and I got a chance to ride the Revolt Advanced 0. It is one amazing bike - light, fast and planted all at the same time. Well worth...
09-23-18, 11:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By zaxmalloy

So, as an update...the Cutthroat was rapidly sold...

So, as an update...the Cutthroat was rapidly sold by the LBS. So none are on the horizon in 2018 color combo and that may be that.

I participated in the Surly/Salsa & All City ride event. No...
09-05-18, 10:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By zaxmalloy

Good points on the weight and the spinning and I...

Good points on the weight and the spinning and I certainly realize it will not have the same nimble feeling or quick acceleration of my carbon roadie.

No, I don't have a list of requirements....
09-05-18, 07:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By zaxmalloy

I shopped the Anyroad when buying the Vaya but...

I shopped the Anyroad when buying the Vaya but unfortunately I could not get the shifting working reliably and I tried a couple of different models. Also, the color was...not my cup of tea. The...
09-04-18, 05:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By zaxmalloy

Wow - didn't know about this. And I love Giant...

Wow - didn't know about this. And I love Giant bikes - had an Escape as my first real adult bike bike purchased back in 2013 and it was a warrior until it (and I) got t-boned by a car last year. I...
09-04-18, 05:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By zaxmalloy

Good suggestion on the fork and suppose going...

Good suggestion on the fork and suppose going tubeless (another $100) might save some more weight. See your point regarding the double-up....though must say that the 1x set-up is nice and...
09-03-18, 10:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By zaxmalloy

So, the Salsa Cutthroat Apex...N+1?

Anyone here using a Cutthroat for road and gravel?
Stopped into my local bike store on my year old Vaya Claris yesterday to just look around and lust after a 20 mile jaunt. A salesperson I've worked...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-18, 10:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,172
Posted By zaxmalloy

I think what a lot of folks here are saying to...

I think what a lot of folks here are saying to the OP is "you don't know what you don't know" and you will make a better informed, more discriminating purchase once you have more experience. And I'd...
06-21-18, 06:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,780
Posted By zaxmalloy

There is no foolproof 'test' IMHO. Fortunately...

There is no foolproof 'test' IMHO. Fortunately local bike shops often have tester programs and that's about as close as you can come. After that comes experience, clothing choices, and ultimately...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-18, 09:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 756
Posted By zaxmalloy

Fascinating Ben. Thanks. So when I say...

Fascinating Ben. Thanks.

So when I say outside the knee, to provide more clarity, I meant to the left and below the kneecap area - not under the kneecap itself. That said, based on what I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-18, 05:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 756
Posted By zaxmalloy

I had sudden knee pain on the outside of my left...

I had sudden knee pain on the outside of my left knee at the end of a rainy Tour de Cure 45-mile ride two weeks ago. Like you, I've never experienced pain on my road bike, and unfortunately I had...
06-11-18, 09:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,928
Posted By zaxmalloy

It's like buying off-brand anything on Amazon. ...

It's like buying off-brand anything on Amazon.

For example, I had a Prz coupon appear in my newsfeed for Amazon at $7.50 for thermal tights with Chamois and I ordered a L which is what fits me for...
05-01-18, 11:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,317
Posted By zaxmalloy

I'd think about cost versus price. If...

I'd think about cost versus price.

If you're a new rider, the bet here is you're going to find the LBS (assuming they are friendly and well established) is a better value in the long run - in...
Forum: Commuting
04-23-18, 05:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,775
Posted By zaxmalloy

I have this combination as my primary commuting...

I have this combination as my primary commuting duo once fat bike season is over (which is just now in Minnesota). I use an old Raleigh C-50 ($20 at a garage sale) and a Salsa Vaya. The Raleigh is...
03-27-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 17,503
Posted By zaxmalloy

I'm a big fan of the Giant Escape though I no...

I'm a big fan of the Giant Escape though I no longer own one because a car hit it (and me) last year but at that point I had probably 5,000 all-season Minnesota miles on it and it was still going...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-18, 01:26 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,482
Posted By zaxmalloy

That's not exactly true - they will help you with...

That's not exactly true - they will help you with ice but I would agree fat tires do not make you invincible.

I commute year round here in Minnesota and use my fat tire bike in the winter. I...
02-25-18, 11:27 PM
Replies: 356
Views: 27,062
Posted By zaxmalloy

For the price of lunch, seems worth it to me.

For the price of lunch, seems worth it to me.
02-19-18, 10:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 978
Posted By zaxmalloy

I use a variety of different winter kit items in...

I use a variety of different winter kit items in Minnesota not all of which are merino wool - but some are...

I use the Surly Merino wool jersey...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-18, 10:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,517
Posted By zaxmalloy

Everyone has the the same amount of time, and it...

Everyone has the the same amount of time, and it is all free. How you choose to spend it is not a matter of age but of priority.
02-11-18, 06:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 22,036
Posted By zaxmalloy

I would have preferred the orange with Shimano...

I would have preferred the orange with Shimano 105 group set but it was out of stock everywhere when I was ready to buy late summer - last fall. That said, the brown color looks surprisingly good...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-18, 06:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,517
Posted By zaxmalloy

59 years young, commute about 3 miles each way...

59 years young, commute about 3 miles each way but every bit of it is an incline or decline and often steep. I'm in Minneapolis burbs so there are days I drive due to brutal temps (22 days so far...
02-01-18, 06:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,802
Posted By zaxmalloy

+1 on the Vaya - it's at least worth a test...

+1 on the Vaya - it's at least worth a test drive. Given her reach a stem change might be in order - maybe using an adjustable stem short term at least. The Vaya is a wee bit heavy but the ride is...
12-09-17, 09:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,752
Posted By zaxmalloy

I use and have two different 45North baclavas but...

I use and have two different 45North baclavas but find baclava's generally can get soggy and make it hard to breath. They can also cause glasses to fog when it gets under 25 here in Minnesota.
...
12-09-17, 09:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,308
Posted By zaxmalloy

Insulated water bottle, multi-tool, $10 cash,...

Insulated water bottle, multi-tool, $10 cash, airplane bottle of Fireball, Nuun tablets, credit card, ID, cell phone with a back up battery and the cables that can charge the phone or your USB...
12-09-17, 09:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,218
Posted By zaxmalloy

I use Giro Index ...

I use Giro Index ...
11-26-17, 11:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 22,036
Posted By zaxmalloy

Think I am getting finished with upgrades for...

Think I am getting finished with upgrades for 2017 on my Vaya for this year. Some additions:

Brooks B17 Saddle
Salsa Flip-Lock Seat Clamp
Shimano A530 flat/SPD pedals
PDW Sparrow Bottle Cage...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-17, 09:49 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,113
Posted By zaxmalloy

Right now I have 4 bikes. A garage sale...

Right now I have 4 bikes. A garage sale find/commuter fitted with cheap, ancient Wellgo rubber platforms (seized pedals - can't get them off), A carbon road bike SPD clips, A fat bike Race Face...
10-01-17, 05:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,519
Posted By zaxmalloy

I use the Chesters on my Specialized Fatboy and...

I use the Chesters on my Specialized Fatboy and they handle what can be brutal conditions here in Minnesota really well. I can't say enough good things about them - good grip when it's snowy with...
Forum: Touring
09-25-17, 08:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,990
Posted By zaxmalloy

FWIW I use a Top Peak rack I originally purchased...

FWIW I use a Top Peak rack I originally purchased for a Giant Escape along with their MTX case which has "ears" that function as panniers. Fits great, even though it's the non disc-brake version of...
09-13-17, 04:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,724
Posted By zaxmalloy

Congrats! I rode my first century in August...

Congrats!

I rode my first century in August this year at age 58 and fortunately did not have to contend with a crash. That said, I had a severe crash in Late February where I broke my ankle and...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-17, 10:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 671
Posted By zaxmalloy

Yeah, don't over analyze it. It was free. If it...

Yeah, don't over analyze it. It was free. If it feels comfortable it is...and honestly you may only know once you've put some miles on it and then even then a tweak here or there could make the...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-17, 05:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,956
Posted By zaxmalloy

At a subscription rate where the effective cost...

At a subscription rate where the effective cost is $1 an issue delivered to my door, I find Bicycling fun to leaf through. Like any magazine, not everything in it is interesting, memorable or...
Forum: Fatbikes
08-21-17, 09:35 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,464
Posted By zaxmalloy

What do I think of fat bikes? As much fun as you...

What do I think of fat bikes? As much fun as you can have with your clothes on.

I wouldn't necessarily want a fat bike as my only bike but when it's below 40 here in Minnesota generally the road...
Forum: Commuting
08-21-17, 04:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,124
Posted By zaxmalloy

For your budget, think used bike and if you don't...

For your budget, think used bike and if you don't know a lot about how to look at a used bike I would watch this You Tube clip.

The important thing for a commuter are you don't want to skimp on...
08-21-17, 04:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,410
Posted By zaxmalloy

Interesting article, but I think he has it wrong....

Interesting article, but I think he has it wrong. That is the proliferation of biking generally (e-bike, fat bike, cyclecross) etc. has expanded the universe of biking options. Road biking may or...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-17, 08:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,595
Posted By zaxmalloy

Reading the customer reviews, seems these are...

Reading the customer reviews, seems these are plastic which makes sense at the price point. Generally positive reviews nonetheless but personally, I wouldn't use one on a commuter rig.
08-14-17, 05:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 22,036
Posted By zaxmalloy

There is no comparison, only contrast. It's like...

There is no comparison, only contrast. It's like comparing a Corvette to a Buick. The carbon bike is light and fast, has a tight cockpit, the torque is immediate and the ride - so long as you stay...
08-14-17, 03:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 22,036
Posted By zaxmalloy

I've seen a Kona Sutra but never in a LBS, only...

I've seen a Kona Sutra but never in a LBS, only out 'in the wild'. I really like them and they seem to be a good value. I have to say I made this purchase within the limitations of those brands...
08-14-17, 03:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 22,036
Posted By zaxmalloy

Thanks for the info. It's a nice bag - looking...

Thanks for the info. It's a nice bag - looking at getting something that matches the bike a little better than my black Top Peak saddle bag which I'd prefer to keep on my road bike. Options from...
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