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10-23-19, 11:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By BluesDawg

I love riding with 27.5x3.0 tires on 40mm rims on...

I love riding with 27.5x3.0 tires on 40mm rims on mine. It will only fit a 29x2.3 in the back, which is unfortunate. I have a good carbon 29" wheelset with 30mm rims that I think would be great on a...
10-01-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,789
Posted By BluesDawg

My favorite accessory for rides with big swings...

My favorite accessory for rides with big swings in temperature is a rack or bag with room for layers that I'll peel off as it warms or carry to add as it cools off.
10-01-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,281
Posted By BluesDawg

Looks like a great idea...if it works well.

Looks like a great idea...if it works well.
08-25-19, 02:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,331
Posted By BluesDawg

Far too many variables at play for any of us to...

Far too many variables at play for any of us to really give an informed opinion. I think you should consider paying for a bike fit or at a minimum have someone with bike fitting experience observe...
08-17-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,774
Posted By BluesDawg

I love riding dirt roads on my gravel bike, not...

I love riding dirt roads on my gravel bike, not so much on the drop bar MTB pictured above. Those 3" wide tires are great on the trails, but a pain on smooth hardpack.
08-12-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,774
Posted By BluesDawg

Sometimes I go pretty fast on this with drop bars...

Sometimes I go pretty fast on this with drop bars and no suspension.

https://live.staticflickr.com/1867/42955572940_416ff09101_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/28rQxhy)
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08-11-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,202
Posted By BluesDawg

I'm not the only person in my small town who has...

I'm not the only person in my small town who has a similar setup. :)

As you said, manufacturers tend to be quite conservative with their largest cog size and greatest chain wrap capacity numbers....
08-05-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,066
Posted By BluesDawg

What you described riding sounds more like gravel...

What you described riding sounds more like gravel bike terrain than MTB. Definitely not full suspension MTB. I know people who enjoy riding dirt/gravel roads on rigid or hardtail MTBs (I'm not one of...
08-03-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,482
Posted By BluesDawg

Good stuff! K-Dogg has a calm exterior hiding a...

Good stuff! K-Dogg has a calm exterior hiding a wicked wry sense of humor. I've seen him, JOM and more of the Gravel Cyclists gang at several gravel rides and races over the past 5 years. First time...
07-14-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,346
Posted By BluesDawg

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1280x853/redshift_stem_redshift_shockstop_stem_3_cxmagazine_v2_c78226dc0a3f1f73ab8fd223cc6e3e5914999b83.jpg
07-07-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,580
Posted By BluesDawg

Sorry, man. That's got to be hard to take.

Sorry, man. That's got to be hard to take.
07-07-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,718
Posted By BluesDawg

Specialized Comp MTB shoes come in a wide...

Specialized Comp MTB shoes come in a wide version. Long lasting and comfortable shoes. They go for $150.
07-07-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,145
Posted By BluesDawg

46-30=16 50-34=16 Same gap most people...

46-30=16
50-34=16

Same gap most people have been using for years. If you don't want or need the lower gearing that some of us do, you don't have to buy it. I hope you enjoy your riding. I'm sure...
06-29-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,202
Posted By BluesDawg

My 46/30 Sugino crank with SRAM Rival 22 and...

My 46/30 Sugino crank with SRAM Rival 22 and 11-36 cassette works without a hitch. Following the setup instructions for the yaw FD is critical as it is slightly different from what you may be used to...
06-16-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,397
Posted By BluesDawg

The only condescending attitudes I'm seeing are...

The only condescending attitudes I'm seeing are coming from members of this forum. I enjoyed the video. Education First is one of my favorite pro tour teams. I've followed their coach, Jonathan...
06-16-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 761
Posted By BluesDawg

I've had a set of BWW wheels in use for about 8...

I've had a set of BWW wheels in use for about 8 years with zero issues. Mavic CXP33 rims with 32 DT Competition spokes f&r on Ultegra hubs. 8 years of steady if not heavy use. A mix of road and...
06-16-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,658
Posted By BluesDawg

It's not the age, it's the stuff that happens...

It's not the age, it's the stuff that happens during all those years.
06-15-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,397
Posted By BluesDawg

Thanks for the description. Took 10 seconds to...

Thanks for the description. Took 10 seconds to find a link.
https://youtu.be/7MJFHWd3XcY
06-15-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,145
Posted By BluesDawg

Shimano says you'll need the new FD, so that's...

Shimano says you'll need the new FD, so that's the official answer. Real world answer will have to wait until someone tries the new crank with their existing FD. If there is enough adjustment...
06-02-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,470
Posted By BluesDawg

I have been running 46/30 chainrings on my road...

I have been running 46/30 chainrings on my road bike and gravel bikes for a few years now. On the road bike I pair that with an 11-30 cassette while the gravel bike gets an 11-36 cassette. The road...
06-02-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 34,421
Posted By BluesDawg

I can sure relate to this line of thinking....

I can sure relate to this line of thinking. Struggles with my health over the past few years seem to have stabilized, but I'm now a good bit weaker with less potential for really hard exertion than I...
05-26-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,067
Posted By BluesDawg

Monster Cross was a triple Shimano with 10 speed...

Monster Cross was a triple Shimano with 10 speed Ultegra shifters, 105 crank (30/39/50), 9 speed Ultegra RD, 11-36 10 speed cassette.
...
05-25-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,067
Posted By BluesDawg

I'll add another glowing recommendation for a...

I'll add another glowing recommendation for a frame from Black Mountain Cycles. Mike Varley knows what he is doing when it comes to designing, having manufactured and preparing a bike frame. He...
05-13-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,792
Posted By BluesDawg

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/comp-mountain-bi...

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/comp-mountain-bike-shoes/p/155761?color=239676-155761
04-24-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,568
Posted By BluesDawg

I would not hesitate to call or email Mike Varley...

I would not hesitate to call or email Mike Varley with any questions like this. He has very helpful with any questions I've had with both of the frames I got from him, both before and after the sale....
04-10-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,707
Posted By BluesDawg

The rim brake Road and Monster Cross frames still...

The rim brake Road and Monster Cross frames still come with curved forks. The disc brake Road + and MCD have straight blade forks.
03-22-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,193
Posted By BluesDawg

Yep. Not every event uses the same registration...

Yep. Not every event uses the same registration site.

Events Archive -...
03-11-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By BluesDawg

Almost sounds like you are describing the...

Almost sounds like you are describing the difference between the Woodchipper and the Cowchipper.
02-26-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 979
Posted By BluesDawg

Weight savings may be the stated excuse, but I...

Weight savings may be the stated excuse, but I think planned obsolescence was more of a factor.
02-25-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,080
Posted By BluesDawg

I also have an Advocate Seldom Seen Drop Bar MTB....

I also have an Advocate Seldom Seen Drop Bar MTB. I''m running 27.5x3.0 WTB Ranger tires on mine and I use it mostly for buff singletrack riding and rougher dirt trails like Forest Service roads...
02-25-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,505
Posted By BluesDawg

You didn't say what size Crux you tried out, but...

You didn't say what size Crux you tried out, but you may want to check out the Specialized Diverge. The Crux is certainly quite capable of gravel riding, but it was designed as a cyclocross racing...
02-24-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,389
Posted By BluesDawg

Looks like a fun project and a cool bike. Don't...

Looks like a fun project and a cool bike. Don't rule out using an even higher rise stem to get those bars up a bit higher. With drop bar MTBs, most people prefer to get the drop position up to the...
02-24-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 979
Posted By BluesDawg

For whatever reason, when road disc brakes...

For whatever reason, when road disc brakes started happening, rather than use the 15mm standard of most MTB front hubs, they decided to make a new 12mm standard. At first, gravel bikes tended to go...
02-21-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,241
Posted By BluesDawg

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02-20-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By BluesDawg

That looks like a good setup and a good price...

That looks like a good setup and a good price from Mill City Cycles. The same components would cost about $350 from Bike Hub Store (http://www.bikehubstore.com/) if you wanted to build them yourself....
02-18-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By BluesDawg

I would look around for a local wheelbuilder and...

I would look around for a local wheelbuilder and tell them your needs and your budget.
02-18-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,554
Posted By BluesDawg

I am very happy with my Redshift Shockstop stem,...

I am very happy with my Redshift Shockstop stem, 90mm. I did find that the effect was less than I wanted when I first set it up at the setting recommended for my weight, so I changed it to the next...
02-10-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,224
Posted By BluesDawg

Good point. I currently have a wheel out of...

Good point. I currently have a wheel out of service waiting for me to deal with a six-bolt hub with one of the bolts having a completely boogered up torx head. Damned cheap soft metal bolts!
02-10-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,247
Posted By BluesDawg

If you are having fun riding the bike, enjoy the...

If you are having fun riding the bike, enjoy the uniqueness of your rig! You may be a little slower than you would be on bigger wheels, but you there are probably people on most rides that you can...
02-09-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,383
Posted By BluesDawg

I just hope that when SRAM makes a mechanical 12...

I just hope that when SRAM makes a mechanical 12 speed road group, the shifters will be compatible with the MTB RD for 1X12 drop bar MTB and gravel applications.
02-09-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,398
Posted By BluesDawg

I've forgotten to take my shoes when taking my...

I've forgotten to take my shoes when taking my bike to start a ride and I've taken the wrong shoes with the wrong cleats for the bike I took a few times. The worst forgetfulness was when I loaded my...
02-09-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,862
Posted By BluesDawg

Thanks. "Rattle can", so yes, spray on. I took a...

Thanks. "Rattle can", so yes, spray on. I took a lot of time prepping, sanding, primer, sanding, first coat, sanding, second coat, sanding, clear coat. It took about a week altogether, most of the...
02-08-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,220
Posted By BluesDawg

I usually wear lycra bibs, but I do sometimes...

I usually wear lycra bibs, but I do sometimes wear Pearl Izumi Boardwalk shorts with the Versa liner (sold separately). They aren't as baggy as some and they look more like regular shorts....
02-08-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,224
Posted By BluesDawg

Six of one. A half dozen of the other.

Six of one. A half dozen of the other.
02-08-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,862
Posted By BluesDawg

Nice job. I did a similar conversion ten years...

Nice job. I did a similar conversion ten years ago of a 1980 Fuji S12-S going from 27" wheels to 700c with 35mm tires. To my surprise, the original brakes worked with the smaller wheels. I also did a...
02-07-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,416
Posted By BluesDawg

Great example. In fact, I used to own and ride...

Great example. In fact, I used to own and ride one of the canti version Black Mtn Monster Cross frames and I now have the new disc version MCD. They both gobble up miles of gravel roads like nothing...
02-03-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,270
Posted By BluesDawg

It is quite possible to mount wide tires under...

It is quite possible to mount wide tires under caliper brakes. The short reach brakes (39-49mm) that are on most road bikes made in the last few decades are good for up to maybe 28mm tires. Mid reach...
02-01-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,949
Posted By BluesDawg

My custom road bike which I sometimes ride on...

My custom road bike which I sometimes ride on smoother dirt roads has a BB drop of 80mm. It has never been a problem by any stretch of the imagination for me. The guy who built the frame for me (Nate...
01-16-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,432
Posted By BluesDawg

I'm an Orange Seal Endurance user and I find the...

I'm an Orange Seal Endurance user and I find the small injector kits they sell work very well for easy sealant filling and refills. Get one of the 4oz or 8oz kits for filling and buy the 16oz or 32oz...
12-22-18, 06:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,189
Posted By BluesDawg

I think you'll do fine with either i21 or i23 for...

I think you'll do fine with either i21 or i23 for anything from 35-50mm tires. One thing to keep in mind is that rim and tire diameter varies a bit between brands. WTB makes great rims and tires that...
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