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08-07-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By Clem von Jones

How about building up one sole of dedicated bike...

How about building up one sole of dedicated bike shoes with a half inch of firm polyurethane foam? Maybe a cobbler could do it to a pair of Chinamart sneakers. Use these shoes with a large platform...
08-07-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 852
Posted By Clem von Jones

If you never notice or think about your saddle...

If you never notice or think about your saddle it's perfect. Those Chinese copies of the carbon Toupe are awesome, inexpensive, and lightweight. Saddles aren't rocket science. Don't be bamboozled by...
08-07-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 807
Posted By Clem von Jones

You might be experiencing the peripheral...

You might be experiencing the peripheral neuropathy which is damage to the nerves caused by dietary issues. It's easily reversible by dietary changes like avoidance of simple carbohydrates that spike...
08-07-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 232
Posted By Clem von Jones

Sugino, TA, Shimano, Interloc Racing Design...

Sugino, TA, Shimano, Interloc Racing Design (IRD), PBP are good rings. It's fairly easy to find 110/74 bcd rings on ebay but in my experience you'll desire 7000-T4, T6 series alloy for the middle or...
08-07-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 326
Posted By Clem von Jones

Is this an old heavy steel Bianchi? 30x30 will...

Is this an old heavy steel Bianchi? 30x30 will get you up pretty steep hills. I doubt you'd have reason to go beyond 32 or 34 on a road bike and even then gears like this only apply to heavy...
11-23-19, 10:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

The reason I like drop bars is primarily for...

The reason I like drop bars is primarily for physical comfort, and to keep my center of gravity low. It's not to develop handling skills or go fast. I ride at a leisurely pace but over extended...
11-23-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 914
Posted By Clem von Jones

Are there any 2.1" x 29er gravel bikes yet?

Only the Salsa Cutthroat and Kona Sutra LTD, right?
11-23-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

I agree that frame sizing is a good place to...

I agree that frame sizing is a good place to start, but it doesn't solve the problem of ALL frames having excessive reach and stack for their size
11-23-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

Look, it's very simple. I want to CHOOSE how I...

Look, it's very simple. I want to CHOOSE how I set up my own bike. I don't want frame designers to eliminate my ability to choose.
11-22-19, 11:42 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

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Here's the first generation in front of the second gen Fargo. With the...
11-22-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By Clem von Jones

4.8 mm vs 4.34 mm center-to-center I'm...

4.8 mm vs 4.34 mm center-to-center

I'm afraid you're right. https://sheldonbrown.com/cribsheet-spacing.html (https://sheldonbrown.com/cribsheet-spacing.html)

The outer chain plates will...
11-22-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By Clem von Jones

Yeah, according to Sheldon Brown's website...

Yeah, according to Sheldon Brown's website various 8, 9, and 10 speed parts are compatible. It might be desirable to run wider chains in certain situations for example with my 8 speed era crankset.
...
11-22-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

I like the Cutthroat's geometry, but man that's...

I like the Cutthroat's geometry, but man that's an expensive bike. The first generation Fargo had its own rigid fork with a short crown height ("non-corrected for suspension") but all the latter ones...
11-22-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By Clem von Jones

My two smaller front rings, chain, and cassette...

My two smaller front rings, chain, and cassette were all replaced at the same time but they have about 500 miles on them at this point. Actually this is the second chain. The 6061 grade aluminum...
11-22-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 873
Posted By Clem von Jones

Get a 26 or 27.5 bike. 29ers are good for tall...

Get a 26 or 27.5 bike. 29ers are good for tall people but the geometry on them tends to suck. The frame geometry sucks for tall people and it's much worse for short people. You have be realistic...
11-17-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By Clem von Jones

Extreme torque is chewing up my gears

Hideously gigantic 29er wheels combined with climbing steep mountains is wreaking havoc on my drive train. I'm getting chain suck and shark fins too soon. Is there anything I can do about it? I'm...
11-14-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

The geometry on 99.9% of 29ers is completely...

The geometry on 99.9% of 29ers is completely INSANE. I'm 6'2" and that's a large frame. I don't want no stinking flat bar bike, nor do I want a frame geometry that limits the choices of how I set it...
11-14-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 721
Posted By Clem von Jones

Do you really need full suspension? It's gonna...

Do you really need full suspension? It's gonna require fork and shock maintenance and rebuilds at regular intervals, constant attention to air pressure adjustment, and it's extra weight.

The only...
11-14-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

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Here's a rigid 29er I'm happy with. The ETT is 30mm too...
10-25-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By Clem von Jones

You're an ideal candidate then for a 29er drop...

You're an ideal candidate then for a 29er drop bar. Most people aren't. The larger wheels will also work in your favor. They certainly are faster and have more traction. It's better to build a drop...
10-25-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By Clem von Jones

A potential problem with 29er frames when...

A potential problem with 29er frames when building a drop bar bike is the reach. These frames are typically too long for drop bars. This is especially a problem if for example your frame is already...
10-25-19, 07:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By Clem von Jones

If you're willing to go tubeless a tire like this...

If you're willing to go tubeless a tire like this is ideal to build a do-everything bike around:

https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop/components/tires/700c/compass-700c-x-44-snoqualmie-pass/
...
10-17-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 657
Posted By Clem von Jones

For steel frames there's a product called POR15...

For steel frames there's a product called POR15 available on Amazon.com. A pint of that is more than enough. There are YouTube videos demonstrating its virtues. The frame has to be stripped of paint...
10-16-19, 03:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,537
Posted By Clem von Jones

This has been my experience too. As a kid I went...

This has been my experience too. As a kid I went exploring alone the back roads through the foothills of Marijuanaville near San Francisco and suddenly was surrounded by about seven angry dobermans....
10-16-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,699
Posted By Clem von Jones

They'll probably have to replace the electric...

They'll probably have to replace the electric motors yearly on those phatties. The electrons will complain about cruel and unusual punishment.
10-14-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,514
Posted By Clem von Jones

The Sutra LTD has the best geometry of any...

The Sutra LTD has the best geometry of any mass-produced 29er in my humble opinion. I'm going to buy a used one someday when they're forgotten and unwanted. There aren't many well-designed rigid 29er...
10-14-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,537
Posted By Clem von Jones

Bicyclists who try and outrun dogs are...

Bicyclists who try and outrun dogs are essentially training the dogs to do it again and to become ever more obsessive and aggressive about successfully catching you. You've turned it into a...
10-11-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

The Kona Rove is worth consideration. The Rove...

The Kona Rove is worth consideration. The Rove and Sutra have among the best geometry for rigid of any mass-production in my humble opinion. The vintage mtbs you find at garage sales or Goodwill are...
10-11-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,574
Posted By Clem von Jones

I'm nearly 6' 2" and believe current mtb geometry...

I'm nearly 6' 2" and believe current mtb geometry has insanely long effective top tube length. It forces you to sort of lean forward and prop yourself against the handlebar which places strain your...
10-01-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,699
Posted By Clem von Jones

You'll pay a penalty for heavier tires and wheels...

You'll pay a penalty for heavier tires and wheels during climbs, and it's greater than you might expect if you intend to ride steep trails. If you live in flatland, ride on sandy trails in a place...
09-28-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 29,171
Posted By Clem von Jones

I honestly believe 26ers are the next big thing....

I honestly believe 26ers are the next big thing. Most of the world rides 26ers. Most of the world are relatively shorter, smaller people. The western recreational cyclist is almost a boutique niche...
09-27-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

Bike geometry designed around suspension forks is...

Bike geometry designed around suspension forks is one of the reasons so many prefer gravel bikes now. A bike designed for a suspension fork has a high front end which hinders you on steep climbs. It...
09-26-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 752
Posted By Clem von Jones

I've heard these leg muscle spasms are more...

I've heard these leg muscle spasms are more likely to be caused by a magnesium deficiency and that many common forms of magnesium supplements aren't readily absorbable, so you have look at chelated...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By Clem von Jones

I also think it would be desirable to have the...

I also think it would be desirable to have the lower bars extend backward about an inch more they generally do. That area would be ideal to rest on when spinning up long-duration climbs. The 4 degree...
09-25-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,290
Posted By Clem von Jones

Suspensions are a moronic marketing gimmick....

Suspensions are a moronic marketing gimmick. There will never be a bike suspension as sophisticated as your arms and legs. Just raise yourself off the saddle over big bumps and problem solved. Sure...
09-24-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,434
Posted By Clem von Jones

Riding up hills a lightweight tire is noticeably...

Riding up hills a lightweight tire is noticeably easier. The downside is they're more prone to punctures and really should be run tubeless with latex sealant inside. The super lightweight Schwalbe...
09-23-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,062
Posted By Clem von Jones

If the bottom bracket has rust in it, is worn...

If the bottom bracket has rust in it, is worn out, or is over-tightened you can feel a "grittiness" travel through the crank arms. On a repair stand if you spin the crank slowly by hand while keeping...
09-23-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 690
Posted By Clem von Jones

The gaps between between the frame brake bosses...

The gaps between between the frame brake bosses and the bushings of the v-brakes are pretty normal, but yes water and dirt gets in there and eventually hinders the pivot. You've got to take them off,...
09-23-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,062
Posted By Clem von Jones

The bottom bracket bearings might be...

The bottom bracket bearings might be over-tightened to the point the bearing cartridges are impinged by compression. That will create roughness and wear them out quickly. This especially pertains to...
09-23-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 564
Posted By Clem von Jones

The CR720s work really well with short-pull road...

The CR720s work really well with short-pull road style brifters and feel identical at the levers to road calipers. In general these wide profile cantilevers work much much better than medium or low...
09-23-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By Clem von Jones

V-brakes are finicky about the wheel being...

V-brakes are finicky about the wheel being perfectly centered on the axle. If the wheel is dished a millimeter too far on either side of the center v-brakes don't work very well. Just adding this...
09-17-19, 11:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,078
Posted By Clem von Jones

I prefer riding off-road but road bikes are...

I prefer riding off-road but road bikes are amazing, so lightweight, fast, and comfortable. You can achieve really long distance and after a few hours have no desire to stop. Seek out the...
09-17-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,908
Posted By Clem von Jones

My understanding is the conventional...

My understanding is the conventional carbo-burning exercise regime is hazardous for people with elevated A1C blood levels. I'm not discussing thin-as-a-rail professional cyclists here. This is about...
09-17-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,908
Posted By Clem von Jones

Protein converts rapidly to carbs so go easy on...

Protein converts rapidly to carbs so go easy on it. Your body burns two different fuels: carbs (glucose) and ketones (fat). Carbs are converted to fat by the liver and stored in the body, but after...
09-17-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 729
Posted By Clem von Jones

Sometimes the position and length of the rails on...

Sometimes the position and length of the rails on a saddle create an impediment for specific bikes and seatpost combinations. Frame geometry and seatpost setback impose restrictions on what saddles...
09-14-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,908
Posted By Clem von Jones

I've noticed many of the electrolyte supplements...

I've noticed many of the electrolyte supplements have sugar in them which might cause you to bonk. That was a stumbling block for me. The trouble with eating any carbs is it prevents you from burning...
09-14-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,605
Posted By Clem von Jones

But use a silicone-based lube in carbon frames...

But use a silicone-based lube in carbon frames with carbons seatposts because petroleum-based grease will weaken the epoxy resin of carbon composite. But yeah in metal frames using metal seatposts...
09-14-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 487
Views: 27,258
Posted By Clem von Jones

I recently learned that Hashimoto's disease is a...

I recently learned that Hashimoto's disease is a diabetic-related illness. Diabetes is often misdiagnosed as Hashimoto's. You probably already know this but I made this comment just in case. I'm glad...
09-12-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,181
Posted By Clem von Jones

Recall your comment after you crash when oak...

Recall your comment after you crash when oak branch branch reaches out and snags the bar. That's happened to me a couple times. Every time I upgrade my bikes I've chosen narrower bars and a lower...
09-11-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,095
Posted By Clem von Jones

Most of the low-medium-level Japanese bike-boom...

Most of the low-medium-level Japanese bike-boom frames use 26.4. Higher-tier frames have thicker seatposts.
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