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09-21-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 195
Posted By msu2001la

100% agree with this. If I'm tackling gnarly...

100% agree with this.
If I'm tackling gnarly terrain, I'm on the hoods. I ride in the drops to get more aero, and I don't want my brake levers sticking out at an odd angle.

I get that there are...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 471
Posted By msu2001la

I occasionally ride bikeshare bikes without a...

I occasionally ride bikeshare bikes without a helmet. These are usually situations where I'm already out and about, and end up grabbing a bike to get somewhere, but didn't plan ahead and bring a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,590
Posted By msu2001la

Proper Gen Xer road setup: ...

Proper Gen Xer road setup:
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09-18-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 318
Posted By msu2001la

How much room do you have around the current...

How much room do you have around the current tires, and what kind are they?
Not all tires are true to the labeled size, so it depends. Knowing your current tire clearance with 25mm installed will...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,590
Posted By msu2001la

It makes sense if you own that bike and want to...

It makes sense if you own that bike and want to carry stuff while riding it.

Your presumption that it's all about appearances is interesting though. I would tend to think the opposite, that...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,590
Posted By msu2001la

Serious stuff... I don't carry anything other...

Serious stuff...
I don't carry anything other than a flat kit/multi-tool if I'm "just riding", but I also sometimes ride my bike to do things other than just riding, and like to be able to carry...
09-17-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 749
Posted By msu2001la

I notice that wiggle back and forth when I drive...

I notice that wiggle back and forth when I drive over these bridges in my car too.

The other unnerving feeling is if you're ever stopped on one, and they start bouncing from cars/trucks/busses...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,590
Posted By msu2001la

I usually just ride with a shoulder bag or...

I usually just ride with a shoulder bag or backpack if I need to carry stuff, but I can see how a handlebar bag like this would be a useful alternative to that, especially on a road bike that doesn't...
09-17-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By msu2001la

I might be missing something here, but if there's...

I might be missing something here, but if there's nothing wrong with the Mavics I'd ride those. I'm not really sure why you'd ride the heavier wheels unless there's some other benefit?

They look...
09-17-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 749
Posted By msu2001la

I frequently ride across movable bridge grates in...

I frequently ride across movable bridge grates in Chicago. Some of them have steel panels to make it easier for cyclists, but some do not.
Back in the day, I rode across these with 23mm tires. I...
09-17-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 855
Posted By msu2001la

Like anything, it varies depending on terrain. ...

Like anything, it varies depending on terrain.
The majority of marked MTB singletrack trails around me are pretty smooth and fast, mostly flat and a ton of fun to ride on a CX bike. There are...
09-17-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 370
Posted By msu2001la

Just a note that you can use any speed sensor...

Just a note that you can use any speed sensor that uses Ant+, it doesn't have to be Garmin branded.
The speed sensor is also useful outdoors, as it will give you more accurate speed than what you...
09-15-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 884
Posted By msu2001la

I own one disc and one rim brake bike. I find it...

I own one disc and one rim brake bike. I find it mildly frustrating that I can't use the same wheelsets on both bikes.
This problem really becomes apparent if you're shopping for a new set of fancy...
09-15-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 614
Posted By msu2001la

How does one calibrate a torque wrench, and how...

How does one calibrate a torque wrench, and how far off from the displayed number can they actually be?

I own several different varieties, the one I use the most on my bike for seatpost, stem,...
09-14-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,633
Posted By msu2001la

It always depends on terrain and type of gravel. ...

It always depends on terrain and type of gravel.
I ride 32mm GP5000's on smooth and flat gravel/dirt and crushed limestone trails and they work great on those types of conditions. On flat rural...
09-11-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,599
Posted By msu2001la

Good link, thanks for sharing. 17.4 lbs seems...

Good link, thanks for sharing. 17.4 lbs seems perfectly acceptable to me. Not weight weenie light, but still not heavy. I'm not sure I'm ready to start shopping for titanium bolts and DA components...
09-11-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,599
Posted By msu2001la

I have never rode carbon bars so I'll withhold...

I have never rode carbon bars so I'll withhold judgement on the ride benefits. 100g weight savings over alloy is a nice bonus, but I do worry about the durability of carbon bars on a CX race bike....
09-11-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,399
Posted By msu2001la

I'm not saying it's impossible. I just mean that...

I'm not saying it's impossible. I just mean that you can't buy an off-the-shelf/prebuilt or used wheelset unless you're willing to buy mismatched front/rear wheels individually or have a shop (or...
09-10-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,599
Posted By msu2001la

Iím also considering a custom wheelset. PWB can...

Iím also considering a custom wheelset. PWB can do Stans Grail laced to Bitex hubs. Comes in around 1530g and $545. Would save 100g over the GRX but also costs $100 more.

I could get 6 bolt hubs...
09-10-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,599
Posted By msu2001la

Around $20 and 25g each for the DT Swiss CL...

Around $20 and 25g each for the DT Swiss CL adapters, which I accounted for already in the wheel cost. I can get GRX wheels for $419.

Is there a lightweight center lock rotor option? My quick...
09-10-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,599
Posted By msu2001la

Ashtima Ai2 rotors $47 132g (134g savings) ...

Ashtima Ai2 rotors $47 132g (134g savings)
Fabric Line Race Shallow saddle $105 239g (135g savings)
FSA SL-K seatpost $90 220g (80g savings)

That's $242 for 349g weight savings.
Add another...
09-10-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,599
Posted By msu2001la

The Easton ECSL90 is an interesting option. BB30...

The Easton ECSL90 is an interesting option. BB30 friendly and easy chainring swapping.

An easier option here might be to just swap my Cannondale SI (non Hollowgram) crank arms for SI Hollowgram....
09-10-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,120
Posted By msu2001la

Assuming I was interested in buying a carbon...

Assuming I was interested in buying a carbon fiber handlebar, stem or seatpost I would be OK buying used carbon parts from a reputable shop or source like Pro's Closet, where I know someone has...
09-10-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By msu2001la

The Comp E5 comes with Shimano GRX, a mix of 600...

The Comp E5 comes with Shimano GRX, a mix of 600 and 800, whereas the Carbon comes with SRAM Apex. The GRX drivetrain is a big step up over Apex in my opinion.

This would factor more into my...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By msu2001la

I have 32c GP5000 TL's as well. I carry a spare...

I have 32c GP5000 TL's as well. I carry a spare race 28 tube, but I seriously doubt I could get the tires off the wheel for a roadside repair, so I'm not sure it matters.
I also carry dynaplugs, a...
08-27-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Posted By msu2001la

I can vouch for Psimet as well. I have a set of...

I can vouch for Psimet as well. I have a set of their tubular alloy wheels that I have used for CX racing for years. They're reasonably light and tough, and were very inexpensive. I will definitely...
08-27-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 850
Posted By msu2001la

The way I understand it: When you apply the...

The way I understand it:
When you apply the brake, the fork and steerer below the head tube flex a bit. If the cable is hung from way up high on the stem/steerer above the head tube, which doesn't...
08-26-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,399
Posted By msu2001la

Disc front/Rim rear seems like it would make...

Disc front/Rim rear seems like it would make wheelset options limited, and custom.
08-26-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,138
Posted By msu2001la

1. There will always be faster riders. 2....

1. There will always be faster riders.

2. Your tires are designed for gravel/off road and are heavier and slower rolling on pavement than pure road tires. If you want to go faster on road, try...
08-26-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 504
Posted By msu2001la

I wouldn't worry about running 38c tires if that...

I wouldn't worry about running 38c tires if that works for you. The 33c requirement is really just for UCI. If you're planning on racing USA CX Nationals or Regionals, I guess it might be an issue,...
08-26-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 850
Posted By msu2001la

I was able to eliminate front brake shudder on my...

I was able to eliminate front brake shudder on my old CX bike by adjusting the toe-in and contact angle of the cantilever brake pads.
If he's only riding road, switching the brakes out to mini-v's...
08-26-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,862
Posted By msu2001la

I have no idea why someone would use gasoline as...

I have no idea why someone would use gasoline as a cleaning product. I'm sure it works great, but there are much safer and less toxic alternatives.
08-24-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 798
Posted By msu2001la

Is it really possible to run 700c wheels on a 26"...

Is it really possible to run 700c wheels on a 26" MTB frame with a rim brake? Seems like several inches of difference, no? And assuming you can solve the brake alignment challenge, you'd end up with...
08-24-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,862
Posted By msu2001la

I have no idea what's in brake cleaner, but would...

I have no idea what's in brake cleaner, but would be really leery of spraying it around carbon fiber.

I just remove the chain and cassette and soak them in bike-specific degreaser for 10 minutes...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,293
Posted By msu2001la

Ditto. I have a CX bike with SRAM Force 1x and...

Ditto.
I have a CX bike with SRAM Force 1x and have never dropped a chain on it.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,293
Posted By msu2001la

SRAM Force 1x is the gold standard for CX racing....

SRAM Force 1x is the gold standard for CX racing. For a road racing bike it seems a little too specific. I could see 1x being preferred for flat crit racing, or some flatter road races where you can...
08-23-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 569
Posted By msu2001la

Have you actually done this? Disc brake rims...

Have you actually done this?

Disc brake rims don't have brake tracks. It seems like even if you could get the pads to align with the rim the brake performance would be terrible, and possibly...
08-23-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 569
Posted By msu2001la

Velocity A23 would be a bit wider, 23mm outer,...

Velocity A23 would be a bit wider, 23mm outer, and is still rim brake. DT Swiss has the R 460 in rim brake, 23mm wide. Boyd Altamont has a rim version that is 24mm wide.

You are correct that rim...
08-23-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,589
Posted By msu2001la

I have the 2020 version of your bike with GRX 1x...

I have the 2020 version of your bike with GRX 1x and have been loving it so far. I am currently running tubeless 32c Continental GP5000's on it, and they seem great for road and smooth gravel.
I...
08-21-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 725
Posted By msu2001la

I'm a big fan of 32mm Continental GP5000's in...

I'm a big fan of 32mm Continental GP5000's in tubeless. I run them on my SuperX and they are light, smooth, supple, and roll as fast as any narrower road tire I've used (including 28mm version of the...
08-21-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,176
Posted By msu2001la

My carbon bike was in the shop for a few days and...

My carbon bike was in the shop for a few days and I've been riding the aluminum one. I just got the carbon bike back and rode it 30 miles this morning.

It felt awesome in comparison. Fast, smooth,...
08-21-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,446
Posted By msu2001la

Thanks for the tips. The LBS just reseated...

Thanks for the tips.

The LBS just reseated and added more sealant and it held air for 2 days in their shop. I picked up the wheel and it seemed good to go, but was dismayed to find it had lost...
08-21-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 839
Posted By msu2001la

You'll be better off on a bike that fits, but...

You'll be better off on a bike that fits, but don't get ripped off.

A 2016 model with "a lot" of miles on it is unlikely to have the same value as one with just a few hundred miles on it. There...
08-19-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,399
Posted By msu2001la

If anyone knows of a current new CX/Gravel Bike...

If anyone knows of a current new CX/Gravel Bike with rim brakes I'd love to see it. There may still be a few Euro pros running canti's, so they might exist though I'm not aware of any manufacturers...
08-19-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,399
Posted By msu2001la

If you google this topic, you'll find lots of...

If you google this topic, you'll find lots of examples of people discussing welding disc tabs onto aluminum frames, and very few examples of it actually being successfully done.

Even assuming you...
08-19-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 525
Posted By msu2001la

Totally agree, the mini-v's seem like the way to...

Totally agree, the mini-v's seem like the way to go if you can get them cheap. They should work fine with Sora levers.

The need to deflate the tire to remove it will have more to do with your fork...
08-18-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Posted By msu2001la

Two wheelsets is definitely a great way to expand...

Two wheelsets is definitely a great way to expand your range and makes it easier to run tubeless.

If I were in your situation, I'd probably mount some 32c road tires to the stock carbon wheels...
08-18-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Posted By msu2001la

The key factors when shopping will be to get the...

The key factors when shopping will be to get the right hub axle size (your bike is 12x100mm on the front, and 12x142mm on the rear), the right wheel diameter (your bike is 700c) and make sure the...
08-18-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 525
Posted By msu2001la

My CX bike doesn't have any built-in cantilever...

My CX bike doesn't have any built-in cantilever cable stops either. I just run a hanger on the steerer tube under the stem, and another hanger on the seat post clamp.

Tektro front cantilever cable...
08-18-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 525
Posted By msu2001la

The TRP CX 9.0 Mini-V has tons of stopping power,...

The TRP CX 9.0 Mini-V has tons of stopping power, way more than i could ever get out of a traditional canti. The brake feel is mushy and pads have to be set up super close to the rim, but if you can...
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