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Forum: Triathlon
06-08-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,023
Posted By drewtk

I have a triathlon bike (Trek Speed Concept) and...

I have a triathlon bike (Trek Speed Concept) and a road bike with aero bars (Specialized Allez Sprint). The triathlon bike has a geometry that is meant to put your body in the most aerodynamic...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,760
Posted By drewtk

Totally agree. The Domane had 32mm tires and the...

Totally agree. The Domane had 32mm tires and the Roubaix had 28mm. I put 10 psi less in the Domane tires to account for the difference in width. Would I still have preferred the Domane if the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,760
Posted By drewtk

I test rode the 2020 Domane (SL5 trim) and...

I test rode the 2020 Domane (SL5 trim) and current Roubaix back to back on some rough and smooth roads near my LBS. The Domane is markedly smoother over rough surfaces, even the front end. I was...
12-02-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,517
Posted By drewtk

Ah, wasn't aware of the Checkpoint's extra...

Ah, wasn't aware of the Checkpoint's extra protection on the downtube (good to know). Even so, I wouldn't let that one feature make the decision for me.
12-01-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,517
Posted By drewtk

Only reason I’d get the Checkpoint over the...

Only reason I’d get the Checkpoint over the Domane, in your situation, is if I wanted to run 42mm or wider tires. The Domane comes with 32 mm, is officially rated by Trek to accept 38mm tires, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,920
Posted By drewtk

Good choice on the Domane. It's a great riding,...

Good choice on the Domane. It's a great riding, comfortable bike that's versatile due to the ability to hold wide tires. My wife is getting one (SL5 trim) for Xmas (shhhh).

As for 10 vs 11...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,272
Posted By drewtk

For chewing up miles comfortably, the new Domane...

For chewing up miles comfortably, the new Domane seriously impressed me. The combination of Isospeed and 32mm tires really smooths things out and was significantly better than the Specialized...
11-13-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 830
Posted By drewtk

I've been to Sedona and Moab, including a week on...

I've been to Sedona and Moab, including a week on Sedona last month. I didn't think any of the trails I biked in Sedona were friendly for a complete novice. Even the ones that were wide double...
11-11-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,536
Posted By drewtk

One of the best things I've done to improve is to...

One of the best things I've done to improve is to practice the same section over and over again. We all tend to just ride, but find a section that's a little challenging, or maybe just a section you...
11-11-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,046
Posted By drewtk

Congrats! If you're spending any appreciable...

Congrats! If you're spending any appreciable time on gravel, you definitely made the right choice. Tire size is huge when it comes to gravel (see what I did there?), and a gravel bike makes a...
11-11-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,006
Posted By drewtk

28 mm is not enough for a riding real gravel,...

28 mm is not enough for a riding real gravel, IMO. I'd want at least a 40, and I currently run a 45mm.

I have the aluminum Topstone 105. I wasn't going to get a gravel bike, but I found this one...
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,150
Posted By drewtk

Check out the aluminum Cannondale Topstone 105. ...

Check out the aluminum Cannondale Topstone 105. Good components and reasonably priced. I just mounted 45mm tires on mine and there’s still plenty of room.
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 04:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,040
Posted By drewtk

You should call ahead, but I don’t think most RV...

You should call ahead, but I don’t think most RV parks will allow you to tent camp. I used to RV quite a bit a never seen a tent camper before, ever. But maybe because no one tried. Some RV parks...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,909
Posted By drewtk

Damn, really sorry to hear about this, but sounds...

Damn, really sorry to hear about this, but sounds like it could have been a lot worse.

I don’t know about the pain and suffering, but, and I hate to say it, insurance is not going to pay you all...
11-07-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,719
Posted By drewtk

The Garmin Varia radar tail light is the best...

The Garmin Varia radar tail light is the best investment I've made for on road safety, aside from a helmet of course. The radar will notify your bike computer when a vehicle is approaching from the...
11-04-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 47,704
Posted By drewtk

Carbon fiber is crazy strong - you'll be fine. I...

Carbon fiber is crazy strong - you'll be fine. I had to cut a carbon fiber seat post down once, using a hacksaw. That was way harder than expected.

Back in engineering school, we did lab...
Forum: Triathlon
11-01-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 916
Posted By drewtk

I'm not quite sure what you're asking. If you're...

I'm not quite sure what you're asking. If you're asking about running different name brands of tires front and back, no big deal. I do it all the time, typically a HED front and Flo disc rear.
...
Forum: Triathlon
11-01-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,225
Posted By drewtk

A TT bike would be noticeably faster, but you'll...

A TT bike would be noticeably faster, but you'll be absolutely fine on a gravel bike, particularly if you install clip on aero bars and road bike tires. The only thing stopping you will be making...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,896
Posted By drewtk

Post #4...

Post #4 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=4) above lays everything out very well. I use a pedal power meter so that I can move it between bikes, and I was already...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 566
Views: 267,922
Posted By drewtk

I'm about to start building up an Allez Sprint....

I'm about to start building up an Allez Sprint. Never put a bike together before, so wish me luck.
...
10-30-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,484
Posted By drewtk

That's where I come out. Now that I've had a...

That's where I come out. Now that I've had a gravel bike for a while, I'd want more than 38mm of clearance.

Trek says the 2019 Checkpoint can handle up to 38's. Trek revised the Checkpoint for...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 2,819
Views: 730,297
Posted By drewtk

i was able to buy a set using that code, but i...

i was able to buy a set using that code, but i did it shortly after that post.
10-29-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,484
Posted By drewtk

Do you have a road bike now that you plan to...

Do you have a road bike now that you plan to keep? If so, I would get a gravel bike that allows for wider than 38mm tires. Then you can use the road bike for the road and the gravel bike for...
10-29-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By drewtk

That's some great video! The course I'm racing...

That's some great video! The course I'm racing looks the most like the section from 0:47 to 0:55 of your video. The track is on private land, so it isn't used very much and has a lot of grass and...
10-28-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By drewtk

I hear you - I'd love to use the gravel bike but...

I hear you - I'd love to use the gravel bike but looks like I'm going to take my hardtail. Hadn't even thought of that until the other comment above.

Thanks for the feedback, all.
10-28-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By drewtk

I actually do have a 29'er hardtail as well with...

I actually do have a 29'er hardtail as well with some crappy old tires. Sounds like I should dust that thing off and put some good rubber on there for the race instead. I don't need rear suspension...
10-27-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By drewtk

Race bike: mountain bike or gravel bike

Help me pick my race bike! Iím a roadie / occasional mountain biker. I have a trail bike race this weekend, 5 loops of a 5 mile course that is soft and slow rolling. The trail is mostly soft dirt...
10-27-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,411
Posted By drewtk

I didnít use adaptors for the existing bearings. ...

I didnít use adaptors for the existing bearings. Thatís the easiest solution but Iíve heard they can creak. I removed the existing bearings and used a conversion bottom bracket.

Was it worth...
10-27-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,411
Posted By drewtk

Not surprising. I made the change to Shimano...

Not surprising. I made the change to Shimano because I wanted to shorten my cranks with a 105 set.

Iím in the process of building up a Specialized Allez Sprint and wanted to make the same change....
10-22-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,411
Posted By drewtk

I made a similar swap for my wife’s tri bike...

I made a similar swap for my wife’s tri bike (Cervelo P2) because she wanted to go to shorter cranks. The new 105 is the most cost effective quality set of 165’s I could find, but it required...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 880
Posted By drewtk

Tires will make the biggest difference in...

Tires will make the biggest difference in comfort. I’d try a 28mm tire first, and/or a set of wider rims. I don’t think you “need” to replace your bike, although I fully support your efforts to get...
10-10-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,243
Posted By drewtk

Iím running the same setup on my Topstone: 38mm...

Iím running the same setup on my Topstone: 38mm Gravel King slicks tubeless. I run 40-50 PSI, and itís an awesome do it all tire although I ride about 3/4 on pavement. Iíve done short loops around...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,235
Posted By drewtk

+100 if triathlon is your emphasis. It's going...

+100 if triathlon is your emphasis. It's going to be difficult to get an optimal TT fit on a road bike because the geometries are so different between a road bike and TT bike (compare the head tube...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,460
Posted By drewtk

I’m actually looking at the same bike. Are the...

I’m actually looking at the same bike. Are the Sagan editions worth anything more? From what I can tell, they’re limited editions with different paint schemes, at least for the Roubaix Sagan model....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,485
Posted By drewtk

Plastic levers will be fine. I’ve never had a...

Plastic levers will be fine. I’ve never had a problem using them on my carbon wheels. The best thing I ever learned was to reinstall the tire without having to use a lever. You simply squeeze the...
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