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06-15-19, 06:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Caliper

I beg to differ. Narrower derailleur plates mean...

I beg to differ. Narrower derailleur plates mean you can shift with less movement of the cage. That translates to some combination of less travel and/or lighter effort at the shift lever. The kind...
06-15-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By Caliper

Impossible. There was a guy wearing Rapha on my...

Impossible. There was a guy wearing Rapha on my local Wed night gravel ride this last week.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 403
Posted By Caliper

I'm curious where were you when it lost position?...

I'm curious where were you when it lost position? Regular ride route or way out on the middle of nowhere?

I have had a few rides where Strava teleported me as well, but I think that was some...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 403
Posted By Caliper

Wahoo Elemnt users - ever lost a ride?

So I'm close to buying my first modern bike computer. Yeah, behind the times, have just been using phone-based Strava for years but now want to watch some numbers while riding.
I have been...
06-14-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Caliper

Not too fancy for their own good, just not...

Not too fancy for their own good, just not designed for what you want. High end stuff like that is usually designed for the lightest possible weight and often a more specialized intent. Thus it...
06-14-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 516
Posted By Caliper

I would say that he is wrong in my case. ...

I would say that he is wrong in my case.


I grew up riding drop bars and didn't ride flat bars until later into adulthood, but find them very uncomfortable. Have a set of ergo grips also that...
06-13-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,708
Posted By Caliper

So, on the Trek website, they sell 7 models of...

So, on the Trek website, they sell 7 models of road bike that are $10,000+. The page tells me that they have 100 different road models in total (but that includes bare framesets, so maybe something...
06-12-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By Caliper

That's heavily dependent on which mechanical and...

That's heavily dependent on which mechanical and which hydraulic! I have felt some cable discs at the bike shop that had gritty and terrible lever feel. But, OTOH I've got Avid BB7 Road cable discs...
06-12-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Caliper

My ergobrifters :p shift a triple great. This is...

My ergobrifters :p shift a triple great. This is one area that I think Campy has a clear advantage over Shimano. The Campy ergo levers (at least the older ones) don't have preset 1-2-3 positions on...
06-06-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By Caliper

A lot depends on what "gravel" means to you. ...

A lot depends on what "gravel" means to you.

If you are like the guys out west and it means a drop bar mountain bike ridden on techy terrain then you may want something with more standover...
06-03-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,791
Posted By Caliper

Drops for sure. Flared drops like a Cowbell even...

Drops for sure. Flared drops like a Cowbell even better. Incredibly natural hand position and the drops give me the most confident position for handling when cornering.

Flat bars are pretty...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,822
Posted By Caliper

Yup, all cracks in steel are so easy to detect...

Yup, all cracks in steel are so easy to detect that engineers have developed specialized machines (magnaflux, etc) to detect cracks that are not visible to the naked eye.
05-29-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 827
Posted By Caliper

Remember to account for not only the width of the...

Remember to account for not only the width of the tire, but also the location of the widest part. If you run a wider 27.5 to make up the same diameter as a 29, then the widest part of the tire will...
05-28-19, 08:25 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 421
Posted By Caliper

Scott Foil Di2 to cable

I'm looking at a new frameset and found a Scott Foil in my size. I like the looks and reviews on this frame but, unfortunately it's set up for Di2 and a new groupset isn't in the budget right now. ...
05-16-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 585
Posted By Caliper

If you are refurbishing and selling bikes and the...

If you are refurbishing and selling bikes and the original parts are beyond repair, just hit eBay for a replacement of whatever came on there.

Otherwise, swap to drop bars and use ergo...
05-16-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,386
Posted By Caliper

I usually stay up late and do some sort of major...

I usually stay up late and do some sort of major work that I've been putting off on the bike that I'll be riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,433
Posted By Caliper

Front shifts are slower than the rear because...

Front shifts are slower than the rear because there is a larger jump in gear size and because the derailleur is shifting the tension side of the chain (the rear derailleur is moving the slack side of...
05-10-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 899
Posted By Caliper

I haven't seen any fresh paving going on in MI,...

I haven't seen any fresh paving going on in MI, but we barely keep up with the paved roads we have. Fortunately it would be hard for MDOT to close the dirt and gravel roads we ride here because they...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,433
Posted By Caliper

Most of my FD shifts are in tandem with a RD...

Most of my FD shifts are in tandem with a RD shift to keep the ratio jump in check. Doing this makes the big ring far more accessible as you get in there without either a big drop in cadence or a...
05-08-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,197
Posted By Caliper

Interesting that this came back up now... The...

Interesting that this came back up now... The geo definitely looks good, but in the end I decided not to get the Wabi. The frame weight on the Thunder is 6.7# and when I started calculating out the...
05-08-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,064
Posted By Caliper

Performance or Nashbar?

In the past I was subscribed to both Performance Bike and Bike Nashbar newsletters and shopped at both because they were fairly different companies.

But, now that they are both effectively the...
05-07-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,002
Posted By Caliper

48-17=31, so it's the max spread on the crankset...

48-17=31, so it's the max spread on the crankset that their FD can handle if you don't want to sacrifice top end speed. (I know "nobody uses it" except that a 105 cadence on 48x11 is 37mph, which is...
05-07-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,308
Posted By Caliper

The first half is correct, but a larger...

The first half is correct, but a larger ring/sprocket combo results in LESS chain tension because the lever arm is longer on the gear. The lower chain tension plays into why a larger ring/sprocket...
04-30-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 875
Posted By Caliper

Maybe I got lucky, but I mounted some well used...

Maybe I got lucky, but I mounted some well used Serfas Sheriff tires on a new set of tubeless rims and they seated and sealed very painlessly. The bead locks in very solidly and takes some effort to...
04-30-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,310
Posted By Caliper

On dry pavement with no real hazards, I have yet...

On dry pavement with no real hazards, I have yet to find it. I've topped 40mph a number of times with 45or so being the best. I'm usually looking to up that number and put a fair amount of effort...
04-29-19, 09:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 997
Posted By Caliper

Evening gravel. All the midwesterners here are...

Evening gravel. All the midwesterners here are having dinner and I practically have the road to myself.

I don't ride the paved roads here because the pavement (such as it is) literally ends at...
04-29-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,171
Posted By Caliper

Highly dependent on your sort of gravel. I...

Highly dependent on your sort of gravel. I traveled the gravel roads around here with Look pedals for years with no issues. If you are venturing more into the offroad side of gravel though then SPD...
04-22-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,357
Posted By Caliper

True, but not of that much use when the OP states...

True, but not of that much use when the OP states "this bike rides more on rail trails than paved surfaces" in the top post. Adding in a bumpy surface will make that low spot in your graph shift...
04-22-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By Caliper

Why would the MTB RD care if there is a road FD?...

Why would the MTB RD care if there is a road FD? The FD needs to match the tooth difference of the chainrings and the RD needs to accommodate the total tooth capacity of the system. If the road...
04-16-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,811
Posted By Caliper

I'm definitely in the "civilized" dirt /...

I'm definitely in the "civilized" dirt / Midwestern roads camp. If I'm perfectly honest, I would be riding a normal road bike except that the only paved roads around me are 50+mph, two lanes and no...
04-16-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 662
Posted By Caliper

How long/short? At 73" with a 36" cycling inseam,...

How long/short? At 73" with a 36" cycling inseam, a custom frame calculator will typically tell me that I need a top tube/seat tube combo that doesn't exist outside of custom frames. In practice I've...
04-04-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

You keep trying to put words in my mouth. I never...

You keep trying to put words in my mouth. I never said scary. Crowded. It actually looks quite cheery in street view, but very developed and heavily populated. I'd have no issue riding there...
04-03-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

Interesting. I wasn't aware that the population...

Interesting. I wasn't aware that the population density of the Netherlands was in question.
04-03-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

Agreed, there are many bike paths, but that's...

Agreed, there are many bike paths, but that's never been in dispute. But you say you do have bike lanes, and I saw in the Google street view streets that don't even have a bike lane. Do Dutch...
04-03-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

I was talking about cycling at all, not to work....

I was talking about cycling at all, not to work. But, either way, you seem to understand why we don't have bike paths then.



I'm really not sure what your point is here and I've lost my atlas...
04-02-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

All things that virtually everyone wanted to use...

All things that virtually everyone wanted to use and are in steady use once implemented. Telephone and electricity also are pretty much self sustaining once the initial infrastructure investment is...
04-01-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

Again, it's like saddles. You and I have a very...

Again, it's like saddles. You and I have a very different definition of not having many people around. That is definitely a nice place to visit but you're doing nothing to convince me that it's not...
03-31-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

LOL, you don't get it. I've not been to...

LOL, you don't get it. I've not been to Amsterdam, but have been to Boston. It's a nice place to visit and all, but you couldn't pay me to live there. Far too crowded, there's always someone or...
03-28-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,122
Posted By Caliper

Seems basically like the old "sport touring"...

Seems basically like the old "sport touring" geometry that was used in many 27x1.25 tire bikes. But, I do not see where Salsa is claiming this is a new category of bike, just something within the...
03-14-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,271
Posted By Caliper

Maybe because flat bars hurt my hands? Having...

Maybe because flat bars hurt my hands? Having listened to an interview with the founder of Rodeo Labs and his goals with this frame, I do get that calling this a rigid drop bar MTB would be a fair...
03-05-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,150
Posted By Caliper

Without riding on some sort of trail? Rarely. At...

Without riding on some sort of trail? Rarely. At least locally to me in MI, our paved roads are mostly within city limits or high speed roads with next to no paved shoulder for a bicycle. Most of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By Caliper

double infinity gears, but only 90% of your power.

double infinity gears, but only 90% of your power.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 361
Posted By Caliper

There is likely a bit of play in the pass inside...

There is likely a bit of play in the pass inside the caliper.
Also, watch the chainstay and caliper mount, carbon will flex some when you do what you describe.
02-27-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,674
Posted By Caliper

Coming from a Californian, the home of stupid...

Coming from a Californian, the home of stupid intrusive laws... Glass houses, my friend.
02-27-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,674
Posted By Caliper

no, that's the text of the law, not a definition....

no, that's the text of the law, not a definition.
A legal definition is like the first several pages here: http://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/pdf/bychapter/chapter_20.pdf
North...
02-26-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

Actually, 250k seems to be on the low end for...

Actually, 250k seems to be on the low end for bike paths that aren't recreational. These guys: No, protected bike lanes do not need to cost $1 million per mile...
02-26-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,674
Posted By Caliper

Should get rid of it for cars as well. But,...

Should get rid of it for cars as well. But, Governments are always looking for another revenue stream.



It will depend how "wheel" is defined in law, not how cyclists refer to things. In...
02-26-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,118
Posted By Caliper

It may cost less than car infrastructure, but a...

It may cost less than car infrastructure, but a bike path will often run $250k - $1 million per mile and that's not cheap when most people won't be using them.

Consider that in America:
Only a...
02-25-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,323
Posted By Caliper

Might have something to do with the...

Might have something to do with the Willys-Overland company, best known for being the makers of the Jeep...

The term definitely has a good appeal to it though.
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