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09-28-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 122
Posted By Elvo

You'll need a new rear wheel with XDR or...

You'll need a new rear wheel with XDR or microspline freehub ($200+) and friction bar end shifters ($50?). I think the Sensah Empire 12 ($100) speed brifters might work as well?

The other option...
09-27-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 573
Posted By ericzamora

They << look >> narrower, but they feel very...

They << look >> narrower, but they feel very similar to me, but I have yet to ride in them (head held down in shame). I do not have wide feet. Here they are with Freerider Pros in one photo, Fizik...
09-25-20, 10:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 573
Posted By ericzamora

I've been using clipless on my gravel bike, but...

I've been using clipless on my gravel bike, but when i built up my Surly ECR with RF Chester flat pedals (for slower, more casual riding, especially when loaded for bikepacking), i rode in some worn...
09-25-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 573
Posted By Grimfish74

I’m planning on some long solo days/weekends out...

I’m planning on some long solo days/weekends out so want a more casual look, no Lycra or clicking road shoes when I stop off.
09-24-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,265
Posted By DarKris

So I rode my Toughroad on some singletrack this...

So I rode my Toughroad on some singletrack this past weekend and It made me realize just how much bike setup can impact riding capabilities. I was messing around and decided to drop my stem a bit and...
09-22-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 686
Posted By c_m_shooter

"Knarly terrain" gets ridden in the drops. I...

"Knarly terrain" gets ridden in the drops. I have had the bars slip downward when landing jumps on the hoods and it is awkward. I like the Rando bars from VO, Nitto Noodles, or several of the dirt...
09-21-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,265
Posted By chas58

Glad to hear it. You'll learn to read the trail,...

Glad to hear it. You'll learn to read the trail, use your body weight, and pick your line and be a better biker because of it. Besides, underbiking is fun (as long as you don't take it too far)....
09-18-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,265
Posted By DarKris

So I appreciate everyone sharing their...

So I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences. I will say that after taking both of my gravel bikes to my local bike park, I have a feel for both bikes on rough and slightly technical trails....
09-17-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 855
Posted By Rolla

Yes -- and to be fair, the Cross Check is really...

Yes -- and to be fair, the Cross Check is really the worst offender. Compare a few of their 54cm frames:Cross Check: 102 mm head tube, 538mm stack height
Midnight Special: 125, 560
Bridge Club:...
09-17-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,265
Posted By bonsai171

It's fun riding a gravel bike on singletrack. ...

It's fun riding a gravel bike on singletrack. The mountain bikers wonder why we're riding road bikes LOL.

Dave
09-17-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,265
Posted By fourfa

Great thread! This really shows one of the...

Great thread! This really shows one of the problems discussing the gravel segment - some riders are on flat farm roads almost as smooth as pavement, and others are literally mountain biking. This is...
09-17-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By c_m_shooter

Get one of these. Check the spoke tension and go...

Get one of these. Check the spoke tension and go ride. It took me several years to destroy the stock wheels on my Cross Check back in the day, these should be fine.
09-16-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,265
Posted By dwmckee

Honestly, I suspect just about all of us that...

Honestly, I suspect just about all of us that ride much gravel also do at least a little singletrack.
09-16-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 486
Posted By btppberk

The PurpleAir website is useful.

The PurpleAir website is useful.
09-15-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,265
Posted By Rolla

There is certainly a lot of singletrack that I'd...

There is certainly a lot of singletrack that I'd much rather do on a mountain bike, but only the gnarliest trails just flat-out can't be ridden on a gravel bike. Choose the right tires, the right air...
09-15-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,265
Posted By bonsai171

I do the same thing on my Warbird. Regularly...

I do the same thing on my Warbird. Regularly ride all the trails I used to ride on a MTB. It has handled all of them without issue.

Dave
09-15-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 486
Posted By skidder

I'm near the beach in OC. Didn't ride all last...

I'm near the beach in OC. Didn't ride all last week due to the smoke. My gauge is the amount of ash on my car's windshield. This past weekend it was almost non-existent so did 25 miles on Saturday...
09-14-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 855
Posted By Rolla

Funny -- I sold my Cross Check and bought my...

Funny -- I sold my Cross Check and bought my Black Mountain for this very reason. Surly has said that their long top tube/short head tube design is a purist CX thing, which is ironic considering that...
09-09-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,576
Posted By FiftySix

With all the starting and stopping I seem to do...

With all the starting and stopping I seem to do because of vehicle traffic, stop signs, and traffic lights . . . 66 gear inches works well for me in middle age.

*single speed freewheel
09-08-20, 11:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,576
Posted By Darth Lefty

My “gravel” bike, which is definitely a road bike...

My “gravel” bike, which is definitely a road bike but with treaded tires, came with a 38 front and 17&18 rear. So far I’ve had it in the 59” gear and I’m able to go nearly anywhere, which tells me...
09-08-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,576
Posted By mack_turtle

don't be. it's boring. I am sure all the people...

don't be. it's boring. I am sure all the people in Pancake Land wish they had access to the fun, challenging elevation that you have.
09-05-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,576
Posted By Gresp15C

Admittedly, I play mostly upright bass these...

Admittedly, I play mostly upright bass these days, but I own a couple of fretless electrics that I enjoy playing.
09-05-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,576
Posted By ofajen

I have a P bass with flats and a Q-filter!...

I have a P bass with flats and a Q-filter! Awesome! And a Ripper, which is a whole different kind of awesome. 😎

Oh, and both bikes have 42/16, which is 71 on 700C and 68 on 26”.

Otto
09-05-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,576
Posted By Gresp15C

pbass, do you play a P bass?

pbass, do you play a P bass?
09-05-20, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 791
Posted By Rolla

I'm a 60-year-old geezer, too. My SS CX bike with...

I'm a 60-year-old geezer, too. My SS CX bike with 39 X 17 gets me to the top of pretty much everything in the Texas Hill Country. But honestly, you suffer on climbs no matter how many gears you run.
09-04-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 791
Posted By seau grateau

That's a nice area for riding. I used to live in...

That's a nice area for riding. I used to live in South Pasadena and would head up that way via the Rose Bowl all the time.
09-03-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 791
Posted By seau grateau

When I lived in LA I would take my fixed gear out...

When I lived in LA I would take my fixed gear out to some pretty decent climbs -- not the big mountain road climbs but Chevy Chase, Griffith Park, etc. They were hard as hell but it was fun as hell...
08-30-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 563
Posted By HD3andMe

This is user error. Sealant only works up to a...

This is user error. Sealant only works up to a certain point. If the puncture is big enough you need to pend the extra minute and plug it.

if you want to go crazy, you can also patch the inside of...
08-28-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,406
Posted By indyfabz

While I am only 55 1/2, I have gone "off the...

While I am only 55 1/2, I have gone "off the grid" (i.e., no cell service and few if any people around) for many miles at a time on gravel (and on road) during tours--and I take blood thinners every...
08-28-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By gus6464

Yeah the schwalbe all-rounds are actually pretty...

Yeah the schwalbe all-rounds are actually pretty good for a lot of stuff but since I have the 650b set was looking for something that is much different for the grinduro style events if they ever come...
08-24-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,406
Posted By unterhausen

I'm not 65+, but it won't be long. At this point...

I'm not 65+, but it won't be long. At this point I am not too worried. I'll get back to you when I'm 80. I have a SPOT tracker in case something outrageous happens. It doesn't take long on gravel...
08-13-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,456
Posted By Lakerat

I'll be 66 in a couple of weeks and my fixed road...

I'll be 66 in a couple of weeks and my fixed road bike is 49-17 which is 76 inches. I ride an 18.2 route selected for as few large hills as possible, at least 4 days a week. A normal time is about an...
08-13-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
Posted By unterhausen

650b should feel faster with similar tires due to...

650b should feel faster with similar tires due to the lower rotational inertia. Not that it really means anything. If you are going to go to 700c, will you have to use smaller tires? It's all...
08-10-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 695
Posted By HTupolev

The first thing I'd say is that you should check...

The first thing I'd say is that you should check the cut area and make sure it's adequately-booted. If the tire's casing is bulging near the cut, it indicates that it's having a hard time containing...
07-23-20, 02:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 593
Posted By Jeffoutlaw

Drop bar Kona Unit SS

Converted my Kona Unit SS to drop bar. Tektro levers and Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes. 27.5x2.8 WTB Ranger tires. ...
07-22-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,568
Posted By Orignal

Did you do it, did it work well? I have the same...

Did you do it, did it work well? I have the same bike as you and am also thinking of buying a smaller chainring. The idea is to use the standard 40T chainring for regular riding and switching to a 36...
07-19-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 971
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

First thing is that I hate gel chamois. They...

First thing is that I hate gel chamois. They don't breathe. Lambswood sounds horrible. Yeah, I used to use real leather, too. These days, you want smooth foam chamois. I don't think I've ever seen a...
07-17-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 971
Posted By Iride01

Are you over padding your shorts and maybe have...

Are you over padding your shorts and maybe have an overly padded saddle? The more padding you have the more contact points for rub you have. Gel type cushioning has never been a good thing for me...
07-16-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
Posted By TMonk

Surly?

Surly?
07-15-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,866
Posted By big john

I went for 50 miles today with a few thousand...

I went for 50 miles today with a few thousand feet of climbing. I had a banana and 1 granola bar on the ride (wanted more) and a gallon of water. I ate when I got home and had a lovely nap. I do not...
07-15-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 846
Posted By Senior Vagabond

Cortisone (steroids) will have NO healing...

Cortisone (steroids) will have NO healing properties. However they can be a good temporary remedy for joint and muscle pain. Everyone can respond to their effectiveness differently. I took cortisone...
07-14-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,866
Posted By Cromolyman

I'm 62 and if I don't eat something small every...

I'm 62 and if I don't eat something small every 10 miles or so I suffer the post ride collapse you describe. I personally just have water in my bottles and usually eat real food (bananas, dates).
07-12-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,066
Posted By Wildwood

You need more bicycles to ride the same route...

You need more bicycles to ride the same route enthusiastically.
REALLY!!!

...
07-11-20, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 276
Posted By fietsbob

Does it still shift without the pretty pictures ?...

Does it still shift without the pretty pictures ? you know we got along fine, for decades, without them, right?
07-11-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,803
Posted By Chinghis

Thanks for the video, a great watch. Edit: I...

Thanks for the video, a great watch. Edit: I forgot to mention the gravel-bike bar! I like that kind of dual level thing.

But yeah, I clicked on this thinking that it was about riding slower or...
07-10-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,803
Posted By Speedway2

OP....I recently turned 60 too and rediscovered...

OP....I recently turned 60 too and rediscovered riding my 11yr old single speed roadbike (Langster).
I probably haven't ridden it in 5+ years but its now my Go To for solo rides. The familiar...
07-10-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,803
Posted By ZIPP2001

60 and my stable gives me several different...

60 and my stable gives me several different options for whatever mood I'm in. If I want to play in TT mode then I just jump on the old TT bike, it's not set-up as aggressive as in days past. If I...
07-10-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,803
Posted By FiftySix

Sounds about right. ...

Sounds about right.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/400x604/big_beer_454d4b347869b7179a35b09bf550a300bca9757a.jpg
07-10-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,803
Posted By Trakhak

Human nature being what it is, using a tool that...

Human nature being what it is, using a tool that makes the job harder can sometimes result in giving oneself permission to go easier, knowingly or otherwise. Doesn't sound as if that's happening with...
07-10-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,803
Posted By PoorInRichfield

Ah, I think I understand now. You're saying that...

Ah, I think I understand now. You're saying that you decided to break the unwritten rule of cycling that says that every ride needs to be as fast as possible or else you failed? ;) I think that's...
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