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02-05-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 552
Posted By FlashBazbo

I came from the road. Moved to rural Kansas about...

I came from the road. Moved to rural Kansas about the time the original Warbird Ti came out. In the county I moved to, there were literally only two (2) paved roads -- the two highways that...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,988
Posted By FlashBazbo

Cycling is thriving here. (Triathlon, on the...

Cycling is thriving here. (Triathlon, on the other hand, is dying on the vine.) A few years back, we lost a half dozen centuries and gran fondos and a lot of races from the calendar. Things looked...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,762
Posted By FlashBazbo

No dissent here. See, my replies above. The...

No dissent here. See, my replies above. The worse the conditions, the more important I feel it is to have Di2.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

UPDATE: LBS just called to say that the "place...

UPDATE: LBS just called to say that the "place holder" fork has been installed and the bike is ready to pick up. I'm eager to see what the multicolor bike looks like. (I'm guessing it will be like...
01-28-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 910
Posted By FlashBazbo

Make mine another vote for a gravel bike. Works...

Make mine another vote for a gravel bike. Works great on all surfaces from cow path to paved road.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

Actually . . . probably not. Although BMC offers...

Actually . . . probably not. Although BMC offers a black SLR01 (they call it "stealth"), they never seem to stock them. I once tried to order one and they quoted the lead time in months.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

Is your bike Team Red? (Mine is Race Grey, but...

Is your bike Team Red? (Mine is Race Grey, but they're sending a Team Red temporary replacement fork.)
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

With the Chinese epidemic disrupting commerce and...

With the Chinese epidemic disrupting commerce and transportation throughout the country, I could see any not-yet-shipped forks taking a long time. Maybe months.

So yes, I will be accepting the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,229
Posted By FlashBazbo

1. 150 miles 2. 35 miles. 3. 18 miles.

1. 150 miles
2. 35 miles.
3. 18 miles.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

It has been twelve (12) days since I sent my...

It has been twelve (12) days since I sent my latest email to BMC. Today, I received a response. I'm not sure how I feel about the response, but it IS a response. And it shows a willingness to do...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,483
Posted By FlashBazbo

My legs don't like it when I stop. They get all...

My legs don't like it when I stop. They get all rubbery after a break. So I only stop if I'm out of water. Sometimes, that's 30 miles and sometimes it's 100. The weather has a lot to do with it.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,051
Posted By FlashBazbo

Back when I raced Dirty Kanza, I trained outdoors...

Back when I raced Dirty Kanza, I trained outdoors throughout the winter -- with weekday rides in the dark. And because I felt the need to "toughen up" for whatever weather the DK200 might throw at...
01-20-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,882
Posted By FlashBazbo

I will add another mention of the OPEN new U.P. ...

I will add another mention of the OPEN new U.P. I'm embarrassed to say that I've owned Trek, Salsa, Lynskey, and Niner gravel bikes and all are great, but have their strengths and weaknesses. I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows...

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows the same numbers. BMC has had three fork recalls (of various models) in six years. Looking at the site, it appears that most bicycle brands have...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

I realize you probably didn't read the whole...

I realize you probably didn't read the whole thread . . . but they've been selling the re-engineered / re-designed / re-worked / new, safe fork for over a year now. It has been on new bikes for most...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with my LBS. ...

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with my LBS. Of the 14 forks they need for recall bikes, they have received 5. The issue holding mine up is color. The 5 they have received, to date, have been...
01-13-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,118
Posted By FlashBazbo

QUICK UPDATE: After 8 months and thousands of...

QUICK UPDATE: After 8 months and thousands of mixed surface miles, the OPEN U.P. continues to impress. The quality holds up and the handling never grows old. I haven't found anything yet that I...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

That reply is offensive. It is disingenuous. BMC...

That reply is offensive. It is disingenuous. BMC has eagerly pointed out that almost all 2019 SLR01 Disc forks are fine and all 2020 forks are fine. That tells me that they've had the design for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

I decided to take my complaint to BMC. Let's see...

I decided to take my complaint to BMC. Let's see if they care enough to send a reply. Here's the text of what I sent:



It's easy to ignore a customer's concerns. Let's see if BMC cares...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

I've been patient to this point. More patient...

I've been patient to this point. More patient than what some of you feel is warranted. But, between this and the multiple Di2 interference issues (probably the LBS's fault) and a front brake issue...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,303
Posted By FlashBazbo

The Garmin 830 is awesome. You won't need our...

The Garmin 830 is awesome. You won't need our affirmation. The 830 is its own affirmation.
01-09-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,799
Posted By FlashBazbo

What has changed? Literally everything. ...

What has changed? Literally everything. Multiple times. An account of the changes would be far too long for this forum. Perhaps it would be better if I described the things that have long-term...
01-08-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,656
Posted By FlashBazbo

To clutch or not to clutch? Even the...

To clutch or not to clutch? Even the manufacturers acknowledge that the clutch, when engaged, causes drag on the drivetrain. It is noticeable.

I have a clutch rd on my gravel bike, but I never use...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By FlashBazbo

Does your trainer call for spin-down calibrations...

Does your trainer call for spin-down calibrations like the Wahoo trainers do? If it does, do one of those to calibrate everything.
01-06-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 817
Posted By FlashBazbo

First . . . realize that I don't want to start...

First . . . realize that I don't want to start any trouble for Dirty Kanza. But Dirty Kanza (Kanza is the name of an Indian tribe) seems to be much more fraught with genuine offense than "Land Run"...
01-06-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 817
Posted By FlashBazbo

I thought there was already Mid-South race in...

I thought there was already Mid-South race in Tennessee, but I can't find a current website. In Tennessee, Tennessee is considered mid-south. Alabama / Mississippi, Georgia are deep south. ...
01-06-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,827
Posted By FlashBazbo

I told my long-time group ride about my plans...

I told my long-time group ride about my plans yesterday. It soaked in for a couple hours. Then, near the end of the ride, the question came out of the blue . . . "Who is going to enforce this...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,503
Posted By FlashBazbo

I own a Redshift Shockstop stem and I used it for...

I own a Redshift Shockstop stem and I used it for several months . . . but I don't like it. It ought to be perfect for me. I'm an old guy and there are lots of rough nasty roads in our area, but I...
01-03-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,827
Posted By FlashBazbo

UPDATE: The "reprogramming" process is moving...

UPDATE: The "reprogramming" process is moving forward. I have reduced my bike workouts to 4 per week (from 6) -- 3 of them with high intensity intervals and one longer ride. Why am I still doing...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

UPDATE: Since the fork is not going to arrive...

UPDATE: Since the fork is not going to arrive this week, my LBS is now predicting . . . (wait for it) . . . maybe next week!

Is anyone spotting the pattern yet?
01-02-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,723
Posted By FlashBazbo

Until very recently, there were no benefits to a...

Until very recently, there were no benefits to a carbon frame for a gravel bike. Why? Because, until the last year or so, almost every carbon gravel bike frame weighed as much as an aluminum gravel...
01-02-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 817
Posted By FlashBazbo

The new name is generic. But . . . it is as...

The new name is generic. But . . . it is as inoffensive as any name can ever be. And let's face it, in our easily offended times, pablum is often too spicy. Anything evoking anything would have been...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

Yes. The SLR02 is a completely different setup.

Yes. The SLR02 is a completely different setup.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

You may know this, but the TimeMachine Road is a...

You may know this, but the TimeMachine Road is a completely different bicycle. Both the frame and the fork are completely different than the TeamMachine. Everything -- even the decals are...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

According to the LBS that built up the bike and...

According to the LBS that built up the bike and tried to fix the wire pull problem twice, there is slack in the wiring. They even replaced the wire with a longer wire to get more slack -- didn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,996
Posted By FlashBazbo

I never imagined a thread about bike repairs...

I never imagined a thread about bike repairs could be twisted into a political topic! (But this is the internet, after all.)

I'm not sure anyone is still reading the entire thread anymore but,...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

UPDATE: My LBS says BMC is "noncommittal" about...

UPDATE: My LBS says BMC is "noncommittal" about the ETA for the fork. They claim they are sending out forks as they receive them but mine (the first one ordered under the recall in this state)...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 05:44 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,713
Posted By FlashBazbo

I just noticed that I described the solution...

I just noticed that I described the solution earlier in this thread. It is in post #22 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=22) .
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 05:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,713
Posted By FlashBazbo

This is an old, formerly dead thread. Somewhere,...

This is an old, formerly dead thread. Somewhere, there's a newer thread that discusses the whole process. In a nutshell:

My 2018 BMC SLR01 Disc had the seatpost clamp slippage problem.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

The "new" thing about the BMC SLR01 fork steerer...

The "new" thing about the BMC SLR01 fork steerer is that it isn't round in section. The steerer is narrow and oblong in section in order to allow the brake lines and Di2 cables to be fed past it,...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,696
Posted By FlashBazbo

That would have me doing this full maintenance...

That would have me doing this full maintenance routine at least once per week. Twice some weeks. No. I don't consider that to be effective lubrication. I'd rather be riding my bike, thanks.

All...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,876
Posted By FlashBazbo

The week of December 15 came and went. My LBS...

The week of December 15 came and went. My LBS said, "We are still waiting for BMC to give us an ETA."
12-20-19, 08:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By FlashBazbo

With a very few exceptions, climbs vary. They'll...

With a very few exceptions, climbs vary. They'll be 20%+ for awhile, then back to 10%, then to 8%, then 20%+, etc., etc., etc. If you ride those sorts of grades a lot, you get used to it. But...
12-20-19, 08:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By FlashBazbo

I've got incredibly bad knees. If I try to power...

I've got incredibly bad knees. If I try to power up at anything less than 80 rpm, things start self-destructing in a very painful and potentially crippling way. So, out of necessity, I do what I...
12-20-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By FlashBazbo

Are you using the stock hanger? Or do you have...

Are you using the stock hanger? Or do you have an aftermarket link in there? What bike is your gravel bike?
12-20-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By FlashBazbo

I ride in middle Tennessee / northern Georgia....

I ride in middle Tennessee / northern Georgia. What compels me? 20+% grades. Lots of them. (And no, I don't want to ride a mountain bike.)
12-20-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By FlashBazbo

2x Shimano Di2 GS -- Anyone using 11-36T cassette?

I'm using a Shimano 2x Di2 setup on my gravel bike and I would like just a little grannier granny gear. I'm curious . . . is anyone using an 11-36T cassette with a Shimano Ultegra GS rear...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,589
Posted By FlashBazbo

For me, it was the Open Range 200k gravel race. ...

For me, it was the Open Range 200k gravel race. A variety of surfaces -- gravel, paved, brick, gypsum, and deep sand. 20 to 30+ mph winds. And it was held in an area our family lived in many years...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,996
Posted By FlashBazbo

UPDATE: In my case, it appears it may not...

UPDATE: In my case, it appears it may not matter. Since the thru axle dropout is damaged, the frame may not be repairable. I'll keep the fork as a spare and likely landfill the frame.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,996
Posted By FlashBazbo

That's not how "crash replacement" works. Crash...

That's not how "crash replacement" works. Crash replacement gets you a substantial discount from list -- but not a free replacement. In this case, I'm out about $1,800, altogether.

But why...
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