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03-30-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,483
Posted By CarloM

Absolutely still riding. I normally go on solo...

Absolutely still riding. I normally go on solo rides, and I'm never within 6' of people, and honestly it helps keep me sane in this era of safer at home orders.

The irony is even though there are...
03-15-20, 10:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,939
Posted By CarloM

Congratulations on your new bike! Even though I...

Congratulations on your new bike! Even though I ended up selling mine, for what you indicated you are looking for in a bike, it should be a close to an ideal ride. If you have bum soreness, I can't...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 19,516
Views: 4,131,373
Posted By CarloM

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We would be honored if you would join us...on a ride
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01-03-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,108
Posted By CarloM

I'd just caution that you put a lot of ride time...

I'd just caution that you put a lot of ride time in before deciding. A hybrid sounds like a cross between a gravel and an MTB but in reality it's kind of a bad compromise between both if you like one...
01-03-20, 01:39 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,108
Posted By CarloM

I hadn't ridden in nearly 30 years (from my teens...

I hadn't ridden in nearly 30 years (from my teens to my mid-forties), and had lived a sedentary life recently. I never let myself get overweight--BMI was always within the normal range, but waist-hip...
01-02-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,108
Posted By CarloM

I was in the exact same position seven months...

I was in the exact same position seven months ago. I made some purchases I regret, so here's hoping my experiences save you money and time (in terms of trial and error).

First: assess your fitness...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,600
Posted By CarloM

Lol that was an epic read. I feel like I just...

Lol that was an epic read. I feel like I just read the opening scene to the new Bond film. :speedy:

In all seriousness you bring up a good point about going very fast on descents, and then needing...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-19, 12:22 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,600
Posted By CarloM

So yes, nothing is "maintenance free". In any...

So yes, nothing is "maintenance free". In any mechanical thing, not just bikes.

But there is a big difference between having to manage cable tension changes, whether it's indexing gears, or...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,057
Posted By CarloM

It's so highly dependent on tire make, model, and...

It's so highly dependent on tire make, model, and how it plays with certain inner rim widths. On my Black Inc 30s (17.5mm internal width) I had 25s that measured 27 and I assumed when I mounted 28s...
12-16-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,627
Posted By CarloM

Hope their next bike is a Diamond Dave.

Hope their next bike is a Diamond Dave.
12-14-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

Thanks for the clarification, I always wondered...

Thanks for the clarification, I always wondered what the differences were between 29ers and 700c!

I can confirm that 45mm...and thatís a tire that measures a true 45mm once mounted, is about as...
12-13-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

Honestly I don't know the answer to that. I did a...

Honestly I don't know the answer to that. I did a quick google search and there's a lot of chatter about whether 29ers are just another name for 700c or if there's a real difference between the two....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,510
Posted By CarloM

My thoughts exactly. $200 is a steal. But as they...

My thoughts exactly. $200 is a steal. But as they say "if it seems too good to be true..."
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,339
Posted By CarloM

Having a bike with zero miles is a nice concept,...

Having a bike with zero miles is a nice concept, the only way to achieve that is to have the bike shop order it up brand new for you, watch them unbox and assemble it, and then do the test ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 803
Posted By CarloM

Good to hear...although that must have just...

Good to hear...although that must have just happened as my chat was literally last week. :lol: Or else that info is slowly making it's way through to all their CSRs.

Either way, I'd be interested...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 803
Posted By CarloM

Make sure your frame can support the wider tires...

Make sure your frame can support the wider tires that 25mm inner widths support. I chatted with official Trek support before buying my 3V for my gravel bike and they don’t recommend (read: officially...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 19,516
Views: 4,131,373
Posted By CarloM

Phew I was worried I was just OCD...or maybe we...

Phew I was worried I was just OCD...or maybe we both are! :lol:

To give Bontrager's pump credit, it was within 1psi of this, so it's pretty accurate. It just is annoying that the way it attaches...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,175
Posted By CarloM

Sweet ride! I own a TCR as well, and like others...

Sweet ride! I own a TCR as well, and like others have said, I've never regretted spending more for the better bike. Safe riding!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 19,516
Views: 4,131,373
Posted By CarloM

+1. I don't use any wheel/pedal reflectors....

+1. I don't use any wheel/pedal reflectors. Powerful headlight and tail-light, and if you can get a head- and tail-light with the "viewable from the side" feature, that's better than reflectors.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,057
Posted By CarloM

Just to be clear, that's about 90% (85 might have...

Just to be clear, that's about 90% (85 might have been a little low, just a couple of mph slower at the top end speeds I get on the flats and slight descents on my routes) on a totally different...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 19,516
Views: 4,131,373
Posted By CarloM

Easily one of the better $20 investments I've...

Easily one of the better $20 investments I've made in my bikes.
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Since all...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,357
Posted By CarloM

While it's pretty obvious that there are better...

While it's pretty obvious that there are better metrics than speed, I do have to remember that the OP is at least a newbie to this forum, and maybe to cycling. Power meters are expensive and, let's...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,057
Posted By CarloM

Also don't forget the role that casing plays in...

Also don't forget the role that casing plays in rolling resistance. If it were simply width and PSI, then bicyclerollingresistance.com could just fold up shop. :lol: So it is possible with a tire to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,339
Posted By CarloM

Not sure if any current (or even former) shop...

Not sure if any current (or even former) shop owner will chime in, as it has the possibility of "not looking good" even though it's very much in line with just about every other type of comparable...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,339
Posted By CarloM

Just to be clear on "small profit margins"...the...

Just to be clear on "small profit margins"...the dealer price for bikes pretty much is on par with other hobby/luxury items (think home theater electronics, musical instruments, etc.). Think 50%-60%...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,457
Posted By CarloM

That's straight Blades of Glory...:roflmao:

That's straight Blades of Glory...:roflmao:
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,339
Posted By CarloM

Just like anything involving human beings...the...

Just like anything involving human beings...the experience is highly individual. At my local Trek chain at first when I got into cycling I thought I'd been treated well. Turns out, that was just me...
12-08-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 711
Views: 150,227
Posted By CarloM

Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V (25mm internal width,...

Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V (25mm internal width, 32mm outer width, "Rapid 108 Hub" which is a 6 pawl 54 tooth drive ring). Sounds very similar to my 54 tooth DT 240s hubs (just a more muted sound, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-07-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,457
Posted By CarloM

As a fellow Los Angeleno I was surprised to see...

As a fellow Los Angeleno I was surprised to see LA as #4 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=4) in US cities for cycling friendliness (most recent GCN video covered that...
12-07-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

Beautiful bikes Justinitus and Grasschopper! ...

Beautiful bikes Justinitus and Grasschopper!

I had hoped hoped to have my 160mm rotor and 11-34T cassette for my new Aeolus Pro 3V wheels (with 38c GravelKing SK) by today, but it looks like USPS...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,339
Posted By CarloM

As someone who has recently had two very bad shop...

As someone who has recently had two very bad shop mechanic experiences, I can certainly sympathize. But I've had very good ones too, so I wouldn't cast aspersions on the entire bike shop mechanic...
12-05-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,200
Posted By CarloM

Yeah it's misleading as well as old. Because it's...

Yeah it's misleading as well as old. Because it's implying "safety" issues and so in my case, on a 25mm internal rim, Trek says I can run a 32c on it, but according to that it's "unsafe" to run...
12-05-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,200
Posted By CarloM

That chart looks a little off to me. For example,...

That chart looks a little off to me. For example, Bontrager (Trek) released the Aeolus Pro 3V which is aimed at the "high volume road and gravel tire" market (not MTB) and it's a 25mm internal width....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,081
Posted By CarloM

I don't have either bike so I have no dog in this...

I don't have either bike so I have no dog in this race, but I do hope the tires/wheels/PSI were somewhat similar or comparable between the two, because in my experience they can make a world of...
12-05-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

I do agree they roll well, since they were the...

I do agree they roll well, since they were the ones on the bike when I fell in love with the ride. I just didn't realize how heavy they (and the tires) were. I figured "hey it's a gravel bike...
12-04-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

My stock tires on the S-X2 wheels (which I assume...

My stock tires on the S-X2 wheels (which I assume will weigh as much or more than your P-X2 since you have the next highest build to mine, came with Crosscut AT1 38c. So being a little smaller, may...
12-04-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

Wow, that's 529g total (or just shy of 1lbs 3oz)....

Wow, that's 529g total (or just shy of 1lbs 3oz). And mine is the step down wheel from yours (S-X2 which I can't find specs for online) so I bet the weight difference will be even higher. And I'm...
12-04-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

Agree on the boat anchor wheels! :lol: I thought...

Agree on the boat anchor wheels! :lol: I thought the Revolt was just a heavy bike until I swapped to my Aeolus Pro 3 carbon wheels and Panaracer GK slicks (which I'm sure also weigh much less than...
12-04-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,939
Posted By CarloM

If you have a need or use for it, yes it's...

If you have a need or use for it, yes it's definitely a good bike. For me it was just languishing and I don't have anyone else who would make use of it, so off it went. Surprisingly few of my friends...
12-04-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,939
Posted By CarloM

I just got an email saying they received and...

I just got an email saying they received and checked out the bike and are honoring the quote, so "the check will soon be in the mail". The quotes are non-binding (you have 72 hours to take action) so...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,339
Posted By CarloM

I agree that a short test ride won't tell you...

I agree that a short test ride won't tell you everything you need to know about a bike. Fortunately, for one thing my LBSs now know me so I'm free to take it out on extended rides. Nothing crazy, but...
12-03-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,939
Posted By CarloM

I had a very similar experience, but I ended up...

I had a very similar experience, but I ended up trading in my FXS6 to The Pro's Closet. The FX was the first bike I purchased after a long hiatus from cycling. I thought I was too old in my forties...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,339
Posted By CarloM

Same. Worked at food service in college, and...

Same. Worked at food service in college, and right after graduating lived with a friend who was a waitress for a couple of years who would bring home nightmare stories of customer behavior. It...
12-03-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

Good to know! Also I do think a lot of the weight...

Good to know! Also I do think a lot of the weight was in the stock wheels and fat stock tires. I wasnít kidding it feels maybe a pound or two lighter with the Aeolus Pro 3 and Panaracer GravelKing...
12-03-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

That's a beautiful color! My local shop had that...

That's a beautiful color! My local shop had that one and I found it very attractive, especially in the light. But alma mater's colors took precedent. :lol:...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 19,516
Views: 4,131,373
Posted By CarloM

Black Friday deals from Excel Sports. ...

Black Friday deals from Excel Sports.
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because......
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,339
Posted By CarloM

I've never had one outright refuse me a test ride...

I've never had one outright refuse me a test ride on a built bike in-store.

Early on, I had one shop who's floor model of a bike I was interested in, but was a size too large, say they had one in...
12-01-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,158
Posted By CarloM

Ok I made peace with the decision to revert to...

Ok I made peace with the decision to revert to 105. It’s a great groupset mechanically and will be more than enough for the type of riding I’ll do on the Revolt. I did however have them put the blue...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,600
Posted By CarloM

According to page 6 of the operating manual:...

According to page 6 of the operating manual: https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/dm/DM-AL0001-11-ENG.pdf


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-10C = 14F. So you don't have much leeway between 20F and 14F for the official...
12-01-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,740
Views: 518,841
Posted By CarloM

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it, especially...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it, especially in that color!
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