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07-16-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 658
Posted By Caliper

It'd not odd that they make the noise, but I...

It'd not odd that they make the noise, but I agree that the current fad of insanely noisy freehubs is incredibly annoying.
07-16-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 490
Posted By Caliper

False. Power is still power. Similar effort...

False. Power is still power. Similar effort will land you at a similar speed, just at a smaller cog on the cassette, or spinning at a higher cadence.
07-16-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 528
Posted By Caliper

Why do you assume that? A "California stop" and...

Why do you assume that? A "California stop" and then rapidly accelerate to get into traffic and not have to wait behind those cyclists...
07-16-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 877
Posted By Caliper

Can't do that... e-bikes.

Can't do that... e-bikes.
07-16-19, 03:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By Caliper

No, I ride in the drops primarily with all my...

No, I ride in the drops primarily with all my drop bars. Either down on the flares for cruising or forward like normal when I need to brake/shift more frequently. This does make the hoods available...
07-15-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,632
Posted By Caliper

It's all done as one shift, not separate ones....

It's all done as one shift, not separate ones. Again I said cadence disruption, I'm not sure how long the entire shift takes but there's only one disrupted pedal stroke.

Going up push both...
07-15-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,632
Posted By Caliper

See, I use my 50x11 every second to third ride. ...

See, I use my 50x11 every second to third ride. Michigan is generally somewhere between fairly to really flat, but there are some hilly spots and where I live we have plenty of short to medium...
07-15-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By Caliper

Yes! I have SRAM Rival on a set of Woodchippers,...

Yes! I have SRAM Rival on a set of Woodchippers, but they are made for road levers to fit on them. They are great bars, and definitely should be tried if your gravel tends more toward "drop bar...
07-12-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,374
Posted By Caliper

If the bike needs cleaning, it gets cleaned with...

If the bike needs cleaning, it gets cleaned with the hose. I use water to rinse off the dirt and any mud to avoid scratching the finish. Wipe the big stuff off the drivetrain. Then dry the bike. ...
07-10-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,632
Posted By Caliper

But only interested in the best rolling XC tires...

But only interested in the best rolling XC tires with short knobs or even a file tread if possible. The gain here is for traction in the situation of loose gravel on an otherwise smooth and...
07-09-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,632
Posted By Caliper

That was on mobile. It does load on desktop...

That was on mobile. It does load on desktop though.

I'm not seeing anything exceptional. I also wouldn't call that a softtail; looks like tuned compliance via some sort of elastic insert,...
07-08-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 873
Posted By Caliper

Are they implying that us gravel grinders aren't...

Are they implying that us gravel grinders aren't cyclists?
07-08-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,632
Posted By Caliper

The link keeps going to a 404 before the page...

The link keeps going to a 404 before the page fully loads...

But, I hope this isn't a trend. Or at least not for all gravel bikes. Plenty of people here in Michigan that don't even see the need...
07-08-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,632
Posted By Caliper

Hate on its origins all you want, but the Viathon...

Hate on its origins all you want, but the Viathon G1 has my eye at the moment. Clearance for 700x51mm tires with road geometry checks the box for me.





Just saw this now. Looks great. ...
07-08-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,310
Posted By Caliper

Lack of rideable pavement in short. In my area,...

Lack of rideable pavement in short. In my area, the paved roads tend to have a 55mph speed limit and no shoulder. Or, at least not a paved one. If there is a shoulder, it's gravel and the pavement...
07-05-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,911
Posted By Caliper

I like the advice from the folks at TrainerRoad...

I like the advice from the folks at TrainerRoad that if you are finding a need to supplement then you should examine your base diet and simply address what is lacking. "Real food" is almost always a...
07-05-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,856
Posted By Caliper

Actually they showed that the two were virtually...

Actually they showed that the two were virtually identical on a pretty smooth dirt path. Considering that the 28 was much further ahead on asphalt, it does show the trend that narrower tire will be...
07-05-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,219
Posted By Caliper

Ok, I guess those are 10sp parts after all. So...

Ok, I guess those are 10sp parts after all. So just go Rival.
07-05-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,219
Posted By Caliper

This. Add an Apex 2x crank, FD and left...

This.


Add an Apex 2x crank, FD and left shifter... I like SRAM over Shimano but also like two chainrings so this would be my route if I bought that bike.
07-03-19, 06:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,977
Posted By Caliper

Don't worry, I'll wait for you at the bottom of...

Don't worry, I'll wait for you at the bottom of the hill. ;)
07-02-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,550
Posted By Caliper

YOU may look like that. But I did ask my wife...

YOU may look like that. But I did ask my wife about my kit and she loves it. ;)

Of course, I still fit into the same kit from several decades ago, so I'll thank my parents and cycling for that!
07-02-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,977
Posted By Caliper

"Great" on road to singletrack? That's a really...

"Great" on road to singletrack? That's a really tall order even if you have flat terrain. I honestly think even a 2x can only be *great* on half that (ie: road and gravel OR gravel and singletrack)...
07-01-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,175
Posted By Caliper

Honestly wasn't trying to be funny there. Your...

Honestly wasn't trying to be funny there. Your response was pretty surprising.




An image search for Giro's just look like road shoes with laces. These look like sneakers. My honest first...
07-01-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,175
Posted By Caliper

Sorry, didn't mean to touch a nerve there... ...

Sorry, didn't mean to touch a nerve there...
What do other lace up shoes have to do with this? My comment about trying to not look like clipless shoes is the general styling of this shoe when I...
07-01-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,175
Posted By Caliper

I had to look this up... I'm assuming you're...

I had to look this up... I'm assuming you're talking about the Shimano XC5 shoes. Looks pretty silly to me. I'm wearing clipless cycling shoes but trying to look like I'm not wearing clipless...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,153
Posted By Caliper

Sun sleeves. They make a huge difference. It...

Sun sleeves. They make a huge difference. It might feel a hair hotter but the sun-brain-rot that usually sets in after a long day doesn't happen. 100% worth it.
07-01-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,977
Posted By Caliper

Heck, it's not really a great solution for most...

Heck, it's not really a great solution for most situations. More a specialized solution for certain situations with limited use cases (CX only, singletrack only, etc). 1x is a compromise situation...
07-01-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,550
Posted By Caliper

I for one like colors coming back. This stupid...

I for one like colors coming back. This stupid all-black thing has gotta end.
06-25-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,175
Posted By Caliper

I am so totally in violation of this. I always...

I am so totally in violation of this. I always thought the visors on helmets looked silly.


I guess we're working up a set of requirements here for a gravel helmet. The visor should retract...
06-25-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,962
Posted By Caliper

I actually would see those as two different types...

I actually would see those as two different types of bikes. An adventure bike would have bigger tires and be more like a drop bar MTB such as the Salsa Cutthroat or Fargo while a gravel grinder...
06-24-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,962
Posted By Caliper

Do you have some sort of idea what makes a bike a...

Do you have some sort of idea what makes a bike a "Pavement Pounder"? What are the defining characteristics in your mind?

To me, the bikes above that you have referenced look like hybrid bikes...
06-24-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,962
Posted By Caliper

Sorry for the slip in semantics, purely...

Sorry for the slip in semantics, purely unintentional. I've honestly never noticed if I use gravel ride or gravel grinder or if anyone else does. Gravel grinder is a common phrase throughout the...
06-24-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,153
Posted By Caliper

I'd look at what happens to the trail numbers...

I'd look at what happens to the trail numbers (Steering). Dropping the tire size will reduce the trail at the ground and make the bike a bit less stable. "Cannot" may be a strong word though since...
06-24-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,175
Posted By Caliper

I have a helmet. It fits my head. My head is no...

I have a helmet. It fits my head. My head is no different shape or size when I ride paved roads or gravel roads or trails.
06-24-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,962
Posted By Caliper

So these events are for people who don't actually...

So these events are for people who don't actually ride gravel?

MMM Gravel Grinder | The ultimate Gravel Road Race (http://www.michiganmountainmayhem.com/mmmgravelgrinder/)

Gravel Grinder |...
06-24-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,414
Posted By Caliper

All have their place. Slow riding in town I can...

All have their place. Slow riding in town I can see flat pedals. Also, snow riding and anywhere where slips are more likely and you are less confident about stability.

For my on the road...
06-24-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,998
Posted By Caliper

Go easier on the rear brake! But...

Go easier on the rear brake!

But seriously, toilet paper? My underwear don't have stains, why would my chamois?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,061
Posted By Caliper

I do want a GPS computer though. Have been using...

I do want a GPS computer though. Have been using the phone but am starting to do rides where the battery life of the phone w/ GPS on falls into question so separating the two and not having to worry...
06-21-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,145
Posted By Caliper

Looks like adventure bike terrain there. Salsa...

Looks like adventure bike terrain there. Salsa Cutthroat? Fargo? I've got woodchippers on my fat bike currently. It makes keeping up with gravel bikes on a group ride a threshold experience, but...
06-21-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,055
Posted By Caliper

If your lights are bright and thus hurt my eyes,...

If your lights are bright and thus hurt my eyes, I will NOT see you because I will be intentionally looking AWAY to preserve my vision. Thus increasing our chances of colliding. Yes, this is an...
06-20-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,370
Posted By Caliper

Interesting. Why not stop and clear the pedal...

Interesting. Why not stop and clear the pedal out?
Also too late. I've already ridden hundreds of miles on dirt in Looks. Including a random metric century to a friends house and back that only...
06-20-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,370
Posted By Caliper

If you just want to operate a gravel bike on the...

If you just want to operate a gravel bike on the road, sure. Then there is no need to change wheels even. But, you are definitely giving up connection plus adding weight to your feet and remember...
06-20-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,370
Posted By Caliper

Ummmm... No, he doesn't. Listen from 16:00 ->...

Ummmm... No, he doesn't. Listen from 16:00 -> 16:50 https://youtu.be/6OdZ0l9hFes?t=962

I guess it depends on how well you want to do it all. Plus the annoyance of having to change wheels, pedals...
06-20-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,843
Posted By Caliper

Interesting... I find that I want a stiff front...

Interesting... I find that I want a stiff front end for good steering and out of the saddle climbing. On rougher parts I just keep my elbows bent, hands loose and let the front end ride. ...
06-20-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 964
Posted By Caliper

Ah, I see. I had read your sentence as saying...

Ah, I see. I had read your sentence as saying that 10-50 was a bad setup. Agreed that there does seem to be a gap in the AXS cassettes. I'm really surprised that Force AXS didn't being in...
06-19-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,547
Posted By Caliper

Hmmm, somebody clearly didn't read the link... ...

Hmmm, somebody clearly didn't read the link... Loose *rollers* are cited in the link as a cause for a false stretch reading in most chain stretch measurement devices. Essentially, the clearance at...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,124
Posted By Caliper

I really realized this on the trainer over the...

I really realized this on the trainer over the winter. I have a Kinetic Rock and Roll model. Without the front wheel spinning, even more balance comes from the rider and there was a noticeable...
06-19-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,547
Posted By Caliper

Thanks for that link, and the explanation makes...

Thanks for that link, and the explanation makes sense. We've got other measurement tools at home, I just used the checker because it's quick and easy. Perhaps SRAM just uses looser rollers on the...
06-19-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 964
Posted By Caliper

Why would 12sp 10-50 be bad for 1x? This gear...

Why would 12sp 10-50 be bad for 1x? This gear range about solves one of the two main shortcomings of 1x. 500% range finally puts 1x equal with the gear range of common gravel 2x setups and a wider...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,339
Posted By Caliper

But most of my rides are solo and I spend most of...

But most of my rides are solo and I spend most of my time in the drops. Hoods are for relaxing or slow climbs.

I also dispute that you'd get fitter with a heavier bike. That only applies if you...
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